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Public Power NY Coalition Responds to Hochul’s Budget

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 1, 2023Contact: info@publicpowerny.org Aaron Eisenberg, (914)980-9117 Albany, New York – Today Governor Kathy Hochul announced that her budget proposal includes aspects of the Build Public Renewables Act (BPRA), a widely popular piece of legislation that passed the Senate last year. Hochul’s plan allows the New York Power Authority to build renewable energy and requires the DPS to provide some discount for low-income New Yorkers, but fails to include key labor provisions and other critical elements of BPRA that will ensure access to affordable clean energy, create good union jobs, and provide a safer, secure future for New… Read More »Public Power NY Coalition Responds to Hochul’s Budget

Public Power NY Calls on Speaker Carl Heastie to Convene Special Climate Session August 3 to Pass Build Public Renewables Act

Last Thursday, July 28, the New York State Assembly conducted a marathon public hearing on the Build Public Renewables Act (BPRA). The testimony overwhelmingly supported the bill. On the first two panels, seven of the eight speakers, including a member of the Nobel Prize-winning International Panel on Climate Change, testified to the urgent need for the Build Public Renewables Act and to charge the New York Power Authority with building clean, renewable, affordable power generation if and when it is clear that private developers are unable to meet the demand. 

Public Power NY Responds to Speaker Carl Heastie on Long Island

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  July 21, 2022 Contact: info@publicpowerny.org Aaron Eisenberg, (914)980-9117 Last night, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie joined Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee Chair Steve Englebright for an environmental community forum  in Gordon Heights, NY. One attendee,  a public school teacher from Centereach, spoke out in support of the Build Public Renewables Act (BPRA). The teacher went on to ask Speaker Heastie to support the  bill and to call a special session to pass the BPRA.  The BPRA is a tender spot for the Speaker. At the end of session, despite the bill passing the NY State Senate and having 83… Read More »Public Power NY Responds to Speaker Carl Heastie on Long Island

Public Power NY Responds to Governor Hochul

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  July 6, 2022 Contact: info@publicpowerny.org Aaron Eisenberg, (914)980-9117 Yesterday, Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law three climate bills. These three climate bills were not included in the Climate Can’t Wait package of the eleven most consequential climate bills in Albany this past year. While these three bills she signed are positive steps, to describe them as New York answering the Supreme Court and leading on climate, is gaslighting at its finest. The facts remain the same: we are at 4% wind and solar across New York with no pathway to meeting our renewables mandate. Substantive other climate… Read More »Public Power NY Responds to Governor Hochul

Public Power NY Responds to West Virginia v. EPA Decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  June 30th, 2022 Contact: info@publicpowerny.org Aaron Eisenberg, (914)980-9117 Today, the Supreme Court continued their weeklong assault on democracy by limiting the power of the Federal Government to regulate carbon emissions. This stunning overreach continues the enforcement of minority rule. If we cannot rely on the federal government to monitor and bring down emissions in the climate crisis, our only path forward is leading at the state level.  Yet, less than a month ago Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie chose to do the exact opposite by choosing to side with fossil fuels over our collective futures and not bring… Read More »Public Power NY Responds to West Virginia v. EPA Decision

Public Power NY Statement on Carl Heastie’s Climate Crisis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  June 6th, 2022 Contact: info@publicpowerny.org Aaron Eisenberg, (914)980-9117 Despite overwhelmingly passing the NY State Senate, having been amended to neutralize all major opposition outside of fossil fuel profiteers, and having 83 YES votes in favor (well over the 76 necessary for passage), the Build Public Renewables Act (A1466D/S6453C) was prevented from coming to a vote by NY State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, who engaged in active climate denial and abandoned his constituents.  Heastie stonewalled the bill despite an unprecedented groundswell of support that included key trade unions lifting their opposition to the legislation and saw #BuildPublicRenewables trend… Read More »Public Power NY Statement on Carl Heastie’s Climate Crisis

New York State Senate Passes the Build Public Renewables Act, All Eyes Turn to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  June 1st, 2022 Contact: info@publicpowerny.org Aaron Eisenberg, (914)980-9117 Today, the New York State Senate passed the Build Public Renewables Act (A1466/S6453). The bill guarantees that New York will meet the goal of a 70% renewable energy grid statewide by 2030, as mandated by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), by expanding the ability of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to build and sell low-cost renewable energy. The Build Public Renewables Act will add billions to the state’s economy, and add thousands of good-paying union jobs as New York builds out its renewable future.  Now… Read More »New York State Senate Passes the Build Public Renewables Act, All Eyes Turn to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

New York State Senate Rules Committee Passes the Build Public Renewables Act, Setting New York on Track to Pass History-Making Energy Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  May 31st 2022 Contact: Aaron Eisenberg, (914) 980-9117 Aaron.B.Eisenberg@gmail.com Today, after years of grassroots organizing, the New York State Senate Rules Committee passed the Build Public Renewables Act (A1466/S6453). The bill guarantees that New York will meet the goal of a 70% renewable energy grid statewide by 2030, as mandated by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), by expanding the ability of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to build and sell low-cost renewable energy. The Build Public Renewables Act will add billions to the state’s economy as it builds out its renewable future.  Now… Read More »New York State Senate Rules Committee Passes the Build Public Renewables Act, Setting New York on Track to Pass History-Making Energy Legislation

Statement from Public Power NY Coalition on Governor Hochul’s State of the State:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  January 5th 2022 Contact: Aaron Eisenberg, (914) 980-9117 Aaron.B.Eisenberg@gmail.com “President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created NYPA as Governor of New York, which helped to inspire his New Deal as President. We ask you to include the Build Public Renewables Act in the budget to fulfill the promise of the CLCPA and cement New York’s status as the Green New Deal model for President Biden.”–Letter from Public Power NY Coalition and 55 Legislators to Governor Hochul, December 16, 2021 “FDR literally rebuilt the economy from the ground up, and the policies of his New Deal didn’t just help families… Read More »Statement from Public Power NY Coalition on Governor Hochul’s State of the State:

Public Power New York Coalition and 55 State Legislators Call on Governor Hochul to Include NY Build Public Renewables Act in Executive Budget 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  December 16, 2021 Contact: Aaron Eisenberg, (914) 980-9117 Aaron.B.Eisenberg@gmail.com On Thursday, December 16 Assemblymember Robert Carroll and State Senator Julia Salazar, joined by 53 of their Assembly and Senate colleagues, delivered a letter to Governor Kathy Hochul asking her to include the NY Build Public Renewables Act A1466a/S6453 in the Executive Budget.  As the storms earlier this year showed us, transitioning our state to a renewable energy economy is not only mandated by the CLCPA but is a matter of life and death. New York only generates 6% wind and solar energy. In order to meet our… Read More »Public Power New York Coalition and 55 State Legislators Call on Governor Hochul to Include NY Build Public Renewables Act in Executive Budget