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.
The Region II Federal Partners Council and Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Subcommittee are hosting a free training workshop for faith-based and community organizations on finding and applying for federal grants on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, from 9 am to 1 pm. at Mt.
David V. Aguilar Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionAlejandro Mayorkas Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesJohn Morton Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
"I am extremely troubled with the federal government's decision to move forward with the flawed Secure Communities program- a program in which the State of New York clearly stated it did not wish to participate."
"Nearly a year ago, I led a sign-on letter to which fifty of my colleagues in the legislature signed on, urging Governor Cuomo to terminate the S-Comm memorandum of agreement with ICE. In June, the Governor took a critical step to protect our state by choosing to withdraw New York's participation in a program that will lead to racial profiling and the under reporting of crimes, and which places an additional burden on our already stretched local police departments.
Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.
“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”
Governor Cuomo released the following announcement on March 27, 2012:
The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.
Gallivan: “Senate Plan Cuts Taxes, Reforms Medicaid, Protects Seniors and Schools.”
The New York State Senate voted to approve its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution, continuing its focus on state spending, job creation, and structural reform to government.
The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends less than the Executive Budget. The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.
Topic: To solicit information on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in veterans returning from combat.
POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that occurs after a person has experienced a traumatic event. A traumatic event is a horrible, scary, or life threatening event that a person experiences personally. It is common for US military personnel and veterans to experience PTSD symptoms. These symptoms may include:
Senator Bill Larkin Concerned Federal Matching Funds in Jeopardy
The New York State Senate this week passed legislation (Senate bill S.5921) sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti which would preserve New York’s federal matching funds for two key conservation programs geared for fish and wildlife restoration. It will bar the transfer of state funds from any account contingent upon a matching requirement for the receipt of federal revenues.
Associated Press wrote about Senator Gianaris' and Senator Schumer's are call for an investigation of the alleged strip-searching incidents by TSA agents at JFK Airport. They are also calling for a designated Passenger Advocate at all airports.Huffington Post picked up on the story:
Two New York lawmakers have called for a passenger advocate at airports to immediately act on complaints by passengers over security screenings.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and state Sen. Michael Gianaris of Queens want the Transportation Security Administration to create the position at all airports.
ONEONTA, 11/02/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today alerted residents and business owners who suffered damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Irene that the deadline to register for federal assistance has been extended until December 15, 2011. “Many families and businesses in communities devastated by Irene and Lee have already received federal assistance to begin the painstaking process of rebuilding. If you are eligible for assistance but have not yet applied I urge you to register immediately,” said Seward.