Issues: Government Operations

Senate Passes Bills to Require Review of State Rules & Regulations

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the Senate has approved legislation that would require the state to review existing rules, regulations and licensing procedures that apply to businesses and other entities throughout New York.  The bills (S.401 & S.406), which were introduced by Senator Gallivan, would establish a task force to examine the rulemaking process and require a five year review of all rules under the State Administrative Procedure Act.

March 19, 2015
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Committee Meeting: New York State General 2015-2016 Budget Joint Conference Committee 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; James L. Seward, Chairman, Majority Program Development Committee; Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins; 

Assembly members serving on the committee are: Carl E. Heastie, 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 19, 12:30 PM - 12:32 PM
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Senate Passes "Sunshine Week" Bill to Increase Public Access to Legislative Proceedings

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would require both houses to implement the Senate’s policy of making state legislative proceedings more open and transparent.

March 18, 2015
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SENATE PASSES “SUNSHINE WEEK” BILL TO INCREASE PUBLIC ACCESS TO LEGISLATIVE PROCEEDINGS

Measure Requires Online Posting of Committee and Floor Votes and

Webcasting of Session and Committee Meetings

March 18, 2015
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Senator Hamilton calls for legislative modernizing to better serve constituents

(Brooklyn - March 18, 2013) Senator Hamilton urged reforms for the New York State Legislature in order to better meet the needs of constituents, writing in the Brooklyn Reader today. Senator Hamilton praised recent developments to incorporate technology into the legislature's day-to-day work and urged carrying that work forward. Senator Hamilton called for the legislature to use tools like tablet computing and mobile offices to reach out to constituents in the community writing, "District office staff are ready, willing, and able to get out into the field to serve constituents."

March 18, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. STATEMENT ON FEMA ANNOUNCEMENT TO REVIEW SANDY CLAIMS

“FEMA's announcement it will be conducting a review for Sandy victims' insurance claims is a major development, but just the first step in ensuring my constituents and everyone affected get the recovery funding they are entitled to. I hope to work with federal officials to see this process is executed in a timely, efficient and -- above all -- fair manner. It is atrocious to even think people who lost everything in Sandy have been shortchanged or taken advantage of.

March 17, 2015
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Committee Meeting: New York State General 2015-2016 Budget Joint Conference Committee 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; James L. Seward, Chairman, Majority Program Development Committee; Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins; 

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

 

General Conference Committee, 4:00 PM, Hearing Room B

March 12, 4:00 PM - 4:22 PM
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Senator Krueger, Assembly Member O'Donnell Introduce Bill To Regulate Email Deletion By State Officials

New York – State Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell today introduced a bill to regulate email retention policy for New York State officials and extend existing Freedom of Information Act requirements to the state legislature.  The legislation is based on the Federal “Capstone” email retention policy, which was adopted after extensive study of best practices for handling electronic records.  It would establish strict standards for permanent preservation of the records of policymakers, including statewide public officials, state legislators and senior agency positions, among others, and prohibit deletion of emails from other government officials for at least seven years.  

March 12, 2015
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Seward Pledges Support For Student Resolution

HERKIMER, 03/09/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) met recently with Herkimer High School Freshman Class President Nicholaus Stallman to discuss education.

“In short order the state senate will adopt its own budget resolution for fiscal year 2015-16, with an eye toward completing work on the state budget by the April 1 deadline,” said Senator Seward.  “My visit with Nicholaus was timely and helped illustrate just how important the state budget is for our students and their future.”

March 9, 2015
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ADDABBO QUESTIONS ACTING STATE EDUCATION COMMISSIONER ABOUT IMPLEMENTATION OF COMMON CORE, TEACHER EVALUATION SYSTEM

Queens, NY (March 5, 2015) – At a recent meeting of the Senate Education Committee, State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr., a longtime committee member, had the opportunity to directly question Acting State Education Department (SED) Commissioner Beth Berlin, as well as other SED representatives, about a variety of important issues related to New York’s teach

March 5, 2015
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ADDABBO QUESTIONS DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES REPRESENTATIVES ABOUT EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS EFFORTS

Queens, NY (March 3, 2015) –  State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. raised a number of issues related to emergency preparedness with representatives of the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) at a recent legislative hearing to examine the broad Public Protection aspects of the proposed 2015-2016 New York State Executive Budget. 

March 3, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Testimony from Local Government Hearing

This week’s Your Voice program highlights some key moments from the Local Government Hearing, including Senator John A. DeFrancisco's discussion with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner about investing in infrastructure, as well as his exchange with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on the need for regionally balanced funding.

Senator DeFrancisco also shows a video clip of his questioning of NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer on the rationale behind his $13 an hour city minimum wage proposal. 

Now that all of the public budget hearings have taken place, the Senate and the Assembly will start to begin the work on their one-house budgets. 

 

March 3, 2015
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Senate Passes Term Limits for State Legislative Leadership

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would set into law eight-year term limits for leadership positions in the Senate and Assembly. The measure (S2722B), sponsored by Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-I, Rome), is consistent with what is already in place in Senate rules and also limits the number of consecutive years a legislator can serve as a committee chair or party leader.

March 2, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. STATEMENT ON POTENTIAL FRAUD IN FEMA SANDY REPORTS

"My constituents, after dealing with the ravages of Superstorm Sandy, should not have to have dealt with dishonest FEMA personnel. It's unacceptable to think that the initial federal agency that was to help my people after the storm was actually another roadblock to full recovery. I'm calling upon our federal elected officials to investigate FEMA and help those individuals who were previously denied FEMA assistance."

March 2, 2015
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Expenditure Report Period Ending 9-30-2014

Period: 
04/01/2014 - 09/30/2014

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 27, 2015
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WGRZ: Lost on the Line: Emergency calls that can't be tracked

Michael Wooten, Danny Spewak, WGRZ9:18 p.m. EST February 23, 2015

February 24, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Investigations and Government Operations Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations  Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Chair  10:15 AM, Thursday, February 26, 2015  Room 810 LOB

February 26, 10:15 AM - 10:17 AM
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Miner calls Cuomo comment 'not reasonable,' still seeks state money for Syracuse water mains

By Tim Knauss on February 06, 2015 at 9:22 AM, updated February 06, 2015 at 9:25 AM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Mayor Stephanie Miner said she will continue to seek state money to pay for new water mains in Syracuse, despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo's statement this week that the city should pay for pipes itself by invigorating the local economy.

State legislators from Central New York have promised Miner they will seek additional funding for Syracuse infrastructure in the next state budget, the mayor said Thursday.

Allowing the century-old water system to deteriorate further is not an option, she said.

February 12, 2015
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Letter To The Governmental Accountability Standards Board on Tax Abatement Disclosures

Senator Krueger and Senator Perkins sent a letter to the Governmental Accountability Standards Board (GASB) expressing support for the development of requirements for disclosing information about tax abatements offered by state and local government.

 

 

February 11, 2015
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Senator Valesky Attends Launch of 2-1-1 CNY

On February 6, Senator Valesky attended the launch of 2-1-1 CNY, which provides access to community information and referral services. This service is accessible in Onondaga County by dialing 211 on a cell phone or by calling toll-free 1-844-445-1922. Locating basic resources such as food, shelter, employment, or health care may mean calling dozens of phone numbers, then struggling through a maze of agencies and services to make the right connections. The 211 system helps residents find resources by dialing a simple three-digit number.

February 6, 2015
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