Issues: Government Operations

Budget Conference Committees Start Fine-Tuning State Budget

ALBANY, 03/16/11 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) has been named to two key joint budget conference committees which held their first meetings today in Albany.  Senator Seward will serve on the higher education subcommittee and the education subcommittee.

Regarding his higher education subcommittee assignment Senator Seward said:

“Our SUNY schools and community colleges are vital on two fronts – providing a quality, affordable education for our young people and driving our upstate economy.  As we develop a final state budget, I will be working to ensure our state’s higher education system will remain an attainable dream for our young people and their families and an economic engine for our region.”

March 16, 2011


Queens, NY, March 16, 2011 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens), released the following statement on yesterday’s Senate budget resolution, now headed to conference committees for intensive negotiations, before the April 1 deadline:

March 16, 2011

Senate budget: less spending, no new taxes, broader commitment to economic growth

Albany, N.Y., March 15— The New York State Senate approved today its version of a proposed 2011-2012 state budget and area Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said the cornerstones of the Senate plan will focus on a series of key priorities: no new or increased state taxes or fees, lower state spending, and a greater state emphasis on private-sector economic growth.

“We’re committed to a new state budget that addresses key short-term challenges and begins putting in place the foundation for long-term tax relief, job creation and a business climate that won’t be ranked, like it is today, as America’s worst.  We need to move New York in a new and better direction,” said O’Mara.

March 15, 2011

El Senador Reverendo Rubén Díaz al Gobernador Andrew Cuomo: Sus prioridades están fuera de línea


10 de Marzo del 2011



El Senador Reverendo Rubén Díaz al Gobernador Andrew Cuomo: Sus prioridades están fuera de línea

El Senador Estatal Reverendo Rubén Díaz (D-Bronx) ha públicado la siguiente declaración en respuesta a la reunión que el Gobernador Andrew Cuomo tuvo ayer para elaborar estrategias acerca de cómo legalizar el matrimonio entre homosexuales en el Estado de Nueva York:

March 10, 2011

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

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

Legislative Update with Senator Robach

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

March 4, 2011

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

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

Little: 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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