Issues: Budget

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:

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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.

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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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NY Senate votes to ban spending welfare money at casinos, strip clubs for third year

By Teri Weaver | tweaver@syracuse.com

February 04, 2014 at 4:54 PM, updated February 04, 2014 at 5:56 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The New York State Senate today voted to ban using cash from public assistance money to buy alcohol, tobacco products and lap dances.

The "Public Assistance Integrity Act," which passed 53-4, would prohibit people on welfare and other public help programs from using their "electronic benefits transfer" card at ATMs in liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs. It would also limit people from using cash obtained through public assistance to buy alcohol, cigarettes and lottery tickets.

February 10, 2014
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Progress Report: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Hearing Testimony Regarding I-81, Hospital Funding and Early Intervention Repayments on Your Voice

As Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator John A. DeFrancisco has been conducting public budget hearings in Albany to seek straight answers to serious questions regarding the Central New York community.  These issues include hydrofracking, the future of I-81, balanced funding for hospitals, and Early Intervention repayments. 

February 10, 2014
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Progress Report: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Testimony on I-81, Hospital Funding and Early Intervention Repayments on Your Voice

As Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator John A. DeFrancisco has been conducting public budget hearings in Albany to seek straight answers to serious questions regarding the Central New York community.  These issues include hydrofracking, the future of I-81, balanced funding for hospitals, and Early Intervention repayments. 

February 10, 2014
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Legislature's fiscal committees continue hearings on Governor Cuomo's 2014-15 proposed state budget ~ Watch Live here ~ Today's Topics: Taxes & Economic 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 Monday, February 10th: Taxes, beginning at 9:30 a.m., and Economic 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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Legislature's fiscal committees continue public hearings on Governor Cuomo's 2014-15 proposed state budget ~ Watch Live here ~ Today's topic: Public Protection

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

Hearing topic for Wednesday, February 5th: Public Protection, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Watch live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 5, 2014
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Legislature's fiscal committees continue hearings on Governor Cuomo's 2014-15 proposed state budget ~ Watch Live here ~ Today's topics: Housing, and Human Services

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 4th: Housing, beginning at 9:30 a.m. & Human Services, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Watch the hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 4, 2014
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Legislature's fiscal committees continue public hearings on Governor Cuomo's 2014-15 proposed state budget ~ Today's Topic: Health/Medicaid ~ Watch Live

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue a series of public hearings today on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2014-2105 proposed state budget. topic for Monday, February 3rd: Health/Medicaid, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Watch the hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 3, 2014
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CAPITAL: New York’s forgotten high-speed rail study

By Dana Rubinstein

On Tuesday, following months of delays, the Federal Railroad Administration quietly posted to its website a New York State study study outlining five different options for "high speed rail" connecting New York City to Niagara Falls.

The study was supposed to have been released in June, after it was reviewed by the federal government, and as recently as this morning, New York State's transportation commissioner was apparently still unaware that the review was complete.

January 30, 2014
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