Bill S1089-2015

Authorizes the power authority of the state of New York to provide low-cost electric power to Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway theaters

Authorizes the power authority of the state of New York to provide low-cost electric power to Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway theaters for a limited period of time.

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  • Jan 8, 2015: REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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BILL NUMBER:S1089

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to providing electrical power to Broadway and off-Broadway theaters; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration thereof

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

This bill would authorize the power Authority of the State of New York (PASNY) to provide low-cost electricity to Broadway and off-Broadway theaters.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 would amend section 1005 of the Public Authorities Law to authorize PASNY to provide low-cost electricity to Broadway and off Broadway theaters.

Section 2 would establish a sunset date of June 30, 2018, and provide that the contracts for selling such electricity could run until June 30, 2019.

EFFECTS OF PRESENT LAW WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER:

Existing law would not be changed except for the addition of the authority granted by this bill.

JUSTIFICATION:

The Broadway and Off-Broadway theater is one of the crowning glories of New York city's cultural life. Like every other aspect of New York City life, the theater has suffered from the aftermath of the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001. This bill would provide some measure of support for the New York stage that gave solace and entertainment to the City, State and region at a time when it was sorely needed.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2011-12: S.1087A/A.1659A - Energy and Telecom/Corporations 2009-10: S.5123A/A.5062A - Energy and Telecom/Corporations 2007-08: A.6623 2005-06: S.2060A/A.2108 2003-04: S.4596/A.1311 2002-03: S.7770/A.11660

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:

Minimal fiscal implications.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately. Sunsets on June 30, 2018, but contract may run until June 30, 2019.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1089 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 8, 2015 ___________
Introduced by Sens. PARKER, PERKINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and Tele- communications AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to providing electrical power to Broadway and off-Broadway theaters; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 1005 of the public authorities law is amended by adding a new undesignated paragraph to read as follows: NOTWITHSTANDING ANY INCONSISTENT PROVISION OF LAW, THE AUTHORITY IS AUTHORIZED TO ENTER INTO CONTRACTS PRIOR TO JULY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND SEVENTEEN, WHICH CONTRACTS MAY EXPIRE NOT LATER THAN JUNE THIRTIETH, TWO THOUSAND EIGHTEEN, TO PROVIDE LOW-COST ELECTRIC POWER TO BROADWAY, OFF- BROADWAY, OR OFF-OFF-BROADWAY THEATERS. FOR THIS PURPOSE, THE AUTHORITY IS AUTHORIZED TO PROVIDE ANY POWER AVAILABLE FROM ANY SOURCE AND UNDER ANY PROGRAM, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY NEW TECHNOLOGY DEMON- STRATION PROJECT OR THE POWER FOR JOBS PROGRAM; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT IN CONSIDERING ANY ALLOCATION UNDER THE POWER FOR JOBS PROGRAM, NO CUSTOMER SHALL BE DENIED SUCH ALLOCATION ON THE BASIS THAT SUCH CUSTOMER IS UNABLE TO MAKE COMMITMENTS AS TO THE NUMBER OF JOBS TO BE CREATED OR MAINTAINED BY SUCH ALLOCATION. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS PARAGRAPH: (A) THE TERM "BROADWAY THEATER", "OFF-BROADWAY THEATER", OR "OFF-OFF-BROAD- WAY THEATER" SHALL MEAN A BUILDING OR PART OF A BUILDING WITH ONE OR MORE PERFORMANCE AREAS AND ONE OR MORE AUDIENCE SEATING AREAS AND USED FOR THE PRESENTATION OF DRAMATIC OR MUSICAL THEATER PERFORMANCES AND COMMONLY REFERRED TO EITHER AS A "BROADWAY THEATER", "OFF-BROADWAY THEA- TER", OR "OFF-OFF-BROADWAY THEATER"; AND (B) THE TERM "CUSTOMER" SHALL MEAN THE PERSON BILLED BY THE ELECTRICAL UTILITY FOR ELECTRIC POWER CONSUMED IN CONNECTION WITH A DRAMATIC OR MUSICAL THEATER PERFORMANCE IN A BROADWAY THEATER, OFF-BROADWAY THEATER, OR OFF-OFF-BROADWAY THEATER.
S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed twenty-four months after it shall have become a law; provided, however, that any contract entered into under the authority of this act may continue twenty-four months after this act shall be deemed repealed.

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