Issues: Budget

Senate Republicans Call for Reform, Simplification, and Reduction of Taxes

For Release: Immediate, November 22, 2013

Tax Policy Review & Reform Initiative Outlines Goals for 2014 

Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) and her Senate Republican colleagues issued a comprehensive report on state taxes this week that calls for reforming, simplifying, and reducing personal income taxes, business taxes, estate taxes, and local property taxes. This sweeping plan, the Tax Policy Review & Reform Initiative, makes detailed and far-reaching proposals for reducing the burden on New York’s taxpayers, and supports enacting a permanent two-percent state spending cap with surplus revenues dedicated to cutting taxes.

November 22, 2013

Senate Republican report points to need for tax simplification, cuts to spur growth

In advance of the 2014 Legislative Session set to begin in January, State Senator Betty Little and her Republican colleagues today announced a report outlining numerous proposals to simplify New York’s tax code and reduce taxes.

The report was developed based on testimony collected through a series of statewide hearings this fall.

“Helping small businesses by simplifying the tax code and providing broad-based tax relief is what’s needed to spur our economy in the North Country,” said Senator Betty Little.  “Everyone agrees that our economy needs help.  The most effective way to do that is by helping those that generate revenue and create jobs.”

November 20, 2013

Senate Republican report points to need for simpler tax code, reductions to spur growth

In advance of the
2014 Legislative Session set to begin in January, State Senator Betty Little
and her Republican colleagues today announced a report outlining numerous
proposals to simplify New York’s tax code and reduce taxes.


November 20, 2013

Senator Klein and UFT President Michael Mulgrew Announce $700,000 Grant for 16 ‘Community Learning Schools’ Citywide

BRONX, NY – Standing in front of the steps of P.S. 83 on Rhinelander Avenue in the Bronx, Senator Klein and United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew announced a $700,000 grant, secured by the State Senate in the 2013-14 budget, for the New York City Community Learning Schools Initiative. This grant will be used to fund 16 community learning schools during the 2013-14 school year, including P.S. 83, P.S. 14 and the International School for Liberal Arts in the Bronx. The grant was advocated and secured by Senator Klein and his colleagues in the 2013-14 State Budget.

September 25, 2013

Statement by Senator Carlucci on Senate Passage of Legislation Authorizing Rockland County Deficit Financing Bond


"Today, the Senate passed legislation that begins the process of putting Rockland County’s finances back on the right track.  This home-rule legislation gives the necessary approval for the County to help finance its accumulated $96 million dollar deficit over a ten-year period. 

June 21, 2013


The New York State Senate gave final passage to legislation (S4777D), co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins, to protect providers of services for the developmentally disabled from state funding cuts.

The legislation would appropriate up to $90 million, or as much as is needed, to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to protect providers from funding reductions if recommended savings measures falls short of projections.

June 19, 2013


With Pools on Chopping Block, Squadron Calls for Increased Parks Funding

Squadron Also Announces Legislation to Require Participation of Well-Funded Conservancies in Alliance

LOWER EAST SIDE – With pools in low-income neighborhoods on the chopping block this summer, and disparities between parks around the city continuing to grow, State Senator Daniel Squadron and parks advocates are calling on large, well-funded park conservancies to join Squadron's proposed Neighborhood Parks Alliance to ensure more equity across the city's 1,700 parks, and urging an increase in parks funding. Squadron was joined by parks advocates at Sara D. Roosevelt Park on the Lower East Side.

June 2, 2013

Senator O'Brien highlights state's increased focus on tourism

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O’Brien stood alongside representatives of several tourism-related organizations and businesses, along with local elected officials, to tout the 55th Senate District’s growth as a tourism destination. He also highlighted state programs, newly introduced in this year’s budget, that seek to specifically promote, market and develop upstate tourism.

“As vibrant and exciting as the tourism industry is in Rochester and the Finger Lakes Region, we have only begun to unlock our full potential,” Senator O’Brien said. “These new initiatives, which will work in concert with our existing tourism groups and businesses, will be tremendous catalysts for growing our region’s tourism economy.”

May 24, 2013

April 30, 2013 - "Your Voice" with Senator Cathy Young

In this week's segment of "Your Voice," Senator Cathy Young discusses library funding, the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator and local events in the district.

