Cuomo's decision-makers skip multi-billion dollar bailout hearing on three failing N.Y. nuclear reactors --Taxpayers to fork over several billion dollars in corporate welfare | 06 March 2017 | A state-approved bailout of three upstate nuclear power plants was the focus of a legislative hearing Monday, but New York's top energy officials declined to attend. The state Assembly held a hearing Monday on the state's "zero-emissions credit" plan, which kicks in on April 1 and will require ratepayers across the state to pay several billion dollars over 12 years to keep open the three aging plants, including the R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant near Rochester. The hearing, however, was absent the key decision-makers in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D) administration who were behind the initiative.