Issues: Government Operations

Ortt and Emergency Chief Discuss State Security

State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) met with New York State Acting Commissioner of Homeland Security and Emergency Services John Melville in Senator Ortt’s Albany office Monday. The two discussed national and cyber security concerns across the state. Melville provided details on emergency preparedness and crisis response following extreme weather conditions this winter. Ortt also advocated for the development of an emergency management hub at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

March 23, 2015
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Murphy moves rules reform bills for Sunshine Week

ALBANY, NY - It's sunshine week in Albany, when open government advocates work to bring transparency to state government and how laws and rules are made.Businesses in New York State face a myriad of regulations and mandates which often come about as a result of the State's rule-making process, rather than legislation. One lawmaker is working to change that.As Chairman of the State's Administrative Regulations Review Commission (ARRC), State Senator Terrence Murphy is charged with reviewing all of the proposed rules from state agencies. This week Senator Murphy announced new legislation which would allow more public discourse and transparency regarding proposed agency rules.

March 19, 2015
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Senate Passes Bills to Require Review of State Rules & Regulations

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the Senate has approved legislation that would require the state to review existing rules, regulations and licensing procedures that apply to businesses and other entities throughout New York.  The bills (S.401 & S.406), which were introduced by Senator Gallivan, would establish a task force to examine the rulemaking process and require a five year review of all rules under the State Administrative Procedure Act.

March 19, 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. 

 

March 19, 12:30 PM - 12:32 PM
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Senate Passes "Sunshine Week" Bill to Increase Public Access to Legislative Proceedings

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would require both houses to implement the Senate’s policy of making state legislative proceedings more open and transparent.

March 18, 2015
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SENATE PASSES “SUNSHINE WEEK” BILL TO INCREASE PUBLIC ACCESS TO LEGISLATIVE PROCEEDINGS

Measure Requires Online Posting of Committee and Floor Votes and

Webcasting of Session and Committee Meetings

March 18, 2015
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Senator Hamilton calls for legislative modernizing to better serve constituents

(Brooklyn - March 18, 2013) Senator Hamilton urged reforms for the New York State Legislature in order to better meet the needs of constituents, writing in the Brooklyn Reader today. Senator Hamilton praised recent developments to incorporate technology into the legislature's day-to-day work and urged carrying that work forward. Senator Hamilton called for the legislature to use tools like tablet computing and mobile offices to reach out to constituents in the community writing, "District office staff are ready, willing, and able to get out into the field to serve constituents."

March 18, 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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Senator Krueger, Assembly Member O'Donnell Introduce Bill To Regulate Email Deletion By State Officials

New York – State Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell today introduced a bill to regulate email retention policy for New York State officials and extend existing Freedom of Information Act requirements to the state legislature.  The legislation is based on the Federal “Capstone” email retention policy, which was adopted after extensive study of best practices for handling electronic records.  It would establish strict standards for permanent preservation of the records of policymakers, including statewide public officials, state legislators and senior agency positions, among others, and prohibit deletion of emails from other government officials for at least seven years.  

March 12, 2015
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Seward Pledges Support For Student Resolution

HERKIMER, 03/09/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) met recently with Herkimer High School Freshman Class President Nicholaus Stallman to discuss education.

“In short order the state senate will adopt its own budget resolution for fiscal year 2015-16, with an eye toward completing work on the state budget by the April 1 deadline,” said Senator Seward.  “My visit with Nicholaus was timely and helped illustrate just how important the state budget is for our students and their future.”

March 9, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Testimony from Local Government Hearing

This week’s Your Voice program highlights some key moments from the Local Government Hearing, including Senator John A. DeFrancisco's discussion with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner about investing in infrastructure, as well as his exchange with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on the need for regionally balanced funding.

Senator DeFrancisco also shows a video clip of his questioning of NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer on the rationale behind his $13 an hour city minimum wage proposal. 

Now that all of the public budget hearings have taken place, the Senate and the Assembly will start to begin the work on their one-house budgets. 

 

March 3, 2015
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Senate Passes Term Limits for State Legislative Leadership

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would set into law eight-year term limits for leadership positions in the Senate and Assembly. The measure (S2722B), sponsored by Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-I, Rome), is consistent with what is already in place in Senate rules and also limits the number of consecutive years a legislator can serve as a committee chair or party leader.

March 2, 2015
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Expenditure Report Period Ending 9-30-2014

Period: 
04/01/2014 - 09/30/2014

An accounting detailing total salary payments for senators and staff and every payment for travel, services and other general expenses for a 6 (six) month period. The full report is a five (5) section document consisting of a Cover, Letter from the Secretary, Table of Contents, Introduction and the Report. The report is issued by the Secretary of the Senate and is available as both a .csv file and it's original PDF format for download at the bottom of the page.

February 27, 2015
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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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Committee Meeting: Investigations and Government Operations Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations  Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Chair  10:15 AM, Thursday, February 26, 2015  Room 810 LOB

February 26, 10:15 AM - 10:17 AM
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Miner calls Cuomo comment 'not reasonable,' still seeks state money for Syracuse water mains

By Tim Knauss on February 06, 2015 at 9:22 AM, updated February 06, 2015 at 9:25 AM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Mayor Stephanie Miner said she will continue to seek state money to pay for new water mains in Syracuse, despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo's statement this week that the city should pay for pipes itself by invigorating the local economy.

State legislators from Central New York have promised Miner they will seek additional funding for Syracuse infrastructure in the next state budget, the mayor said Thursday.

Allowing the century-old water system to deteriorate further is not an option, she said.

February 12, 2015
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Letter To The Governmental Accountability Standards Board on Tax Abatement Disclosures

Senator Krueger and Senator Perkins sent a letter to the Governmental Accountability Standards Board (GASB) expressing support for the development of requirements for disclosing information about tax abatements offered by state and local government.

 

 

February 11, 2015
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Senator Valesky Attends Launch of 2-1-1 CNY

On February 6, Senator Valesky attended the launch of 2-1-1 CNY, which provides access to community information and referral services. This service is accessible in Onondaga County by dialing 211 on a cell phone or by calling toll-free 1-844-445-1922. Locating basic resources such as food, shelter, employment, or health care may mean calling dozens of phone numbers, then struggling through a maze of agencies and services to make the right connections. The 211 system helps residents find resources by dialing a simple three-digit number.

February 6, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. STATEMENT ON MAYOR DE BLASIO’S BUILD IT BACK PROGRESS ANNOUNCEMENT

"In the Mayor's State of the City address, he said each and every reimbursement check for Superstorm Sandy victims will be given out by the year's end. This is very encouraging, and I hope realistic given Build it Back's progress last year. Making our community whole again is long overdue and I hope this year can bring heaps of progress for those still wading through the storm's wake. I host Build it Back representatives in my Howard Beach District Office every Wednesday and look forward to continuing our working relationship until each and every resident credibly seeking assistance gets the help they need.

 

February 4, 2015
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