Barclay: Ineffective Albany Leadership Ends ‘Power for Jobs’ Program

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I—Pulaski) responded today to the announcement that the “Power for Jobs” program will end after May 15 due to disagreement between the governor and legislative majorities over the 2010-2011 State Budget. Since 1997, the “Power for Jobs” program has provided discounted electricity to qualifying businesses, manufacturers, and not-for-profits that were committed to creating and retaining jobs in New York.

“Today’s announcement that the ‘Power for Jobs’ program will come to an end this weekend is very disappointing and could have been prevented,” said Barclay. “Many of our local businesses rely heavily on the ‘Power for Jobs’ program, and without the energy savings it provides, many of them will not be able to maintain the jobs they’ve created over the last decade. With our state’s unemployment level still hovering around 10%, Albany’s decision to let this program fail because of ineffective leadership and political disagreement is unacceptable.”

Employers that qualify for the “Power for Jobs” program receive benefits either through a cash rebate from New York Power Authority (NYPA) to offset their electricity costs or through a discount on their electricity rates. Renewal of the program was set for May 15, but due to the late state budget, program participants will not be able to extend their contracts.

“It’s been six weeks now and our state is still without the 2010-2011 State Budget. In that time we’ve seen our schools, local governments, contractors, public employees, and now private businesses suffer unfairly. I would ask that the Democratic state leaders open up the budget process to the rank-and-file members of the legislature before their political disagreements make our state’s financial troubles worse,” Barclay concluded.

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  1. I am disappionted with Will Barclay as with many other Small Businesses and Family’s!!! Beeen to Mr.Barclay offfice many many times seeking help with Small Business matters and most recent help in trying to save our home from PredatoryLenders NovaStar Mortgage and Mr Barclay did nothing to help save our home and the Predatory Lending is continue to go on.
    I have been born and raise in this area and my uncle spent many years running a Small Business and Family here and we hope that some change real change happens before they run every one out of Town. I am truly Disappointed in Mr . Barclay.

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