Issues: Authorities and Commissions

Times Union: Open Internet access imperative

By Martin Malave Dilan, CommentaryThe Federal Communications Commission is struggling to reach an agreement on if, and how much your Internet access provider can limit your access to online content and what content it can limit. In a nutshell, that's the Net Neutrality debate. And the FCC has opened that debate as it weighs the merger America's top two broadband Internet service providers.I proffer the following: There is no acceptable business model for the control over access to information; and there is no acceptable policy with regards to who deems, or what they deem, as "commercially acceptable" or "preferential" regarding information and access to it.

October 1, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Senate Passes New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Reform Legislation Sponsored By Senator Perkins

On Thursday, June 19th the Senate passed S.1550-B, legislation sponsored by Senator Perkins to ensure absolute responsibility at NYCHA, by making them subject to the oversight of the Authorities Budget Office (ABO) including standards with respect to--operating transparency, financial accountability, board governance best practices, State Comptroller approval of contracts, whistleblower protections, MWBE participation and land dispoition oversight.

The full remarks of the Senator follow:

June 25, 2014
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Confirmed Nominees for the State Insurance Fund

Joseph A. Guistino of East Northport

Charles B. Macleod of Northport

Shelia A. Stamps of Manhattan

Kenneth R. Theobalds of New Rochelle

Alexis E. Thomas of Brooklyn

June 20, 2014
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Confirmed Nominees for the Citizen's Policy and Complaint Review Council

Charles Burkes of Albany

Hernan Carvente of Johnstown

Donald Nadler of Johnstown

Martin Stanton of Cohoes

June 17, 2014
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Confirmed Nominees for the Palisades Interstate Park Commission

Daniel Bryce O’Brien II of Bedford

Jeannette Andreasen Redden of Manhattan

June 17, 2014
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Confirmed Nominees for the Long Island State Park, Recreation & Historic Preservation Commission

George Bartunek of Calverton

David Bender of Middle Island

Ruth F. Douzinas of Manhattan

Kevin G. Gershowitz of Melville

Richard H. Remmer of Oakdale

June 17, 2014
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Confirmed Nominees for the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council

April Critelli of Glenville

Robert Cruz of Manhattan

Ralph Fasano of Northport

Sharon Gillette of Plattsburgh

John Kastan of Brooklyn

Scott S. Lavigne of Penfield

John D. Lee of Rochester

Glenn A. Martin of Forest Hills

Michael N. Martin of North Tonawanda

Deborah Mayo of Stony Brook

Grant Mitchell of Golden’s Bridge

Andrew S. Roberts of Manhattan

James P. Scordo of Watertown

Euphemia Strauchn-Adams of Staten Island

Susan Wheeler of Whitney Point

June 17, 2014
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Confirmed Nominees for the State Council on the Arts

Gayle King of Manhattan

Eric Latzky of Manhattan

John Lyons of Manhattan

Crystal McCrary of Manhattan

Rita Paniagua of Syracuse

Hal D. Payne of Buffalo

June 17, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY, MEMBERS OF SENATE’S JOINT TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION RELEASE REPORT AND LEGISLATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), a member of the Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction today joined colleagues in releasing a report summarizing the findings of statewide forums held to examine the issues surrounding the increase in drug abuse, addiction and drug-related crimes in New York. The report includes a comprehensive package of bills recommended for action this legislative session that target prevention, treatment, and enforcement issues raised during extensive testimony provided by dozens of experts, parents, and concerned New Yorkers. 

May 28, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions  Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, Chair  1:30 PM, Wednesday, May 28, 2014  Room 801 LOB

May 28, 1:30 PM - 1:44 PM
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Senate Approves Bills to Cut Red Tape That Hurts Job Creation

The New York State Senate today approved a regulatory reform package of bills that would help spur job growth by cutting the red tape that hurts small businesses and strangles economic growth. The three bills address one of the more frequently cited roadblocks to job creation – overly burdensome, costly, and unnecessary state rules and regulations.

May 13, 2014
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Statement on Comptroller's Industrial Development Agencies Report

Sen. Krueger issued the following statement in reaction to State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's report on industrial development agencies (IDAs) earlier today.

May 12, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, Chair 1:30 PM, Monday, May 12, 2014 Room 801 LOB

May 12, 1:30 PM - 1:43 PM
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Senator Dilan, Families for Safe Streets Rally in Albany

Continuing efforts to garner support for a measure to allow New York City to establish lower speed limits, Senator Dilan, Senate colleagues, city councilmembers and the families of loved ones lost to reckless driving, gathered in Albany to call for the passage of the legislation.

S.6496-A, sponsored by Senator Dilan in the Senate, and carried by Assembly Member O’Donnell (A.8478A) in the Assembly, would allow the city of New York to establish speed limits as low as 20 m.p.h. The proposal is intended to supplement Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2024.

May 8, 2014
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Senator Parker features New York State Empire State Development President/CEO and Commissioner Ken Adams on 'Legislative Report with Senator Kevin Parker'

Senator Parker welcomed New York State Empire State Development President/CEO and Commissioner Ken Adams as his guest on his weekly 'Legislative Report with Senator Kevin Parker' cable show, Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency. The mission of Empire State Development is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies.

May 7, 2014
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Senator José Serrano and Senator Brad Hoylman Laud Passage of Speed Camera Legislation by the New York State Senate

State Senator José M. Serrano and State Senator Brad Hoylman released the following statements today applauding the passage of S.6918 by the New York State Senate to authorize 120 additional speed cameras in New York City school zones.

April 29, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, Chair 1:30 PM, Monday, April 28, 2014 Room 801 LOB

April 28, 1:30 PM - 1:45 PM
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MOSA Dissolution Signed Into Law

ALBANY, 04/11/14 – Dissolution of the Montgomery, Otsego, Schoharie Solid Waste Authority has New York State approval under legislation (S.6181/A.8406) signed into law today.  The legislation was sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) and follows a home rule request from the three member counties and the authority.

April 11, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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