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Maziarz Announces 'Power for Jobs' Reform Advancing

Maziarz Announces 'Power for Jobs' Reform Advancing

The New York State Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee has approved legislation to reform the Power for Jobs program which provides low-cost hydroelectric power to Upstate businesses.

The measure would eventually phase out the Power for Jobs program and replace it with a new "ReCharge NY" power plan. This new plan would allow businesses to enter agreements with the New York Power Authority for seven year contracts. 

“The best use for low-cost hydropower generated primarily at places like the Niagara Power Project, which is located in my Senate district, and the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project, is to support economic development,” Senator Maziarz added.  “This is a comprehensive reform that will have a huge impact on New York State.  We cannot afford not to get this passed, and I look forward to continuing to work with Governor Cuomo and my Senate and Assembly colleagues to get it done.”

Orleans County Chairman David Callard Appointed to Statewide Economic Development Committee

Orleans County Chairman David Callard Appointed to Statewide Economic Development Committee

ALBION, NY - Orleans County Chairman David Callard has been appointed to serve on the Standing Committee on Economic Development, Environment and Rural Affairs for the New York State Association of Counties. The committee will meet next Monday, February 7th as part of the NYSAC Legislative Conference in Albany.

“NYSAC's standing committees play an important role in helping us shape statewide county policies and positions on economic development issues.

Statement From Senator George Maziarz

Statement From Senator George Maziarz

*This statement was received by WGRZ from Senator George Maziarz in response to the Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Budget.* 

“High property taxes are forcing people and jobs out of our state.  We must create a better climate for economic growth, and having more control over property taxes is critical to that goal.  More than eight in ten New Yorkers agree that the property tax cap is a step in the right direction.  That is an overwhelming majority, and we owe it to them to act. 

I am happy to be working with Governor Cuomo to bring about a property tax cap in New York.  Today I voted in favor of the proposal he asked the Legislature to adopt.  Now that the Senate has taken action on the Governor’s plan, I hope the Assembly will follow suit. 

The Senate has passed and I have voted for at l

Slaughter Responds to the State of the Union

Last night the President laid out a vision of America that he’s matching with planned investments to make them more than dreams.

It is his belief, and it is also mine, that America is capable of big things once again.

I was pleased to hear that his administration has highlighted high speed rail as one of the visions we will invest in to make it a reality. It will help rebuild Upstate New York and it is an investment worth making.

I look forward to working with him on this as well as rebuilding our infrastructure, increasing the number of college graduates so we will once again lead the world, and building a new economy as we protect American jobs with strong intellectual property rights.

 

Rep. Slaughter Speaks on the House Floor, Says Repeal of Health Care Reform is Discriminatory

Rep. Slaughter Speaks on the House Floor, Says Repeal of Health Care Reform is Discriminatory

"Any attempt to repeal or defund this legislation is simply unfair to us, our daughters, our mothers and our granddaughters" Slaughter says.

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28) today called repeal of the Affordable Care Act discriminatory as she defending the landmark legislation. Her comments on the floor of the House of Representatives came as the Republican-lead House continues day two of their futile attempt to strip rights away from women and benefits from seniors, families and small businesses.

A transcript of Slaughter’s remarks are included below.

Video of her floor speech is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl99J3DpbIw

Orleans County Chamber of Commerce Hosts Legislative Luncheon

Orleans County Chamber of Commerce Hosts Legislative Luncheon

ORLEANS COUNTY, NY – The Orleans County Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday that its 2011 Legislative Luncheon will be held on January 28, 2011 from 11 am- 2 pm at Tillman’s Village Inn.  Reservations are required and the cost is $18 per member, and $28 for a future member.  Menu choices include broiled haddock Almandine, veggie lasagna, and boneless chicken breast.  Honorary guests to date include George Maziarz and Steve Hawley.  Reservations are held at the door with payment in full by Janurary 18th has been set.  Call 589-7727 for more information.