Issues: Budget

2014-15 Budget Expands Access to Quality Health Care, Increases EPIC for Seniors, Protects Consumers From Surprise Medical Bills

The New York State Senate today passed a 2014-15 state budget that will provide record support for a wide array of lifesaving health care services in communities across the state. Among the provisions in the budget are billions of dollars to ensure quality hospitals and nursing home facilities, funding for women’s and family health initiatives, a significantly expanded EPIC program to help our seniors afford their prescription medications, and new legislation to help eliminate “surprise” out-of-network medical bills.

March 31, 2014
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Senate Budget: 2014-2015 Budget Bolsters EPF, Invests in State Parks and Helps Improve Environmental Infrastructure

The New York State Senate today passed a 2014-15 state budget that helps protect and enhance New York’s natural resources and invests in key environmental initiatives that create jobs, increase tourism, and benefit communities throughout the state. The budget includes a $9 million increase to the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), bringing the total to $162 million, while also making significant investments in improvements to state park facilities and environmental infrastructure.

March 31, 2014
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On-time budget includes $1.1 billion school aid increase; property tax relief; tax cuts to create jobs

“The new enacted state budget addresses a number of priorities for me, including a reduction in the Gap Elimination Adjustment to help schools, extra funding to help municipalities fix roadways damaged by the harsh winter and tax relief for businesses and homeowners to help spur growth.

March 31, 2014
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SENATOR GOLDEN APPLAUDS ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF ON-TIME BUDGET, YET NEW YORKERS DESERVE MORE

EDUCATION TAX CREDIT, VERRAZANO TOLL RELIEF REMAINS PRIORITY

Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, has issued the following statement as approval of the 2014-2015 New York State Budget continues today, resulting in New York’s fourth consecutive on-time budget:

 

March 31, 2014
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Senator Farley Announces that the State Budget Encourages Theater and Film Production in Schenectady County

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) is pleased to announce the State Budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 includes a tax credit for touring stage productions that hold their technical rehearsals in New York State. Proctors Theatre in Schenectady is one local organization that would benefit from that credit.

March 31, 2014
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Senate, Assembly begin enacting the 2014-2015 New York State budget -- watch the Senate debates live

Albany, N.Y., March 31--Throughout the day today, the State Senate and Assembly will be debating and voting on the separate pieces of legislation that, together, will constitute the 2014-2015 New York State budget.

The Senate convened today's session shortly after Noon.

You can watch today's session live at http://www.nysenate.gov/live_today

March 31, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SOME KEY PRIORITIES ACHIEVED IN 2014-15 STATE BUDGET

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the agreed-on 2014-15 state budget includes some key priorities goals of his and his fellow Senate Republican Conference, including: more than $1 billion in additional aid to schools that is distributed fairly across the state; additional property relief for hardworking families; tax cuts to help businesses create new job opportunities; and comprehensive ethics and election reforms.

Highlights of the 2014-15 State Budget include:

$1.5 Billion in New Property Tax Relief

March 31, 2014
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Statement On 2014-15 State Budget Agreement

ALBANY, 03/30/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the agreed on  2014-15 state budget: 

“Key concerns communicated to me from those who live and work in my district – education aid, property tax relief, and job creation incentives – are the cornerstones of this new state budget.

March 30, 2014
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GRIFFO, BRINDISI ANNOUNCE $40M FOR WINTER WEATHER RECOVERY

ALBANY – The 2014-15 state budget includes a new, one-time $40 million fund for the benefit of highway departments repairing roads damaged by extreme winter weather, Sen. Joseph A. Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi announced.

“Forty-five percent of our major roads and highways in this state are in poor or mediocre condition, which costs New York motorists dearly. We’re collectively paying $4.9 billion more than we have to every year on repairs required because of shoddy roads,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “This winter’s deep freeze just exacerbated this, which is why the assemblyman and I called for relief.”

March 30, 2014
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Seward: GEA Restoration Vital To Our Schools

ALBANY, 03/27/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today called on assembly Democrats to join with senate Republicans in enacting a final state budget that will address the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which has robbed school districts of millions of dollars in education aid.

