senate Bill S1614B

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Authorizes the New York state energy research and development authority to develop a temporary middle income home energy assistance program; appropriation

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Feb 10, 2014 reported and committed to finance
Feb 03, 2014 print number 1614b
amend and recommit to energy and telecommunications
Jan 08, 2014 referred to energy and telecommunications
Apr 03, 2013 print number 1614a
amend (t) and recommit to finance
Feb 27, 2013 reported and committed to finance
Jan 09, 2013 referred to energy and telecommunications

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Feb 10, 2014 - Energy and Telecommunications committee Vote

S1614B
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Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
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Absent
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Excused
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Energy and Telecommunications Committee Vote: Feb 10, 2014

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Feb 27, 2013 - Energy and Telecommunications committee Vote

S1614
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committee
9
Aye
0
Nay
2
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
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Committee Vote: Feb 27, 2013

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S1614 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Appropriations
Laws Affected:
Amd §1854, Pub Auth L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1064A
2009-2010: S2457

S1614 - Bill Texts

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Authorizes the New York state energy research and development authority to develop, implement, administer and operate a temporary middle income home energy assistance program.

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BILL NUMBER:S1614 REVISED 4/2/13

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in
relation to authorizing the New York state energy research and
development authority to develop a temporary middle income home energy
assistance program and providing for the repeal of such provisions
upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE: To establish a program which will provide home heating fuel
assistance to middle-income families who would otherwise not qualify
under the State/Federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one of the legislation establishes, within the New York State
Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), and with the
assistance of the Department of Taxation and Finance, the Temporary
Middle Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Section two enacts the legislation immediately and sunsets the program
on April 1, 2014.

EXISTING LAW: This is a new program. The Low Income Home Energy
Assistance Program, after which this program is modeled, is
established in Social Services Law § 97. LIHEAP is administered by the
Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, is federally-funded,
and has income eligibility criteria.

(See, http://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/.)

JUSTIFICATION: Although natural gas prices have stabilized, the cost
of heating oil, wood pellets and propane has not remained stable. With
the onset of colder weather, it is anticipated home heating costs may
approach or exceed the record costs seen in the winter of 2010-2011.
When coupled with the continuing slow recovery of New York's
employment, stagnation of wages and erosion of middle-class savings
during the "Great Recession," it is a clear that there may be
widespread inability of New Yorkers to pay their heating bills. At the
same time, funding for low-income heating assistance is falling. Over
the last two years, heating assistance funding has been cut to $3.5
billion from $5.1 billion in 2010. Finally, the number of households
receiving assistance fell by 1.1 million over the period. Averting a
catastrophe is imperative. And by providing a State-funded Middle
Income Home Energy Assistance program we are delivering immediate help
on an emergency basis to middle-income families.

The program will be funded through proceeds from carbon permits
auctioned as part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S.1064A - Referred to Energy &
Telecommunications 2009-2010:S.2457 - Referred to Energy &
Telecommunications 2008-2009: S.8757A - Referred to Rules

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: This bill is estimated to cost $1 million in
State revenue.


EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall
expire and be deemed repealed April 1, 2014.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1614

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
  cations

AN  ACT  to amend the public authorities law, in relation to authorizing
  the New York state energy research and development authority to devel-
  op a temporary  middle  income  home  energy  assistance  program  and
  providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 1854 of the public authorities law  is  amended  by
adding a new subdivision 9 to read as follows:
  9.  TEMPORARY  MIDDLE  INCOME  HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. (A) THE
AUTHORITY IS AUTHORIZED, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF  TAXATION
AND  FINANCE,  TO DEVELOP, IMPLEMENT, ADMINISTER AND OPERATE A PLAN, AND
HOLD AND SECURE  FUNDS  AVAILABLE  FOR  SUCH  PLAN,  TO  MAKE  AVAILABLE
ONE-TIME  SUPPLEMENTING  GRANTS  FOR  THE  PURPOSE OF ASSISTING ELIGIBLE
HOUSEHOLDS TO OBTAIN HOME HEATING FUEL.
  (B) FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THE  TERM  "HOME  HEATING  FUEL"
SHALL  MEAN  FUEL  OIL,  COAL,  WOOD, PROPANE, NATURAL GAS, ELECTRICITY,
STEAM, KEROSENE AND ANY OTHER FUEL WHEN  USED  FOR  RESIDENTIAL  HEATING
PURPOSES.
  (C) THE AUTHORITY IS REQUIRED, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PLAN ESTABLISHED
IN  PARAGRAPH  (A)  OF THIS SUBDIVISION, TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TEMPORARY
MIDDLE INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  AND  TO  ASSIST  ELIGIBLE
HOUSEHOLDS TO OBTAIN MIDDLE INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE.
  (D)  PERSONS  WHO  QUALIFY FOR MIDDLE INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE IN
ACCORDANCE WITH STANDARDS PROMULGATED BY THE AUTHORITY, SHALL BE  CERTI-
FIED  AS  ELIGIBLE  FOR AND ENTITLED TO RECEIVE SUCH HOME ENERGY ASSIST-
ANCE. NO PERSON, HOWEVER, SHALL BE CERTIFIED AS ELIGIBLE FOR  AND  ENTI-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02401-01-3

