Issues: Government Operations

Don’t Hike Pay for Legislators, Raise the People’s Pay

By SENATOR TIM KENNEDY

It’s time for lawmakers to go on the record on pay raises. Over the last several weeks and months, I’ve made it clear I am opposed to pay hikes for state legislators. Now, I urge my colleagues to join me in working to restore the public’s trust, rather than moving forward with their ill-conceived money grab.

With our economy now pressing forward along the road to recovery, lawmakers should be focused on economic issues and getting people back to work, not on bigger paychecks for themselves.

November 7, 2012
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GALLIVAN ANNOUNCES WAYS WESTERN NEW YORKERS CAN ASSIST DOWNSTATE NEIGHBORS IMPACTED BY SUPERSTORM SANDY

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) today announced several ways that Western New Yorkers, and all New Yorkers, can help the massive relief effort underway in the New York City Metro Area in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy that ravaged the Eastern Seaboard last week.

Gallivan urged New Yorkers to utilize The American Red Cross and Catholic Charities, or other trusted charitable organizations who have strong track records of efficiently and effectively distributing relief aid in disaster situations.

November 5, 2012
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Apply For U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loans For Homeowners, Renters, Businesses And Private, Nonprofit Organizations

Whether you rent or own your own home, own your own business, or own a small agricultural cooperative located in a declared disaster area, and are the victim of a disaster, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

October 31, 2012
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Emergency Preparations Underway For Hurricane Sandy

 

ONEONTA, 10/26/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on emergency preparation in advance of Hurricane Sandy following a briefing by the governor’s office:

“With Hurricane Sandy predicted to impact the region in the coming days, residents should stay informed and prepare for the potential of severe weather.  I am pleased Governor Cuomo is readying state emergency operations personnel and already the New York Power Authority and the NYCDEP are releasing water and lowering reservoir levels in Schoharie County to reduce the potential for flooding.  These precautionary measures are sensible steps that will help prepare our region in the event Hurricane Sandy strikes.

October 26, 2012
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Senator Martins Meet Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at Hofstra University

Senator Jack M. Martins recently met with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at a legislative breakfast at Hofstra University. Governor Bush discussed issues facing the states as well as the nation as a whole. For Senator Martins, it was interesting to get Governor Bush's perspective on issues he faced in Florida.

September 26, 2012
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Senator Martins Attends Legislative Breakfast with Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended a legislative breakfast at Hofstra University where he met former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Governor Bush discussed issues challenging the states and the nation as a whole.

September 26, 2012
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SQUADRON, GOTTFRIED, FIREFIGHTERS URGE IMMEDIATE CLOSURE OF MAJOR GAPS IN SAFETY CODE AT HUNDREDS OF STATE-OWNED BUILDINGS AROUND CITY

Squadron-Gottfried Legislation Created Task Force to Avoid Tragedies Like Deutsche Bank Fire; Now as Council Holds Hearing, Recommendations Must be Acted On

Squadron, Gottfried: Every Day We Don't Act Means Another Day Lives May Be at Risk

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and firefighters urged immediate action to close major gaps in the fire and safety codes at hundreds of State-owned buildings around New York City, today outside the scene of the tragic Deutsche Bank fire. 

September 19, 2012
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LARKIN SENDS LETTER TO GOVERNOR CUOMO REGARDING SURCHARGE ON EMPLOYERS

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today sent a letter to Governor Cuomo requesting that the state pick up a $102 million tab hitting employers across the state.

The New York State Department of Labor is currently billing employers statewide $12.75 for each person they employ.  Due in September, this "Interest Assessment Surcharge" is being collected so New York can make an interest payment on a $4 billion loan it took out from the federal government to cover unemployment benefits. 

In his letter to Governor Cuomo, Senator Larkin suggested that rather than bill employers, New York should pick up the cost using a portion of the $340 million in settlement payments the state is set to receive from the Standard Charter Bank investigation.

September 6, 2012
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SENATOR LARKIN RECOGNIZED AS “PRO-JOBS SUPPORTER” BY STATE BUSINESS COUNCIL

In recognition of his commitment to promoting fiscal reform and improving the state’s economic climate, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) received a 90% pro-jobs rating as part of the Business Council of New York State’s 2012 Voters’ Guide.

The Business Council of New York State recently released its 2012 Voters’ Guide, which measures New York State Legislators’ commitment to improving the state’s economic climate and performance by scoring their support for key business legislation during the 2012 Legislative Session. 

