Issues: Government Operations

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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IDC Members to Chair Legislative Committees

The Independent Democratic Conference today accepted recommendations from the Senate Majority that, in keeping with recent bi-partisan tradition, would allow them to chair legislative committees.

The IDC similarly accepted committee assignments recommended to them by the Senate Minority on Monday.

These chair appointments continue a Senate tradition of reaching across party lines and empowering non-majority members to have a more hands-on role in shaping legislation.

January 26, 2011
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IDC Members to Chair Legislative Committees

The Independent Democratic Conference today accepted recommendations from the Senate Majority that, in keeping with recent bi-partisan tradition, would allow them to chair legislative committees.

 

January 26, 2011
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Senate Democrats Push For Reform

By Bill Lambdin

 

ALBANY - Apart from party affiliation, there may be no more decisive factor in determining how the legislature works than its rules.

 

Those rules have been softened in the last couple of years, removing some of the absolute power formerly wielded by the Senate Majority Leader, but there is much more Democrats would like to see put into effect.

 

"Better rules in the legislature will make us more able to solve the problems that we have in the state," said Senator Daniel Squadron (D - Brooklyn/Manhattan). "Getting better rules immediately means that we can immediately start facing the terrible challenges that the state faces."

January 25, 2011
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ADDABBO SUPPORTS STATE SPENDING CAP AND BILL TO LIMIT FUTURE TAX INCREASES

Two Bills Seek a State Constitutional Spending Cap and a Supermajority Requirement to Raise Taxes        

January 25, 2011
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Senator Robach's Floor Remarks, January 19th, 2011

On Wednesday, January 19th, Senator Robach provided comments on the Senate Floor regarding legislation that would limit state spending over a given year. For more information on this bill, click here.

January 20, 2011
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No Reason to Wait: Senator Krueger & Senate Democrats Introduce Sweeping Bipartisan Rules Reforms

For Immediate Release: January 18, 2011

Katie Kincaid | Kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com | 646-784-0485

 

(Albany, NY) Building on their commitment to immediately adopt Mayor Koch’s reform pledge for independent redistricting, ethics and budget reform, Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) Senate Democrats called on all 62 members to join them in immediately passing a sweeping rules reform resolution that would protect historic reforms passed in the Senate in 2009, and take additional proposals from both Republicans and Democrats to create a more fair, deliberative, and accountable Senate.

 

January 19, 2011
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Serrano Supports Introduction of Sweeping Rules Reform

(ALBANY, NY)- Senator José M.  Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and his Senate colleagues today called on every member of the New York State Senate to join them in passing a rules reform resolution, sponsored by Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), which aims to create more accountability and equality within the New York State Senate, and to protect the reforms passed by the Legislature in 2009.“I’m extremely proud of the reforms we were able to get passed while in the Majority. We took steps within the Democratic Conference to make the Senate more accountable by giving all members an opportunity to have their voices heard,” said Serrano. “We must continue to work in a bipartisan fashion to implement reforms that will equally benefit all New Yorkers.

January 18, 2011
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