Issues: Budget

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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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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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Evaluates Certain Budget Items on Your Voice

On the featured program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about StartUp-NY, the I-81 Viaduct, and the Tappan Zee Bridge plan. 

 

April 23, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Urges Public Comment on Education Reform

Education is at a crossroads in New York State.  There is a great deal of concern and  frustration among parents, students, educators and taxpayers.

Earlier this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo attempted to enact far-reaching educational reforms as part of the 2015-2016 New York State budget.  My Senate colleagues and I  rejected the governor’s original education reform plan and, where possible, made changes in an effort to find more reasonable common ground.   

April 23, 2015
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Senate to Celebrate Earth Week With a Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 20, 2015
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State sheds 57 anti-business fees, heeding Murphy's calls for less red tape

YORKTOWN, NY - Earlier today State Senator Terrence P. Murphy joined Governor Cuomo in announcing the repeal of 57 so-called "nuisance fees" as part of the 2015-16 State Budget. By eliminating these fees, the State has taken an important step toward cutting the red tape which keeps New York ranked as the least business friendly state in the nation, they said. "As a small business owner I have been nickeled and dimed by the State time and again," Senator Murphy said. "If we are serious about growing successful businesses New York State cannot reasonably expect new enterprises to be able to afford unnecessary fees. These repeals are an important first step for businesses here in the Hudson Valley and across the State to be able to survive and thrive."

April 14, 2015
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State Budget Paves Way For Local Roads

ALBANY, 04/02/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that crucial funding to support local highway improvements is included in the 2015-16 state budget.  

“Local roads, bridges, and culverts are the backbone of our state’s infrastructure,” said Senator Seward.  “County and town highway superintendents from throughout my district joined me in Albany last month at a rally calling for an increase in funding for our local roads and bridges – and their voices were heard.”

The 2015-16 state budget makes a record investment of $488 million to support local highway, road, and bridge repair projects including $438 million in Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPs) funding. 

April 2, 2015
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2015-16 State Budget Supports Important Programs

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) says the $142-billion 2015-16 state budget provides critical funding to important state programs while controlling the size and cost of government.  The state’s fifth consecutive on-time budget keeps spending within a two-percent cap, increases aid to education, rejects tax increases and provides property tax relief for homeowners.  The spending plan also includes funding for regional assets such as Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the NFTA and Shea’s Performing Arts Center.

April 1, 2015
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State Budget Funding To Address Owasco Lake Water Quality

ALBANY, 04/01/15 -- State Senators John DeFrancisco, Mike Nozzolio and James L. Seward announced today that the new state budget includes a major win for one of Cayuga County’s key natural resources.

The senators announced that $600,000 in state funding has been awarded to the Owasco Watershed Lake Association to support ongoing and long-term efforts to improve water quality throughout the watershed.

April 1, 2015
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SENATOR RIVERA ANNOUNCES THE REPEAL OF A LAW THAT WOULD CAUSE UNNECESSARY DELAYS IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF HEALTHCARE FACILITIES IN THE BRONX

(Bronx, NY) - Today, Senator Rivera announced that the Health and Mental Hygiene budget bill (S.2007-B/A. 3007-B), which passed with 60 to 1 vote, contained a provision to repeal state law that would require potential health facilities projects in Bronx County to undergo a public forum process to authorize its construction.  The portion of the law that was repealed was passed as part of the 2014-2015 budget in an effort to obstruct the development of a Montefiore facility in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.

April 1, 2015
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O'Mara: Budget increases state aid to local schools, supports local infrastructure, broadband development, agriculture, veterans and more

Albany, N.Y., April 1—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said today that the 2015-2016 New York State budget includes higher state aid to local schools, a stronger commitment to local infrastructure and broadband development, and enhanced assistance to key economic sectors including agriculture.

After reaching the framework of an agreement on the new, nearly $142-billion state budget over the weekend, the Legislature put the finishing touches on the plan last night and the new budget was delivered to Governor Andrew Cuomo to be signed into law.

April 1, 2015
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Senate Passes 2015-16 State Budget

ALBANY, 03/31/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the 2015-16 state budget: 

“Several of the leading concerns I hear on a daily basis – education aid, property tax relief, upstate economic development, and infrastructure needs – will be addressed by the new state budget.

March 31, 2015
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR CENTRO IN NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced today (3/31/15) that the new State Budget includes an extra $25 million for Upstate transit systems including Centro. The additional money should help to close Centro's $4.5 million budget gap and to maintain all of its busing services.

“Many hardworking individuals rely on Centro to get to and from work, or to medical care and other necessary appointments,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “When I first learned of Centro's deficit, which would result in service cuts, I fought to help get Centro its much needed state support. I'm very pleased to inform Central New Yorkers that this funding is in the budget."

March 31, 2015
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Your Voice With Senator Ortt

During this segment of Your Voice, Senator Ortt talks about medical marijuana, sex trafficking, mental health, and Fort Drum Day.

March 24, 2015
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Releases 2015-16 State Budget Priorities

Yonkers, NY - Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and her Senate colleagues have released their 2015-16 State Budget priorities. The priorities include: adding another $2 billion in funding for education; increasing the minimum wage; creating more affordable housing and job opportunities through capital projects; increasing aid to local municipalities to help reduce property taxes; increased funding for EPIC, the prescription drug plan for seniors, and for kinship care. The list of priorities were included in a budget letter to the republican Senate Majority Leader.

March 18, 2015
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Seward To Play Leading Role In Budget Negotiations

ALBANY, 03/13/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) has been named to the education and higher education budget conference committees and will also serve as an alternate to the general budget conference committee.

Regarding his education conference committee assignment Senator Seward said:

“The senate budget resolution accomplishes two of my primary goals – ending the disastrous Gap Elimination Adjustment and significantly raising school aid through a fair and equitable formula.  Moving forward, I will work to protect this vital funding for our students, and will also focus on the education ‘reforms’ proposed by the governor.”  

March 13, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES SENATE ACTION ON “BRIGHTER FUTURE” BUDGET PLAN

Creates New Property Tax Rebate for Middle-Class Homeowners, Extends Historic Opportunities to Students, Invests in NY’s Infrastructure to Create Good-Paying Jobs

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the Senate approved its “Brighter Future” budget plan that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, extends historic opportunities to students and makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure to create good-paying jobs.

March 12, 2015
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO ANNOUNCES “BRIGHTER FUTURE” BUDGET PLAN

Creates New Property Tax Rebate for Middle-Class Homeowners, Extends Historic Opportunities to Students, Invests in NY’s Infrastructure to Create Good-Paying Jobs

March 12, 2015
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