Issues: Government Operations

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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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. 

Watch the video here

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."

Watch the video here

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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