Issues: Government Operations

Senate passes mandate relief legislation

The New York State Senate recently passed three mandate relief bills that would give local governments more authority and flexibility and help save taxpayer dollars.

 

One measure would authorize localities to deliver proposed local laws to members of their legislative bodies by e-mail. 

 

Another bill would tax collectors to send tax statements by email to homeowners who opt out of receiving paper statements.

 

In addition, the Senate passed legislation that would allow two or more contiguous towns to jointly purchase highway equipment.

February 8, 2011
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Senate passes mandate relief legislation

 The New York State Senate recently passed three mandate relief bills that would give local governments more authority and flexibility and help save taxpayer dollars.

One measure would authorize localities to deliver proposed local laws to members of their legislative bodies by e-mail. 

Another bill would tax collectors to send tax statements by email to homeowners who opt out of receiving paper statements.

In addition, the Senate passed legislation that would allow two or more contiguous towns to jointly purchase highway equipment.

February 8, 2011
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Senator Ball Urges Governor To Schedule SAGE Hearing

ALBANY, NY (02/08/2011) - Senator Greg Ball (R, C - Patterson) today sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, requesting that the Governor schedule a Public Hearing of the Savings and Government Efficiencies Commission before February 18. The letter reads: Governor Cuomo: I respectfully request that a Public Hearing of the Savings and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission be scheduled before February 18 so that we may immediately begin the work of finding opportunities to cut government operations by at least twenty percent. As you are aware, appointments to the SAGE Commission began the first week of January. Now, six weeks after the first appointments, the SAGE Commission has not yet scheduled its first meeting.

February 8, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Investigations and Government Operations Meeting

Senate Committee on Investigations and Government OperationsCarl L. Marcellino12:00pm, Monday, January 24th, 2011 123CAP

January 24, 12:00 PM - 12:06 PM
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Senator Ball Brings Together Local Elected Officials

Ball: We have to work together, regardless of party affiliation, to come up with solutions.

CARMEL, NY (02/03/2011) - Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) hosted a bi-partisan summit today to develop common solutions for local problems, such as MS4, mandate relief, government consolidation, and resource sharing. The summit included presentations from Putnam County Executive Paul Eldridge, Vincent Tamangna, Chairman of the Putnam County Legislature, and Carmel Town Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt.

“We all have the same issues, and the solutions are in your heads,” Ball told the audience of Supervisors, Councilmen, Legislators, and other local officials. “The men and women in this room have so much knowledge at the local level to work from, and today is an opportunity to get something done in Albany. Let’s use this opportunity, as stewards of your local municipalities, to make changes that need to be made.”

February 3, 2011
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Senator Griffo on Governor Cuomo’s 2011 Budget Proposal

Senator Griffo on Governor Cuomo’s 2011 Budget Proposal

Senator Joseph A. Griffo today affirmed his support for the broad overall goals of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget, while noting that a thorough review of the budget is required to address his concerns.

February 3, 2011
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Statement on Governor's Budget Proposal

ALBANY, 02/01/11 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal:

“The governor’s budget proposal is harsh, but realistic, and takes into account the difficult financial circumstances we face.  There is plenty of hurt to go around and there will be shared sacrifices; they are necessary to put New York back on sound fiscal footing.

“Over the last two years, Albany went on an out of control spending spree, hiking taxes and misusing federal stimulus funds to fuel the binge.  I voted no on each and every budget bill over that time period because of the recklessness.  Now the bill is due and we have to pay it without increasing spending and taxes.

February 2, 2011
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Statement on Governor's Executive Budget Proposal

I’m pleased that Governor Cuomo has proposed an Executive Budget that closes a $10 billion deficit with recurring spending actions, and does not rely on any borrowing or new taxes.

February 1, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR MARTY GOLDEN ON GOVERNOR CUOMO’S PROPOSED 2011-12 BUDGET

Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member of the New York State Senate Finance Committee, today issued the following statement in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2011-12 New York State Budget:

“Governor Andrew Cuomo today spoke to New Yorkers and made it evident that the Empire State is facing some of the toughest financial times in recent memory. With a $10 billion dollar deficit looming, the days of out of control spending, automatic increases, new taxes, and an oversized government are over.

February 1, 2011
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DiNapoli Seeks Law to Strip Convicted Lawmakers of Pensions

By Cara Matthews

ALBANY -- Public officials convicted of corruption would be stripped of their pension benefit under legislation introduced Friday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

New York has long been criticized for allowing convicted lawmakers -- even those sentenced to prison -- to collect their public pensions. But the state constitution prohibits reducing or taking away benefits from any current official or public servant.

DiNapoli's proposal would skirt the constitutional issue in that it would apply only to future members of the New York State and Local Retirement System who are state or local elected officials, officers and appointees...

January 31, 2011
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Students Inside Albany

The New York State League of Women Voters hosts an annual ‘Students Inside Albany’ conference for high school students from across New York.

January 28, 2011
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Join the Fight to Require a 'Super-Majority' Vote to Raise Taxes and Fees

Taxes are the most important issue plaguing the Third Senate District, Long Island and New York State.  In the past two years, the New York State Legislature has increased taxes and fees by $14 billion.  Raising taxes should be a last resort, not a first option.

January 28, 2011
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Senate confirmation of state Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav R. Shah

Senator Gallivan greets fellow Western New Yorker, Dr. Shah, our new New York State Health Commisioner.

January 26, 2011
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Steuben County League of Women Voters Seeks Student Applicants

Albany, N.Y., January 27—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced today that the Steuben County League of Women Voters is currently accepting applications from area high school students interested in participating in the 11th  Annual “Students Inside Albany” conference sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State.

January 26, 2011
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