Issues: Budget

O'Mara on budget highs (and lows): Important tax cuts and beginning of 'Young Farmers NY' strategy, but falling short on mandate relief and saving Monterey

Albany, N.Y., March 31—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said today that highlights of the final 2014-15 New York State budget include key tax cuts for upstate manufacturers and keeping state spending growth under two percent for the fourth consecutive year.

O’Mara also praised the budget for including key provisions of a “Young Farmers NY” strategy he  co-sponsors in the Senate that was unveiled earlier this year.

March 31, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Announces 2014-2015 Budget

SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES 2014-15 STATE BUDGET:

WILL INCREASE AID TO EDUCATION, PROVIDE TAX RELIEF FOR HOMEOWNERS,

March 31, 2014
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Press Release: Statement from Yonkers Legislative Delegation Regarding 2014-15 Budget

“Yonkers is facing a fiscal crisis that requires immediate action. The final state budget will include $17 million dollars for the Yonkers Public Schools, an increase of 7.67% over last year’s amount. This is a higher percentage increase than any of the big five school districts. In addition, by passing the Education bill, we will be taking the needed steps to address the crisis while expanding state oversight over both the City of Yonkers and the Yonkers School District.

March 31, 2014
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Griffo, Brindisi: New State Budget Includes Boost to Agriculture

ALBANY – As Maple Weekend comes to a close, Sen. Joseph A. Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi are pleased to announce more than $8.5 million in funding to sustain future agriculture programs.

The 2014-15 state budget includes $2.4 million for vital agricultural programs restored through negotiations, as well as a $6.3 million increase in funding for important ongoing research – the largest commitment in at least six years, the legislators said.

“New York farmers need our support to make their operations more efficient and more profitable,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “That’s why I was pleased to advocate for rejecting the governor’s proposed cuts to these essential programs and increasing funding to several others.”

March 31, 2014
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GRIFFO, BRINDISI ANNOUNCE $40M FOR WINTER WEATHER RECOVERY

ALBANY – The 2014-15 state budget includes a new, one-time $40 million fund for the benefit of highway departments repairing roads damaged by extreme winter weather, Sen. Joseph A. Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi announced.

“Forty-five percent of our major roads and highways in this state are in poor or mediocre condition, which costs New York motorists dearly. We’re collectively paying $4.9 billion more than we have to every year on repairs required because of shoddy roads,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “This winter’s deep freeze just exacerbated this, which is why the assemblyman and I called for relief.”

March 30, 2014
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Griffo, Brindisi Secure Vital Funding for Economic Development in the Mohawk Valley

Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) and State Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-Rome) jointly announced today that the state budget contains critical funding for “Nano Utica,” drone initiatives at Griffiss International Airport, SUNYIT staffing and military base retention efforts.

“The Mohawk Valley is positioning itself as an innovative leader in nano and cyber technology, and this budget invests in programs that will facilitate the growth of more good-paying, quality high-tech jobs right in our own backyard,” Assemblyman Brindisi stated.

March 29, 2014
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SENATOR SQUADRON TESTIMONY ON CITY PARKS BUDGET

Senator Pushes Neighborhood Conservancies to “Change The Game” on Parks Funding

NEW YORK CITY – Today, Senator Daniel Squadron submitted testimony on the City’s Parks budget at the New York City Council’s Fiscal Year 2015 Preliminary Budget hearing. Senator Squadron argued that his proposal to connect well-financed conservancies and parks most in need -- called the Neighborhood Parks Alliance -- would be a “game changer” for the Parks budget overall.

March 27, 2014
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Statement on Today's Daily News Editorial

Sen. Krueger issued the following statement in response to the latest Daily News editorial criticizing her opposition to a tax credit scam that would siphon millions in taxpayer money to reimburse wealthy donors to well-funded private and charter schools:

"Nothing in today's Daily News editorial substantively disputes or debunks any factual claim I've made. I know they're called the opinion pages for a reason, but that doesn't mean they should be totally fact-free.

