Issues: Government Operations

Ortt Announces $500,000 for Niagara Falls Air Base

Senator Says Funds Will Help Procure Emergency Management Hub  

Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today announced $500,000 in state funding to establish an emergency management hub at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS). The funds were secured by Senator Ortt in the 2015-16 State Budget (Empire State Development Corporation, Aid to Localities, S. 2003-C) to help base retention efforts for NFARS. Ortt, flanked by local and county officials, believes the $500,000 will help retain the base while expanding emergency services across Western New  York.

June 29, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION THAT PROVIDES $3.1 BILLION IN NEW PROPERTY TAX RELIEF, EXTENDS THE TAX CAP, AND IMPLEMENTS SIGNIFICANT EDUCATION REFORMS

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation that will bring $3.1 billion in new tax relief to property owners, extend the existing property tax cap to deliver additional savings and create new jobs, improve affordable housing statewide, and continue the Senate’s ongoing commitment to ensuring that every child has access to a quality education. The legislation has also been passed by the Assembly and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

June 26, 2015
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Summary of 2015 Senate Legislative Action

Attached below is a summary of the highlights of the 2015 Senate session, broken down by subject.

June 26, 2015
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Murphy secures $10 mil funding for accelerated road paving

BREWSTER, NY - After months of advocating for additional funds to address the Hudson Valley's crumbling infrastructure, Senator Terrence Murphy announced today that key thoroughfares within the 40th Senate District are set to benefit from an additional $75 million in accelerated paving projects. "Earlier this year I joined my colleagues in successfully securing an additional $50 million in CHIPS funding to address the harsh conditions of our roads following last year's brutal winter," said Murphy. "Having heard from the local officials across my district it was clear that they needed more assistance than was originally provided to ensure our roads are safe for everyone."

June 25, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Investigations and Government Operations Meeting

 Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government OperationsSenator Andrew Lanza, ChairWednesday, June 24, 2015Room 332 CAP

This meeting will be called off the floor and held in Room 332 CAPThe Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations will take up the following nomination:VINCENT BRADLEY JR. as a Chairman and Commissioner of the State Liquor Authority (TO APPEAR)

June 24, 5:20 PM - 5:47 PM
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Progress Ahead for Former J.N. Adam Developmental Center

Recently-passed legislation directs the state to produce a report on the best uses for the property

 

ALBANY – The long-vacant J.N. Adam site could soon see progress toward development following action by the state Legislature.

 

June 24, 2015
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Senate passes Griffo’s bill to protect municipalities from unfunded state mandates

ALBANY – The New York State Senate on Wednesday passed legislation authored by Senator Joseph Griffo that would prohibit the state from burdening local municipalities with any future unfunded mandates.

When the state imposes programs upon a municipality without fully funding them, it often forces those localities to find a way to pay for those services. This allows local priorities to essentially be dictated by the state, instead of leaving those choices up to local officials, Griffo said.

The end result is that municipalities often find themselves reluctantly having to impose more taxes on its residents to pay for programs and services that it might otherwise not have wanted.

June 18, 2015
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Murphy passes bill to protect businesses from job-killing regulations

ALBANY, NY - The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S4319), sponsored by Senator Terrence Murphy, to protect businesses from over-zealous state regulations that could hurt the continued growth of the economy. The bill would require the state to conduct a more thorough examination of the impact proposed regulations may have on jobs and employment opportunities, Murphy noted.

June 16, 2015
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BILL TO PERMIT PETS ON PUBLIC TRANSIT DURING STATES OF EMERGENCY OR EVACUATIONS APPROVED BY STATE SENATE WITH ADDABBO’S SUPPORT

Queens, NY (June 16, 2015): Noting that many residents were reluctant to leave their pets behind when they were asked to flee their homes during Hurricane Sandy, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. recently joined with his Senate colleagues to approve a bill (S.3321) that would allow companion animals to board Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) vehicles during states of emergency or times of evacuation. 

