Issues: Budget

May 5, 2015 - Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young

During this week's edition of "Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young," she discussed the impact the 2015-16 State Budget will have on seniors in our community. The budget includes funding for many key programs seniors rely upon every day. These include:

- $27.8 million for Community Services for the Elderly Program;

- $26.6 million for Alzheimer’s programs;

-$945,000 for Lifespan for Elderly Abuse, Education and Outreach;

- $172,000 for the New York Foundation for Seniors Home Sharing and Respite; and

- $63,000 for the Senior Action Council Hotline.


May 8, 2015

Senator Carlucci Honors Ossining Resident as "Woman of Distinction"

Senator David Carlucci (D – Rockland/Westchester) honored Dream “The Dreamster” Shepherd at the New York State Senate’s annual “Woman of Distinction” ceremony on May 6, 2015 in Albany, NY.

The Women of Distinction Ceremony is an annual event that honors leading women from across the state for their achievements in business, academics and civics, as well as those who have performed heroic or selfless acts, made significant discoveries or provided examples of personal excellence against difficult odds.

Dream Shepherd, an Ossining resident, was born with sickle cell disease. The hereditary blood disorder resulted in complications for Dream, including chronic pain and a stroke at five years old.

May 6, 2015

April 28 - Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young

During this week’s appearance on “Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young,” the Senator discussed some of the positive results for her district in the 2015-16 State Budget. This year’s budget makes a strong investment in rural broadband service, provides record levels of funding for our local schools and includes significant tax relief for local property tax payers.


May 1, 2015

Senate Democratic Conference Adopted Budget Summary SFY 2015-16

As the Democratic Conference's ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Krueger is pleased to make the Democratic Conference's Adopted Budget Summary for SFY 2015-16 available to the public. 


NYS Senate Democratic Conference Adopted Budget Summary SFY 2015-16

April 30, 2015


Hundreds of Bronx Students Enter Local “Eat Well, Play Well” Themed Competition

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), together with the Throggs Neck Community Action Partnership (TNCAP), today hosted their 17th annual poster contest – selecting twenty Bronx students as this year’s award winners in the “Eat Well, Play Well” themed competition.

April 24, 2015

Legislation Passed To Help Keep Older Adults, Others With Long Term Care Needs In Their Homes

The CARE Act ensures caregivers are involved in and educated about their loved one’s medical needs


ALBANY – With more and more Americans requiring long term care each year, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) and her Senate colleagues this week moved to ensure family caregivers receive consultation in the treatment of a loved one, as well as training to assist with post-release care tasks.


The CARE Act is an important step toward improving the quality of care for patients when they are released from the hospital, and will help cut down on the estimated $17 billion in Medicare funds spent each year nationally on hospital readmissions.


April 22, 2015

Senate to Celebrate Earth Week With a Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 20, 2015

Seward Delivers $300k To Boost Tourism, Local Economy

COOPERSTOWN, 04/20/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the 2015-2016 state budget includes, at his insistence, $300,000 to assist The Glimmerglass Festival with a significant multi-year renovation project in Cooperstown. 

April 20, 2015

Senators Ortt, Young, Funke, and Croci Announce $4.6 Million in Additional Funding for Rape and Sexual Violence Programs

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, New York State Senators Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda), Catharine Young (R,I,C – Olean), Rich Funke (R,C,I – Fairport), and Thomas Croci (R – Sayville) today announced that they succeeded in securing an additional $4.6 million in funding in the 2015-16 state budget to help victims of rape and sexual violence.

The Senators led a bipartisan group of members from the Republican and Independent Democratic Conferences in efforts to secure a total of nearly $6.5 million in state funding for rape crisis services for victims and programs that prevent sexual assault.

April 14, 2015


(Middletown, NY)- State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) announced that the 2015-2016 State Budget includes the repeal of 57 onerous fees, which would save New York State $3 million annually.  These fees place an undue burden on Hudson Valley businesses and farms, and make it harder to remain profitable and competitive.

April 14, 2015

State Funding Will Help Keep Kirkside Open

ROXBURY, 04/13/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the 2015-2016 state budget includes, at his insistence, $150,000 to assist Kirkside A Retirement Home of Distinction in Roxbury. 

“Kirkside Retirement Home plays a vital role in the lives of area senior citizens and is a cherished part of the Roxbury community,” said Senator Seward.  “Ensuring Kirkside is able to continue operating and offering services contributes greatly to the health and well being of the residents and markedly enhances the local quality of life.”

April 13, 2015

Clarifying Information About the SAFE Act & the 2015 NYS Budget

As you may know, I have co-sponsored no less than three bills to repeal the SAFE Act, a law I voted against in 2013.  I believe the legislation was ill conceived, poorly written and infringes on the rights of law abiding citizens. 

While our efforts to repeal the law have been thwarted to date, I have also sponsored several bills to reform the SAFE Act in hopes of chipping away at the most onerous aspects of the law.

April 10, 2015

Ortt: State Budget Provides Funds to Improve Water Infrastructure

$200 Million in Environmental Facilities Corp. Grants Available for Municipalities   

Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) helped to secure $200 million in the recently adopted 2015-16 New York State Budget for water infrastructure improvements. As part of the NYS Water Infrastructure Improvement Act, millions of dollars in Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) grants will be used to replace and repair existing wastewater and drinking water infrastructure in various municipalities across the state. This money will be spread out over the next three years.   

April 7, 2015

Senator Young Applauds Record Local Transportation Funding In State Budget

$488 Million for Local Highways, Roads, and Bridges


ALBANY - Record funding to help local governments repair roads and bridges, including a $50 million Extreme Winter Recovery Fund, was included in the recently passed 2015-16 State Budget, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I,-Olean).


“This funding is great news for our local governments and taxpayers. Many of the roads, bridges, and highways throughout our community are showing signs of wear and are in need of maintenance and repairs. This influx of CHIPS and Extreme Winter Recovery funding will keep New York State moving, enhance public safety, and reduce the heavy financial burden infrastructure maintenance and repairs can have on area taxpayers,” said Senator Young.

April 7, 2015

An Evening with Our State Legislators: A Discussion of Current New York State Education & Budget Issues

On Thursday evening, April 9th, as part of the state delegation representing New Rochelle, Senator Stewart-Cousins will be part of a panel discussion regarding the state budget and education. For additional information, please call our District Office at (914) 423-4031.

April 9, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Senator Stewart-Cousins' State Budget Update & Impact on Town of Greenburgh

Senator Stewart-Cousins will speak at the Greenburgh Town Board meeting to discuss the State Budget and issues of interest to constituents in town. For additional information, please call our District Office at (914) 423-4031.

April 8, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Press Release: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Announces Passage of the 2015-16 New York State Budget

Yonkers, NY - New York State’s new fiscal year began April 1st with the 2015-2016 State budget in place. The $142 billion spending plan increases state spending by 2% over last year and includes $23.5 billion in education aid--an increase of $1.3 billion. The state also continues to make strides in reducing the Gap Elimination Adjustment. There are new initiatives, including $1.6 billion to provide basic health coverage for low-income New Yorkers, and important funding (detailed below) that will have a positive impact on constituents and municipalities in the 35th District.

April 7, 2015

Senator Klein Speaks in Support of Funding for NYCHA in State Budget

New York State Senator Jeff Klein speaks in support of $100 million in funding for the New York City Housing Authority in the 2015-2016 legislative budget.

April 6, 2015

Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Talks About New Ethics Reforms on Your Voice

On this Your Voice cable show, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about the new ethics reforms that are included in the 2015-16 State Budget, including income disclosures. 



April 6, 2015
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