Issues: Government Operations

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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Trooper Kevin Dobson Resolution

Senator Gallivan rises on the Senate floor to speak on his Resolution in memory of Trooper Kevin Dobson. 

“The entire New York State law enforcement community and all of Western New York have suffered a tremendous loss today. My thoughts and prayers are with the Dobson Family, especially his three young children and his father, Retired Lieutenant Richard Dobson of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, whom I had the high honor of serving with during my tenure as Sheriff of Erie County.

March 29, 2011
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Senator Gallivan Presides over the Senate

Senator Gallivan serves as president pro tem of the New York State Senate during senate session on Thursday, 3/24/2011.

March 29, 2011
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Griffo Says Budget Agreement is Fiscally Responsible

State Budget Addresses NY’s Top Priority

Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) said the budget compromise unveiled in Albany fulfils a promise made to the people of the 47th District and all of New York to make fiscal responsibility the top issue in Albany.

“No one enjoys passing a budget that makes painful cuts, but this was a hard dose of fiscal reality that was necessary,” Griffo said. “For agencies looking for money, this will not be a good budget. For taxpayers wondering if the state has heard their voices, it’s an encouraging sign.”

March 28, 2011
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Senator Robach Discusses Budget Agreement

On Monday, March 28th, Senator Robach discussed the budget agreement reached over the weekend.

March 28, 2011
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Senator Robach Discusses Budget Agreement with WROC-TV

Click the link below to view Senator Robach's interview with WROC-TV (CBS Affiliate, Rochester) regarding the budget agreement reached on Sunday night.

WROC-TV

March 28, 2011
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Seward Applauds Budget Agreement

ALBANY, 03/28/11 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the budget agreement announced by the governor and legislative leaders:

“The budget agreement balances the books in Albany and accomplishes the goals I announced I would pursue at the start of the year – lowering state spending, ending tax hikes, and providing incentives for upstate job growth.

“The agreement also restores some funding for needy school districts and eliminates numerous costs shifts to local governments, both necessary steps to help keep local property taxes in check.

March 27, 2011
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Seward, Butler Win Battle - Save Herkimer Home

ALBANY, 03/24/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and Assemblyman Marc Butler (R/C/I-Newport ) today announced that the General Herkimer Home historic site will open this year beginning with the rescheduled Sugaring Off Celebration on Sunday, April 17th.

“When it looked like the Herkimer Home would be closed and artifacts shipped out I vowed to do everything in my power to protect this vital piece of local history,” said Senator Seward.  “I am pleased to announce that I was able to secure $100,000 in an agreed upon state budget bill to provide for the immediate needs at Herkimer Home and begin future planning.”

March 24, 2011
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IDC, Assemblyman Bing, Propose Plan to Help State Lower Liability Risks

 

Proposal Would Save NY $50 Million; Increase Workplace Safety 

The Independent Democratic Conference and Assemblyman Jonathan Bing, (D-Manhattan), today released a common sense plan that would save New York State an estimated $50 million, while at the same time increasing workplace safety in state government.

 

March 23, 2011
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Senator Robach Discusses Separate States

Senator Robach discusses his bill which would allow voters to decide, via referendum, whether to seperate New York State into two separate states.

March 23, 2011
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IDC, Assemblyman Bing, Propose Plan to Help State Lower Liability Risks

Proposal Would Save NY $50 Million; Increase Workplace Safety

The Independent Democratic Conference and Assemblyman Jonathan Bing, (D-Manhattan), today released a common sense plan that would save New York State an estimated $50 million, while at the same time increasing workplace safety in state government.

File: 
RiskManagementReport_Final.pdf

March 22, 2011
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Should New York Be Separated into Two States?

Here is the story from the Democrat and Chronicle regarding bill S712, sponsored by Senator Robach, that would allow voters to decide on whether the state should be split into upstate and downstate.

Democrat and Chronicle March 22, 2011

March 22, 2011
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Good News on Horizon: Business, Technology and Academic Partnerships Will Drive Economy, Create Jobs. Two Projects to Launch, Council Planned.

As the state wrestles with passing an on-time budget, marked by painful cuts to close a $10 billion budget gap,  Long Island could be getting good news this Spring when two components in New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle’s Innovation Highway are set to get underway.

LaValle says that the engine to drive the creation of new jobs and boost the economy is right in our backyard. “This Spring,” LaValle said, “two projects, The Stony Brook University Incubator at Calverton and The Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center are scheduled to bloom.” The projects are part of LaValle’s Innovation Highway – a tech corridor stretching from The Stony Brook University Incubator at Calverton to North Shore Hospital in Manhasset .

March 22, 2011
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Senator Gallivan Presides over the Senate Chamber

Senator Gallivan gavels in, to move legislation along

March 21, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  Here at the start of the 2011 legislative session, that's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout the year ahead, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."

March 21, 2011
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