S. 1614                             2

TLED  TO  RECEIVE  SUCH  HOME  ENERGY  ASSISTANCE  IF NO STATE FUNDS ARE
AVAILABLE FOR SUCH PURPOSE.
  (E) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY INCONSISTENT PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY,
THE AMOUNT OF ANY HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS OR ALLOWANCES PROVIDED
TO  AN ELIGIBLE HOUSEHOLD UNDER SUCH PLAN SHALL NOT BE CONSIDERED INCOME
OR RESOURCES OF SUCH HOUSEHOLDS, OR  OF  ANY  MEMBER  THEREOF,  FOR  ANY
PURPOSE UNDER ANY STATE LAW.
  (F)  EXPENDITURES  MADE  BY THE AUTHORITY PURSUANT TO THE STATE MIDDLE
INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, INCLUDING THE COSTS  OF  ADMINIS-
TRATION,  SHALL  BE  SUBJECT TO ONE HUNDRED PERCENT REIMBURSEMENT BY THE
STATE, IF AND FOR AS LONG AS STATE FUNDS  ARE  AVAILABLE  FOR  THE  FULL
AMOUNT OF SUCH EXPENDITURES.
  (G)  ADMINISTRATIVE  FUNDS  TO IMPLEMENT THE PROGRAM DESCRIBED IN THIS
SUBDIVISION AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVELS SHALL BE SET AT TEN PERCENT OF
THE TOTAL AMOUNT ALLOCATED. ADMINISTRATIVE MONIES SHALL BE DERIVED  FROM
FUNDS IDENTIFIED BY THE DIVISION OF THE BUDGET.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
deemed repealed April 1, 2014.

S1614A - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Appropriations
Laws Affected:
Amd §1854, Pub Auth L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1064A
2009-2010: S2457

S1614A - Bill Texts

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Authorizes the New York state energy research and development authority to develop, implement, administer and operate a temporary middle income home energy assistance program.

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S1614A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in
relation to authorizing the New York state energy research and
development authority to develop a temporary middle income home energy
assistance program; making an appropriation therefor and providing for
the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE: To establish a program which will provide home heating fuel
assistance to middle-income families who would otherwise not qualify
under the State/Federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one of the legislation establishes, within the New York State
Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), and with the
assistance of the Department of Taxation and Finance, the Temporary
Middle Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Section three enacts the legislation immediately and sunsets the
program on April 1, 2014.

EXISTING LAW: This is a new program. The Low Income Home Energy
Assistance Program, after which this program is modeled, is
established in Social Services Law § 97. LIHEAP is administered by the
Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, is federally-funded,
and has income eligibility criteria.

(See, http://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/.)

JUSTIFICATION: Although natural gas prices have stabilized, the cost
of heating oil, wood pellets and propane has not remained stable. With
the onset of colder weather, it is anticipated home heating costs may
approach or exceed the record costs seen in the winter of 2010-2011.
When coupled with the continuing slow recovery of New York's
employment, stagnation of wages and erosion of middle-class savings
during the "Great Recession," it is a clear that there may be
widespread inability of New Yorkers to pay their heating bills. At the
same time, funding for low-income heating assistance is falling. Over
the last two years, heating assistance funding has been cut to $3.5
billion from $5.1 billion in 2010. Finally, the number of households
receiving assistance fell by 1.1 million over the period. Averting a
catastrophe is imperative. And by providing a State-funded Middle
Income Home Energy Assistance program we are delivering immediate help
on an emergency basis to middle-income families.

The program will be funded through proceeds from carbon permits
auctioned as part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2011-12: S.1064A - Referred to Energy & Telecommunications
2009-2010: S.2457 - Referred to Energy & Telecommunications
2008-2009: S.8757A - Referred to Rules

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: This bill is estimated to cost $1 million in
State revenue.


EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall
expire and be deemed repealed April 1, 2014.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 1614--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
  cations -- reported favorably from said committee and committed to the
  Committee  on  Finance  -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation  to  authorizing
  the New York state energy research and development authority to devel-
  op a temporary middle income home energy assistance program; making an
  appropriation therefor and providing for the repeal of such provisions
  upon expiration thereof

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 1854 of the public authorities law  is  amended  by
adding a new subdivision 9 to read as follows:
  9.  TEMPORARY  MIDDLE  INCOME  HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. (A) THE
AUTHORITY IS AUTHORIZED, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF  TAXATION
AND  FINANCE,  TO DEVELOP, IMPLEMENT, ADMINISTER AND OPERATE A PLAN, AND
HOLD FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR SUCH PLAN, TO MAKE AVAILABLE  ONE-TIME  SUPPLE-
MENTING  GRANTS  FOR  THE  PURPOSE  OF  ASSISTING ELIGIBLE HOUSEHOLDS TO
OBTAIN HOME HEATING FUEL.
  (B) FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THE  TERM  "HOME  HEATING  FUEL"
SHALL  MEAN  FUEL  OIL,  COAL,  WOOD, PROPANE, NATURAL GAS, ELECTRICITY,
STEAM, KEROSENE AND ANY OTHER FUEL WHEN  USED  FOR  RESIDENTIAL  HEATING
PURPOSES.
  (C) THE AUTHORITY IS REQUIRED, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PLAN ESTABLISHED
IN  PARAGRAPH  (A)  OF THIS SUBDIVISION, TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TEMPORARY
MIDDLE INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  AND  TO  ASSIST  ELIGIBLE
HOUSEHOLDS TO OBTAIN MIDDLE INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE.
  (D)  PERSONS  WHO  QUALIFY FOR MIDDLE INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE IN
ACCORDANCE WITH STANDARDS PROMULGATED BY THE AUTHORITY, SHALL BE  CERTI-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02401-05-3

S. 1614--A                          2

FIED  AS  ELIGIBLE  FOR AND ENTITLED TO RECEIVE SUCH HOME ENERGY ASSIST-
ANCE. NO PERSON, HOWEVER, SHALL BE CERTIFIED AS ELIGIBLE FOR  AND  ENTI-
TLED  TO  RECEIVE  SUCH  HOME  ENERGY  ASSISTANCE  IF NO STATE FUNDS ARE
AVAILABLE FOR SUCH PURPOSE.
  (E) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY INCONSISTENT PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY,
THE AMOUNT OF ANY HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS OR ALLOWANCES PROVIDED
TO  AN ELIGIBLE HOUSEHOLD UNDER SUCH PLAN SHALL NOT BE CONSIDERED INCOME
OR RESOURCES OF SUCH HOUSEHOLDS, OR  OF  ANY  MEMBER  THEREOF,  FOR  ANY
PURPOSE UNDER ANY STATE LAW.
  S  2.  The sum of one million dollars ($1,000,000), or so much thereof
as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated to the New York state energy
research and development authority out of any moneys in the state treas-
ury in the general fund to the credit of the state  purposes  fund,  not
otherwise  appropriated, and made immediately available, for the purpose
of  supporting  the  temporary  middle  income  home  energy  assistance
program.    Such moneys shall be payable on the audit and warrant of the
comptroller on vouchers certified or approved  by  the  New  York  state
energy  research  and  development authority in the manner prescribed by
law.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall  expire  and  be
deemed repealed April 1, 2014.

S1614B (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Appropriations
Laws Affected:
Amd §1854, Pub Auth L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1064A
2009-2010: S2457

S1614B (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Authorizes the New York state energy research and development authority to develop, implement, administer and operate a temporary middle income home energy assistance program.

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S1614B

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in
relation to authorizing the New York state energy research and
development authority to develop a temporary middle income home energy
assistance program; making an appropriation therefor and providing for
the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE:

To establish a program which will provide home heating fuel assistance
to middle-income families who would otherwise not qualify under the
State/Federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one of the legislation establishes, within the New York State
Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), and with the
assistance of the Department of Taxation and Finance, the Temporary
Middle Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Section two appropriates $1,000,000 for the purpose of enacting this
temporary program of assistance to middle-income New Yorkers.

Section three enacts the legislation immediately and sunsets the
program on April 1, 2015.

