Issues: Government Operations

Statement from Senator Farley Regarding the 2014 State-of-the-State Address

The Governor gave his State-of-the State Address on Wednesday January 8th, an outline of his goals for the year. It also kicks off the 2014 Legislative Session. You can read his written message by clicking here: http://www.governor.ny.gov/assets/documents/2014-SOS-Book.pdf

In the New York State Senate, my colleagues and I will work with the Governor and Assembly to pass another on-time budget, building on our previous passage of three consecutive early budgets.

We will be looking to pass a budget that controls spending and reduces taxes, while still making important investments in our future.

January 8, 2014
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Mayor Bill De Blasio Visits the Democratic Conference

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the members of the Democratic Conference twice this month in Albany. Mayor de Blasio discussed his legislative priorities and goals for the coming year. Leader Stewart-Cousins said she is looking forward to a good working relationship with Mayor de Blasio and the Democratic Conference.

January 8, 2014
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FOIL Rules and Regulations

These Rules and Regulations relating to the public inspection and/or copying of certain legislative records have been adopted by the Temporary President of the Senate pursuant to Article 6 of the Public Officers Law, known as the Freedom of Information Law, and Rule XV of the Rules of the Senate.

 

You can download the PDF at the bottom of the page or read the full document in the embedded viewer below. The Table lists the documents which fall under FOIL and which the Legislature must provide upon request.

New York State Senate Records Available for Public Inspection And/Or Copying

 

File: 
FOIL Rules and Regulations

January 8, 2014
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In the News: State Senate Democratic Leader Offers Wish List (Source: NY1Online)

Inside City Hall's Errol Louis had Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the state Senate's Democratic Conference Leader, offer her thoughts and suggestions for what Governor Andrew Cuomo should say in his upcoming State of the State Address.

Click here to view the video.

January 7, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS' STORM RESOURCE CENTER

With the harsh weather upon us, these weather-related emergency numbers may come in handy.

Don't Forget to Be Storm Ready

To report power outages or downed power lines:

• PSEG Hotline: (800) 490-0075

Information on mass transit service:

• MTA/LIRR/LI Bus online: www.mta.info

• LIRR 24 hour travel information center: 718-217-5477

• NICE Bus travel information: 516-228-4000

• NYC Transit travel information: 718-330-1234

Up to the minute information about traffic conditions on Long Island’s major roads:

• NYS Department of Transportation’s 511 service: www.511ny.org or by calling 5-1-1.

To report snow plowing issues:

January 6, 2014
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Senator wants leaders to schedule fall session day to deal with unfinished business

As Senate leaders prepare a 2014 session calendar, Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk called on the Senate's majority coalition leaders to schedule a legislative session day during the fall of 2014, allowing the Legislature to address issues that are left unresolved or that develop after the end of session in June. "As we saw this year, the issues faced by our constituents are not automatically resolved when the Legislative Session ends in June," Tkaczyk said. "And also like this year, other issues develop after we adjourn. Representing the people is something we do year-round, and we owe it to them to address those issues and take care of the State's unfinished business."

December 27, 2013
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New York State Unclaimed Funds

New York State is holding over $12 billion in unclaimed funds, and some of it may be yours! A simple internet search is all it takes to see if there are unclaimed funds in your name.

Click here to find out if you have any unclaimed funds waiting for you. 

Why does New York State have unclaimed funds?

December 27, 2013
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BUSINESS TAX CUTS, FAMILY TAX RELIEF, HEALTH CARE MEASURES AMONG NEW LAWS THAT TAKE EFFECT JANUARY 1, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of small businesses and manufacturers in New York will see a reduction in their state taxes as a result of new tax cuts that take effect on January 1, 2014. In addition, tax relief for hardworking, middle class families, new health care protections, legal casino gaming, and the START-UP NY economic development program are among the new state laws that take effect on New Year’s Day.

December 20, 2013
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Senator Carlucci Statement on Bond Rating Upgrade

State Senator David Carlucci (D-New City) said, "After working together with my colleagues in Albany and local leaders here in Rockland County I am very happy to announce that Moody's, the bond rating service, has upgraded Rodland County's bond rating from negative to stable in part thanks to the deficit financing bill which was recently signed into law. Finally Rockland County is moving in the right direction. I will continue to make sure the County not only has a second chance, but is held accountable for its actions moving forward." 

December 4, 2013
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SENATOR GALLIVAN PUSHING LEGISLATION TO KEEP WNY CHILDREN’S PSYCHIATRIC CENTER IN WEST SENECA OPEN

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) sponsored legislation today to freeze New York State’s plan to close psychiatric health centers across the state, including the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center in the Town of West Seneca.

