Issues: Utilities

Community to Rally in Support of Repowering Dunkirk

Residents encouraged to join local officials, area businesses and labor leaders in support of NRG


DUNKIRK – A huge turnout is needed one more time to send a loud and clear message -- the community continues to resoundingly support repowering the NRG plant, said Senator Catharine Young.


“We've done it before and we need to do it again. People's voices got us this far, and now we need to get over the finish line. Our future depends on it,” she said.


Senator Young will lead a united coalition of community members, Assemblyman Andy Goodell, local and federal officials, businesses, labor organizations and Dunkirk City School representatives in a public rally on Saturday, October 17, at 10:30 a.m. on the Dunkirk Boardwalk.

October 1, 2015


Elected Officials Respond to FCC Proposed Changes to the Lifeline Program

New York, NY – Upon careful review of the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“FNPRM”) discussing potential changes to the Lifeline program, State Senator Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn), Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D,WF-Fresh Meadows), and Council Member Margaret Chin (D-Manhattan) submitted comments this week expressing disappointment that the FCC makes no mention of providing recertification notices in languages other than English and Spanish (“multilingual notices”).

September 4, 2015

Ending 27 year drought, Murphy announces DEC approval for new Yorktown sewer hook-ups

YORKTOWN, NY - For decades, thousands of residents in Yorktown have paid sewer taxes, yet were prohibited by law from hooking up to the sewer district. Senator Terrence Murphy wants residents to know that is all about to change. Today, Murphy, joined by Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace, local officials and citizens who have been influential in the effort to bring sanitary sewerage systems to Yorktown, announced Yorktown's approval to finally issue new permits in the Hallocks Mill Sewer District.

September 1, 2015


(Middletown, NY)-Senator Bonacic announced today his opposition to proposed utility rate increases by Orange and Rockland Utilities. In a letter sent to the Public Service Commission, Bonacic denounced the proposed increases, which would have a negative impact on local residents. As proposed, typical residential electric customers would see an increase of 23.3 percent in their electric bills over the next 3 years.

July 8, 2015

Senator Gallivan Announces Passage of Legislation to Help Farmers

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) and Assemblymember Harry B. Bronson (D-Rochester/Chili/Henrietta) announce the passage of legislation (S.71A & A.2458A) that requires landowners receive notice and a copy of the application when any portion of a gas or electric line is to be installed. Notice must also be served on landowners when any portion of a major utility transmission building is to be constructed. The bill also requires that the Public Service Commission consider specific factors when determining the effect the facility would have on agricultural lands.

July 1, 2015

Griffo’s legislation would give municipalities greater leverage to purchase streetlights from electric companies

ALBANY – The New York State Legislature this week passed a bill authored by Senator Joseph Griffo that would give municipalities greater leverage in purchasing streetlights from a utility company and making them more energy efficient.

The bill will be sent to the Governor for his consideration.

As municipalities across the state look to save money by utilizing more energy efficient technology, Griffo’s legislation could have significant implications for many communities across the state, including Utica, Rome and Watertown.

June 19, 2015

Griffo bill passed by Senate will help prevent underground utility accidents, injuries

ALBANY – Legislation sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo and passed by the New York State Senate this week would help further prevent accidents involving underground gas and electric utility lines.

Griffo’s bill (S4862B) would require any municipality or underground facility operator to make sure that any excavator it hires for work will have completed the training and education programs provided by the one-call notification systems. The one-call notification system was established by the state in 2000 to enable excavators to determine the location of all underground utilities in an area where they plan to dig.

June 18, 2015

Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses the End-of-Session Agenda on Your Voice

On this week’s Your Voice cable program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discuss what’s left to accomplish during the final week of legislative session. He also discusses two of his bills, which recently passed the State Senate, that would require a cost benefit analysis of the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative and would create a database for terrorists.  

Finally on the program, Senator DeFrancisco raises awareness about Arteriovenous Malformation, also know as AVM, and he shares some highlights from his Rebuttal at the 115th legislative Correspondents Association Show.


June 15, 2015


Elected Officials Continue Push for Access to Multilingual Services and Better Customer Service

 NEW YORK – After urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau to revise Verizon’s Lifeline program to include multilingual notices and inform subscribers of recertification and service changes, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, and Council Member Margaret Chin announced that the FCC has agreed to change the recertification process, improve the program, and better serve those with limited English proficiency.

June 15, 2015

Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses the Final Weeks of Legislative Session Agenda on Your Voice

On this program of Your Voice, I talk about the bills and policy measures that will be negotiated during the final three weeks of Legislative Session. I also explain my efforts to ensure that the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) plan will provide ratepayers with safe, reliable energy.

Finally on the program, I provide more details about legislation that would allow pension service credit buyback for certain veterans.



June 2, 2015

Seward Calls For Swift Review Of NYSEG's Natural Gas Plan For Cobleskill

ONEONTA, 04/27/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) is urging the New York State Department of Public Service to act quickly on a request from New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) to extend natural gas service within the Village of Cobleskill.

