Issues: Government Operations

Senator Robach Meets with Lieutenant Governor Duffy

On the heels of last Wednesday's State of the State address, I had the opportunity to catch up with Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy in the Senate Chamber. I look forward to working with the new administration on capping property taxes, reducing state spending, reforming State government, and getting our State back on the right track.

January 11, 2011
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Government Efficiency

Senator Carlucci Works

to Streamline Government

Issues Recommendations to Governor Cuomo

 

Albany, NY - Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland) and the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) today introduced a series of recommendations to Governor Cuomo and his Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission that will help in their goal to right-size New York's sprawling bureaucracy.

 

January 11, 2011
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IDC Issues Recommendations to Streamline State Government $312 million wasteful spending, potential savings, uncovered

 

The Independent Democratic Conference today submitted a series of recommendations to Governor Cuomo and his Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission that will help them streamline New York's sprawling bureaucracy.

The IDC's recommendations to crack down on overtime abuses, develop new accountability standards for outside contractors, review the use of state assets, and eliminate duplicative administrative functions, are based upon the work performed by the Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency.

IDC members Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester), David J. Valesky, (D-Oneida), and Diane Savino, (D-Staten Island/ Brooklyn), serve as members of the Task Force, which during the last year uncovered more than $312 million in questionable spending and potential savings.

January 10, 2011
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Seward Appointed To Senate Finance Committee

ALBANY, 01/10/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) comments on his appointment to the senate finance committee.

As a member of the finance committee, Senator Seward will play a significant role in reviewing the governor’s proposed budget and developing a final spending plan. The finance committee will examine appropriations and disbursements for each agency included in the budget. In addition, the finance committee is responsible for reviewing nominations sent by the governor for appointments, and moving the nominations to the full senate. 

January 10, 2011
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Senate "Heroes of Reform" Say: Keep Your Promise, Pass the Pledge

Senate Reformers Urge New Yorkers to Join the Call for Immediate Action on Mayor Koch’s New York Uprising Heroes of Reform Pledge

 53 of 62 Senators Signed Pledge Before Election; Governor Cuomo Highlighted Reform Pledge in State of State as a Priority

 

(Albany, NY) – On the first day of State Senate session, Senators designated “Heroes of Reform” by Mayor Ed Koch called on Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Senate leadership today to keep their promise and pass Mayor Koch’s “New York Uprising Heroes of Reform” pledge as the Senate’s first order of business in the New Year.

January 10, 2011
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Lawmakers put mandate relief on top of reform list

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Local leaders convene for Legislative Breakfast

January 10, 2011
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Regional politicians react to shooting

By MAURY THOMPSON thompson@poststar.com | Posted: Sunday, January 9, 2011 9:31 pm

The tragic shooting at an Arizona "Congress on Your Corner" event on Saturday should not stop the tradition of free and open dialogue between elected officials and the public, legislators from the region said.

"What separates us from other cultures and other governments is our approachability," said U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam.

January 10, 2011
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Senator O'Mara takes the Oath of Office in the historic chamber of the New York State Senate.

Nearly one year ago, joined by his family, Senator O'Mara took the Oath of Office to begin his first term in the State Senate representing New York's 53rd Senate District.  The 53rd District encompasses all of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties, and part of Tompkins County.

January 7, 2011
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Extreme Makeover New York

ONEONTA, 01/07/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today outlined his legislative agenda for the 2011 session of the New York State Senate.  Seward’s plan, dubbed “Extreme Makeover: New York” focuses on smart budget cuts, property tax relief, economic development and government reform.  

“New York is ready for a complete overhaul.  My ‘Extreme Makeover: New York’ initiative includes calculated cost cutting that will provide our state with financial stability, tax relief that will help people with their own bottom line, business stimulating actions aimed at jumpstarting job growth and government reforms to restore public confidence in Albany.

January 7, 2011
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Senator Valesky joins groundbreaking Independent Democratic Conference

ALBANY, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) announced his departure from the Senate Democratic Conference and the formation of a third legislative conference, along with three of his Democratic colleagues, Senators Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester), Diane Savino, (D-Staten Island/ Brooklyn), and David Carlucci, (D-Clarkstown).

