Issues: Budget

WNY Distillers & Brewers Are Toast of the Town – Kennedy, Panepinto & Ryan Push to Make it Easier for Them to Give Customers a Taste of Hometown Craft Beverages

Tasting Tax Exemptions in Governor’s Proposed Budget Would Ease Restrictions on Producers and Drive Western New York Economic Activity 

March 5, 2015
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Senator Young, Local Highway Superintendents Urge Greater Funding for Roads and Bridges

Call for a five-year dedicated fund and greater support for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program

 

ALBANY – “Local Roads Matter” was the call to action voiced by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) and local Highway Superintendents during yesterday’s rally at the state Capitol.

 

March 5, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Holds Press Conference on the Status of the 2015-16 State Budget

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco held a press conference at his district office on March 5, 2015, to provide the public with an update on the state budget. Senator DeFrancisco told reporters that the Senate plans to release its one-house budget resolution in another week. Some of the topics he discussed were infrastructure, education and mass transit funding.

March 5, 2015
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City of Lockport Works With State to Help Close Deficit

The New York State Financial Restructuring Board has agreed on Tuesday, Feb. 24 to do a comprehensive review of the City of Lockport’s operations. This follows last year’s audits of the city’s finances by the State Comptroller’s Office. In addition, on March 4 the Senate passed a bill (S1692), introduced by State Sen. Rob Ortt and Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, to amend the city’s borrowing authorization. Read the related Buffalo News article and more about the bill by clicking on the links.

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March 5, 2015
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Ortt, Highway Superintendents Push for Infrastructure Funding

Call On Governor To Increase CHIPS Funding

State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today joined a bi-partisan group of elected officials, local leaders and county and town highway superintendents to push for additional infrastructure funding in this year’s state budget. At a press conference at the New York State Capitol, Ortt called on the Governor and legislative leaders to increase Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) funding.

March 4, 2015
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Hundreds Join Push to Increase CHIPS Funding

Sen. Ortt joined other elected officials and dozens of county and town highway superintendents on the Million Dollar Staircase in the Capitol to rally for increased CHIPS funding to fix local roads, bridges and culverts.

 

March 4, 2015
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Highway Superintendents Rally For Funding In Albany

I would like to thank the Orange County Highway Superintendents Association for coming up to Albany in support of increased CHIPS and infrastructure funding.  

March 4, 2015
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Build a Better New York Press Conference

I joined Aaron Hilger and hard working men and women from across New York to call for increased funding and investment in our state's aging transportation infrastructure like our roads and bridges. This will create good paying jobs and improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers.

March 3, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Testimony from Local Government Hearing

This week’s Your Voice program highlights some key moments from the Local Government Hearing, including Senator John A. DeFrancisco's discussion with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner about investing in infrastructure, as well as his exchange with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on the need for regionally balanced funding.

Senator DeFrancisco also shows a video clip of his questioning of NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer on the rationale behind his $13 an hour city minimum wage proposal. 

Now that all of the public budget hearings have taken place, the Senate and the Assembly will start to begin the work on their one-house budgets. 

 

March 3, 2015
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Senator Catharine Young Provides a State Budget Update, Calls for Passage of Brittany's Law on "Your Voice"

On this week’s edition of “Your Voice,” Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) discusses the 2015 Public Budget Hearings and the need for passage of Brittany’s Law.

 

During this year’s budget negotiations, Senator Young will continue her efforts to support sheltered workshops for those with developmental disabilities, the Workforce Development Institute, and local libraries.

 

Senator Young also discusses the tragic passing of domestic violence survivor Shannon Pepper and the ability to honor Shannon’s memory by passing Brittany’s Law to save other from becoming victims.

March 2, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses the Senate's Revenue Forecast, the Budget Process and Taxes and Economic Development on Your Voice

On this featured program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses the Senate’s revenue forecast, the next steps in the state budget process, and the cost of college remediation.  He also shares highlights from the Economic Development Hearing and further explains his concerns with the Start-Up NY program.

February 27, 2015
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Democratic Conference Economic and Revenue Forecast, FY 2015-16

As the Democratic Conference's ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Krueger is pleased to make the Democratic Conference's economic and revenue forecast available to the public. View the report here.

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February 27, 2015
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INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE REPORT ILLUSTRATES A NEW DEAL FOR NEW YORK WILL REVITALIZE NYS INFRASTRUCTURE AND CREATE GOOD PAYING JOBS

Labor Organizations and Advocates Applaud  IDC’s Plan to Inject Billions from Bank Settlements into Community Rebuilding Across the State

ALBANY, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and members of the Independent Democratic Conference released a New Deal for New York report with detailed new job creation projections on Thursday. The New Deal for New York  plan was immediately met with praise from leaders and non-profit executives as the wisest way for New York State to invest $5 billion in financial settlements. The IDC predicts the creation of  more than 130,000 good-paying new jobs through its plan.

February 26, 2015
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Public Protection is the topic of Thursday's legislative budget hearing ~ Watch Live beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

The hearings will conclude this Friday.

February 26th Topic: Public Protection (beginning at 10:00 a.m.) 

Watch the hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 25, 2015
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Library aid advocated in Albany

State aid in support of libraries was the focus of a meeting with Senator Betty Little in Albany on Wednesday, February 25.  With work continuing on the state budget, librarians and trustees representing the Southern Adirondack and Northern New York Library Systems made the case for increased aid, noting that library aid is currently $86.6 million annually, about $16 million short of what is required by New York State Education Law.  According to a January 2015 Siena Poll, library usage is up 10 percent statewide

February 25, 2015
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2015 Library Advocacy Day

I would like to thank the local members of the New York Library Assocation for visiting Albany to lobby for additional funding and their 2015 legislative agenda.

February 25, 2015
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Mayor Bill de Blasio thanks Senator Felder during the Joint Budget Local Government Hearing

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio thanking Senator Felder for making it easier for parents with special needs children get the help they need.

February 25, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Talks About the Raise the Age Proposal on Your Voice

On this program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses youth, public safety and the justice system.  He also explains his frustration with the lack of answers from the acting commissioner of the Office of Children and Family Services during a recent public budget hearing.  

February 24, 2015
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Legislative budget hearings resume Wednesday ~ Local government officials will make their case in Albany ~ Watch Live

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

The hearings will conclude on February 27th.

February 25th Topic: Local Government/General Government (beginning at 9:30 a.m.) 

Watch the hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 24, 2015
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WGRZ: Lost on the Line: Emergency calls that can't be tracked

Michael Wooten, Danny Spewak, WGRZ9:18 p.m. EST February 23, 2015

February 24, 2015
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