Issues: Finance

You Cut Albany

It is time to return New York State government to you, the people.

June 15, 2010
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Legislative Activity For June 14, 2010: Senate Passes Legislation To Keep Government Working, Reduce Spending And More

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation to keep government working, preserving essential services used to support employment, health, public safety, transportation, and education related programs, while achieving nearly $330 million spending reductions to close the budget gap.

June 14, 2010
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OFFICE OF MENTAL RETARDATION THIRD LARGEST OVERTIME SPENDER IN NYS

Led by Senator Klein, Task Force on Government Efficiency Unveils Millions in Potential Savings

 

June 9, 2010
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Public Hearing: Joint - Senate and Assembly Standing Committee on The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program

Joint – Assembly Standing Committee on Social ServicesChair:    Assembly Member Keith L. T. WrightSenate Standing Committee on Social ServicesChair:    Senator Daniel SquadronAssembly Standing Committee on Children and FamiliesChair:    Assembly Member William ScarboroughSenate Standing Committee on Children and Families

June 16, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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Griffo Says that Legislation Already Exists to Launch Cuomo Reform Plan

Griffo: Legislation Already Exists to Launch Reform Plan

Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-IP-C, Rome) today called upon Senate Democrats who have voiced support of Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo to show that support by embracing the reform package of Senate bills he has sponsored.

May 25, 2010
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Senator Suzi Oppenheimer Announces Smart Growth Agenda for New York State

 

Senator joins with fellow legislators and coalition groups in promoting environmentally sound planning

 

May 14, 2010
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SENATE TASK FORCE TARGETS DOT SUSPICIOUS OVERTIME

Task Force Reveals Whistleblower Website Tip; Probes Officials on Wasteful Spending

 

May 4, 2010
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Senator Oppenheimer Calls on Governor Paterson to Restore Funding For Transportation Construction Projects

Governor’s Emergency Budget Appropriation Threatens Jobs as Transportation Construction Projects are Halted throughout State

April 22, 2010
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Forum/Town Hall: Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency Examines spending at the New York State Department of Transportation

Senate Task Force on Government EfficiencyChair:    Senator Jeffrey KleinPublic Forum:    Examining spending at the New York State Department of TransportationPlace:    Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany,  New YorkTime:    1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.Contact:    Gwendolyn Bluemich (518) 455-3598Media Contact:    Gwen Rocco (518) 455-3588ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

May 5, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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NYS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WASTED $200 MILLION OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS

Led by Senator Klein, Task Force on Government Efficiency Unveils Millions in Potential Savings

 

April 20, 2010
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KLEIN ANNOUNCES NEW WHISTLEBLOWER WEBPAGE TO EXPOSE GOVERNMENT WASTE

NEW YORK, NY –State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced Monday that the Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency has launched a new webpage where New Yorkers can anonymously submit their ideas, suggestions and feedback on how the state can conserve resources in this tough fiscal time, as well as to report any suspected wasteful government spending or abuse of tax dollars.

 

http://www.nysenate.gov/committee/task-force-government-efficiency

 

April 19, 2010
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Restore my New York STAR Check Online Petition.

SD39 - Restore the STAR Rebate
The new State Budget, put together behind closed doors, took away your STAR property tax rebate checks. The loss of these checks will cost individual homeowners throughout our state hundreds of dollars.

April 16, 2010
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Upstate and Long Island Senators Seek Movement on Budget Conference Committees

Upstate and Long Island Senators Seek Movement on Budget Conference Committees: Send Letter to Senate Leader John Sampson and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver 

April 14, 2010
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Westchester Herald: Senate Unveils Budget Reform Legislation

Albany, NY -- State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF –35th District) last week announced that the Senate has put forth comprehensive budget reforms that will end short term wasteful spending and ensure the enactment of a fiscally responsible budget. The legislative package provides for longterm financial planning, the enactment of stricter accounting principles, and mandates stringent standards of accountability for State financed programs and services…

April 13, 2010
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Senate Unveils Budget Reform Legislation

Package of Bills will Ensure Fiscal Responsibility

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) announced that the Senate has put forth comprehensive budget reforms that will end short term wasteful spending and ensure the enactment of a fiscally responsible budget. The legislative package provides for long-term financial planning, the enactment of stricter accounting principles, and mandates stringent standards of accountability for State financed programs and services.

April 8, 2010
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Senator Krueger Announces Reforms To Fix NY's Broken Budget Process

For Immediate Release: April 7, 2010Katie Kincaid | Kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com | 646-784-0485  

Two-year, GAAP & Performance Based Budgeting, June 1 Fiscal YearKey Reforms to End Albany’s Decades of Fiscal Dysfunction  

(Albany, NY) State Senator Liz Krueger today unveiled comprehensive reforms to fix the State’s broken budget process and give New Yorkers a fiscally responsible budget.  For decades, Albany ignored the need for wholesale changes to the budget process, instead opting for quick fix gimmicks and government by guesswork. Within their first term in the Majority, Senate Democrats created a 7-point legislative package, sponsored by Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) which provides for long-term financial planning, the enactment of stricter accounting principles, and mandates stringent standards of accountability for State-financed programs and services.  

April 7, 2010
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Aubertine, Senate Majority Push for Budget Reform

Sen. Aubertine: Legislature must seize opportunity to make long overdue fundamental reforms

ALBANY (April 7, 2010)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine today joined his colleagues in pushing for significant budget reforms that would address several of the root causes of New York State’s current fiscal trouble.

April 7, 2010
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TASK FORCE INVESTIGATES WASTEFUL SPENDING BY NYS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Led by Senator Klein, Task Force on Government Efficiency Probes Commissioner on Excessive Overtime and Property Expenses

March 25, 2010
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Forum/Town Hall: “You and Your Money: Financial Issues for Older Adults” Part 2: Benefits & Entitlements

Whether  you are  planning  for  your retirement or already receiving senior benefits and entitlement, this will be an important conversation. For those of you who are not yet retired, you will learn what kind of government income and benefits you can look forward to receiving.  And, for those of you who are already retired, you will be able to find out if you are receiving everything to which you are entitled.

Presenters:Joint Public Affairs Committee for Older Adults (JPAC) &The Medicare Rights Center

April 15, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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