Issues: Budget

O'Mara: Senate budget stays focused on tax relief and job creation; rejects closure of Monterey Shock and prohibits use of taxpayer dollars for college for inmates

Albany, N.Y., March 14—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), who served on the Senate’s budget subcommittee on economic development and taxes, said that the Senate’s one-house Budget Resolution, approved early this morning, includes job-creating tax cuts and regulatory reforms, while keeping a strict lid on state government spending.

March 14, 2014

Senate Budget Resolution Meets Real Needs

ALBANY, 03/14/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on passage of the senate’s budget resolution for fiscal year 2014-15:

“The senate budget plan fulfills many of the priorities expressed to me by families, employers, and community groups that make up my senate district.  Approval of the plan also means we are on track to pass an on-time state budget for a fourth straight year. 

“Among the highlights - property tax relief to combat the greatest expense families and business in New York face; education aid that will support our neediest schools; and job creation incentives which will help boost economic development.

March 14, 2014

Peralta On Senate Budget Resolution

Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta

“Where there is a will there is a way.

"And clearly there is the political will for campaign financing, but not for helping young immigrants get a college degree.

“Senate Republicans argued against using tax dollars for campaign financing, just as they had previously argued against spending tax revenue on the DREAM Act.

"But whereas the Senate’s house budget features campaign financing, it excludes the DREAM Act, kicking to the curb, yet again, the hopes and aspirations of young people whose zeal to live, work, pay taxes and prosper in this great country is being held against them.

"I am happy about the inclusion of campaign financing, which I wholeheartedly support.  I am deeply disappointed and frustrated by the exclusion of the DREAM Act.

"I call on the governor and my Republican Senate colleagues to seize the opportunity we have here in New York to build on the growing national consensus around the need for immigration reform and the obvious economic benefits of doing right by our young people.”

March 13, 2014

Senator DeFrancisco Updates You on Budget Talks on Your Voice in Albany

On this week’s program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco provides an update on some significant issues being debated as budget talks intensify in Albany.  These budget items include tax reform, education reform, funding for charter schools, the Senate’s “Young Farmers NY” plan, and the “NY Dream Act.”

March 11, 2014

"Your Voice" With Senator Joe Griffo

Senator Griffo discusses Olympian Erin Hamlin, the governor's Adirondack Challenge, the flawed implementation of Common Core, his opposition to taxpayer-funded college for state inmates, and the Senate's budget with host Julia Lilkendey.

March 11, 2014

Senator Klein, Joined by Fordham President McShane and Bronx Students, Introduces New Legislation to Make College More Affordable for Working Families

BRONX, NY -  Surrounded by Bronx college and university presidents and administrators, leaders of higher education organizations, legislators, parents and students, State Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) unveiled a legislative action plan at Fordham University that would make college more affordable for New York families.

March 7, 2014

Keeping our bridges and roadways safe, well-maintained

Last night, 13WHAM ran an excellent story on the state's Dedicated Highway and Bridge Fund. In a time when a third of Monroe County bridges are past their 50-year lifespan, only 22 cents on the dollar from this fund are being spent on capital projects.I appreciated the opportunity to share a potential solution in the segment. I am cosponsoring legislation that would realign this fund with its original, crucial purpose.

February 27, 2014


Senate Republican Leader Dean G. Skelos and Senate Independent Democrat Conference Leader Jeff Klein today released a revenue forecast by the Senate Finance Committee that estimates additional General Fund revenues above the Executive’s projection.  The Senate report projects revenues of $265 million more than the Executive’s estimate for Fiscal Year 2015, and $88 million more for the remainder of state fiscal year 2014. 

February 26, 2014

Klein Delivers $100,000 in New Funding for Tablets, Laptops, and New Technology at Mount Vernon Public Schools

MOUNT VERNON, NY– Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced a $100,000 direct aid grant for Mount Vernon schools that will be used to fund updated technology for 6th and 7th grade students within newly restructured schools in the Mount Vernon school district including Graham Elementary, Pennington Elementary, and Longfellow Middle School.

February 24, 2014

Senator Young Discusses Lake Shore Hospital on “Your Voice”

Senator Young recently appeared on the Senate TV program “Your Voice” to discuss her efforts to save Lake Shore Hospital, protect access to quality community healthcare, and restore our state’s economy.

Last month, more than 1,200 people came out to the Rally to Save Lake Shore and raise their voices in support of keeping the hospital open.  They were heard all the way to Albany as we delivered a strong, unified message in support of protecting emergency care, ensuring access to vital health services, and preserving the hundreds of jobs provided by Lake Shore.

February 21, 2014

Monthly Column: Budget review process in full swing

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer


In mid-January, Governor Cuomo unveiled his Executive Budget proposal for 2014-2015. Now, the budget review and approval process is in full swing.