June 16, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Investigations and Government Operations

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Chair 9:30 AM, Tuesday, June 16, 2015 Room 810 LOB

The Committee will consider the following nomination: Jerry Boone as the Commissioner of Taxation and Finance (To Appear)

June 16, 9:30 AM - 9:32 AM
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SERINO PUSHES LEGISLATION TO INCREASE TRANSPARENCY

SERINO PUSHES LEGISLATION TO INCREASE TRANSPARENCY

 

ALBANY—Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) announced today that a bill to expedite the processes for determining appeals to Freedom Of Information Law (FOIL) requests passed in the Senate. The bill co-sponsored by Senator Serino, S. 1531, aims to increase transparency and provide the public access to government records and important information.

 

June 15, 2015
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SQUADRON, ROZIC, CHIN ANNOUNCE FCC AGREEMENT TO IMPROVE VERIZON LIFELINE PROGRAM

Elected Officials Continue Push for Access to Multilingual Services and Better Customer Service

 NEW YORK – After urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau to revise Verizon’s Lifeline program to include multilingual notices and inform subscribers of recertification and service changes, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, and Council Member Margaret Chin announced that the FCC has agreed to change the recertification process, improve the program, and better serve those with limited English proficiency.

June 15, 2015
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Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young - May 9, 2015

During this week's edition of "Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young," the Senator discussed her support for a permanent extension of the property tax cap. The property tax cap has saved Western New Yorkers approximately $450 million since it was implemented four years ago. The Senator also shares some additional efforts she has put forward to reduce the tax burden on local residents and ease the mandated costs incurred in municipal and school budgets.

 

Senator Young also discussed Renee’s Law and Kendra’s Laws, two pieces of legislation she sponsors, that passed the state Senate this week.

 

June 10, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses the Final Weeks of Legislative Session Agenda on Your Voice

On this program of Your Voice, I talk about the bills and policy measures that will be negotiated during the final three weeks of Legislative Session. I also explain my efforts to ensure that the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) plan will provide ratepayers with safe, reliable energy.

Finally on the program, I provide more details about legislation that would allow pension service credit buyback for certain veterans.

 

 

June 2, 2015
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RITCHIE BACKS BILL TO PROTECT PRIVACY AT THE DMV

Launches Online Petition to Let Public Tell the

DMV Their Personal Information is “Not For Sale” 

***CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION***

Senator Patty Ritchie today announced she’s sponsoring legislation to protect the privacy of millions of New Yorkers by prohibiting the state DMV from selling personal information to the highest bidder without their consent.

And she announced that she has launched an online petition to send a message to DMV that New Yorker’s personal information shouldn’t be for sale. The petition can be found at Senator Ritchie’s website, www.ritchie.nysenate.gov.

“Each and every year, millions of Americans fall victim to identify theft, which means we all need to be increasingly concerned about privacy protection,” said Senator Ritchie.

May 28, 2015
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Senator Valesky Hosts Community Resources Fair

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is hosting a Community Resources Fair on Thursday, June 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to raise awareness of the many community services available through various governmental and nonprofit organizations. The agencies listed below will have tables at the fair and provide important information on health care and health insurance, financial planning for college, emergency preparedness and fire safety, family planning, housing, voting, small business development, veterans services, and more, as well as offer giveaways. A representative from the Office of the State Comptroller will assist attendees with Unclaimed Funds searches.

May 28, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Introduces Legislation to Protect Information Contained in Motor Vehicle Records

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) has introduced legislation to better protect personal information collected by the Department of Motor Vehicles and contained in New York’s motor vehicle records.  The bill (S-5668) would require the DMV to notify motorists before registration information is sold and provide individuals with a way to keep their personal information private.  Exceptions would be made for instances related to motor vehicle warranties and safety recalls.

May 27, 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  1:30 PM, Wednesday, May 27, 2015  Room 810 LOB

PLEASE NOTE THE DATE AND TIME CHANGE

May 27, 1:33 PM - 1:40 PM
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SENATE OK’S RITCHIE BILL TO OPEN UNDERUSED STATE PRISONS TO EASE LOCAL JAIL CROWDING

Bipartisan Measure Would Save County Taxpayers Millions for “Outboarding” Prisoners

 

May 20, 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 12:30 PM, Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Room 810 LOB

May 19, 12:30 PM - 12:37 PM
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