Issues: Government Operations

Murphy releases plan to improve State Park safety

YORKTOWN, NY - New York State Senator Terrence Murphy today announced a plan to increase police protection at New York's state parks in response to increased reports of violence and crime during the summer of 2015. Most notably, an incident involving reports of gunshots at FDR State Park in Yorktown on July 19th ignited local community concerns. "In the weeks since the shooting, my concerns have escalated," Murphy said. "I believe short and long term plans are needed to ensure the safety of park patrons, as well as those charged with protecting them. It is not reasonable for state officials to promote the parks as an asset while providing in sufficient resources to properly get the job done."

August 28, 2015
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Expenditure Report Period Ending 3-31-2015

Period: 
10/01/2014 - 03/31/2015

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.

August 28, 2015
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Senator Young, Colleagues Urge Federal Government To Adopt Legislation Improving Access To Skilled Nursing Care

Bill before the House of Representatives, U.S. Senate would provide clarity on Medicare’s three day inpatient requirement

 

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) recently joined her Senate colleagues in co-signing a letter to members of Congress in support of the Improving Access to Medicare bill. The legislation would ensure a greater number of seniors are able to access skilled nursing care under Medicare.

 

August 19, 2015
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Low-Interest Loans Now Available For Those Impacted By The July Flooding

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) announced today that Governor Cuomo has signed the necessary paperwork allowing qualified Chautauqua County residents and small-businesses devastated by the recent flooding to avail themselves of federal low-interest loans.

 

The loan program, offered through the U.S. Small Business Administration, provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses, non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters. The loans can be used to make repairs or replace items damaged or destroyed during last month’s flooding, including: real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, inventory and business assets.

 

August 17, 2015
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Must be a Duck

     Like most kids growing up, my friends and I would occasionally get into some trouble. And like most kids we blamed everyone and everything but ourselves, half-believing our half-baked excuses. But I remember an old neighborhood priest who’d see right through it, saying, “If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and looks like a duck, it must be a duck.” Believe it or not, that simple lesson about taking things for face value is easily forgotten by many. Case in point would be the Obama administration’s pending nuclear deal with Iran.

August 6, 2015
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Livonia Public Library To Receive Major Upgrades Thanks To Grant Provided By Senator Catharine Young

$250,000 SAM Grant will bring modern updates to local library

 

LIVONIA – Saying they were “overjoyed” to hear the news, Livonia Public Library officials applauded state Senator Catharine Young for securing a $250,000 capital grant that will be used toward a major expansion of the building and services.

 

Built in 1927, the Livonia Public Library has served the community for nearly 90 years. But with increasing demands for greater access to books, public programming, and modern resources like computers and high speed internet, the library had begun exploring avenues to grow.

 

August 3, 2015
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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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