Issues: Government Operations

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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State Rep: Unblock Sunscreen Ban In Schools

NY1 did a story on Senator Gianaris' sunscreen in school bill. 

Watch the video here.

July 2, 2012
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Astoria keeps eye on Greece after election

An article by the Queens Campaigner talks about Astoria's Greek-American residents and their concern for Greece's economic future.

Astoria’s Greek-American elected officials said their constituents remain concerned but hopeful about Greece’s economic future after the nation’s New Democracy Party was elected by a narrow margin on a platform of remaining within the European Union.

 

“Hopefully, they’ll get their act together and start getting things moving in the right direction,” said state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria).

 

July 2, 2012
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SKELOS TAPS GALLIVAN AS NEW CHAIR OF COMMERCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE

Area Business Leaders Laud Choice of Western New York Senator  

ALBANY - Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-C-I, Rockville Centre) announced today that Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) has been appointed Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business.

July 2, 2012
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Senator Gianaris Speaks Against S.7789

Watch this YouTube video of Senator Gianaris' remarks opposing a bill that would make it easier for power plants that were supposed to be placed here on a temporary basis to become permanent.

June 25, 2012
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Senator Gianaris Speaks on S.7517 Regarding Queens Parkland

Watch this YouTube video of Senator Gianaris speaking on the Senate floor about S7517, regarding Hallet's Point land. The Senate GOP tried to keep Gianaris from sponsoring this bill, despite his work on the issue and the fact that it's in his district.

June 25, 2012
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Sen. Gianaris on End of Session and Start of Campaigning

Capital Tonight posted Senator Gianaris' radio interview, where he discusses how Senate Democrats will prepare to regain control of the Senate chamber.

Listen to the interview here.

June 25, 2012
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Gianaris Remains 12th S.D. Senator, Maloney Hailed

Queens Gazette posted an article reporting that Senator Gianaris will continue to represent Dutch Kills and the 12th senate district.

June 25, 2012
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The Capitol Pressroom for June 20, 2012

Senator Gianaris was interviewed on Susan Arbetter's show, discussing the probability of ending session without a deal on the decriminalization of marijuana and teacher evaluations.

Listen to the audio here.

June 25, 2012
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Voter Empowerment Act Introduced

An article by the Queens Gazette talks about the introduction of the Voter Empowerment Act, which aims to optimize the voter registration process in New York.

State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law joined with good government and advocacy groups on June 7 to announce the introduction of the Voter Empowerment Act of New York, a nonpartisan initiative to increase voter participation as the 2012 election season commences. This legislation would amend the election law to update, streamline and make more efficient the voter registration process in New York.

 

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June 25, 2012
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Senator Gianaris on RNN's Richard French Live Discussing Stop & Frisk Policy

Check out Senator Gianaris' interview on RNN's Richard French Live discussing how his bill to increase penalties for the imposition of quotas by the police department would also reduce the number of stop and frisks.

June 25, 2012
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Law could simplify voter registration

The Queens Chronicle wrote an article about the Voter Empowerment Act of New York bill, which Senator Gianaris introduced along with Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh and the Brennan Center for Justice. Senator Gianaris believes this proposal could save the state and its counties hundreds of thousands of dollars per election.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria), Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan) and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law introduced the Voter Empowerment Act of New York bill on June 7.

 

June 25, 2012
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2012 Legislative Session Highlights

SUMMARY OF 2012 SENATE LEGISLATIVE ACTION**Note: PBH = Bill passed both houses**2012-2013 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET            For the second consecutive year, the New York State Senate completed an early passage of the state budget. The 2012-13 state budget achieved the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.  Highlights include: STATE SPENDING GROWTH HELD UNDER TWO PERCENT 

June 22, 2012
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2012 Session - Solutions & Accountability

ALBANY, 06/21/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the close of the 2012 legislative session:

“Albany is results driven once again and for that reason there were plenty of notable accomplishments during the 2012 legislative session.  We focused on solutions and accountability.

 “For a second consecutive year we passed an on-time state budget that kept spending in check, rejected new taxes and fees, funds the reconstruction of our upstate roads and bridges and funnels additional education aid to our neediest rural schools. 

June 21, 2012
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Summary of 2012 Legislative Action

2012-2013 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

For the second consecutive year, the New York State Senate completed an early passage of the state budget. The 2012-13 state budget achieved the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.  

Highlights include: 

STATE SPENDING GROWTH HELD UNDER TWO PERCENT

 

June 21, 2012
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Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Chamber of Commerce Report

A new report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce showing that New York has jumped 11 spots in the rankings of top states for growth, productivity and livability is proof positive that the Governor and Senate Republicans are making progress in turning New York around.

Over the last 18 months, we’ve brought spending under control, slammed the door on tax increases that make it more difficult for businesses and families, and laid a solid foundation to create thousands of new jobs. 

We’ve reduced middle class taxes, enacted a property tax cap and approved Recharge NY.  Under our leadership, Albany is no longer a hindrance to small businesses and innovators, it’s a partner for economic progress.

June 15, 2012
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Senators Larkin and Bonacic Welcome Local Business Leaders to the Senate Chamber

John Lavelle (Alliance for Balanced Growth), Maureen Halahan (Orange County Partnership), Mayor Kyle Roddey (Village of Goshen) and Dominic Cordisco (Alliance for Balanced Growth) join Senators Bill Larkin and John Bonacic in the Senate Chamber during their recent visit to Albany.  Local officials and business development leaders were in town to meet with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens concerning the proposed changes to DEC’s wetland maps and the impact these changes would have on the business community and future development projects.

June 14, 2012
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