Issues: Executive

Griffo Says Budget Agreement is Fiscally Responsible

State Budget Addresses NY’s Top Priority

Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) said the budget compromise unveiled in Albany fulfils a promise made to the people of the 47th District and all of New York to make fiscal responsibility the top issue in Albany.

“No one enjoys passing a budget that makes painful cuts, but this was a hard dose of fiscal reality that was necessary,” Griffo said. “For agencies looking for money, this will not be a good budget. For taxpayers wondering if the state has heard their voices, it’s an encouraging sign.”

March 28, 2011
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Fondos del Título XX Restaurado en Ley Presupuestaria del Senado

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA

14 de marzo de 2011

PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA

March 14, 2011
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Title XX Funds Restored in Senate Budget Bill

March 14, 2011

For Immediate Release

Title XX Funds Restored in Senate Budget Bill

 

Albany, NY - State Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz (SD 32) announced today that the New York State Senate has completely restored Title XX funding for discretionary programs in its one-house budget bill.

“I am pleased and grateful that Senator Skelos and the Senate Republicans, as well as my conference Leader John Sampson and the Senate Democrats, worked to ensure that this very important funding was restored,” stated Senator Díaz.

March 14, 2011
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El Senador Reverendo Rubén Díaz al Gobernador Andrew Cuomo: Sus prioridades están fuera de línea

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA

10 de Marzo del 2011

PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA

 

El Senador Reverendo Rubén Díaz al Gobernador Andrew Cuomo: Sus prioridades están fuera de línea

El Senador Estatal Reverendo Rubén Díaz (D-Bronx) ha públicado la siguiente declaración en respuesta a la reunión que el Gobernador Andrew Cuomo tuvo ayer para elaborar estrategias acerca de cómo legalizar el matrimonio entre homosexuales en el Estado de Nueva York:

March 10, 2011
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Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz to Governor Andrew Cuomo: Your Priorities are Out of Line with the Urgencies of the Day

 

For Immediate Release

March 9, 2011

Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz to Governor Andrew Cuomo: Your Priorities are Out of Line with the Urgencies of the Day

New York State Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz (D-Bronx) has issued the following statement in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s meeting today to strategize about how to legalize homosexual marriage in New York State:

March 9, 2011
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Senator Diaz to Governor Cuomo: Your Lieutenant Governor is Getting Stripped of Power!

February 3, 2011

For Immediate Release

Senator Diaz to Governor Cuomo: Your Lieutenant Governor is Getting Stripped of Power!

New York State Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz (D-Bronx) released the following statement today in response to legislation introduced today by Senate Republicans and supported by five Democrats that would remove a constitutional provision that the lieutenant governor shall act as governor when the governor leaves the state:

“I am surprised that Governor Andrew Cuomo is sitting idle while the Senate Republicans - along with the help of five Senate Democrats – continue to strip the Lieutenant Governor of his constitutional powers.

February 4, 2011
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Statement on Governor's Executive Budget Proposal

I’m pleased that Governor Cuomo has proposed an Executive Budget that closes a $10 billion deficit with recurring spending actions, and does not rely on any borrowing or new taxes.

February 1, 2011
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Listen to Senator Liz Krueger on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show

Today, Senator Liz Krueger joined The Brian Lehrer Show to discuss moving forward with the new Senate and working with Governor Cuomo.

Listen to Senator Krueger on The Brian Lehrer Show here.

January 4, 2011
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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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