Issues: Legislature

Senate gavels in new session with committee assignments, Senator O'Mara assigned key posts

Albany, N.Y., January 11—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has been named chairman of the Senate Elections Committee by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Long Island).

January 11, 2011
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In Albany for Governor's Address, Queensbury student meets Senator Little

Nicole Christensen, left, is pictured with her father, Andrew, and Senator Betty Little in the Senate Chamber on the first day of legislative session in Albany.  Nicole, a senior at Queensbury High School, was one of 62 students invited to be a guest of Governor Andrew Cuomo for the State of the State Address delivered Wednesday, January 5.

January 11, 2011
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Chief Judge Lippman administers oath of office to Senator Little

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman administers the Oath of Office to Senator Betty Little on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 in the Senate Chamber.  Holding the Bible is an aide to Senator Little, Dan Mac Entee.  The oath was administered on the first day of legislative session prior to the Senate and Assembly convening to attend Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State Address.

 

January 11, 2011
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Public Hearing Schedule: January 2011

This is the latest New York State Public Hearing Schedule for January 27, 2011. You can read the document in the embed below or download the file at the bottom of the page.

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PHC January 10, 2011.pdf

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PHC January 20, 2011.pdf

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PHC January 27, 2011.pdf

January 10, 2011
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Local students gain insight from state legislators

Press-Republican

January 9, 2011

January 10, 2011
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January 7, 2011
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Payroll Report - End Date 01/05/11

Period: 
12/23/2010 - 01/05/2011
Check Date: 
01/19/2011

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:

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January 7, 2011
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Senator Valesky joins groundbreaking Independent Democratic Conference

ALBANY, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) announced his departure from the Senate Democratic Conference and the formation of a third legislative conference, along with three of his Democratic colleagues, Senators Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester), Diane Savino, (D-Staten Island/ Brooklyn), and David Carlucci, (D-Clarkstown).

January 6, 2011
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Senator LaValle's Priorities for the New Legislative Session.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, IP–Port Jefferson) today said the messages he heard from constituents and initiatives he campaigned on will form the basis of his legislative agenda for the next two years.   

“I fully support the Governor’s property tax cap proposal,” LaValle said. “A two percent cap or cap tied to the rate of inflation is a number one priority.” LaValle has been a staunch proponent of a property tax cap for the past several years and said Senate Republicans first passed a property tax cap in 2008 and continued to advocate for a cap in order to provide relief to Long Islanders who are overburdened by high property taxes. 

LaValle said his priorities include:

January 6, 2011
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Official Transcripts of the Public Meeting on Redistricting.

Attached are the official transcripts to both the December 14 (New York City) and December 16 (Albany), 2010  Public Meetings on redistricting.

January 5, 2011
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Swearing In Event

Swearing In....

January 5, 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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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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New Senate Majority is Costing New York State Money

January 4, 2010Press ReleaseFor Immediate ReleaseNew Senate Majority is Costing New York State MoneyAlbany, NY – State Senator Rubén Díaz today charged the new Senate Majority with costing New York State money.

“The new Senate Majority continues to authorize and encourage expenditures that the State cannot afford through its use of antiquated and outdated accounting methods,” stated Senator Díaz.

January 4, 2011
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Getting Started

The election season is long gone, the transitions are well underway, and the swearing-in ceremonies have taken place -- now we're about to get right to work on the 2011 legislative session.

January 4, 2011
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Redistricting Public Hearing Testimony

Attached are written testimonies submitted by speakers at both the December 14, 2010, New York City meeting and the December 16, 2010, meeting in Albany.

Links have been provided to video testimony of speaker below:

Aaron Mair | Arbor Hill Concerned Citizens

Blair Horner | New York Public Interest Research Group

Barbara Bartoletti | Legislative Director of the League of Women Voters of New

Dr. José E. Cruz | New York Latino Research and Resources Network

January 4, 2011
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Article III of the New York State Constitution

ARTICLE IIILegislature[Legislative power]Section 1. The legislative power of this state shall be vested in the senate and assembly.[Number and terms of senators and assemblymen]§2. The senate shall consist of fifty members,* except as hereinafter provided. The senators elected in the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety-five shall hold their offices for three years, and their successors shall be chosen for two years. The assembly shall consist of one hundred and fifty members. The assembly members elected in the year one thousand nine hundred and thirty-eight, and their successors, shall be chosen for two years. (Amended by vote

January 4, 2011
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Proposed Redistricting Reforms/Legislation

Senators Dilan, Valesky, Robach, Bonacic and Governor Andrew Cuomo have introduced a bi-partisan group of measures to reform the redistricting process. Below is a summary of these bills.

Bill S.3419 - 2011 (Rules Committee) Governor Program Bill

Type: Legislative law creating a independent redistricting commission.

January 3, 2011
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2011 Redistricting Frequently Asked Questions

Some common questions about the Redistricting process?

1. What role do U.S. Census figures play in redistricting?

2. What is redistricting?

3. What is reapportionment?

4. What requirements must the legislature follow?

5. What is the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and reapportionment (LATFOR)?

6. How the bill becomes law.

7. What about an independent redistricting commission?

8. When will it take effect?

9. Why should I care?

10. How can I get involved?

11. How can I get redistricting data?

 

1. What role do U.S. Census figures play in redistricting?

January 3, 2011
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Redistricting Background

The Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment was established by Chapter 45 of the New York State Laws of 1978 to research and study the techniques and methodologies used by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of the Census in carrying out the decennial federal census. The Task Force aids the Legislature by maintaining computer systems, developing databases, conducting hearings and developing Senate, Assembly and Congressional redistricting plans. LATFOR also conducts research projects relating to the collection and use of census data and other statistical information. The Task Force consists of six members, including four legislators and two non-legislators.

January 3, 2011
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