Issues: Finance

Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Speaking on the 2015-16 Budget at the Mothership Meeting

(Albany - March 12th) Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins speaking on the 2015-16 Budget at the Mothership Meeting.

March 16, 2015
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO APPOINTED AS CO-CHAIRMAN TO KEY BUDGET CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

Continuing his efforts to enact a balanced, on-time State budget again this year, New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio was appointed to serve as Co-Chairman of the Joint Budget Conference Committee for Public Protection and as a member of the Transportation Budget Conference Committee. Senator Nozzolio also serves on the Senate Finance Committee, which is responsible for all aspects of the State budget. 

March 13, 2015
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Senate Passes the "Brighter Future" Budget Plan

The New York State Senate today passed the “Brighter Future” budget plan that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, extends historic opportunities to students and makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure to create good-paying jobs.

March 12, 2015
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Committee Meeting: New York State General 2015-2016 Budget Joint Conference Committee Schedule

Senate members serving on the committee are: Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos, Co-Chair; Finance Committee Chair John A. DeFrancisco; Deputy Republican Leader Thomas W. Libous; Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey D. Klein, Co-Chair; James L. Seward, Chairman, Majority Program Development Committee; Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins; 

Assembly members serving on the committee are: Carl E. Heastie, Co-Chair; Ways and Means Chair Herman D. Farrell, Jr.; Majority Leader Joseph Morelle; Deputy Speaker Earlene Hooper; and Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb. 

 

General Conference Committee, 4:00 PM, Hearing Room B

March 12, 4:00 PM - 4:22 PM
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Remarks on 2015-16 Senate Budget Resolution

(Albany - March 12th) Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins speaking on the 2015-16 Senate Budget Resolution.

March 12, 2015
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Ortt Talks About His Time so Far in Office

Senator Ortt reached out to constituents through an editorial outlining what he’s been up to in office and what his plans are for the future. Read the full article here.

March 11, 2015
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Senate Democratic Conference Outlines Budget Requests

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference have outlined their budget requests for the state’s 2015-2016 budget following analysis of the Governor’s Executive Budget and testimonies provided by various stakeholders during the Joint Legislative Budget Hearings. The outline highlights their strong concerns over the Governor’s attempt to force policies through an appropriation bill and reiterates that such policies, many of which are supported including their ethics reform measures, should be passed separately and immediately.

March 10, 2015
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Outlines Budget Requests

Question Governor’s budget approach while continuing to push for a more fair and economically prosperous New York-Including additional 2 billion in school aid and higher minimum wage indexed to inflation

March 10, 2015
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City of Lockport Works With State to Help Close Deficit

The New York State Financial Restructuring Board has agreed on Tuesday, Feb. 24 to do a comprehensive review of the City of Lockport’s operations. This follows last year’s audits of the city’s finances by the State Comptroller’s Office. In addition, on March 4 the Senate passed a bill (S1692), introduced by State Sen. Rob Ortt and Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, to amend the city’s borrowing authorization. Read the related Buffalo News article and more about the bill by clicking on the links.

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March 5, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses the Senate's Revenue Forecast, the Budget Process and Taxes and Economic Development on Your Voice

On this featured program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses the Senate’s revenue forecast, the next steps in the state budget process, and the cost of college remediation.  He also shares highlights from the Economic Development Hearing and further explains his concerns with the Start-Up NY program.

February 27, 2015
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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

ALBANY, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and members of the Independent Democratic Conference released a New Deal for New York report with detailed new job creation projections on Thursday. The New Deal for New York  plan was immediately met with praise from leaders and non-profit executives as the wisest way for New York State to invest $5 billion in financial settlements. The IDC predicts the creation of  more than 130,000 good-paying new jobs through its plan.

February 26, 2015
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Public Hearing: New York State Economic and Revenue Consensus Forecasting Conference

NEW YORK STATE2015 ECONOMIC AND REVENUE CONSENSUS FORECASTING CONFERENCEState Capitol, Albany, NY Room 124February 26, 20153:30-5:30 PMAgenda

Opening Remarks and Introductions:

February 26, 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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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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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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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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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.

File: 
Full Report

February 10, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Re-Appointed Chair of Committee on Crime Victims, Crime & Corrections

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) has been re-appointed to serve as Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections. The former New York State Trooper and Sheriff of Erie County has chaired the committee since 2013.  

February 6, 2015
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Senator Mike Nozzolio Reappointed Chairman of Senate Budget Sub-Committee for Public Protection

New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio has been reappointed to serve as the Chairman of the New York Senate Budget Sub-Committee for Public Protection.   The Public Protection Budget Sub-Committee is responsible for reviewing all aspects of the criminal justice budget as well as budgets for correctional services, military and naval affairs, the state police, the judiciary and homeland security. Over the course of the next several weeks, the Sub-Committee will be meeting as the Senate prepares its budget proposal for the Fiscal Year 2016.

February 3, 2015
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The Daily News: Legislation would end Gap Elimination Adjustment

Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, R-Elma, said he is supporting legislation that would abolish the Gap Elimination Adjustment imposed on public schools in New York in 2010.

January 30, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. STATEMENT ON FUNDING FOR MADELAINE CHOCOLATE

"For the City and EDC to award $13.2 million in Madelaine Chocolate is to invest in the future of Rockaway. Its an investment in the recovery of one of the most hardest hit communities in the city by Superstorm Sandy. Its an investment in additonal jobs for one of the largest employers in the Rockaways, a peninsula with a high unemployment rate. I appreciate the award granted to Madelaine Chocolate."

January 30, 2015
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