Issues: Government Operations

April 4, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Addresses 2012 State Budget In Video Message

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) speaks to the taxpayers and families of Western New York concerning the just enacted 2012 State Budget.

April 4, 2012
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Senator Gianaris speaks at the rally opposing the closing of Bryant High School

Senator Gianaris attending the rally against the Bryant High School turnaround proposal.

April 4, 2012
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Senator Gianaris speaks at the public hearing on the proposed changes for Bryant High School

Senator Gianaris attending the rally against the Bryant High School turnaround proposal. 

April 4, 2012
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State Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget That Respects Taxpayers

Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.

“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”

April 3, 2012
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LAVALLE: SENATE COMPLETES EARLY PASSAGE OF SECOND CONSECUTIVE STATE BUDGET

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) said today that the the New York State Senate completed early passage of the state budget late last week. LaValle said the new budget reduces state spending, does not raise taxes and creates new private sector jobs. The state’s new fiscal year began April 1st.

“Since last year we have closed $13 billion in deficits --$10 billion last year and $3 billion this year -- without raising taxes and fees,” Senator LaValle said. “State government is living within the same two percent spending cap as local governments and school districts and we are doing it by controlling and reigning-in spending and reducing the size of government.”

2012-13 STATE BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS

 

April 2, 2012
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Fuhgeddabout L.A.! New York's a booming mecca for TV and film these days

An editorial by the New York Daily News talks about the growing TV and film production business in New York City that has resulted from New York state's film tax credit. Senator Gianaris is a supporter of the film tax credit and helped bring it to fruition.

Think you’re in Hollywood? Think again.

 

These are just some of the stars filming on soundstages and streets not very far from where you live.

 

TV and film production is booming in New York City, prompting local studios large and small to increase their space to keep up with the demand.

 

April 2, 2012
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Senator Lee Zeldin Comments on the Passage of the 2012-13 NYS Budget

Albany, N.Y. -- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) comments on the passage of the 2012-12 New York State Budget. 

March 31, 2012
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Budget Update From State Senator David J. Valesky

The New York State Legislature has completed passage of an on-time budget for the second year in a row. Though it was another challenging budget, requiring the closure of a $3.5 billion deficit, we were able to balance the budget without tax increases or fiscal gimmickry. In addition, overall spending was reduced for the second straight year, the frist time this has happened in at least three decades. 

Some highlights include:

March 30, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Says State Budget Focuses on WNY Economy, Infrastructure

State Legislature approves on-time budget that invests in local job creation and transportation improvement

 ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, highlighted provisions in the state budget, which he believes indicate that Albany is finally paying attention to the needs of Western New York. As the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development, Kennedy says the budget’s focus on economic development and infrastructure improvement will help spark job creation across the state and especially in Western New York.

March 30, 2012
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Senate Completes Second Consecutive Early Passage of State Budget

 For the second consecutive year, the New York State Senate has completed an early passage of the state budget. The 2012-13 state budget achieves the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.  The new state fiscal year begins April 1st.

March 30, 2012
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Judge set to hear suit on extra Senate seat

The Queens Campaigner reports on the lawsuit filed by citizens and state Senator Martin Dilan, which disputes the addition of a 63rd state Senate seat. Senator Gianaris is optimisitc that the lawsuit will succeed and that we will have one more chance at fair and transparent district lines.

Queens politicians expect a lawsuit challenging the creation of a 63rd state Senate seat to be decided next month, and state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) will then decide in which district she will run.

The suit was filed in January by a group of citizens and state Sen. Martin Dilan (D-Brooklyn), and if State Supreme Court Judge Richard Braun rules next month that creating an extra seat violates the state Constitution, then the lines might have to be redrawn.

March 30, 2012
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Astoria dissected by Albany redistricting: Gianaris

An article by Times Ledger discusses the new state Senate and congressional district lines, which have met criticism from lawmakers.

Astoria lawmakers said they were disappointed by the new congressional and state Senate district lines, which splits the neighborhood across two districts.

 

“The maps are horrible,” said Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria). “They divide communities that should not be divided, including Astoria.”

 

Both of the new maps slice off part of the north section of Astoria above Ditmars Boulevard.

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March 30, 2012
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3/27/2012: Students Inside Albany Conference

The Students Inside Albany conference, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation, Inc., is designed to increase students’ awareness of their responsibility in representative government and provide the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility. This interactive conference brings together high school students from across the state to learn about New York State government and the process by which citizens can participate in the policy making arena. As part of this 3 day conference, students tour the NYS Museum, Capitol, Legislative Office Building and observe both the Senate and Assembly in action during Session and spend a day shadowing their legislator.

March 29, 2012
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Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on 2012-13 State Budget

Governor Cuomo released the following announcement on March 27, 2012:

The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.

March 29, 2012
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SQUADRON HERALDS NURSE-FAMILY PARTNERSHIP, SOCIAL SERVICES FUNDING IN BUDGET

Even in Minority, Squadron Pushes Forward Priorities as Social Services Ranker

ALBANY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, the ranking member and former chair of the Senate Social Services Committee, heralded the $2.5 million allocated for Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) in the state budget, as well as significant investments in other critical social services programs.

March 29, 2012
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Gianaris Bill Opposes Police Quotas

The Queens Gazette reports on a new bill proposed by Senator Gianaris, which opposes Police Department quota requirements.

Addressing a very sensitive area of police-public relations, state Senator Michael Gianaris has proposed a bill opposing Police Department quota requirements.

 

“The use of quotas puts undue pressure on our police force and results in too many unwarranted arrests and tickets,” Gianaris explained as he released the legislation.

 

“Raising the penalty for the imposition of quotas would deter the practice and ensure that police activity is conducted for public safety first and foremost,” the Astoria lawmaker added.

 

March 28, 2012
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STATE SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO EXPAND CENTRAL NEW YORK'S FOREIGN TRADE ZONE AREA

New York State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that the Senate passed his legislation today (S6471), which would expand Onondaga County’s foreign trade zone to include Cayuga, Oswego, and Madison counties.

Imports and exports are a major source of growth for Central New York, and the expansion would permit existing businesses to expand distribution and increase international trade.

March 28, 2012
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State Budget Deal Meets Upstate Needs

ALBANY, 03/27/12 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the state budget agreement:

“The announced budget agreement sets New York on course to approve an on time spending plan for a second consecutive year.  More than the timeliness, the plan meets upstate needs, provides incentives for private sector job growth and closes a $3.5 billion budget gap without raising taxes.

“One item I fought hard for was funding for our rural, low-wealth school districts and additional aid was included in the final agreement.  Community colleges also benefited, ensuring quality, affordable higher education for our young people.

March 27, 2012
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Taking On Police Tactic, Critics Hit Racial Divide

An article by The New York Times talks about the stop-and-frisk police tactic, which has garnered significant criticism from minority lawmakers and citizens. Senator Gianaris introduced legislation with Assemblymember Camara that would make it illegal for police departments to impose quotas for a certain number of stops officers make.

ALBANY — Black and Latino lawmakers, fed up over the frequency with which New York City police officers are stopping and frisking minority men, are battling what they say is a racial divide as they push legislation to rein in the practice.

 

March 26, 2012
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