Issues: Government Operations

RITCHIE APPLAUDS GOVERNOR’S CALL FOR ATTRACTING GOOD JOBS, CONTINUED ECONOMIC GROWTH

Plans to Focus on Upstate Economic Development Included in State of the State Address

State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call for building on the progress of the past two years to create more jobs and continue economic growth, following Wednesday’s State of the State address in Albany.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH SENATOR RITCHIE'S COMMENTS ON THE GOVERNOR'S 2013 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

“In 2013, my focus is jobs, and I was thrilled to hear that Governor Cuomo is making that one of his priorities as well,” said Senator Ritchie.

“We have made some great strides recently when it comes to getting our state’s economy back on track, but there’s a lot more we can do.  I’m eager to get to work and continue to collaborate with the Governor and my fellow colleagues in an effort to put more New Yorkers back to work.”

January 9, 2013
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Senator Serrano Appointed Chair of the Democratic Conference

(Albany, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano has been appointed Chair of the Senate Democratic Conference, by recently-elected Democratic Leader, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins. As Chair of the Conference, Serrano will be responsible for presiding over conference meetings.  

January 9, 2013
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Senator Gallivan Takes the Oath of Office on January 9th, 2013

Chief Judge Lippman of the New York Court of Appeals administers the oath of office to Senator Patrick Gallivan

January 9, 2013
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State Senator Stavisky and Assemblyman Ron Kim Meet with The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF)

 

Today, Senator Stavisky visited Assemblyman Ron Kim’s office to meet with CACF Executive Director Wayne Ho and Health Policy Director Noilyn Abesamis-Mendoza to discuss legislation that would benefit the large Asian American population in their districts.

 

January 4, 2013
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Public Hearing: To consider possible infrastructure and construction improvements, zoning changes and beach protection when rebuilding in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy to prevent destruction from the next big storm

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government OperationsChair: Senator Carl L. MarcellinoPublic Hearing: To consider possible infrastructure and construction improvements, zoning changes and beach protection when rebuilding in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy to prevent destruction from the next big stormPlace: Nassau County Office Building, Legislative & Executive Chamber, 1550 Franklin Avenue, Mineola, New YorkTime: 11:00 A.M.Contact: Debbie Peck Kelleher (518) 455-2390Media Contact: Kathy Wilson (516) 922-1811ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

January 17, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Hurricane Sandy Relief

The failure of Congress to act on the federal assistance legislation to help the millions of people impacted by Hurricane Sandy is absolutely unconscionable.   People in my district and throughout the region continue to struggle to put their lives back together.  Business owners are working to get back on their feet and everyone is trying to restore a sense of normalcy. By walking away from the aid bill, the House leadership has turned their backs on New Yorkers in their time of need.  Without action to provide federal aid, rebuilding homes and businesses and repairing vital infrastructure becomes even more of an uphill battle.

January 2, 2013
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Griffo Asks Republican Congressional Leaders to Approve Storm Aid for NY

Griffo Asks Republican Congressional Leaders to Help Approve Storm Aid

December 22, 2012
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Laws Taking Effect on January 1, 2013

A new sales tax exemption designed to encourage solar energy use and a law to provide new protections for domestic violence victims highlight the list of new state laws that take effect on January 1, 2013.  Other measures that take effect on New Years Day include laws that help craft brewers distribute their products, prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, and authorize new ways for colleges to provide health insurance for students.

December 19, 2012
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Job Creation Projects In 51st Senate District Net $21 Million

ONEONTA, 12/19/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that 50 job creation projects in the 51st senate district will receive critically important state funds through the second round of Regional Economic Development Council awards.

“The Regional Economic Development Council approach provides our state with a real economic spark, capitalizing on a bottom up approach which maximizes creative and innovative ideas generated by local stakeholders,” said Senator Seward.  “I applaud Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Duffy for this successful initiative that is spurring job growth and building a stronger economy for the future.”

December 19, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Applauds AG Schneiderman’s New Requirements to Combat ‘Dark Money,’ Boost Transparency in Political Campaigns

New regulations from AG Schneiderman will shed light on the influence of “dark money” in NY government and politics. 

Kennedy says Schneiderman’s new regulations partnered with real campaign finance reform will boost transparency, combat corruption and eliminate undue corporate influence over the will of the people

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, applauded the efforts of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today as he announced new regulations and reporting requirements that will combat “dark money” and increase transparency in state government and politics.

