Issues: Government Operations

Report of the Fiscal Committees on the Executive Budget FY 2008-09

The general and specific findings of the Senate Finance Committee and the Assembly Ways and Means Committee relating to the proposed disbursements for the overall purposes of the State government during the the 2008-09 fiscal year. These proposed disbursements are consistent with estimates of receipts for the 2008-09 fiscal year. It is legislative intent that these budgetary findings be received as guidelines for administrative application in the new fiscal year.

August 31, 2009
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New York State Senate Finance Information Review

Midyear Budget review of the New York financial situation by the New York Senate Finance Committee.

August 31, 2009
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Focusing on Rural New York: Rural Resources Commission Overview

Overview of the Rural Resource Commission's background, legislative chapters and publications.

August 31, 2009
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Staff Analysis of the SFY 2009-10 Executive Budget Vols. I & II

This analysis of the Executive Budget begins with a summary of the spending plan. It then examines an explanation of receipts and provides for Senate issues in focus. Finally, it examines appropriations and disbursements for each agency and program included in the budget. The report provides a comparison of the appropriations recommended this year with those approved last year, and an analysis of the Governor’s recommendations.

August 31, 2009
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Staff Report on the SFY 2008-09 Adopted Budget

August 31, 2009
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Report of the Senate Finance Committee on the SFY 2008-09 Executive Budget

August 31, 2009
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Letter from Senators Valesky and Johnson Urging Comptroller to Pull State Pension Funds From U.K. Companies with Libyan Ties

State Senators David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and Craig M. Johnson (D-Nassau), incensed over the release and subsequent “hero’s welcome” received by the terrorist convicted of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombings, sent a letter Aug. 26, 2009 to NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli urging him to divest state pension funds from any United Kingdom-based companies that conduct business with Libya. 

File: 
Divestment_letter_FINAL.pdf

August 27, 2009
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State Senators Valesky and Johnson Urge Comptroller to Pull State Pension Funds Over Libyan Terrorist Release

SYRACUSE, N.Y.--State Senators David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and Craig M. Johnson (D-Nassau), incensed over the release and subsequent “hero’s welcome” received by the terrorist convicted of the Pam Am Flight 103 bombings, today sent a letter to NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli urging him to divest state pension funds from any United Kingdom-based companies that conduct business with Libya.

This call for divestment comes as a result of information suggesting that Scotland's release of  Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was somehow influenced by the desire for United Kingdom-based companies to forge closer economic ties with the Libyan government.

August 27, 2009
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GRIFFO PUSHES LEGISLATION FOR STATE GOVERNMENT OVERHAUL

 Griffo calls for Constitutional Convention to Revise Government Structure

 

July 23, 2009
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Statement on Senate Stalemate

Dear Friends,

Please allow me to take this opportunity to share some important information with you. As you know, I ran for the New York State Senate on a platform of real reform. The events that have recently taken place in Albany are frustrating, and many of you have expressed to me that you share my frustration. However, there is a very important point here, one that you won’t necessarily extract from the daily headlines about “coups” and “power grabs” and “crises” in our newspapers or on local television news.

July 7, 2009
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NYS Senate CIO Andrew Hoppin At Capitol Camp

New York State Senate CIO Andrew Hoppin greeted paticipants at Capitol Camp, an "unconference" dedicated to discussing the future of technology and state government in New York on June 5th, 2009. The overarching theme was to leverage technology to better serve the people of New York and make government more open, effective, transparent, and participatory. The event was co-hosted with the New York State CIO's Office.

June 15, 2009
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Senator Winner fights for state budget reform.

Albany, N.Y.–Earlier this year, in the wake of a 2009-2010 state budget adoption process that continues to draw criticism from government reform advocates for its unprecedented secrecy and lack of public scrutiny, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) offered a legislative amendment to require that every state budget adoption include the use of joint, bipartisan conference committees.

Under the conference committee process, various segments of the state budget are debated by committees made up of individual senators and assembly members, on a bipartisan basis, who meet in public to settle differences and negotiate compromises.

April 24, 2009
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March 13, 2009
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SENATORS CONTEND THAT LEGISLATIVE RECESS IS POORLY TIMED

Senators Seward and Griffo: Budget Held Hostage To Politicians’ Private AgendasWith New York State facing a grave fiscal crisis, State Senators James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) and Joseph A. Griffo (R/C/I- Rome) today called for urgent, non-stop action to resolve the serious flaws in Governor David Paterson’s proposed 2009-2010 state budget.

February 17, 2009
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Senator Duane's Important Phone Card Mailer

A compendium of important phone numbers to connect constituents of the 29th Senatorial District to services and agencies across New York City.

File: 
Duane-Important-Phone-Card-Mailer.pdf

January 4, 2008
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