Issues: Budget

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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The New York Times: "Playing a Game of Legislative Fantasy"

Sen. Krueger was quoted in Michael Powell's New York Times column, which assesses the Senate's "one-house" budget.

Powell writes:

None of this fun is remotely real. The governor and the Legislature are weeks away from a final budget. Most senators had not even seen the underlying budget documents when they voted at 3 a.m. (It’s a reliable rule of thumb that early-morning votes bear a close relationship to hallucinogenic results.) State Senator Liz Krueger, a Democrat, played spoilsport.

“At best, this is a shopping list with no budgetary legitimacy,” she wrote in her official statement. “More realistically, it is a classic Albany scam designed to make everyone think they should be happy, without answering any of the important questions, like ‘How will we pay for this?’ ” I called her the next day.

“There was Monopoly money available for anything and everything you could imagine,” she noted with the bemused tone of a liberal Democrat who keeps finding herself dressed in conservative sack cloth in Albany. “No one even pretends the numbers add up.”

March 18, 2014
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Senator Dilan Outlines Transportation Budget Priorities

Senator Dilan delivers his budget priorities during a Monday, March 17, joint conference committee hearing on the proposed transportation budget.

March 18, 2014
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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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