Issues: Budget

Rising Times: COUNCIL PASSES CITY BUDGET THAT PROVIDES RESOURCES FOR MAYOR TO RESTORE JOBS & SERVICES

Bi-Partisanship Effort Amongst Members is Key to Approval

The Yonkers City Council tonight voted 6-1 to approve the City’s FY 2010-11 Budget and provide the mayor with the necessary financial resources to restore essential services and jobs. Councilmember Joan Gronowski voted against its adoption.

The budget’s passage follows an announcement earlier today by NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, NYS Senator Jeff Klein, NYS Assemblyman Mike Spano and NYS Assemblyman Gary Pretlow that $36.4 million in educational aid was being returned to Yonkers for school funding.

July 16, 2010
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Agreement to Restore Yonkers Education Funding

Today, we are happy to announce that working with Senator Sampson, Assembly Speaker Silver, State Comptroller DiNapoli, and Governor Paterson, an agreement has been reached which enables the City of Yonkers to adopt and certify its budget to include the $36.4 million in education funding that had been vetoed.

July 14, 2010
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Senator Krueger Discusses the Latest News on The Budget

Senator Liz Krueger sat down with NY1 to discuss the current status of New York State's budget.

"We passed most of the revenue within those emergency extenders and budget bills we already passed, so we’re not at the verge of closing down government," said State Senator Liz Krueger.

 Click here to see Liz Krueger explain the budget on NY1.

July 9, 2010
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Our Parks Are Staying Open

Niagara

Recreational opportunities at the region's 17 parks abound for visitors of all ages and interests. From lakeside camping at Four Mile Creek to the Visual and Preforming Arts focus of Knox Farm State Park to Niagara Falls State Park, the gem of the Niagara Region and the oldest state park in the country, there is something for every member of the family in the Niagara region.

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Long Island

From the world-famous Jones Beach to the great golfing opportunities at Bethpage State Park, Long Island is gifted with some of the best parks and recreational facilities in the country. Long Island's 20 state parks and historic sites attract nearly 20 million visitors annually.

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Adirondack Park

Encompassing one-third of the total land area of New York State, the Adirondack Park is unique in the United States. Within its boundaries are vast forests and rolling farmlands, towns and villages, mountains and valleys, lakes, ponds and free-flowing rivers, private lands and public forest.

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Capital/Saratoga District

With its mineral baths, effervescent waters, performing arts center, and outstanding golfing facilities, Saratoga Spa State Park is one of New York State's best. The Peerless Pool Complex, the only pool complex at a state park with a waterslide, adds even more to its already beautiful facilities.

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Thousand Islands

Stretching from Lake Ontario north along the St. Lawrence River to Lake Champlain, the Thousand Islands Region -- which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1997 -- includes 30 state parks, 1 historic site and 6 boat launches, as well as thousands of great campsites.

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New York City

While New York City is famous for its people, Broadway shows, sports and tourist sites, it has also become home to several outstanding state parks including the Riverbank State Park located in Manhattan and the Roberto Clemente State Park located along the Harlem River in the Bronx.

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Palisades

Bear Mountain State Park offers miles of biking and hiking trails as well as great views. At Harriman State Park, visitors can seek solitude along 300 miles of trails including the first segment of the Appalachian Trail. At Minnewaska State Park Preserve, one of the 75 great places in the Western Hemisphere, 50 miles of carriageways invite exploration of nature.

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Taconic

Stately mansions, scenic vistas, woodland trails and recreation areas lie just a short drive from New York City on the eastern side of the Hudson. State historic sites within the region include Olana, a Moorish-style mansion atop a hill with panoramic views of the Hudson, and Philipse Manor Hall, a beautiful Georgian structure offering exhibits on history, arts and architecture.

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Allegany

Hiking through the Allegheny Plateau, boating across Chautauqua Lake or camping along Lake Erie, the Allegany Region has everything to offer its visitors.

Home to both Allegany State Park and Lake Erie State Park, the Allegany region offers over 500 campsites and more than 350 cabins, making it a camper's paradise.

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Catskill Park

New York's Catskill Mountains include one of the largest and most complex natural areas in the East - on par with the West's Yellowstone National Park. Round, forested mountains; narrow, winding valleys; rushing streams and rivers are features that attract many to the 600,000 acres of the Catskill Park.

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Central

As one of the largest regions within the state parks system, the Central Region encompasses a 9,000-square-mile area, from the shores of Lake Ontario in the north, to the Pennsylvania state line in the south. The physical beauty of the glacially carved lakes, valleys, waterfalls, and mountains is stunning.

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Finger Lakes

Like giant fingerprints of Ice Age glaciers, the Finger Lakes span across Central New York. Water and its works are the attractions and State Parks are jewels on the fingers. Eleven parks front on lakes, while six feature gorges with waterfalls. One of the highest waterfalls in the east, Taughannock plunges into a canyon that opens to Cayuga Lake, the longest Finger Lake.

