Issues: Budget

Ortt Seeks Mental Health, Disability Answers

Senator asks for transition plans during budget hearings

State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I-North Tonawanda) today sought clarification from agencies overseeing mental health, developmental disability services, and substance abuse in New York State. As chairman of the Senate’s Mental Health and Developmental and Disabilities Committee, Ortt led a joint legislative budget hearing focusing on the programmatic and financial impact of the Governor’s proposed budget.

The hearing included testimony from executive agencies and community advocates. He began by addressing the state’s closure plans, specifically plans to close West Seneca Children’s Psychiatric Center and transfer the patients to Buffalo Psychiatric Hospital.

February 27, 2015

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

Business Council Says Upstate Lags Behind in Business Growth

The Business Council of New York pointed out a handful of major challenges facing upstate businesses during a presentation hosted by USA Niagara. As a way to spark business development and create jobs in Western New York, Senator Ortt suggested extending the state’s brownfield remediation tax credit program, which expires at the end of this year. Read more online at Lockport Union-Sun & Journal’s website.  

February 13, 2015

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

Senate Call To End GEA Intensifies

ALBANY, 02/10/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced that the Senate Majority conference is joining his fight to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which has devastated public schools.

“I recently introduced legislation to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment, and today, joined my colleagues to further advocate for the end of the GEA by providing necessary funding in the 2015-16 state budget,” said Senator Seward.  “To know that this issue is a top priority of the Senate Majority conference confirms how important it is to every school, every student, and every property taxpayer in New York State.”

February 10, 2015
February 2, 2015

The Daily News: Legislation would end Gap Elimination Adjustment

Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, R-Elma, said he is supporting legislation that would abolish the Gap Elimination Adjustment imposed on public schools in New York in 2010.

January 30, 2015

Senator Young Discusses the Women's Equality Agenda, the Upcoming Budget Process and Shares the Story Of A Local Vet

On the latest edition of "Your Voice," Senator Young discusses the importance of the Women's Equality Agenda, the first package of legislation taken up in the 2015 Session by the Senate. The package passed with unanimous bipartisan support and included eight key components aimed at protecting, promoting and empowering the women of New York State. Among the provisions that passed the Senate was a bill sponsored by Senator Young to protect victims of domestic violence.


January 28, 2015

Senator DeFrancisco Previews the 2015 Legislative Hearing Schedule on Your Voice

On this featured program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco further discusses Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposal, including the initiatives that would launch an Upstate Economic Revitalization Competition, create a New York Broadband Program, and double the New York State Venture Capital Fund.

As Senate Finance Chairman, he also talks about the 2015 Legislative Hearing Schedule and how his constituents can share their thoughts on key budget issues.

Please note that these budget hearings will be streamed live at

January 27, 2015

Senator DeFrancisco Reacts to Some of the Governor's Executive Budget Proposals on Your Voice

On this program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco shares his opinions on some of Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposals, including the plan on how to spend the state’s multi-billion dollar windfall.

Senator DeFrancisco also explains his frustration with the Assembly’s refusal to act on individual bills that would help to enhance the rights of women in our State, including bills that would help stop human trafficking, ensure equal pay for equal work, and combat sexual harassment in the workplace.

January 23, 2015

State of the State Response with Senator Rich Funke

Hi, I’m Rich Funke - - one of 7 freshman legislators who are part of a new Senate Republican Majority.

We come from all walks of life – real estate, small business, local government. Two have even served their country with honors as members of the U.S. military.

For more than three decades, I was a television news and sports anchor in Rochester.

Like many of my colleagues, I’ve been blessed to have a full and rewarding career outside of politics.

But when I was approached about running for the Senate, the opportunity to give back to my community and state was one I just couldn't pass up.


The challenges we face are considerable, but so too is our resolve to overcome them.

January 21, 2015

Governor Cuomo delivers State of the State, unveils 2015-16 state budget proposal at the Capitol today ~ Watch live beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers his fifth State of the State message to the Legislature today and, at the same time, unveils his proposed 2015-2016 state budget.

Watch the Governor's presentation live, beginning at 1:30 p.m., at

Afterwards, you can read more and find detailed budget information on the State Division of the Budget website: 

January 21, 2015

Depew Bee: Zurbrick Road to be repaired with state funds

State funding totaling $85,000 has been allocated to the reconstruction of portions of Zurbrick Road in theVillage of Depew according to Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan.

January 8, 2015

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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