2006-08-25 / Community

Addabbo Sponsors Energy Policy Bills

City Council Member Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. has cosponsored two bills in the Council that will create a comprehensive energy policy and public awareness of energy efficiency in an effort to address the demand for energy.

Addabbo said that he cosponsored the legislation because of his concern about the issues associated with the power outages in his district as well as in Consolidated Edison's Long Island City and Astoria network that began on July 17, 2006 affecting 115,000 customers and the subsequent power outages to 60,000 Con Edison customers on Staten Island 10 days later. "The city and its utility providers need to take positive steps to prepare for future electrical emergencies," Addabbo stated. "We live in the greatest city in the world and we should not have the electrical stability of a third world country."

The first piece of legislation directs the Mayor to develop a comprehensive energy policy for New York City, no later than September 1, 2007, which will address the energy and fuel needs of the city, in addition to energy efficiency and conservation.

The second bill directs the Mayor to prepare and implement a High Energy Demand Contingency Plan, on or before January 1, 2007, specifying actions to be taken to respond to instances of high energy demand that may result in dangers to public health, safety and welfare. "Our communities deserve to have a plan and assistance in case of a major blackout or other loss of power." Addabbo concluded.

For further information regarding these pieces of legislation please call Councilman Addabbo's office at 718- 738-1111.

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