Issues: Budget

Essex County expects about $350k in cuts

Majority are in state health, social services

By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: June 15, 2010   

ELIZABETHTOWN - The $327 million in cuts to mental health and social services that the state Legislature passed Monday evening are expected to have a $350,000 annual impact on Essex County, according to county Manager Dan Palmer.

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June 15, 2010
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Local lawmakers vote against extender

Press-RepublicanJune 15, 2010 By JOE LoTEMPLIO, and CASEY RYAN VOCK Staff Writer, Contributing Writer

ALBANY — All three lawmakers from the North Country voted Monday evening in opposition to the state's emergency spending bill.

The measure squeaked through the Senate, 34-27, and gained Assembly approval with ease.

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June 15, 2010
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Senator Andrew Lanza Discussing the Eleventh State Budget Extender Bill


Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island) discussing the eleventh state budget extender bill that was approved today by the state Senate. Senator Lanza responded to Senate Democrats’ discussion of a state government shutdown and their failure to reach an agreement on an overall state budget, 75 days after the April 1 deadline.

June 15, 2010
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You Cut Albany

It is time to return New York State government to you, the people.

June 15, 2010
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Legislative Activity For June 14, 2010: Senate Passes Legislation To Keep Government Working, Reduce Spending And More

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation to keep government working, preserving essential services used to support employment, health, public safety, transportation, and education related programs, while achieving nearly $330 million spending reductions to close the budget gap.

June 14, 2010
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Legislative Activity For June 14, 2010: Senate Passes Legislation To Keep Government Working, Reduce Spending And More

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation to keep government working, preserving essential services used to support employment, health, public safety, transportation, and education related programs, while achieving nearly $330 million spending reductions to close the budget gap.

June 14, 2010
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Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson

To give New York a fair and responsible budget we must continue to put partisanship aside and find common solutions to the crisis we all face. Today, with our colleagues from across the aisle, we met our obligation and passed the emergency appropriation to protect and preserve essential services for all New Yorkers. 

June 14, 2010
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Seward Votes "NO" On Eleventh Budget Extender Bill

ALBANY, 06/14/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the emergency appropriation bill which he voted against:

“While I am pleased a government shutdown was avoided, I cannot condone the piecemeal budgeting approach, and once again voted NO on the governor’s emergency budget extender bill, the same way I have voted on the previous ten extenders. 

June 14, 2010
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Espada on Budget and Extenders

Press Contact: Steve Mangione (mobile) 914-403-4072 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 8:30 P.M. SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 2010 State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. said he fully expects the Senate to pass the extender bill delivered on Monday by the Governor. Espada said he would support the extender as long as it does not contain any surprises.

June 14, 2010
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Capitol Report with Senator John DeFrancisco -- June 9, 2010

40 Percent of Budget Passed With No Republican Minority Input. On my Cable Show this week, I discuss the recent health care cuts that were included in the Budget.

June 11, 2010
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Cut It Out!

As Albany leaders continue to hold up the state budget, the frustration level grows daily.  Taxpayers from across the state are sick and tired of the ongoing stalemate and the serious consequences the late state budget has created.  I too am disturbed by the disregard to obey the law and convene public, bipartisan conference committees that would allow rank and file lawmakers to negotiate the budget in full view of the public.

June 10, 2010
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Task Force on Government Efficiency Uncovers Excessive Overtime Spending In State Agencies

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District- D/WF) announced that the Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency has once again discovered excessive spending practices in State Agencies. The Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency released a report that has found excessive waste within the State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD), recommending a $3.8 million reduction in overtime costs for the agency.

June 9, 2010
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OFFICE OF MENTAL RETARDATION THIRD LARGEST OVERTIME SPENDER IN NYS

Led by Senator Klein, Task Force on Government Efficiency Unveils Millions in Potential Savings

 

June 9, 2010
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Legislative Activity June 7, 2010

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation to maintain essential services used to support health, public safety, transportation, and education related programs, while making significant spending reductions to close the state’s budget gap. Additionally, the Senate passed key legislation to make health insurance more affordable for individuals and small businesses, and reforms to presidential elections. Maintaining Services & Operations

June 8, 2010
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Legislative Activity June 7, 2010

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation to maintain essential services used to support health, public safety, transportation, and education related programs, while making significant spending reductions to close the state’s budget gap. Additionally, the Senate passed key legislation to make health insurance more affordable for individuals and small businesses, and reforms to presidential elections. Maintaining Services & Operations

June 8, 2010
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Senator Seward Enlists Taxpayers To Help Cut Wasteful Government Spending

ONEONTA, 06/04/10-- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced the launch of “Cut It Out!: Citizens Cutting Government Waste” – an interactive new on-line tool that will enable concerned taxpayers to cast votes for specific wasteful spending items that they would like to see eliminated from the state budget.

June 7, 2010
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Budget Clock Keeps Ticking

A couple of weeks ago, through this column, I voiced my concerns with the ongoing state budget stalemate.  It is now June, and the budget is more than two months overdue, yet the political leaders in Albany still seem to lack a real sense of urgency. 

June 3, 2010
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