Issues: Government Operations

Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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The Recorder: Legislature OKs Mohawk fire coverage for village of Fonda

Thursday, June 19, 2014

By NICOLE ANTONUCCI

TOWN OF MOHAWK -- The state Legislature passed a bill Wednesday allowing the town to expand its fire district to include the village of Fonda.

The bill, which was authored by Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, comes a year after the village of Fonda dissolved its fire department and entered a contractual arrangement with the town of Mohawk.

"Shared governmental services help to streamline operations and save taxpayers money," Tkaczyk said. "Extending the fire district into the village of Fonda will save money, increase the pool of volunteer firefighters available, and maintain effective and efficient fire service."

June 19, 2014
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Tkaczyk Bill Will Allow Shared Fire Protection Services, Reduce Costs

A measure (S6162A) authored by Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk to allow the Town of Mohawk Fire District to extend service into the Village of Fonda has passed the Senate and Assembly and will be delivered to the Governor for his signature.

“Shared governmental services help to streamline operations and save taxpayers’ money,” Senator Tkaczyk said. “Extending the Fire district into the Village of Fonda will save money, increase the pool of volunteer firefighters available and maintain effective and efficient fire service.”

The Fonda Village Fire Department was dissolved last year, and the Mohawk Fire District has been providing fire protection services to the village through a contractual agreement since April 2013.

June 18, 2014
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Protecting Communities from Zombie Properties

NYACK--Zombie properties threaten neighborhoods across New York State, from big cities to small towns. Abandoned homes become magnets for crime, drag down property values and drain municipal coffers.

June 18, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Investigations and Government Operations Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations  Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Chair  Tuesday, June 17, 2014  Room 332 CAP

The Committee will consider the following nomination:

June 17, 11:54 AM - 12:15 PM
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Confirmed Nominees for the Justice Center Advisory Council

Leslie Hulbert of Victor

Eva Dech of Albany

Shirley B. Flowers of Brooklyn

Walter J. Joseph, Jr. of Rhinebeck

Alfred H. Kingon of Bronxville

Jeremy E. Klemanski of Clay

Belinda Lerner of Astoria

Delores McFadden of Monroe

Judith A. O’Rourke of Lackawanna

Mary K. St. Mark of the Bronx

June 17, 2014
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Senator Stavisky Elected Treasurer of Legislative Women’s Caucus

Albany, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) last week was elected treasurer of the New York State Legislative Women’s Caucus. The Caucus is composed of 47 female lawmakers in the Senate and the Assembly from both sides of the aisle and across New York State.

 

June 17, 2014
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WEST POINT LEGISLATION PASSES SENATE

Bill Will Cede Certain Land To The Federal Government

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), announced today that Senate bill S6830A passed the Senate.  This legislation will cede to the federal government full concurrent jurisdiction in and over certain lands of the West Point Military Reservation in Highlands, Orange County.

June 10, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Highlights Priorities for the Final Weeks of the 2014 Legislative Session

On this program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains the end-of-session legislative process and what priorities the Legislature will be focusing on over the next few weeks. 

June 4, 2014
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Griffo, Schimminger Bills Would Reform Lieutenant Governor Post

ALBANY – The lieutenant governor position has drawn increased attention and scrutiny in the past month in light of an upcoming change in personnel in November.

State Sen. Joseph A. Griffo and Assemblyman Robin Schimminger believe this is a perfect time for the Legislature to reconsider how the lieutenant governor is chosen and his or her role in the governing of New York. They sponsor three bills that would institute some common-sense reforms: 

June 2, 2014
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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 Noon, Monday, June 2, 2014 Room 810 LOB

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DATE

June 2, 12:00 PM - 12:07 PM
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SENATOR VALESKY, MEMBERS OF SENATE’S JOINT TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION RELEASE REPORT AND LEGISLATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), a member of the Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction today joined colleagues in releasing a report summarizing the findings of statewide forums held to examine the issues surrounding the increase in drug abuse, addiction and drug-related crimes in New York. The report includes a comprehensive package of bills recommended for action this legislative session that target prevention, treatment, and enforcement issues raised during extensive testimony provided by dozens of experts, parents, and concerned New Yorkers. 

May 28, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Investigations and Government Operations Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations  Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Chair  1:00 PM, Wednesday, May 28, 2014  Room 810 LOB

Please Note Change in Date and Time 

May 28, 1:00 PM - 1:04 PM
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Committee Meeting: Infrastructure and Capital Investment Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Capital Investment Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Room 811 LOB

May 20, 12:30 PM - 12:36 PM
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Senate Passes Valesky Legislation to Require State Agencies to Consider Impacts of New Rules on Businesses as Part of Larger Regulatory Relief Package

Albany, NY – Today, the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.2158) sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that strengthens the State Administrative Procedure Act (SAPA) to require consideration of potential  adverse impacts on existing and future jobs and employment opportunities in the rulemaking process for state agencies.

May 14, 2014
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Senator O'Brien, Senate Democrats continue to push for ethics reform

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien and members of the Senate Democratic Conference today introduced a package of ethics legislation to reform state government and combat the ongoing corruption issues facing New York State. Senator O’Brien’s bill included in the package would outlaw the use of campaign money for attorney’s fees or any costs for defending against criminal or civil prosecution for alleged violations of any state or federal law (S5094).

May 6, 2014
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'Panhandling' Albany, Washington isn't a solution to Syracuse's financial distress (Your letters)

By Your Letters

on April 14, 2014 at 10:55 AM, updated April 14, 2014 at 10:56 AM

To the Editor:

April 30, 2014
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Public Hearing: Presentation by Kevin Younis, Deputy Commissioner, Empire State Development Corporation, on START-UP NY Program

Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship 
Chair: Senator Martin Golden 
Public Meeting: Presentation by Kevin Younis, Deputy Commissioner, Empire State Development Corporation, on START-UP NY Program 
Place: Room 410, Legislative Office Building, Albany, New York 
Time: 4:00 P.M. 
Contact: Meg Brown (518) 455-2730 
Media Contact: John Quaglione (718) 238-6044 

 

April 28, 4:00 PM - 4:48 PM
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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 Noon, Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Room 810 LOB

April 29, 12:00 PM - 12:12 PM
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