Issues: Government Operations

Senate Passes Legislation to Establish ResultsNY.gov Website

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.3657), sponsored by Senator  Joseph Griffo (R-C, Rome), to create a new website, ResultsNY.gov, that would enable the public to review the performance of government programs to see how effectively agencies are spending tax dollars.   People visiting the site could also submit their own suggestions and recommendations on how to stop government waste and reduce state spending.

March 13, 2012
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Senate Passes Honesty in Permit Processing Act

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to help professionals and businesses by reducing delays in the issuance of permits, licenses and other approvals needed from state agencies.  The Honesty in Permit Processing Act (S.2461), sponsored by Senator Tom Libous (R-C-I, Binghamton), would require state agencies to figure out and publicize the average time it takes to process permits. The bill would then give the agency a certain amount of time past the average to issue a permit or refund the application fee.

March 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES 2012-13 BUDGET RESOLUTION

Gallivan: “Senate Plan Cuts Taxes, Reforms Medicaid, Protects Seniors and Schools.”

The New York State Senate voted to approve its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution, continuing its focus on state spending, job creation, and structural reform to government.

The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends less than the Executive Budget. The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.

March 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH RESULTSNY.GOV WEBSITE

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.3657) to create a new website, ResultsNY.gov, that would enable the public to review the performance of government programs to see how effectively agencies are spending tax dollars. People visiting the site could also submit their own suggestions and recommendations on how to stop government waste and reduce state spending.

March 13, 2012
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Senate Approves Budget Plan To Create Jobs And Restore Fiscal Responsibility To New York State

"This budget resolution will build on our efforts of last year when we worked with Governor Cuomo and the Assembly to cut taxes for our residents, provide relief for businesses and cap local property taxes.  It provides incentives to create jobs, requires state government to budget efficiently and works to relieve the pressures facing our local governments and our schools,” stated Senator Flanagan.

“The Senate budget resolution is right in line with our priorities to cut taxes, control spending and create jobs,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said.  “I am confident that we will be able to work with the Governor and Assembly to get a new budget enacted well before the deadline that includes our priorities.”

March 12, 2012
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Statement from Senator Valesky Regarding Syracuse Common Council Passage of Land Bank Legislation

I applaud the Common Council for moving legislation forward to create a city/county land bank. As the author of the state law, I am extremely encouraged that Onondaga County and the city of Syracuse will have the opportunity to be one of the first land banks in the state. Vacant and abandoned housing has been a problem in our communities for too long, and the application of this new strategy is a promising solution.

 

March 12, 2012
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Dear Governor Cuomo: We write today to ask you to include the New York State DREAM Act in your Executive Budget.

March 6, 2012 The Honorable Andrew M. CuomoGovernor of the State of New YorkExecutive ChamberNew York State Capitol BuildingAlbany, NY  12224            Re:       The New York State DREAM Act Dear Governor Cuomo:                      We write today to ask you to include the New York State DREAM Act in your Executive Budget.

File: 
Put NYS Dream Act in FY2012-13 Budget(FINAL)docx.pdf

March 12, 2012
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Democratic State Senator, His District Threatened, Focuses on Party’s Future

The New York Times wrote a piece on Senator Gianaris and the Democrats' efforts to recapture the Senate majority.

Michael N. Gianaris, a Democratic state senator from Astoria, Queens, was in bed at 11:30 one night in January when a reporter called. Republicans were drafting new Senate districts to reflect the 2010 census, and word had leaked of what they had in store for Mr. Gianaris: his neighborhood would be appended to the district of a fellow Democratic senator.

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“One thing I’ve learned being in public service is that feathers must be ruffled if anything’s going to change,”

March 12, 2012
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Sen. Gianaris on Redistricting Amendment

Capital Tonight's Liz Benjamin interviewed Senator Gianaris in regards to a potential amendment to the redistricting process. 

Watch the interview here

March 12, 2012
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Help Heal Our Veterans

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L.

March 12, 2012
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RITCHIE HEARS MANDATE RELIEF IDEAS FROM LOCAL LEADERS

Delivers More Recommendations to Fellow Panelists on Statewide Mandate Relief Council

March 8, 2012
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2012 NEW JOBS-NY JOB CREATION PLAN

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and members of the Senate Republican Conference today announced details of the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan that includes significant tax relief to encourage the creation of new private sector jobs, measures to ensure fiscal responsibility and control state spending, as well as other reforms and incentives to make New York more economically competitive.  The plan will be included in the Senate budget resolution to be acted on next week.

Highlights of the Senate Republican job creation plan, which is supported by statewide business organizations, including the Business Council of New York, Unshackle Upstate and the National Federation of Independent Businesses, include:

March 7, 2012
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RITCHIE RELEASES SECOND MANDATE RELIEF REPORT

Cost-Saving Ideas from Local Leaders to be Presented to Statewide Panel Thursday; Citizens Urged to Submit Your Ideas

March 7, 2012
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Details emerge on possible redistricting amendment

An editorial by The Empire talks about the discussed ammendment to the constitution that would bring about change to the redistricting process. Michael Gianaris and other critics, however, point out that the proposed ammendment would still allow legislatures to have final say, which defeats the purpose of redistricting reform.

The Times-Union’s Casey Seiler has a piece up today about the emerging details of a possible deal between Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature for a constitutional amendment to change the state’s redistricting process.

 

March 2, 2012
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Details emerge on possible constitutional change

Times Union reports on negotiations between the Governor, Assembly, and Senate for a possible constitutional ammendment that would create an independent redistricting body. Many believe the new ammendment will not keep legislatures from influencing the redistricting process, including Senator Gianaris, who believes that "if the final product still leaves the Legislature with the final say, we’ve achieved nothing.”

A possible constitutional change to New York’s redistricting process would create a 10-member independent panel to draw the state’s political lines beginning in 2021, but would allow the Legislature to make final tweaks to the plan if the Assembly and Senate fail to pass it after two tries.

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March 2, 2012
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Veto the map, Gov. Cuomo

Former New York Mayor, Ed Koch, wrote an editorial for the New York Daily News that calls out the current redistricting proposal for being blatantly partisan and urges Governor Cuomo to veto any redistricting bill proposed by the legislature.

About two years ago, I felt the same way as most New Yorkers — our state government was dysfunctional, self-serving and an embarrassment. Along with a group of like-minded reformers, I decided to do something about it, forming New York Uprising, an advocacy effort to change the way legislative and congressional district lines are drawn.

 

Our goal, simply, was to return power to the people.

 

March 2, 2012
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2/29/2012: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Public Hearing

Topic: To solicit information on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in veterans returning from combat.

POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that occurs after a  person has experienced a traumatic event. A traumatic event is a horrible, scary, or life threatening event that a person experiences personally. It is common for US military personnel and veterans to experience PTSD symptoms. These symptoms may include:

March 1, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Investigations and Government Operations Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Chair 12 Noon, Monday, March 5, 2012 Room 810 LOB

March 5, 12:00 PM - 12:08 PM
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