Issues: Telecommunications

Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee Hearing Information


On October 19, 2010, the Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications will hold a public hearing to investigate National Grid’s accounting and expense account practices and its effects on ratepayers. The hearing will take place in Hearing Room A in the Legislative Office Building. An investigation of Public Service Commission records has identified your organization as an interested party in an ongoing Public Service proceeding regarding the rates, charges, rules and regulations of Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation for Electric Service. Although oral testimony is by invitation only, the Committee welcomes you to submit written testimony by October 15, 2010. All correspondence should be sent to:

October 4, 2010
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WNY businesses achieve hydropower contract extensions

At their regular scheduled meeting, the NYPA Trustees approved proposed long-term contract extensions for the continued sale of low-cost hydropower from the Niagara Power Project for businesses representing a broad spectrum of the Niagara Frontier’s most important industries. In doing so, the Trustees authorized submittal of the proposed contracts to Gov. David A. Paterson for his consideration. 

The contract extensions, which run from 2013 to 2020 for nearly all the companies, contain new provisions for maximizing the value of the hydropower for the region’s economy in support of jobs, capital investments and tax revenues.

September 28, 2010
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Energy committee to hold hearing on National Grid accounting scandal

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), Chairman of the New York State Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, today expressed great concern over news reports about lavish expenditures at National Grid while the electric company is in the middle of seeking approval for a $400 million rate hike in New York.

September 21, 2010
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Senate Bill Protecting Consumers from Telemarketers Signed into Law Senator Shirley L. Huntley: ‘Do Not Call’ law just got stronger

(Jamaica, NY) Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) announced that a new law guaranteeing consumers greater protection (S.6034) from annoying telemarketers has been signed into law. The Senate’s new law further reduces unwanted telemarketing calls by restricting them to the hours of 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and requiring greater disclosure by companies to protect consumers from deceptive marketing practices.

August 31, 2010
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Pushing for transparency at the New York Power Authority

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), Chairman of the New York State Senate Energy Committee, has requested the New York Power Authority release key information to the public regarding the Great Lakes Offshore Wind (GLOW) Project.  Specifically, Senator Maziarz is echoing calls that NYPA make known the identities of the five project bidders, the prospective site locations, and other basic details pertaining to the bids.  Today, Senator Maziarz requested this information under the New York State Freedom of Information Law.

August 17, 2010
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Legislature Passes Oppenheimer Smart Growth Bill

Legislation combats sprawl and promotes environmentally sound infrastructure development 

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce passage of her bill, the State Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act (S.5560B/A.8011B), which will combat modern development practices that have contributed to urban and suburban sprawl.  The legislation passed both houses of the legislature last week and will now be sent to the Governor for his consideration.

June 29, 2010
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Bipartisan coalition calls for action on Power For Jobs reform

Senator George Maziarz and a bipartisan coalition of legislative leaders today called on the Assembly Majority to protect hundreds of thousands of jobs in New York State by passing Energize New York, which would reform and make permanent the State’s low cost power programs (Power for Jobs and the Energy Cost Savings Benefit Program expired June 2nd).

June 29, 2010
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Historic legislation keeps Power Authority monies in Western New York

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation (S.5783-A) sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) directing that earnings from the sale of unallocated  expansion power and replacement power shall be deposited into a new Western New York Economic Development Fund. 

June 25, 2010
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Senator Maziarz joins rally in favor of safe natural gas drilling

Senator George Maziarz, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications, spoke at the “S.O.S. (Save Our State) Gas Rally” in Albany on June 9, 2010. 

June 11, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications Senator George D. Maziarz, Chair 2:00 PM, Tuesday, June 8, 2010 Room 124 CAP

The following bills have been added to the agenda pursuant to the rule regarding 45-day motions for commmittee consideration:  S2084 - Parker  S2349A - Schneiderman  S3446A - Perkins  S3573A - Perkins  S5170 - Parker  S5171 - Parker  S5535 – Foley

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA 

June 8, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications Senator George D. Maziarz, Chair 2:00 PM, Tuesday, May 25, 2010 Room 124 CAP

May 25, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Two-Way Agreement on Power for Jobs Reform

Senate Energy Chair George Maziarz, Governor David Paterson, Senate Majority Conference Leader John Sampson, and Senate Energy Vice Chair Darrel Aubertine today announced that they have reached an agreement to create a permanent Power for Jobs program that will be called Energize New York.

May 19, 2010
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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, Monday, May 3, 2010 Room 124 CAP

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May 3, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications Senator George D. Maziarz, Chair 9:30 AM, Tuesday, April 27, 2010 Room 123 CAP

PLEASE NOTE TIME AND ROOM CHANGE The committee will consider the following nomination: Mark A. Willis as a Member of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

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April 27, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications Senator George D. Maziarz, Chair 2:00 PM, Tuesday, April 13, 2010 Room 124 CAP

April 13, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Griffo Says Broadband Cuts Hurt Upstate Jobs

(Albany) - State Sen. Joseph A. Griffo (R-IP-C, Rome) today reacted with alarm to Albany’s plan to renege on a commitment for matching funds for sorely needed high-speed Internet access to North Country homes and businesses.

Senate and Assembly Democrats stripped $100 million in funding from the state budget for broadband matching grants, including at least $2 million that, together with federal stimulus funding, was planned for projects in rural St. Lawrence County, according to a story in today’s Journal News.

“Democrats called their plan a ‘roadmap,’ but cutting funds for programs that are tied to job growth and economic revitalization can only lead to a dead end for North Country jobs and businesses,” Griffo said.

April 7, 2010
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Senator Maziarz visits NYPA Frederick R. Clark Energy Center in Marcy.

Senator Maziarz recently attended a presentation at the New York Power Authority Frederick R. Clark Energy Center in Marcy. The presentation included information on the NYPA Energy Control Center which monitors all NYPA facilities in New York. This is manned 24 hours a day and information is exchanged with other transm...issions owners in NY every 6 seconds.

March 26, 2010
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MAZIARZ URGES ACTION ON JOB CREATION AND RETENTION PROGRAMS

In response to a letter sent by Governor David Paterson to state legislative leaders calling on them to reform the state’s Power for Jobs Program, State Senator George D. Maziarz  (R-C, Newfane) said that the governor’s plan lacks the substance and vision to effectively address the needs of the state’s employers who rely on the program.

March 23, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications Senator George D. Maziarz, Chair 2:00 PM, Tuesday, March 16, 2010 Room 124 CAP

March 16, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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SENATE PASSES MAZIARZ NET METERING BILL

Senate Bill 6700, sponsored by Senator George Maziarz, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, was unanimously adopted yesterday. The bill is an important component of  Senator Maziarz’s energy agenda, which is focused on growing our economy by encouraging innovation and the development of clean, renewable energy.

February 23, 2010
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