Issues: Community Reinvestment



State Senator Patty Ritchie honored several former Oswego County public servants at a special presentation made during the May 9th Oswego County Legislature meeting. 

Ritchie presented official Senate Resolutions to the families of the late County Clerk George Williams, as well as County Legislators Art Ospelt, Mary Flett and Paul Santore, for their years of service to Oswego County. 

“It was truly an honor to work personally with each of these individuals—in government and out—to make Central New York a better place,” said Senator Ritchie.

May 13, 2013

Independent Democratic Conference Releases Five Point Working Women’s Agenda

Today, the Independent Democratic Conference released its 2013 Working Women’s Agenda, a five point plan to build a stronger future for New York’s working women and their families. As part of the IDC’s agenda, the conference also released a comprehensive report entitled Building a Stronger Future for New York’s Working Women that details the impact each proposal will have on New York’s workforce. 

May 10, 2013

Ranzenhofer joins Rochester officials for College Town groundbreaking

Rochester, N.Y. - State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer joins University of Rochester officials, Mt. Hope community members, and other government leaders for the groundbreaking of College Town.

Located at the intersection of Mt. Hope and Elmwood avenues, College Town is a comprehensive plan to redevelop 14 acres owned by the University of Rochester to provide destination dining, shopping, and services in one city of Rochester setting. For more information about the project, click here.

May 2, 2013

ESL Building Newest Habitat for Humanity Home

Last week, I had the privilege to attend a ground breaking ceremony for the newest Habitat for Humanity House. This house will be built by, and sponsored by, ESL. bout 400 ESL employees will volunteer 3,200 hours on the home's construction, which is expected to take 11 weeks. The house is located in Rochester's JOSANA neighborhood.

April 29, 2013

Senator Serrano Joins Other Elected Officials in Fight For Resident Input & Transparency in NYCHA Infill Process

(New York, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano joined City Council Members Rosie Mendez, Margaret Chin and Melissa Mark-Viverito in a press conference on the steps of City Hall to demand that the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) improve the Infill Development process to include residents. The infill development plan is a current proposal by NYCHA to lease land on open spaces within NYCHA developments to developers, who would then build private housing developments on the sites. NYCHA claims that this will allow them to raise revenue for long overdue repairs and maintenance within public housing. Senator Serrano maintains that NYCHA residents should be involved in the process.

April 8, 2013

Senator Grisanti successful in increasing CHIPS funding for his entire district

Senator Mark Grisanti(R,I-60) was successful in his fight to increase CHIPS funding for the 60th Senate District. The New York State Senate today concluded its passage of the 2013-14 state budget that delivers an on time budget with CHIPS (Consolidated Highway Improvement Projects) increases in every single City, Town and Village located in  Senator Grisanti's district. The increase is over $1.162 Million from the previous year.

"I am proud to announce that every City, Town and Village in my district received an increase in CHIPS funding. Since day one it has been about bringing jobs and resources back to Western New York. I will never stop fighting for Western New York," said Senator Mark Grisanti.

March 28, 2013

Leader Stewart-Cousins Announces Increased Aid for Local Highway Improvements

Municipalities in the 35th Senate District to Receive nearly $1 Million in Additional Aid Over Last Year from State Budget

Albany, NY – Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District) announced that the three-way State Budget agreement includes a $939,793.13 increase in Consolidated Highway Improvements Funds (CHIPS) for 11 municipalities in the 35th  Senate District.

March 27, 2013


ALBANY - The New York State Senate has passed the State Budget on time for the third consecutive year, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced today. The spending plan adheres to a self-imposed two percent spending cap, contains significant tax relief for middle-class families and businesses, and also addresses some of the unique challenges facing Western New York.

March 27, 2013

Legislative Update

I spoke with Cypress Hills Local Development Corp. Homeownership Director, Lisa Maldonado for this week's Legislative Update.

