Issues: Government Operations

Tax Policy Review and Reform Initiative

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

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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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RITCHIE TO HOST AG INDUSTRY LEADERS AT PUBLIC FORUM THURSDAY

Agriculture leaders from throughout New York State will share insights on regulations and mandates affecting their industry at a public forum being held Thursday in Watertown. 

The event is one of a series of industry-specific public forums on regulatory reform, being held in a bipartisan effort to identify and eliminate costly government regulations. 

Those in attendance will share their opinions with Senator Ritchie, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, as well as Senator Patrick Gallivan, Senator David Valesky and Senator Kathleen Marchione.

September 18, 2013
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Forum/Town Hall: Manufacturing Regulatory Reform – To learn from businesses and industry experts which regulations are the least useful, least cost effective and therefore should be eliminated

Senate Majority CoalitionSponsors: Senators Patrick M. Gallivan, David J. Valesky, Kathleen A. Marchione, and David CarlucciCo-Sponsor: Senator John A. DeFranciscoPublic Meeting: Manufacturing Regulatory Reform – To learn from businesses and industry experts which regulations are the least useful, least cost effective and therefore should be eliminatedPlace: Common Council Chambers, Syracuse City Hall, 3rd Floor,233 East Washington Street, Syracuse, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.Contact: Keith Bryan (716) 656-8544Media Contact: Greg Biryla (716) 310-2062ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

September 20, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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GALLIVAN LEADS FIRST BIPARTISAN FORUM ON STATE REGULATORY REFORM

Panel Will Hear Input From Leaders In WNY’s Healthcare And Medical Sciences Industries

BUFFALO - A statewide series of industry-specific bipartisan forum’s intended to identify and help eliminate up to 1,000 burdensome and duplicitous state regulations that impede job creation and economic growth will kick-off in Downtown Buffalo on Wednesday at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, where the chairs of the statewide effort – Sens. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Erie County), David Valesky (D-Onondaga County), Kathleen Marchione (R-Saratoga County) and David Carlucci (D-Rockland County) – will hear testimony from leaders in Western New York’s healthcare and medical sciences industries.

September 9, 2013
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Maloney, Krueger, and Lappin Call on Army Corps of Engineers to Revoke Permit for E. 91st St. Marine Transfer Station Due to Serious Flood Risks

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, State Senator Liz Krueger, and Council Member Jessica Lappin joined community advocates and concerned residents today near the site of the proposed 91st Street Marine Transfer Station (MTS) to highlight the serious flood risks that the MTS would pose to the community and to urge the Army Corps of Engineers to revoke a permit for construction.

August 30, 2013
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Expenditure Report Period Ending 3-31-2013

Period: 
10/01/2012 - 03/31/2013

An accounting detailing total salary payments for senators and staff and every payment for travel, services and other general expenses for a 6 (six) month period. The full report is a five (5) section document consisting of a Cover, Letter from the Secretary, Table of Contents, Introduction and the Report. The report is issued by the Secretary of the Senate and is available as both a .csv file and it's original PDF format for download at the bottom of the page.

August 30, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Hearing on Preventing Municipal Bankruptcy

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco participated in the hearing titled, "Fiscally Distressed Municipalities: Preparing for and Preventing Municipal Bankruptcy in New York," which was held by Senator Jack M. Martins of Mineola.  The hearing took place at Syracuse City Hall on August 20, 2013, and was held to hear potential solutions for preventing fiscal problems in municipalities.  The hearing in Syracuse was one of several that are being held throughout the state. 

August 20, 2013
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Public Hearing: Review existing tax policy and discuss reform initiatives

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government OperationsChair: Senator Carl L. MarcellinoPublic Hearing: Review existing tax policy and discuss reform initiativesPlace: Long Island (location to be determined)Time: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Debbie Peck Kelleher (518) 455-2390ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

October 3, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Review existing tax policy and discuss reform initiatives

Senate Standing Committee on Finance
Chair: Senator John A. DeFrancisco
and Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations
Chair: Senator Carl L. Marcellino
Public Hearing: Review existing tax policy and discuss reform initiatives
Place: Buffalo City Hall, Common Council Chambers, 13th Floor, 65 Niagara
Square, Buffalo, New York
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Contact: Dottie Pohlid (518) 455-3511
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

September 12, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Review existing tax policy and discuss reform initiatives

Senate Standing Committee on Finance
Chair: Senator John A. DeFrancisco
and Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations
Chair: Senator Carl L. Marcellino
Public Hearing: Review existing tax policy and discuss reform initiatives
Place: Buffalo City Hall, Common Council Chambers, 13th Floor, 65 Niagara
Square, Buffalo, New York
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Contact: Dottie Pohlid (518) 455-3511
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

 

September 12, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Review existing tax policy and discuss reform initiatives

Senate Standing Committee on Finance
Chair: Senator John A. DeFrancisco
and Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations
Chair: Senator Carl L. Marcellino
Public Hearing: Review existing tax policy and discuss reform initiatives
Place: Syracuse City Hall, Common Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, 233 East 
Washington Street, Syracuse, New York
Time: 10:30 A.M.
Contact: Dottie Pohlid (518) 455-3511
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

September 5, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Public Hearing: Review existing tax policy and discuss reform initiatives

Senate Standing Committee on Finance
Chair: Senator John A. DeFrancisco
and Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations
Chair: Senator Carl L. Marcellino
Public Hearing: Review existing tax policy and discuss reform initiatives
Place: Syracuse City Hall, Common Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, 233 East
Washington Street, Syracuse, New York
Time: 10:30 A.M.
Contact: Dottie Pohlid (518) 455-3511
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

September 5, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Public Hearing: Review existing tax policy and discuss reform initiatives

Senate Standing Committee on Finance
Chair: Senator John A. DeFrancisco
and Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations
Chair: Senator Carl L.

September 4, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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