Issues: Budget

SENATOR JIM ALESI AND ASSEMBLYMAN MARK JOHNS ANNOUNCE STATE GRANTS FOR LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN MONROE COUNTY

Grant for East Rochester Public Library Supported by $14 million in Capital Funds for Public Library Construction

May 8, 2012
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES STATE GRANTS FOR LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN ONONDAGA COUNTY

Senator John A. DeFrancisco has announced that several libraries in Onondaga County have been awarded New York State Public Library Construction Grants to help make necessary improvements to their buildings.
The local grants are among 192 construction grants awarded to public libraries and library systems throughout New York state, which are supported by $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the State Budget.

May 7, 2012
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Legislative Update with Senator Dilan

Senator Dilan is joined by Assemblyman Rafael L. Espinal, Jr.

May 3, 2012
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April 30, 2012
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Vital Farm Safety Program Receives State Funding

CORTLAND, 04/23/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the 2012-2013 state budget includes, at his insistence, $100,000 to protect New York farmers through continuation of the highly successful New York Rollover Protection System (ROPS) Rebate Program. 

“Agriculture is our state’s number one industry.  It is vital to our economy and our way of life,” said Senator Seward.  “Ensuring our farmers have proper safety equipment is crucial and that is why I have strongly supported the ROPS rebate program since its inception.”

April 24, 2012
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FIRST WAVE OF NY WORKS PROJECTS OPENED FOR BIDDING ANNOUNCED

Weeks After Launch of NY Works Program, Expedited Bidding Process Ensures Construction Can Begin This Summer

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the first wave of NY Works pavement and bridge project contracts have been opened for bidding. The five contracts, consisting of 51 projects, represent more than $64 million in highway and bridge construction work in communities across the state.

April 23, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco on Your Voice As State Budget was Nearing Completion

The 2012-12 budget increases aid to school districts, provides Medicaid relief to counties, and restores funding to the EPIC program. It also is the second state budget in a row that spends less than the prior year. This is the first time that this has been done in 30 years.  You can hear more about the budget on this televised edition of Your Voice in Albany.  The video was taped on March 29, 2012.

April 23, 2012
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ADDABBO: “WE NEED TO CHANGE THE PROCESS OF ALLOCATING MEMBER ITEMS, WHEN GOVERNOR WIELDS VETO PEN”

Proposes Direct Application to State Agencies by Local Groups for New Money

 

April 23, 2012
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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - April 18

Senator Ranzenhofer discusses the 2012-2013 New York State Budget.

April 23, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Foreign Trade Zone and New York Works on Your Voice

Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses his bill to expand the Foreign Trade Zone on this week's edition of Your Voice in Albany. He also talks about local projects under the "New York Works" program, to help fix roads, bridges and parks, while creating jobs.

April 20, 2012
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Monthly Column: 2012 State Budget passes ahead of schedule

By Michael H. Ranzenhofer

Working together in a bi-partisan fashion with Governor Cuomo, I am pleased to report that the 2012-2013 State Budget has passed ahead of schedule for the second consecutive year.  The recently adopted budget is a fiscally responsible plan that closes a $2 billion deficit by cutting spending without raising taxes.  It is a plan that will help to create thousands of jobs and strengthen our economy. 

For the second year in a row, overall spending has been reduced.  In an effort to shrink the size of State government, the budget plan eliminates 25 repetitive, inactive boards and commissions, consolidates various departments, and implements efficiencies to reduce government expenditures.

April 18, 2012
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Introduces Governor Cuomo at Westchester Budget Bill Signing Ceremony

Senator Stewart-Cousins introduced Governor Andrew Cuomo at a ceremonial signing of the 2012 New York State Budget at Manhattanville College in Purchase. The Governor visited Westchester as part of a statewide tour and asked Senator Stewart-Cousins to introduce him before he signed the Budget into law.

April 17, 2012
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Column by Senator Bill Larkin

New York Has Turned The Corner

It’s official, New York has turned the corner!

For the second year in a row we have an on-time budget that recognizes the need to maximize taxpayer dollars by doing more with less.  Now, hardworking New Yorker’s will be able to keep more money in their pockets because the budget:

• Doesn’t raise taxes• Doesn’t increase state spending• Provides over $3 billion in savings for Orange, Ulster and Rockland counties to lower property taxes

April 12, 2012
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Legislative Gazette: Despite Uncertain Future, $350M for Javits Center

Albany’s Legislative Gazette reports on the inclusion of hundreds of millions in funding for improvements to the Javits Center in the budget, despite the likelihood that the facility is being phased out.

Some lawmakers, including Sen. Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, have expressed concern over the spending of $350 million when the benefits may last only a few years, seemingly in direct contrast with Cuomo’s efficient spending efforts.

 

April 11, 2012
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ON TIME, BALANCED AND NO TAX INCREASE - BUDGET SUCCESS REPRESENTS NEW ERA IN ALBANY

For the second consecutive year, Senator Jack M. Martins and his colleagues in the Senate worked with the Governor to pass an on-time budget that doesn't raise any taxes or fees. At the same time, they closed the budget gap while increasing aid to education and restoring the EPIC program for seniors. The budget success of the last two years sends a clear message that positive change has come to Albany. Years of dysfunction have been replaced by sound fiscal management and government efficiency.

April 10, 2012
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