Government Affairs Albany UpdateFebruary 22, 2002
- Legislative Committees – Week of February 25
- Last Chance to Comment on State Energy Plan
- Post Enron Audit Legislation in NYS
The Legislature will be returning to town on Monday, February 25. There will be a number of public officials appearing before Senate and Assembly Committees, including:
- Richard Mills, Education Commissioner,
will speak before the Assembly Education Committee on Tuesday,
February 26 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 835 LOB.
- James Kallstrom, Director of the
New York State Office of Public Security, will address
the Assembly Governmental Operations Committee on Tuesday,
February 26 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 623 LOB.
- Margaret DeFrancisco, Director of
the Division of the Lottery, will address the Assembly
Racing and Wagering Committee on Tuesday, February 26
at 1:30 p.m. in Room 846 LOB.
- May Chao, nominee as Chairwoman of the Consumer Protection Board, will appear before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, February 26. The meeting will be called off the Senate Floor.
The State Energy Planning Board is nearing the end of their scheduled hearings. The Board has already had six hearings in upstate and Western New York. The State Energy Planning Board is comprised of the departments of Public Service, Environmental Conservation, Economic Development, Transportation and the Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The Board is chaired by the President of NYSERDA. The hearings are designed to provide public input on the draft State Energy Plan (SEP) that was released in late December 2001. The State Energy Plan must be updated every four years according to the State's Energy Law. The plan serves as a guide and broad policy document in regards to energy needs and forecasts.
Interested members are strongly encouraged
to submit comments on the SEP. In June
2001, The Business Council submitted
10 recommendations for inclusion in the
draft SEP. The Business Council is currently
compiling comments for the SEP public
hearing to be held in Albany on
March 5th. This is the last opportunity
for input on the final SEP. Interested
members can access these recommendation
on The Business Council's Energy page
A copy of the draft SEP can be accessed on the NYSERDA web page at: http://www.nyserda.org/sep.html
In addition, on February 25th at 1:30 p.m., The Business Council's Energy Committee will be addressed by Mr. William Flynn, Chairman of the State Energy Planning Board. Mr. Flynn will outline the progress to date on the SEP and the information being presented at the hearings held around the state.
The last three hearings are as follows:
February 26, 2002 / Sessions at 10 a.m.
and 2 p.m.
W Hotel at Times Square
1567 Broadway at 47th Street, New York, NY 10036
February 27, 2002 / Sessions at 10 a.m.
and 2 p.m.
Brooklyn Museum of Art
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238
March 5, 2002 / Sessions at 9 a.m. and
Department of Environmental Conservation
Public Assembly Room, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233
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