BILL NO A06816
SAME AS SAME AS S02529
MLTSPNSR Cook, Kearns
Amd S1854, Pub Auth L
Authorizes the New York state energy research and development authority to
develop, implement, administer and operate a temporary middle income home
energy assistance program; makes an appropriation therefor.
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to authorizing
the New York state energy research and development authority to
develop a temporary middle income home energy assistance program;
making an appropriation therefor and providing for the repeal of such
provisions upon expiration thereof
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To establish a program which will provide home heating fuel assistance
to middle-income families who would otherwise not qualify under the
State/Federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section one of the legislation establishes, within the New York State
Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), and with the
assistance of the Department of Taxation and Finance, the Temporary
Middle Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Section two appropriates
$1,000,000 for the purpose of enacting this temporary program of
assistance to middle-income New Yorkers. Section three enacts the
legislation immediately and sunsets the program on April 1, 2017.
Although natural gas prices have stabilized, the cost of heating oil,
wood pellets and propane has not remained stable. With the onset of
colder weather, it is anticipated home heating costs may approach or
exceed the record costs seen in the winter of 2010-2011. When coupled
with the continuing slow recovery of New York's employment, stagnation
of wages and erosion of middle-class savings during the "Great
Recession," it is a clear that there may be widespread inability of
New Yorkers to pay their heating bills. At the same time, funding for
low- income heating assistance is falling. Over the last two years,
heating assistance funding has been cut to $3.5 billion from $5.1
billion in 2010. Finally, the number of households receiving
assistance fell by 1.1 million over the period. Averting a
catastrophe is imperative. And by providing a State-funded Middle
Income Home Energy Assistance program we are delivering immediate help
on an emergency basis to middle-income families. The program will be
funded through proceeds from carbon permits auctioned as part of the
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2013-14: S.16148 - Referred to Energy & Telecommunications
2011-12: S.1064-A Referred to Energy & Telecommunications
2009-2010: S.2457 - Referred to Energy & Telecommunications
2008-2009: S.8757-A - Referred to Rules
This bill is estimated to cost $1 million in State revenue.
This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed
repealed April 1, 2017.
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
I N A S S E M B L Y
April 6, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. BICHOTTE -- read once and referred to the Commit-
tee on Energy
AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to authorizing
the New York state energy research and development authority to devel-
op a temporary middle income home energy assistance program; making an
appropriation therefor and providing for the repeal of such provisions
upon expiration thereof
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
1 Section 1. Section 1854 of the public authorities law is amended by
2 adding a new subdivision 9 to read as follows:
3 9. TEMPORARY MIDDLE INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. (A) THE
4 AUTHORITY IS AUTHORIZED, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION
5 AND FINANCE, TO DEVELOP, IMPLEMENT, ADMINISTER AND OPERATE A PLAN, AND
6 HOLD FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR SUCH PLAN, TO MAKE AVAILABLE ONE-TIME SUPPLE-
7 MENTING GRANTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF ASSISTING ELIGIBLE HOUSEHOLDS TO
8 OBTAIN HOME HEATING FUEL.
9 (B) FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THE TERM "HOME HEATING FUEL"
10 SHALL MEAN FUEL OIL, COAL, WOOD, PROPANE, NATURAL GAS, ELECTRICITY,
11 STEAM, KEROSENE AND ANY OTHER FUEL WHEN USED FOR RESIDENTIAL HEATING
13 (C) THE AUTHORITY IS REQUIRED, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PLAN ESTABLISHED
14 IN PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION, TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TEMPORARY
15 MIDDLE INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND TO ASSIST ELIGIBLE
16 HOUSEHOLDS TO OBTAIN MIDDLE INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE.
17 (D) PERSONS WHO QUALIFY FOR MIDDLE INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE IN
18 ACCORDANCE WITH STANDARDS PROMULGATED BY THE AUTHORITY, SHALL BE CERTI-
19 FIED AS ELIGIBLE FOR AND ENTITLED TO RECEIVE SUCH HOME ENERGY ASSIST-
20 ANCE. NO PERSON, HOWEVER, SHALL BE CERTIFIED AS ELIGIBLE FOR AND ENTI-
21 TLED TO RECEIVE SUCH HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE IF NO STATE FUNDS ARE
22 AVAILABLE FOR SUCH PURPOSE.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
A. 6816 2
1 (E) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY INCONSISTENT PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY,
2 THE AMOUNT OF ANY HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS OR ALLOWANCES PROVIDED
3 TO AN ELIGIBLE HOUSEHOLD UNDER SUCH PLAN SHALL NOT BE CONSIDERED INCOME
4 OR RESOURCES OF SUCH HOUSEHOLDS, OR OF ANY MEMBER THEREOF, FOR ANY
5 PURPOSE UNDER ANY STATE LAW.
6 S 2. The sum of one million dollars ($1,000,000), or so much thereof
7 as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated to the New York state energy
8 research and development authority out of any moneys in the state treas-
9 ury in the general fund to the credit of the state purposes fund, not
10 otherwise appropriated, and made immediately available, for the purpose
11 of supporting the temporary middle income home energy assistance
12 program. Such moneys shall be payable on the audit and warrant of the
13 comptroller on vouchers certified or approved by the New York state
14 energy research and development authority in the manner prescribed by
16 S 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
17 deemed repealed April 1, 2017.