Many of the tax relief proposals outlined in the State of the State address were outlined in greater detail, including a two-year freeze on property taxes, lowering business taxes, eliminating taxes for Upstate manufacturers, and accelerating the phase-out of the utility tax.  As I mentioned in my column last month, these proposals may have the potential to continue chipping away at New York’s high tax burden.  However, closer examination is required.


February 19, 2014

Seward Starts Fine Tuning State Budget

ALBANY, 02/13/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) has been named to four key senate budget sub-committees which will review the governor’s budget proposal and offer recommendations for modifications.  Senator Seward will serve on the education, general government/local assistance, health, and higher education & arts sub-committees.

“State finances as they relate to education, local government, and health play a vital role in the daily lives of all New Yorkers,” said Senator Seward.  “These segments of the budget form the foundation for the overall state spending plan and wise decisions must be made in these areas to ensure a fiscally responsible final product that meets real needs.  

February 13, 2014

Forum/Town Hall: Yonkers Public Budget Forum

Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow, and Assemblymember Shelley Mayer will be convening a “New York State Budget Town Hall” regarding the 2014-15 New York State Budget. Yonkers residents, community members, representatives of organizations, and elected officials of Yonkers are invited to testify about their concerns and priorities regarding the impact of the Governor’s proposed budget.

When: Wednesday, February 19th, 5:30-7:30 PMWhere: Saint Joseph's Medical Center (Cafeteria), 127 South Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701

February 19, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM


The 12th and 13th Joint Legislative Hearings, in a series of 13 hearings, will be held on Tuesday, February 11th.

During the Hearing on Mental Hygiene, which is part of the legislative process to review the 2014-2015 Executive Budget, officials of state mental hygiene agencies and representatives of mental health advocacy organizations will have an opportunity to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees. This hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m.

During the Hearing on Workforce Development, which will be held at 1 p.m., state workforce development officials and representatives of public employee advocacy organizations will have an opportunity to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees.

February 10, 2014

State Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein Secures $300,000 Grant for Operation SNUG, an Innovative Gun and Gang Violence Prevention Program for The Bronx

BRONX - Today a cutting-edge statewide gun and gang violence prevention program – Operation SNUG – received a $300,000 award from State Senator Jeff Klein to operate in The Bronx’s Jacobi Medical Center. The hospital also generously chipped in another $50,000 to the anti-gun violence effort.

February 7, 2014

High Education Joint Legislative Budget Hearing Slated for Feb. 6th

The ninth Joint Legislative Hearing, in a series of 13 hearings, will be held on Thursday, February 6th.

During the Higher Education Hearing, which is part of the legislative process to review the 2014-2015 Executive Budget, higher education officials and representatives of higher education advocacy organizations will have an opportunity to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees.

These joint legislative hearings will continue through Tuesday, February 11th, and are available for live viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites, but will be preempted when the houses are in Session.

February 5, 2014


The sixth Joint Legislative Budget Hearing, in a series of 13 hearings, will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, February 4th, at 9:30 a.m.

During the Housing Hearing, which is part of the legislative process to review the 2014-2015 Executive Budget, housing officials and representatives of affordable housing advocacy organizations will have an opportunity to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees.

The seventh Joint Legislative Budget Hearing -- the Human Services Hearing -- is part of the legislative process to review the 2014-2015 Executive Budget. It will be held at 1 p.m. and human service agency officials and representatives of human service advocacy organizations will have an opportunity to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees.

February 3, 2014


An agreement between the New York State Senate and the Assembly on a joint Legislative State budget schedule has been made. The deadlines that are set will lead to the adoption of a fourth consecutive early state budget.

The agreed-to legislative budget schedule for 2014 is as follows:

On or before

 * February 25th -- Senate/Assembly Fiscal Committee Economic & Revenue Reports Released

 * February 26th -- Joint Revenue Forecasting Conference

 * March 1st -- Revenue Consensus Report

 * March 12th -- Senate & Assembly budget actions

 * March 12th -- Joint Senate/Assembly budget conference committees commence

 * March 19th -- Final Report of Joint Conference Committee

February 3, 2014

CAPITAL: New York’s forgotten high-speed rail study

By Dana Rubinstein

On Tuesday, following months of delays, the Federal Railroad Administration quietly posted to its website a New York State study study outlining five different options for "high speed rail" connecting New York City to Niagara Falls.

The study was supposed to have been released in June, after it was reviewed by the federal government, and as recently as this morning, New York State's transportation commissioner was apparently still unaware that the review was complete.

January 30, 2014

Senator Parker Urges Gov. Cuomo to Call Special Election for 11 Vacant Seats

In a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Parker requested the Governor to hold special elections to provide elected representatives for the 11 principally African-American and Latino districts that are without current legislative representation. 

Please click the pdf link below to read the letter in its entirety. 

01282014 Letter to Gov Cuomo re calling special elections because of 1 million_ disenfranchised (1).pdf

January 29, 2014
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