January 6, 2011
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SENATOR LITTLE REACTS TO STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

Statement by Senator Betty Little -- Wednesday, January 5, 2011

"I agree with many of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ideas outlined to build toward a better future of responsible government spending and cultivate an economic climate that attracts investment, rewards success and encourages innovation and entrepreneurship.

"If we aren’t optimistic about the future, the fortitude to make the tough decisions will be lacking. There’s no question that closing the $10 billion deficit will require significant cuts to services and programs. Difficult choices have to be made, but they can and should be smart choices. The divisiveness of hyper-partisan politics has to end and be replaced with a constructive dialogue that leads to sensible policy decisions.

January 6, 2011
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Local legislators impressed by Cuomo's message


January 5, 2011 - By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer

Cutting spending, capping property taxes, cutting unfunded mandates to local government, cutting the size of state government - overall, the North Country's legislators agreed with much of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's message in his first State of the State address Wednesday.

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January 6, 2011
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Area GOP lawmakers give Cuomo speech high marks


By MAURY THOMPSON thompson@poststar.com | Posted: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 5:47 pm

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's message of bringing competition and innovative thinking to state government touched on all the right themes, area Republican legislators said.

"Ninety percent of what he was saying, I'm ready to get in the boat and row with him," said Assemblyman Tony Jordan, R-Jackson.

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January 6, 2011
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Local leaders positive after State of the State

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January 6, 2011


JOE LoTEMPLIO

 

PLATTSBURGH — North Country leaders liked what they heard from new Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his first State of the State address.They just hope that his words translate into positive actions.

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January 6, 2011
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Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos Appoints Senator John Defrancisco To Chair Senate Finance Committee - Senate Majority Members Named to Finance and Rules Committees

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has appointed Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) to serve as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

“I am honored that I have been named Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee,” said Senator DeFrancisco.  “This is a very important position in the Senate and for our State, given the fiscal crisis our State is facing.   I am anxious and excited to begin the hard work that is needed to remedy our State’s financial situation. I am looking forward to working with Governor Cuomo toward the passage of a budget that serves the interests of all New Yorkers.”

January 6, 2011
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Senator LaValle's Priorities for the New Legislative Session.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, IP–Port Jefferson) today said the messages he heard from constituents and initiatives he campaigned on will form the basis of his legislative agenda for the next two years.   

“I fully support the Governor’s property tax cap proposal,” LaValle said. “A two percent cap or cap tied to the rate of inflation is a number one priority.” LaValle has been a staunch proponent of a property tax cap for the past several years and said Senate Republicans first passed a property tax cap in 2008 and continued to advocate for a cap in order to provide relief to Long Islanders who are overburdened by high property taxes. 

LaValle said his priorities include:

January 6, 2011
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SENATOR SALAND’S STATEMENT ON THE STATE OF THE STATE

Despite the severe fiscal challenges before us, Governor Cuomo managed to strike a balance which was both optimistic and realistic.  He understands radical changes need to be made and appears ready and willing to lead us to long-term financial stability with less government spending, that performs more efficiently and is accountable to the people of this State.                                         &nbs

January 6, 2011
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Senators Klein, Savino, Valesky, Carlucci Announce Formation of Independent Democratic Conference

State Senators Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester), Diane Savino, (D-Staten Island/ Brooklyn), David J. Valesky,  (D-Oneida) and David Carlucci, (D-Rockland), today announced their departure from the Senate Democratic Conference and the formation of a third legislative conference.  

The four senators will caucus together as the Independent Democratic Conference. As a group, they will push for commonsense solutions to the problems facing this state, break the hyper-partisan gridlock that has gripped this chamber, and work to restore the public's trust in its public officials.  

“This is a new beginning,” Senator Klein said. “The squandered opportunities, ethical lapses, and mismanagement of the last two years have left the residents of this state distrustful and disappointed in the State Senate as an institution and their government as a whole. As members of the Independent Democratic Conference, we will work to bring integrity back to this house and once again make government a tool to improve people's lives.”

January 5, 2011
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