Issues: Budget

June 1 start to N.Y. fiscal year urged

By CARA MATTHEWSThere is a push from some lawmakers to change the state's fiscal year from April 1 to June 1.Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, chairperson of the Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform, says the change would make a big difference. Having a fiscal year that begins before the April 15 filing deadline for income-tax returns means the governor and lawmakers put together the budget without the most complete information on state revenues, she said.

January 30, 2010
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Albany Democrats want to move start of budget year to June 1

By Cara MatthewsALBANY -- New York has not always had the distinction of being the only state with a fiscal year that begins April 1. The start date was changed from Oct. 1 to July 1 in 1916. It has been April 1 since 1943, but now there is a push from some lawmakers to change it to June 1. What difference does it make? A big one, says the chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform, Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan.

January 29, 2010
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Joint Legislative Budget Hearing: Taxes

 New York State Senate Finance Committee Chair Carl Kruger, and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman “Denny” Farrell, will hold a joint budget hearing focused on taxes, including the Governor’s proposed tax increases, on Monday, February 1, 2010. When: February 1 @ 1 P.M. Where: Hearing Room B – Legislative Office Building Expected to Testify:NYS Dept. of Taxation & Finance, Ms. Jamie Woodward, Acting Commissioner Manhattan Institute Empire Center, E.J. McMahn 

January 29, 2010
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Joint Legislative Budget Hearing: Economic Development

New York State Senate Finance Committee Chair Carl Kruger and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman “Denny” Farrell will hold a joint budget hearing focused on economic development Monday, February 1, 2010. When: February 1 @ 9:30 A.M. Where: Hearing Room B – Legislative Office Building Expected to Testify:            Empire State Development Corp., Dennis Mullen, Chairman & CEO 

January 29, 2010
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View Testimony from Joint Budget Hearings

 

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Below you will find the list of combined testimonies from all of the Joint Budget Hearings in both written and video formats. This page will be updated as the materials become available.

January 28, 2010
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SENATE RELEASES "BLUE BOOK"

(Albany, NY) Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson and Finance Committee Chairman Carl Kruger today released the Senate’s “Blue Book”— a finance staff analysis of the proposed $133.9 billion 2010-11 Executive Budget.  The Legislature has an obligation to the public to enact a budget that creates jobs, controls spending, and provides relief to overburdened taxpayers.

January 27, 2010
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Joint Legislative Budget Hearing: Higher Education

 New York State Senate Finance Committee Chair Carl Kruger and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman “Denny” Farrell, will commence the third joint budget hearing—focused on higher education—Wednesday, January 27th. Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (Chair, Senate Higher Education) and Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick (Chair, Assembly Higher Education) will also lead the hearing, at which the Governor’s proposed budget, including his proposed cut to the Tuition Assistance Program and necessary modifications will be discussed. 

January 27, 2010
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Senator Krueger Calls for Equity in State Budget Cuts

As the legislature began budget hearings today, State Senator Liz Krueger (Vice-Chair of the Senate Finance Committee) called on the legislature to ensure that the final state budget is balanced fairly and equitably with regards to local governments.“I understand that we are facing an extremely difficult budget and there will be large cuts to many programs, but we must make sure that the pain is distributed equitably and appropriately,” said Senator Krueger.  “In the Governor’s proposed 2010-11 executive budget, New York City shoulders a disproportionate amount of pain.”

January 26, 2010
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Mike: Gov budget is city nightmare

By DAVID SEIFMAN, City Hall Bureau ChiefALBANY -- Facing the possible loss of $1.3 billion in state aid, Mayor Bloomberg yesterday played the doomsday card -- warning that if the money isn't restored, he'd have to make sweeping cuts and layoffs that would impact everything from the size of the police force to the number of garbage pickups."The consequences would be appalling," the mayor testified before a joint legislative budget hearing.

January 26, 2010
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SENATOR BONACIC MEETS WITH ULSTER-GREENE ARC AND ORANGE COUNTY AHRC

On January 26, 2010, representatives of Ulster-Greene ARC and Orange County AHRC met with State Senator John Bonacic in Albany. Here, Senator Bonacic (back row, second from right) is pictured with them after discussing the State Budget and their legislative issues.

 

January 26, 2010
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Senate Releases Budget "Blue Book," A Fiscal Breakdown Of Proposed Executive Budget

Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson and Finance Committee Chairman Carl Kruger today released the Senate’s “Blue Book”— a finance staff analysis of the proposed $133.9 billion 2010-11 Executive Budget. 

January 26, 2010
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Senate Finance Committee Budget "Blue Book"

Senate releases 2010-11 "Blue Book", a Finance Committee breakdown of the proposed Executive Budget.

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January 26, 2010
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Meeting on the VICs’ future

Paul Smith’s College will host summit but says it cannot run a visitors’ nature center

By CHRIS KNIGHT, Enterprise Senior Staff Writer POSTED: January 23, 2010   

PAUL SMITHS - Paul Smith's College will host a meeting next week on the future of the state Adirondack Park Agency's Visitor Interpretive Center in Paul Smiths, which Gov. David Paterson has proposed closing along with the Newcomb VIC.

January 26, 2010
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Krueger, Kruger and Bloomberg

By David KingSen. Liz Krueger, vice chair of the Senate Finance Committee, represents a particularly vocal constituent. You may have heard of him–Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg was in Albany today testifying about the inequities he sees New York City suffering under Gov. David Paterson’s 2010-2011 budget plan.  Krueger’s office issued a press release this evening echoing Bloomberg’s complaints.

January 25, 2010
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Senator Krueger Calls for Equity in State Budget Cuts

(Albany, New York)—As the legislature began budget hearings today, State Senator Liz Krueger (Vice-Chair of the Senate Finance Committee) called on the legislature to ensure that the final state budget is balanced fairly and equitably with regards to local governments.

January 25, 2010
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Joint Legislative Budget Hearing: Environmental Conservation

The  New York State Senate Finance Committee Chair Carl Kruger, and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman “Denny” Farrell, will hold the second joint budget hearing—focused on the environment—Tuesday, January 26th . The Legislature’s fiscal committees will be joined by members of both houses Environmental Conservation committees, where the Governor’s proposed budget will be discussed, including modifications necessary to protect New York’s environment and continue our state’s progress as a green energy and markets leader. 

January 25, 2010
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How You Can Get Involved In Shaping The Budget

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The Senate is opening up the budget process like never before. For the first time, all  Joint public hearings on the budget are being broadcast live over the internet so that New Yorkers across the state can be informed, get involved and be heard.

January 25, 2010
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg - Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2010-2011 Executive Budget Proposal

Mayor Michael Bloomberg testifies before the Joint Legislative Committee, Albany, New York on January 25, 2010. 

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January 25, 2010
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Senator Golden Calls on Governor Paterson and Legislative Leaders to Restore Cuts for Child Abuse Prevention

Senator Martin J. Golden (R, C, Brooklyn) today called on Governor David Paterson and legislative leaders to restore the Governor’s draconian cuts to child abuse prevention in the Executive Budget.

January 25, 2010
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