Issues: Budget

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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Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee Hearing (clip)

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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Committee Meeting: Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Senator William T. Stachowski, Chair 2:30 PM, Tuesday, April 20, 2010 Room 123 CAP

April 20, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Construction Jobs - Yes, Budget Extenders - No

ALBANY, 04/12/08- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today voted against an emergency budget extender bill becasue it suspends payments for ongoing state-funded capital construction projects.

"Construction companies across upstate New York have been forced to lay off hundreds of hardworking individuals because the state isnt meeting its obligations," Seward said. "This endangers critical infrastructure improvements and leaves families in a precarious financial position."

April 15, 2010
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Capitol Report with Senator John A. DeFrancisco -- April 14th, 2010

Senator John DeFrancisco explains why he voted against the budget extender bill and updates where the legislature is on getting a budget enacted for this fiscal year. Includes four video clips from the Senate Floor from April 12th

April 14, 2010
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR YOUNG REGARDING LATE BUDGET


           “It is disappointing that the New York City-controlled Senators today staged a phony press event, instead of obeying state law and advancing the state budget process.

April 14, 2010
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Aubertine, Colleagues Call for Conference Committees

 

Lawmakers ask Assembly Speaker and Senate Leader to get the open process started,

Senators call on the minority conferences to provide policy alternatives in lieu of just saying “No”

April 14, 2010
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A Note on the Budget

As I am sure you know, New York State, like much of the nation, faces an insecure financial future. We have high unemployment, inadequate tax collections, and a structural budget imbalance. As Vice-Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, my main responsibility for the first part of this year is to evaluate proposals to address the State’s budget deficit. I recognize what a critical responsibility this is, and have been immersing myself in budget hearings and testimony from groups and individuals around the State to help me better understand our options.

April 14, 2010
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NYS Senator Suzi Oppenheimer comments on the budget: 4/12/10

NYS Senator Suzi Oppenheimer updates her constituents on the ongoing budget negotiations.

April 14, 2010
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Senate Approves Members To Key Budget, Banking, Health And Environmental Boards

The New York State Senate confirmed 24 appointees to key boards today, including members to the Independent Authorities Budget Office, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Port of Oswego Authority, Public Employment Relations Board, State Banking Board, Great Lakes Protection Fund, Republic Airport Commission, Medical Advisory Committee, Advisory Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Citizen’s Policy and Complaint Review Council, Continuing Care Retirement Community Council, Minority Health Council, State Hospital Review and Planning Council and Board of Visitors Broome

April 13, 2010
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Senator DeFrancisco Debates Senator Kruger About Budget Extenders

Floor Debate about Budget Extenders with Senator Kruger

April 13, 2010
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Westchester Herald: Senate Unveils Budget Reform Legislation

Albany, NY -- State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF –35th District) last week announced that the Senate has put forth comprehensive budget reforms that will end short term wasteful spending and ensure the enactment of a fiscally responsible budget. The legislative package provides for longterm financial planning, the enactment of stricter accounting principles, and mandates stringent standards of accountability for State financed programs and services…

April 13, 2010
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Mt Vernon Inquirer: SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS: SENATE UNVEILS BUDGET REFORM LEGISLATION

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) announced that the Senate has put forth comprehensive budget reforms that will end short term wasteful spending and ensure the enactment of a fiscally responsible budget. The legislative package provides for long-term financial planning, the enactment of stricter accounting principles, and mandates stringent standards of accountability for State financed programs and services…

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Mt Vernon Inquirer: (April 8, 2010)

April 13, 2010
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