The New York Senate Blog

Live-tweeting the Ethics Reform Hearing in NYC

Follow us @NYSenate to get live coverage of the ethics reform hearing taking place at 250 Broadway in NYC today.

You can also watch the livestream here.

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Senate Votes Unanimously For Jobs, Growth, and Revitalization

In Upstate New York, low property values, declining tax bases, and a depressed economy limit private investment in downtown areas. Lack of available resources and a prohibitive credit market further discourage significant investments. The Upstate economy has been in decline for decades, and rents across the region have not kept pace with inflation.

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A Public Trust: The Senate Seeks Your Ideas On Ethics Reform

Public office is a public trust. State Senators hold office to represent the interests of their constituents and the public at large, and are supported by public officers and employees. The public has a right to expect all public officers and employees to exercise sound judgment in performing their duties. Do you agree with the statement above? If so, read on; the Senate wants to hear your ideas.

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Campaign Finance Reform 2.0: Crowdsourcing and NYSenate Markup Initiatives

The New York State Senate is seeking your help.

The Senate recognizes the need to reform our state's campaign finance laws in order to restore public trust in government and allow elected officials to focus on public needs rather than special interests.  The Senate Elections Committee, chaired by Senator Joseph P. Addabo Jr., is considering a number of proposed reforms, including proposals to create a system of voluntary public financing.

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Protecting Those Who Protect Us

Yesterday, the New York State Senate passed legislation that will allow--among other things--volunteer firefighters to drive firetrucks during this coming weekend's Memorial Day festivities without fear of legal liability.

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In A Unanimous Vote, Senate Passes Unemployment Insurance Support

With unanimous support from all members present, the New York State Senate passed today a bill that will extend unemployment benefits for New Yorkers who have lost their jobs in the economic downturn.

In recognition of the urgency of the plight many New Yorkers face, the bill will take effect immediately, and all currently unemployed will qualify for an extension of their benefits. The bill also makes it as simple as possible for these New Yorkers to claim their benefits; they can simply continue to file in their weekly phone call or online submission.

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His Holiness The Dalai Lama Visits The New York State Senate

On May 6, 2009, His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited the New York Capitol for the first time. After meeting with Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith and other Senators, he delivered the invocation and brief remarks to both conferences in the Senate chamber. Watch the video below.

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Responding To Your Questions About "Beyond Empire Zones"

First of all, thank you for your comments on the Upstate Senate Democratic Caucus’s proposed Task Force on Empire Zones and for your interest in the economic development landscape in New York.

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One Week Of NYSenate.gov

It's been a week since NYSenate.gov launched.

The site has been widely scrutinized and reviewed, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive:

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Extending A Helping Hand

The New York State Senate is acutely aware of the hardships many New Yorkers face as a result of our nation's economic crisis. Unemployment insurance is one safety net that plays a vital role in helping individuals who have lost their jobs.

Today, the Senate's Finance Committee unanimously passed legislation that will extend unemployment benefits for an additional thirteen weeks. The funds--some $600 million--will come from the federal stimulus package, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

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