Issues: Government Operations

Independent Democratic Conference Plan would save $37 million; Strengthen State IG Office

The Independent Democratic Conference today released a plan to streamline New York's patchwork Inspector General system and further empower the State Inspector General to be the top watchdog of New York's bureaucracy.

This proposal, which would eliminate overlapping and duplicative layers of state government and consolidate what are often competing operations, would result in $37 million in savings.

March 9, 2011
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Senate Passes Recharge NY Program

GALLIVAN SEES IT AS KEY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TOOL FOR UPSTATE NEW YORK       Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced today that the State Senate passed legislation to create a permanent state energy program that will continue to provide affordable energy rates to businesses in the Empire State. The legislation makes permanent the “Power For Jobs” program, which was subject to annual extensions to remain in effect. The new, permanent program is called “Recharge NY”.        “Recharge NY is vital to the economic interests of Western New York.

March 8, 2011
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Legislative Update with Senator Robach

Senator Robach appeared as a guest on Legislative Update on Thursday, March 3rd.

March 4, 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, March 8, 2011 Room 810 LOB

March 8, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Charlotte Hosts Mayoral Forum

On Monday, March 7th, a Mayoral forum will be held in Charlotte at Riverview High Rise, Charlotte Harbortown Homes, 60 River Street. The forum is free and open to the public. Click the link below to read all the details.

March 3, 2011
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Little: Governor's mandate team releases first report

GOVERNOR’S MANDATE TEAM RELEASES FIRST REPORT

A mandate relief redesign team formed in January by Governor Andrew Cuomo to examine and make recommendations to reduce the burden of unfunded mandates on local governments and schools issued its first report yesterday.

March 2, 2011
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Senator Serrano Joins Collegues and Former Mayor Ed Koch to Advocate for Redistricting Reform

Senator  José M. Serrano joined former New York City Mayor Ed Koch and his fellow Senate Democratic Heroes of Reform to support and advocate for the immediate passage of Governor Cuomo’s non-partisan redistricting legislation. Governor Cuomo introduced the Redistricting Reform Act of 2011 on Friday, February 18th. The legislation (S.3419) would put an independent redistricting plan in place before legislative lines are redrawn ahead of the 2012 elections.

March 1, 2011
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Public Hearing: To examine the impact of proposed agency consolidations on the affected agencies, delivery of services, the State workforce and citizens.

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government OperationsChair: Senator Carl L. MarcellinoSenate Standing Committee on BanksChair: Joseph A. Griffo (Chairperson) & Hugh T. Farley (Vice Chairperson)Senate Standing Committee on InsuranceChair: James L. SewardPublic Hearing: To examine the impact of proposed agency consolidations on the affected agencies, delivery of services, the State workforce and citizens.Place: Room 711A, Legislative Office Building, 7th Floor, Albany, New YorkTime: 11:00 A.M.Contact: Debbie Peck Kelleher (518) 455-2390

March 7, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Sen. Little hopes bureaucracy-cutting bills pass

February 23, 2011 - By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer
In 2009, the town of Newcomb had to pay a $1,000 fine to the state because the town didn't notify the town 30 days before the town applied to renew the liquor license for the town golf course.

February 28, 2011
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Gianaris Pushes ‘New Way Forward’ On Redistricing

Capital Tonight's Liz Benjamin highlights Senator Michael Gianaris' push for a New Way Forward on the way Redistricting is done in Albany.

February 28, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack Martins, Chair 9:00 AM, Wednesday, March 2, 2011 Room 945 LOB

March 2, 9:00 AM - 9:37 AM
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Seward Named to Key Leadership Post

ONEONTA, 02/23/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) has been named assistant majority leader on conference operations, a post that puts him in the top leadership of the state senate.

“The new position allows me to work closely with senate leadership in establishing priorities and directing important legislation to the senate floor,” said Senator Seward.  “New York is extremely diverse, and it is vital that upstate has a voice at the table to fight for our unique concerns - I am proud to be that voice.”

Senator Seward has also been named to three key budget review subcommittees with the purpose of analyzing the governor’s budget proposal and recommending constructive revisions.

February 23, 2011
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Senator Krueger Explains Her Anti-Lulu Stance on Capital Tonight

The latest push for reform in Albany dates back to 2004 when the Brennan Center released a report deeming New York’s legislature the most dysfunctional in the nation. Since then, there have been countless calls for change – from ethics reform, to redistricting reform, to campaign finance reform. Friday, Democratic State Senator Liz Krueger weighed in, calling for the elimination of stipends known as lulus, bonuses state lawmakers get for chairing committees and leadership posts.

February 22, 2011
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Public Hearing: Government Consolidation

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government OperationsChair: Senator Carl L. MarcellinoSenate Standing Committee on BanksChair: Joseph A. Griffo (Chairperson) & Hugh T. Farley (Vice Chairperson)Senate Standing Committee on InsuranceChair: James L. SewardPublic Hearing: To examine the impact of proposed agency consolidations on the affected agencies, delivery of services, the State workforce and citizens.Place: Room 711A, Legislative Office Building, 7th Floor, Albany, New YorkTime: 11:00 A.M.Contact: Debbie Peck Kelleher (518) 455-2390

March 7, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Senator Gallivan on the Senate floor

Senator Gallivan rises in support of Superintendent of the State Police Joseph A. D'Amico.  Shortly after, the Superintendent of State Police is unanimously confirmed by New York State Senate

February 16, 2011
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Joint Budget hearing on Human Services

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan questions Comissioner Gladys Carrion regarding NYS Family Services

February 16, 2011
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Senator Krueger Discusses: Fears About How the City’s Budget Will Affect Child Care

By Liz Harris

On Thursday, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will unveil New York City’s preliminary budget for the next fiscal year. On Wednesday, if you listen very closely, you can hear people throughout the city holding their breath, bracing for deep cuts.

One very nervous group represents advocates and others who work in the child care industry serving poor and low-income women.

With the city budget ax expected to fall on a variety of programs, advocates and child care providers say information that has dribbled out of City Hall makes them fearful that as many as 16,000 of the 100,000 city-subsidized slots could disappear.

February 16, 2011
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