Cuomo pushes low-cost power bill

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is pushing for legislation that its advocates say will create jobs in the north country and help farmers with utility bills.

The Power for Jobs program, which provides low-cost electricity to businesses, would become permanent, larger and available to some farmers if Mr. Cuomo's proposed legislation is approved.

"I think it's a terrific proposal by Governor Cuomo," said Richard M. Kessel, CEO and president of the New York Power Authority, which would administer the newly titled Recharge New York program. "I think it captures all the important things that need to be done to create more jobs in places like the north country and upstate New York."

Darrel J. Aubertine, former 48th District state senator, had pushed for a similar bill last year that passed the Senate but died in the Assembly.

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