Issues: Budget

STATE SENATOR GUSTAVO RIVERA SPEAKS ON THE SENATE'S PASSING OF THE 2015-2016 BUDGETS

(Albany, NY) - Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) joined his colleagues in the State Senate to vote on the 13 bills of the 2015-2016 Budget.  Senator Rivera voted against three of the budget bills, specifically the Transportation, Economic Development and Environmental Conservation bill (S.2008-B), the Public Protection and General Government bill (S.2005-B), and the Education, Labor and Family Assistance bill (S.2006)

2014-2015 BUDGET

April 1, 2015
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SENATOR RIVERA ANNOUNCES KINGSBRIDGE SUBWAY STATION TO RECEIVE FUNDING IN THE STATE BUDGET

State to Allocate $1 Million for Accessibly Study in Anticipation of The Kingsbridge National Ice Center 

(BRONX, NY) - Today, State Senator Gustavo Rivera announced  that the  Aids to Localities budget bill (S.2003-C/A.3003-C), which passed today with a 60 to 1 vote, included $1 million to conduct an accessibility and capacity study at the Kingsbridge and Jerome subway station in anticipation of the building of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center. The purpose of the study is to determine how the Kingsbridge National Ice Center will impact the ridership of the station.

April 1, 2015
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Senator Robach's Comments on the 2015-2016 New York State Budget

For the fifth consecutive year we have successfully passed an on-time State Budget. This budget includes a significant increase in aid for Rochester and Monroe County schools, property tax relief for hard working men, women and families, and $1 billion to improve Upstate roads and bridges.

April 1, 2015
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The 2015-16 New York State Budget

The $142 billion 2015-16 New York State Budget reflects the Senate's continued commitment to strengthening the economy, increasing education aid, and reducting the tax burden for New Yorkers.  For highligts of the 2015-16 State Budget, please click on the file below. 

April 1, 2015
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Senate Passes 2015-16 State Budget That Creates a Brighter Future for New York

The New York State Senate today passed a $142 billion 2015-16 State Budget that reflects the Senate’s commitment to strengthening the economy, increasing education funding by $1.4 billion to $23.5 billion and substantially restoring Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) cuts, reducing the tax burden on New Yorkers, and creating a brighter future for communities across the state. 

March 31, 2015
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State Budget Addresses Local Opioid Crisis

Improvements coming to WCA that will increase addiction treatment services, alleviate jail overcrowding

 

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I– Olean) has delivered a $350,000 capital grant in the state budget to establish a supportive housing program at WCA Hospital’s Jones Hill site in Jamestown.

 

“The new program will be a big step towards addressing the region’s opioid and heroin epidemic, placing people with addiction problems in a specialized housing facility instead of the county jail,” Senator Young said.

 

March 31, 2015
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State Budget Includes Funding For The Catskill Park

ALBANY, 03/31/15 -- State Senators James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and George Amedore (R-Rotterdam)  announced today that they have secured $500,000 in this year’s state budget to promote economic growth and preservation measures for the Catskill Park.

Senators Amedore and Seward successfully fought for the funding after receiving a request from the Catskill Park Coalition.  

March 31, 2015
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Senator Young Secures Over $582 Million in Education Aid

Record amounts for schools in the 57th Senate District

 

ALBANY – Record amounts of school funding will boost quality education in the 57th Senate District, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean).

 

“Overall, my schools will receive a record investment of $582,788,622 in education aid, which is an increase of more than $32 million, or 5.9 percent, over last year. Children in my district will receive the high-quality, first class educational opportunities that they need to succeed,” Senator Young said.

 

Senator Young said that the restoration of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) coupled with more Foundation Aid drove more funds into her school districts.

 

March 31, 2015
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Senator Young Declares Victory Over the Gap Elimination Adjustment

Schools have 94.6 percent GEA restoration

 

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) declared victory over the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA), with it almost completely eradicated from her school districts.

 

“The destructive fiscal gimmick that is the GEA is almost gone from my schools, with 94.6 percent eliminated. We have restored more than $11.5 million in GEA cuts that were implemented by Democrats when they controlled the Senate in 2010,” said Senator Young.

 

“Senate Republicans have led the charge to get rid of the GEA that has robbed our schools of funding, and our children of learning opportunities,” she said.

 

March 31, 2015
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Statement on 2015-16 Education Aid

ALBANY, 03/31/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the education aid portion of the 2015-16 state budget: 

“This year, more than any other in recent memory, the education aid discussion drifted toward other issues.  My focus remained steadfast – to deliver state dollars to our local schools to make sure every student will have access to a quality education.”

March 31, 2015
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Senator Serrano Comments on the Enacted on the Enacted Budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16

(Albany, NY) - Senator Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) commented on the enacted $142 billion state budget for fiscal year 2015-16. 

March 31, 2015
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Senate Begins Passage of Fiscally Responsible State Budget

Budget includes a strong investment in education, tax relief to families and small businesses, and support for rural communities

 

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced today that the Senate has begun passing a fiscally responsible state budget that controls spending, monumentally increases state support for education, and reduces the tax burden to help create jobs and grow the economy.

 

“For the fifth consecutive year the state’s budget will be passed on-time and will include many initiatives that make our state a more affordable place to live, work and do business. The final budget lives within a two percent spending cap and rejects unaffordable tax increases,” Senator Young said.

 

March 30, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Talks About Education Aid, Ethics Reform, and Minimum Wage on Your Voice

March 30, 2015 - On this Your Voice cable program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses ethics reform, school funding, teacher evaluations, education tax credits, and minimum wage in New York state.

 

March 30, 2015
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Senator Larkin Leads the Fight for Increased Education Aid in new Budget

Albany – Continuing his strong commitment to our local schools, New York State Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-On-Hudson) today was pleased to announce that the new State Budget for 2015-16 includes an increase of $1.4 billion in State Education Aid.

“A strong education starts by making smart investments in our local schools so that all children have the opportunity to excel in the classroom,” said Larkin.  “This major funding increase will ensure significant new investments in our schools, reduce pressure on property taxpayers and help chart a course toward a stronger and brighter future for our children.”

March 30, 2015
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Democrats Frustrated by Governor Backing Off Party's Issues

Gotham Gazette

by David Howard King, Mar 26, 2015

On Tuesday Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters that the DREAM Act and the Education Investment Tax Credit (EITC) he had paired were no longer part of budget negotiations. For many Black and Latino legislators the news was painful - they had pushed Cuomo to include the DREAM Act as part of his budget after he and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul campaigned on the issue across the city this summer. But there was also a sinking sense of deja vu.

March 27, 2015
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