Issues: Budget

Westchester News Online:Two Westchester Leaders Among Those Chosen For State Mandate Relief Team

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers 35th District) and William Mooney, President of the Westchester County Association are among several leaders and officials from Westchester and the Hudson Valley named to Governor Andrew Cuomo's new "Mandate Relief Design Team."

The concept of the team was unveiled during the Governor's State of the State address earlier this week and it is tasked with reviewing existing unfunded and under-funded mandates imposed by New York State on school districts, local governments and other local taxing districts...

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Westchester News Online - (January 08, 2011)

January 11, 2011
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Seward Appointed To Senate Finance Committee

ALBANY, 01/10/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) comments on his appointment to the senate finance committee.

As a member of the finance committee, Senator Seward will play a significant role in reviewing the governor’s proposed budget and developing a final spending plan. The finance committee will examine appropriations and disbursements for each agency included in the budget. In addition, the finance committee is responsible for reviewing nominations sent by the governor for appointments, and moving the nominations to the full senate. 

January 10, 2011
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Senator Little Named to Governor's Mandate Relief Team

State Senator Dean G. Skelos today designated Senator Betty Little to serve on Governor Andrew Cuomo's "Mandate Relief Redesign Team."  The team will look to reduce the costly burden of unfunded mandates on local governments and school districts.

Senator Little said:

January 7, 2011
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Extreme Makeover New York

ONEONTA, 01/07/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today outlined his legislative agenda for the 2011 session of the New York State Senate.  Seward’s plan, dubbed “Extreme Makeover: New York” focuses on smart budget cuts, property tax relief, economic development and government reform.  

“New York is ready for a complete overhaul.  My ‘Extreme Makeover: New York’ initiative includes calculated cost cutting that will provide our state with financial stability, tax relief that will help people with their own bottom line, business stimulating actions aimed at jumpstarting job growth and government reforms to restore public confidence in Albany.

January 7, 2011
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Statement on State of the State

Albany, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address:

“Today, the Governor’s State of the State address echoed opinions of so many New Yorkers, including myself – especially for the State to close the budget deficit, impose a property-tax cap, and create private-sector jobs. 

I have been an outspoken advocate and introduced legislation on many of these issues during my first term and I am pleased to hear the Governor make them his major legislative priorities.  More importantly, New Yorkers have been demanding property tax relief and a smaller and leaner State government over the past few years as well. 

January 5, 2011
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Listen to Senator Liz Krueger on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show

Today, Senator Liz Krueger joined The Brian Lehrer Show to discuss moving forward with the new Senate and working with Governor Cuomo.

Listen to Senator Krueger on The Brian Lehrer Show here.

January 4, 2011
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Mayor Koch, Senate “Heroes of Reform” Call on Senate to Pass NY Uprising Reform Bills as First Order of Business in January

For Immediate Release: December 20, 2010

Austin Shafran | austinshafran@gmail.com | 917-417-3711

 

Mayor Koch, Senate “Heroes of Reform” Call on Senate to Pass NY Uprising Reform Bills as First Order of Business in January

“Heroes” Unveil Comprehensive Reform Legislation to Fulfill NY Uprising Campaign Pledge and Commitments to Leading Civic Orgs

Bills on Ethics, Budget, Redistricting Part of Wide-Ranging Plan to Clean Up Albany

53 of 62 Members of Incoming Senate Signed Pledge Before Election

December 20, 2010
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR DIANE J. SAVINO ON THE NYC OTB REORGANIZATION LEGISLATION

“I am deeply disappointed in today’s refusal, on the part of certain members of the State Senate, to put decency and common sense before playing politics.  “In saying ‘no’ to saving the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation, they said no to the more than 1,000 workers who are now left jobless, smack dab in the middle of the holiday season. They said no to millions of dollars worth of revenue that the entire state benefits from.  They said no to the thousands of other jobs and industries—throughout the state—that are created and fueled by the New York City OTB.   “Instead they voted yes to partisanship and political grandstanding, and the unfortunate victims are taxpayers and the hundreds of workers who are now unemployed.” 

December 7, 2010
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Summary of 2010 Cities Committee Action

Senator Shirley L. Huntley, Chair of Senate Committee on Cities

November, 2010 Summary of 2010 Cities Committee Action Update.

File: 
Summary of 2010 Cities Committee Action.pdf

December 1, 2010
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November 30, 2010
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DOT Rest Stop Closure Protest

WORCESTER, 11/17/10 - Senator James L. Seward joins fellow state lawmakers in protesting a recent NYSDOT decision to shut down six highway rest areas.

