Issues: Government Operations

Public Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York City

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government OperationsChair: Senator Carl L. MarcellinoPublic Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York CityPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 12:00 P.M.Contact: Lisa Mooney (518) 455-2597Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

February 4, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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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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GOP hands out Senate committee assignments

Posted on January 22, 2015 at 4:12 pm by Matthew Hamilton

Senate committee assignments were doled out Thursday, and they include many of the same chairs as were in place last session.

The same Senate Republicans remain in top chair positions, including John DeFrancisco of Finance, John Flanagan of Education and Kemp Hannon of Health.

The GOP also dealt in a few new members, including the Capital Region’s George Amedore, who will chair the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee. Amedore also will serve on the Banks, Consumer Protection, Elections, and Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs committees.

January 28, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS' STORM RESOURCE CENTER

With a major winter storm expected to bring significant snowfall and high winds, here are some important contact numbers where you can get assistance and information.

To report power outages or downed power lines:

• PSEG 24 hour Hotline: (800) 490-0075

Information on mass transit service:

• MTA/LIRR/NYC Transit: www.mta.info

• LIRR 24 hour travel information center: 718-217-5477

• NICE Bus travel information: 516-228-4000

• NYC Transit travel information: 718-330-1234

January 26, 2015
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BUDGET MUST REFLECT THE ECONOMIC CHALLENGES FACING MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES

Statement from Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) following Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State Address and Executive Budget Proposal:

 

“We need to keep our eye on the ball, and the primary focus during budget negotiations should be jobs, jobs and more jobs. I was happy to hear the Governor speak about small business tax relief and expansion of broadband in rural areas because both of the initiatives will bring us more opportunities. Distribution of economic development funds must benefit rural areas to ensure that every region of the state gets the attention it needs and deserves. There shouldn’t be winners and losers when it comes to job growth.

 

January 21, 2015
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RICH FUNKE TO DELIVER REPUBLICAN RESPONSE TO GOVERNOR CUOMO’S STATE OF THE STATE/BUDGET MESSAGE

Former Rochester Television Anchor One of 7 Freshman in New Republican Majority

New York State Senator Rich Funke, a former Rochester television anchor and one of seven freshmen that make up the new Senate Republican Majority, will deliver the official GOP response to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State/Budget address in Albany this week, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos announced today.

January 19, 2015
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Valesky on IDC, Republican NY Senate coalition: 'Continuing to do what works'

By Teri Weaver on January 08, 2015 at 5:17 PM, updated January 08, 2015 at 5:18 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Without last year's power-sharing arrangement between the New York State Senate and breakaway Democrats, it's hard to imagine that allowing marijuana for medical use would now be state law, according to Sen. David Valesky.

"You can't say if there wasn't a coalition, it wouldn't have happened," Valesky, D-Oneida, said. "But I think you can say, absent the coalition as it existed last year, I feel comfortable saying that it is highly unlikely that that statute would be on the books now."

January 12, 2015
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GOP takes full control of NY Senate, but retains 'coalition' with Valesky, IDC

By Teri Weaver on January 07, 2015 at 2:52 PM, updated January 07, 2015 at 2:55 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Republicans officially took full control of the New York State Senate today, but they committed to continuing a special, if not equal, relationship with a small group of breakaway Democrats including Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida.

Sen. Dean Skekos, R-Rockville Centre, was re-elected as the Republican's majority leader, an expected move that puts him in charge of the Albany chamber.

But the Independent Democratic Conference still has advantages over a larger group of mainstream Democrats.

