About Us

The New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance (New York AREA) is a diverse coalition of New York business organizations, labor unions, independent energy experts, and community and environmental leaders. New York AREA members are united in their support for policies that will supply New York with reliable and affordable electric power to fuel our economic recovery and sustain New York as a world class place for people to live and to do business.

New York AREA’s primary mission is to educate the general public, news media, and policy makers at all levels about New York’s energy supply challenges, while simultaneously promoting sensible solutions that stimulate the economy, create jobs, and satisfy New York’s growing demand for power. We focus on the following broad policy areas, many of which are more important today than ever as we continue to rebuild from Hurricane Sandy’s devastation:

Investing in New York’s Electric Transmission Infrastructure
New York AREA avidly supports in-state transmission and power plant projects that do not require government subsidy. We are opposed to projects such as the Champlain Hudson Power Express line, which do not support in-state investment or New York jobs.

Maintaining New York’s Existing Clean and Reliable Power Sources
New York AREA supports the continued operation of important sources of clean and reliable base load electricity, including the Indian Point Energy Center and New York State’s three other nuclear power plants.

Focus on In-State Energy Production
New York AREA successfully advocated for new power-plant siting legislation following the expiration of Article X, an effort that culminated in Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ReCharge New York Power Program. More needs to be done to ensure that New York has sufficient power sources to meet the state’s rising demand.

Extraction of Natural Gas from the Marcellus Shale
New York AREA supports the extraction of this resource in a safe manner with oversight from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

Renewable Energy Sources, Conservation and Sustainability Measures
New York AREA recognizes that renewable energy sources, conservation, and sustainability measures can all play a role in meeting the needs of the future, but must be used in conjunction with base load power sources to ensure electric reliability.

Learn more about New York AREA by scanning our newsroom, which includes more than 20 issue briefs and facts sheets on topics ranging from plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to the smart grid, and from addressing New York’s transmission challenges to understanding your electric utility bill.


Arthur J. (“Jerry”) Kremer, Chairman
Rob DiFrancesco, Director
Paul Steidler, Director of Communications
Tom Butler, Director of Development and Member Programs
John Tuller, Director of Community Relations

Advisory Board Members

Richard T. Anderson, New York Building Congress
Heather Briccetti, The Business Council of New York State
Matthew Cordaro PhD, Long Island Power Authority Board of Trustees
Gavin J. Donohue, Independent Power Producers of New York, Inc.
Dr. Marsha Gordon, The Business Council of Westchester
Steve Ludwigson, International Brotherhood Boilermakers Local No.5
Norris McDonald, African American Environmentalist Association
Al Samuels, Rockland Business Association
Bob Seeger, retired Millwright and Machinery Erectors, Local 740
James Slevin, Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2
Chris Thorpe CFA, Chartered Financial Analyst Brick Investment Partners
Joseph Vaszily, Liberty Natural Gas
Kathryn Wylde, Partnership for New York City