Issues: Government Operations

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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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH RESULTSNY.GOV WEBSITE Website Would Increase Accountability of State Government Agencies

    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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June 6, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE BACKS ETHICS REFORM

During my conversations with the people of Central and Northern New York,they have made it very clear that they wanted real change in Albany. They wanted to clean up the dysfunction and corruption that has made New York State a poster child for what was wrong with government in America.

June 6, 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, June 7, 2011 Room 810 LOB

June 7, 12:30 PM - 12:37 PM
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NYS MEMBERS OF COLOR PUSH FOR REPEAL OF VACANCY DECONTROL

NYS MEMBERS OF COLOR PUSH FOR REPEAL OF VACANCY DECONTROL TO PROTECT THOUSANDS OF LOW- AND MODERATE-INCOME NEW YORKERSLaws to sunset in two weeks; group urges Gov. Cuomo to strengthen rent regulation laws

June 2, 2011
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Senator Gianaris participates in rally protesting the closure of Ladder 128 in Long Island City.

Senator Gianaris joined Stephen Cassady, head of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, Al Hagan head of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Councilmembers Jimmy Van Bramer and Elizabeth Crowley, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and local residents to protest the proposed closure of Ladder Company 128 .

May 31, 2011
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Area officials welcome property-tax cap, but fear impact

Press-Republican -- May 31, 2011
North Country lawmakers, officials look for mandate relief

May 31, 2011
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