Issues: Legislature

Senator Ball Brings Together Local Elected Officials

Ball: We have to work together, regardless of party affiliation, to come up with solutions.

CARMEL, NY (02/03/2011) - Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) hosted a bi-partisan summit today to develop common solutions for local problems, such as MS4, mandate relief, government consolidation, and resource sharing. The summit included presentations from Putnam County Executive Paul Eldridge, Vincent Tamangna, Chairman of the Putnam County Legislature, and Carmel Town Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt.

“We all have the same issues, and the solutions are in your heads,” Ball told the audience of Supervisors, Councilmen, Legislators, and other local officials. “The men and women in this room have so much knowledge at the local level to work from, and today is an opportunity to get something done in Albany. Let’s use this opportunity, as stewards of your local municipalities, to make changes that need to be made.”

February 3, 2011

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

Public Hearing Schedule: February 2011

This is the latest New York State Public Hearing Schedule for February 25, 2011. You can read the document in the embed below or download the file at the bottom of the page.

PHC February 1, 2011.pdf

PHC February 4, 2011.pdf

PHC February 14, 2011.pdf

PHC February 18, 2011.pdf

PHC February 25, 2011.pdf

February 1, 2011

Senator Flanagan Named To Key Committee Positions

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), who was recently named the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Education, has announced that he has also been named as a member of three powerful Senate committees that will have a major impact on the future of New York State and Long Island: Senate Finance Committee, Senate Codes Committee and the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee.

January 28, 2011


Also Named to Key Committees

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that he has been named to the leadership position of Senate Majority Whip by Senator Dean Skelos, Senate Majority Leader.

"It is a great honor for me to be named Majority Whip," said Senator Larkin. "I appreciate the confidence Senator Skelos has placed in me and I look forward to working with the entire Republican conference to ensure a successful legislative session."

"Bill Larkin is a true leader and I value his wisdom, experience and input as part of the Senate Majority’ leadership team," Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said.

January 27, 2011

When Will We Hear from Our Democratic Leaders about Those Senators

by New York State Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz

Two years ago, Senators Hiram Monserrate, Pedro Espada, Carl Kruger and I formed a group that we called the Four Amigos. We met frequently – not in secret- all believing in transparency in government. We discussed how, as Democrats serving in the Senate Majority, we could initiate much needed change in the Senate to help our constituents. As Senators representing areas with growing Hispanic populations, we knew that our mission was long overdue.

January 26, 2011

Mandate reform might work this time

POST-STAR Editorial
Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2011 7:05 pm
Mandates Mandates Mandates.

January 21, 2011

Payroll Report - End Date 1/19/11

01/06/2011 - 01/19/2011
Check Date: 

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.

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January 20, 2011

No Reason to Wait: Senator Krueger & Senate Democrats Introduce Sweeping Bipartisan Rules Reforms

For Immediate Release: January 18, 2011

Katie Kincaid | | 646-784-0485


(Albany, NY) Building on their commitment to immediately adopt Mayor Koch’s reform pledge for independent redistricting, ethics and budget reform, Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) Senate Democrats called on all 62 members to join them in immediately passing a sweeping rules reform resolution that would protect historic reforms passed in the Senate in 2009, and take additional proposals from both Republicans and Democrats to create a more fair, deliberative, and accountable Senate.


January 19, 2011

Local state legislators get key assignments

By MAURY THOMPSON | Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 4:24 pm

ALBANY -- State legislative leaders on Tuesday announced that several local state lawmakers had been appointed to key leadership and committee positions.

State Sen. Elizabeth Little, R-Queensbury, will chair the Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee.

To read more click HERE.

January 13, 2011
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