Buffalo's John Koelmel was confirmed as a member of the Board of Trustees of the New York Power Authority, and is expected to be shortly named Chairman of the nation's largest public power company.
Koelmel, who is the CEO of the First Niagara Bank, discusses his experience and vision for NYPA during a nomination hearing Tuesday before the Senate's Energy Committee.
Senator Patty Ritchie, who is a member of that committee, spoke to Koelmel, and urged him to focus on the North Country and NYPA's role in helping to support local business and grow the region's economy.
State Senators Patty Ritchie and Hugh T. Farley joined with Assemblymen Jim Tedisco, George Amedore and Pete Lopez to announce new legislation, the “Family Farmers and Apple Growers Relief Act,” to help apple growers and farmers who have lost a significant amount of their crops due to the extreme weather state area has experienced this year.
Mark Davis' family were in the Senate Chamber 5/22 to watch as "Mark's Law" won the Senate's approval in an overwhelming, bipartisan vote.
The photo above shows Mark's brother, Michael; sister, Maricia; Mom, Marsha, and Dad, Larry, with Senator Ritchie, in the Senate Chamber prior to the vote.
"I hope (Mark) gets a chance to hear it, sense it, feel it somehow or someway. Isn't that what makes life worth living? Things like this? When people come together and change things to a better degree. That's what it's all about," said Marsha.
Bipartisan Measure Sparked by Oswego County Motorcycle Deaths
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced her bill that would improve motorcycle safety by including awareness training in the DMV’s mandatory, pre-licensing courses has passed unanimously in the Senate.“This is just one more step towards making our highways safer for both motorcyclists and those traveling on four wheels,” said Senator Ritchie. “By teaching people how to properly share the road, we can cut down on accidents and help save lives.”
State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced a comprehensive legislative package to continue cutting state taxes and spending, and propel new job growth across Central and Northern New York, and the entire state.
The Senate’s “2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan” (S.7448) aims to help private business create thousands of new jobs, by delivering tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers, reducing energy costs and enacting major fiscal reforms to make New York State more competitive.