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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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STATEMENT FROM STATE SEN. PATRICK M. GALLIVAN REGARDING GOVERNOR CUOMO’S 2013 STATE BUDGET PROPOSAL

Review The Governor's Proposal Yourself: openbudget.ny.gov

“State government has been able to change direction the last two years largely because Albany has adopted a course of fiscal prudence. Today’s budget proposal demonstrates the Governor’s continued commitment to financial responsibility, keeping state spending growth below two percent while closing a $1.35 billion budget deficit without proposing any new taxes.”

January 23, 2013
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Monthly Column: While progress has been made, challenges still remain for Empire State

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

As a new year begins, so does another legislation session, and with that, Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his third State of the State address last Wednesday afternoon at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center.  While he emphasized the progress of the last two years, there are many remaining challenges ahead for the Empire State. 

The State Legislature has been able to work together– unlike the gridlock and partisanship in Washington, D.C.– to pass two on-time budgets that reduced overall spending, lowered middle-class tax rates to their lowest levels in 58 years, and established Regional Economic Development Councils.  

January 16, 2013
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SQUADRON WELCOMES MAJOR NEW GUN REGULATIONS, INCLUDING ASSAULT WEAPONS PROVISIONS

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed the passage of new gun regulations tonight. The package includes the major provisions from Squadron's bill to close gaps in New York's assault weapons ban, including a single-feature model that defines an assault weapon as having one dangerous feature (rather than two), the requirement that any existing weapons are registered with the state, and the ability to specify which weapons are not legal, for the first time.

Squadron released the following statement: 

January 15, 2013
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Join the Call for Year Round Ferry Service at Atlantic Ave/Pier 6!

East River Ferry service has proven to be a viable and popular form of year-round transit for NYC commuters, a highlight for visitors, and a key element in the revitalization of our city's waterfront.

The NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) just released a request for proposals for an East River Ferry operator -- and we're asking the City to make sure a year-round stop at Atlantic Avenue/Pier 6, on the southern end of Brooklyn Bridge Park, is a permanent part of any plan. This expanded service would serve residents, local businesses, and our city alike.

January 9, 2013
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Squadron -- Assault Weapons Ban Sponsor -- Welcomes Governor's Proposal to Strengthen NY Law

Senator Also Applauds Governor's Push for Campaign Finance Reform, Decriminalization of Small Amounts of Marijuana, Minimum Wage Increase

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the sponsor of legislation to close gaps in New York's assault weapons ban -- including by making illegal the military-style gun used in Newtown, CT and Webster, NY -- applauded Governor Cuomo's proposals to strengthen the state's gun laws, reform New York's campaign finance system, decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view, and raise New York's minimum wage, in today's State of the State.

January 9, 2013
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Senator Squadron Statement on Shooting Death of 16-Year-Old Boy on Lower East Side

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement in response to the shooting death of 16-year-old Raphael Ward on the Lower East Side last night:

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Raphael Ward. No parent should ever have to face the unspeakable tragedy of losing a child.

We must continue to work together as a community to fight the scourge of gun violence and make our homes and our streets safer for our families. From stronger gun laws to improved safety at NYCHA developments, we are reminded far too often that the time to act is now.

Ward lived in Baruch Houses and the shooting took place on Columbia Street, both in Senator Squadron's district.

January 5, 2013
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January 2, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Senator Martins Wishes Beatrice Hubbard a Happy 106th Birthday!

Senator Jack M. Martins, Village of Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss and “Mr. Mineola” John Davanzo recently visited a special Mineola resident. On Friday, December 14. Senator Martins, Mayor Strauss and Mr. Davanzo went to an apartment in a complex on Mineola Boulevard to wish resident Beatrice Hubbard a happy 106th birthday. That right – 106!

Beatrice was born on December 14, 1906, the same year the Village of Mineola was incorporated. In 2006, as part of the village’s centennial celebration, Senator Martins, who was then-Mayor of Mineola, named Ms. Hubbard the Grand Marshal for the village’s 100th anniversary parade.

December 18, 2012
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SQUADRON ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO BAN RESALE OF CHARITY TICKETS FOR PROFIT, AHEAD OF 12-12-12 SANDY RELIEF CONCERT

Squadron Legislation Would Protect Consumers, Make Illegal Reselling Charity Event Tickets For More Than Face Value

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced legislation that would ban the reselling of charity event tickets for more than their face value, ahead of the 12-12-12 Sandy relief concert tonight at Madison Square Garden.

There have been a number of complaints from event organizers and potential concertgoers regarding tickets being resold on secondary sites for many times their face value. Money generated by ticket sales from these events is meant to go to the designated charity and to defray the costs of the shows, not to those who can resell the tickets to the highest bidder. Ticket sales for tonight's event are meant to benefit the Robin Hood Foundation’s Sandy relief efforts.

December 12, 2012
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Squadron, Silver, Glick, Kavanagh, Stringer, Chin, Mendez Urge City to Make Disaster Food Aid More Accessible

Electeds Urge Expanded Eligible Zip Codes, Additional Application Center in Lower Manhattan, Extended Deadline for D-SNAP Program

Letter Comes Alongside Push By Nadler and Federal Legislators

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Assemblymembers Deborah Glick and Brian Kavanagh, Borough President Scott Stringer, and Councilmembers Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez sent a letter to NYC Human Resources Administration Commissioner Robert Doar urging the City to make the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) more accessible to more New Yorkers in need. The letter comes alongside a similar push from federal elected officials, led by Congressman Jerrold Nadler.

December 12, 2012
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Senator Martins Helps Girl Scouts Receive Government Badge

At the Center Street School in the Herricks School District, Senator Jack M. Martins spoke to the members of the Girl Scout Troop 1501 as part of their requirement for their government badge. Senator Martins hosted a lively an interactive discussion during which the girls gave their ideas for new laws. The girls also asked Senator Martins questions about his job and about how he became a Senator.

"It was an honor to speak to the troop. They were a great group that is part of a great organization. I commend their parents and troop leaders," Senator Martins said.

December 11, 2012
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Senator Martins Listens to Jamaica Square Homeowners

State Senator Jack Martins was introduced to Jamaica Square homeowners by Civic President Claudine Hall during the annual JSIL community day. The Jamaica Square Improvement League has a long rich history of community outreach and programming for families. The credo of the civic organization is helping their fellow neighbors and empowering the greater community. Senator Martins is pictured talking to homeowners with Hall and South Floral Park Trustee Elton McCabe during a meet and greet recently. "I want to thank Claudine Hall and the Jamaica Square Improvement for their hard work in improving quality of life for Elmont's neighborhood," said Senator Martins adding, "they make a difference."

December 11, 2012
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Senator Martins Attends Residents For a More Beautiful Port Washington Annual Meeting

Senator Jack M. Martins had the honor of attending the Residents For a More Beautiful Port Washington 45th Annual Meeting at the Port Washington Library. The theme of the meeting was expanding the environmental education in the Port Washington Schools and the community at-large.

Among the elected officials attending were Senator Martins, Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Dina DeGiogio and Nassau County Legislator Judy Bosworth.

 

December 10, 2012
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New York After Sandy: Resource Fair and Community Conversation Photo 4

Sen. Squadron assists a constituent at the Verizon table.

December 10, 2012
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New York After Sandy: Resource Fair and Community Conversation Photo 3

The Brooklyn resource fair at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO.

December 10, 2012
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