Issues: Government Operations

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 Session Questionnaire - Your Opinion Counts!

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 nearing, I would very much like your input on several key state issues that will be debated in the new year. You can share your opinions with me through the legislative questionnaire below. Your responses will remain confidential.

Thank you for taking the time to fill out this legislative questionnaire, so I can better represent you and your family in the State Legislature. Please check back in as I will continue to update the results.

December 18, 2014
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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Buffalo News: Surplus could close $39 million Thruway gap

Toll hike seems unlikely as officials meet to see if state windfall can solve agency budget deficit

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December 17, 2014
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Regional airports awarded state funding, O'Mara praises 'smart investments' in local economy

Elmira, N.Y., December 16—Several regional airport projects are among 26 aviation projects statewide being awarded a total of $9 million to enhance safety, security and economic development, it was announced in Albany today.

State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) welcomed the announcement.

December 16, 2014
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WIVB: State Senator: $1.17 billion burden off taxpayers

By Mark Belcher, News 4 Digital ProducerPublished: November 7, 2014, 11:21 pm

November 12, 2014
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Penfield Post: Gallivan supports capping local Medicaid costs

Posted Nov. 11, 2014 @ 3:28 pmUpdated at 3:29 PM Greece, N.Y.

November 12, 2014
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Buffalo News: Thirteen school districts to receive funding for resource officers

Thirteen Western New York school districts will receive money to support new and existing school resource officer programs.

November 10, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN ANNOUNCES STATE FUNDING TO SUPPORT SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS

SRO PROGRAMS PROMOTE POSITIVE RELATIONS BETWEEN STUDENTS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES  

November 10, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN SAYS STATE EFFORTS ARE REDUCING THE COST OF MEDICAID FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

MANDATE RELIEF PROJECTED TO SAVE WNY COUNTIES AND TAXPAYERS MILLIONS OVER FOUR YEARS  

 

November 7, 2014
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Senator Gallivan reminds voters of 3 important ballot initiatives to consider this year

Voters head to the polls in a couple of weeks to exercise their most basic democratic right; choosing the people they want to represent them at various levels of government.  In addition to the candidates running for various federal, state and local offices, this year’s ballot includes three important statewide propositions.  Unfortunately, these proposals often don’t get much attention in the media and can catch some voters by surprise. 

October 22, 2014
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Buffalo News: Gallivan urges disaster relief for West Seneca flood victims

The governor is being asked to provide disaster aid to victims of last winter’s ice jam flooding in the Town of West Seneca.

October 16, 2014
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Times Union: Open Internet access imperative

By Martin Malave Dilan, CommentaryThe Federal Communications Commission is struggling to reach an agreement on if, and how much your Internet access provider can limit your access to online content and what content it can limit. In a nutshell, that's the Net Neutrality debate. And the FCC has opened that debate as it weighs the merger America's top two broadband Internet service providers.I proffer the following: There is no acceptable business model for the control over access to information; and there is no acceptable policy with regards to who deems, or what they deem, as "commercially acceptable" or "preferential" regarding information and access to it.

October 1, 2014
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NYS Banking Settlement Windfall Belongs to Taxpayers

It’s not a bad problem to have.  What to do with more than $3 billion?  That’s the question facing the State of New York after a settlement with BNP Paribas, a French bank charged with violating U.S. money laundering laws. Similar settlements with other banks could drive the total windfall to about $4 billion.  As you can imagine, there is no shortage of ideas for what to do with this money.  I believe the answer is simple; return the money to the people of New York by relieving the tax burden on residents and lowering the cost of government.

September 30, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN APPLAUDS STATE FUNDING FOR TOWN OF WEST SENECA FLOOD DAMAGE

$500,000 WILL HELP COVER COSTS OF CLEANUP FROM WINTER STORMS  

September 5, 2014
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Senator Valesky Receives Unclaimed Funds

At NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's breakfast on August 28, Senator Valesky found out he had $421 in unclaimed funds available! Visit the Comptroller's booth in the Center of Progress building at the Fair, or search online to see if you do too.

August 28, 2014
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Senator Ted O'Brien's statement on the Bank of America settlement

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien released the following statement on the Bank of America settlement that will bring $300 million to New York State:

“The $300 million New York will receive from the Bank of America settlement should go towards upstate property tax relief by reducing the cost burden on local school districts which have been devastated by the Gap Elimination Adjustment. We cannot afford to continue balancing school district budgets on the backs of local property tax payers, and must take action immediately to give hardworking families and small businesses the property tax relief they need.”

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August 21, 2014
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Seward Bill To Change Fire District Lines Signed By Governor

ALBANY, 08/18/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced legislation he sponsored, authorizing the Middletown-Hardenburgh fire district to extend the district into the Village of Margaretville, has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo.  

“Margaretville, Middletown, and Hardenburgh have worked together for some time to ensure area homes and businesses have excellent fire protection,” said Senator Seward.  “Taking this legislative step will simply formalize the long-standing working agreement between the villages, towns, and the fire-district.”

August 18, 2014
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The Daily News: Gallivan announces library grants

Posted: Friday, August 15, 2014 2:44 am

August 15, 2014
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