Issues: Government Operations

Statement by New York State Senator Duane RE: Hiram Monserrate

"From the time Hiram Monserrate was arrested on domestic violence charges last December, I have been outspoken in my disgust and horror at his actions, and at the sad but true fact that he continued to serve in the New York State Senate.  As I said privately and publicly in the Senate Democratic Conference, indeed to Senators on both sides of the aisle, and publicly at my District-wide Town Hall Meeting and elsewhere, I am appalled to serve with him and I believe Mr.

October 20, 2009
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State Workforce Reductions

In Response to numerous inquiries from residents of the 58th District, I am posting the workforce reductions taken within state ranks.  This listing shows the number of employees that left state service from each agency through attrition and unfilled vacancies, and those that left state service through Governor Paterson's severance package.

File: 
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October 16, 2009
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Payroll Report - End Date 10/14/09

Period: 
10/01/2009 - 10/14/2009
Check Date: 
10/28/2009

October 15, 2009
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Payroll Report - End Date 09/30/09

Period: 
09/17/2009 - 09/30/2009
Check Date: 
10/14/2009

October 15, 2009
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Launching a Chinese-Language Hotline

Last week I also launched the first-ever 25th Senate District Chinese-language hotline, a service that allows Mandarin and Cantonese-speaking constituents to contact my office directly with their concerns.Constituents can access the hotline by calling 917-254-3138 from 10 AM to 6 PM, Monday-Friday.

October 12, 2009
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Senator Flanagan Joins Attorney General Cuomo To Announce Pension Reform Proposal

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo and other elected officials to announce new, bipartisan legislation that would replace the sole trustee at the New York State Common Retirement Fund with a board of trustees and eliminate pay to play in state public pension funds.

October 9, 2009
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Statement from Senator Valesky About Rejection of DOT 5-Year Capital Plan

“While I agree with the call for fiscal discipline and strongly oppose any new taxes as we enter the 2009-2010 budget season, I am disappointed  that the DOT’s 5-Year Capital Plan was so quickly dismissed in its entirety without consideration of alternatives. 

October 8, 2009
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New York Needs a New Way of Budgeting

Every passing day brings a sea of news about economic conditions in the nation and state. We are getting a lot of data, some good and some bad.

While no elected official or the legislature in New York State can control the global economy, there is something we can do: plan our budgeting process so that government runs as efficiently as possible, and protect New York State, and its taxpayers, as much as possible from future financial crises.

October 2, 2009
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Our Most Available State Senator

Feature article in the Grand Street News

State Senator Daniel Squadron emailed us to say he joined with parents, educators and other community members for a Back-to-School forum last month, to discuss education and local schools, highlighting challenges and priorities for this school year.

He also launched a month-long series of community conference calls to follow up on the first-ever 25th Senate District Community Convention he hosted in March.

October 2, 2009
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Senator Valesky Calls for New Approach to State Budgeting, Citing SyraStat Success

SYRACUSE, N.Y.--State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is calling for the adoption of performance budgeting for New York state that has worked in Syracuse as part of a long-term strategy to cut spending and improve efficiency in state government. Senator Valesky recently wrote new Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch, who will be extensively involved in the state budget development, advocating this new approach.

October 1, 2009
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Statement from Senator Valesky: Senate Payroll Now Searchable on Web

“Consistent with the rules reform adopted July 9, 2009, the New York State Senate is now making Senate payroll records publically accessible online in a searchable and sortable format. This is another step demonstrating the Senate Majority’s commitment to making state government more open, accountable and transparent for the people it serves.”

 To view the New York State Senate payroll records go to http://www.nysenate.gov/opendata and search “payroll report.”

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September 18, 2009
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Senator Valesky Appointed to Advisory Board to Address Expanded Broadcast of Legislative Proceedings

ALBANY, N.Y.)--State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) was appointed to the Joint Advisory Board on the Broadcast of State Government Proceedings.

The eight-member, bi-partisan Joint Advisory Board will review how the Legislature can enhance the current Legislative TV Channel, launched in 2006, and provide more effective and informative programming about state government, based on the C-SPAN model.

September 17, 2009
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DEFRANCISCO CALLS ON SENATE DEMOCRATS TO STOP STATE PAYMENTS TO ACORN, AFFILIATES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 15, 2009

Contact: Bénédicte Doran (315)428-7632

DEFRANCISCO CALLS ON SENATE DEMOCRATSTO STOP STATE PAYMENTS TO ACORN, AFFILIATESGroup Caught in ‘Hooker’ Sting in Line for Millions in Taxpayer Funds

September 15, 2009
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2008-09 Joint Legislative Budget Schedule

Schedule for the joint meetings between the New York State Senate and New York State Assembly on the 2008-09 Budget.

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September 1, 2009
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