(Brooklyn, NY) - “Today, I stood with 29 other New York Senate Democratic Senators to vote in favor of the NYS DREAM Act.
This piece of progressive legislation was brought to the floor earlier this evening and if passed, would have ensured immigrant children, in search of the American dream through educational access and financial aid, the road map to success.
Senate Republicans failed our young people. Not a single member of the Republican Conference voted yes. Not a single member of the Republicans voted yes for opportunity or yes for equality.
ALBANY, 03/17/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) has been named to the education and higher education budget conference committees which held their first meetings today in Albany.
Regarding his education conference committee assignment Senator Seward said:
"The senate budget resolution increases school aid by $811.9 million from last year with a $541 million restoration of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which has hurt our area schools. Eliminating the GEA has been a top priority for me, and, to date, the senate is the only legislative branch to fully target this unfair hit on our area schools."
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 get underway in earnest today with the convening of the Legislature's joint budget conference committeess.
Albany, N.Y., March 14—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), who served on the Senate’s budget subcommittee on economic development and taxes, said that the Senate’s one-house Budget Resolution, approved early this morning, includes job-creating tax cuts and regulatory reforms, while keeping a strict lid on state government spending.
ALBANY, 03/14/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on passage of the senate’s budget resolution for fiscal year 2014-15:
“The senate budget plan fulfills many of the priorities expressed to me by families, employers, and community groups that make up my senate district. Approval of the plan also means we are on track to pass an on-time state budget for a fourth straight year.
“Among the highlights - property tax relief to combat the greatest expense families and business in New York face; education aid that will support our neediest schools; and job creation incentives which will help boost economic development.
"And clearly there is the political will for campaign financing, but not for helping young immigrants get a college degree.
“Senate Republicans argued against using tax dollars for campaign financing, just as they had previously argued against spending tax revenue on the DREAM Act.
"But whereas the Senate’s house budget features campaign financing, it excludes the DREAM Act, kicking to the curb, yet again, the hopes and aspirations of young people whose zeal to live, work, pay taxes and prosper in this great country is being held against them.
"I am happy about the inclusion of campaign financing, which I wholeheartedly support. I am deeply disappointed and frustrated by the exclusion of the DREAM Act.
"I call on the governor and my Republican Senate colleagues to seize the opportunitywe have here in New York to build on the growing national consensus around theneed for immigration reform and the obvious economic benefits of doing right by our young people.”
On this week’s program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco provides an update on some significant issues being debated as budget talks intensify in Albany. These budget items include tax reform, education reform, funding for charter schools, the Senate’s “Young Farmers NY” plan, and the “NY Dream Act.”
Senator Griffo discusses Olympian Erin Hamlin, the governor's Adirondack Challenge, the flawed implementation of Common Core, his opposition to taxpayer-funded college for state inmates, and the Senate's budget with host Julia Lilkendey.
BRONX, NY - Surrounded by Bronx college and university presidents and administrators, leaders of higher education organizations, legislators, parents and students, State Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) unveiled a legislative action plan at Fordham University that would make college more affordable for New York families.
Last night, 13WHAM ran an excellent story on the state's Dedicated Highway and Bridge Fund. In a time when a third of Monroe County bridges are past their 50-year lifespan, only 22 cents on the dollar from this fund are being spent on capital projects.I appreciated the opportunity to share a potential solution in the segment. I am cosponsoring legislation that would realign this fund with its original, crucial purpose.
Senate Republican Leader Dean G. Skelos and Senate Independent Democrat Conference Leader Jeff Klein today released a revenue forecast by the Senate Finance Committee that estimates additional General Fund revenues above the Executive’s projection. The Senate report projects revenues of $265 million more than the Executive’s estimate for Fiscal Year 2015, and $88 million more for the remainder of state fiscal year 2014.
MOUNT VERNON, NY– Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced a $100,000 direct aid grant for Mount Vernon schools that will be used to fund updated technology for 6th and 7th grade students within newly restructured schools in the Mount Vernon school district including Graham Elementary, Pennington Elementary, and Longfellow Middle School.
Senator Young recently appeared on the Senate TV program “Your Voice” to discuss her efforts to save Lake Shore Hospital, protect access to quality community healthcare, and restore our state’s economy.
Last month, more than 1,200 people came out to the Rally to Save Lake Shore and raise their voices in support of keeping the hospital open. They were heard all the way to Albany as we delivered a strong, unified message in support of protecting emergency care, ensuring access to vital health services, and preserving the hundreds of jobs provided by Lake Shore.
In mid-January, Governor Cuomo unveiled his Executive Budget proposal for 2014-2015. Now, the budget review and approval process is in full swing.
Many of the tax relief proposals outlined in the State of the State address were outlined in greater detail, including a two-year freeze on property taxes, lowering business taxes, eliminating taxes for Upstate manufacturers, and accelerating the phase-out of the utility tax. As I mentioned in my column last month, these proposals may have the potential to continue chipping away at New York’s high tax burden. However, closer examination is required.
ALBANY, 02/13/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) has been named to four key senate budget sub-committees which will review the governor’s budget proposal and offer recommendations for modifications. Senator Seward will serve on the education, general government/local assistance, health, and higher education & arts sub-committees.
“State finances as they relate to education, local government, and health play a vital role in the daily lives of all New Yorkers,” said Senator Seward. “These segments of the budget form the foundation for the overall state spending plan and wise decisions must be made in these areas to ensure a fiscally responsible final product that meets real needs.
Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow, and Assemblymember Shelley Mayer will be convening a “New York State Budget Town Hall” regarding the 2014-15 New York State Budget. Yonkers residents, community members, representatives of organizations, and elected officials of Yonkers are invited to testify about their concerns and priorities regarding the impact of the Governor’s proposed budget.
When: Wednesday, February 19th, 5:30-7:30 PMWhere: Saint Joseph's Medical Center (Cafeteria), 127 South Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701