Issues: Budget

Solutions for Upstate

The issues facing our great State are vast. Our solutions must be firm and comprehensive. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, I will continue to oppose any effort to balance the budget on the backs of Upstate taxpayers just as I opposed the 2009-2010 State budget last April. I have been working hard to address the great issues that are impacting New York, especially those with the greatest consequences for our region:

November 12, 2009
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Statement From Senate Finance Chair Carl Kruger RE: Pew Center Report on State Economies

“The Pew Center on the States released a report today analyzing and ranking the economies of states across the country based on such factors as revenue change, budget gaps, unemployment rate change, and money grade. LINK TO REPORT: http://www.pewcenteronthestates.org/initiatives_detail.aspx?initiativeID... 

November 11, 2009
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SENATOR LAVALLE COMMENTS ON SENATE REPUBLICANS’ BUDGET CUTTING RECOMMENDATIONS

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that he shares Governor Paterson’s concerns about New York State’s budget deficit that ‘we have to act now – not tomorrow, not next week, not next year.’  “This deficit is a very real problem that will only compound if we don’t deal with it now,” said Senator LaValle.

November 10, 2009
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Senator Oppenheimer to Push for Mandate Relief and Expansion of BOCES Services as Means to Achieve Cost-Savings in Education and Reduce Budget Deficit

School Officials Call for Greater Flexibility to Consolidate Services and Achieve Taxpayer Savings

November 9, 2009
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Senate Finance Committee Releases Midyear Economic Report

Utilizing Internationally Recognized IHS Global Insight Data, State must close $2.872 Billion Deficit

 

Albany, NY—Senate Finance Committee Chair Carl Kruger today released the Senate’s midyear report on revenue, expenditures and general fund projections, and while data indicates progress in the economy, unemployment and other factors continue to lag, slowing economic growth. The full report is available at http://www.nysenate.gov/report/2009-mid-year-report-receipts-and-disburs...

November 6, 2009
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2009 Mid Year Report on Receipts and Disbursements

November 5, 2009
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BONACIC: VOTE ON DEFICIT PLAN PROPOSALS

NOVEMBER 5, 2009:  State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope) today applauded Governor Paterson’s desire to call for a special session of the State Legislature next week to vote on the Governor’s deficit reduction plan.

November 5, 2009
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Dozens Of Organizations, Advocates To testify At Westchester Hearing On Governor's Proposed Deficit Reduction Plan

Westchester County—Senator Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn), Chair of the Finance Committee, and Senators Suzi Oppenheimer (D-37th District) and Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-35th District) will commence the Senate’s final regional budget oversight hearing Thursday to review the fiscal consequences of the Governor’s deficit closing proposals on local healthcare and educational services, as well as other program supported by the state. 

November 4, 2009
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Westchester Hearing On Governor's Proposed Deficit Reduction Plan

Westchester County—Senator Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn), Chair of the Finance Committee, and Senators Suzi Oppenheimer (D-37th District) and Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-35th District) will commence the Senate’s final regional budget oversight hearing Thursday to review the fiscal consequences of the Governor’s deficit closing proposals on local healthcare and educational services, as well as other program supported by the state.

November 3, 2009
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Statement By Senator Carl Kruger, Chair Senate Finance Committee

 “Our children are not going away. When I die, my daughter is still going to be here. And one way or the other you are going to have to care for her.” Saundra Gumerove, AHRC Nassau.Testimony on October 27, 2009 before the Senate Finance Committeere: the Governor’s Proposed Deficit Reduction Plan

 

October 28, 2009
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Senate Finance Committee to Hold Long Island Public Hearing To Discuss Governor's Proposed Deficit Reduction Plan

Albany, NY—Senator Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn), Chair of the Finance Committee, will chair the second of four regional public hearings in Suffolk County with Senator Brian X. Foley on Tuesday to review the fiscal consequences of the Governor’s deficit closing proposals on local services and programs. The Governor has proposed approximately $3 billion in reductions including mid-year cuts to school funding, cuts to Medicaid services, and raiding the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and Environmental Protection Fund. 

October 26, 2009
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Senate Finance Committee to Hold NYC Public Hearing To Discuss Governor's Proposed Deficit Reduction Plan

Albany, NY—Senator Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn), Chair of the Finance Committee, will chair the first of four regional public hearings in New York City on Monday to review the fiscal consequences of the Governor’s deficit closing proposals on local services and programs. The Governor has proposed approximately $3 billion in reductions including mid-year cuts to school funding, cuts to Medicaid services, and raiding the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and Environmental Protection Fund. 

October 23, 2009
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Gov asks mayor & Thompson for B.P.C. help

By Julie Shapiro

Feature article in the Downtown Express

Desperate to fill the $3 billion hole in the state’s budget this year, Gov. David Paterson is making another grab for the Battery Park City Authority’s money.

Paterson wants to take $300 million from the authority, which would be an unprecedented use of the authority’s funds. Paterson tried and failed to do something similar earlier this year, and his current proposal is also far from a done deal.

October 23, 2009
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Senate Schedules Budget Oversight Hearings RE: Deficit Reduction Plan

Albany, NY—Committed to the development of a fiscally prudent deficit reduction plan that protects vital services without imposing any new taxes or fees, New York State Senate Finance Committee Chairman Carl Kruger has scheduled two additional regional budget hearings for Thursday, October 29th in Westchester County, and Monday, November 2nd in Buffalo. Hearings in New York City and Long Island were previously announced. 

October 21, 2009
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Senate Schedules Budget Oversight hearings RE: Deficit Reduction Plan

Albany, NY—Committed to the development of a fiscally prudent deficit reduction plan that protects vital services without imposing any new taxes or fees, New York State Senate Finance Committee Chairman Carl Kruger has scheduled two additional regional budget hearings for Thursday, October 29th in Westchester County, and Monday, November 2nd in Buffalo. Hearings in New York City and Long Island were previously announced. 

October 21, 2009
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Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson to Hold Press Availablity

SENATE MAJORITY CONFERENCE LEADERJOHN L. SAMPSON TO HOLD PRESS AVAILABILITY WHERE: Senate Hearing Room, 19th Floor, 250 Broadway, NYC WHEN: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 3 P.M. ** This availability will be streamed live on the net:livestream.com/nysenate ### Additional Senate news available at http://nysenate.govNew York State Senate | MajorityConference.News@senate.state.ny.us | 518-455-2415

October 20, 2009
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Senate Holds Hearings on Governor's Proposed Deficit Reduction Plan

Albany, NY—Committed to the development of a fiscally prudent deficit reduction plan that protects vital services without placing any additional burden on taxpayers, the New York State Senate Finance Committee will commence two public hearings next week to review the fiscal consequences of the Governor’s deficit closing proposals on local services and programs supported by the state. Additional hearings are being arranged for the weeks ahead so that taxpayers from every region of the state are heard as the Senate seeks to cut spending and reform the budget process.

October 19, 2009
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO PROPOSES BUDGET CUTTING MEASURES

Last April, when Governor David Paterson and the New York City-controlled legislature adopted a New York State budget that carried a $13 billion increase in spending, I warned the Governor and his colleagues that there would be dire consequences for their actions.

October 16, 2009
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