Issues: Budget

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
Read more...

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

STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN BONACIC

On Governor Cuomo’s Budget Proposal

January 21, 2014
Read more...

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
Read more...

Press Release: 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
Read more...

AS INSTANCES OF SCHOOL VIOLENCE CONTINUE, GALLIVAN CALLS FOR MORE SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

2013 Legislative Session Overview

For a summary of actions taken by the NYS Senate during the 2013 Legislative Session, please click on the link below.

 

June 24, 2013
Read more...

FELDER: “WE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT AND WE WON!”

Legislation (S4777D) co-sponsored by Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) that protects providers of services for the developmentally disabled from state funding cuts passed the New York State Senate today. The bill was sponsored by Senator Marty Golden (R-C, Brooklyn). The legislation would appropriate up to $90 million, or as much as is needed, to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to protect providers from funding reductions if recommended savings measures fall short of projections.

“We fought the good fight and we won,” said Senator Felder. “We did not back down. We did not take no for an answer. And we delivered for one of our most vulnerable populations. Restoring this funding was unequivocally the right thing to do, and I am extremely proud to have been part of this effort.”

June 18, 2013
Read more...

MARTINS BILL RESOLVING CONFLICT OF LOCAL BUDGET HEARINGS WITH ROSH HASHANA PASSES SENATE

Proceedings Fall on Same Day As High Holy Day This Year

Senator Jack M. Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) today announced that legislation (S.5609) he sponsors to resolve the conflict of Rosh Hashana falling on the same day that local special district commissioners are required to hold their public budget hearings this year has passed the Senate.

By law, a special district’s annual public budget hearing must be held the first Thursday after the first Tuesday in September each year. It just so happens that this year, that date is September 5th, the same day as Rosh Hashana. The legislation sponsored by Senator Martins will allow these hearings to be held one week later on September 12th.

June 12, 2013
Read more...

Senator Flanagan Announces Tax Relief For Businesses and Families In State Budget

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that much-needed tax relief for middle-class families, help for job-creating businesses and additional funding for our school children are all included in the recently passed 2013-14 state budget.  For the third consecutive year, the budget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent with the local spending cap that applies to school districts and local governments.

May 15, 2013
Read more...

ADDABBO CO-SPONSORS BILL TO FULLY RESTORE CUTS TO STATE PROGRAMS SERVING DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED CHILDREN AND ADULTS

Queens, NY, May 13, 2013 -- In an effort to “make state services for some of our most vulnerable New Yorkers whole again,” NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens) is co-sponsoring legislation (S.4777/A.6692) that seeks to restore harmful cuts made to programs for developmentally disabled adults and children in the recently adopted 2013-2014 State Budget. 

May 13, 2013
Read more...

Senator Martins Discusses Additional Funding Coming to 7th Senate District

State Senator Jack M. Martins discussed additional funding coming to the Seventh Senate District on "Your Voice" from Albany. Through the budget, there were more resources allocated to local governments and school districts. Senator Martins discusses the benefits.

May 10, 2013
Read more...

Three Batavia Downs host communities to see rise in VLT aid

2013 State Budget increases VLT aid by 22 percent from prior year
Host communities for Batavia Downs will receive $112K more

Albany, N.Y. –  State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that three Batavia Downs host communities will receive a 22 percent increase in Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) aid as part of the 2013-14 State Budget.

April 30, 2013
Read more...

April 23, 2013 - "Your Voice" with Senator Cathy Young

In this week's segment of "Your Voice," Senator Cathy Young discusses how the state budget affects farming and agriculture, recent successes and priorities for the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, and events in the district.

April 24, 2013
Read more...

Legislative Report with Senator Kevin Parker

Senator Stewart-Cousins sat down with Senator Kevin Parker on April 16th to discuss her journey to the State Senate & what's to come in the rest of the 2013 NYS Senate Legislative Session.

April 23, 2013
Read more...
Syndicate content