January 12, 2015
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Public Hearing: Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Budget and Finances: To examine the changes necessary to prevent annual operating deficits and stop the continuing cycle of increased fares and decreased services

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Capital Investment
Chair: Senator Carl Marcellino
and Senate Standing Committee on Transportation
Chair: Senator Joseph Robach
Public Hearing: Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Budget and Finances: To
examine the changes necessary to prevent annual operating deficits and
stop the continuing cycle of increased fares and decreased services
Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
Time: 10:30 A.M.
Contact: Debbie Peck Kelleher (518) 455-2390
Media Contact: Kathy Wilson (516) 922-1811, Steve Barz (585) 225-3650
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

February 2, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Public Hearing: Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Budget and Finances: To examine the changes necessary to prevent annual operating deficits and stop the continuing cycle of increased fares and decreased services

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Capital Investment
Chair: Senator Carl Marcellino
and Senate Standing Committee on Transportation
Chair: Senator Joseph Robach
Public Hearing: Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Budget and Finances: To
examine the changes necessary to prevent annual operating deficits and
stop the continuing cycle of increased fares and decreased services
Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
Time: 10:30 A.M.
Contact: Debbie Peck Kelleher (518) 455-2390
Media Contact: Kathy Wilson (516) 922-1811, Steve Barz (585) 225-3650
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

February 2, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Statement from Senator Marc Panepinto on Intense Lake-effect Snowstorm

 BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Marc Panepinto released the following statement:

“After the devastation caused by the Snowvember storm, all of us in Western New York understand that we must always be prepared for the worst when it comes to lake-effect winter storms. While many areas in the City of Buffalo and the Northtowns were spared from severe weather, the Southtowns in my district were not so lucky. The precautions put in place by the Governor and local municipalities helped ensure the safety of residents. I've been in constant contact with the Governor’s office and local authorities since last night, and it’s clear that we have learned the lessons of our region’s experience in November.”

January 9, 2015
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Depew Bee: Zurbrick Road to be repaired with state funds

State funding totaling $85,000 has been allocated to the reconstruction of portions of Zurbrick Road in theVillage of Depew according to Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan.

January 8, 2015
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Libous: IDC To Be ‘Respected’ In New Rules

JAN 6TH - 6:05 PM

Posted by Nick Reisman in State Senate

The state Senate’s new rules will grant some power to the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference, but also acknowledge that Republicans control the chamber, Deputy Senate Republican Leader Tom Libous on Tuesday said.

“I think it will be a good working relationship,” Libous said. “It will be a positive one. I think once the rules are finally adopted, it will show Republicans control the chamber, but the IDC will be respected and have a lot to say.”

January 8, 2015
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The Daily News: Gallivan outlines Wyoming issues in supervisors' talk

Posted: Monday, January 5, 2015 3:03 am

January 5, 2015
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MEASURES TO HELP VETERANS, PROTECT MINORS, AND CREATE JOBS ARE AMONG NEW LAWS THAT TAKE EFFECT JANUARY 1, 2015

Measures to help veterans find employment and housing are among the highlights of new state laws that will take effect on January 1, 2015. 

Other laws that take effect on New Year’s Day will: reduce the tax burden on businesses; provide tax credits to employers that hire people with developmental disabilities; allow banks to freeze credit records of minors to prevent identity theft; protect people in adult care facilities; encourage music and theatrical productions in upstate New York; and expand opportunities to finance end-of-life care.  

December 19, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Previews the 2015 Legislative Session on Your Voice

Your Voice is an Albany-based cable show that highlights key issues facing New York state government. 

On this week’s program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco provides an economic forecast for 2015, promotes a new public awareness campaign regarding New York’s aging infrastructure, and discusses some big issues that face debate in the new year. 

December 18, 2014
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2015 LEGISLATIVE QUESTIONNAIRE - THE ONLINE SURVEY IS CLOSED

(Thank you for taking the time to complete my legislative questionnaire.  The survey is now closed.  If you have a pressing matter, please feel free to call my district office at 315-428-7632.)

As your State Senator, I am doing my best to help make New York a better place to live and work.

With the beginning of the 2015 Legislative Session underway, I would very much like your input on several key state issues that will be debated in this new year. You can share your opinions with me by completing the legislative questionnaire below. Your responses will remain confidential.

December 18, 2014
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