May 1, 2013

Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - April 29

Senator Ranzenhofer talks about the 2013-14 State Budget and Unyts community blood drives in Clarence and Batavia. 

April 30, 2013

Legislative Report with Senator Kevin Parker

Senator Stewart-Cousins sat down with Senator Kevin Parker on April 16th to discuss her journey to the State Senate & what's to come in the rest of the 2013 NYS Senate Legislative Session.

April 23, 2013

Senator O'Brien, school officials tout positive impact of increased state education funding


ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien and the superintendents of four schools districts gathered at his office to speak out on significant increases in school aid in this year’s state budget and the expected positive impact on local students.

“I fought hard to increase school aid because a quality education is the key to giving our young people the tools they need to succeed in the workplace and become the job creators in the future,” Sen. O’Brien said.   “More state funding for schools also relieves the cost burden on local governments and reduces the need to raise property taxes, which are the biggest impediment to growing our middle class.  

April 11, 2013

Ted O’Brien: New York on right track, but work remains

The Messenger Post newspapers were recently kind enough to allow me to share some of my thoughts on the budget process with their readership.

In short, there are many accomplishments in the budget that I believe all New Yorkers should be proud of, but I do think there are several areas where the state legislature's work is far from over.

See for my full comments.(And an archived copy, in case the above link fails:

April 4, 2013

Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Impact of State Budget on Your Voice

On this program of Your Voice in Albany, I explain how the new State Budget will impact health care, education and funding for people with disabilities.  I also discuss certain tax credits that could help businesses offset an increase in the minimum wage.

April 2, 2013



By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District, Bronx County, New York

Tel. 718-991-3161

Two Heroes From Our Community

You should know that out of so many Black and Hispanic elected officials in the New York State Legislature, this year, only two of them had the guts to show their complete dissatisfaction with Governor Andrew Cuomo by voting to reject every single part of the Governor’s Budget.

April 2, 2013

Senator Martins On State Budget: $1 Billion in Additonal Education Funding and Pension Relief

Senator Jack M. Martins spoke on the floor of the Senate on the evening the 2013-14 state budget was passed. Senator Martins addressed important aspects of the budget including $1 billion in addition state funding for education as well as the pension smoothing plan that will allow school districts and local governments to opt into the program and realize immediate savings for taxpayers.

April 1, 2013

Senator Klein's Statement on Early Passage of 2013-14 Budget


Budget Increases Minimum Wage to $9, Helps Returning Veterans Build Careers, Sends Middle Class Families $350 Tax Rebate Checks and Keeps Middle Class Taxes at Lowest Levels in Over Half a Century 


Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leader and Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein (D-Westchester/Bronx) today announced early passage of the 2013-14 Budget. The Budget passed both houses of the Legislature well before the April 1 deadline, making it the earliest budget since 1983.

April 1, 2013

State Budget includes Additional Funding and Relief for City of Yonkers

State Fiscal Plan Will Help City Deal with Financial Woes

Yonkers, NY - Facing a budget deficit of more than $80 million, the City of Yonkers will receive millions in additional aid and grants from the New York State Budget. The State fiscal plan will also provide Yonkers with an option to realize immediate savings from future decreases in pension payments (also known as pension smoothing). This could allow the City and the Yonkers Public Schools to access millions of dollars in the short term to deal with their budget gaps.

March 29, 2013

Senator Larkin, Assemblyman Skartados Secure $4.19 Million in Emergency Aid to Help Marlboro Central School District

With the Marlboro Central School District facing a dire budget gap, Senator Bill Larkin (R,C,I-Cornwall-on-Hudson) and Assemblyman Frank Skartados (D-Milton) announced the 2013-14 state budget comes through with $4.19 million in emergency aid to help the district during its crisis (S.2603-E/A.3003-E). In addition to providing the educational funding needed to give students a quality education, the aid will go a long way to help hold the line on school property taxes, Skartados noted.

March 28, 2013

Tax relief for small businesses, help for returning veterans part of State Budget

The 2013-14 State Budget will reduce taxes for hundreds of thousands of small businesses and manufacturers, including a new tax credit for businesses hiring a returning veteran. 

March 28, 2013
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