State Sen. Jen Metzger announced the introduction of a bill seeking to deny environmental permits to companies if corruption was involved in the permitting process.
Metzger, D-Rosendale, said on Tuesday her bill would apply retroactively, meaning even if the corruption was related to an earlier permit.
The legislation authorizes the DEC to suspend or deny a permit if a company’s directors or officers have been convicted of a criminal offense relating to the permitting process.
The legislation applies for fraud, bribery, perjury, an offense against public administration or conspiracy to commit such an offense.
Metzger said she introduced the bill because of a case involving the Wawayanda-based power plant owned by Competitive Power Ventures, Inc.
In 2018, Peter Galbraith Kelly, Jr., who served as CPV’s vice president for external affairs, was convicted for giving a lowshow job to the wife of a state official, Joseph Percoco, a top aide to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, during the permitting process for the power plant.
Kelly received a 14-month prison sentence for his role in the corruption case, while Percoco received a six-year sentence.
In 2018, the state Department of Environmental Conservation denied the renewal of an airquality permit, requiring that CPV apply for another permit.
CPV is currently awaiting a DEC on that permit, as the agency reviews public comments on the application.