Assembly version of permanent Power for Jobs bill passes, Russell says
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 11:05 am

The New York State Assembly has passed a permanent Power for Jobs bill. Differences between it and the Senate’s bill will have to be worked out before the governor can sign the bill into law.

The Power for Jobs program has provided reduced electric rates for businesses that create or maintain jobs in the state.

Assemblywoman Addie Russell says the bill that the Assembly approved “expands the current program and provides for future growth while protecting the hydro-power benefits in the Rural and Domestic Program for North Country farmers, seniors and working families.

“If we want to stimulate the North Country economy we must provide businesses with the certainty that they will continue to receive these benefits for years to come, but it does not require that the power generated in our backyard be stripped from the North Country and sent downstate,” Russell said.

“I have already had discussions with the Chair of the Assembly’s Energy Committee, Kevin Cahill, encouraging him to work closely with Senator Aubertine in the coming days to work out differences between the two proposals. I am certain that the Assembly, Senate and governor will come to a consensus swiftly, because we all understand how important this program is to the recovery and growth of our economy.”