Senator Seward was joined by Assemblyman Marc Butler and Assemblyman Pete Lopez in calling on the governor and the DOT to rethink the closure plan and develop alternate cost-saving strategies that will keep the rest areas open, providing truck drivers and the motoring public with safe parking areas.

Others on hand included Hope Rivenburg, whose husband Jason Rivenburg, a truck driver from Schoharie County, was murdered at an abandoned gas station in South Carolina while resting in his rig.

November 17, 2010
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DOT Rest Stop Closures Threaten Public Safety

WORCESTER, 11/17/10 – Gathered at a rest area marked for closure, state Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta), Assemblyman Marc Butler (R/C/I-Newport) and Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R/C/I-Schoharie) announced today their opposition to a recent NYSDOT decision to shut down six highway rest areas.

“Weakening one of the few protective measures available to drivers on our roadways leaves all motorists, and in particular, truck drivers at risk,” said Senator Seward.  “While I understand the need to cut back in these tough fiscal times, I believe there are other areas that should be considered first.”

November 17, 2010
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Renewed Budget Transparency Needed

With Election Day now behind us and the political campaigns ended, it is time to get back to the people’s business.  Certainly, there is a great deal to be done.

New York State’s fiscal health must be considered a top priority.  While this is not a new revelation, it was reinforced by the latest spending and revenue report from New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.  According to the comptroller’s report, revenue for fiscal year 2010-2011 will be $943 million lower than expected and spending will be $288 million higher.  Simply put, the state budget doesn’t add up.

November 12, 2010
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11/10/2010: Financial Independence Today (FIT) Program

News From New York State

Senator Shirley L. Huntley

For Immediate Release: November 5, 2010

Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

-MEDIA ADVISORY-

Cultivating Community-Based Financial Literacy at Baisley Park Houses

Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) announced today that she is holding a residents meeting to introduce Financial Independence Today (FIT).

November 10, 2010
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ADDABBO: LET’S WORK TO RESTORE FAITH IN OUR STATE GOVERNMENT

Queens, NY, November 8, 2010 – With Election Day over, along with the mailers, phone calls and commercials, State Senator Joseph Addabbo says it’s time to focus on restoring faith back to the residents that their state government will be responsive to their concerns. “Elected officials have a lot of work to do in making people know that their state legislature can operate in a professional and responsible manner.”  The Senator understands that this will not be an easy task given the general frustration amongst the public and the previous dysfunction in Albany. 

November 8, 2010
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Economic Course Change Needed

Dead last.  Number 50 out of 50.  That’s where New York placed in the recently released ranking of state business climates by the non-partisan Tax Foundation.  The embarrassing showing is yet another example why the economy must be job one in Albany.

The Tax Foundation’s 2011 State Business Tax Climate Index (SBTCI) is a clear illustration of just how low New York has sunk when it comes to attracting new businesses and assisting those that already exist.  Cleary, those running the ship in Albany have steered far off course and run aground. 

October 29, 2010
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SEN. YOUNG: GOVERNOR VETO WILL HURT FREDONIA SCHOOL DISTRICT

ALBANY – Legislation that would authorize the Fredonia Central School District to receive state aid for an already approved and completed capital funded project was vetoed for the second year  in a row by Governor Paterson earlier this week, according to the bill’s sponsor Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C – Olean).

September 8, 2010
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Select Committee Releases Report on NYS's Sales Tax

(Albany, NY) – Today, the New York State Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform released a staff report detailing how the State’s sales tax is failing to keep pace with economic and technological trends.

The sales tax, which then-Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller passed in 1965 to provided added aid to municipalities and schools, is being impacted by economic, technological and political trends. These trends — examined in the report — include:

· the shift from an industrial-based economy to a service-based economy;

· rampant growth in sales tax exemptions and credits;

· uncollected sales tax revenues because of mail order and Internet sales.

File: 
SalesTax Report

September 2, 2010
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Seward Warns of Looming Clothing Tax

ONEONTA, 08/30/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) is advising  families to do their back-to-school shopping as soon as possible in order to avoid a sales tax on clothing that will take another bite out of their finances after it goes into effect on October 1.     

August 30, 2010
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Race to the Top Press Conference

Senator Oppenheimer speaks at the press conferenceannouncing New York's victory in the Race to the Top competition.  From Lto R:  Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Speaker Sheldon Silver, Michael Mulgrew,President of the United Federation of Teachers, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer,Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, New York City Counsel SpeakerChristine Quinn

August 25, 2010
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