March 26, 2014
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Senator Young Calls on Assembly Speaker to End Gap Elimination Adjustment

For Release: Immediate, March 26, 2014

            ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th District) said she is “calling on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to join Senate Republicans to end the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which has taken over a billion dollars from our children’s education in school districts across the state.”

            “The Senate Republicans have been leading the charge to get rid of the GEA, which consistently is cited by school districts as their number one priority in this year’s state budget,” said Senator Young.

March 26, 2014
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Your Voice with Senator Griffo

Senator Griffo discusses the Senate's budget resolution, and his priorities for tax relief, mandate relief, education, agriculture, health care and infrastructure. Hosted by Julia Lilkendey.

March 25, 2014
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Legislative Report - State funding for upstate, manufacturing tax credit, property taxes and circuit breaker proposal

In this episode of the Legislative Report, Senator Ted O'Brien discusses his grave concerns with the Senate's one-house budget and how it has neglected key upstate concerns.

March 24, 2014
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Senator O'Brien, Local Leaders "Stand Up for Upstate" in Budget Negotiations

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien, along with local government and school district officials, came together to state their concerns about the status of current state budget negotiations. Senator O’Brien believes that the needs of upstate New York are not being appropriately addressed in the budget proposals being advanced, particularly by the State Senate.

March 24, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #12: Working Toward Another On-Time Budget

I want to pass a fourth on-time budget by April 1. So my colleagues and I recently outlined our priorities to provide a starting point for negotiations.

Here’s what I’d like to see in this year’s budget:

TAX RELIEF

I agree there’s a need for property tax relief. That’s why I want to make the property tax cap permanent and strengthen the STAR program.

The Senate is proposing a $1.4 billion tax relief proposal for homeowners, plus reducing various taxes for businesses. Our plan also doesn’t include any new taxes or fees.

March 20, 2014
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Senator Serrano Pushes for Restoration of Capital Funds for Our State Parks

(Albany, NY)- Today Senator José M. Serrano was joined by several of his Senate colleagues in writing a letter to Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders asking for a restoration of $92.5 million in the state budget for much needed funding of parks capital projects. 

March 20, 2014
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Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on Budget Conference Committee Table Targets

Legislative leaders today announced they have reached a consensus on table targets for the individual budget conference committees.

These funds will be used as the basis for budget negotiations among the committees and represents real progress towards the enactment of a fourth consecutive on-time budget.

March 20, 2014
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Two Tkaczyk Initiatives Included in Assembly, Senate Budget Resolutions

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk has had rare success in this year's budget drafting process -- - two major initiatives of hers, introduced in 2013, have been included in both the Senate and Assembly budget resolutions.

Senator Tkaczyk’s legislation to reform the way Early Intervention (EI) services are provided and paid for, and another measure to rewrite and expand the Community Mental Health Reinvestment Act were both outlined and accepted into the budget resolutions put forward by both houses. 

“I was happy to see my bills were included in both the Assembly and Senate resolutions.  I think that speaks volumes about the merit of, and the need for, these important measures,” Senator Tkaczyk said.

March 19, 2014
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Senator Young Discusses Agriculture on “Your Voice”

Senator Young recently appeared on the Senate TV program “Your Voice” to discuss the huge importance of agriculture to our region and state.

Our farms and agriculture industry are the backbone of our economy, contributing more than $5.4 billion to our state every year, and few work harder or face greater challenges than our dedicated farmers.

Since her election to the State Assembly in 1998, and the State Senate in 2005, supporting and promoting agriculture has always been among Senator Young’s highest priorities. The dairy and crop industries, including maple, apple, and wine and grapes, among others, are all crucial to the economy and health of our state.

March 18, 2014
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Cazenovia School District Budget Gap Could be $500K this Year

‘We’re going to have to cut,’ Superintendent Dubik says

By Jason Emerson, March 3

Cazenovia — The Cazenovia Central School District budget for the 2014-15 school year currently has a gap of three-quarters-of-a-million dollars; and although the state legislature — which has not finalized the budget yet — typically replaces a portion of the education funding stripped by the governor’s budget, no matter what happens, Cazenovia’s district budget will come up short and some budgetary items will not survive.

March 18, 2014
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