A06816 Summary:

BILL NO    A06816 

SAME AS    SAME AS S02529

SPONSOR    Bichotte

COSPNSR    Pichardo, Mosley, Joyner

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.
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A06816 Actions:

BILL NO    A06816 

04/06/2015 referred to energy
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A06816 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A6816

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.

JUSTIFICATION:

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

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

This bill is estimated to cost $1 million in State revenue.


EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed
repealed April 1, 2017.
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A06816 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                         6816

                              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
   12  PURPOSES.
   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.
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    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
   15  law.
   16    S 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall  expire  and  be
   17  deemed repealed April 1, 2017.
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