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Genesee

Known as the "Grand Canyon of the East," Letchworth State Park offers 14,350 acres of scenic magnificance as well as a multitude of year-round recreational opportunities. A 17 mile gorge, carved by the Genesee River as it meanders through the park, provides spectacular views at every turn. Letchworth's 270 campsites and 82 cabins, many winterized, are popular with campers.

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Information about New York State Parks is maintained by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic and is divided into eleven regions. Click on a region to view more information about it. Camping reservations for all New York State campgrounds can be made by visiting www.newyorkstateparks.com or by calling 1-800-456-CAMP.

Take a New York "Staycation!"

Fulfilling their promise to keep parks open for New York’s families, the Senate Majority reached an agreement for full restoration of parks funding to keep parks and historic sites open throughout the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

Over three months ago, the Senate Majority passed a budget resolution restoring $11 million for parks operations to prevent the closure of 57 State Parks and reduced operations at an additional 22 State Parks. Last month, a three-way agreement was reached with the Executive and Assembly on legislation to approve restorations called for by the Senate Majority. Restorations were also approved to Zoos, Botanic Gardens, Aquaria, and DEC campgrounds.

On May 28th, the Senate Majority passed a bill funding these State Parks all over New York. Because of this package, New York Families can enjoy a "Staycation" right here in the Empire State. The Senate Majority knows that not only do these parks provide places for New York's families to enjoy themselves, but they also create jobs and strengthen our communities.

State budget shortfalls threatened many of our state parks with closure, but the Senate acted quickly to keep our parks open for the millions of New Yorkers and out-of-state visitors who will be visiting them this summer. Had we allowed our parks to be shut, the people of our state would have been deprived of one of our greatest natural resources, and the state would have lost significant revenue. The entire New York metropolitan area would have suffered as a result.

The use of parks for recreational activities generates $1.9 billion in revenue, five times the agency’s total budget. Park closures would have a devastating effect on small businesses, restaurants, and other economic engines in communities dependent on tourism revenue generated by state parks.

Economic impact of our State Parks:

  • Allegany Region – 1.9 million visitors, 860 jobs created and $62 million in related sales and output generated by Allegany, Lake Erie, Long Point and Midway state parks.
  • Capital/Saratoga Region – 3.3 million visitors, 2,929 jobs created and $249 million in related sales and output generated at Saratoga Spa, Thatcher, Grafton Lakes and Moreau Lake state parks, to name just a few.
  • Central Region – 2.3 million visitors, 1,620 jobs created and $134 million in related sales and output generated by Glimmerglass, Green Lakes, Verona Beach, and Chenango Valley state parks, to name just a few.
  • Finger Lakes Region – 3 million visitors, 1,776 jobs created and $141 million in related sales and output generated by Buttermilk Falls, Watkins Glen, Seneca Lake and Keuka Lake state parks, to name just a few.
  • Genesee Region – 1.2 million visitors, 675 jobs created and $58 million in related sales and output generated by Letchworth, Darien Lakes, Silver Lake and Hamlin Beach state parks, to name just a few.
  • Long Island Region – 19.9 million visitors, 3,992 jobs created and $410 million in related sales and output generated by Jones Beach, Robert Moses, Montauk Point and Caleb Smith state parks, to name just a few.
  • New York City – 4.5 million visitors, 716 jobs created and $61 million in related sales and output generated by Roberto Clemente, Riverbank and Gantry Plaza state parks, to name just a few.
  • Niagara Frontier Region - 10.3 million visitors, 4,701 jobs created and $569 million related sales and output generated by Niagara Falls, Evangola, Woodlawn Beach and Four Mile Creek state parks, to name just a few.
  • Palisades Region – 4.4 million visitors, 1,052 jobs created and $94 million in related sales and output generated by Harriman, Minnewaska, Bear Mountain, and Rockland Lake state parks.
  • Taconic Region – 3.1 million visitors, 957 jobs created and $102 million in related sales and output generated by Fahnestock, Hudson Highlands, Taconic and James Baird state parks, to name just a few.
  • Thousand Islands Region – 1.7 million visitors, 882 jobs created and $63 million in related sales and output generated by Cumberland Bay, St. Lawrence, Wellesley Island and Westcott Beach state parks, to name just a few.
July 1, 2010
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR YOUNG REGARDING LATE BUDGET

"In one of the most irresponsible and shameful moves ever seen in Albany,the New York City-controlled tax and spend Senators have decided to adjournrather than finishing the state budget. 

They have added billions of dollars in new spending, yet they are skipping town without paying the bill. 

When Upstate Senators questioned them about why they were not bringing up the rest of their budget, they refused to answer, and instead ruled Senators out of order. 

