Issues: Budget

State budget pokes hole in Staten Island non-profits' pockets

From the Staten Island Advance:

http://blog.silive.com/latest_news/print.html?entry=/2010/08/state_budget_pokes_hole_in_sta.html

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Island non-profits will feel the crunch from a state budget that has done away with discretionary funding -- money usually set aside for individual legislators to distribute to organizations in their districts.

August 11, 2010
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State Budget Disappoints

Finally, after long last, a state budget has received approval in Albany.  The spending plan was adopted 125 days late but all of that extra time did nothing to help generate a budget that New Yorkers can be proud of.

For the second year in a row, Albany leaders thumbed their noses at the concept of transparency.  In direct violation of the 2007 Budget Reform Law, the governor, and leaders in the assembly and senate huddled behind closed doors to fabricate the $136 billion plan.  Instead of convening open, bi-partisan conference committees to negotiate spending in full view of the public, three men from New York City decided they knew best. 

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New fee increases

August 5, 2010
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Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson

Action taken by the United States Senate today is welcome news for New York and other states struggling to overcome historic budget deficits. I urge the House of Representatives to act as quickly as possible and applaud Speaker Pelosi for indicating the House will return from recess to take a vote on this critical funding. Those who supported SA 4575 on FMAP and education funding for state governments understand what the consequences of inaction would mean to our state’s health care services, education programs, and organizations that provide for the needy throughout New York. The Senate’s legislation will also secure jobs for hundreds of thousands of firefighters, police officers, and teachers, keeping our communities safe and economy growing. 

August 5, 2010
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State budget pokes hole in Staten Island non-profits' pockets

From the Staten Island Advance:http://blog.silive.com/latest_news/print.html?entry=/2010/08/state_budget_pokes_hole_in_sta.html

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Island non-profits will feel the crunch from a state budget that has done away with discretionary funding -- money usually set aside for individual legislators to distribute to organizations in their districts.

August 5, 2010
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LANZA VOTES AGAINST ANOTHER DISASTROUS BUDGET WHICH INCREASES TAXES AND FEES BY $14B IN 2009-10

To view the entire list of new taxes and fees please open the attachment below.

August 4, 2010
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Griffo Says Budget is A Disaster for New York Families

Griffo: Disastrous State Budget Means Families Pay More, Get Less

August 4, 2010
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Griffo Criticizes Phantom Population Law Tucked Into Revenue Bill

Griffo Criticizes Phantom Population Law Tucked Into Revenue Bill

August 4, 2010
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Statement from Senator Steve Saland on 2010-11 State Budget

There is good news and there is bad news.  The good news is the state budget has passed.  The bad news is the state budget has passed.

August 4, 2010
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Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson RE: FMAP Funding

Today’s action by the US Senate on SA 4575 on FMAP, Education, and SNAP funding for state governments is a welcome sign Washington understands the fiscal pressures New York and other states are struggling to overcome.

August 4, 2010
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Budget Comes In Late, Comes Up Short

ONEONTA, 08/04/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the special legislative session and final approval of the state budget:

"Over four months past the April 1st deadline New York finally has a state budget, but the extra wait hardly helped produce a quality spending plan.  For the second year in a row, the state is being treated to a budget fabricated behind closed doors that raise taxes, spends at an unsustainable rate and fails to create any new jobs or improve New York’s economy.

August 4, 2010
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR YOUNG REGARDING PASSAGE OF BUDGET

           “This budget fiasco shows exactly why we need to regain the Senate Majority. State government is desperately in need of checks and balances, and out-of-control taxes and spending need to be stopped.  The people of this state have had enough of Albany's destructive shenanigans.

August 4, 2010
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Statement from Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine Regarding the Close of the Budget Process

“Today, we closed down the budget process by passing a revenue bill that keeps my commitment to the people of Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties to block the governor’s proposed new taxes. After months of frustration that we all felt, this budget, while far from perfect, is a considerable improvement on where we were April 1.

August 3, 2010
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Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson, Senator Brian X. Foley And Senator William T. Stachowski

We have reached a framework agreement on SUNY/CUNY empowerment.

Higher education is a lifeline for our children and for working-class New Yorkers. Increasing our investments in higher education to reduce class size, create jobs, and foster public/private partnerships, will ensure our SUNY and CUNY systems remain top ranked institutions, and guarantee the next generation of New York’s thinkers, leaders and workers will have the tools to excel.

August 3, 2010
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ADDABBO’S AQUEDUCT-GENTING SELECTION STATEMENT

Queens, NY, August 3, 2010 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., a member of the Senate's Racing, Gaming & Wagering Committee, today issued the following statement on the winning Aqueduct bidder:  “Today’s selection by the New York Lottery of Genting New York LLC,  means that finally, after almost a decade-long process, the future of Aqueduct Racetrack and the surrounding communities looks bright.”  According to sources at New York Lottery, Genting was chosen for their professionalism and for their understanding of the needs of the community. 

August 3, 2010
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Time For Government Reform Overdue

Reform is a word that is tossed around a lot by elected officials.  By definition the word reform means to change and improve something by correcting faults – hard to argue with that concept.  Looking at our state government, certainly a few faults need to be corrected.  But simply saying you support reform, and making real improvements, are two different things

I have fought for a number of key reforms during my time in the state senate.  With my support, legislation has been approved to open up the state budget process, create a more transparent senate and clean up Albany.  Unfortunately, over the last two years, one party rule has dominated state government and many of the landmark reforms have been ignored.    

July 29, 2010
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Senator Robach Talks Budget with 13WHAM

On Wednesday, July 27th, Senator Robach joined Evan Dawson and Norma Holland on 13WHAM News This Morning. During his interview, Senator Robach discussed the issues around the New York State budget and also discussed Mayoral Control for the City of Rochester. To see the story, click here.

 

July 28, 2010
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Public Hearing: Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency

Senate Task Force on Government EfficiencyChair: Senator Jeffrey D. KleinPublic Forum: To examine spending at the Office for People with Developmental DisabilitiesPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, Room 1920, 19th Floor,New York, New YorkTime: 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.Contact: Gabriel Paniza (518) 455-3594Media Contact: Gwen Rocco (718) 822-2049

August 4, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Give The People What They Want

With the state budget still unfinished, I have had no shortage of comments from constituents on the unacceptable situation.  Letters to my office, e-mails through my website, and personal conversations at events around the district have all demonstrated a sense of public frustration.  I echo the sentiment.

The 2010-2011 state budget is on its way to becoming one of the latest in state history.  It was drawn up behind closed doors, and then adopted in piecemeal fashion and it still isn’t complete.  Perhaps that is just as well, because when all is said and done, we will be saddled with a budget that spends over $136 billion, includes new and higher taxes, shuns property tax relief and decimates our upstate small businesses.

July 22, 2010
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Seward Stands With Public

ONEONTA, 07/21/10 – State Senator James L.

July 21, 2010
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Senator Seward Stands With Public

ONEONTA, 07/21/10 – State Senator James L.

July 21, 2010
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