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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today called on the state Assembly to support legislation that would prevent New Yorkers from using public-assistance funds on alcohol, tobacco, gambling or strippers.“New York has just 30 days left to prove it has tried to curtail E.B.T. debit card fraud and abuse, or lose out on $120 million in federal funding for needy families,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “It’s important that we pass this legislation now, so that those on public assistance who play by the rules aren’t hurt.”Media reports and public documents have proved that E.B.T.
The first Joint Legislative Hearing, in a series of 13 hearings, will be held on Monday, January 27th. During the Local Government /General Government hearing, which marks the beginning of the legislative review process for the 2014-2015 Executive Budget, government officials and representatives of local government groups 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.
Senator John Bonacic provides comments on
Governor Cuomo’s Budget Presentation from January 21, 2014. In particular, the Senator speaks to the Governor’s
two deviations between what was said in his State of the State and what was
announced in his Budget Presentation
Jobs and economic opportunities are paramount, and the Governor’s focus on making New York a more affordable place to live and work is right on target. Many of his proposals to make our state’s economy more competitive mirror the Senate’s initiatives. Manufacturing jobs especially drive the Upstate economy, and reducing manufacturing and small business taxes and eliminating utility taxes on employers and residential consumers are key.
Property tax relief continues to be a top concern of my constituents, and the Governor spoke extensively about reducing the suffocating property tax burden, which is something I fully support. I look forward to fully analyzing the specifics of his proposals through upcoming budget hearings.
ALBANY, 01/21/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal: “I share in the governor’s optimism that we will produce a fourth straight on-time state budget that keeps spending in check, enhances private sector job growth, and delivers meaningful property tax cuts.
“We are working with a budget surplus, thanks to the fiscal responsibility exhibited over the last three years, and we must continue to budget in that vein. In fact, I believe we need to enact a permanent state spending cap to ensure that budget restraint continues long-term.