Issues: Government Operations

Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson

To give New York a fair and responsible budget we must continue to put partisanship aside and find common solutions to the crisis we all face. Today, with our colleagues from across the aisle, we met our obligation and passed the emergency appropriation to protect and preserve essential services for all New Yorkers. 

June 14, 2010
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Seward Votes "NO" On Eleventh Budget Extender Bill

ALBANY, 06/14/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the emergency appropriation bill which he voted against:

“While I am pleased a government shutdown was avoided, I cannot condone the piecemeal budgeting approach, and once again voted NO on the governor’s emergency budget extender bill, the same way I have voted on the previous ten extenders. 

June 14, 2010
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PRESS RELEASE: Griffo Says Keep Annsville Open While Investigating Youth Agency's Sex Party Involvement

Griffo Says Taxpayer-Funded Teen Orgy at State Youth Facility Calls for Resignation of OCFS Commissioner 

 Senator also wants proposed closure of Annsville Residential OCFS Center halted until Investigation concludes

 

            (Albany) - State Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R- IP-C, Rome) today said that a shocking lack of oversight and management in allowing a state taxpayer-funded orgy to take place during a dance at a youth facility that houses killers and other violent criminals, is enough reason for Commissioner Gladys Carrion to resign from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

June 11, 2010
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Task Force on Government Efficiency Uncovers Excessive Overtime Spending In State Agencies

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District- D/WF) announced that the Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency has once again discovered excessive spending practices in State Agencies. The Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency released a report that has found excessive waste within the State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD), recommending a $3.8 million reduction in overtime costs for the agency.

June 9, 2010
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SENATE REPUBLICANS PROPOSE MEDICAID REFORMS –

Senate Democrats Reject Amendments

June 9, 2010
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OFFICE OF MENTAL RETARDATION THIRD LARGEST OVERTIME SPENDER IN NYS

Led by Senator Klein, Task Force on Government Efficiency Unveils Millions in Potential Savings

 

June 9, 2010
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Senator Espada on Reform in Albany

Press Contact: Steve Mangione (mobile) 914-403-4072 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBANY JUNE 8, 2010—State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. today said that the dramatic reform he led in the New York State Senate one year ago was not born out of rebellion, but rather the need to empower all 62 senators and the fastest-growing ethnic population in the state. He also said that the events of June 8, 2009 were fully done within the rules of the New York State Senate.

June 8, 2010
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Legislative Activity June 7, 2010

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation to maintain essential services used to support health, public safety, transportation, and education related programs, while making significant spending reductions to close the state’s budget gap. Additionally, the Senate passed key legislation to make health insurance more affordable for individuals and small businesses, and reforms to presidential elections. Maintaining Services & Operations

June 8, 2010
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Legislative Activity June 7, 2010

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation to maintain essential services used to support health, public safety, transportation, and education related programs, while making significant spending reductions to close the state’s budget gap. Additionally, the Senate passed key legislation to make health insurance more affordable for individuals and small businesses, and reforms to presidential elections. Maintaining Services & Operations

June 8, 2010
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Senator Seward Enlists Taxpayers To Help Cut Wasteful Government Spending

ONEONTA, 06/04/10-- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced the launch of “Cut It Out!: Citizens Cutting Government Waste” – an interactive new on-line tool that will enable concerned taxpayers to cast votes for specific wasteful spending items that they would like to see eliminated from the state budget.

June 7, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Investigations and Government Operations Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations Senator Craig Johnson, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, June 8, 2010 Room 814 LOB

June 8, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Committee Meeting: Investigations and Government Operations Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations Senator Craig Johnson, Chair 10:30 AM, Wednesday, June 2, 2010 Room 814 LOB

June 2, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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Statement from Senator Valesky Regarding Robert Duffy as LG Candidate

I have worked with Mayor Robert Duffy and know first hand that he will be an excellent Lieutenant Governor.  As the mayor of an Upstate city, he brings knowledge of the challenges we face in Upstate New York and experience addressing those challenges.  Bob Duffy is a great addition to the ticket and I applaud Attorney General Andrew Cuomo on his selection.

May 26, 2010
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Senator Flanagan Proposes Legislation To Freeze Public Sector Wages

Senator John Flanagan (New York State) speaks about his legislation that would protect taxpayers by freezing the wages of all public sector employees in New York State - May 25, 2010.

May 25, 2010
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Griffo Says that Legislation Already Exists to Launch Cuomo Reform Plan

Griffo: Legislation Already Exists to Launch Reform Plan

Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-IP-C, Rome) today called upon Senate Democrats who have voiced support of Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo to show that support by embracing the reform package of Senate bills he has sponsored.

May 25, 2010
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Senator Flanagan Introduces Legislation To Freeze Public Sector Wages

To address the severe state budget deficit, prevent thousands of layoffs, and generate hundreds of millions in savings, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today introduced legislation to freeze the wages of all public employees statewide for one year.

May 25, 2010
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Valesky’s Independent Redistricting Legislation Clears Another Hurdle

ALBANY, N.Y.—Independent redistricting reform legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) was approved by the State Senate Elections Committee today without opposition.

Today’s vote represents another milestone--versions of independent redistricting plans have been introduced in the Senate and Assembly in the past five years, but did not advance through any committee.

May 25, 2010
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