S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2011-2012 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
January 12, 2011
Introduced by Sen. PERKINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and Telecommuni-
AN ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to providing for the
notification of impending emergencies by electric corporations
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. The public service law is amended by adding a new section
54 to read as follows:
S 54. NOTIFICATION OF IMPENDING EMERGENCIES. 1. EVERY ELECTRIC CORPO-
RATION SHALL NOTIFY THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF A MUNICIPALITY OR THE
DESIGNATED AGENCY HEAD OR DEPARTMENT HEAD OF A MUNICIPALITY WHEN THERE
IS AN IMPENDING ELECTRICAL EMERGENCY THAT MAY AFFECT THE MUNICIPALITY.
EACH MUNICIPALITY NOTIFIED OF A PENDING ELECTRICAL EMERGENCY SHALL
PROVIDE APPROPRIATE NOTICE AND INFORMATION TO DESIGNATED MEDIA OUTLETS,
INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ELECTRONIC, PRINT, INTERNET OR OTHER DESIG-
NATED PUBLIC MEDIA OUTLETS SERVING SUCH AFFECTED MUNICIPALITY.
2. (A) THE COMMISSION, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, SHALL
PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS NECESSARY TO ENFORCE THE PROVISIONS OF
THIS SECTION. THE COMMISSION SHALL SOLICIT INPUT FROM ELECTRIC CORPO-
RATIONS AND MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS IN THE PROCESS OF FORMULATING SUCH RULES
(B) SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS SHALL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO
ESTABLISHING PROTOCOLS WHICH ADDRESS THE MAGNITUDE AND SEVERITY OF THE
IMPENDING EMERGENCY, AS WELL AS PROTOCOLS FOR NOTIFICATION OF THE
S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.