Issues: Telecommunications

Governor Cuomo Signs Law Strengthening Enforcement Against Drivers Caught Using Handheld Electronic Devices

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed a new law that strengthens the enforcement against drivers who use handheld electronic devices for activities such as texting while a vehicle is in motion. The legislation makes this action a primary traffic offense, giving law enforcement the power to stop drivers solely for engaging in this activity.

The Governor also announced today that he will increase the penalty for using a cellular phone without a hands-free device or a handheld device while driving from two to three points through changes in state regulations.

July 12, 2011
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Senator Maziarz supports DEC plan to permit hydrofracking

As Chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, I have long been optimistic about drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale through ‘hydrofracking.’  This technology will increase the supply of natural gas available to us all.  We need natural gas to heat our homes, use our appliances, and make everything from steel to plastic to fertilizer to electricity.

July 1, 2011
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Sen. Maziarz' floor comments on Power NY

Here are Senator George Maziarz' remarks made on the Senate floor on the late evening of June 22, 2011 in support of Power NY--legislation he co-authored to allow for the siting of power plants in New York to meet the state's growing energy needs

June 24, 2011
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Historic "Power NY" plan approved in Legislature

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, announced that the State Senate has approved historic legislation (S.5844/A.8510) known as the Power New York Act.  This measure will permanently renew Article X of the Public Service Law, which governs the siting of power generation facilities in New York.  With no state siting regulations in place since the e

June 22, 2011
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SENATE GIVES FINAL LEGISLATIVE PASSAGE TO JUVENILE “SEXTING” AND “CYBERBULLYING” PREVENTION BILL

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill (S.5253B) to divert youth to an education program addressing the sending of nude or obscene photographs through electronic technologies, also known as “sexting,” as well as conduct that constitutes “cyberbullying.” The bill, entitled the “Cyber-Crime Youth Rescue Act,” sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-C-I, Garden City), requires the development of an educational program about the numerous perils of sexting and cyberbullying. The program provides an option other than a permanent criminal record for juveniles deemed eligible by a court.

June 22, 2011
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RITCHIE BILL TO AID SEARCH, RESCUE TEAMS

Inspired By Oswego County Search and Rescue Team

State Senator Patty Ritchie says her bill to provide training and certification for specialized search and rescue teams, inspired by Oswego County’s Search and Rescue Team, will enhance emergency service capabilities across upstate New York.

“Every year emergency personnel across the state are called out to help search for people who are lost in wilderness areas as well as neighborhoods,” Senator Ritchie said. “It’s been established that the same skills and courses developed by our state’s forest rangers to search for people lost in wilderness areas can dramatically improve the success of searches anywhere else. This legislation will encourage emergency personnel to obtain the additional training that’s available that would help them be more effective when someone turns up missing.”

June 17, 2011
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Governor signs net metering bill; announces grants for renewables

FROM LOHUD

A bill meant to ease regulations on farmers and others who at least partially produce their own energy was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, according to one of the bill’s sponsors.

The new law, which was pushed by Senate Energy Chair George Maziarz, R-Newfane, Niagara County and Bronx Assemblyman Marcus Crespo, allows for the net metering of energy production happen off site.

June 8, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications Senator George D. Maziarz, Chair 11:30 AM, Tuesday, June 7, 2011 Room 709 LOB

June 7, 11:30 AM - 11:33 AM
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SENATOR RITCHIE SHOWS HOW TO BE IN TWO PLACES AT ONCE

Demonstrates Skype At Technology Symposium At Clarkson

State Senator Patty Ritchie showed business, education and government leaders at the North Country Technology Symposium how Skype can help someone be in two places at once.

By using emerging technologies like Skype, the North Country state senator was able to speak at the Potsdam symposium at Clarkson University Wednesday while working out of her senate office in Albany.

Senator Ritchie was honored at the symposium with its "SPIRIT Award" for her pioneering work in using emerging technologies and social media to communicate with her constituents across Central and Northern New York.

May 25, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications Senator George D. Maziarz, Chair 1:30 PM, Tuesday, May 24, 2011 Room 709 LOB

May 24, 1:30 PM - 1:48 PM
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Statement from Senator Maziarz on Indian Point nuclear safety hearing

The testimony provided at this hearing was invaluable in that it provided a fair and balanced assessment of the security situation at Indian Point, and in my mind demonstrated that the plant is taking the necessary steps to protect both its employees and the surrounding communities.

