Issues: Government Operations

Kennedy Remains Top Ranking Democrat on Economic Development Committee, Earns Place on Finance Committee

Assignments to important committee posts follow Leader Stewart-Cousins move to make Kennedy a part of her leadership team. 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, today announced his committee assignments for the 2013 legislative session. Kennedy will retain his position as the ranking Democratic member on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business. He also earned a post on the Senate Finance Committee, which will give the Senator a larger influence on legislation that carries fiscal implications for the state.

January 22, 2013
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News and Views with Senator Robach Tuesday, January 15th

On Tuesday, January 15th, New York State Senator Joe Robach was a guest on News and Views to discuss Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2013 State of the State Address.

January 16, 2013
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Subject: Key Priorities as 2013 Session gets Underway

With the Governor kicking off the 2013 Legislative Session on Wednesday with the annual State of the State Address, I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of my key priorities as the new Legislative Session gets underway.

Providing Tax Relief: Mandate relief continues to be a priority to me as counties, local municipalities and schools struggle with their budgets. I will also be redoubling my efforts to fight for additional tax relief at the State and local levels.

Creating Jobs: We must also focus on pursuing policise that will help revitalize our economy, strengthen small businesses and create thousands of good, new jobs for our local economy.

January 10, 2013
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STATEMENT FROM SEN. GALLIVAN ON 2013 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

The Governor’s State of the State outlined an expansive and comprehensive vision for our state and its future. I am especially encouraged to see Governor Cuomo make the upstate economy a continued priority of his administration, and the specific attention he paid to bolstering Upstate’s agriculture and tourism industries – two sectors vital to the continued economic recovery of Western New York.

January 10, 2013
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Comments Regarding 2013 State of the State Address

On Wednesday, January 9th, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his 2013 State of the State Address in Albany. Senator Joe Robach, 56th Senate District, discusses his thoughts on the highlights of the address.

January 9, 2013
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State of State Reaction

 

ALBANY, 01/09/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address:

“New York is headed in the right direction financially thanks in part to a strong working relationship between the legislature and Governor Cuomo that has evolved over the last two years.  As we embark on the 2013 legislative session I anticipate additional collaborations that will bring further improvements.

“The governor’s pledge to continue to hold the line on taxes is one I wholeheartedly endorse.  This has been a key piece of our state’s rebuilding foundation and one that must remain if we are to make further strides.

January 9, 2013
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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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