Issues: Agencies

IDC Discovers Spike in Overtime/ Worker's Comp Costs at Office of Children and Family Services

The Office of Children and Family Services has increased overtime costs and experienced a drastic spike in worker's compensation claims, according to a report released today by the Independent Democratic Conference. 

These startling numbers come as the overall number of youths under OCFS supervision has actually decreased from 983 during this beginning of the 2009-2010 fiscal year, to roughly 700 currently. 

File: 
IDC OCFS report.pdf

January 24, 2011
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SENATOR ADDABBO'S STATEMENT ON JANUARY 10th CITY COUNCIL HEARING REGARDING THE DECEMBER SNOWSTORM

Queens, NY, January 13, 2011 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. released the following statement on this week's City Council hearing on the administration's response to the December 26-27 blizzard:  

"I commend Speaker Quinn and Chairs Crowley, James, Vallone and Williams for their excellent work at the City Council Hearing on the December snowstorm.  I also appreciate the administration’s taking responsibility for not declaring a snow emergency on the morning of December 26, and I am hopeful that the administration will implement their new 15-point plan for any future storm that approaches us this winter.  I believe if a snow emergency is declared early enough, it will be the catalyst for their ability to respond appropriately."

January 13, 2011
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Listen to Senator Liz Krueger on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show

Today, Senator Liz Krueger joined The Brian Lehrer Show to discuss moving forward with the new Senate and working with Governor Cuomo.

Listen to Senator Krueger on The Brian Lehrer Show here.

January 4, 2011
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Summary of 2010 Cities Committee Action

Senator Shirley L. Huntley, Chair of Senate Committee on Cities

November, 2010 Summary of 2010 Cities Committee Action Update.

File: 
Summary of 2010 Cities Committee Action.pdf

December 1, 2010
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Bill would kill mandatory year’s notice of state facility closures


November 27, 2010 - By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer

Current law requires a year's notice to be given before a prison can be closed, but a law the state Legislature may take up Monday could get rid of that requirement.

Gov. David Paterson called a special session of the Legislature for 3 p.m. Monday, and "eliminating the notification required prior to the closure of state facilities" is one of the items listed in his proclamation.

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November 29, 2010
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November 20, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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LEGISLATION TO ELIMINATE INACTIVE PUBLIC AUTHORITIES

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced that she has introduced legislation (S8165A) to eliminate 118 public authorities and agencies that are no longer active. The 118 authorities, located across New York State, include defunct industrial development agencies, community development agencies, urban renewal agencies and various other public authorities.

“This legislation reduces the size of government, eliminating more than 15% of the public authorities in the State of New York. This is an important step in curbing excessive spending and hiring practices of public authorities and agencies. They operate as autonomous organizations without accountability, and create a huge financial burden on taxpayers,” said Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District – D/WF).

September 26, 2010
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9/1/2010: Town Hall Meeting

Please join Senator Shirley L. Huntley and invited agencies:

NYC Department of Environmental Protection

NYC Department of Sanitation

To discuss the issues regarding the flooding in your neighborhood and how we can help.

For more infoemation, please contact Keisha Corley at (718) 949-1601

September 1, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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ADDABBO: MERGER OF NYS TAX AND FINANCE WITH REAL PROPERTY SERVICE AGENCIES A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

Queens, NY, August 16, 2010 -- NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens) today announced that the passage of a law  to enable the merger of the New York State Office of Real Property Services (ORPS) and the Department of Taxation and Finance (DTF) is a step in the right direction of making the state government more efficient.  “By consolidating the agency responsible for New York State taxation with the agency that oversees local property tax administration, the State will realize more than $2 million in annual savings,” explained Addabbo.  “In addition, the merger will allow for significant administrative and program efficiencies.”

