Issues: Budget

STATEMENT FROM SENATOR KEVIN PARKER ON THE SENATE VOTE ON THE NEW YORK STATE DREAM ACT

(Brooklyn, NY) - “Today, I stood with 29 other New York Senate Democratic Senators to vote in favor of the NYS DREAM Act.

This piece of progressive legislation was brought to the floor earlier this evening and if passed, would have ensured immigrant children, in search of the American dream through educational access and financial aid, the road map to success.

Senate Republicans failed our young people. Not a single member of the Republican Conference voted yes. Not a single member of the Republicans voted yes for opportunity or yes for equality.

March 17, 2014
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Your Voice with Senator Maziarz

In this week's episode, Senator Maziarz discusses the Board of Regents selection process and the Senate Budget. 

March 17, 2014
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SENATE PASSES BIPARTISAN BUDGET RESOLUTION

CUTTING TAXES AND CREATING JOBS A TOP PRIORITY

Funding for Marlboro Central School District Also Included

 

March 14, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle Releases Highlights of Last Night’s Senate Budget Resolution

Albany, March 14, 2014 - Senator Ken LaValle reports that last night, the New York State Senate passed their Budget Resolution to address the priorities of Long Island families.  The document now becomes the framework for budget negotiations with the Assembly.

Senator LaValle released the following highlights of the Budget Resolution. The proposal:

Reduces taxes on hardworking families, small businesses and manufacturers, while keeping overall spending growth below two percent

 

March 14, 2014
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State Senate to Act on Bipartisan Budget Resolution That Cuts Taxes and Helps Create Jobs

New York State Senate Co-Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced (3/13/14) the Senate will act on a bipartisan budget resolution that balances the budget without raising taxes or fees, increases school aid funding and provides significant business and property tax relief that will create new jobs, grow the economy and help middle-class families stay and thrive in New York.

 

March 14, 2014
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Senate Budget Resolution Meets Real Needs

ALBANY, 03/14/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on passage of the senate’s budget resolution for fiscal year 2014-15:

“The senate budget plan fulfills many of the priorities expressed to me by families, employers, and community groups that make up my senate district.  Approval of the plan also means we are on track to pass an on-time state budget for a fourth straight year. 

“Among the highlights - property tax relief to combat the greatest expense families and business in New York face; education aid that will support our neediest schools; and job creation incentives which will help boost economic development.

March 14, 2014
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Senate to Act on Bipartisan Budget Resolution That Cuts Taxes, Creates Jobs and Invests in Key Education Initiatives

New York State Senate Co-Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced the Senate will act on a bipartisan budget resolution that balances the budget without raising taxes or fees, increases school aid funding and provides significant business and property tax relief that will create new jobs, grow the economy and help middle-class families stay and thrive in New York.

March 13, 2014
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Sen. Krueger's Statement on the Majority Coalition One-House Budget Resolution

Sen. Krueger issued the following statement Thursday evening, shortly after 8pm:

I just received a 'draft' one-house budget resolution around 5:30 pm. There are no budget bills spelling out details, and there are no actual total amounts for new spending, additions, or subtractions.

March 13, 2014
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Peralta On Senate Budget Resolution

Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta

“Where there is a will there is a way.

"And clearly there is the political will for campaign financing, but not for helping young immigrants get a college degree.

“Senate Republicans argued against using tax dollars for campaign financing, just as they had previously argued against spending tax revenue on the DREAM Act.

"But whereas the Senate’s house budget features campaign financing, it excludes the DREAM Act, kicking to the curb, yet again, the hopes and aspirations of young people whose zeal to live, work, pay taxes and prosper in this great country is being held against them.

"I am happy about the inclusion of campaign financing, which I wholeheartedly support.  I am deeply disappointed and frustrated by the exclusion of the DREAM Act.

"I call on the governor and my Republican Senate colleagues to seize the opportunity we have here in New York to build on the growing national consensus around the need for immigration reform and the obvious economic benefits of doing right by our young people.”

