Issues: Government Operations

Statement from Senator José M. Serrano Re: Activation of Secure Communities

"I am extremely troubled with the federal government's decision to move forward with the flawed Secure Communities program- a program in which the State of New York clearly stated it did not wish to participate."

"Nearly a year ago, I led a sign-on letter to which fifty of my colleagues in the legislature signed on, urging Governor Cuomo to terminate the S-Comm memorandum of agreement with ICE. In June, the Governor took a critical step to protect our state by choosing to withdraw New York's participation in a program that will lead to racial profiling and the under reporting of crimes, and which places an additional burden on our already stretched local police departments.

May 14, 2012


Squadron: ALEC Claims to Have Introduced 39 Bills in 2010; Three Current Bills in Senate Closely Based on ALEC Model Legislation

Senator Says ALEC's Activities Appear to Constitute Lobbying Under NY Law and JCOPE Guidance

ALBANY -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, the ranking member of the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee, urged the Senate to hold a committee hearing on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its activities that may constitute lobbying and raise questions about its role in the state.

May 10, 2012

Senate Gives Final Passage to Iran Divestment Act Expansion

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to an expansion of the Iran Divestment Act.  The bill (S.6462), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, includes state and local public authorities, the State University of New York, and the City University of New York among the governmental entities prohibited from entering into new or renewed contracts with companies that provide goods, services or credit worth $20 million or more to Iran's energy. The Assembly has already approved the legislation (A.9224), which is sponsored by Speaker Sheldon Silver.

May 9, 2012

Senator Gianaris discusses what is being done to alleviate Newtown Creek's pollution problem

Senator Gianaris on a New York City water taxi traveling up Newtown Creek while getting briefed by the Newtown Creek Alliance on what's being done to alleviate the creek's pollution problem.

May 4, 2012

Public Hearing: The use of Automated Sales Suppression Devices to Evade New York State Sales Tax

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations
Chair: Senator Carl L. Marcellino
Public Hearing: To examine the use of automated sales suppression devices in evading New York State Sales Tax collection, including the so called tax-zapper software that lets businesses, especially those that deal mostly in cash, to underreport taxable sales and pocket money that should be given to the government.
Place: Legislative Office Building, Hearing Room A, 181 State Street, Albany, NY 12247
Time: 11:00 A.M.
Contact: Debbie Peck Kelleher  (518) 455-2390   

June 4, 11:00 AM - 1:15 PM

Senator Gianaris celebrates "One Thing That's Green" Day

Senator Gianaris participating in "One Thing That's Green" Day with New York Restoration Project and Jet Blue at Queensbridge Park. 

April 24, 2012

Cox, Gianaris to offer rebuttals at 2012 LCA Show

Times Union reports that Senator Gianaris has been invited to present at the 2012 Legislative Correspondents Association Show.

The Legislative Correspondents Association Show has secured two talented rebuttal presenters for this year’s musical-comedy revue: State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox and state Sen. Michael Gianaris, D-Queens.

Read the full article here.


April 23, 2012

Committee Meeting: Investigations and Government Operations Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Chair 10:00 AM, Wednesday, May 2, 2012 Room 810 LOB

May 2, 10:00 AM - 10:25 AM

LIC High says no to closure

The Times Ledger reports on the rally held outside Long Island City High School, where students, parents, teachers, and elected officials gathered to protest the proposed closure and "turnaround" of the school.

More than a hundred students, teachers and supporters stood out on the steps of Long Island City High School Monday afternoon to protest the proposed closure of the institution.


“This is not something that we want and we’re not going to let it happen without a fight,” said state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), an alumnus of the school.


April 18, 2012

Albany, land of legal scandals

The New York Daily News talks about the lawsuit challenging the Senate Republicans' proposal to add a 63rd state Senate seat and describes how the addition of a seat is flagrantly biased. Although a Manhattan Supreme Court Justice called the Senate Republicans' proposal "disturbing," he declared there was not enough evidence to prove that the scheme was illegal. Senator Gianaris says that State Democrats maintain the proposal is unconstitutional, which is why they have appealed the judges ruling.

Congratulations to Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Richard Braun for boiling everything that’s wrong with New York’s poisonous politics down to the essence.


April 18, 2012

BUFFALO NEWS: State must increase support for first responders

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, one of the most glaring problems that emerged was that emergency personnel did not have radio systems that could communicate with each other. This deficiency was responsible for hundreds of emergency responders not hearing the warning to vacate the towers. The deaths of these brave responders might have been prevented with the proper communication systems.

April 17, 2012

Committee Meeting: Investigations and Government Operations Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Chair 12:30 PM, Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Room 810 LOB

April 18, 12:30 PM - 12:44 PM

New statistics show Queens’ population is growing rapidly

The New York Daily News discusses flawed reporting by the U.S. Census Bureau, which came to light after recent population statistics for Queens showed a much larger population increase than the numbers reported by the Census.

Recent Queens population statistics show the borough is growing despite a lackluster showing in the 2010 Census.


Officials say the new numbers boost their claim the Census count was flawed.


From April 2010 to July 2011, the population of Queens grew by 17,126, according to data released last week but the U.S. Census Bureau.


The new figures place the population of Queens at 2,247,848.


April 11, 2012

Plan to close Bryant draws ire at hearing

The Queens Chronicle reports on the public hearing held in regards to Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to close down and overhaul Bryant High School, which drew a great deal of protest.

The rumblings started low at first — emanating from the football players in the middle of the room, the student government leaders perched closer to the stage and the parents dispersed throughout Bryant High School’s auditorium —and grew until loud boos drowned out a deputy schools chancellor, whose voice was no match for the hundreds of people protesting the city’s plan to shutter the institution established in 1889.

April 9, 2012
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