August 16, 2010
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Senator Huntley To Address Baisley Houses Complaints

News From Senator Shirley L. Huntley

For Immediate Release: August 6, 2010

Contact: Lisa King | lisaking530@gmail.com | (518) 455-2415

**Media Advisory**

SENATOR SHIRLEY L. HUNTLEY TO ADDRESS BAISLEY HOUSES COMPLAINTS

Calling on NYCHA to Take Action

(D-Jamaica) Senator Shirley L. Huntley will join the tenants of Baisley Houses in a press conference urging the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to take action on long-stalled maintenance issues as a follow up to May 19, 2010 Town Hall meeting..

August 5, 2010
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8/9/2010: Senator Huntley To Address Baisley Houses Complaints

News From Senator Shirley L. Huntley

For Immediate Release: August 6, 2010

Contact: Lisa King | lisaking530@gmail.com | (518) 455-2415

**Media Advisory**

SENATOR SHIRLEY L. HUNTLEY TO ADDRESS BAISLEY HOUSES COMPLAINTS

Calling on NYCHA to Take Action

(D-Jamaica) Senator Shirley L. Huntley will join the tenants of Baisley Houses in a press conference urging the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to take action on long-stalled maintenance issues as a follow up to May 19, 2010 Town Hall meeting..

August 9, 6:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency

Senate Task Force on Government EfficiencyChair: Senator Jeffrey D. KleinPublic Forum: To examine spending at the Office for People with Developmental DisabilitiesPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, Room 1920, 19th Floor,New York, New YorkTime: 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.Contact: Gabriel Paniza (518) 455-3594Media Contact: Gwen Rocco (718) 822-2049

August 4, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Annual Health Fair and Picnic

For More Information, Please Contact Lois Menyweather at (718) 949-1601 Office

To Join Invited City and State Agencies, As Well As Other Organizations In Attendance

August 21, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Senator Johnson's Bill to Disqualify Terror Companies From Obtaining State Contracts Passes Senate

Important legislation sponsored by Senator Craig M.Johnson, (D-Nassau),that will prevent the state from contracting with companies that conductbusiness with state sponsors of terror, was unanimously passed by the StateSenate yesterday.“These countries support terrorist organizations that seek to killAmericans, wipe Israel off the map and undermine our democratic values,”

July 1, 2010
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Budget Protects Schools, Provides Property Tax Relief And Makes Smart Spending Cuts

The Senate Democratic Majority has passed both the Education, Labor and Family Assistance (ELFA: S6603/S6607) and the Health and Human Services (HHS: S6604/A6608) budget bills which:

Protects our children’s education.
Provides much-needed property tax relief.
Makes the smart spending cuts to give New Yorkers a government they can afford.
Maintains the state’s investment in the Tuition Assistance Program which helps tens of thousands of students succeed in college annually.
Ensures support for unemployed New Yorkers who are seeking work as a result of the national economic downturn.
Delivers the services and programs most important to the health and well being of our seniors and New Yorkers with disabilities.

 

June 28, 2010
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Budget Protects Schools, Provides Property Tax Relief And Makes Smart Spending Cuts

The Senate Democratic Majority has passed both the Education, Labor and Family Assistance (ELFA: S6603/S6607) and the Health and Human Services (HHS: S6604/A6608) budget bills which:

June 28, 2010
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Senate And Assembly Introduce Joint Budget Legislation To Keep Government Working

The Senate and Assembly have reached joint agreement on budget bills that will guarantee the preservation of essential services, and continue to close down the state’s budget deficit. These bills include the remaining fields of the budget:

June 26, 2010
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Legislation to Audit Local Government Subsidiary Organizations

Today, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District – D/WF), Chair of the Senate Local Government Committee, announced that the Senate has approved legislation (S7909) to empower the State Comptroller to conduct audits of local government subsidiary organizations. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli drafted the legislation, which Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins introduced and passed in the Senate with an overwhelming 53-7 majority.

June 24, 2010
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Empowering Law Enforcement, Public Protection Budget Makes Sensible Cuts, Enhances Community Safety & Streamlines Services

In Difficult Economy, Focus on Crime Reduction, Legal Services for Poor New Yorkers

June 22, 2010
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