Little’s bill signed into law

— Two bills sponsored by Senator Betty Little were signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Aug. 1.

The first allows municipalities and school districts in New York to jointly contract for goods and services with any other federal, state or local government agency.

This cooperative purchasing, also known as piggybacking, allows municipalities and schools to secure products or services at a lower cost by joining a contract for a vendor that was used by another government agency.

“This saves money and time, and its timing is obviously critical given the financial pressure local governments and schools are under,” Little said in a prepared statement.

Various municipal associations advocated for the measure.

The second law benefits micro-hydroelectric generation enterprises by expanding remote net metering for benefits for such entrepreneurs.

The new law will allow farm operations, customers with land in agricultural production, or non-residential customers to apply credit received for power delivered to the electric grid to any of the customer's meters rather than only to a single, directly connected meter as long as the meters are located on the customers property within the same utility territory.

“This provides parity for micro-hydro generators, encouraging investment in this technology which is good for business and the environment,” Little said.

The New York Farm Bureau and Alliance for Clean Energy New York supported the measure.

Both laws are effective immediately.

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