Sen. Aubertine unhappy about failure to pass 'Power for Jobs' legislation in Albany
Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 4:56 pm

State Senator Darrel Aubertine is unhappy about the failure to pass meaningful Power for Jobs legislation in the Assembly.

The senator says hundreds of thousands of jobs are in jeopardy because of the failure to get approval of the discount electricity program for New York business and industry.

“For the hard working men and women across New York state and the businesses, not-for-profits, hospitals and other companies they work for I am disappointed that the Assembly has passed another short term extender for Power for Jobs and is poised to leave town rather than deliver on their promise to make the economic benefit power program permanent,” said Sen. Aubertine, Vice Chair and Ranking Majority Member of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee. “However, I remain hopeful that they will return to the process we started jointly almost a year ago.”

The remainder of Aubertine’s statement follows:

“In these difficult economic times we must assure the 300,000 employees of the 500 companies currently participating and the many more jobs and businesses that will be eligible to participate under an expanded, permanent and sustainable program that New York remains committed to this critical jobs development initiative.”

“The Senate and the Assembly have worked closely with the business and energy community to craft the best possible legislation to promote economic development and create jobs. Together we went across the state and worked with local stakeholders and business community leaders to ensure that this legislation would create new jobs in every region of the state. We worked across party lines and in a departure from business as usual in Albany, worked in an open process to deliver a good bill that significantly improves New York State's economic benefit power program.”

“At the end of the day, this is about job security. We want to give people job security for the next decade, not the next eleven months. It is Economics 101 that business needs certainty and stability to grow and it is common sense that thousands of families across the state who benefit from this program want to know they are going to put food on the table beyond next May. It is time to end the cycle of uncertainty that we annually inflict on businesses and their employees”

“I'm willing to negotiate in good faith, but I cannot accept a bill that does not have the resources to support it. The Senate has passed a good bill with broad bipartisan support that we negotiated with the Governor. I for one am ready to roll up my sleeves and do what it takes to do the same with the Assembly.”