Issues: Government Operations

Committee Meeting: New York State General Joint Budget Conference Committee Meeting Schedule

Senate members serving on the committee are: Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos, Co-Chair; Finance Committee Chair John A. DeFrancisco; Deputy Republican Leader Thomas W. Libous; Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey D. Klein, Co-Chair; Deputy Independent Democratic Conference Leader for Legislative Operation David J. Valesky; Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins; and Ranking Democratic Member of Senate Finance CommitteeLiz Krueger.

Assembly members serving on the committee are: Sheldon Silver, Co-Chair; Ways and Means Chair Herman D. Farrell, Jr.; Majority Leader Joseph Morelle; Deputy Speaker Earlene Hooper; and Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb. 


March 17, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Senate Budget Resolution Meets Real Needs

ALBANY, 03/14/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on passage of the senate’s budget resolution for fiscal year 2014-15:

“The senate budget plan fulfills many of the priorities expressed to me by families, employers, and community groups that make up my senate district.  Approval of the plan also means we are on track to pass an on-time state budget for a fourth straight year. 

“Among the highlights - property tax relief to combat the greatest expense families and business in New York face; education aid that will support our neediest schools; and job creation incentives which will help boost economic development.

March 14, 2014

Committee Meeting: Investigations and Government Operations Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations  Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Chair  12 Noon, Tuesday, March 18, 2014  Room 810 LOB

March 18, 12:00 PM - 12:07 PM

State Commits to Senator Kennedy to Support WNY Communities in Storm Response

With an unprecedented second blizzard warning in 2014, Kennedy calls Emergency Services Commissioner to monitor state response to storm.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, called New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jerome Hauer this morning to ensure the state's preparedness to support storm response in Western New York. Western New York is facing an unprecedented second blizzard warning in 2014, and Kennedy is closely monitoring the state's response.

March 12, 2014

Ending pensions for corrupt politicians

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Ted O'Brien and fellow legislators have called for a change to the state constitution that would allow pensions to be stripped from public officials who commit felonies and violate the public trust.

"The taxpayers of this state deserve to know that their money is not funding the retirements of former elected officials who have been convicted of felonies in betrayal of the public's trust," said Senator O'Brien.  "I am honored to join my colleagues in support of this change. This is a necessary step if we are to continue to restore accountability, transparency and the confidence of our citizens in New York State government."

March 6, 2014

Expenditure Report Period Ending 9-30-2013

04/01/2013 - 09/30/2013

An accounting detailing total salary payments for senators and staff and every payment for travel, services and other general expenses for a 6 (six) month period. The full report is a five (5) section document consisting of a Cover, Letter from the Secretary, Table of Contents, Introduction and the Report. The report is issued by the Secretary of the Senate and is available as both a .csv file and it's original PDF format for download at the bottom of the page.

February 28, 2014

Committee Meeting: Racing, Gaming and Wagering Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering  Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair  Tuesday, March 4, 2014  332 CAP

March 4, 3:48 PM - 4:13 PM

Committee Meeting: Investigations and Government Operations Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations  Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Chair  10:00 AM, Tuesday, March 4, 2014  Room 711A LOB



March 4, 10:00 AM - 11:13 AM

Keeping our bridges and roadways safe, well-maintained

Last night, 13WHAM ran an excellent story on the state's Dedicated Highway and Bridge Fund. In a time when a third of Monroe County bridges are past their 50-year lifespan, only 22 cents on the dollar from this fund are being spent on capital projects.I appreciated the opportunity to share a potential solution in the segment. I am cosponsoring legislation that would realign this fund with its original, crucial purpose.

February 27, 2014

Senator Young Discusses Lake Shore Hospital on “Your Voice”

Senator Young recently appeared on the Senate TV program “Your Voice” to discuss her efforts to save Lake Shore Hospital, protect access to quality community healthcare, and restore our state’s economy.

Last month, more than 1,200 people came out to the Rally to Save Lake Shore and raise their voices in support of keeping the hospital open.  They were heard all the way to Albany as we delivered a strong, unified message in support of protecting emergency care, ensuring access to vital health services, and preserving the hundreds of jobs provided by Lake Shore.

February 21, 2014

Forum/Town Hall: Yonkers Public Budget Forum

Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow, and Assemblymember Shelley Mayer will be convening a “New York State Budget Town Hall” regarding the 2014-15 New York State Budget. Yonkers residents, community members, representatives of organizations, and elected officials of Yonkers are invited to testify about their concerns and priorities regarding the impact of the Governor’s proposed budget.

