The Honorable Andrew M. CuomoGovernor of New York StateThe New York State Capitol Albany, NY 12224Dear Governor Cuomo:For the third straight year, the Executive Budget shows an unprecedented commitment to fiscaldiscipline. The proposed budget contains numerous provisions intended to address the criticalmatters of the state.The associations listed below, which represent numerous interests in New York, are writing to urgethe reconsideration of the extension of the Temporary State Energy and Utility Service Conservation Assessment (often referred to as 18-a). The provision (Part N) would extend the 2 percentassessment, which was scheduled to be reduced to 1 percent this year. Extending the fee will costall energy consumers (businesses, governments, schools, non-profits and residences) in the state$236 million in 2014 and a total of $2.8 billion over the next six years.When this temporary fee was imposed, there was an explicit promise to the people of the state thatthis assessment would not be permanent. Please utilize the 21-day amendments process to amendthe 2013-14 Executive Budget recommendation and remove TED Part N.