Issues: Legislature

Senator Klein Speaks on the Senate's Final 2015-2016 Budget

New York State Senator Jeff Klein addresses the accomplishments of the State Senate's fifth on-time budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. 

April 1, 2015
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Public Hearing Schedule March 2015

This is the latest New York State Public Hearing Schedule for March 20, 2015. You can read the document in the embed below or download the file at the bottom of the page.

March 27, 2015
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Senator Parker's Session Remarks on Mixed Martial Arts Legislation

Senator Parker's session remarks on Mixed Martial Arts Legislation in March 2015. 

March 26, 2015
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Payroll Report - End Date 3/25/2015

Period: 
03/12/2015 - 03/25/2015

Check Date: 
04/08/2015

Bi-Weekly report of monies disbursed to Senate employees. The report is issued by the Secretary of the Senate and is available as both a .csv file and it's original PDF format for download at the bottom of the page.

The Report includes fields for the employee name, the employing office, city of employment, the employee title, the employee biweekly or hourly rate (whichever applies), the employee payroll type (see below), the pay period, the pay period's beginning and end date, the check date and the employing legislative entity.

Payroll Types:

Attachment: 
Payroll Report - End Date 3/25/2015

Attachment: 
Payroll Report - End Date 3/25/2015

March 25, 2015
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Senator Klein Speaks on the 2015-2016 Legislative Budget

Senator Jeff Klein outlines some of his and the Independent Democratic Conference's top priorities for the 2015-2016 Legislative Budget. 

March 24, 2015
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SENATOR LARKIN TO SERVE ON NEW TASK FORCE FOCUSING ON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-On-Hudson) has been appointed by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos to serve on a new Task Force that will focus on workforce development. The Task Force will identify ways to improve job readiness and employee training in an effort to create more jobs and grow the economy.

“Workforce development is a top priority,” said Senator Larkin. “I look forward to hearing from leaders in business, education, state and local governments, and other workforce experts in an effort to find feasible solutions to some of the problems our workforce faces today. We must do everything we can to ensure that individuals who want a job have every opportunity to obtain one.”

March 24, 2015
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Committee Meeting: New York State General 2015-2016 Budget Joint Conference Committee Schedule

Senate members serving on the committee are: Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos, Co-Chair; Finance Committee Chair John A. DeFrancisco; Deputy Republican Leader Thomas W. Libous; Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey D. Klein, Co-Chair; James L. Seward, Chairman, Majority Program Development Committee; Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins; 

Assembly members serving on the committee are: Carl E. Heastie, Co-Chair; Ways and Means Chair Herman D. Farrell, Jr.; Majority Leader Joseph Morelle; Deputy Speaker Earlene Hooper; and Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb. 

 

March 19, 12:30 PM - 12:32 PM
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Senate Passes "Sunshine Week" Bill to Increase Public Access to Legislative Proceedings

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would require both houses to implement the Senate’s policy of making state legislative proceedings more open and transparent.

March 18, 2015
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Senator Hamilton calls for legislative modernizing to better serve constituents

(Brooklyn - March 18, 2013) Senator Hamilton urged reforms for the New York State Legislature in order to better meet the needs of constituents, writing in the Brooklyn Reader today. Senator Hamilton praised recent developments to incorporate technology into the legislature's day-to-day work and urged carrying that work forward. Senator Hamilton called for the legislature to use tools like tablet computing and mobile offices to reach out to constituents in the community writing, "District office staff are ready, willing, and able to get out into the field to serve constituents."

March 18, 2015
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SENATOR LARKIN PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT MAJORITY LEADER FOR HOUSE OPERATIONS BY MAJORITY LEADER DEAN SKELOS

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-On-Hudson) has been promoted by the New York State Senate Republican leadership to Assistant Majority Leader for House Operations in the Senate.  In this new leadership position, Senator Larkin will be working closely with Majority Leader Dean Skelos and the rest of the Senate Republican leadership to create jobs, stabilize taxes and continue to ensure New York State government does not infringe on the rights of law abiding citizens.