EXISTING LAW:

This is a new program. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program,
after which this program is modeled, is established in Social Services
Law § 97. LIHEAP is administered by the Office of Temporary and
Disability Assistance, is federally-funded, and has income eligibility
criteria. (See, http://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap)

JUSTIFICATION:

Although natural gas prices have stabilized, the cost of heating oil,
wood pellets and propane has not remained stable. With the onset of
colder weather, it is anticipated home heating costs may approach or
exceed the record costs seen in the winter of 2010-2011. When coupled
with the continuing slow recovery of New York's employment, stagnation
of wages and erosion of middle-class savings during the "Great
Recession," it is a clear that there may be widespread inability of
New Yorkers to pay their heating bills. At the same time, funding for
low-income heating assistance is falling. Over the last two years,
heating assistance funding has been cut to $3.5 billion from $5.1
billion in 2010. Finally, the number of households receiving
assistance fell by 1.1 million over the period. Averting a catastrophe
is imperative. And by providing a State-funded Middle Income Home
Energy Assistance program we are delivering immediate help on an
emergency basis to middle-income families.

The program will be funded through proceeds from carbon permits
auctioned as part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:


2011-12: S.1064-A - Referred to Energy & Telecommunications
2009-2010: S.2457 - Referred to Energy & Telecommunications
2008-2009: S.8757-A - Referred to Rules

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

This bill is estimated to cost $1 million in State revenue.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed
repealed April 1, 2015.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 1614--B

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
  cations -- reported favorably from said committee and committed to the
  Committee  on  Finance  -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee --  recommitted
  to  the  Committee on Energy and Telecommunications in accordance with
  Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to amend the public authorities law, in relation to authorizing
  the New York state energy research and development authority to devel-
  op a temporary middle income home energy assistance program; making an
  appropriation therefor and providing for the repeal of such provisions
  upon expiration thereof

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Section  1854 of the public authorities law is amended by
adding a new subdivision 9 to read as follows:
  9. TEMPORARY MIDDLE INCOME HOME ENERGY  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM.  (A)  THE
AUTHORITY  IS AUTHORIZED, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION
AND FINANCE, TO DEVELOP, IMPLEMENT, ADMINISTER AND OPERATE A  PLAN,  AND
HOLD  FUNDS  AVAILABLE FOR SUCH PLAN, TO MAKE AVAILABLE ONE-TIME SUPPLE-
MENTING GRANTS FOR THE  PURPOSE  OF  ASSISTING  ELIGIBLE  HOUSEHOLDS  TO
OBTAIN HOME HEATING FUEL.
  (B)  FOR  PURPOSES  OF  THIS SUBDIVISION, THE TERM "HOME HEATING FUEL"
SHALL MEAN FUEL OIL, COAL,  WOOD,  PROPANE,  NATURAL  GAS,  ELECTRICITY,
STEAM,  KEROSENE  AND  ANY  OTHER FUEL WHEN USED FOR RESIDENTIAL HEATING
PURPOSES.
  (C) THE AUTHORITY IS REQUIRED, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PLAN ESTABLISHED
IN PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION, TO PARTICIPATE  IN  THE  TEMPORARY

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02401-06-4

S. 1614--B                          2

MIDDLE  INCOME  HOME  ENERGY  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM AND TO ASSIST ELIGIBLE
HOUSEHOLDS TO OBTAIN MIDDLE INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE.
  (D)  PERSONS  WHO  QUALIFY FOR MIDDLE INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE IN
ACCORDANCE WITH STANDARDS PROMULGATED BY THE AUTHORITY, SHALL BE  CERTI-
FIED  AS  ELIGIBLE  FOR AND ENTITLED TO RECEIVE SUCH HOME ENERGY ASSIST-
ANCE. NO PERSON, HOWEVER, SHALL BE CERTIFIED AS ELIGIBLE FOR  AND  ENTI-
TLED  TO  RECEIVE  SUCH  HOME  ENERGY  ASSISTANCE  IF NO STATE FUNDS ARE
AVAILABLE FOR SUCH PURPOSE.
  (E) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY INCONSISTENT PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY,
THE AMOUNT OF ANY HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS OR ALLOWANCES PROVIDED
TO AN ELIGIBLE HOUSEHOLD UNDER SUCH PLAN SHALL NOT BE CONSIDERED  INCOME
OR  RESOURCES  OF  SUCH  HOUSEHOLDS,  OR  OF ANY MEMBER THEREOF, FOR ANY
PURPOSE UNDER ANY STATE LAW.
  S 2. The sum of one million dollars ($1,000,000), or so  much  thereof
as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated to the New York state energy
research and development authority out of any moneys in the state treas-
ury  in  the  general fund to the credit of the state purposes fund, not
otherwise appropriated, and made immediately available, for the  purpose
of  supporting  the  temporary  middle  income  home  energy  assistance
program.  Such moneys shall be payable on the audit and warrant  of  the
comptroller  on  vouchers  certified  or  approved by the New York state
energy research and development authority in the  manner  prescribed  by
law.
  S  3.  This  act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
deemed repealed April 1, 2015.

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