Issues: Budget

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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Senator Flanagan Fights To Enact Property Tax Cap and Provide Tax Relief For Middle Class Taxpayers

In order to provide middle-class taxpayers across the State with relief from soaring property taxes, Senator Flanagan worked with members of the Senate Republican delegation to put forward an amendment to a budget extender that would provide relief to Long Island’s property taxpayers.

Unfortunately, Senate Democrats unanimously voted down the Republican-sponsored amendment that would have enacted a property tax cap, prevented school districts from raising local tax levies this year, and provided middle-class taxpayers across the State with relief from soaring property taxes.

April 29, 2010
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Capitol Report with Senator John DeFrancisco , April 28, 2010

This program shows a clip of a budget debate between Senator DeFrancisco and the Senate Finance Chair, Karl Kruger. It also features a DeFrancisco debate on legislation to require car dealerships to post gallons per mile with the sponsor of the bill, Senator Squadron.

April 29, 2010
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Senator Bonacic Floor Comments on Budget Bill Extender - 4/19/10

Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope) discussing the budget extender bill passed by the New York State Senate on Monday April 14, 2010.

April 23, 2010
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Albany Scofflaws Skirt Budget Process

The state budget impasse continues in Albany and unfortunately, the log jam doesn’t look like it will break anytime soon.

One reason the budget is late is because political leaders have failed to open up the process and begin public, bipartisan conference committees as required by law.  For a number of years, informal conference committees, made up of rank and file lawmakers, met in full view of the public and the media to hammer out a final budget agreement.  The process worked so well that in 2007, the process was formalized and adopted into law. 

April 22, 2010
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Senator Oppenheimer Calls on Governor Paterson to Restore Funding For Transportation Construction Projects

Governor’s Emergency Budget Appropriation Threatens Jobs as Transportation Construction Projects are Halted throughout State

April 22, 2010
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Forum/Town Hall: Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency Examines spending at the New York State Department of Transportation

Senate Task Force on Government EfficiencyChair:    Senator Jeffrey KleinPublic Forum:    Examining spending at the New York State Department of TransportationPlace:    Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany,  New YorkTime:    1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.Contact:    Gwendolyn Bluemich (518) 455-3598Media Contact:    Gwen Rocco (518) 455-3588ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

May 5, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Fight Against New Taxes Continues

ALBANY, 04/21/10 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) is calling for a state budget that includes commonsense spending cuts, property tax relief, job creating economic development incentives and most importantly - NO NEW TAXES.

Last year, the record spending budget, opposed by Senator Seward, included $8 billion in new taxes and fees, driving families and businesses out of the state.  Albany leaders are proposing more of the same this year.

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Taxes Enacted/Proposed

April 21, 2010
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STACHOWSKI: NYS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WASTED $200M IN TAXPAYER DOLLARS

STACHOWSKI: NYS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WASTED $200M IN TAXPAYER DOLLARS

Senator Stachowski And Task Force On Government Efficiency Unveil Millions in Potential State Savings

April 20, 2010
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NYS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WASTED $200 MILLION OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS

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

 

April 20, 2010
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Senator DeFrancisco Debates Budget Extenders - Senate Democrats Admit Excluding GOP From Budget

Senator John DeFrancisco (R,C,I Syracuse) discusses the admission by Senate Democrats that Republicans in the Senate and Assembly have not been invited to participate in secret, closed-door budget negotiations. The debate came during a discussion of a budget extender bill that, once again, did not include authority to fund important road, bridge and capital construction projects that employ thousands of people across the state. The lack of funding has resulted in many of those projects to come a halt, and people losing their jobs.

April 20, 2010
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Sen. DeFrancisco Attacks False Democratic Robocalls

During a debate in the state Senate Chamber today, Senate Republicans criticized Senate Democrats for focusing more on misleading, political attack robo phone calls, than on convening joint, public budget negotiations to get a budget done. The debate took place during discussion of another budget extender bill to keep government operating while there is no new budget in place.

April 20, 2010
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Seward Continues Opposition To Incomplete Budget Extenders

ALBANY, 04/19/10 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I) votes against emergency budget extenders and calls on his senate colleagues to begin bipartisan, public budget conference committees as required by law.

Seward says the emergency budget extender bill is incomplete, failing to authorize payment for already approved construction projects.  In turn, contractors are being forced to lay off workers, sending individuals to the unemployment line and threatening vital infrastructure improvements.

April 20, 2010
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LoHud: Stewart-Cousins: Restore STAR Rebates For Seniors

One of the main budget battles now appears to be the fight over whether to restore STAR property-tax rebate checks to seniors in the budget.

The idea has been knocked by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. David Paterson, but Senate Democrats continue to seek $500 million in property-tax relief in this year’s budget.

Sen. Andrea-Stewart Cousins, D-Yonkers, said “restoring the senior STAR rebate program, which I believe is a critical component that must be included in the final budget agreement.”

April 19, 2010
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KLEIN ANNOUNCES NEW WHISTLEBLOWER WEBPAGE TO EXPOSE GOVERNMENT WASTE

NEW YORK, NY –State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced Monday that the Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency has launched a new webpage where New Yorkers can anonymously submit their ideas, suggestions and feedback on how the state can conserve resources in this tough fiscal time, as well as to report any suspected wasteful government spending or abuse of tax dollars.

 

http://www.nysenate.gov/committee/task-force-government-efficiency

 

April 19, 2010
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Statement On The New York State Budget Process

“As the Senate Majority continues its efforts in Albany to pass a fiscally responsible budget, I would like to share my thoughts on one of the issues currently being considered, which is stalling this process. One of the areas where there is fundamental disagreement, is related to restoring the senior STAR rebate program, which I believe is a critical component that must be included in the final budget agreement.”

April 16, 2010
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ONLINE FEEDBACK FORM

The Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency is committed to exposing inefficient government spending and identifying solutions to more effectively manage the use of State resources and taxpayer money.

In order to better target our investigations, we encourage New York State residents to use the form below to submit their ideas, suggestions and feedback on how the State can conserve resources in this tough fiscal time, as well as to report any suspected wasteful government spending or abuse of tax dollars. Any contact information provided will be kept strictly confidential.

April 16, 2010
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Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson

While I respect Mayor Bloomberg's vision for the City of New York, the Senate must take a broader view. We need a fair and responsible budget that provides property tax relief to overburdened New Yorkers across the whole state.

April 16, 2010
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GRIFFO URGES PARKS OFFICIALS: ‘GET CREATIVE’ TO AVERT CLOSINGS

(Albany) - State Senator Joseph A Griffo (R-IP-C, Rome) today called on parks officials to “get creative” in identifying ways to prevent closing parks and campgrounds just weeks before the start of the busy tourist and travel seasons.With the state budget nearly two weeks late, parks officials were again warning that they will close or severely cut back operations at 77 facilities across the state, including a large number in Central and Northern New York, even as they acknowledged the closings would have a serious impact on local economies.

April 16, 2010
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Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee Hearing

A Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation committee hearing concerning the potential closure of parks.  This hearing took place on 4/8/10.

April 16, 2010
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