March 13, 2014
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March 17, 2:30 PM - 2:49 PM
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NY lawmakers want money for pedestrians, cyclists

ALBANY, N.Y. — A group of New York senators is seeking $20 million in funding for bicycles and pedestrian safety as well as infrastructure to be included in the coming fiscal year.

A letter circulated by Sen. Martin Malave Dilan asks the Senate leadership to include the money in the Senate's budget bill due next week.

Parks and Trails New York, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign and the New York Bicycling Coalition have been urging lawmakers to add funding for bicyclist and pedestrian infrastructure to the budget.

According to the letter signed by 20 senators, a federal transportation law cut the state's money for bicycle and pedestrian projects by $12 million a year.

March 7, 2014
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In the News: Democratic Conference Leader Stewart-Cousins Talks Budget, A Changing Chamber (Source: TWC News)

Democratic Conference Leaders Andrea Stewat-Cousins appeared on the Capital Tonight yesterday to talk to Liz Benjamin about this year's budget, and the changes in the chamber.

Click here to view the video.

March 5, 2014
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2014 Library Advocacy Day

Members from the Mid-Hudson Library System and the Ramapo Catskill Library System recently visited Albany to advocate for additional funding for libraries.

March 4, 2014
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Revenue Forecasting and the Budget Process on Your Voice

Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses the 2014-2015 State Budget and Revenue Forecasting on Your Voice. 

March 3, 2014
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Economic and Revenue Review - SFY 2014-15

In conjunction with IHS Global Insight, the Senate Finance Committee reviewed and analyzed the economic and revenue projections contained within the Executive Budget for FY 2015. Based upon IHS Global Insight’s February economic forecast, the Senate Finance Committee projects $265 million in General Fund revenues (inclusive of miscellaneous receipts) above the Executive Budget forecast for FY 2015. This amount is enhanced by the estimate for the remainder of FY 2014, which is $88 million above than the Executive estimate. Therefore, the two year General Fund receipts forecast is $353 million above the Executive forecast.

Please read the full report attached below:

File: 
Economic and Revenue Review - SFY 2014-15

February 26, 2014
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February 24, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Yonkers 2014-15 Budget Town Hall Forum

Senator Stewart-Cousins with Assemblymember Shelley Mayer hosted a Town Hall Forum on Wednesday, February 19th in Yonkers to provide constituents the opportunity to ask their questions and discuss their concerns relating to the 2014-15 Executive Budget.

February 20, 2014
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NO Free College For Prisoners

ONEONTA, 02/20/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today voiced his opposition to Governor Cuomo’s proposal to provide free college educations for prison inmates:

“I talk to parents and high school students on a regular basis and one of their top concerns is college. Our young people study, stress over test scores, and work extremely hard just to gain entrance to the schools of their choice. Meanwhile, their parents scrimp, save, sacrifice, and, in many cases, take on extra jobs and loads to help with tuition bills. I can’t imagine telling these hard-working families that while they are doing everything right, a criminal sitting in a jail cell is being handed an opportunity their children don’t have.

February 20, 2014
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The Blue Book: Senate Minority Staff Analysis of the 2014-2015 Executive Budget Proposal

The "Blue Book" is a comprehensive overview and analysis of the 2014-2015 Executive Budget Proposal, prepared by the Finance Committee's minority staff.

File: 
Senate Finance Minority Blue Book - 2014

February 11, 2014
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Legislature's fiscal committees continue public hearings on Governor Cuomo's 2014-15 proposed state budget ~ Watch Live here ~ Today's topics: Mental hygiene & workforce development

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue a series of public hearings today on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2014-2105 proposed state budget. 

Hearing topics for Tuesday, February 11th: Mental Hygiene, beginning at 9:30 a.m., and Workforce Development, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Watch the hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 10, 2014
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