 

 

May 13, 2011
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County info technology board honors Sen. Patty Ritchie, Cooperative Extension, DANC

The St. Lawrence County Information Technology Advisory Board has picked the winners of the Helene Mellon Memorial Spotlighting Progressive Implementation of Revered Innovative Technology (SPIRIT) Awards for 2011.

• The SPIRIT 2011 Award for Community Service goes to New York State Senator Patricia Ritchie.

• The award for Education belongs to St. Lawrence County Cooperative Extension.

• The award for Business and Industry goes to the Development Authority of the North Country Internet Mapping Application.

• An honorable mention is awarded to St. Lawrence County Office of Emergency Services / NYS Office of Fire Protection / Dale Gardner NYS Fire Instructor.

There is more about SPIRIT Award winners at http://www.co.st-lawrence.ny.us/NCTechSymposium/NCTSSpirit

May 11, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE FEATURED AT TECHNOLOGY SYMPOSIUM

To Appear 'Virtually' At May 25th To Talk About 'Social Media'

New York State Senator Patty Ritchie will talk about how she uses social media like Facebook, websites, e-mails and the Internet to help her keep in touch with the people she represents in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence County at the North Country Technology Symposium.

Senator Ritchie will attend the symposium "virtually" at Clarkson University on May 25th by using new technology and talk from Albany where the legislature will be in session about how businesses, not for profits and individuals can benefit by harnessing the latest advances in information technology.

May 9, 2011
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Senate moves energy policy forward with passage of Article X and remote net metering bills

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) announced that two key bills relating to New York’s energy future were approved today in the State Senate: legislation establishing a process for the siting of electric generation facilities (S.191) and legislation to permit remote net metering (S.3407-A).  As Chairman of the Energy and Telecommunications Committee, Senator Maziarz sponsored both bills and helped advance them through his committee.

May 9, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications Senator George D. Maziarz, Chair 1:30 PM, Tuesday, May 10, 2011 Room 709 LOB

May 10, 1:30 PM - 1:33 PM
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Sen. Maziarz pushes for Niagara County representative to the Power Authority

Assemblyman John Ceretto and Senator George Maziarz met recently with the governor’s appointment secretary, Judge Leslie Leach, to discuss filling a current vacancy on the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Board of Trustees with a Niagara County resident. The meeting was held in the governor’s Capitol office.

May 4, 2011
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Senator Robach Remarks on Tougher Texting While Driving Legislation

On Tuesday, May 3rd, Senator Robach provided comments during a press conference in Albany regarding new legislation to strengthen the law on texting while driving. Senator Robach is a co-sponsor of Senate bill S.998B, which would elevate text messaging while drive driving a primary offense in New York State.

May 3, 2011
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Senator Robach Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Law on Texting While Driving

New law would elevate text messaging while driving violation to a primary offense

 

The New York State Senate today will act on a bill (S.998) that will make it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses and prevent tragic accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting. Action on the bill was announced today at a news conference by the bill sponsors, Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R-Syosset), Senator James Alesi (R-C-I, Perinton), and Senator Joseph Robach (R-C-I, Rochester).

 

May 3, 2011
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Press Conference: SENATORS TO ANNOUNCE ACTION TO STRENGTHEN LAW AGAINST TEXTING WHILE DRIVING

Senators Carl Marcellino, Jim Alesi, Joe Robach and other members of the Senate Majority Conference, will hold a news conference regarding new legislation to strengthen the laws against texting while driving on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in Room 332 of the Capitol.

They will be joined by members of the Assembly and a representative of the American Automobile Association to discuss the importance of enacting legislation to help law enforcement crack down on texting while driving to help prevent tragic auto accidents.

Members of the news media are welcome.

May 3, 11:00 AM - 11:33 AM
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Recharge New York program launched in North Tonawanda

Governor Cuomo was joined today by lawmakers in North Tonawanda where he toured Ascension Industries' factory and signed the 'Recharge New York' bill which was approved in the 2011-2012 budget. Ascension is a family-owned business that has employed western New Yorkers for decades. Ascension has been able to take advantage of the Power for Jobs program by receiving low-cost power, making it able to grow to more than 135 employees.

April 14, 2011
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