“Affordable energy can be a true game-changer when it comes to attracting new businesses and jobs to our region,” said Senator Seward.  “By extending a natural gas line within downtown Cobleskill, current employers and new businesses, along with residential customers, will all benefit.”

April 27, 2015


Hundreds of Seniors Realized Their Discount Benefits Were Stopped Without Notice

Non-English Speakers Struggle to Reapply Due To Language Barrier

NEW YORK – Today, a coalition of city, state and federal elected officials sent a letter to the Chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), urging the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau to revise Verizon’s Lifeline program to include multi-lingual notices and inform subscribers of recertification and service changes. A letter was also sent to Verizon, requesting a time efficient resolution to these miscommunication issues in order to ensure that the most vulnerable New Yorkers are staying connected through the Lifeline program.

April 17, 2015

Pols on ConEd Rate Hikes: Why Now?

Senator Gianaris spoke to AM New York about  proposed ConEd rate hikes, lamenting that as the cost of living in NYC continues to rise, ConEd wants to make it harder to keep the lights on. 

Check out the full story here

March 4, 2015

Miner calls Cuomo comment 'not reasonable,' still seeks state money for Syracuse water mains

By Tim Knauss on February 06, 2015 at 9:22 AM, updated February 06, 2015 at 9:25 AM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Mayor Stephanie Miner said she will continue to seek state money to pay for new water mains in Syracuse, despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo's statement this week that the city should pay for pipes itself by invigorating the local economy.

State legislators from Central New York have promised Miner they will seek additional funding for Syracuse infrastructure in the next state budget, the mayor said Thursday.

Allowing the century-old water system to deteriorate further is not an option, she said.

February 12, 2015

Environment, City Taxpayers Will Both See Benefits From New Loan Package

Statement from Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) following today’s announcement by Governor Cuomo and the Environmental Facilities Corporation’s (EFC) Board of Directors:



“Today’s announcement that the City of Olean will receive a $19 million loan package, including $18 million interest-free, is exciting news for area taxpayers and the environment. Upgrading and maintaining the city’s wastewater treatment plant has been an ongoing issue that needed to be addressed. Improving the reliability of the treatment plant and reducing the risk of inadequately treated wastewater being discharged into the Allegheny River is essential in preserving the river as a natural resource for our community.


January 15, 2015

State Senator Jeff Klein turns up the heat on coldest Bronx buildings

Investigation finds 15 most egregious heat code offenders in borough; recommends remedies to HPD to keep buildings in compliance

BRONX, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today released a report, “Turning Up the Heat: An Investigative Report into The Bronx’s Coldest Buildings,” which includes a list of the top 15 heat code offenders in the borough.

As chilly temperatures set in, tenants, who reside in buildings on the list, have already called in complaints of “no heat” or “no heat/hot water” to the city’s Housing and Preservation Department.

November 30, 2014

Seward Announces $130k Grant For Herkimer Infrastructure Project

HERKIMER, 10/27/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a $130,000 state grant he secured will assist with construction costs to shore up East German Street Extension along the West Canada Creek in the Town of Herkimer. Senator Seward made the announcement at the construction site as work on the project commenced.

“When you get right down to it, the first priority of a public official is the safety of those he represents,” said Senator Seward.  “This grant is a key component of the funding needed to move this construction project forward and protect homes and infrastructure along East German Street Extension.”

October 27, 2014

Griffo To Host Public Service Commissioner In Open Forum

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo will host representatives from the Public Service Commission during a 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. forum Wednesday at the North Utica Senior Citizens Community Center, 50 Riverside Drive.

The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Commissioner Diane X. Burman and members of her office will give a 15 to 20 minute presentation and then open the floor to audience questions.

September 15, 2014

Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #28: What To Do With An Extra $4.2 Billion

Recently, a French bank named BNP Paribas admitted laundering $190 billion through financial institutions in our state. The money was originating in Sudan and Iran, two countries blacklisted by ours for their support of terrorist organizations.

The bank is paying a huge fine - $8.9 billion – for its crimes. Our state is receiving $3.6 billion from the settlement. It’s one of five financial settlements that will, together, bring in $4.2 billion in unexpected revenue in the 2015 fiscal year.

August 7, 2014

Griffo Calls for $4B Investment In Infrastructure, Schools, Tax Relief and Debt Relief

ALBANY – Senator Joseph A. Griffo today outlined how he believes the state should use its net $4.2 billion windfall from five financial settlements, as outlined in Monday’s state Division of Budget financial report (link opens PDF).

“In the context of a $142 billion spending plan, these settlements won’t pay for everything,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “It’s important to maintain perspective and prioritize. Creating new programs and funding pet projects may make some lawmakers look good, but it’s not a good use of a one-time revenue.”

August 5, 2014
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