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Issues at the state level that the Con Edison Government Relations team are currently engaged in or have recently followed...

NYS Legislature Concludes 2014 Legislative Session

The New York State Legislature concluded its 2014 legislative session on June 20th, 2014 after passing a number of energy-related measures, approving a last minute agreement to legalize medical marijuana, and advancing a component of Mayor de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” plan that would reduce the New York City speed limit to 25 miles per hour. Legislators now turn their attention to the campaign season as all seats in both houses of the legislature are up for election. Con Edison had several successes this session, including an expansion of joint bidding. Read More

2014 - 2015 Executive Budget

Governor Cuomo released his 2014-2015 Executive Budget today which proposes a $142 billion spending plan for the current fiscal year. The proposed budget has already been widely criticized as neglecting the needs of New York City  while favoring the upstate economy (largely manufacturing- and industrial-based) with a variety of targeted tax credits and economic development incentives.  Read More

2014 State of the State

Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his fourth annual State of the State address January 8th, kicking off the 2014 Legislative Session.  2014 is an important election year for New York’s elected officials including Governor Cuomo who is seeking a second term. His speech outlined the achievements of Cuomo’s first term and set forth his policy agenda for the upcoming year.  Read More

NYS Legislature Concludes 2013 Legislative Session

The New York State Legislature concluded the 2013 regular legislative session in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 22, taking action on several energy-related initiatives, including a wide-sweeping and controversial plan to restructure the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA).  Before breaking for the summer, the legislature also approved a host of net metering changes and tax relief for out-of-state mutual assistance workers aiding in restoration efforts similar to Superstorm Sandy. Read More

2013-2014 Executive Budget

Governor Cuomo’s third Executive Budget proposal, released January 22, attempts to close an estimated $1.35 billion deficit for the 2103-2014 fiscal year. The overall $142.6 billion budget includes $6 billion from the federal government for post-Sandy relief and the start-up of the federal health care program. Read More

2013 State of the State

On January 9, 2013, Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his annual State of the State address which outlined his long and short-term policy agenda. This was the third address of the democratic Governor’s term and focused on Hurricane Sandy-related initiatives such as utility hardening, enhancing the Public Service Commission’s (PSC) authority, privatizing LIPA, increasing alternative local renewable power sources, and lowering the RGGI cap to use some of the proceeds to fund such initiatives. Read More

Moreland Commission

The Moreland Commission presented its preliminary findings and recommendations to Governor Cuomo on January 7, 2013. Governor Cuomo established the Moreland Commission following Hurricane Sandy in order to study utilities’ responses to recent major weather events and to provide recommendations on how to overhaul the regulatory structure to ensure the system is better able to handle emergencies going forward. Read More

Champlain Hudson & NYS Energy Highway - State Senate Hearings

A coalition of New York State legislators, along with the Independent Power Producers of New York (IPPNY) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), is opposing the proposed construction of the Champlain Hudson Power Express (“CHPE”) project – a transmission line intended to bring up to 1,000 MW of hydropower from Canada to the New York metro area. Read More

Prevailing Wage

The state Senate and Assembly are considering legislation in Albany that would require electric and gas utilities to pay prevailing wages to all contracted service employees. It also makes the willful failure to file payroll records with the appropriate public agency a class E felony, and increases criminal penalties for failure to pay service work prevailing wages. Read More

On-bill Financing

Legislators have approved a bill creating a new "Article X" process for the siting of power plants in New York. The previous system expired more than eight years ago. The bill passed the Senate 59-3; the Assembly vote was 117-13. Read More

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