Issues: Budget

THE GREEK CRISIS: LESSONS FOR OUR NATION, LESSONS FOR OUR STATE

The economic fallout in Greece should be a wake-up call to every citizen in our Nation. If New York State and the United States governments don’t get spending under control now, then like Greece, we may be facing economic insolvency before too long.

May 14, 2010
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Budget Fiasco Persists

As the calendar pages continue to turn and a state budget remains in limbo, the level of concern continues to rise. Individuals from all walks of life call my office, send letters and e-mails, or simply stop me on the street to ask about the status of the state’s fiscal plan.  Their concern is warranted.   As the budget stalemate extends from days to weeks to months, the negative effects extend to more and more families and business across the state. 

May 13, 2010
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LATE BUDGET UNACCEPTABLE, Column by Sen. Cathy Young

            Recently, I was visiting one of my volunteer fire departments, and a state corrections officer told me he knew how to save taxpayers $1 million.

May 12, 2010
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Capitol Report with Senator John DeFrancisco 5/12/10

Senator John DeFrancisco talks about this week's budget extender that includes furloughs for state workers. He speaks about getting an actual budget done for NY, following budget reform laws on 2007 and power for jobs.

May 12, 2010
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Senator Bonacic Discussing 6th Budget Extender - May 10, 2010

New York State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope) discussing his vote on the sixth budget extender passed by the legislature on May 10, 2010.

May 11, 2010
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Senator Flanagan Says No To Extenders and Furloughs

Senator John Flanagan (New York State) discusses how the Democrat majorities in the New York State Legislature are failing the taxpayers - May 10, 2010

May 11, 2010
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Griffo Again Votes Against Government Extender

Griffo Again Votes Against Government Extender, Says New Yorkers Expect a Budget, Not more Excuses  

(Albany) -  Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-IP-C, Rome) today reported that he has again voted against legislation meant to temporarily extend State government expenditures until a Budget is passed.

“I refuse to let the Governor and Legislative Leaders continue to hold New Yorkers hostage for the late State budget crisis they have created,” Griffo said.  “With no new budget in place, they continue to put off making hard decisions to address a Budget deficit that grows larger each day.”

May 11, 2010
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Senator Robach Explains No Vote on Extender - Wants a Budget Passed Now

Senator Robach explains his no vote on the latest budget extender saying the legislature needs to do its job and pass a budget now.

May 11, 2010
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Legislative Activity For May 10, 2010

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation today maintaining the services and operations of government, including funding for troopers, Medicaid services, and infrastructure projects, as well as bills which protect residents of public housing from sexual predators, and legislation mandating new standards of accountability of the Higher Education Services Corporation. Maintaining Services & Operations

May 11, 2010
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Senate Task Force Probes "Suspicious" DOT Overtime

ALBANY, NY (WAMC) - A Senate Task Force is targeting what members call "suspicious overtime" at the New York State Department of Transportation. Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

May 7, 2010
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Senators: NYSDOT Made Suspicious Overtime Payments

ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York's Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency is spotlighting a whistleblower who gave them a tip about some Department of Transportation motor vehicle inspectors.The claim isn't that people lied and didn't do the work, but rather that no one stepped up to stop them from racking up so many hours.The task force calls it a "dysfunctional use of overtime" that allowed 152 motor vehicle inspectors to earn more than a million dollars in overtime last year, not all of legit.

May 7, 2010
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Senator Robach Legislative Update April 28 Part 2

Senator Robach appeared as a guest on Legislative Update on April 28 to discuss the status of the New York State budget. This is part 2 of 2.

May 6, 2010
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Senator Robach Legislative Update April 28, 2010 Part 1

Senator Robach appeared as a guest on Legislative Update on April 28 to discuss the status of the New York State budget. This is part 1 of 2.

May 6, 2010
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Winner: What about public budget negotiations?

Albany, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) continued today to call on Senate and Assembly leaders to conduct public negotiations over the final 2010-2011 state budget.

May 5, 2010
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SENATE TASK FORCE TARGETS DOT SUSPICIOUS OVERTIME

Task Force Reveals Whistleblower Website Tip; Probes Officials on Wasteful Spending

 

May 4, 2010
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Senate Dems Admit Budget Process Still Closed

May 03, 2010 — Senator Democratic Finance Chair Carl Kruger admits the public continues to be closed out of the budget negotations.

May 4, 2010
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Senator Winner on the Late State Budget, Other Current Issues: Listen Now

Ithaca, N.Y., May 3--Senator Winner appeared on WHCU's Morning Newswatch earlier today to share a few thoughts on the late state budget and other current issues.

Listen here.

May 3, 2010
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Seward, Lopez Launch "No Work Here" Campaign

RICHMONDVILLE, 04/30/10--Senator James L. Seward (R,C,I-Oneonta), Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R,C,I-Schoharie), and Mark Galasso, President of Lancaster Development, Inc., today launched their “No Work Here” construction signs campaign in Richmondville.  The campaign is meant to spur greater public awareness of the increasing loss of construction jobs on local roadway projects as a result of inaction on the state budget, and to urge Albany’s three legislative leaders to take substantive action to protect working families. 

April 29, 2010
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