“At the start of the year, I clearly stated that eliminating the GEA was one of my top priorities,” said Senator Seward.  “This cash grab by the state has created a budgetary hole for schools throughout my district and statewide, forcing many to make dire decisions, harming education programs and eroding opportunities for our students.”     

March 27, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Talks About New Initiative to Assist Disabled Veterans On Your Voice

On this edition of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses a new initiative that is moving forward to assist New York’s disabled veterans in pursuing new business opportunities, as well as a new measure that would allow the state to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. He also talks about why the Dream Act recently failed in the State Senate.  

March 26, 2014
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Your Voice with Senator Griffo

Senator Griffo discusses the Senate's budget resolution, and his priorities for tax relief, mandate relief, education, agriculture, health care and infrastructure. Hosted by Julia Lilkendey.

March 25, 2014
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Legislative Report - State funding for upstate, manufacturing tax credit, property taxes and circuit breaker proposal

In this episode of the Legislative Report, Senator Ted O'Brien discusses his grave concerns with the Senate's one-house budget and how it has neglected key upstate concerns.

March 24, 2014
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Senator O'Brien, Local Leaders "Stand Up for Upstate" in Budget Negotiations

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien, along with local government and school district officials, came together to state their concerns about the status of current state budget negotiations. Senator O’Brien believes that the needs of upstate New York are not being appropriately addressed in the budget proposals being advanced, particularly by the State Senate.

March 24, 2014
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Taxes, schools key topics at Saugerties forum with Sen. Tkaczyk

By Pauline Liu

Times Herald-Record

03/24/14

SAUGERTIES — The two hot-button issues of school property taxes and education became the focus of Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk's community forum in Saugerties on Sunday.

 At one point, members of the audience of about 30 people at the Frank Greco Senior Center grew so passionate about the topics that some interrupted the senator's question-and-answer session to shout out their own remarks.

 "I'm retiring at the end of this month, and there's no way that I'm going to be able to afford to stay here because of the school taxes," Paul Jameson, a local firefighter, told the crowd.

March 24, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Highlights Key Priorities of the Senate One-House Budget Resolution on Your Voice

The State Senate has passed a budget resolution that reflects several key priorities:

March 20, 2014
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"Not on the backs of professional men and women who keep us safe and secure."

Remarks by Senator Bonacic at press conference addressing the Governor's plan to close the Mid-Hudson Psychiatric Center

March 20, 2014
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Griffo, Steck introduce the Municipal Health Insurance Savings Act

ALBANY - Local governments have been dealing with skyrocketing health insurance costs for years. Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome has introduced a bill (S6633) to allow municipalities such as towns, villages, and school districts to join county self-insured health plans as a way to drive down costs. This legislation would bring more members into a county’s self-insured plan and will spread the risk across a wider number of employees, reducing costs accordingly. The Assembly sponsor is Assemblyman Phil Steck, D-Colonie.

March 20, 2014
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Legislature's joint budget conference committees meet again today ~ Watch Live

Now that both houses of the State Legislature -- the Senate, and the Assembly -- have approved their respective one-house budget resolutions, the stage has been set for final negotiations with Governor Andrew Cuomo on enacting the final 2014-15 state budget by the start of New York’s next fiscal year on April 1. 

The final stages of this year's budget adoption process continue today with the reconvening of the Legislature's joint budget conference committees.

March 20, 2014
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Joint Budget Subcommittee Schedule for March 20th

The following schedule has been established for budget conference committees on Thursday, March 20th:

 

Cycle A – 9:30 AM

 

Public Protection/Criminal Justice/Judiciary – Hearing Room A

Mental Hygiene – Hearing Room B

Higher Education – Hearing Room C

Cycle B – 10:00 AM

 

Environment/Agriculture/Housing – Hearing Room A

Transportation – Hearing Room B

Human Services/Labor – Hearing Room C

Cycle C – 11:30 AM

 

March 19, 2014
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