Issues: Legislature

Special Committe of Inquiry Retains Chief Counsel

(New York, NY)- Senator Eric Schneiderman, Chair of the Special Committee of Inquiry, announced today the Senate has retained Daniel R. Alonso, a partner at the law firm of Kaye Scholer LLP to serve as special counsel.

October 22, 2009
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Reforming Albany: What is Wrong with the State Legislature and How to Fix It

A panel discussion taking place Oct 27th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Moderated by:

Lawrence Norden, Senior Counsel, Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice

Featuring:

    The Honorable Hakeem Jeffries, Assemblymember, 57th District, New York State Assembly

    Susan Lerner, Executive Director, Common Cause/New York

October 27, 6:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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Payroll Report - End Date 10/14/09

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10/01/2009 - 10/14/2009
Check Date: 
10/28/2009

October 15, 2009
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Payroll Report - End Date 09/30/09

Period: 
09/17/2009 - 09/30/2009
Check Date: 
10/14/2009

October 15, 2009
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Public Hearing Schedule: October 2009

October 6, 2009
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New York Needs a New Way of Budgeting

Every passing day brings a sea of news about economic conditions in the nation and state. We are getting a lot of data, some good and some bad.

While no elected official or the legislature in New York State can control the global economy, there is something we can do: plan our budgeting process so that government runs as efficiently as possible, and protect New York State, and its taxpayers, as much as possible from future financial crises.

October 2, 2009
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Our Most Available State Senator

Feature article in the Grand Street News

State Senator Daniel Squadron emailed us to say he joined with parents, educators and other community members for a Back-to-School forum last month, to discuss education and local schools, highlighting challenges and priorities for this school year.

He also launched a month-long series of community conference calls to follow up on the first-ever 25th Senate District Community Convention he hosted in March.

October 2, 2009
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A Senate freshman in the center of Albany’s fights

Feature article in The Downtown Express

By Josh Rogers

Daniel Squadron didn’t bring Albany to a standstill for over a month, nor has he ever been arrested for domestic violence, but he nevertheless was one of the state senators making news this year in one of the most turbulent sessions in the Capitol’s history.

October 1, 2009
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Senator Valesky Calls for New Approach to State Budgeting, Citing SyraStat Success

SYRACUSE, N.Y.--State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is calling for the adoption of performance budgeting for New York state that has worked in Syracuse as part of a long-term strategy to cut spending and improve efficiency in state government. Senator Valesky recently wrote new Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch, who will be extensively involved in the state budget development, advocating this new approach.

October 1, 2009
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Web Analytics Report 8/30/09 - 9/5/09

NYSenate.gov and Internet Analytics Office of the CIOfor 8/30/09 - 9/5/09

The information below shows the status of the New York Senateʼs web presence as well as an overview of how, in general, of how the Senate is engaging across Social Media.

The website has been experiencing a healthy amount of traffic even though the average level of visits has declined since session finished. The most obvious trend is the peaking of visits during the week and the lulls that occur over the weekend. In Social Media, many Senators have been growing their networks on Twitter and Facebook and have found attention through the most popular, most emailed and most linked sections of nysenate.gov. The online video has also been popular. The live streaming channel has accrued over 1 million viewer minutes watched and both YouTube channels have garnered thousands of views.

Through Crowdsourcing the Senate has engaged constituents and garnered several ideas and thousands of votes.

Internally, the CIOʼs office has been keeping on pace with itʼs development cycle. Nearly 60% of all new features currently requested have been implemented and 70% of all bugs reported have already been fixed. Over 80% of all requests for support have been addressed.

Please direct all feedback to ciodesk@senate.state.ny.us

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Crowdsourcing Data

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Homepage Daily Data

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Livestream Data

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NY Senate Website Daily Data

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Open.NYsenate Daily Data

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Facebook Data

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Website Development Data

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Youtube Data

September 24, 2009
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Independent Analysis: Foley Top 10 in Bills Passed Last Session

Meaningful legislation marks Foley’s first year as state senator, giving Foley more bills passed than any other freshman senator

September 21, 2009
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Statement from Senator Valesky: Senate Payroll Now Searchable on Web

“Consistent with the rules reform adopted July 9, 2009, the New York State Senate is now making Senate payroll records publically accessible online in a searchable and sortable format. This is another step demonstrating the Senate Majority’s commitment to making state government more open, accountable and transparent for the people it serves.”

 To view the New York State Senate payroll records go to http://www.nysenate.gov/opendata and search “payroll report.”

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September 18, 2009
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Senate G.O.P. Blocks Stronger Albany Ethics Rules

By Danny Hakim and Nicholas Confessore

Feature article in The New York Times

ALBANY— Republicans in the State Senate blocked a plan to overhaul the state’s ethics laws Thursday night, the latest blow to attempts to reform New York’s scandal-prone government.

he vote was taken at a special session of the State Senate as lawmakers also returned to the capital to confirm new leaders for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the state Insurance Department.

September 9, 2009
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Senator Squadron Statement on Comprehensive Ethics Reform

"The Republican opposition to our strong ethics package -- sponsored by myself and Senator Sampson -- and the fact that our conference was down one vote today means we will have to wait for passage.  While it is frustrating to wait, I strongly believe it is better to be able to pass our whole reform package – made up of two crucial bills – than to vote today on a piece of the package and come away with only half the changes we need."

September 9, 2009
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Public Hearing Schedule: September 2009

September 4, 2009
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