Issues: Government Operations

Public Hearing: To examine the changes necessary to reduce annual operating deficits and stop the continuing cycle of increased fares and decreased services

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government OperationsChair: Senator Carl L. MarcellinoPublic Hearing: To examine the changes at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) necessary to reduce annual operating deficits and stop the continuing cycle of increased fares and decreased servicesPlace: SUNY Old Westbury, McGuire Theatre, Campus Center, Room J,Old Westbury, New YorkTime: 10:30 A.M.Contact: Debbie Peck Kelleher (518) 455-2390Media Contact: Kathy Wilson (516) 922-1811ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

May 5, 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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U.S. Postal Service Makes Purple Heart Stamp "Forever"

An effort to honor military heroes that began in the New York State Senate 11 years ago has now resulted in the U.S. Postal Service announcing that the Purple Heart postage stamp has been classified as a “Forever” stamp, ensuring that it will continue in circulation. 

April 13, 2011
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Senate Republicans say they're committed to property tax plan

Capital Connection - Albany - The Buffalo News

ALBANY -- State Senate Republicans said Tuesday they will not water down a plan to hold the growth in local property tax increases at 2 percent annually, though the State Legislature's top Democrat questioned the GOP's commitment to the issue.

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, R-Rockville Centre, noted that his house already has passed Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's property tax plan and that now the Democratic-led Assembly's turn has come to adopt it.

April 13, 2011
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Senator Robach Talks Redistricting with Students

On Thursday, April 7th, Senator Robach had the opportunity to speak with a Town of Pittsford Supervisor Bill Carpenter's class at St. John Fisher College. During the class, I discussed redistricting and a bill I introduced in 2010, and re-introduced this year, bill s717. This bill would require legislative districts be determined without political motivation.

April 11, 2011
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New York Times Calls for Reform, Commends Senator Gianaris

Over the weekend the New York Times called for substantial reforms to the way New York State Government funcitons. One of the reforms they highlighted was my  call for independent redistricting.

Check out the full article here

 

 

April 11, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Investigations and Government Operations Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Room 810 LOB

April 12, 12:30 PM - 12:37 PM
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Legislative Report with Senator Martin Malave Dilan

April 6, 2011- Senator Dilan discusses 2011 - 2012 Budget, Education, and Transportation

April 7, 2011
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Small Victories Amid Painful Cuts

The following oped was published in today's Our Town.

By Liz Krueger

Even in the best of economic times, it’s never “easy” to balance the State’s budget. This year it was particularly difficult because our state government had less money and more debt, while the need for public services has only increased. This is not a problem unique to New York: 44 states are facing a combined budget deficit of over $112 billion this year, as the nation struggles to climb its way out of the recession.

April 7, 2011
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Griffo Reports that Restoration of Tug Hill Commission in Final Budget

Griffo Reports Restoration of Tug Hill Commission in Final Budget Agreement Senator Confident that Review of Commission will confirm its continued need

April 6, 2011
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Senator Gallivan's 2011 Budget Statement

Senator Gallivan speaks on this year's Budget, the process and its effects on the 59th district.

April 4, 2011
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Griffo Says Adopted State Budget is First of More Challenges To Com

Griffo: Hard work not over with budget passage

April 1, 2011
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State Budget Passes Senate

ALBANY, 03/30/11 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on final approval of the state budget: “For the first time in twenty-eight years New York has an early state budget.  Along with being done in advance of the April 1 deadline, the plan takes major steps to improve our economic climate, and meets the needs of our families and individuals who are ready for an Empire State rebirth.

March 30, 2011
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Senator Robach Makes Floor Remarks During Voting on Budget Bills

Click on the video to see remarks Senator Robach made on the Senate Floor Wednesday, March 30th. The remarks came while votes were being cast on budget bills.

March 30, 2011
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State Budget Closes $10 Billion Deficit, Restores Fiscal Responsibility, Builds Road to Job Creation With No New Taxes, No Borrowing.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson),  chairman of the Senate’s Higher Education Committee today said  the budget about to be enacted restored an orderly and open budget negotiation process, brought back fiscal responsibility to the state, closes a $10 billion budget deficit and creates a road to job creation and economic recovery, all with no new taxes or borrowing.

“This budget,” LaValle said, “reaches its financial goals with no new taxes and no borrowing and will cut next year's projected budget deficit from $15 billion to about $2 billion.”

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March 30, 2011
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First Budget Bills Receive Approval

ALBANY, 03/29/11 – State Senator James L.

March 30, 2011
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NYS Senator Eric Adams Unites With Religious Leaders In The Jewish And Muslim Communities To Urge Albany To Reinstate Funding To The Office Of The Medical Examiner

On Sunday, March 27, 2011, NYS Senator Eric Adams, joined by religious leaders in the Jewish and Muslim communities, held a press conference to urge Albany to reinstate funding to the Office of the Medical Examiner. Access to the Medical Examiner is of the utmost importance to those who follow the Jewish and Muslim faiths, as burials must occur within 24 hours of an individual’s passing.  Current budget proposals are calling for a substantial decrease in staff and resources.  Without the available staff, the ability to uphold religious tenets would become difficult, and service would be impacted not just for those religious communities, but for all New Yorkers.

March 29, 2011
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