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New York State Association of PHCC

New York State Association of PHCC New York State Association of Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors, Inc. The New York State Association of Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors is dedicated to the promotion, advancement, education, and training of the industry for the protection of the environment and the health, safety and comfort of our citizens.

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04/08/2022
[NYSERDA] Climate Draft Scoping Plan Public Hearings

BREAKING NEWS: NYC-Style Fossil Fuel Ban Pulled from FY23 Budget

New York PHCC has been monitoring FY23 budget developments as they occur in Albany. Negotiations were stalled in part over whether or not to include Parts CCC and EEE which would have eliminated subsidies provided by utilities to help homeowners connect to natural gas, and more importantly would have imposed a statewide New York City-style ban on natural gas prohibiting connections in new construction as well as mandatory disconnections in major renovations.

PHCC has partnered with organized labor and allies in the state legislature to aggressively push back against these proposals, and OUR ADVOCACY HAS WORKED! We have just learned this morning that those provisions are no longer in the FY23 budget.PHCC and supporters of fuel choice have won the battle, but not the war.

Attempts will be made to push a separate legislative proposal supported by Senator Brian Kavanaugh that would impose a statewide ban on natural gas. We must also be vigilant about attempts by environmental advocates to circumvent public awareness by changing the building codes to mandate all-electric buildings. We must remain vigilant. You are highly encouraged to register to attend and speak at upcoming Climate Action Council listening sessions to speak out against the risks of banning natural gas and counter misinformation from our opponents.

New York PHCC will also be filing official comments with the Climate Action Council for them to consider as they draft their recommendations due out at the end of the year. The Climate Action Council public sessions are scheduled throughout the state (including two virtual sessions), be sure to register and make it a priority to attend!

Schedule is here (https://climate.ny.gov/CAC-Meetings-and-Materials) and registration is here (https://nyserda.seamlessdocs.com/f/PublicHearings).

The Environmentalism of Professional Plumbing & HVAC Contractorsby Joe Cornetta, Cornetta Brothers Inc., Elmont, New Yor...
04/08/2022

The Environmentalism of Professional Plumbing & HVAC Contractors
by Joe Cornetta, Cornetta Brothers Inc., Elmont, New York

As plumbing and HVAC contractors, we are typically blue collar, self-employed, hard-working and patriotic tradesmen and tradeswomen carrying the weight of the U.S. economy through essential services that Americans literally cannot live without.
Plumbers and HVAC contractors have a constitutional right, like any citizen, to petition their government for a redress of grievances, a right enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. We have a duty to our industry and our customers to advocate on their behalf, however we must also run our businesses. Fortunately, we have a common association to advocate for us before legislators at all levels of government when we are tied up, and that is the Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors—National Association (www.phccweb.org). As a federation of over 36 state and 75 local chapters across the country with 3,100 contractor members collectively employing over 64,000 signatory and open shop plumbing and HVAC professionals, we are the voice of our entire industry. Since 1883, we are the oldest and only association that fulfills this mission.

Like any industry, we are regularly targeted by policymakers at all levels of government seeking more tax revenue, more regulations, and more concessions that are costly for business owners like us. The latest attack on our industry is a variant unfamiliar to us historically in that it targets one of our critical skillsets for elimination by banning the use of natural gas. The urgency to decarbonize the country, especially through the elimination of natural gas and propane as an energy supplement, will permanently affect our livelihood.

Licensed plumbers and HVAC technicians are environmentalists by trade. We protect the health and safety of the American people through modern technology that provides clean potable water and indoor air. We are in the best position to serve as subject-matter experts on the best method of clean dependable fuels to heat homes and water for homeowners, commercial building owners and their tenants.

This wildfire of an all-electric nation started on our west coast. The Santa Ana winds swept it to my backyard almost overnight. State-by-state, citizens are finding out, after the fact, that for any major renovation, or any new home they want to build, they will not have the choice to connect to a natural gas utility. Currently, Americans have a choice (as they should): They can opt to connect or maintain a natural gas connection to help them keep energy bills down, or they can disconnect from gas and invest the tens of thousands of dollars necessary to upgrade their electrical panel and appliances. Natural gas bans will force Americans to choose the latter, which isn’t much of a choice at all.

This great country was settled from east to west, yet it seems to becoming unsettled from west to east. States across the country find themselves wrapped up in decisions that merely two years ago were unthinkable. It's a situation the PHCC Legislative Affairs department has taken seriously.

Here in New York, contractors are spreading awareness and shouting from the rooftops that giving up your gas stoves, hot water heaters and clothes dryers is not the way to make America “greener”! The reaction from the vast majority of the customers with whom we speak is a mix of disbelief and anger. All it takes is for the legislature to include a few sentences in a must-pass bill like the state budget to make a terrible mistake, which is exactly what is happening at the behest of Governor Hochul.

