Issues: Budget

Governor Cuomo Visits Rochester for Budget Address

On Thursday, February 21st, Governor Cuomo delivered his State of the State and budget messages at Kilbourn Hall at the University of Rochester. I had the privilege to speak at the event. Photo courtesy: Judy Sanders - Office of the Governor

February 26, 2013
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HUDSON VALLEY STATE LEGISLATORS TO HOST JOINT LEGISLATIVE BUDGET HEARING

New York State Senators and Assemblymembers will co-host a joint legislative budget hearing in Rockland County to discuss Governor Cuomo’s 2013-2014 Executive Budget.  The event will take place this Thursday, February 14th from 3:00pm - 6:00pm at Valley Cottage Library, located at 110 Route 303. 

"This hearing will provide an opportunity for residents to gauge a better understanding of how state priorities will impact them on the local level," said Senator Carlucci. "I look forward to working with all stakeholders, advocates, and community leaders to make sure that their voices and input are heard in Albany."

February 11, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Explains the Budget Process on Your Voice

On this program of Your Voice in Albany, Senate Finance Chairman John DeFrancisco explains the budget process and the joint public budget hearing schedule.  He also talks about the honor of receiving the Guardian of Small Business Award by the NFIB and initiatives to help local businesses. 

February 7, 2013
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SENATE REPUBLICANS CALL ON GOVERNOR CUOMO TO REMOVE UTILITY TAX SURCHARGE EXTENSION FROM EXECUTIVE BUDGET

FOR RELEASE: Tuesday,  February 5, 2013http://www.nysenate.gov

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference were joined today by leaders of statewide business organizations to urge Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget. The 18-a surcharge, which has increased utility bills for every ratepayer in the state, is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014. The Governor’s proposed five-year extension would cost businesses and consumers a total of almost $3 billion.

February 5, 2013
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February 5, 2013
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Senate Republicans Call on Governor To Remove Utility Tax Surcharge Extension From Executive Budget

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference were joined today by leaders of statewide business organizations to urge Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget. The 18-a surcharge, which has increased utility bills for every ratepayer in the state,  is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014.  The Governor’s proposed five-year extension would cost businesses and consumers a total of almost $3 billion.

February 5, 2013
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LARKIN REAPPOINTED TO KEY SENATE STANDING COMMITTEES AND BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEES

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that he has been reappointed to several key standing committees in the New York State Senate for the 2013 Legislative Session.  Specifically, Senator Larkin has been reappointed to the following committees:  Corporations, Authorities and Commissions; Finance; Health; Insurance; Rules; Transportation; and Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs.

Larkin also announced that he has been named to serve on the Senate's 2013 Health and Mental Hygiene budget subcommittees.  These subcommittees review aspects of the Governor's state budget and make recommendations for the upcoming budget negotiations between the Senate, Assembly and the Governor. 

February 1, 2013
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Senate Majority Coalition Releases Analysis of the 2013-14 Executive Budget Proposal

Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos, Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey Klein, and Senate Finance Committee Chair John A. DeFrancisco announced the release of the Senate Majority Coalition “white book” analysis of the Governor’s 2013-14 Executive Budget proposal. The analysis was prepared by the Senate Finance and Counsel staff to assist the members of the Finance Committee and the Senate as a whole, in budget deliberations.  A link to the report is below:

January 30, 2013
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Stay Informed Throughout the State Budget Process

Governor Cuomo has just unveiled his Executive Budget proposal for the State Fiscal Year 2013-14, marking the start of the annual budget debate and negotiation process.

I am carefully reviewing all aspects of the Governor's plan, in order to ensure that it meets the needs of our local communities, as well as our state as a whole. I am already concerned about the school aid portion of his proposed budget and will be examining the numbers thoroughly. I have already heard concerns from schools in my district about their figures. I also share the concerns of local municipalities and schools that we need more action on mandate relief.

January 29, 2013
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GOVERNOR’S BUDGET INCLUDES WELCOME NEWS FOR FARMERS

Ritchie Applauds Governor’s Support for Upstate Agriculture

State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding Governor Cuomo’s continued commitment to New York State’s agriculture industry and Upstate farming as evidenced in the Executive Budget proposal outlined on Tuesday.

“Here in New York State our hardworking farmers are the backbone of our workforce and agriculture is the cornerstone of our economy,” said Senator Ritchie.

“I am pleased that Governor Cuomo is recognizing the important—and critical—role  agriculture plays. His funding of agriculture in the Executive Budget proposal sends a message that this industry is a key part of our efforts to revitalize New York State’s economy.”

January 23, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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STATEMENT FROM STATE SEN. PATRICK M. GALLIVAN REGARDING GOVERNOR CUOMO’S 2013 STATE BUDGET PROPOSAL

Review The Governor's Proposal Yourself: openbudget.ny.gov

“State government has been able to change direction the last two years largely because Albany has adopted a course of fiscal prudence. Today’s budget proposal demonstrates the Governor’s continued commitment to financial responsibility, keeping state spending growth below two percent while closing a $1.35 billion budget deficit without proposing any new taxes.”

January 23, 2013
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Senator Robach Comments on Executive Budget Address

On Tuesday, January 22nd, Governor Cuomo presented his 2013-2014 Executive Budget proposal. Following the announcement, Senator Robach discussed how the proposed budget would affect his constituents in the Rochester area.

January 23, 2013
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Budget Statement by Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos

While the Senate’s Finance Committee will review the entire Executive Budget over the next few weeks, I am encouraged by the plan Governor Cuomo has submitted today.  It restrains spending, eliminates a manageable deficit without new taxes or fees, and invests in job-creation initiatives.  This budget is a blueprint for building on the progress we’ve made over the last two years in getting New York back on track. We should take this opportunity to look at reducing taxes to put more money back into the pockets of hardworking families, allowing the 18-a energy assessment to expire as scheduled, and renewing our commitment to businessmen and women looking to start or grow a business in New York. 

January 22, 2013
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Governor's Budget Proposal Strikes The Right Themes

ALBANY, 01/22/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal:

“Fiscal responsibility has been a key phrase in Albany over the last two years and this year’s budget proposal from the governor appears to maintain that goal.  Overall, I was pleased with the spending plan which offers a sound baseline to build on as we embark on budget negotiations.

January 22, 2013
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STATEMENT FROM SEN. GALLIVAN ON 2013 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

The Governor’s State of the State outlined an expansive and comprehensive vision for our state and its future. I am especially encouraged to see Governor Cuomo make the upstate economy a continued priority of his administration, and the specific attention he paid to bolstering Upstate’s agriculture and tourism industries – two sectors vital to the continued economic recovery of Western New York.

January 10, 2013
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