The law requires the budget to be passed by April 1 and the Senate should stay in Albany until it's done.  I'm going to continue to fight against their out-of-control taxes and spending. 

July 1, 2010
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Senator Johnson's Bill to Disqualify Terror Companies From Obtaining State Contracts Passes Senate

Important legislation sponsored by Senator Craig M.Johnson, (D-Nassau),that will prevent the state from contracting with companies that conductbusiness with state sponsors of terror, was unanimously passed by the StateSenate yesterday.“These countries support terrorist organizations that seek to killAmericans, wipe Israel off the map and undermine our democratic values,”

July 1, 2010
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR NOZZOLIO ON THE UNFINISHED STATE BUDGET

It is unconscionable that after three months of missed deadlines, secret negotiations, huge spending and tax increases and a costly week-to-week extender process, Senate Democrats are now leaving Albany with the State budget still unfinished. Instead, they continue to hold New York State taxpayers hostage by refusing to act on a bill that would pay for all the spending they added to the budget.

July 1, 2010
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Senator Robach Discusses Budget Process

Senator Robach expresses his frustration at Senate leaders for sending members home while the State budget remains in limbo.

July 1, 2010
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Additional Funding to Yonkers School District Approved by the Senate

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) announced that two pieces of legislation (S7190 and S7189) she introduced to provide additional aid to the Yonkers City School District passed in the Senate.

Senate bill 7190, if enacted into law, would provide $4.8 million in additional aid to the District for its successful full day Universal Pre-Kindergarten program. Senate bill 7189 would provide a one-time payment of $3.9 million to address the dramatic increase in enrollment from 2008-09 to 2009-2010.

June 30, 2010
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I'm fighting for lower taxes!

As I go around Staten Island, people tell me that they are frustrated and concerned. I am too. I’ve talked to so many families that are worried about the future – they want more job security, a good education and opportunities for their children. We are fortunate to live in a great community with good schools and many great local businesses that, unfortunately, are now struggling.

June 30, 2010
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Budget Protects Schools, Provides Property Tax Relief And Makes Smart Spending Cuts

The Senate Democratic Majority has passed both the Education, Labor and Family Assistance (ELFA: S6603/S6607) and the Health and Human Services (HHS: S6604/A6608) budget bills which:

Protects our children’s education.
Provides much-needed property tax relief.
Makes the smart spending cuts to give New Yorkers a government they can afford.
Maintains the state’s investment in the Tuition Assistance Program which helps tens of thousands of students succeed in college annually.
Ensures support for unemployed New Yorkers who are seeking work as a result of the national economic downturn.
Delivers the services and programs most important to the health and well being of our seniors and New Yorkers with disabilities.

 

June 28, 2010
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Budget Protects Schools, Provides Property Tax Relief And Makes Smart Spending Cuts

The Senate Democratic Majority has passed both the Education, Labor and Family Assistance (ELFA: S6603/S6607) and the Health and Human Services (HHS: S6604/A6608) budget bills which:

June 28, 2010
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Joint Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson And Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver

Article VII section 3 of the New York State Constitution empowers the Governor to submit bills amending portions of the budget bills within 30 days after his budget is submitted. Thereafter, the Legislature is empowered to consent or not consent to the receipt of any bill from the Governor which would amend any portion of his budget submission in any manner. We have not acceded to the receipt of any such bills today.

June 28, 2010
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Senate And Assembly Introduce Joint Budget Legislation To Keep Government Working

The Senate and Assembly have reached joint agreement on budget bills that will guarantee the preservation of essential services, and continue to close down the state’s budget deficit. These bills include the remaining fields of the budget:

June 26, 2010
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Fight Against New Taxes Continues

ALBANY, 06/25/10 - Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) pledges to vote against any state budget that raises taxes, hikes fees, increases borrowing and does nothing to create new jobs

June 25, 2010
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Senator Ranzenhofer comments on the 12th Budget Extender

Last week, the State Senate passed the 12th Budget Extender. Senator Ranzenhofer voted against it becuase he believes that the State Legislature must pass a complete budget now - not piece-meal portions on a weekly basis.More fees, more spending and more new State employees and programs were included in the latest budget extender, along with $40 million in tax and fee increases.

June 25, 2010
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Update on the Budget from Senator Flanagan

Senator John Flanagan (New York State) renews his call for a budget in New York and reaffirms his commitment to no new tax and fee increases for the residents he represents - June 25, 2010

June 25, 2010
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A Message About The State Budget

Recently, Governor Paterson announced after a private meeting with the Democratic leaders of the Senate and the Assembly that the repeal of sales tax increases on clothing was “on the table”.  This latest tax increase would remove the ability of our residents to purchase clothing items under $110 without paying state sales tax which has been the law since initiated under the Republican majority in the Senate to help everyone afford the necessities their fam

June 25, 2010
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