Issues: Government Operations

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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Senator Krueger's Community Bulletin - February 2015

Sen. Krueger's Community Bulletin for February is available here! It can be downloaded as a PDF file from this page, and is viewable below.

 

 

February 2, 2015
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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 - 7:00 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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Murphy named to Senate leadership post

ALBANY, NY - State Senator Terrence Murphy announced today he had been selected by the Senate Majority Conference to serve as the chairperson of the Senate Administrative Regulations Review Commission, or ARRC. This assignment put the freshman Senator in a powerful position to combat overregulation, with investigative oversight of all State agency mandates and regulations that affect local governments and businesses and hinder economic development. 

January 22, 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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