December 12, 2012
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Statement by Senator Dean Skelos on Reelection as Senate Republican Leader

I am honored that the members of our Senate Republican Conference have voted unanimously today to reelect me as their leader.  I appreciate their support and confidence, and look forward to being a strong voice for their priorities. By partnering with Governor Cuomo and the Independent Democratic Conference, Senate Republicans have delivered the bipartisan results New Yorkers need and deserve, including two early budgets that reduced spending, enactment of a two percent property tax cap, middle-class income tax relief and an end to Albany dysfunction.  

December 11, 2012
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New York State Senators Announce Bipartisan Task Force for Hurricane Sandy Recovery

As New York State begins large-scale rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Independent Democratic Conference Leader Senator Jeffrey D. Klein and Republican Conference Leader Senator Dean G. Skelos announced the formation of a bipartisan Senate task force charged with undertaking some of the recovery’s biggest challenges. As federal and state aid begins to materialize, task force members will play a pivotal role in developing the short and long-term plans that will help these communities get back on their feet. Each task force member represents one of New York State’s hardest hit areas and is thus uniquely qualified to pinpoint those neighborhoods and businesses that are most in need.

December 10, 2012
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Bipartisan Task Force for Hurricane Sandy Recovery

 

In Rockaways, New York State Senators Announce Bipartisan Task Force for Hurricane Sandy RecoverySenator Malcolm Smith and Senator Andrew Lanza will Co-Chair

December 10, 2012
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Historic Bipartisan Leadership Partnership Announced

 

ONEONTA, 12/05/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the announcement of a bipartisan partnership to govern the New York State Senate:

“Ensuring New York offers opportunities for future success – that’s what residents of the 51st senate district want and that’s what I care about.  The new bipartisan leadership coalition will produce those opportunities.

December 4, 2012
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Independent Democratic Conference, Senate Republicans Announce Creation of Historic Bipartisan Partnership

Senator Dean G. Skelos, leader of the Senate Republican Conference, and Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, today joined together to announce an historic bipartisan partnership to continue the tremendous progress that has been achieved over the past two years in New York State.  This new bipartisan governing coalition guarantees a fiscally responsible, fully functional Senate that will continue to produce positive results for all New Yorkers.      

December 4, 2012
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Legal Assistance for Those Affected by Superstorm Sandy

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy,  the New York State Bar Association has been working with local bar associations throughout the affected area to coordinate relief efforts. The Bar Association held a free continuing legal education program focusing on disaster recovery issues, and a webcast of that event and the educational materials that accompanied it are available online at www.nysba.org/superstormsandyfreeclelink. Information about these and other storm relief efforts and recovery resources is available at www.nysba.org/sandy.

November 28, 2012
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GALLIVAN QUESTIONS DMV CONTRACT FOR NEW LICENSES WITH CANADIAN COMPANY

Senate Economic Development Chair Cites Economic and Safety Concerns, Urges Comptroller’s Office To Thoroughly Review Contract

“The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles’ apparent selection of a bid submitted by CBN Secure Technology of Canada to produce the state’s next generation drivers licenses raises several questions and concerns.”

“The fact that CBN’s bid was the most expensive to taxpayers and would shift the development and manufacturing processes out of the United States raises some questions as New York State continues to grapple with budget issues. I hope the State Comptroller’s office gives this contract a thorough review to ensure tax dollars are being invested wisely.”

November 15, 2012
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Kennedy and Ryan Want Answers: New Contract for NY Driver’s Licenses Will Cost Taxpayers an Extra $38 Million

DMV Tentatively Awards New Contract To Produce NY Driver’s Licenses To Highest Bidder – Kennedy and Ryan Urge DMV To Explain Contract Decision

BUFFALO – Today, November 14, 2012, New York State Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblyman Sean Ryan urged the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to explain why they have awarded a new contract to produce New York State driver’s licenses that will cost taxpayers an extra $38 million.

November 14, 2012
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Griffo Wants Contract for State Driver's Licenses Re-bid

Griffo: State Wrong to Pay More, Get Less on Driver’s Licenses

November 14, 2012
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GALLIVAN URGES THRUWAY AUTHORITY TO AVOID TOLL HIKES “AT ALL COSTS”

Renews Call To Separate Canal System From Thruway Authority

As New York State Thruway Authority officials postponed a scheduled meeting for the second time in five days that may have included a vote to approve a 45 percent increase on three-axel vehicles, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma), chairman of the Senate’s Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee, urged the Thruway Authority Board to explore other options to avoid a toll increase and consider his proposal to separate the State’s Canal System from the Thruway Authority.

November 13, 2012
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