March 22, 2013

Peralta: State Seems Determined to Shrink Middle Class

Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta

“We seem determined to shrink our middle class, grow the ranks of the impoverished and widen the gap between the richest and poorest.  It’s the only way to explain the minimum wage debacle that’s playing out and why immigrants who want to go to college, work and pay taxes are treated like social outcasts.”


March 21, 2013

Queens Senator Peralta urges for inclusion of Dream Act in budget

As reported by WMHT:

Queens State Senator Jose Peralta has been a sponsor of the New York Dream Act for the last two years.  The legislation would expand the state's TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) to include undocumented students who qualify.  The Assembly allocated $25 million in their one house budget, but it was not included in the Senate's version. 

Peralta sat down with us to talk about why the Dream Act should be in the final budget and in his disappointment with Jeff Klein, the leader of the Independent Democrats who run the chamber with the GOP, who opted not to include the legislation in the 2013-14 fiscal plan.

For full article, click here. 

March 20, 2013

Senator Serrano Participates in Community Budget & Legislative Forum; Identifies Issues He's Fighting For

(Upper West Side, NY) – Senator Serrano delivered a NYS budget and legislative update in a community  forum at Goddard Riverside Community Center. As part of the forum, Senator Serrano discussed the current budget process and the progressive priorities that he is fighting for, followed by a Q&A session. Also at the forum addressing concerns was State Senator Bill Perkins.

March 14, 2013


A Fiscally Responsible Approach to Job Creation

Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican conference today announced a bold and sweeping job creation plan to improve New York’s business climate so it not only keeps up with other states, but surpasses them. Among other things, the “Senate Republican Blueprint for Jobs: ReThink. ReVitalize. ReBuild.” would cut taxes for one million small businesses and reduce energy costs for every business and residential ratepayer in New York, saving them $2.5 billion.

March 8, 2013

Senator Serrano Stands With Democratic Conference; Ready to Fight for Minimum Wage Increase

Yesterday I joined my Senate Democratic Conference colleagues in supporting a meaningful increase of our state's minimum wage. Together, we are prepared to deliver 27 critical votes in favor of legislation to raise the minimum wage for workers. Doing this will benefit all New Yorkers by helping to lift many out of poverty while also boosting our local economies.



February 28, 2013

Tri-State Transportation Campaign | Wednesday Winners (& Losers)


NY State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Dilan rallied with G train riders in Williamsburg last month. Their efforts resulted in an MTA decision to conduct a full review of the G train.

Read more at Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

February 27, 2013

Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013

Senator Valesky’s Legislation to Promote Buying New York Products Passes Senate Agriculture Committee

Legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will build upon a statewide burgeoning “Buy Local” movement by creating a program to recognize restaurants that feature local products passed the Senate Agriculture Committee today. 

February 12, 2013

Ranzenhofer talks with Rochester leaders after community meeting

Rochester, N.Y. - State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer talks to Rochester Mayor Thomas Richards and University of Rochester President Joel Seligman after a meeting at the Rochester Business Alliance.  During the meeting, the Rochester Community Coalition presented it's 2013 Agenda to community leaders, including representatives of local governments, business, education, non-profit organizations and labor.

February 8, 2013

Senator Stavisky Discusses Summer Jobs Program with JHS 190 Russell Sage Students

Students with The Campaign for Summer Jobs Visits Albany Capital Office


February 4, 2013

Senator David Valesky Co-sponsors Legislation to Enact Veterans Hiring Tax Credit to Boost Statewide Economy and Reduce High Unemployment Rate Among Young Returning Veterans

ALBANY, N.Y. – Seeking new and effective ways to spur job creation and address perennially high unemployment rates among New York’s returning combat veterans, Senator David Valesky (D-Oneida) is co-sponsoring legislation  (S.3043) to provide major tax credits to private employers hiring veterans discharged after 9/11. The legislation is named “Jobs for Heroes.” 

January 29, 2013
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