Cusick Begins 2020 Budget Negotiations Focused on Responsible Energy Development
Albany On Wednesday, Assemblymember Michael Cusick, D-Staten Island, joined his colleagues in the State Legislature at a budget hearing on Environmental Conservation. Following last week's unveiling of the 2020 Executive Budget by Governor Andrew Cuomo, the State Legislature is exercising its authority to review the proposal and the execution of last year's budget.
The panel heard testimony from organizations including the state Department of Conservation, the state Public Service Commission, the state Energy Research and Development Authority, and a number of trade and advocacy organizations.
"This year's $175 billion executive budget proposal includes a number of ambitious ideas that require scrutiny to ensure they are well developed before becoming law," Cusick, who chairs the Assembly Energy Committee, said. "I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Assembly and Senate to ensure responsible development and investment in the state's energy sector."
During Wednesday's hearing, Cusick highlighted issues including cyber security, bottlenecks in the state's energy resource siting process, and the state's progress on achieving ambitious clean energy goals.
"New York State is a global leader in clean energy," Cusick said. "I believe we can bolster our position by implementing best practices across the board so more clean technology is located in New York without harming consumers or raising costs for ratepayers."
Budget hearings will be held through February 12, 2019 with the final budget due April 1, 2019.