ONEONTA – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, today joined community, labor and business leaders from across the state to announce the launch of New Yorkers for Affordable Energy, a coalition supporting access to natural gas for manufacturing, power production, transportation and home heating.
“As I talk with business owners and prospective employers, the high cost of energy is always a top concern. Job creators weigh this issue greatly when deciding whether or not to come here, stay here, or grow here” said the senator. “We need reliable, affordable, clean energy to meet the needs of our current businesses and prepare for expansion. Natural gas needs to be an option.”
He cited Amphenol in Sidney and Lutz Feed in Oneonta and two companies that are stymied by lack of natural gas.
Partners in the coalition include Cortland County Chamber of Commerce, Otsego County IDA, Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier, The Business Council of New York State, Inc., New York State Building & Construction Trades Council, National Federation of Business (NFIB), Unshackle Upstate.