Issues: Government Operations

Senator Gianaris visits downed tree in Sunnyside following Hurricane Irene.

The mayor did a good job handling the storm but the Parks Department needs to take care of the rest of the downed trees in New York City.

 

 

August 30, 2011
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Seward Appeals To Governor For Additional Disaster Relief

ONEONTA, 08/29/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today called on Governor Cuomo to support legislation for New York State to cover local expenses to repair public infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Irene.

“At a time when local government officials are already working on the thinnest of margins, adding the repair costs associated with Hurricane Irene could be devastating for many small, rural municipalities,” said Senator Seward.  “The state’s emergency response to Hurricane Irene has been professional and swift, now long-term financial assistance is needed to help communities rebuild.”

August 29, 2011
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Governor Cuomo Provides Advice to New Yorkers Regarding Hurrican Property Lossess & Insurance Claims - Disaster Hotline Begins Operating Today

"The days following a natural disaster can be confusing and stressful, but it is important for those who have suffered property damage to file an insurance claim as quickly as possible to help protect their financial future," Governor Cuomo said.

Benjamin Lawsky, Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services, who oversees the State Insurance Department, said, "We will do everything we can to help people who suffered damage from the storm recover and get their lives back on track as quickly as possible. The purpose of insurance is to help people rebuild and we will be working to see that process does as smoothly as possible."

August 29, 2011
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Steps To Rebuild Following Hurricane Irene

ONEONTA, 08/29/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today applauded the efforts of Governor Cuomo and other state and local officials in continuing to keep residents informed of steps to take following Hurricane Irene.  Below is a press release issued by the governor’s office which includes vital information in regard to property losses and insurance claims.

"The days following a natural disaster can be confusing and stressful, but it is important for those who have suffered property damage to file an insurance claim as quickly as possible to help protect their financial future," Governor Cuomo said.

August 29, 2011
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Statement on Hurricane Irene

ONEONTA, 08/29/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the effects of Hurricane Irene and the ongoing clean-up:

“In the wake of Hurricane Irene my thoughts and prayers go out to the many families and communities that have suffered significant losses and continue to cope with the aftermath of the storm. 

August 29, 2011
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Public Hearing: Congressional and State Legislative Redistricting

New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment Chairs: Senator Michael F. Nozzolio and Assembly Member John J. McEnenyPublic Hearing: Congressional and state legislative redistrictingPlace: Bronx Community College, Gould Memorial Library Auditorium, 2155 University Ave, Bronx, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: NYS Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research & Reapportionment (212) 618-1100

A video archive of this event will be available at http://www.latfor.state.ny.us

September 8, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Congressional and State Legislative Redistricting

New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and ReapportionmentChairs: Senator Michael F. Nozzolio and Assembly Member John J. McEnenyPublic Hearing: Congressional and state legislative redistrictingPlace: Queens Borough Hall, Meeting Room 213 – 1 & 2, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: NYS Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research & Reapportionment (212) 618-1100

A video archive of this event will be available at http://www.latfor.state.ny.us

September 7, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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August 22, 2011
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Queens pols challenge census

Queens Times Ledger wrote about our challenge of the census numbers. 

Astoria and Jackson Heights officials praised Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s formal challenge to the results of the 2010 U.S. census filed last week, which singled out what he called a severe undercount in two of the borough’s fastest-growing neighborhoods.

The lawmakers said that while the challenge could not bring back the two congressional seats the state will lose, it could bring needed federal money to the state if successful.

“If the consequences were not so serious, the census numbers for Astoria would be laughable,” said state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria).

August 18, 2011
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ADDABBO: WE’VE GOT TO GET BACK TO WORK IN ALBANY

Queens, NY, August 16, 2011NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens), reports to his constituents that while the legislative session that ended in June was very successful, there is still work left to be done should the Senate get called back to Albany into session this fall.

August 16, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Heralds New Ethics Law

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris applauded the passage of a new ethics reform law, the Public Integrity Act of 2011, which was signed into law by Governor Cuomo. Senator Gianaris voted in favor of the bill when it was brought to a vote in the Senate during this legislative session. The law increases transparency, establishes more stringent disclosure requirements, and creates a new, independent ethics panel to oversee elected officials.

August 16, 2011
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Senator Gianaris on Capital Tonight to discuss LATFOR meetings

Senator Gianaris was on YNN's Capital Tonight with Liz Benjamin to discuss redistricitng in light of the ongoing LATFOR meetings.

August 15, 2011
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Electeds Join Together To Keep Grand Station P.O. Open

Closing the Grand Station Post Office would leave community members, many of whom are seniors and immigrants, at a disadvantage. Queens Gazette wrote about the rally in which Senator Gianaris participated as well as the letter he sent along with fellow local elected officials.

Astoria’s four legislative representatives have joined together in the effort to convince the United States Postal Service (USPS) to keep the Grand Station post office in Astoria open for business.

August 15, 2011
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Senator Gallivan Looks To Build On This Year’s Accomplish​ments

Senator Gallivan reflects on the the achievements of this year's legislative sessions, a session being hailed as the most productive in 25 years.

August 11, 2011
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BRINGING HELP WITH STATE GOVERNMENT TO YOU

Last Thursday, I met Lexi, a therapy dog at The Chatty K-9, a combination pet store, dog grooming and dog training business in the village of Central Square.

I was spending the day in Central Square as part of my second mobile district office program that I started last month to help make it easier for the residents of Central and Northern New York to get help from their state government.

Since January, I have opened full-time offices in Oswego County, Jefferson County and St. Lawrence County where my staff is available five days a week to help with state or other government offices.

August 9, 2011
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Remembering former New York State Governor Hugh L. Carey

At the Capitol today, many veterans of New York State government are recalling the life and times of former New York Governor Hugh L. Carey, who passed away early yesterday at the age of 92.

Here's just a sampling of stories from the:

August 8, 2011
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Public Hearing: Congressional and State Legislative Redistricting

New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and ReapportionmentChairs: Senator Michael F. Nozzolio and Assembly Member John J. McEnenyPublic Hearing: Congressional and state legislative redistrictingPlace: City Hall Council Chambers, Government Plaza, 38 Hawley Street, Binghamton, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: NYS Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research & Reapportionment (212) 618-1100

A video archive of this event will be available at http://www.latfor.state.ny.us

August 17, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Expenditure Report Period Ending 3/31/2011

Period: 
10/01/2010 - 03/31/2011

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.

August 4, 2011
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