Issues: Government Operations

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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Public Hearing: Paperless Ticket Transferability

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government OperationsChair: Senator Craig M. JohnsonPublic Hearing: Paperless Ticket TransferabilityPlace: Hamilton Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany,New YorkTime: 12:30 to 3:00 P.M.Contact: Kent Sopris (518) 455-2622Media Contact: Rich Azzopardi (518) 859-0586ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

June 2, 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
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Senator Foley Holds Press Conference on Government Efficiency

Senator Foley joined Senators Klein and Savino in hosting a press conference to discuss government effiency.

May 21, 2010
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Senator Foley Listens to Testimony on Government Efficiency

Senator Foley took part in a hearing held by the Task Force on Government Efficiency held in Albany.

May 21, 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, May 25, 2010 Room 814 LOB

May 25, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Statement By Deputy Majority Leader Jeffrey Klein Regarding State Overtime Cuts

The State Senate’s Task Force on Government Efficiency, chaired by State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein, commended NYS Director of State Operations Valerie Grey and NYS Budget Director Robert Megna on Wednesday for placing a moratorium on overtime in all Executive Branch agencies. 

May 19, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Investigations and Government Operations Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations Senator Craig Johnson, Chair Tuesday, May 18, 2010 Off The Floor

May 18, 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Senator Foley Helps Bring New Light to State Government

As part of the ongoing effort to establish greater transparency and responsibility in state entities, Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) supported the passage of two bills (Senate Bills 5585-C and 7369) that make information about state education boards more readily accessible to the public.

One of the top priorities of Senator Foley is providing the public with an open look into the operations of state government and its entities so taxpayers know how their dollars are being spent.

May 13, 2010
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Griffo Again Votes Against Government Extender

Griffo Again Votes Against Government Extender, Says New Yorkers Expect a Budget, Not more Excuses  

(Albany) -  Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-IP-C, Rome) today reported that he has again voted against legislation meant to temporarily extend State government expenditures until a Budget is passed.

“I refuse to let the Governor and Legislative Leaders continue to hold New Yorkers hostage for the late State budget crisis they have created,” Griffo said.  “With no new budget in place, they continue to put off making hard decisions to address a Budget deficit that grows larger each day.”

May 11, 2010
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Legislative Activity For May 10, 2010

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation today maintaining the services and operations of government, including funding for troopers, Medicaid services, and infrastructure projects, as well as bills which protect residents of public housing from sexual predators, and legislation mandating new standards of accountability of the Higher Education Services Corporation. Maintaining Services & Operations

May 11, 2010
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