Issues: Finance

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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Forum/Town Hall: "You and Your Money: Financial Issues for Older Adults" Part 3 Not for Women Only: Managing Your Finances in the Second-Half of Life

We often find life situations changed when we reach our retirement years. 

Perhaps you have experienced the loss of a spouse, loss of a job, or physical challenges that prevent you from earning the income you have long been used to. 

What do you need to know? 

Where do you turn for help? 

These are some of the questions that will be addressed during this final session of this first series of the Senior Roundtable.

Presenter: “Your Money New York” NYS Office of the Comptroller

May 6, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Forum/Town Hall: Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency Examines Spending at Department of Correctional Services

Senate Task Force on Government EfficiencyChair:    Senator Jeffrey D. KleinPublic Forum:    To examine spending at the Department of Correctional ServicesPlace:    Room 124, State Capitol Building, Albany, New YorkTime:    12:30 – 2:30 P.M.Contact:    Gabriel Paniza (518) 455-3594Media Contact:    Gwen Rocco (518) 455-3588ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 24, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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Mandate Relief Package Passes Senate

The New York State Senate passed four measures today which will finally provide mandate relief across the state, and reverse New York’s long-standing practice of passing financial burdens onto local school districts.

Identified by school districts as vital to their operations and ability to budget in a prudent manner, the Democratic package will allow them to more effectively manage the resources they have, and make the best possible decisions for their communities in this time of fiscal crisis.

March 15, 2010
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GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY TASK FORCE PROBES SUNY ON WASTEFUL SPENDING PRACTICES

Led by Senator Klein, Task Force Demands Answers on Excessive Overtime Pay and Overhead Costs

ALBANY – The Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency, chaired by State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein, probed officials from the State University of New York (SUNY) system at a public hearing Thursday regarding excessive spending on overtime pay and overhead costs. The hearing was the first of many the Task Force plans to conduct in an effort to examine spending at state agencies.

March 11, 2010
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Senator Espada on Lt. Gov. Ravitch's 5-Year Budget Plan

Press Contact: Steve Mangione (cellular) 914-403-4072

Reaction by New York State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. to Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch’s 5-Year Budget Plan

March 10, 2010
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Forum/Town Hall: The State Budget and You - A Virtual Town Hall with Senator Espada

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first ever Virtual Town Hall, and to all those who watched us live on Bronxnet.

For those who may have missed it or would like to review it again, the full program is posted here. Once again, thank you. Be looking for the next Virtual Town Hall next month.

 

March 21, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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NY Senate task force to study government inefficiency, waste

CBS6 reported on the creation of the NY Senate's new task force

They reported that "A bipartisan task force has been formed in New York's Senate to investigate state spending for inefficiency and waste."

Read the full article here.

March 2, 2010
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SENATE ANNOUNCES TASK FORCE ON GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY

(Albany, NY) – Demonstrating their commitment to developing a fiscally responsible budget, the Senate Majority Conference announced the formation of a new bipartisan task force on government efficiency. Chaired by Deputy Senate Majority Leader Jeff Klein, the twelve-member task force will conduct a statewide investigation into the spending practices of state agencies and operations to uncover areas of administrative inefficiencies and government waste.

March 2, 2010
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Statement on the Public Authorities Reform Act of 2009

"Today the State of New York moves towards becoming a more transparent and open government. Public authorities such as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which have long operated with limited oversight and public scrutiny, will be more transparent and accountable to the taxpayers due to the implementation of the Public Authorities and Reform Act of 2009.

March 1, 2010
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Your Refund Can't Wait

Taxpayers are struggling and in economic times like this, people use their income tax returns to pay rent, their heating bills, or put food on the table.

New Yorkers need their government to ease the pressure, not add to it.The Governor’s proposal to delay income tax returns would only punish New Yorkers who pay their taxes on time and in full, and just want the return they deserve.

There is a big difference between making tough decisions and bad decisions—this proposal is just plain wrong.

February 26, 2010
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SENATOR ALESI: New York’s Taxpayers Deserve Their Refund Checks – “It’s Your Money”

    Senator Jim Alesi (R-Perinton), is co-sponsoring legislation in the New York State Senate that would require the State to process Individual Taxpayer Returns in a timely manner and promptly send out refunds. “It is unconscionable that the Governor would even consider delaying the return of taxpayer’s money to them,” said Senator Alesi.

February 25, 2010
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