Government Affairs Albany UpdateOctober 30, 2002
Mary Louise Mallick, Acting Secretary of the Senate Finance Committee, is among the invited guest speakers who have recently confirmed for the November 20th Issues Conference. Ms. Mallick will provide conference attendees with an update on the state's fiscal health and Senate Republican priorities for 2003.
The Conference will focus on The Business Council's top priorities for 2003 and will include presentations by the leadership of The Business Council on the "theme" for the year, specific pro-active action items we will be advancing and our grassroots program for achieving success.
The Conference will be held at the New York State Nurses Association near Albany International Airport.
Among the other speakers confirmed are Assemblyman Denny Farrell, Senator Kemp Hannon, E.J. McMahon of the Manhattan Institute and Mark Cohen of the state Office of Public Security.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) at the October 30th meeting of its Advisory Committee on the System Benefits Charge (SBC), on which The Business Council serves, reported that it has committed $555,079,901 million of the $932,136,226 million allotted to the New York Energy $mart Program. The program, originally scheduled for three years, was extended by the Public Service Commission in 2001 and now runs through 2005, essentially making it an eight year program. The programs under Energy $mart are "designed to continue energy-efficiency, low-income services, research and development, and environmental protection programs during the State's transition to electric-retail competition." The four general areas targeted by Energy $mart (energy efficiency, low-income, research and development, and environmental) are broken into smaller areas and programs designed to aid companies and organizations dealing with manufacturing, R & D, peak load reduction, combined heat and power (CHP), and energy efficient processes to name only a few. Programs are offered under public offering notices (PONs) and are usually awarded on a rolling basis.
For more information on NYSERDA funding/programs, access the NYSERDA web site at: http://www.nyserda.org/