Arthur “Jerry” Kremer was the Keynote Speaker at the Queens Chamber of Commerce Inaugural Energy Committee Meeting

Arthur “Jerry” Kremer was the Keynote Speaker at the Queens Chamber of Commerce Inaugural Energy Committee Meeting

A CALL FOR INCREASED ENERGY

Chairman of the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance Arthur “Jerry” Kremer was the keynote speaker on Sept. 24 at the first meeting of the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s Energy Committee in East Elmhurst.

“New York has become No! York on energy matters,” warned Kremer, a former state assemblyman. Queens is home to more than 50 percent of the energy manufacturing in New York City, but increasing numbers of electronic devices, smartphones and tablets have created a critical energy issue.

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Anthony Figliola on the State Veto Highlighting Doubts on the MTA’s Capital Plan

Anthony Figliola on the State Veto Highlighting Doubts on the MTA’s Capital Plan

A funding gap roughly half the size of the plan itself casts a huge shadow over the $32 billion capital program New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has proposed. The Capital Program Review Board, which consists of top state officials, rejected the four-year plan late last week. Both parties acknowledge a “dialogue” is under way.

“This veto is made without prejudice to any particular element or project that is contained in the proposal,” board chairwoman and state transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald wrote MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast. “I look forward to continuing the dialogue with you, members of the state legislature and key stakeholders.”

Just how to plug the gap may not emerge at least until after next month’s state elections, capital markets observers acknowledge. The MTA is pitching the city, state and federal government and corporate leaders for additional funds. “MTA officials now have to go back and retool,” said Anthony Figliola, vice president of Uniondale, N.Y., consulting firm Empire Government Strategies.

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Jerry Kremer Spoke on Energy Policy at the Queens Chamber of Commerce

Jerry Kremer Spoke on Energy Policy at the Queens Chamber of Commerce

Arthur “Jerry” Kremer spoke at the Queens Chamber of Commerce, on Wednesday, September 24th. Kremer was invited to address the Chamber’s Energy Committee. He spoke about his time serving in the Assembly and how, as a ranking member of the Assembly Energy Committee, he gained significant insight into the energy world.

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Jerry Kremer Moderates Panel on NY’s Nuclear Energy Future

Empire Government Strategies Chairman Arthur “Jerry” Kremer moderated a panel last week on sustaining the nuclear power industry in New York and why the industry is so vital to New York’s continued success as a leader in producing renewable, carbon-free energy and economic growth.

The panel included former Senators Evan Bayh (D-IN) and Judd Gregg (R-NH) as well as former EPA Administrator and Obama Energy “Czar” Carol Browner.

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Long Island Will Determine the Balance of Power in Senate

Long Island Will Determine the Balance of Power in Senate

No one has ever declared that “as Long Island goes so goes New York State,” but that just may be the case this year.

The outcome of three State Senate contests on Long Island may very well determine whether Republicans maintain their power-sharing arrangement with the Independent Democratic Conference or are relegated to minority status. If the results go the way Democrats hope they will, their party would control the governor’s office and both chambers of the Legislature, a prospect that has the state and national Republican Party more than a little nervous.

For the past 10-plus years, the nine-member Republican Senate delegation from Long Island has been their party’s power broker and wielded enormous influence on the state as a whole. But growing Democratic registration and the increase in the number of independent voters in Nassau and Suffolk Counties have dramatically altered the electoral landscape. A victory by the Democratic nominee in any of the three key contests may have serious ramifications in Albany.

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