Issues: Government Operations

Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic "General Government / Local Assistance "

General Government / Local Assistance

Assembly Parlor

Assembly

Senate

William Magnarelli (Co-Chair)

Hugh Farley (Co-Chair)

Sandra Galef

Elizabeth Little

March 22, 9:30 AM - 9:35 AM
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3/18/12 Ch.7 Up Close with Diana Williams

This is a YouTube video of Senator Gianaris' interview with Assemblymember Jeffries on Up Close with Diana Williams, which aired on Sunday.

Watch the video here.

March 22, 2012
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Senator Gianaris Speaks on Bill Establishing New District Lines

This is a YouTube video of Senator Gianaris speaking on the Senate floor on the bill establishing new district lines. 

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March 22, 2012
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Cap State Spending -- Join the Fight

As part of my comprehensive "New Jobs-NY" plan to revitalize our economy and spur new job creation, I am fighting to enact a strong state spending cap that will:

          - lock annual state spending to no more than 2 percent growth; and

          - ensure the state lives within its means -- just like hardworking families and businesses do every day.

 Join my fight to protect taxpayers and create jobs by entering your information below.

March 21, 2012
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March 20, 2012
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Seward Focuses on Agriculture

ALBANY, 03/19/12 – The New York State Senate today passed the “Buy From the Backyard Act” to promote the purchase of locally grown or produced food.

Senator Seward co-sponsored the bill (S.2468) which requires state agencies with food contracts to buy at least 20 percent of their food from New York sources.

“Agriculture is New York’s number one industry,” said Senator Seward.  “In recent years, agribusinesses have taken on all shapes and sizes – large dairy farms, small alpaca ranches, roadside vegetable stands - encouraging the use of their products will help our upstate economy grow.”

March 19, 2012
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State Lawmakers, Government Watchdog Discuss Albany All-Nighter

NY1 posted a video that features Senator Gianaris and his discussion of the "Albany All-Nighter."

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March 19, 2012
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Grading the Redistricting Amendment

Politicker wrote an editorial about Professor Gerry Benjamin, expert on the mechanisms of government, and the C- grade he gave to the new Redistricting Amendment.

Professor Gerry Benjamin, an expert on the mechanisms of government at State University of New York at New Paltz, was asked by Citizens’ Committee for an Effective Constitution to take a look at Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature’s much-touted redistricting amendment and grade it point-by-point against what a truly independent amendment would look like.

 

Unsurprisingly, he found it wanting. He gave the amendment a ‘C-’ overall on an ‘A’ through ‘F’ scale.

 

March 19, 2012
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Gianaris Shove It

This video captures Senator Gianaris' closing remarks during Senate session, in which the agreed-upon redistricting maps were under dispute. 

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March 19, 2012
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'Shove it': Senate Dems grapple with a redistricting plan they can't do anything about

An editorial posted by Capital discusses the debate between Senate Republicans and Senate Democrates over the agreed-upon redistricting lines, which Senate Democrats have strongly criticized.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a redistricting deal that his fellow Democrats in the minority of the State Senate have been criticizing as "unfair," "unconstitutional" and the "worst" in the state's history.

 

But what led them to walk out of the Senate chambers last night, ostensibly, was a Republican move to change the agreed-upon time allowed to debate the bill from four hours to two.

 

Until the walkout, the debate had been substantive, if escalatingly hostile.

 

March 19, 2012
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Cap State Spending -- Join the Fight!

As part of my comprehensive "New Jobs-NY" plan to revitalize our economy and spur new job creation, I am fighting to enact a strong state spending cap that will:

         - lock annual state spending to no more than 2 percent growth; and

         - ensure the state lives within its means -- just like hardworking families and businesses do every day.

Join my fight to protect taxpayers and create jobs by entering your information below.

March 19, 2012
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Senator Gianaris Explains Vote Against S.2601

This video shows Senator Gianaris voting against a bill that does not allow residents from power plant-heavy areas, such as western Queens, to become trustees of the New York Power Authorities Board of Trustees.

Watch the video here.

March 19, 2012
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Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic "General Government / Local Assistance "

General Government / Local Assistance

Assembly Parlor

Assembly

Senate

William Magnarelli (Co-Chair)

Hugh Farley (Co-Chair)

Sandra Galef

Elizabeth Little

March 19, 5:00 PM - 5:08 PM
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RITCHIE HAILS PASSAGE OF KEY REFORMS

State Senator Patty Ritchie is hailing passage of a series of reforms last night that protect the public from violent, repeat criminals and boost public safety; provide billions of dollars of savings to local taxpayers, and overhaul New York’s once-a-decade process for redrawing legislative districts.

March 15, 2012
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Dream Act for New York

New York Times -- EditorialDream Act for New YorkPublished: March 12, 2012 The Dream Act is an aptly named-but-star-crossed piece of federal legislation that would open a path to legal status for young unauthorized immigrants who pursue college degrees or serve in the military. Its goal is to help ambitious youths who were brought here as children and are American in all but the paperwork.

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March 15, 2012
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SQUADRON ON REDISTRICTING: HOW CAN NEW YORKERS TRUST THIS DEAL?

ALBANY -- Last night, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon Senate votes to approve redistricted lines and a constitutional amendment:

Make no mistake, for New Yorkers, these redistricting bills are more of the same old Albany.  They mean politicians choosing their constituents, so that constituents have less ability to choose their representatives -- not just for ten years but permanently.

March 15, 2012
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Senator Montgomery Speaks Out Against Privatizing Public Education

During a budget debate on the Senate floor, Senator Montgomery protests the Senate Republican's one-house budget proposal that would allow for-profit businesses and corporations to establish charter schools. The Senator said that "New York's public education system is not for sale."

March 14, 2012
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Senate Passes Legislation to Establish ResultsNY.gov Website

Website Would Increase Accountability of State Government Agencies

March 14, 2012
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Budget Conference Committees Convene

ALBANY, 03/14/12 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) has been named to two key joint budget conference committees which held their first meetings today in Albany.  Senator Seward will serve on the higher education subcommittee and the education subcommittee.

March 14, 2012
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Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic "General Government / Local Assistance "

General Government / Local Assistance Hearing Room C

 

Assembly

Senate

William Magnarelli ( Co-Chair)

Hugh Farley (Co-Chair)

Sandra Galef

March 14, 1:30 PM - 1:42 PM
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