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Redlich says NYSERDA would be first to go

There are 28 more employees on NYSERDA's current 2010 fiscal year payroll compared to 2009, according to information provided by the agency. The average employee annual rate for 2010 declined though by about $500 compared to the previous fiscal year.

Francis Murray, president of NYSERDA, holds the top salary in 2010 at $157,954.94. There are also 15 director positions ranging in annual pay from $109,831.02 to $140,864.10.

Increasing the agency to 313 employees was needed to meet the increasing demand for energy-efficient projects and development, said Gordon.

"As energy efficiency becomes more critical, the demand on our agency has grown to help meet the very ambitions energy reductions goals set by David Paterson," said Gordon.

Redlich said he does believe some good is done by NYSERDA.

"There are some useful services that they provide that would be gone we have to cut somewhere, and we are in a situation where there are no good choices," said Redlich. "When I say we need to eliminate an agency, I'm not saying that they don't do good things."

Gordon said he wants people to understand the value of NYSERDA. Its programs cover agriculture, commercial and industrial, residential, environment, transportation, geothermal heat pumps, power systems, bond financing, loan funds and New York Energy Smart.

"It was determined back in 1996 that [NYSERDA] is a public good and would be of value to the public to make sure these kind of activities continue," said Gordon.""

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