Issues: Finance

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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STATEMENT FROM STATE SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. ON GOVERNOR CUOMO’S STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

"I look forward to exploring the details of the vision for our state presented by Governor Cuomo at his State of the State on Wednesday. His ambitious policy plans and budgetary proposals must be evaluated along with doing what is best for my constituents and the state. I agree with the Governor as he stressed the need for fiscal responsibility, creating jobs, assisting small businesses, tax cuts for homeowners and renters, continuing mayoral control of our schools with improvements and overall progress for the education of our children.

January 30, 2015
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Staff Analysis of the FY 2016 Executive Budget - White Book

The Staff Analysis of the FY 2016 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 2016 Executive Budget - White Book

January 29, 2015
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February 25, 9:30 AM - 7:30 PM
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Young Named Chair of Senate Committee on Housing, Construction, and Community Development, Legislative Commission on Rural Resources

Will Be an Active Member on Ten Senate Committees

 

 

Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) will again serve in multiple leadership positions as the Chairwoman for the Senate’s Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development and the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. Senator Young, who serves as the Deputy Republican Conference Leader for Intergovernmental Affairs, also will serve on the Senate’s Committees on Agriculture, Children and Family Services, Environmental Conservation, Finance, Health, Insurance, Rules, Transportation, and the Select Committee on State-Native American Relations.

 

January 26, 2015
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Seward Receives Committee Assignments

ALBANY, 01/26/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) is set to fight for vital insurance, health, education and budget needs in the new senate session after receiving committee assignments.

SENATOR SEWARD 2015 – 2016 COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

Insurance – chair

Agriculture, Education, Finance, Health, Higher Education, Mental Health, Rules

January 26, 2015
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WORKING TO BUILD A BETTER NEW YORK

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

January 26, 2015
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