Issues: Government Operations

Forum/Town Hall: Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency Examines spending at the New York State Department of Transportation

Senate Task Force on Government EfficiencyChair:    Senator Jeffrey KleinPublic Forum:    Examining spending at the New York State Department of TransportationPlace:    Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany,  New YorkTime:    1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.Contact:    Gwendolyn Bluemich (518) 455-3598Media Contact:    Gwen Rocco (518) 455-3588ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

May 5, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Senator Flanagan On John Gambling Show On WOR

 The John Gambling ShowJohn Flanagan, State Senator (R-Long Island) discusses his proposal to freeze public workers wages in order to save the state 2 billion – should public workers share in the budge

April 21, 2010
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STACHOWSKI: NYS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WASTED $200M IN TAXPAYER DOLLARS

STACHOWSKI: NYS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WASTED $200M IN TAXPAYER DOLLARS

Senator Stachowski And Task Force On Government Efficiency Unveil Millions in Potential State Savings

April 20, 2010
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NYS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WASTED $200 MILLION OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS

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

 

April 20, 2010
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KLEIN ANNOUNCES NEW WHISTLEBLOWER WEBPAGE TO EXPOSE GOVERNMENT WASTE

NEW YORK, NY –State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced Monday that the Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency has launched a new webpage where New Yorkers can anonymously submit their ideas, suggestions and feedback on how the state can conserve resources in this tough fiscal time, as well as to report any suspected wasteful government spending or abuse of tax dollars.

 

http://www.nysenate.gov/committee/task-force-government-efficiency

 

April 19, 2010
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Town Hall - Middle Village

Come discuss the issues that concern you and that affect your everyday life with Senator Addabbo at this town hall meeting.

May 20, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Statement On The New York State Budget Process

“As the Senate Majority continues its efforts in Albany to pass a fiscally responsible budget, I would like to share my thoughts on one of the issues currently being considered, which is stalling this process. One of the areas where there is fundamental disagreement, is related to restoring the senior STAR rebate program, which I believe is a critical component that must be included in the final budget agreement.”

April 16, 2010
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ONLINE FEEDBACK FORM

The Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency is committed to exposing inefficient government spending and identifying solutions to more effectively manage the use of State resources and taxpayer money.

In order to better target our investigations, we encourage New York State residents to use the form below to submit their ideas, suggestions and feedback on how the State can conserve resources in this tough fiscal time, as well as to report any suspected wasteful government spending or abuse of tax dollars. Any contact information provided will be kept strictly confidential.

April 16, 2010
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Payroll Report - End Date 04/14/10

Period: 
04/01/2010 - 04/14/2010
Check Date: 
04/28/2010

Bi-Weekly report of monies disbursed to Senate employees. The report is issued by the Secretary of the Senate and is available as both a .csv file and it's original PDF format for download at the bottom of the page.

The Report includes fields for the employee name, the employing office, city of employment, the employee title, the employee biweekly or hourly rate (whichever applies), the employee payroll type (see below), the pay period, the pay period's beginning and end date, the check date and the employing legislative entity.

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April 15, 2010
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Governor Signs Open Government Legislation Authored by Senator Valesky

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—In a victory for open government, transparency and accountability, two bills authored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) were signed into law this week.

April 15, 2010
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Aubertine, Colleagues Call for Conference Committees

 

Lawmakers ask Assembly Speaker and Senate Leader to get the open process started,

Senators call on the minority conferences to provide policy alternatives in lieu of just saying “No”

April 14, 2010
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Yonkers Insider: Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Works To Cut Government Waste and Inefficiency

(35th District, NYS) Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, as a member of the Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency, continues to work with her colleagues to examine spending practices in State agencies. Established in March, the Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency was formed to uncover inefficient government spending and develop productive solutions to put taxpayer dollars to better use.

April 13, 2010
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Mt Vernon Inquirer: SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS: SENATE UNVEILS BUDGET REFORM LEGISLATION

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) announced that the Senate has put forth comprehensive budget reforms that will end short term wasteful spending and ensure the enactment of a fiscally responsible budget. The legislative package provides for long-term financial planning, the enactment of stricter accounting principles, and mandates stringent standards of accountability for State financed programs and services…

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Mt Vernon Inquirer: (April 8, 2010)

April 13, 2010
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River Journal: Albany Comes To Sleepy Hollow Bearing Gifts

In a lesson straight out of Sesame Street, New York State rewarded Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, and Briarcliff Manor for playing well together and sharing. On Wednesday morning, January 27th, in the Sleepy Hollow Village Hall, Secretary of State Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Assemblywoman Sandra Galef joined Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray, Tarrytown Mayor Drew Fixell, Briarcliff Manor Mayor Bill Vescio and others to announce Local Government Efficiency (LGE) and Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) grants that the Department of State has awarded to the region.

April 13, 2010
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New York Times: Senate Passes Bill to Ease Government Consolidation

The Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would make it easier to cut or consolidate layers of local government in New York, a measure that supporters hailed as a significant step toward relieving tax burdens across the state.

The bill, drafted by the New York State attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, simplifies what is now a byzantine set of laws specifying how voters or government officials can choose to dissolve or merge towns, villages and the hundreds of special districts that provide water, sewage treatment and other services throughout the state…

April 13, 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, April 13, 2010 Room 814 LOB

April 13, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Senator Robach Legislative Update April 7, 2010

On Wednesday, April 7, Senator Robach appeared on Legislative Update to keep viewers updated on the current New York State budget process.

April 8, 2010
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Aubertine, Senate Majority Push for Budget Reform

Sen. Aubertine: Legislature must seize opportunity to make long overdue fundamental reforms

ALBANY (April 7, 2010)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine today joined his colleagues in pushing for significant budget reforms that would address several of the root causes of New York State’s current fiscal trouble.

April 7, 2010
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Works To Cut Government Waste and Inefficiency

(35th District, NYS) Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, as a member of the Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency, continues to work with her colleagues to examine spending practices in State agencies. Established in March, the Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency was formed to uncover inefficient government spending and develop productive solutions to put taxpayer dollars to better use.

April 6, 2010
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