N.Y. Public Service Law Section 70
Transfer of franchises or stocks


1.

No gas corporation or electric corporation shall transfer or lease its franchise, works or system or any part of such franchise, works or system to any other person or corporation or contract for the operation of its works and system, without the written consent of the commission. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any transfer or lease with an original cost of (a) less than one hundred thousand dollars proposed by a gas or electric corporation having annual gross revenues in excess of two hundred million dollars or (b) less than twenty-five thousand dollars proposed by a gas or electric corporation having annual gross revenues of less than two hundred million dollars shall be effective without the commission’s written consent within ninety days after such corporation notifies the commission that it plans to complete the transfer or lease and submits a description of the transfer or lease; provided, however, that the commission may determine within such ninety days after such notification and submission that the public interest requires its review and written consent.

2.

The permission and approval of the commission, to the exercise of a franchise under § 68 (Certificate of public convenience and necessity)section sixty-eight of this article, or to the assignment, transfer or lease of a franchise under this section shall not be construed to revive or validate any lapsed or invalid franchise or to enlarge or add to the powers and privileges contained in the grant of any franchise or to waive any forfeiture.

3.

No gas corporation or electric corporation shall directly or indirectly acquire the stock or bonds of any other corporation incorporated for, or engaged in, the same or a similar business, in this state or any other state, or proposing to operate or operating under a franchise from the same or any other municipality, neither shall any street railroad corporation acquire the stock or bonds of any electric corporation, unless authorized so to do by the commission.

4.

Save where stock shall be transferred or held for the purpose of collateral security only with the consent of the commission empowered by this chapter to give such consent, no stock corporation of any description, domestic or foreign, company, including, but not limited to, a limited liability company, association, including a joint stock association, partnership, including a limited liability partnership, or person, other than a gas corporation or electric corporation or street railroad corporation, shall purchase or acquire, take or hold, more than ten per centum of the voting capital stock issued by any gas corporation or electric corporation organized or existing under or by virtue of the laws of this state, except that a corporation now lawfully holding a majority of the voting capital stock of any gas corporation or electric corporation may with the consent of the commission acquire and hold the remainder of the voting capital stock of such gas corporation or electric corporation or any portion thereof. Provided, that with the consent of such commission and upon and subject to such terms and conditions as such commission may fix and impose, any such stock corporation, company, association, partnership or person may acquire, take and hold more than ten per centum of the voting capital stock of any gas corporation or electric corporation, organized or existing under or by virtue of the laws of this state.

5.

No consent shall be given by the commission to the acquisition of any stock in accordance with this section unless it shall have been shown that such acquisition is in the public interest. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to prevent the holding of any stock heretofore lawfully acquired, nor to prevent, upon the surrender or exchange of such stock pursuant to a reorganization plan, the purchase, acquisition, taking or holding of a proportionate amount of stock of any new corporation organized to take over, at foreclosure or other sale, the property of any corporation whose stock has been thus surrendered or exchanged; but the proportion of the voting capital stock of the new corporation held by a stock corporation, company, association, partnership or person and acquired by it by any such surrender or exchange of stock shall not without the consent of the commission exceed the proportion of the voting capital stock held by it in the former corporation.

6.

Every contract, assignment, transfer or agreement for transfer of any stock by or through any person or corporation to any corporation, company, association, partnership or person in violation of any provision of this chapter shall be void and of no effect, and no such transfer or assignment shall be made upon the books of any such gas corporation, or electric corporation, or shall be recognized as effective for any purpose.

7.

No consent, permission or approval otherwise required under this section shall be necessary for the sale of the franchise, works, system, stocks or bonds by a gas or electric corporation to a duly constituted authority of the state.

Source: Section 70 — Transfer of franchises or stocks, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/PBS/70 (updated Apr. 2, 2021; accessed Jun. 15, 2024).

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Application of article
65
Safe and adequate service
65‑A
Notification to social services officials
65‑B
Service to persons applying for or receiving public assistance, supplemental security income benefits or additional state payments
66
General powers of commission in respect to gas and electricity
66‑A
Conservation of gas, declaration of policy, delegation of power
66‑B
Continuation of gas service
66‑C
Conservation of energy
66‑D
Contract carrier authorization
66‑E
Monitoring of natural gas procurement
66‑F
Purchase and procurement of natural gas at lowest available price
66‑G
Sale of indigenous natural gas for generation of electricity
66‑H
Certain electric corporations
66‑J
Net energy metering for residential solar, farm waste, non-residential solar electric generating systems, micro-combined heat and power g...
66‑K
Allowance credit trading or sales
66‑L
Net energy metering for residential, farm service and non-residential wind electric generating systems
66‑M
Green jobs-green New York on-bill recovery
66‑N
Net metering study
66‑O
Electric vehicle charging tariff
66‑P
Establishment of a renewable energy program
66‑Q
Gas and electric billing information for residential rental premises
66‑R
Requirements for certain renewable energy systems
66‑S
Electric vehicle charging
66‑T
Thermal energy network development
66‑T*2
Registration of energy brokers and energy consultants
66‑U
Gas safety reports
66‑V
Requirements for certain climate risk-related and energy transition projects
66‑W
Finality of charges
67
Inspection of gas and electric meters
67‑A
Charges for past services
68
Certificate of public convenience and necessity
68‑A
Statements of nature and extent of interests to be filed upon request
69
Approval of issues of stock, bonds and other forms of indebtedness
69‑A
Reorganizations
70
Transfer of franchises or stocks
70‑A
Street lights
71
Complaints as to quality and price of gas and electricity
72
Notice and hearing
72‑A
Increased fuel costs
73
Compensation to customers experiencing widespread prolonged outages
73‑A
Prioritization of emergency services
74
Energy storage deployment policy
74‑A
Westchester county renewable energy and energy efficiency resources program
74‑B
Long Island community choice aggregation programs
75
Defense in case of excessive charges for gas or electricity
76
Rates charged veteran organizations, religious bodies and community residences
77
Powers of local officers

Accessed:
Jun. 15, 2024

Last modified:
Apr. 2, 2021

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