Issues: Government Operations

Senator Gallivan on the end of 2011 Senate Session

Senator Patrick Gallivan comments on 2011 New York State Senate session accomplishments. 

June 23, 2011
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Advocacy Academy Participants Get Lesson in Civic Participation

Senator Montgomery with participants and supporters of the Advocacy Academy, a program sponsored by the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College and funded by the Senator. Also pictured with the group is Senator Kevin Parker (center). Academy participants, who are comprised of faith and community based organization leaders,  came to Albany as part of their 16 week-learning experience in advocating for their groups and the issues that are important to them. Among other things, the Advocacy Academy offered practical instruction on how to impact government policies through effective interaction with elected officials and governmental agencies. 

June 23, 2011
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Seward Digs Herkimer Diamond - Legislation Would Dub Crystal As Official State Mineral

ALBANY, 06/21/11 – The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.1682) that would designate the Herkimer Diamond as the official state mineral.  The legislation, sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta), celebrates the distinctive quartz crystals from the Mohawk Valley.

“Formed almost 500 million years ago and known worldwide, the Herkimer Diamond deserves to be properly recognized across New York,” said Senator Seward.  “I am extremely proud that the state senate has approved legislation naming the Herkimer Diamond as the official mineral of New York State.”

June 21, 2011
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Oppenheimer and Galef Hail Passage of Local Court Consolidation Bills

Legislation Would Allow Village and Town of Ossining to Merge Services, Improve Court Efficiencies, and Save Taxpayer Dollars

Monday, June 20, 2011

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer announced today the passage of legislation that will allow the Town and Village of Ossining courts to consolidate into one more efficient, safer, and less expensive court that will serve both municipalities. 

June 21, 2011
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BILL WOULD ALLOW LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO 'PIGGY-BACK' ON PROCUREMENT CONTRACTS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate approved legislation (S.5525B) on June 20th that would allow local governments to cooperatively purchase, or piggy-back, on contracts already approved for other government agencies, including those of other states or the federal government.

The same terms and conditions of a contract already awarded would apply and there is a provision in the legislation to ensure that competitive bidding standards consistent with state law must have been used.

June 21, 2011
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Senate Approved Bill Would Allow Local Governments to "Piggy-Back" on Procurement Contracts

The New York State Senate today approved legislation (S.5525B), sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury), that would allow local governments to cooperatively purchase, or piggy-back, on contracts already approved for other government agencies, including those of other states or the federal government.   The same terms and conditions of a contract already awarded would apply and there is a provision in the legislation to ensure that competitive bidding standards consistent with state law must have been used.   “This is a cost savings measure,” said Senator Betty Little.  “It gives our local governments a lot more options when they have a need to contract for goods or services.”

June 20, 2011
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Legislative Report with Senator John Bonacic

Senator John Bonacic discusses End of Session negotians; the Governor's Ethics Legislation, his Wawarsing Flood Bill, the MTA Payroll Tax repeal legislation and his "Move Over" Bill.

June 20, 2011
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RITCHIE, RUNCIMAN ASK FOR EXPLANATION ON BORDER INCIDENT

Canadian Senator Says Treatment Of U.S. Fisherman 'Outrageous'

State Senator Patty Ritchie and Ontario Senator Robert Runciman are asking Canadian officials to investigate the treatment of a U.S. fisherman who had his boat seized for straying into Canadian waters near Gananoque.

"When I heard about this incident, I immediately contacted Senator Runciman, who has been working with me on border issues. I knew he would work with me to make sure Canada's top officials were aware and took appropriate action," Senator Ritchie said. "We need to continue to work together to encourage residents on both sides of the border to enjoy what both of our nations have to offer."

June 17, 2011
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AG ASSESSMENT BILL CUTS PAPERWORK

Proposal Relieves Burdens On Local Governments, Farms

State Senator Patty Ritchie says her bill (S5159) allowing the automatic renewal of agricultural assessments will help reduce paperwork for both New York’s 35,000 family farms and local governments. The bill passed the Senate Thursday night.

“Our hard working family farmers spend too much time filling out meaningless government forms,” Senator Ritchie said. “Our local governments have too many burdensome mandates from state government. This legislation reduces these meaningless bureaucratic requirements for both assessors and farmers.”

June 17, 2011
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Senator Robach Debates Krueger On Senate Floor

Earlier this week, Senator Robach debated Senator Krueger on the Senate Floor regarding the Rainy Day Fund and capping spending on operating funds.

June 16, 2011
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Senator Michael Gianaris Session Remarks on Federal Terrorism Trials in NYC

Senator Gianaris on the Senate floor discusses the importance of ensuring that New York City residents receive the proper homeland security protection.

June 15, 2011
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BONACIC: LEGISLATION TO INCREASE SAFETY AND SECURITY AT ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT FACILITIES PASSES SENATE

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, S.3349 by Senator Bonacic, which would increase the safety and security at alcohol and substance abuse treatment facilities that are utilized for judicial diversion programs.

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope) was inspired to sponsor this amendment to the criminal procedure law when a security guard; Lee Wood was killed and a nurse; Keri Reynolds was stabbed at the Renaissance Project; a substance abuse treatment facility outside of Ellenville, NY by a felon with a history of violence who was being treated at the facility.

June 14, 2011
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Capitol Report with Senator John DeFrancisco, 6/13/11

Senator John DeFrancisco speaks about End of Session Priorities, Gold Alert, Tougher Laws For Boating While Intoxicated, West Genesse HS Academic Decathlon

June 14, 2011
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Griffo-Backed Ethics Reform Measure Passes Both Houses

Griffo: Ethics Reform Bill Caps Multi-Year Effort to Change Albany’s Way

(Albany) - Calling Senate passage of the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011 a major step forward after his many years of working to overhaul Albany’s broke

June 14, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION ENCOURAGING PURCHASE OF LOCAL PRODUCTS

The State Senate today passed legislation co-sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that would require state agencies to purchase food products grown in New York State. 

June 14, 2011
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Griffo Bill to Push Accountability Website Passes Senate

Senate Passes Legislation to Establish ResultsNY.gov WebsiteWebsite Would Increase Accountability of State Government Agencies

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.3657), sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) to create a new website, ResultsNY.gov, that would enable the public to review the performance of government programs to see how effectively agencies are spending tax dollars. People visiting the site could also submit their own suggestions and recommendations on how to stop government waste and reduce State spending.

June 8, 2011
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Senate Passes Legislation to Establish ResultsNY.gov Website

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.3657), sponsored by Senator  Joseph Griffo (R-C, Rome) to create a new website, ResultsNY.gov, that would enable the public to review the performance of government programs to see how effectively agencies are spending tax dollars.   People visiting the site could also submit their own suggestions and recommendations on how to stop government waste and reduce State spending.

June 7, 2011
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