ALBANY – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo called on the federal government to help New York fix its aging infrastructure after years of underfunding and this past winter’s extreme conditions.
“The Times-Union recently declared this ‘the worst winter in years for potholes and general road decay’ – and I couldn’t agree more,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “It’s simple ‘frozenomics.’ Local governments maintain roads that sustain more than 63 billion miles of travel. Governments at all levels have underfunded the upkeep of those roads. Now motorists are paying for it.”
The New York Senate today passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” sponsored by Senator Tom Libous, which would prohibit welfare benefits from being used to purchase alcohol and tobacco, or to be used at liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs in New York.
“Public Assistance should not be spent at liquor stores, casinos or strip clubs, but under New York State Law, it’s legal. We need to stop this abuse,” said Libous. “Every welfare dollar spent at the liquor store is money that could be going to help families get back on their feet.”
Parts of Libous’ Public Assistance Integrity Act were also added to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget Proposal. The provisions added would make it illegal to use EBT Cards at liquor stores, strip clubs and casinos.
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.
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.
UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today criticized the Sept. 11 Memorial’s board of trustees for charging $24 to visit their newly erected museum.
“The Sept. 11 memorial and museum will be a place to honor the nearly 3,000 victims who lost their lives in the World Trade Center attacks and educate visitors on the impact this tragic event had on our city, our country and the world,” said Griffo. “I believe it’s important that everyone who wants to see the museum have an opportunity to do so.”
Washington policy riddled with inequities and lacks proper impact research
December 10, 2013 - Bay Shore, NY - Citing the disastrous financial impact it would have on middle-class families’ home values, Senator Phil Boyle is urging Washington lawmakers to delay the implementation of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act.
“If allowed to be fully implemented, this Federal law would destroy many of my constituents’ home values,” said Boyle. “As many Sandy victims are just getting back into their homes, now is not the time to hit them with a punishing increase in their flood insurance rates."
Department of Financial Services' Assistance Available for Homeowners during Mobile Command Center Visits to Syracuse on Thursday and Liverpool on Friday
State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today announced that the Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) Mobile Command Center (MCC) will be in Central New York this week to help provide foreclosure prevention assistance to struggling homeowners.
Department representatives will be available to meet homeowners in the MCC at two locations:
Encouraging State Assembly to pass the Public Assistance Integrity Act
State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that his new petition drive, encouraging the State Assembly to pass the Public Assistance Integrity Act, has garnered more than 3,300 signatures since launching the campaign one week ago.
“Thousands of Western New York residents have added their voice to mine in calling on the State Assembly to pass a bill that protects our tax dollars,” said Ranzenhofer. “We are sending a powerful message to the State Assembly: a fraud prevention measure is needed to prohibit welfare benefits from being spent on alcohol, cigarettes and other non-essential items.”
(New York, NY) - State Senator José M. Serrano co-sponsored State Senator Liz Kruger's “New York State of Health: What You Need to Know About Health Care Reform,” a community forum designed to inform constituents about the new Affordable Care Act. With open enrollment having officially started on October 1, 2013, individuals, families and small business owners are now able to enroll in new, affordable health insurance plans through the marketplace. The community forum served to make individuals aware of their options and learn what the new laws mean for New Yorkers.
Senator Lee Zeldin Urges the Federal Government to Make Mastic Beach a Priority
MASTIC BEACH—In a letter to federal elected officials representing Mastic Beach, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R,C,I- Shirley) joined other local elected officials today to ask for a project to be expedited to replenish sand dunes on Fire Island just south of the Village of Mastic Beach which were wiped away by Super Storm Sandy.
A copy of the letter, signed by Senator Zeldin, Assemblyman Edward Hennessey, Brookhaven Town Supervisor Edward Romaine, Brookhaven Town Councilman Dan Panico, Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning, and Mastic Beach Mayor Bill Biondi is attached.
ONEONTA, 07/22/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced his continued support for Schoharie County’s inclusion in the federal disaster declaration for flooding damage in late June/early July.
Albany, N.Y., April 18-State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) welcomed Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call earlier this week for Congress and President Barack Obama to reject proposals surfacing as part of federal budget discussions to eliminate the ability of New York State taxpayers to deduct their state and local taxes, including property taxes, from their federal taxes.
Cuomo released an analysis in Albany on Tuesday showing that such a move at the federal level would cost millions of New York taxpayers billions of dollars annually.
The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.
Highlights of the Executive Budget:
· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.
· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.
Electeds Urge Expanded Eligible Zip Codes, Additional Application Center in Lower Manhattan, Extended Deadline for D-SNAP Program
Letter Comes Alongside Push By Nadler and Federal Legislators
NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Assemblymembers Deborah Glick and Brian Kavanagh, Borough President Scott Stringer, and Councilmembers Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez sent a letter to NYC Human Resources Administration Commissioner Robert Doar urging the City to make the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) more accessible to more New Yorkers in need. The letter comes alongside a similar push from federal elected officials, led by Congressman Jerrold Nadler.