Issues: Legislature

March 25, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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March 22, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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March 23, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Senator Krueger Hails Passage Of “Sunshine Week” Legislation Increasing Transparency In Government

For Immediate Release: March 19, 2010Brad Usher | bradusher@gmail.com | 212.490.9535

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SENATOR KRUEGER HAILS PASSAGE OF “SUNSHINE WEEK”  PACKAGE OF LEGISLATION INCREASING TRANSPARENCY IN GOVERNMENT

March 19, 2010
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Senate Majority Passes "Sunshine" Legislation To Hold Government Accountable

“Sunshine” Package Passes, Further Opens Legislative Process to Public

The New York State Democratic Majority took another step forward today in lifting the veil on state government records by passing a package of four Sunshine Policy bills which reform the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and state Open Meetings Law. The package is designed to provide the public with greater access to information about State government as well as easier access to programs, processes and overall governmental activity.

March 18, 2010
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Payroll Report - End Date 03/03/10

Period: 
02/18/2010 - 03/03/2010
Check Date: 
03/17/2010

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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March 18, 2010
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Payroll Report - End Date 03/17/10

Period: 
03/04/2010 - 03/17/2010
Check Date: 
03/31/2010

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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March 17, 2010
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Forum/Town Hall: Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency Examines Spending at Department of Correctional Services

Senate Task Force on Government EfficiencyChair:    Senator Jeffrey D. KleinPublic Forum:    To examine spending at the Department of Correctional ServicesPlace:    Room 124, State Capitol Building, Albany, New YorkTime:    12:30 – 2:30 P.M.Contact:    Gabriel Paniza (518) 455-3594Media Contact:    Gwen Rocco (518) 455-3588ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 24, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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Web Analytics Report 2/13/10 - 2/27/10


This is the bi-weekly report on the New York State Senate’s web presence. Last week the website received a total of 54805 visits, up by nearly 1,00 since the last report and 2,200 over the last month. It had a bounce rate of 53%, higher than it’s long term average of 42%, and new visitors 70% of the time, higher than the long term average of 67%, and one point higher than the last report. The all time graph at the bottom of the first page shows that the average level of website activity has risen since the commencement of session in January and is experiencing similar amounts of activity as it experienced last year during session.

March 12, 2010
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GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY TASK FORCE PROBES SUNY ON WASTEFUL SPENDING PRACTICES

Led by Senator Klein, Task Force Demands Answers on Excessive Overtime Pay and Overhead Costs

ALBANY – The Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency, chaired by State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein, probed officials from the State University of New York (SUNY) system at a public hearing Thursday regarding excessive spending on overtime pay and overhead costs. The hearing was the first of many the Task Force plans to conduct in an effort to examine spending at state agencies.

March 11, 2010
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NY Senate task force to study government inefficiency, waste

CBS6 reported on the creation of the NY Senate's new task force

They reported that "A bipartisan task force has been formed in New York's Senate to investigate state spending for inefficiency and waste."

Read the full article here.

March 2, 2010
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SENATE ANNOUNCES TASK FORCE ON GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY

(Albany, NY) – Demonstrating their commitment to developing a fiscally responsible budget, the Senate Majority Conference announced the formation of a new bipartisan task force on government efficiency. Chaired by Deputy Senate Majority Leader Jeff Klein, the twelve-member task force will conduct a statewide investigation into the spending practices of state agencies and operations to uncover areas of administrative inefficiencies and government waste.

March 2, 2010
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Web Analytics Report 2/7/10 - 2/13/10


This is the bi-weekly report on the New York State Senate’s web presence. Last week the website received a total of 44647 visits, up by nearly 1,100 since the last report. It had a bounce rate of 50%, higher than it’s long term average of 42%, but lower than the last report, and new visitors 69% of the time, higher than the long term average of 66%, but also lower than the last report. The all time graph at the bottom of the first page shows that the average level of website activity has risen since the commencement of session in January and is experiencing similar amounts of activity as it experienced last year during session.

March 1, 2010
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Public Hearing Schedule: March 2010

This is the latest New York State Public Hearing Schedule for March, 2010. You can read the document in the embed below or download the file at the bottom of the page.

March 1, 2010
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Senator Winner in debate on the floor of the New York State Senate

Albany, N.Y.—Earlier this year State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) took to the floor of the New York State Senate -- as he's done hundreds of times in both the Assembly and Senate over the past three decades he's served in the Legislature -- this time to build support for legislation he sponsored in 2010 to require the state to provide personal income tax refunds within 30 days after a taxpayer files a return.

February 25, 2010
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Senator Valesky Opposes Governor's Plan to Delay Income Tax Returns

ALBANY, N.Y.--If New Yorkers have to pay their taxes on time, the state should provide its refunds on time, Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and Senate Majority Democrats told Governor Paterson today. Passing a resolution with broad bi-partisan support, the Senate formally opposed the Governor’s scheme to delay more than $500 million in refunds to individuals and $200 in refunds to businesses.

February 24, 2010
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Member Directory as of 2/19/10

This is the New York State Senate Directory of Senator Offices and contact information.

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February 23, 2010
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Committee Meeting: 2/23/2010: Cities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cities Senator Shirley L. Huntley, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Room 609, LOB

February 23, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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February 22, 2:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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February 23, 2:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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