Issues: Government Operations

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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Governor on Tour

Governor Cuomo began a “Take it to the People Tour” this week.  Jamestown on Thursday.  Watertown on Friday.  Other stops on the way in the days ahead. 

January 14, 2011
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January 14, 2011
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Governor takes it to the people, online poll asks: Is Governor moving state in the right direction?

Albany, N.Y., January 14—As Governor Andrew Cuomo embarked on a statewide tour this week to keep the public informed about many of the initiatives he outlined in his recent State of the State message, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C,Big Flats) is giving 53rd Senate District residents an opportunity to share their own opinions on the governor's agenda.

January 14, 2011
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SENATOR ADDABBO'S STATEMENT ON JANUARY 10th CITY COUNCIL HEARING REGARDING THE DECEMBER SNOWSTORM

Queens, NY, January 13, 2011 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. released the following statement on this week's City Council hearing on the administration's response to the December 26-27 blizzard:  

"I commend Speaker Quinn and Chairs Crowley, James, Vallone and Williams for their excellent work at the City Council Hearing on the December snowstorm.  I also appreciate the administration’s taking responsibility for not declaring a snow emergency on the morning of December 26, and I am hopeful that the administration will implement their new 15-point plan for any future storm that approaches us this winter.  I believe if a snow emergency is declared early enough, it will be the catalyst for their ability to respond appropriately."

January 13, 2011
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Senator Robach On Legislative Update January 11, 2011

On Tuesday, January 11th, Senator Robach appeared as the guest on Legislative Update.

January 12, 2011
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Westchester News Online:Two Westchester Leaders Among Those Chosen For State Mandate Relief Team

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers 35th District) and William Mooney, President of the Westchester County Association are among several leaders and officials from Westchester and the Hudson Valley named to Governor Andrew Cuomo's new "Mandate Relief Design Team."

The concept of the team was unveiled during the Governor's State of the State address earlier this week and it is tasked with reviewing existing unfunded and under-funded mandates imposed by New York State on school districts, local governments and other local taxing districts...

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Westchester News Online - (January 08, 2011)

January 11, 2011
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Senator Seward Receives Key Committee Assignments

ALBANY, 01/11/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) is set to fight for vital insurance, health, education and budget needs in the new senate session after receiving committee assignments.

SENATOR SEWARD 2011 – 2012 COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS Insurance – chair, Agriculture,  Education, Finance,  Health, Higher Education, Mental Health, Rules

January 11, 2011
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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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