Issues: Utilities

Patch: Save Our Trees: Locals Speak Out Against Clearcutting

Amy Kupfberg, a Hartsdale resident, stood before about forty concerned citizens and a hearing officer for New York's Public Service Commission Tuesday and said: "My mantra used to be 'I love shoes.' But now everything I do is about saving trees."

Residents from around Westchester converged in the Greenburgh Public Library to take the state Public Service Commission to task regarding its current regulations for the clearing of trees near power transmission lines…

"The PSC must use the hammer at its disposal to regulate the utility company's actions," State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. "Lawmakers will be able to forgo legislation and fines if you would just regulate."

August 30, 2010
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PROTECTING NEW YORK’S DRINKING WATER

Senator Savino Joins Democratic Colleagues, Actor Mark Ruffalo, Residents & Advocates to Urge Moratorium on Gas Drilling Which Could Pollute NYC’s Drinking Water (New York, NY) Gas drilling in New York could contaminate the drinking water of more than 12 million NYC-area residents. Putting public safety over the interests of gas companies, the Senate Democratic Majority has passed legislation mandating a temporary moratorium on gas drilling (“hydro-fracking”) to ensure adequate time to research safety measures and regulations.  The Senate, on August 3, 2010, overwhelmingly passed S8129B/Thompson by a vote of 48-9.

August 11, 2010
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Protecting New York's Water And Holding Gas Corporations Accountable: Senate Bill Mandates Moratorium To Allow For Comprehensive Study Of Drilling In Marcellus Shale

Continuing to put public safety over special interests, the Senate Democratic Majority passed a moratorium on gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale to prevent the potentially hazardous contamination of the state’s water supply. Through the moratorium, gas and oil companies would be restricted from hastily endangering the health and economic well-being of more than 12 million local residents who draw their water from the affected area by engaging a process known as hydraulic fracturing or hydro-fracking. 

August 4, 2010
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Putting New York Back to Work: Senate Majority Passes Job Creation Package

10-point plan Creates Jobs, Grows Small Businesses & Attracts New Investments

The Senate Democratic Majority passed a comprehensive jobs package of 10 bills that will put New Yorkers back to work, create new jobs and spur economic growth for businesses across the state. The Majority’s jobs plan, which comes immediately after the Senate Majority passed Energizing New York, a permanent program to replace Power for Jobs, will:

June 23, 2010
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Legislative Activity For June 14, 2010: Senate Passes Legislation To Keep Government Working, Reduce Spending And More

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation to keep government working, preserving essential services used to support employment, health, public safety, transportation, and education related programs, while achieving nearly $330 million spending reductions to close the budget gap.

June 14, 2010
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Journal News: Utilities agree to hear public's concerns

State utility regulators are opening up a public discussion of the best way to protect electricity transmission lines without companies clear-cutting everything in their path.

"I think we heard that perhaps there can be some improvements in how utilities do it," said Anne Dalton, a spokeswoman from the state Public Service Commission.

April 19, 2010
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Statement from Senator Martin Malavé Dilan

Re: Funding New York’s Road and Bridge Work“There is no reason, cause or justification for withholding funding to the hundreds of road crews and contractors hard at work around the state maintaining our transportation infrastructure. To continue shortchanging New York’s roads and bridges is a path that will lead to disaster.

April 8, 2010
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The Journal News: Con Ed's cutting style angers residents

State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, brought the PSC down for the residents' meetings and to tour some of the backyards, only to see local ire move from Con Edison and its tree-cutting subcontractors to state bureaucrats who locals think are too relaxed in their monitoring of quality-of-life issues. [...] cited are contractors with little supervision and no connection to community concerns who are given leeway within property lines to protect all the utilities' wires from falling under a tree's weight.

March 7, 2010
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Sen. Foley Discusses Legislation to Expand Clean Energy Credits

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) helped pass major legislation to expand clean energy credits in New York State. The legislation (S. 6700) will enable residents to take full advantage of net metering, a program that offers utility bill discounts in exchange for unused power generated through alternative energy sources. The program applies to power generated through wind and solar energy sources.

February 24, 2010
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New York State Legislative Report with Senator Martin Dilan

Senator Dilan speaks with Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli about upcoming budget priorities, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the state of New York's roads and bridges.

February 9, 2010
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Downstate businesses pay half of new tax on utilities; While WNY businesses struggle to survive, create jobs

Tonawanda, NY – The two-percent tax on utility bills, included in the State budget earlier this year, excludes the Long Island Power Authority.  The law only requires Long Island Power Authority customers to pay a one percent tax.

October 1, 2009
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Senator Larkin Cosponsors Legislation To Repeal Utility Tax Increase

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) cosponsored legislation that would repeal a new tax on utilities included in the 2009-10 state budget.

Senate Bill 6132 would repeal a new law that went into effect July 1st requiring individuals and businesses to pay a 2% New York State Mandated tax for gas and electric utilities. The money from this tax will be sent directly to the state's general fund.

September 30, 2009
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Green Jobs, Green Homes, Green New York

What if you could create fourteen thousand new jobs, and save New Yorkers one billion dollars on energy bills at the same time, without additional cost to taxpayers?

A bill that I co-sponsored and which passed in the State Senate last week will do just that.

The Green Jobs/Green New York initiative will get to the heart of two of Central New York’s biggest issues—the availability of permanent, skilled jobs and high energy costs.

September 11, 2009
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New Law Will Give Communities Voices

NYRI. Those four letters will forever evoke feelings of anger and frustration throughout communities in Madison and Oneida counties. Though the upside of the NYRI fight and subsequent victory was the successful coalescence of residents to fight for their homes and communities, none of us want to be forced to go through that battle again.

September 1, 2009
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Valesky-sponsored new law will help communities fight future projects like NYRI

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—To help prevent projects like New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI) that could decimate Upstate communities against the will of local people, State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and Assemblywoman RoAnn M. Destito (D/WF-Rome) sponsored legislation signed into law this week that will make financial resources available to communities to make their voices heard.

 The legislation (S1599) resulted from the community outcry and subsequent defeat of the New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI) project in Oneida and Madison Counties.

September 1, 2009
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Assistance Guide for Rural Water and Sewage Management

Guide to regional, state and federal financial and technical assistance for water and sewer infrastructure development and water quality management.

August 31, 2009
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO REPEAL GOVERNOR’S UTILITY TAX INCREASE

State Senator Mike Nozzolio recently introduced legislation that would repeal the unnecessary new tax on utilities included in Governor Paterson’s 2009-10 State Budget. If enacted, this legislation would save homeowners and businesses over $500 million on their gas and electric bills.

August 26, 2009
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Ranzenhofer, Hawley call on residents to sign petition to repeal 2% utility tax; Introduce legislation to immediately repeal the tax

Batavia, NY –  New York State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer and State Assemblyman Steve Hawley called on residents today to sign petitions calling for the repeal of the new 2% tax on all utility bills.

August 20, 2009
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SENATOR AUBERTINE APPOINTED CHAIR OF LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION ON RURAL RESOURCES

 

ANNOUNCES PLAN FOR UPSTATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

February 25, 2009
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