NYS SHOULD OFFER TAX CREDIT FOR PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF BACKUP GENERATORS
EVEN IF CON ED IS PREPARED—THE NEXT TIME THERE ARE MAJOR OUTAGES PEOPLE WILL STILL BE OUT OF POWER FOR AT LEAST THREE OR FOUR DAYS- MAYBE LONGER
I will be encouraging our State Legislators and Governor to consider tax credits against NYS Income taxes that would equal to 50% or 75% of the cost of acquisition and installation of a homeowner's backup generator. While the cost of generator together with installation could run about $15,000 , a 50% or 75% tax credit would make such a purchase much more reasonable for all homeowners, enabling more people (especially those on fixed incomes) to have power when there are extended power outages. Perhaps there is a way for the state to recoup some of the tax credit costs from Con Ed.
Most people feel that Con Ed was unprepared during the recent nor’easters. Residents were out for 10+ days. The AF Veteran Town Park multipurpose center was still out of power this morning –and we serve senior citizens. If Con Ed implements new policies and is able to better respond to outages in the future –it will still take at least three or four days to restore power. People will still be freezing if the outages occur in the winter. Having a generator powering one’s home will enable more people to live comfortably during an outage.
Another suggestion—Con Ed or some other entity could purchase generators in bulk, and offer a discount on the purchase of generators.
Greenburgh Town Supervisor