Statement from Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell Regarding the Power for Jobs Program

May 19, 2010
“As negotiations about the future of the Power for Jobs program are culminating, I firmly agree we must make the Power for Jobs program permanent. If we want to stimulate the North Country economy we must provide our farmers and businesses with the certainty that they will continue to receive these benefits for years to come, not just year to year. In addition, our ratepayers deserve a continuation of the benefits they currently receive. I have been working with my colleagues in the Assembly to ensure that the power generated in our backyard is not simply stripped from the North Country and sent downstate. I am certain the Assembly, Senate and Governor will come to a consensus swiftly, because we all understand how important this program is to the viability of our farmers, businesses and residential rate payers.”