Issues: Government Operations

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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Senator O'Mara reacts to today's State of the State message, says upstate property tax relief deserves top billing

Albany, N.Y., January 5--State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), beginning his first term representing New York’s 53rd Senate District, joined his Senate and Assembly colleagues in the Empire State Plaza’s Convention Center earlier today for Governor Andrew Cuomo's first State of the State address.

January 5, 2011
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Senator Skelos Announces Frank Patience Will Serve As Secretary Of The Senate

New York State Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos today announced that Francis W. Patience will serve as Secretary of the Senate.  He will be officially nominated for a two-year term as part of the formal Senate reorganization which will take place later today.

“Frank Patience has proven himself to be a skilled administrator who will be an asset to every member of the New York State Senate.  Frank is already hard at work ensuring a smooth Senate transition, and I look forward to his continued leadership on this and many other issues related to the nonpartisan administration of our chamber,” Senator Skelos said.

January 5, 2011
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January 5, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Listen to Senator Liz Krueger on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show

Today, Senator Liz Krueger joined The Brian Lehrer Show to discuss moving forward with the new Senate and working with Governor Cuomo.

Listen to Senator Krueger on The Brian Lehrer Show here.

January 4, 2011
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Redistricting Public Hearing Testimony

Attached are written testimonies submitted by speakers at both the December 14, 2010, New York City meeting and the December 16, 2010, meeting in Albany.

Links have been provided to video testimony of speaker below:

Aaron Mair | Arbor Hill Concerned Citizens

Blair Horner | New York Public Interest Research Group

Barbara Bartoletti | Legislative Director of the League of Women Voters of New

Dr. José E. Cruz | New York Latino Research and Resources Network

January 4, 2011
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2011 Redistricting Frequently Asked Questions

Some common questions about the Redistricting process?

1. What role do U.S. Census figures play in redistricting?

2. What is redistricting?

3. What is reapportionment?

4. What requirements must the legislature follow?

5. What is the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and reapportionment (LATFOR)?

6. How the bill becomes law.

7. What about an independent redistricting commission?

8. When will it take effect?

9. Why should I care?

10. How can I get involved?

11. How can I get redistricting data?

 

1. What role do U.S. Census figures play in redistricting?

January 3, 2011
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Redistricting Background

The Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment was established by Chapter 45 of the New York State Laws of 1978 to research and study the techniques and methodologies used by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of the Census in carrying out the decennial federal census. The Task Force aids the Legislature by maintaining computer systems, developing databases, conducting hearings and developing Senate, Assembly and Congressional redistricting plans. LATFOR also conducts research projects relating to the collection and use of census data and other statistical information. The Task Force consists of six members, including four legislators and two non-legislators.

January 3, 2011
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Redistricting Background

The Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment was established by Chapter 45 of the New York State Laws of 1978 to research and study the techniques and methodologies used by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of the Census in carrying out the decennial federal census. The Task Force aids the Legislature by maintaining computer systems, developing databases, conducting hearings and developing Senate, Assembly and Congressional redistricting plans. LATFOR also conducts research projects relating to the collection and use of census data and other statistical information. The Task Force consists of six members, including four legislators and two non-legislators.

January 3, 2011
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Redistricting Goals And Criteria

Various state and local jurisdictions, in an effort to reform redistricting and to make it more accountable, have been considering new goals, methods and criteria that would result in a more transparent redistricting process and one that uses honest and objective criteria. While several states have pursued redistricting reform via the legislative process, others have considered independent commissions. California’s new commission is one major example of a recent reform.Goals and criteria being considered include:

January 3, 2011
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New York State Demographic Trends Report, 2000-2009 | GIS Maps and Data Tables

Attached are reports on demographic trends across New York, including data on Congressional districts, State Senate districts, county population changes as well as prisoner populations from 2000-2009.

January 3, 2011
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Reform Albany Press Conference in NYC

On Monday, December 20th Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, former Mayor Ed Koch and fellow Senate Democrats called on Republican State Senators to pass a package of reform bills as the first act of business in the New Year. The bills include ethics reform, budget reform, and establishing an independent redistricting commission—reform measures that were a part of former Mayor Ed Koch’s “New York Uprising” reform pledge that was signed by 53 of 62 incoming New York State Senators before the election.

December 21, 2010
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