When: Wednesday, February 19th, 5:30-7:30 PMWhere: Saint Joseph's Medical Center (Cafeteria), 127 South Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701

February 19, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

State report shows thousands of regulations impede New York businesses

By Ellen Abbott

While tax breaks are the cornerstone of some of the programs in New York state meant to boost business, there are other areas where the state can become an impediment to anyone wanting to do business. A state report released recently points the finger at a bureaucracy that gets in the way.

There are 750,000 regulations on the books in New York state, many of them outdated and never reviewed. And many of them can get in the way of New York's businesses.

Oneida Democrat Dave Valesky was on the Senate Majority Coalition committee that studied these state regulations in a series of meetings, surveys and hearings last year.

February 10, 2014

The Brooklyn Paper : Whose streets? Our streets! Bushwick pol wants Brooklyn to rule its own roads

By Megan Riesz

The Brooklyn Paper

Brooklyn, not Albany, knows best what should happen on Brooklyn streets.

That is the thinking behind a bill sponsored by state Sen. Martin Malave Dilan (D—Bushwick) that would allow the Council to reduce the speed limit on residential streets citywide to 20 miles per hour without state approval.

“It will save lives,” Dilan said. “I am excited.”

February 3, 2014

Senator Parker Urges Gov. Cuomo to Call Special Election for 11 Vacant Seats

In a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Parker requested the Governor to hold special elections to provide elected representatives for the 11 principally African-American and Latino districts that are without current legislative representation. 

Please click the pdf link below to read the letter in its entirety. 

01282014 Letter to Gov Cuomo re calling special elections because of 1 million_ disenfranchised (1).pdf

January 29, 2014

Consensus Announcement - Senator DeFrancisco Helps Secure State Grant for the Study

The Commission on Local Government Modernization, has launched a comprehensive study of government structure in Onondaga County in an effort to provide better services more efficiently to the community. 

January 24, 2014

Senators Valesky, DeFrancisco Provide $250,000 for Effort to Improve Government Services and Efficiency

SYRACUSE, NY – The Commission on Local Government Modernization, has launched a comprehensive study of government structure in Onondaga County in an effort to provide better services more efficiently to the community.

January 24, 2014

Senators Say 2,219 Regulations Are Too Many

by Rick Karlin, Albany Times Union, January 13, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Surrounded by posters urging a cutting of Red Tape and a pile of regulation books on a nearby table, a group of Senate Republicans and IDC members earlier Monday rolled out a plan to cut the regulatory burdens they say impede the state’s business community.

January 22, 2014


The 2014-2015 State Budget address delivered today by Governor Cuomo puts New York State in a great position to build upon the work we have done in recent years to control spending, cut taxes and invest in initiatives that create new jobs and revitalize our economy. 

Working together, we have put a stop to the decades of late and unbalanced budgets by passing three consecutive early budgets.  I am hopeful that this year we can continue that trend. 

It was two years ago when Senate Republicans led the fight to pass a property tax cap that helped to rein in burdensome property taxes and reduced middle-class tax rates to their lowest levels in 60 years.  This year, I’m eager to provide continued tax relief to hardworking New Yorkers by making the property tax cap and middle-class tax cuts permanent. 

In addition, it’s also key that we work to continue to cut red tape and foster an environment that enables businesses to expand and create jobs. In order to do so, we should work to eliminate corporate taxes for manufacturers and do away with the onerous energy tax surcharge to promote business growth. 

January 21, 2014

Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Governor Cuomo’s Budget Address

“For too long our middle class has been stifled by crushing property taxes, and the Senate Democratic Conference will work with the Governor to achieve greater tax fairness while ensuring state government provides increased and expanded education and health care services. Last year, my conference advanced a common sense ethics reform package which included public financing of elections, and I look forward to working with Governor Cuomo to achieve these goals. New Yorkers deserve a government worthy of their trust, and passing a fiscally sensible budget that includes important reforms is an excellent first step.”

January 21, 2014

Senator Valesky Co-Sponsors Resolutions Honoring Nelson Mandela

ALBANY, N.Y.-- State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) announced that the New York State Senate passed two resolutions this week commemorating the life of former South African President Nelson Mandela.

January 14, 2014
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