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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #34: Why You Should Vote

Oct. 10 is the last day to register to vote and be eligible for this year’s election.

In my last column, I encouraged you to register to vote by dispelling some common misconceptions. This week, I’m going to argue why you should make it to the ballot box on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Naysayers argue that their vote doesn’t make a difference.

If you’re a statistician, that viewpoint has some merit. In a 2001 study, two economists found that one of every 15,000 votes cast in state legislative elections “mattered in the sense that they were cast for a candidate that officially tied or won by one vote.”

But that ignores the reality that votes, even those cast for a losing candidate, do have an impact.

October 2, 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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Griffo, Schimminger Bills Would Reform Lieutenant Governor Post

ALBANY – The lieutenant governor position has drawn increased attention and scrutiny in the past month in light of an upcoming change in personnel in November.

State Sen. Joseph A. Griffo and Assemblyman Robin Schimminger believe this is a perfect time for the Legislature to reconsider how the lieutenant governor is chosen and his or her role in the governing of New York. They sponsor three bills that would institute some common-sense reforms: 

June 2, 2014
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Five interesting things from Siena's poll, starting with this: NYers like the IDC-GOP Senate

By Teri Weaver | tweaver@syracuse.com

on April 22, 2014 at 7:35 AM, updated April 22, 2014 at 7:40 AM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The April poll from Siena College covered a range of political topics, from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's job performance to his decision to dismantle an anti-corruption investigatory panel.

Here's a look at five more things voters said in the poll:

GOP+IDC = So far, so good

A large majority of voters wants to see a coalition of Democrats and Republicans continue to control the New York State Senate next year, according to a poll of registered voters out this morning.

April 30, 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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Senator Griffo's Floor Comments on National Popular Vote Bill

Thank you, Mr. President.

I want to thank all of those who are co-sponsoring this, especially Senator Parker who has carried this bill in the past. I appreciate their efforts as well as Assemblyman Dinowitz.

Elections are the foundation of our democracy. In order to have the most representative government possible, we need a system that both attracts voters to participate in the process and requires candidates to deal with all people on all issues.

That is not the current scenario in which we find ourselves every four years. Potential presidential candidates concentrate more than two-thirds of their advertising budget and two-thirds of their campaign stops in just five states. Almost 100 percent of their message is seen in approximately 16 “battleground” states.

March 25, 2014
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The Big Picture with Senator Phil Boyle

Check out the most recent episode of the "The Big Picture with Senator Phil Boyle." The guests were three of this year's honorees from Senator Boyle's upcoming Black History Month celebration. They provided great advice for young people to help steer them toward successful futures. 

 

February 24, 2014
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Senator Serrano & DA Vance Co-Sponsor Roosevelt Island Town Hall Meeting to improve Public Safety

(Roosevelt Island, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano and Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. co-sponsored an important Town Hall meeting at the Good Shepherd Community Center on Roosevelt Island.  Residents of Roosevelt Island packed the auditorium to ask the panel, which consisted of Senator Serrano, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. and Inspector Kevin Maloney of the 114th Precinct, a number of questions touching on a variety of topics. Issues of public safety, Stop and Frisk, trespassing and affordable housing were all brought up during the lively thought-provoking discussion.

February 24, 2014
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Senator Serrano and Attorney General Schneiderman Serve Thanksgiving Dinner at the New York Common Pantry

(East Harlem, NY)- Senator Serrano and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman celebrated the holiday spirit by serving Thanksgiving dinner at the New York Common Pantry in East Harlem. The New York Common Pantry is a community-based food pantry dedicated to reducing hunger by providing New Yorkers with meals.

November 27, 2013
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FELDER: EXPECT MAJOR POLL SITE CHANGES ON ELECTION DAY

 

FELDER: EXPECT MAJOR POLL SITE CHANGES ON ELECTION DAY

OVER A DOZEN NEW LOCATIONS IN THE 17TH SENATE DISTRICT

FELDER’S OFFICE TO WILL HAVE EXTENDED HOURS ON ELECTION DAY TO ASSIST CONSTITUENTS

 

Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) is informing residents of the 17th Senate District about new polling site locations just announced by the Board of Elections for the upcoming November 5th general election.

October 30, 2013
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Senate Passes Bills to Allow Lever Machine Voting

The New York State Senate today passed two bills that would allow for the use of  lever-style voting machines in non-federal elections in New York City, and in elections held by villages, school districts and special districts.Legislation (

May 6, 2013
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Senator Valesky, Independent Democratic Conference Release Comprehensive Plan to Overhaul Campaign Finance Laws

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) proposed sweeping reforms to New York State’s current campaign finance laws. The IDC’s plan would introduce a comprehensive system of public campaign financing under which all qualifying candidates would be eligible to receive public matching funds. Candidates opting not to participate in the public financing system would be required to participate in a completely overhauled campaign finance system. 

April 16, 2013
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein and the Independent Democratic Conference Release Comprehensive Plan to Overhaul Campaign Finance Laws and Implement Comprehensive Public Financing System for State Elections

 

April 12, 2013 - Today, Senate Co-Leader and Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and members of the IDC proposed sweeping reforms to New York State’s current campaign finance laws. The IDC’s proposal would introduce a comprehensive system of public campaign financing under which all qualifying candidates would be eligible to receive public matching funds. Under the IDC’s plan, candidates opting not to participate in the public financing system would be required to participate in a completely overhauled campaign finance system.

 

April 12, 2013
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Senator Serrano Sponsors Resolution Honoring the Life of Rev. Wenzell Jackson

(Albany, NY)-A Senate Resolution sponsored by State Senator José M. Serrano honoring the life and accomplishments of long-time clergy leader and Chairman of Bronx Community Board 4, Reverend Wenzell P. Jackson, passed the New York State Senate unanimously. The Resolution is also sponsored by Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson in the New York State Assembly. 

February 28, 2013
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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
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Democratic Caucus Weekend in Albany

Youngsters from the Southeast Queens community join Senator Smith for Democratic Caucus Weekend in Albany.

February 22, 2013
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Senator Serrano Sponsors Resolution Honoring the Life of Dolores Prida

(Albany, NY)- A Senate Resolution sponsored by State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Mahattan/Bronx) honoring the life and accomplishments of long-time East Harlem community advocate, journalist and writer, Dolores Prida, passed the New York State Senate today.

February 12, 2013
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Senator Serrano Pushes for Review of Recent Incidents Involving Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department

(Roosevelt Island)- Senator Serrano reacted to news of an alleged incident involving the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department and an island resident.  

February 11, 2013
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Severe Weather Advisory Issued for NYC

At the direction of the Mayor, the public is hereby advised that significant snowfall has been forecast starting today in the afternoon through Saturday morning.

1. The public is urged to avoid all unnecessary driving during the duration of the storm and, until further directed, to use public transportation wherever possible. As New Yorkers are making their commuting plans for tomorrow, they should be aware that driving conditions will be difficult.  If you must drive, use extreme caution. 

 

February 8, 2013
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