Issues: Utilities

Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013

Senator DeFrancisco Questions Agency Heads During Joint Public Budget Hearing on Human Services

As Chairman of the State Senate Finance Committee, I continue to seek important answers during ongoing budget hearings in Albany.  On the following Your Voice cable program, I discuss my questioning of the NYS Office of Children and Family Services Commissioner on the status of revised day care provider regulations. Finally on Your Voice, I talk about the effort to end the utility tax surcharge.

February 19, 2013

Ranzenhofer opposes 2% utility tax extension

Surcharge set to expire March 2014
Executive budget calls for 5-year extension
Businesses, consumers to pay $3 billion more in taxes


Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R, C, I – Amherst) has announced his opposition to a five-year extension of the 18-a surcharge as proposed in the Executive Budget.  The energy tax surcharge is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014.  

February 11, 2013

Senator Robach's Comments on Utility Tax

On Tuesday afternoon, February 5th, New York State Senator Joe Robach discussed his thoughts on the state's utility tax, which had been set to expire in March, 2014. Under Governor Cuomo's 2013-2014 Executive Budget plan, the tax would be increased to 2019.

February 6, 2013


Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma) joined with fellow members of the Senate Republican Conference and leaders of statewide business organizations to urge Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget. The 18-a surcharge, which has increased utility bills for every ratepayer in the state,  is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014.  

“Extending this surcharge will cost ratepayers almost $3 billion. Small businesses, working families and seniors, all struggling to keep up with high energy costs, cannot afford this burdensome utility tax any longer,” said Senator Gallivan. “Allowing the 18-a assessment surcharge to expire will also help to create jobs and make New York more economically competitive.”

February 5, 2013

Senator Farley Calls on Governor To Remove Utility Tax Surcharge Extension From Executive Budget

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectary) and fellow Senate Republicans recently urge Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget. The 18-a surcharge, which has increased utility bills for every ratepayer in the state, is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014. The Governor's proposed five-year extension would cost businesses and consumers a total of almost $3 billion. 

February 5, 2013

Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013

LaValle: Technologies Being Developed at Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Lab May Hold Solution to Storm Communication Woes.

 Mount Sinai, NY, December 04, 2012 -- New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Higher Education will be joined by representatives from the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, National Grid and PSE&G for a 2-hour roundtable discussion (closed to media) about the obstacles encountered during Hurricane/Super storm Sandy and how technologies being developed by Stony Brook’s Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology and Brookhaven National Laboratory may be of help in the future.

December 4, 2012

Super Storm Sandy - What's Next

As we continue to pick up the pieces from Super Storm Sandy here on Long Island and beyond, the process of finding answers to why this storm was so devastating to our area has begun. We need to figure out why the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) failed so miserably again and we need to find out what changes need to be made to further protect our coastal communities in the future.

November 20, 2012


Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) today announced several ways that Western New Yorkers, and all New Yorkers, can help the massive relief effort underway in the New York City Metro Area in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy that ravaged the Eastern Seaboard last week.

Gallivan urged New Yorkers to utilize The American Red Cross and Catholic Charities, or other trusted charitable organizations who have strong track records of efficiently and effectively distributing relief aid in disaster situations.

November 5, 2012

Senator Griffo & Assemblyman Brindisi to Convene Regional Meeting on Development & Water

Griffo, Brindisi Meeting with Local Leaders on Cooperative Economic Development and Water Resource Issues

October 30, 2012


Will Help Support Economic Development, Job Growth in the North Country

State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding Governor Cuomo’s authorization of a low-cost power supply contract that will help business owners cut down on expenses, create jobs and support economic growth in St. Lawrence County.

August 28, 2012

LIPA Warns Customers of Nationwide Utility Bill Scam

Uniondale, NY - The Long Island Power Authority is warning customers about a new nationwide utility bill scam claiming that President Obama will pay your utility bills through a new federal program. While there have been no reports of customers victimized by this latest scam, LIPA encourages anyone contacted to notify local law enforcement officials in your area to investigate.How the scam works:Consumers have been contacted in person, through fliers, social media and text messages with claims that President Obama is providing credits or applying payments to utility bills.

July 11, 2012

Krueger, Kellner: Delta Airline Emergency Underscores Need to Cancel MTS Plans, Reduce Bird Strike Dangers

New York – Yesterday, a bird strike forced a Delta Air Lines flight outbound from John F. Kennedy Airport to return and make an emergency landing. Thankfully, Flight 1063's engine problems following the bird strike did not result in disaster, and the aircraft returned to the airport under its own power. New York State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) and Assemblyman Micah Kellner (D-Manhattan) released the following statement in response:

“We all know New York City is crowded, and not just its streets and sidewalks. New York City’s sky is crowded, too – and while this bird strike occurred on a flight path out of JFK, it's a reminder that we need to work on mitigating the risks for all our airports. We agree with the Friends of LaGuardia Airport, former FAA officials who think that putting bird-attracting sanitation facilities in major flight paths is a bad idea. The planned North Shore and East 91st Street Marine Transfer Stations will attract more birds to LaGuardia's flight paths and increase the risks.”

April 20, 2012

Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012

Senator Gallivan Addresses 2012 State Budget In Video Message

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) speaks to the taxpayers and families of Western New York concerning the just enacted 2012 State Budget.

April 4, 2012

State Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget That Respects Taxpayers

Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.

“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”

April 3, 2012

Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on 2012-13 State Budget

Governor Cuomo released the following announcement on March 27, 2012:

The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.

March 29, 2012


Gallivan: “Senate Plan Cuts Taxes, Reforms Medicaid, Protects Seniors and Schools.”

The New York State Senate voted to approve its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution, continuing its focus on state spending, job creation, and structural reform to government.

The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends less than the Executive Budget. The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.

March 13, 2012
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