Issues: Executive

Griffo Urges Paterson to Disclose Casino Deal Details

Griffo: Release Full Terms of Casino Agreement

State Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-IP-C, Rome) today called upon Governor David Paterson and his administration to release all of the terms and conditions of the proposed agreement with the Stockbridge-Munsee tribe that will allow the tribe to develop a Catskill Casino and give up their Central New York land claims.

December 4, 2010
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Senate Passes "Questions Hour" Bill Requiring Monthly Public Forums Between The Governor And The Legislature

The State Senate has passed legislation (S7938/Krueger; A11207/Kellner) which will increase dialogue and debate between the Executive and Legislative branches of government, while also opening the door to the public on the strategic direction, financial status, and general governance of the State by establishing a “Governor’s Questions Hour” in the British tradition of “Prime Minister’s Questions.” 

June 15, 2010
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PRESS RELEASE: Griffo Says Keep Annsville Open While Investigating Youth Agency's Sex Party Involvement

Griffo Says Taxpayer-Funded Teen Orgy at State Youth Facility Calls for Resignation of OCFS Commissioner 

 Senator also wants proposed closure of Annsville Residential OCFS Center halted until Investigation concludes

 

            (Albany) - State Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R- IP-C, Rome) today said that a shocking lack of oversight and management in allowing a state taxpayer-funded orgy to take place during a dance at a youth facility that houses killers and other violent criminals, is enough reason for Commissioner Gladys Carrion to resign from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

June 11, 2010
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Statement from Senator Valesky Regarding Robert Duffy as LG Candidate

I have worked with Mayor Robert Duffy and know first hand that he will be an excellent Lieutenant Governor.  As the mayor of an Upstate city, he brings knowledge of the challenges we face in Upstate New York and experience addressing those challenges.  Bob Duffy is a great addition to the ticket and I applaud Attorney General Andrew Cuomo on his selection.

May 26, 2010
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Griffo Urges State AG to Probe Land Sale

(Albany) - Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-IP-C, Rome) today announced that he has written to State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in support of an investigation into a recent Adirondack land purchase.

Griffo noted that in 2004, The Nature Conservancy bought a 20,000-acre tract of land for $6.3 million and sold the land to the state four years later for $9.8 million.

April 27, 2010
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Senator Oppenheimer Calls on Governor Paterson to Restore Funding For Transportation Construction Projects

Governor’s Emergency Budget Appropriation Threatens Jobs as Transportation Construction Projects are Halted throughout State

April 22, 2010
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Griffo: Late State Budget Shows Need for Reform Convention

Utica - Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-IP-C, Rome) today voiced outrage that New York State is starting its 2010-2011 fiscal year without a budget in place.

April 1, 2010
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Griffo Condemns Senate Holiday Break as a "Charade"

Senator Griffo voted against emergency spending that would allow the Senate to take a weeklong recess despite the looming budget deadline.  On the floor of the Senate, Griffo explained his 'no' vote:  "I just think it’s unacceptable.  We should continue to work and strive for this community objective and the responsibility that has been entrusted to us.  For that reason, I vote no."

 

Listen to the news report at the link below.

http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/15441/state-senate-approves-emergency-spending-vows-to-keep-working-toward-final-budget

March 30, 2010
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Senator Valesky Opposes Governor's Plan to Delay Income Tax Returns

ALBANY, N.Y.--If New Yorkers have to pay their taxes on time, the state should provide its refunds on time, Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and Senate Majority Democrats told Governor Paterson today. Passing a resolution with broad bi-partisan support, the Senate formally opposed the Governor’s scheme to delay more than $500 million in refunds to individuals and $200 in refunds to businesses.

February 24, 2010
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New York State 2010-11 Executive Budget Briefing Book

Governor releases 2010-11 Executive Budget Briefing Book, the proposed Executive Budget.

February 2, 2010
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GRIFFO CALLS FOR FEWER TAXES AND FEES; MORE SPENDING CUTS IN 2010 STATE BUDGET

Griffo Calls for Fewer Taxes, Fees; More Spending Cuts

January 19, 2010
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Senator Valesky Applauds Sweeping Ethics Reform Legislation

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today applauded the introduction of the most sweeping ethics and campaign finance reform ever in the Legislature.

January 13, 2010
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Response to Gov. Paterson’s State-of-the-State Address

Press Contact: Steve Mangione 914-403-4072 (cellular) 518-455-3395 (at this number Jan. 6th)

“The action of the Senate Democratic Majority in recent months – for example, addressing issues in a bipartisan way, creating green jobs, controlling spending and preserving important resources for education – has demonstrated our commitment to the state’s 19.5 million residents.

January 6, 2010
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GRIFFO URGES TERM LIMIT FOR OFFICE OF GOVERNOR

GRIFFO WANTS GOVERNOR TO BE ONE-AND-DONE

October 12, 2009
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New York Needs a New Way of Budgeting

Every passing day brings a sea of news about economic conditions in the nation and state. We are getting a lot of data, some good and some bad.

While no elected official or the legislature in New York State can control the global economy, there is something we can do: plan our budgeting process so that government runs as efficiently as possible, and protect New York State, and its taxpayers, as much as possible from future financial crises.

October 2, 2009
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Senator Valesky Calls for New Approach to State Budgeting, Citing SyraStat Success

SYRACUSE, N.Y.--State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is calling for the adoption of performance budgeting for New York state that has worked in Syracuse as part of a long-term strategy to cut spending and improve efficiency in state government. Senator Valesky recently wrote new Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch, who will be extensively involved in the state budget development, advocating this new approach.

October 1, 2009
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Staff Report on the SFY 2008-09 Senate Budget

August 31, 2009
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Staff Analysis of the SFY 2008-09 Executive Budget

Analysis of the Executive Budget begins with a summary of the spending plan. It then examines an explanation of receipts and provides for Senate issues in focus. Finally, it examines appropriations and disbursements for each agency and program included in the budget. The report provides a comparison of the appropriations recommended this year with those approved last year, and an analysis of the Governor’s recommendations.

August 31, 2009
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Report of the Fiscal Committees on the Executive Budget FY 2008-09

The general and specific findings of the Senate Finance Committee and the Assembly Ways and Means Committee relating to the proposed disbursements for the overall purposes of the State government during the the 2008-09 fiscal year. These proposed disbursements are consistent with estimates of receipts for the 2008-09 fiscal year. It is legislative intent that these budgetary findings be received as guidelines for administrative application in the new fiscal year.

August 31, 2009
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