Issues: Government Operations

August 2, 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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July 28, 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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A debate in Syracuse

Senator Gianaris has challenged Senator DeFrancisco to a debate on redistricting to take place live on WSYR's The Jim Reith Show. Senator Gianaris is hoping for an open, honest debate on the issue. Capitol Confidential wrote about the challenge:

This should be lively: it looks like Democratic Sen. Mike Gianaris of Queens and Syracuse Republican John DeFrancisco will debate redistricting with Syracuse talk show host Jim Reith on Newsradio 570 in the near future.

Here is the interchange of letters today, triggered by Gianaris’s interview last night on Reith’s radio show, which prompted DeFrancisco to call in.

Read the full post here.

July 25, 2011
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Independence is key in state redistricting

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle editorialized the importance of creating an independent redistricting commisssion so that district lines will be redrawn in a nonpartisan fashion.

For what it's worth, the New York Legislature's traveling committee on redistricting was in Rochester this week to gather public input on redrawing boundary lines for state legislative and congressional districts.

Though the four-member panel is bipartisan, includes two citizens, and is said to be committed to transparency, it was hard to take seriously. Its members, after all, were doing work that should be done by a panel independent of the legislative process.

July 25, 2011
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Otselic Valley School Name Change Official

ALBANY, 07/20/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) announced today that legislation formally changing the name of Georgetown-South Otselic School District to the Otselic Valley Central School District at Georgetown-South Otselic has been signed into law.

“This legislation formalizes the legal name of the Otselic Valley Central School District at Georgetown-South Otselic and comes at the request of the school,” said Senator Seward.  “The change will allow the district to employ the commonly used  name when filing reports, applying for grants or entering into contracts.”

July 21, 2011
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Governor Cuomo signs law to change presidential primary date

Albany, N.Y., July 19—Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, to move New York’s presidential primary election day from the first Tuesday in February to Tuesday, April 24, 2012.

July 19, 2011
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Trees are coming to Sunnyside/Woodside

Sunnyside Post wrote about Senator Gianaris' continued work to get more trees planted in Sunnyside and Woodside. It is expected that hundreds of trees will be planted in the area within the next two years, thanks to the help of local leaders.

Hundreds of trees will be planted in Sunnyside and Woodside within the next two years, according to the neighborhood’s political leaders.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris, who wrote a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg in April insisting that more trees be planted on the south side of Queens Blvd, said that the first wave of tree planting is likely to begin in October.

July 18, 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: Common Council Chambers, Buffalo City Hall, 13th Floor, 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo, 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 18, 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: Westchester County Board of Legislator’s Committee Room, 800 Michaelian Office Bldg., 8th Floor, 148 Martine Avenue, White Plains, 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 10, 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 Reapportionment Chairs: Senator Michael F. Nozzolio and Assembly Member John J. McEnenyPublic Hearing: Congressional and state legislative redistrictingPlace: Hamilton Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, 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 4, 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: City Hall Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, 233 East Washington Street, Syracuse, New YorkTime: 10:30 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

July 19, 10:30 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 Reapportionment Chairs: Senator Michael F. Nozzolio and Assembly Member John J. McEnenyPublic Hearing: Congressional and state legislative redistrictingPlace: City Hall Council Chambers, Room 302-A, 30 Church Street, Rochester, 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

July 20, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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SENATOR MONTGOMERY HONORS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT DOROTHY BURNHAM, A BROOKLYN “RENAISSANCE WOMAN”

The lifetime achievements of Brooklyn native Dorothy Burnham were recognized and lauded by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) during the reading of a Senate resolution, which was unanimously passed by the full Senate during the final days of the 2011 Legislative Session. The resolution paid tribute to Dorothy Burnham’s many notable contributions to our public education system, the advancement of civil rights, and to the promotion of racial and economic equality. Ms. Burnham was also honored for her designation as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Friends of the People's World. “Dorothy Burnham is a Renaissance Woman,” said Senator Montgomery.

July 11, 2011
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Census gives NY office miles and miles of data

Queens Chronicle wrote about how census offices in several other states will be closed, making New York's office responsible for collecting and organizing even more data.

How many infants live in Puerto Rico? Workers at the New York regional office of the U.S. Census Bureau will soon be responsible for keeping tabs on the island and many more states, according to the bureau.

July 11, 2011
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RITCHIE RECRUITS GOV. CUOMO IN BORDER BOATER DISPUTE

Gov Jumps Into Fray Following Senator’s Request

State Sen. Patty Ritchie today asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to intervene in the dispute over Canada's new border rules that threaten to cripple Central and Northern New York's $150 million-a-year boating and sport fishing industry.

Senator Ritchie met with Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, Mitch Franz of the Lake Ontario Fisheries Coalition, Henderson Town Supervisor Ray Walker, and representatives of US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush.

At the meeting, she gave the Lieutenant Governor a letter to deliver to Gov. Cuomo that details Canada's surprise crackdown on US boaters in the eastern Lake Ontario basin and St. Lawrence River, and asks for his help.

July 8, 2011
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Mayor, City Council reach budget deal

Queens Chronicle included Senator Gianaris' statements on the restoration of Ladder 128 in LIC as part of the New York City budget.

Seven weeks after detailing an executive budget fraught with some of the most severe cuts the city has ever seen, Mayor Bloomberg, joined by members of the City Council, announced last Friday night that they had reached an agreement on an on-time fiscal year 2012 plan that averts teacher layoffs and the closure of fire companies and senior centers.

June 30, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Sponsors Measure To Reform New York State Government

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently sponsored and voted for Senate passage of the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011 which will provide major ethics reform in New York State government.  The legislation represents a three-way agreement between the Senate, the Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo and is a significant step toward restoring the public’s trust in government.

June 29, 2011
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Public Hearing: Hearing Schedule

New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and ReapportionmentChairs: Senator Michael F. Nozzolio and Assembly Member John J. McEnenyPublic Meeting: Public Hearing SchedulePlace: Hamilton Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Meagan Fitzgerald (518) 455-2366; mfitzger@nysenate.gov Michael Whyland (518) 455-3888; whylandm@assembly.state.ny.us

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

July 6, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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