Issues: Elections

STATE SENATOR ORTT ENDORSES ACCARDO FOR MAYOR

Sees Similar Bold Leadership and Common Sense Approach in Accardo

NIAGARA FALLS – Newly-elected State Senator Rob Ortt (R, C, I) and former Mayor of North Tonawanda, has formally announced his endorsement for Niagara Falls Republican Mayoral Candidate John Accardo. In a joint press conference on Thursday, Ortt stated he sees a similar style of leadership in John Accardo and applauded his practical approach to complex problems plaguing the community.

September 3, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO ENSURE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY IS NOT HELD DURING PASSOVER

Legislation Would Designate April 19th as New York’s Presidential Primary Date to Respect the Religious Observation of Passover

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that The New York State Senate passed legislation designating April 19th as the date for New York’s 2016 presidential primary. The legislation (S5958), which Senator Martins cosponsored, would prevent the election from taking place during the observance of Passover.

June 19, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Set April 19, 2016, as Date of the Presidential Primary in New York

The New York State Senate today passed legislation designating the date of April 19th for the 2016 presidential primary in New York.

June 18, 2015
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Murphy: Put Kids First

ALBANY, NY - The State Senate today approved new education reform measures Senator Terrence Murphy says are designed to empower parents and teachers, restore local control, and address the overemphasis on standardized testing. "The reform measures passed today require a comprehensive review, with stakeholders, of the effectiveness and appropriateness of Common Core learning standards," Murphy said. "After voting to deliver a $1.4 billion aid increase in school and on top of voting to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment scheme, these common-sense changes approved today puts our kids first."

June 16, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Increase Vote Count Accuracy and Prevent Voter Disenfranchisement

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to prevent voter disenfranchisement by helping to ensure that votes are counted accurately by a ballot scanner.

June 11, 2015
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SQUADRON, KAVANAGH LETTER TO GOVERNOR CUOMO ON "LLC LOOPHOLE"

ALBANY – State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, sponsors of legislation to close the "LLC loophole" (S.60A/ A.6975B), wrote a letter to Governor Cuomo on this important ethics reform. The full letter is attached as a PDF.  

June 3, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Elections Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Elections  Senator Rich Funke, Chair  1:00 PM, Monday, June 1, 2015  Room 904 LOB

June 1, 1:00 PM - 1:04 PM
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SQUADRON, GOOD GOV'T GROUPS URGE SENATE MAJORITY TO GIVE "LLC LOOPHOLE" BILL FULL SENATE VOTE

Good Government Groups Deliver Thousands of Signatures to Close Loophole

Push For New Leader to Adhere to Senate Rules

May 28, 2015
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Senator Valesky Hosts Community Resources Fair

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is hosting a Community Resources Fair on Thursday, June 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to raise awareness of the many community services available through various governmental and nonprofit organizations. The agencies listed below will have tables at the fair and provide important information on health care and health insurance, financial planning for college, emergency preparedness and fire safety, family planning, housing, voting, small business development, veterans services, and more, as well as offer giveaways. A representative from the Office of the State Comptroller will assist attendees with Unclaimed Funds searches.

May 28, 2015
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SENATOR SQUADRON URGES CORPS CMTE TO VOTE ON "LLC LOOPHOLE" BILL AS REQUIRED BY SENATE RULES

After Forced Vote Last Month, Corporations Cmte Must Consider Bill to Close Loophole

LLCs Currently Treated as People -- Not Corporations -- Allowing Unlimited, Anonymous dollars to Flood Process

ALBANY - State Senator Daniel Squadron today urged the Senate Majority to honor Senate rules by voting on his bill to close the LLC loophole in the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions. He sent a letter to Committee Chair Michael Ranzenhofer, reiterating that the bill is required to be considered in the Corporations Committee within two meetings of its referral by the Elections Committee.

May 11, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Elections Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Elections Senator Rich Funke, Chair 1:00 PM, Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Room 904 LOB

We will have Todd Valentine and Robert Brehm; Co-Executive Directors of the State Board of Elections, speaking at this committee meeting.

