Issues: Authorities and Commissions

LEGISLATION TO ELIMINATE INACTIVE PUBLIC AUTHORITIES

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced that she has introduced legislation (S8165A) to eliminate 118 public authorities and agencies that are no longer active. The 118 authorities, located across New York State, include defunct industrial development agencies, community development agencies, urban renewal agencies and various other public authorities.

“This legislation reduces the size of government, eliminating more than 15% of the public authorities in the State of New York. This is an important step in curbing excessive spending and hiring practices of public authorities and agencies. They operate as autonomous organizations without accountability, and create a huge financial burden on taxpayers,” said Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District – D/WF).

September 27, 2010
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Newsday: State comptroller reviewing LIPA's $30M storm prep

Originally published: September 9, 2010 4:09 PMUpdated: September 9, 2010 10:04 PMBy MARK HARRINGTON   

September 10, 2010
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO CALLS FOR STATE COMPTROLLER TO AUDIT LIPA’S HANDLING OF HURRICANE EARL

Following reports that LIPA spent an estimated $30 million on Hurricane Earl, leaving customers to potentially face a rate increase, New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today requested New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to conduct an audit of LIPA’s handling of the situation.

September 9, 2010
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Patch: Save Our Trees: Locals Speak Out Against Clearcutting

Amy Kupfberg, a Hartsdale resident, stood before about forty concerned citizens and a hearing officer for New York's Public Service Commission Tuesday and said: "My mantra used to be 'I love shoes.' But now everything I do is about saving trees."

Residents from around Westchester converged in the Greenburgh Public Library to take the state Public Service Commission to task regarding its current regulations for the clearing of trees near power transmission lines…

"The PSC must use the hammer at its disposal to regulate the utility company's actions," State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. "Lawmakers will be able to forgo legislation and fines if you would just regulate."

August 30, 2010
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New York State Senate Launches Nation's First iPad App For Legislation

Senate Majority Continues National Leadership in Using Technology to Foster Transparent, Efficient, Participatory Government

August 19, 2010
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Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps.

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: August 18, 2010Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@senate.state.ny.us | (518) 455-3531

Senate bill Signed into law which Provides for the Construction of Facilities   for Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps

Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) announced a new amendment (S. 8060) to the public authorities law which provides new facilities for Broad Channel volunteers. Under the Senate’s new law, Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps are now permitted to proceed with construction of new capital facilities for their not-for-profit corporation. The bill is now currently in effect.

August 17, 2010
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HAVE YOU SEEN RAT TODAY?

State Senator Bill Perkins is conducting a survey to find out whether New York Subway Riders feel there is a rat problem in the subway.

July 29, 2010
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July 28, 2010
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Smart Growth Act could fix state's infrastructure

By: Peter B. Fleischer

New York's budget crisis is forcing government at all levels to re-evaluate how it allocates increasingly rare public dollars. As officials seek to identify and eliminate wasteful and unnecessary spending, they will find some of the waste is hiding in plain sight.

Travel to downtown Buffalo or to many of the state's older suburbs and you'll find decaying sidewalks, half-empty shopping centers, vacant lots and abandoned homes. Then travel a few more miles into what was until recently open countryside, and you'll find big new homes sprouting from former farm fields. Meanwhile, the population of many counties and the state continues to decline.

July 12, 2010
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Complete Streets/Smart Growth

News From Senator Shirley L. Huntley

For Immediate Release: June 24, 2010

Contact: Ami Shah | shah@senate.state.ny.us | (518) 455-3531

SENATE PASSES BLUEPRINT FOR A SMARTER

SAFER NEW YORK INFRASTRUCTURE

June 23, 2010
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Public Hearing -- "Benefit Corporations: Expanding the Corporate Purpose"

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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICENEW YORK STATE SENATEBill Perkins, ChairNew York State Senate Standing Committee onCorporations, Authorities & Commissions“Benefit Corporations: Expanding the Corporate Purpose”

June 15, 2010
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Public Hearing: Benefit Corporations: Expanding the Corporate Purpose

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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICENEW YORK STATE SENATENotice of Public HearingBill Perkins, ChairNew York State Senate Standing Committee onCorporations, Authorities & Commissions“Benefit Corporations: Expanding the Corporate Purpose”

June 17, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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Committee Meeting: Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Senator Bill Perkins, Chair 9:45 AM, Wednesday, June 16, 2010 Room 816 LOB

June 16, 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
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Committee Meeting: Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions  Senator Bill Perkins, Chair  10:00 AM, Wednesday, June 9, 2010  Room 816 LOB

June 9, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Committee Meeting: Corporations, Authorities and Commissions

Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Senator Bill Perkins, Chair 10:00 AM, Thursday , June 3, 2010 Room 816 LOB

June 3, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Committee Meeting: Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Senator Bill Perkins, Chair 10:00 AM, Wednesday, May 26, 2010 Room 816 LOB

May 26, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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