Issues: Budget


An agreement between the New York State Senate and the Assembly on a joint Legislative State budget schedule has been made. The deadlines that are set will lead to the adoption of a fourth consecutive early state budget.

The agreed-to legislative budget schedule for 2014 is as follows:

On or before

 * February 25th -- Senate/Assembly Fiscal Committee Economic & Revenue Reports Released

 * February 26th -- Joint Revenue Forecasting Conference

 * March 1st -- Revenue Consensus Report

 * March 12th -- Senate & Assembly budget actions

 * March 12th -- Joint Senate/Assembly budget conference committees commence

 * March 19th -- Final Report of Joint Conference Committee

February 3, 2014

CAPITAL: New York’s forgotten high-speed rail study

By Dana Rubinstein

On Tuesday, following months of delays, the Federal Railroad Administration quietly posted to its website a New York State study study outlining five different options for "high speed rail" connecting New York City to Niagara Falls.

The study was supposed to have been released in June, after it was reviewed by the federal government, and as recently as this morning, New York State's transportation commissioner was apparently still unaware that the review was complete.

January 30, 2014

Senator Parker Urges Gov. Cuomo to Call Special Election for 11 Vacant Seats

In a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Parker requested the Governor to hold special elections to provide elected representatives for the 11 principally African-American and Latino districts that are without current legislative representation. 

Please click the pdf link below to read the letter in its entirety. 

01282014 Letter to Gov Cuomo re calling special elections because of 1 million_ disenfranchised (1).pdf

January 29, 2014

Griffo: Time is Running Out to Cure E.B.T. Abuse

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today called on the state Assembly to support legislation that would prevent New Yorkers from using public-assistance funds on alcohol, tobacco, gambling or strippers.“New York has just 30 days left to prove it has tried to curtail E.B.T. debit card fraud and abuse, or lose out on $120 million in federal funding for needy families,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “It’s important that we pass this legislation now, so that those on public assistance who play by the rules aren’t hurt.”Media reports and public documents have proved that E.B.T.

January 24, 2014


The first Joint Legislative Hearing, in a series of 13 hearings, will be held on Monday, January 27th. During the Local Government /General Government hearing, which marks the beginning of the legislative review process for the 2014-2015 Executive Budget, government officials and representatives of local government groups will have an opportunity to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees. These joint legislative hearings will continue through Tuesday, February 11th, and are available for live viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites.


January 24, 2014

Senator Bonacic comments on Gov. Cuomo's Budget Presentation

Senator John Bonacic provides comments on
Governor Cuomo’s Budget Presentation from January 21, 2014.  In particular, the Senator speaks to the Governor’s
two deviations between what was said in his State of the State and what was
announced in his Budget Presentation

January 24, 2014

Senator Young's Reaction to Governor Cuomo's 2014-15 State Budget Proposal

For Release: Immediate, January 21, 2014 

            Jobs and economic opportunities are paramount, and the Governor’s focus on making New York a more affordable place to live and work is right on target.  Many of his proposals to make our state’s economy more competitive mirror the Senate’s initiatives.  Manufacturing jobs especially drive the Upstate economy, and reducing manufacturing and small business taxes and eliminating utility taxes on employers and residential consumers are key.

            Property tax relief continues to be a top concern of my constituents, and the Governor spoke extensively about reducing the suffocating property tax burden, which is something I fully support.  I look forward to fully analyzing the specifics of his proposals through upcoming budget hearings.

January 21, 2014

Statement On Governor's Budget Proposal

ALBANY, 01/21/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal:
“I share in the governor’s optimism that we will produce a fourth straight on-time state budget that keeps spending in check, enhances private sector job growth, and delivers meaningful property tax cuts.  

“We are working with a budget surplus, thanks to the fiscal responsibility exhibited over the last three years, and we must continue to budget in that vein.  In fact, I believe we need to enact a permanent state spending cap to ensure that budget restraint continues long-term.

January 21, 2014

Budget process begins with executive proposal

“Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal marks the official starting point for a little more than two-month process of reaching an accord on the 2014-15 state spending plan.

January 21, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Statement by Senator Bonacic on Governor Cuomo's Budget Proposal


On Governor Cuomo’s Budget Proposal

January 21, 2014

Statement from Senator Joseph A. Griffo Regarding Governor's Proposed Budget

Governor Cuomo has proposed a budget that controls state spending, cuts taxes and encourages private sector business growth, especially upstate. These have been my priorities during my tenure, so I’m pleased the governor has started us off on the right path.

Now the hard work begins.

During the next two months, we’ll examine all aspects of the governor’s proposal with a focus on the impact to people in Central and Northern New York.  We’ll also continue to advocate for our federal leaders to release $10 billion in realized Medicaid savings which is the lynchpin to a successful budget.

January 21, 2014

Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Governor Cuomo’s Budget Address

“For too long our middle class has been stifled by crushing property taxes, and the Senate Democratic Conference will work with the Governor to achieve greater tax fairness while ensuring state government provides increased and expanded education and health care services. Last year, my conference advanced a common sense ethics reform package which included public financing of elections, and I look forward to working with Governor Cuomo to achieve these goals. New Yorkers deserve a government worthy of their trust, and passing a fiscally sensible budget that includes important reforms is an excellent first step.”

January 21, 2014


Senator Cites Recent Incidents in Colorado and New Mexico As Evidence Of SROs’ Effectiveness

ERIE COUNTY - State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced today that he is proposing a new school voucher program to provide funds to school districts to be used exclusively for the hiring of School Resource Officers (SRO).

January 16, 2014

Senator Farley Announces Joint Budget Hearing Schedule

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule on the 2014-2015 Executive Budget proposal.

These hearings, each of which focuses on a programmatic area, are intended to provide the appropriate legislative committees with public input on the executive budget proposal. The hearings will be available for viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites. The Legislative Channel (on cable systems throughout the state) also will carry the proceedings.

January 12, 2014

Forum/Town Hall: July 11, 2013

You are invited to a Townhall Meeting with Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assemblymember Shelley Mayer for a face-to-face conversation about what we achieved during this year's Legislative Session, and share your ideas on how we can continue to move our community forward. For more information, please call our office at (914) 423-4031.

July 11, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Senator O'Brien fights to restore OPWDD funding, continues to work with advocates to address future needs

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – At the end of this year's legislative session, Senator Ted O’Brien worked to restore $90 million in funding to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Today, Senator O'Brien joined local experts and advocates to discuss the importance of supporting quality services for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and their families.

July 2, 2013
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