New York City's former mayor signed the city’s gas ban into law with little fanfare, days before his final term was set to expire. With the swipe of a pen, the action negatively impacted the lives of millions of New Yorkers as he walked out of City Hall for the final time. Many home and building owners in New York City getting ready to undergo a major renovation of their properties will find out the hard way beginning next year about what their city’s leaders have done.

Many in our industry think this is the first bite from the apple. The next ban will be gas replacement boilers or water heaters. I read the minutes of a New York state meeting where a professor from Cornell stated that "the financial impact on homeowners is yet to be realized." Last week our industry national association alerted us that the DOE is again looking to abolish commercial gas water heaters and noncondensing furnaces.

So what's next? How do we amass our voices in peacefully protest? How do we notify the public what's happening? New York right now is the nation’s largest battlefield. The Gettysburg of the natural gas future is in Albany. The PHCC of Long Island and New York State are desperately trying to alert homeowners and business owners of this impending law. It's a herculean task given the political landscape of our state senate, state assembly and interim governor.

If our efforts here are successful, and New York survives a stay of execution, then our strategy will be used as a model for other states under attack.

Please join us by voicing your opposition to this movement.

Joe Cornetta Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association Vice President

State Elected Officials Join With Local Officials, Labor Leaders And Energy Experts To Oppose All-Electric Construction ...
03/28/2022
State Elected Officials Join With Local Officials, Labor Leaders And Energy Experts To Oppose All-Electric Construction Mandate

State Elected Officials Join With Local Officials, Labor Leaders And Energy Experts To Oppose All-Electric Construction Mandate

Senator Mario R. Mattera (2nd Senate District), alongside his colleagues Senators Alexis Weik (3rd Senate District), Phil Boyle (4th Senate District) and Anthony Palumbo (1st Senate District), joined with Assemblymembers from across Suffolk County to express their collective opposition to the budget...

03/25/2022
Consumers: Tell Legislators in Albany to Support Fuel Choice!

Make your voice heard! 📢 Please click on the link to send your letter to our legislators in Albany. https://bit.ly/36nKBpG

Legislation has been introduced in the New York State Legislature that will impact your home appliances and quality of life. Senate Bill 6843A and companion legislation Assembly Bill 8431 will prohibit natural gas installations in all new construction beginning in 2023.

03/25/2022

ATTENTION ALL NATURAL GAS CONSUMERS:

Legislation has been introduced in the New York State Legislature that will impact your home appliances and quality of life. Senate Bill 6843A and companion legislation Assembly Bill 8431 will prohibit natural gas installations in all new construction beginning in 2023.

OPPOSE THIS PENDING LEGISLATION BY CLICKING THE FOLLOWING LINK AND SIGNING THE PETITION: https://igniteadvocacy.com/go/consumers-tell-legislators-in-albany-to-support-fuel-choice-/274

The effort to eliminate the use of natural gas is part of a broader effort by environmental advocates to shift the energy grid to 100% electricity by 2050.

Utility customers like you will bear the brunt of this effort. It limits consumer choice for your energy needs and increases costs for consumers by forcing you to retrofit your homes with costly new equipment. Ironically, the undue stress on electric grids as demand increases for electricity over natural gas makes energy plants work harder to produce electricity, thereby increasing air pollution.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Contact your state legislators and tell them that you support consumer choice and a diversified energy portfolio that includes the use of clean burning natural gas. 70% of Americans including New Yorkers prefer natural gas to heat their homes, cook their food, and save money on energy bills in a state where electricity rates are some of the highest in the country.

SHARE THIS POST with your friends and family so they too can tell their legislators to oppose banning natural gas in your homes and businesses. Please DM us or email us at [email protected] with any questions, comments, or concerns.

We are honored to have David as a keynote speaker at the NYSPHCC convention in April!
03/25/2022

We are honored to have David as a keynote speaker at the NYSPHCC convention in April!

Today is National Medal of Honor Day.
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, a WNY native, became the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor from the Iraq War in June 2019 for conspicuous gallantry while serving in support of Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah, Iraq.
In November 2004, Staff Sergeant Bellavia's squad was ambushed and pinned under enemy fire. Bellavia, serving as squad leader, chose to go back into a darkened house to take on at least five waiting insurgents by himself. His sweep through the house rescued his squad.
You can read more about his story here: https://www.wkbw.com/news/local-news/wny-native-david-bellavia-receives-medal-of-honor-first-living-recipient-from-the-iraq-war

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