Issues: Budget

INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE REPORT ILLUSTRATES A NEW DEAL FOR NEW YORK WILL REVITALIZE NYS INFRASTRUCTURE AND CREATE GOOD PAYING JOBS

Labor Organizations and Advocates Applaud  IDC’s Plan to Inject Billions from Bank Settlements into Community Rebuilding Across the State.

File: 
A New Deal for NY Full Report

February 26, 2015
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Public Protection is the topic of Thursday's legislative budget hearing ~ Watch Live beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

The hearings will conclude this Friday.

February 26th Topic: Public Protection (beginning at 10:00 a.m.) 

Watch the hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 25, 2015
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Library aid advocated in Albany

State aid in support of libraries was the focus of a meeting with Senator Betty Little in Albany on Wednesday, February 25.  With work continuing on the state budget, librarians and trustees representing the Southern Adirondack and Northern New York Library Systems made the case for increased aid, noting that library aid is currently $86.6 million annually, about $16 million short of what is required by New York State Education Law.  According to a January 2015 Siena Poll, library usage is up 10 percent statewide

February 25, 2015
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2015 Library Advocacy Day

I would like to thank the local members of the New York Library Assocation for visiting Albany to lobby for additional funding and their 2015 legislative agenda.

February 25, 2015
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Mayor Bill de Blasio thanks Senator Felder during the Joint Budget Local Government Hearing

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio thanking Senator Felder for making it easier for parents with special needs children get the help they need.

February 25, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Talks About the Raise the Age Proposal on Your Voice

On this program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses youth, public safety and the justice system.  He also explains his frustration with the lack of answers from the acting commissioner of the Office of Children and Family Services during a recent public budget hearing.  

February 24, 2015
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Legislative budget hearings resume Wednesday ~ Local government officials will make their case in Albany ~ Watch Live

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

The hearings will conclude on February 27th.

February 25th Topic: Local Government/General Government (beginning at 9:30 a.m.) 

Watch the hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 24, 2015
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WGRZ: Lost on the Line: Emergency calls that can't be tracked

Michael Wooten, Danny Spewak, WGRZ9:18 p.m. EST February 23, 2015

February 24, 2015
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State Legislators Applaud Citizens' Involvement To Restore School Aid

OLEAN – Although session duties in Albany Thursday will prevent area state legislators from attending the Olean Teachers’ Association (OTA) public rally, they lauded teachers, community members, school boards reps and administrators for supporting their efforts to restore school aid.

 

“Regrettably, Assemblyman Joe Giglio and I will be unable to take part in the rally because of the previously set legislative calendar. We are scheduled to be voting on bills on the floor of the Senate and Assembly, and there is a joint budget hearing on public safety that will go on until very late,” said Senator Catharine Young, (R,C,I-Olean).

 

February 24, 2015
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'State officials: Cuomo not easy to work with on budget' ~ O'Mara, Palmesano brief Steuben County legislators on upcoming state budget talks

In Bath yesterday, Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano met with members of the Steuben County Legislature to discuss the upcoming negotiations over the 2015-2016 state budget.

Read more in today's Corning Leader, "State officials: Cuomo not easy to work with on budget"

February 24, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN LAUNCHES BRONX SENIOR CENTER “LISTENING TOUR” AND AFFORDABILITY SURVEY

As part of 2015 IDC “Invest New York” Agenda, Klein Pushes Critical Programs & Policies to Support New York’s Seniors

New Survey Gauges Most-Pressing Financial Issues Facing Seniors Today

February 20, 2015
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INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE UNVEILS COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO REINVEST IN AFFORDABLE AND PUBLIC HOUSING IN NEW YORK

Multifaceted vision outlines clear pathway to transforming housing for millions of New Yorkers

NEW YORK, NY - Independent Democratic Conference Leader State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) unveiled the IDC’s bold and comprehensive housing agenda to members of the New York Housing Conference at a luncheon event on Thursday.

February 19, 2015
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Kennedy & Panepinto Say WNY Roads Are Crumbling, More Funding Needed

Senators: Extra $200 Million for CHIPs Would Only Be a “Chip” Out of $5 Billion Surplus

47% of Local Roads in NYS In Need of Rehabilitation 

February 18, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Talks about Equal Funding for Upstate on Your Voice

On this program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco highlights testimony from the ongoing budget hearings and calls on the Department of Transportation to change its funding formula to help give Upstate transit its fair share.  He also discuss funding for healthcare facilties, the nursing home universal settlement, the Governor’s proposed education reforms, and the need for college readiness programs.

Finally, Senator DeFrancisco announces the results of his recent constituent survey, which asked your views on various state issues, such as property taxes, education and the Common Core standards. 

 

February 12, 2015
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Help Support our Kids: End the GEA Budget Cuts!

I am proud to be leading the fight to help completely eliminate the GEA school aid budget cuts once and for all.

This effort is designed to protect our local schools from harmful cuts in State education aid. Since its inception, the GEA has cost schools in the 55th Senate District $120 million. It needs to end this year!

This effort will not only ensure more resources for classroom instruction and quality programs, but will also help us to achieve our goal of ensuring an outstanding education for every child, in every school.

Support my efforts to eliminate the GEA budget cuts and help ensure a brighter future for our kids, please sign my petition below.

February 12, 2015
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Senator Young joins "Your Voice" to Discuss Protections Against Sexual Predators, Juvenile Justice Reforms, and Education Funding

During this edition of "Your Voice,” Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) discusses legislation to protect communities from sexual predators, juvenile justice reforms proposed in the Executive Budget, education funding and the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA).

 

February 12, 2015
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Eliminating the GEA

I joined my colleagues in the Senate Republican Majority yesterday to call to end the GEA, which has hurt our local schools since it implemented a few years ago. By eliminating the GEA, we can restore critical funding to our schools and ensure that every student receives an outstanding education. I am proud to continue to fight for Upstate equality in school funding, especially for Rochester and Monroe County.

February 11, 2015
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INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE RELEASES REPORT OUTLINING SOLUTIONS TO ADDRESS FINANCIAL HARDSHIPS OF NEW YORK’S SENIORS

IDC “Invest NY” Plan Aims to Expand Senior Housing Options and Enhance Consumer Protections Against Rising Utility Costs

February 10, 2015
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The Blue Book: Senate Minority Staff Analysis of the 2015-2016 Executive Budget Proposal

 

The "Blue Book" is a comprehensive overview and analysis of the 2015-2016 Executive Budget Proposal, prepared by the Finance Committee's minority staff.

File: 
Bluebook FINAL 2015.pdf

February 10, 2015
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Senate Majority Calls for Ending the GEA School Budget Cuts this Year

At a press conference in Albany today, the New York State Senate Majority outlined their plan to abolish the notorious Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and its devastating impact on state funding to public schools.

February 10, 2015
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