September 6, 2012
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Expenditure Report Period Ending 3/31/2012

Period: 
10/01/2011 - 03/31/2012

 

An accounting detailing total salary payments for senators and staff and every payment for travel, services and other general expenses for a 6 (six) month period. The full report is a five (5) section document consisting of a Cover, Letter from the Secretary, Table of Contents, Introduction and the Report. 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.

Attachment: 
Expenditure Report Period Ending 3/31/2012

Attachment: 
October 2011 - March 2012

Attachment: 
Patience Cover Letter Aug 2012

Attachment: 
ExpReport Cover Aug 2012

Attachment: 
Table of Contents Aug 2012

August 30, 2012
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RITCHIE GETS HIGH MARKS FROM TWO LEADING PRO-JOBS GROUPS

Unshackle Upstate, Business Council of New York State Give Ritchie Positive Reviews

State Senator Patty Ritchie has received high marks from the state’s two leading pro-jobs groups, Unshackle Upstate and the New York Business Council.

August 22, 2012
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Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children

 

June 15, 2012

MEMORANDUM FOR:

David V. Aguilar Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionAlejandro Mayorkas Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesJohn Morton Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

FROM:

Janet Napolitano

SUBJECT:

Exercising Proset¢orial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children

File: 
s1-exercising-prosecutorial-discretion-individuals-who-came-to-us-as-children.pdf

August 8, 2012
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Senator Bill Larkin Addresses the Orange County Chamber of Commerce

Senator Bill Larkin recently addressed the Orange County Chamber of Commerce on this year's legislative accomplishments.  Seated with Senator Larkin are Dr. John D'Ambrosio, President of the Chamber of Commerce, Scott Wohl from the Builders Association of the Hudson Valley, and Rick Struck from Orange and Rockland Utilities.

August 3, 2012
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Griffo Announces Appointment of News Exec to Government Oversight

Griffo: Rome Sentinel Executive Will Help Keep Government Working in the Open

July 30, 2012
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MTA announces partial restoration of Q79 bus

The NY Daily News reports on the MTA's announcement to restore transportation services in the Bronx and Brooklyn, which has lead Senator Gianaris to request the reinstatement of services to Queens as well.

Days after the MTA announced plans to expand service in Brooklyn and the Bronx, eastern Queens got some good news of its own on Thursday.

 

Agency officials said it will partially restore service along the former Q79 bus route by re-routing every other Q36 bus to run along the old Q79 route from Little Neck to Floral Park.

 

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State Sen. Michael Gianaris sent a letter to MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota this week requesting that two major transit options in his district be reinstated.

 

July 27, 2012
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Smart Power For Astoria

The Queens Gazette wrote about the press conference held by Smart Power NY, a growing coalition that is focused on improving energy generation in the Queens community.

Smart Power NY, a coalition of business, labor and environmental groups along with local and state elected officials, announced that City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has joined the group, which is advocating for access to safe and reliable sources of power, a reduction in carbon emissions, job creation and policies that will help New Yorkers save on their power bills.

 

July 27, 2012
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Public Hearing: To examine the current laws and regulations on boating safety in New York State and whether changes are necessary to protect the public on our waters

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government OperationsChair: Senator Carl L. MarcellinoPublic Hearing: To examine the current laws and regulations on boating safety in New York State and whether changes are necessary to protect the public on our waters.Place: Town of Oyster Bay, Town Board Hearing Room, Town Hall East,54 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay, NY 11771Time: 11:00 A.M.Contact: Debbie Peck Kelleher (518) 455-2390 ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

Press Contact: Kathy Wilson  (516) 922-1811

August 8, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Senator Zeldin Votes to Repeal MTA Payroll Tax for Self-Employed Individuals

New York State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) speaks on the Senate Floor in support of Senate Bill 7165-A, sponsored by Senator Greg Ball, that will repeal the MTA Tax for self-employed individuals earning $250,000 a year or less. The bill passed the New York State Senate on June 20, 2012.

July 18, 2012
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COALITION OF STATE, LOCAL LEADERS ANNOUNCE GROUNDBREAKING LITTER CLEAN-UP, ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—A bipartisan coalition of state, local and community leaders in Syracuse announced a comprehensive effort aimed at curbing the ongoing and serious problem of litter on city highways today.

July 16, 2012
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