May 12, 1:00 PM - 1:22 PM
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Senate Democratic Conference Calls For Passage Of Critical Ethics Reform To Close The “LLC Loophole” Press Conference

(Albany - April 27th) Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Senator Daniel Squadron, sponsor of the bill, held a news conference to push for legislation to tighten campaign finance regulations and close the LLC donation gap. Representatives from organizations such as the Brennan Center and Citizens Action, Citizen Union, Common Cause, League of Women Voters, and NYPIRG also support the bill. Senator Stewart-Cousins said almost every day new allegations of abuse and corruption are leveled at state government.

April 29, 2015
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ASSEMBLYMEMBER KAVANAGH, SENATOR SQUADRON STATEMENT ON ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ADVANCING BILL TO CLOSE "LLC LOOPHOLE"

ALBANY – Today, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement regarding the vote to close the "LLC loophole" at a meeting of the Assembly Election Law Committee:

April 29, 2015
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Senator Comrie's remarks at the Senate Standing Committee on Elections re: Closing the LLC Loophole

Senator Comrie and the Senate Democratic Conference called on the Senate Republicans in the Elections Committee to pass legislation that will close the LLC loophole and help clean up Albany.  Senate Bill S.60 would close a loophole which currently allows limited liability companies (LLCs) to contribute vast sums of money to candidates for state office. Due to this loophole in state election law, between 2005 and 2013, LLCs contributed over $40 million to New York State candidates, parties and political action committees. This legislation would close that loophole and reduce the contribution limit for both LLCs and corporations to $1,000 annually.

April 28, 2015
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SENATOR SQUADRON, ASSEMBLYMEMBER KAVANAGH STATEMENT ON SENATE ELECTIONS CMTE VOTE TO CLOSE "LLC LOOPHOLE"

ALBANY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh released the following statement regarding the vote to close the "LLC loophole" at today's Senate Elections Committee meeting:

April 28, 2015
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SENATE DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE CALLS FOR PASSAGE OF CRITICAL ETHICS REFORM TO CLOSE THE "LLC LOOPHOLE"

Democratic Senator Daniel Squadron Will Today Force A Committee Vote to Close the LLC Loophole and Reform How Campaigns are Funded

ALBANY - The Senate Democratic Conference today called on the Senate Republicans in the Elections Committee to pass legislation that will close the LLC loophole and help clean up Albany. Due to Republican refusal to even consider this critical legislation, Democratic Senator Daniel Squadron filed a motion for committee consideration to simply have this ethics reform initiative discussed by the Senate Elections Committee. Today’s vote on the legislation in the Senate Elections Committee follows decisions in recent weeks by Republicans in both the State Legislature and the Board of Elections to keep the loophole open.

April 28, 2015
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Kennedy: With Elections Committee Approval, Now Is The Time For A Full Senate Vote to Close LLC Loophole

Legislation Closing the Notorious “LLC Loophole” Approved This Afternoon by State Senate Elections Committee, Prevents Donors from Circumventing Donation Limits 

Kennedy Calls Loophole “Big Enough to Drive a Brinks Truck Through”

April 27, 2015
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Renews Push To Close The LLC Loophole

The Senate Democratic Conference will announce a renewed effort to close the LLC Loophole.

April 27, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Elections Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Elections  Senator Rich Funke, Chair  1:00 PM, Monday, April 27, 2015  Room 904 LOB

The NYS Commissioners Association will be in attendance to give a quick overview of what they do. Speaking will be Dustin Czarny, Legislative Committee Chair, Dutchess County Board of Elections and Roger Schiera, Saratoga County Board of Elections.  Please note the following bills have been placed on the agenda pursuant to Senate Rule VIII, §3(e) - Motion for Committee Consideration:  S60

April 27, 1:00 PM - 1:33 PM
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SENATOR SQUADRON, ASSEMBLYMEMBER KAVANAGH STATEMENT ON BOE'S REFUSAL TO CLOSE "LLC LOOPHOLE" AT TODAY'S MEETING

MANHATTAN – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Kavanagh released the following statement regarding the New York State Board of Elections' refusal to close the "LLC loophole" at today's meeting:

April 16, 2015
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