March 16, 2015
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Committee Meeting: New York State General 2015-2016 Budget Joint Conference Committee Schedule

Senate members serving on the committee are: Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos, Co-Chair; Finance Committee Chair John A. DeFrancisco; Deputy Republican Leader Thomas W. Libous; Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey D. Klein, Co-Chair; James L. Seward, Chairman, Majority Program Development Committee; Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins; 

Assembly members serving on the committee are: Carl E. Heastie, Co-Chair; Ways and Means Chair Herman D. Farrell, Jr.; Majority Leader Joseph Morelle; Deputy Speaker Earlene Hooper; and Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb. 

 

General Conference Committee, 4:00 PM, Hearing Room B

March 12, 4:00 PM - 4:22 PM
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Payroll Report - End Date 3/11/2015

Period: 
02/26/2015 - 03/11/2015
Check Date: 
03/25/2015

Bi-Weekly report of monies disbursed to Senate employees. The report is issued by the Secretary of the Senate and is available as both a .csv file and it's original PDF format for download at the bottom of the page.

The Report includes fields for the employee name, the employing office, city of employment, the employee title, the employee biweekly or hourly rate (whichever applies), the employee payroll type (see below), the pay period, the pay period's beginning and end date, the check date and the employing legislative entity.

Payroll Types:

March 11, 2015
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Young Named Assistant Senate Majority Whip

New Leadership position will include greater responsibilities

 

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) today was named the Assistant Senate Majority Whip. The new leadership position will increase her responsibilities as a member of the Senate Republican Majority’s Leadership Team and better position her to advocate for policies important to her constituents.

 

March 9, 2015
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RITCHIE NAMED TO SENATE LEADERSHIP POST

State Senator Patty Ritchie has been named Deputy Majority Leader for Senate and Assembly Relations. The new leadership post gives Senator Ritchie added responsibilities and puts her in an even stronger position to advocate on behalf of her constituents in Central and Northern New York. “In the four years I’ve served in the Senate, I’ve been able to work closely with members of both political parties, in both the Senate and Assembly, and I’m proud of the friendships and relationships I’ve established to help win passage of important legislation and new laws that

March 5, 2015
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Senator Parker’s Transitional Services Info for Inmates Bill Passed

FROM THE OFFICE OF STATE SENATOR KEVIN PARKER (D-Brooklyn)

Contact: Kassandra Mayhew | mayhew@nysenate.gov | 718-629-6401 | 718-629-6420 fax

March 3, 2015
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NY Senate Web Presence Analytics February 2015

Monthly analytics for the New York State Senate’s web presence.

File: 
NYSenate_Web_Analytics_2015-02-01_to_2015-02-28.xls

March 3, 2015
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Senate Passes Term Limits for State Legislative Leadership

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would set into law eight-year term limits for leadership positions in the Senate and Assembly. The measure (S2722B), sponsored by Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-I, Rome), is consistent with what is already in place in Senate rules and also limits the number of consecutive years a legislator can serve as a committee chair or party leader.

March 2, 2015
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IDC still powerful in the Senate: Avella

FEBRUARY 26, 2015 

By Madina Toure

When state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) first joined the Independent Democratic Conference, a group of rogue Democrats in the state Senate, he praised the group for its ability to overcome partisan lines and get things done.

Now that Republicans have the majority in the upper chamber of the state Senate, he concedes “the jury might still be out” on whether the IDC remains relevant.

But he insists that the group is still relevant, saying that it continues to have a working relationship with the Republican conference and still has influence.

March 2, 2015
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Gov. Cuomo: No Ethics Reform, No Budget

By Bill Carey

Monday, February 9, 2015 at 03:01 PM EST

The downfall of State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has led to a call for new reforms in state government, a campaign that could lead to a budget impasse. As Bill Carey reports, lawmakers believe they can avoid a budget stalemate by reaching a deal with the governor before the April 1 deadline.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has been on the road to warn that timely budgets are less important than a trustworthy government in Albany.

March 2, 2015
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Expenditure Report Period Ending 9-30-2014

Period: 
04/01/2014 - 09/30/2014

An accounting detailing total salary payments for senators and staff and every payment for travel, services and other general expenses for a 6 (six) month period. The full report is a five (5) section document consisting of a Cover, Letter from the Secretary, Table of Contents, Introduction and the Report. The report is issued by the Secretary of the Senate and is available as both a .csv file and it's original PDF format for download at the bottom of the page.

February 27, 2015
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