Issues: Budget

Senator DeFrancisco Previews the 2015 Legislative Session on Your Voice

Your Voice is an Albany-based cable show that highlights key issues facing New York state government. 

On this week’s program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco provides an economic forecast for 2015, promotes a new public awareness campaign regarding New York’s aging infrastructure, and discusses some big issues that face debate in the new year. 

December 18, 2014
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2015 Legislative Session Questionnaire - Your Opinion Counts!

As your State Senator, I am doing my best to help make New York a better place to live and work.

With the beginning of the 2015 Legislative Session nearing, I would very much like your input on several key state issues that will be debated in the new year. You can share your opinions with me through the legislative questionnaire below. Your responses will remain confidential.

Thank you for taking the time to fill out my legislative questionnaire, so I can better represent you and your family in the State Legislature. Please check back in as I will continue to update the results.

December 18, 2014
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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Buffalo News: Surplus could close $39 million Thruway gap

Toll hike seems unlikely as officials meet to see if state windfall can solve agency budget deficit

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December 17, 2014
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WIVB: State Senator: $1.17 billion burden off taxpayers

By Mark Belcher, News 4 Digital ProducerPublished: November 7, 2014, 11:21 pm

November 12, 2014
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Penfield Post: Gallivan supports capping local Medicaid costs

Posted Nov. 11, 2014 @ 3:28 pmUpdated at 3:29 PM Greece, N.Y.

November 12, 2014
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Buffalo News: Thirteen school districts to receive funding for resource officers

Thirteen Western New York school districts will receive money to support new and existing school resource officer programs.

November 10, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN SAYS STATE EFFORTS ARE REDUCING THE COST OF MEDICAID FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

MANDATE RELIEF PROJECTED TO SAVE WNY COUNTIES AND TAXPAYERS MILLIONS OVER FOUR YEARS  

 

November 7, 2014
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Senator Gallivan reminds voters of 3 important ballot initiatives to consider this year

Voters head to the polls in a couple of weeks to exercise their most basic democratic right; choosing the people they want to represent them at various levels of government.  In addition to the candidates running for various federal, state and local offices, this year’s ballot includes three important statewide propositions.  Unfortunately, these proposals often don’t get much attention in the media and can catch some voters by surprise. 

October 22, 2014
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Buffalo News: Gallivan urges disaster relief for West Seneca flood victims

The governor is being asked to provide disaster aid to victims of last winter’s ice jam flooding in the Town of West Seneca.

October 16, 2014
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NYS Banking Settlement Windfall Belongs to Taxpayers

It’s not a bad problem to have.  What to do with more than $3 billion?  That’s the question facing the State of New York after a settlement with BNP Paribas, a French bank charged with violating U.S. money laundering laws. Similar settlements with other banks could drive the total windfall to about $4 billion.  As you can imagine, there is no shortage of ideas for what to do with this money.  I believe the answer is simple; return the money to the people of New York by relieving the tax burden on residents and lowering the cost of government.

September 30, 2014
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Senator Ted O'Brien's statement on the Bank of America settlement

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien released the following statement on the Bank of America settlement that will bring $300 million to New York State:

“The $300 million New York will receive from the Bank of America settlement should go towards upstate property tax relief by reducing the cost burden on local school districts which have been devastated by the Gap Elimination Adjustment. We cannot afford to continue balancing school district budgets on the backs of local property tax payers, and must take action immediately to give hardworking families and small businesses the property tax relief they need.”

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August 21, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR LOCAL LIBRARIES

GRANTS TO SUPPORT TECHNOLOGY BASED PROGRAMS   

August 15, 2014
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The Daily News: Gallivan announces library grants

Posted: Friday, August 15, 2014 2:44 am

August 15, 2014
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein, Council Member Andrew Cohen Announce $3 Million in Capital Grants for Renovation of Indian Field in Woodlawn

BRONX, NY – Surrounded by local families, community leaders and Little Leaguers, State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Council Member Andrew Cohen (D-Bronx) announced $3 million in capital grants secured 

July 30, 2014
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein, Council Member Andrew Cohen Announce $3 Million in Capital Grants for Renovation of Indian Field in Woodlawn

BRONX, NY – Surrounded by local families, community leaders and Little Leaguers, State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Council Member Andrew Cohen (D-Bronx) announced $3 million in capital grants secured 

July 30, 2014
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Klein, Bronx Chamber of Commerce Launch Bronx H.I.R.E. Program to Combat Borough Unemployment

BRONX, NY – Senator Klein, along with the Bronx Chamber of Commerce and local elected officials, announced Bronx H.I.R.E., a new program aimed at connecting Bronx workers with real jobs through a comprehensive, direct approach. The Bronx H.I.R.E.

July 9, 2014
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O'Mara, colleagues call for using settlement funds to cut taxes, create jobs, help schools

Elmira, N.Y., July 7—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) today joined his Senate Republican colleagues to call for New York State to use its share of a recent settlement to accelerate state tax cuts, invest in Upstate job creation, and provide assistance to local schools and property taxpayers.

The U.S. Justice Department and state regulators recently announced a settlement with BNP Paribas, France’s largest bank, resulting in a record fine of nearly $9 billion for violations of U.S. sanctions and other misconduct.  

July 7, 2014
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein and Top Chef Host Padma Lakshmi Announce $250,000 in Funding to Expand Education Campaign on Endometriosis

BRONX, NY – State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Top Chef Host and Co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) Padma Lakshmi announced $250,000 in funding secured by Senator Klein to support an education campaign aimed at raising awareness around endometriosis, a painful, and often undiagnosed disorder

June 30, 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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