Issues: Legislature

Payroll Report - End Date 10/28/09

Period: 
10/15/2009 - 10/28/2009
Check Date: 
11/11/2009

Bi-weekly report of salaries disbursed to Senate employees.

Pay Basis: Regular Annual (RA) - Special Annual (SA) - Temporary (TE: Hourly Rate)

October 29, 2009
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The Fog of Ethics in Albany

Feature article in the New York Times

Extortion, bribery, racketeering — those are just some of the crimes that have sent members of the New York State Legislature to jail in the last five years. The good news is that the authorities caught up with them. The bad news is how easily and how long they were able to exploit the system, and New York’s long-suffering citizens, before they were caught.

October 27, 2009
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Larkin Attends Inaugural Meeting Of BiPartisan Delegation Of Hudson Valley Senators

In an effort to ensure the Hudson Valley is fairly represented in all legislative matters, local Senators have formed a bipartisan delegation to make sure the needs and concerns of residents are heard in Albany.

This new delegation, which will be co-chaired by Senators Thomas Morahan and Jeffrey Klein, will ensure that legislative leaders have a firm understanding of what is important to the Hudson Valley when addressing legislative and budget issues.

October 26, 2009
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The Villager: Duane decries dysfunction of Albany at town hall

By Patrick Hedlund 

September 23, 2009

After spending what he admitted was a “despicable” summer in Albany, state Senator Thomas Duane, speaking earlier this month, expressed confidence that votes on same-sex marriage and rent reforms could come as soon as the end of the month, despite the likely political wrangling that would occur when lawmakers returned to session.

October 23, 2009
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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

Period: 
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 2, 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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Twitter 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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