Gallivan is the third senator to sponsor the “Freeze Unsafe Closures Now Act” (S.5986), which places a moratorium on closing the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca and all targeted facilities until April 1, 2015, providing lawmakers, the executive and mental health experts time to devise a plan that is more responsive to the needs and challenges of Western New York’s mentally ill.

November 20, 2013
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Full-Fledged Tax Reform Needed

ALBANY, 11/19/13 - New York State Senate Republicans today issued a comprehensive report on state taxes that calls for personal income taxes, business taxes, estate taxes and local property taxes to be reformed, simplified and reduced.  The report makes sweeping recommendations for reducing the tax burden on all New Yorkers.  The plan recommends enacting a permanent two-percent state spending cap and dedicating surplus revenues to tax reductions.

November 19, 2013
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Tax Policy Review and Reform Initiative

Please click on the link below to view the:

NYS Senate Republican Conference Tax Policy Review & Reform Initiative Preliminary Report

File: 
Tax Policy Review & Reform Initiative Preliminary Report - FINAL

November 19, 2013
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RITCHIE APPLAUDS PSC’S “HANG UP” ON 315 AREA CODE CHANGES

Plans Put on Hold Until 2016

State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding the New York State Public Service Commission’s decision to put on hold its plans to make changes to the 315 area code. 

Since the PSC’s area code change proposal was announced, Senator Ritchie urged state regulators to put the brakes on its effort to follow through with proposed changes to the 315 area code, which included a plan to split the region in two, or create a confusing “overlay” code (click here to read a copy of Senator Ritchie's letter to the PSC).  In response, the PSC hosted hearings across the region served by the 315 area code.  Hearings on the issue were last held in 2008. 

“Since the proposed changes to the 315 area code were announced, I have heard from hundreds of individuals concerned about how they would be impacted,” said Senator Ritchie.

November 14, 2013
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GALLIVAN INVITES LANCASTER AREA BUSINESS OWNERS AND ENTREPRENEURS TO TAKE PART IN SMALL BUSINESS SUMMIT

New York State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Elma), Deputy Republican Conference Leader for Economic Development, announced today that he is partnering with the Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce to host a Small Business Summit for business owners, not-for-profits and entrepreneurs from Lancaster and surrounding communities.

The seminar will take place on Thursday, December 5th from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM at the headquarters of Try-It Distributing, 4155 Walden Avenue in Lancaster.

The program will feature an update on small business and economic growth initiatives being undertaken by Senator Gallivan in Albany and a presentation by professional business development consultant Frank Swiatek entitled “What Businesses Can Do For Themselves.”

November 8, 2013
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GALLIVAN SPONSORS LEGISLATION TO SHINE LIGHT ON PAY-TO-PLAY IN ALBANY

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced today that he is sponsoring legislation aimed at addressing the alleged pay-to-play culture that exists between private contractors vying for procurement and service contracts and state government. “New Yorkers deserve a state government they can trust and one that strives to serve the people, not secondary interests,” said Gallivan. “This bill will help ensure that companies receiving contracts for public works are being awarded based on their ability to do the job effectively and efficiently on behalf of the taxpayers, not as part of any quid-pro-quo.”

October 25, 2013
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Valesky says D.C. should take lesson from IDC-GOP coalition

Posted on October 3, 2013 at 10:21 am 

October 4, 2013
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Senators on Regulatory Reform

Senator David J. Valesky appeared on Capital Tonight on YNN this week, along with Sens. Patrick Gallivan and Kathleen Marchione, to talk about the regulatory reform hearings they have been conducting around the state to find burdensome and unnecessary regulations. Watch the interview here.

October 4, 2013
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NEW HOTLINE ANNOUNCED FOR NEW YORK'S HEALTHCARE EXCHANGE

The New York State Department of Health has opened a hotline to help customers sign up for New York's healthcare exchange.  The enrollment period runs from October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.  You can reach the "NY State of Health" program at 1-855-355-5777.  The line will be open Monday through Friday 8 a.m to 5 p.m.  For additional information, please visit www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov.

September 19, 2013
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After U.S. Attorney’s Call for Revoking Corrupt Politicians’ Pensions, Senator Kennedy Urges Albany to Support Urgently Needed Pension Forfeiture Legislation

Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, called it a “galling injustice” that “even the most corrupt elected official” is able to “draw a publicly-funded pension until his dying day.”

Senator Kennedy has introduced legislation that will force corrupt politicians to forfeit their pension if convicted of a crime in violation of the public trust.

Kennedy: Each year, the state doles out at least $600,000 in pension payments just to those corrupt and convicted state officials who’ve been removed from office since 1999. This needs to stop.

September 19, 2013
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