Issues: Budget

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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Senator Parker Urges Gov. Cuomo to Call Special Election for 11 Vacant Seats

In a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Parker requested the Governor to hold special elections to provide elected representatives for the 11 principally African-American and Latino districts that are without current legislative representation. 

Please click the pdf link below to read the letter in its entirety. 

File: 
01282014 Letter to Gov Cuomo re calling special elections because of 1 million_ disenfranchised (1).pdf

January 29, 2014
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Legislature's fiscal committees continue hearings today on Governor Cuomo's 2014-2015 proposed state budget ~ Watch Live beginning at 10 a.m. ~ Today's Topic: Transportation

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 Thursday, January 30th: Transportation, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Watch the hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

January 29, 2014
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Your Voice with Senator Joe Griffo

Senator Griffo discusses the 2014 budget, economic growth, business incentives, education reform with host Julia Lilkendey.

January 29, 2014
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Legislature's fiscal committees continue public hearings on Governor Cuomo's 2014-15 proposed state budget ~ Watch Live ~ Today's topic: Environmental Conservation

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

Hearing topic for Wednesday, January 29th: Environmental Conservation, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

January 28, 2014
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Senator Brad Hoylman Addresses Mayor de Blasio on Rent Cap for HIV/AIDS Rental Assistance Program

At the January 27, 2014 Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Local Government, Senator Hoylman asked New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for his position on extending a 30% of income rent cap to participants in the state's HIV/AIDS rental assistance program. Mayor de Blasio expressed "unequivocal support."  

January 28, 2014
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Legislature's fiscal committees continue hearings on Governor Cuomo's 2014-15 proposed state budget ~ Watch Live

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

Hearing topic for Tuesday, January 28th: Elementary and Secondary Education, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Watch the hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

 

January 27, 2014
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Staff Analysis of the FY 2015 Executive Budget - White Book

The Staff Analysis of the FY 2015 Executive Budget begins with a summary of the spending plan.  It then examines an explanation of proposed changes that affect receipts and provides for Senate Issues In Focus.  Finally, it provides a summary of the Executive's Article VII language bills submitted as part of the Executive Budget.  The report provides an analysis of the appropriations recommended this year and an analysis of the Governor's recommendations.

File: 
Staff Analysis of the FY 2015 Executive Budget - White Book

January 27, 2014
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Legislature's fiscal committees begin public hearings on Governor Cuomo's 2014-15 proposed state budget ~ Watch live now

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

Today's topic: Local government/General Government, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Watch the hearing live HERE.

January 27, 2014
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MS 577 Students Visit Albany

Senator Dilan joined nearly 50, 8th graders from Middle School 577 were in Albany to join other students, parents and teachers to call for a $1.9 billion increase in school aid as part of the upcoming Executive Budget. The Alliance for Quality Education (AQENY), Senator Dilan and more than 80 legislators mirrored the request in a letter to the Governor, citing sweeping education cuts over the last five years and the growing inequity between rich and poor school district throughout the state.

January 22, 2014
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Senator Griffo Reacts to Governor Cuomo's 2014-15 Budget Address

Following Gov. Cuomo's budget unveiling, Sen. Joseph A. Griffo offered the following comment: 

“The governor’s budget starts off with a good premise. We’re going to control spending. We’re going to cut taxes. And we’re going to invest in economic opportunity and education.

“So now we’ll have the opportunity to delve into all these details, to examine the document, to moderate where we want to based on deliberations and some of the conversations with our constituents back home. There will be a number of hearings. But overall, I think we’re moving in the right direction and I’m encouraged by many of the elements that have funding.

January 22, 2014
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2014-2015 New York State Budget ~ Get The Facts & Follow This Year's Budget Adoption Process

[UPDATE, March 17, 2014: Legislature begins Joint Budget Conference Committee process, read and watch more HERE]

January 22, 2014
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Senator Young's Reaction to Governor Cuomo's 2014-15 State Budget Proposal

For Release: Immediate, January 21, 2014 

            Jobs and economic opportunities are paramount, and the Governor’s focus on making New York a more affordable place to live and work is right on target.  Many of his proposals to make our state’s economy more competitive mirror the Senate’s initiatives.  Manufacturing jobs especially drive the Upstate economy, and reducing manufacturing and small business taxes and eliminating utility taxes on employers and residential consumers are key.

            Property tax relief continues to be a top concern of my constituents, and the Governor spoke extensively about reducing the suffocating property tax burden, which is something I fully support.  I look forward to fully analyzing the specifics of his proposals through upcoming budget hearings.

January 21, 2014
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