Issues: Government Operations

Senate Passes Aubertine Legislation to Cut Costs for Municipalities and Help Reduce Property Taxes

ALBANY (February 2, 2010)—The New York State Senate today passed by unanimous vote legislation (S.5426) sponsored by Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine intended to empower county, city, town and village highway superintendents to better share services across municipal lines to save money.

February 2, 2010
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Senate Minority Finance / Counsel Staff Budget "White Book"

Senate Minority Finance / Counsel Staff Analysis of the SFY 2010-11 Executive Budget

(download below)

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File: 
2010-11_White_Book_Final.pdf

February 2, 2010
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Web Analytics Report 1/10/10 - 1/16/10

1/16/10

This is the bi-weekly report on the New York State Senate’s web presence. This week the website received a total of 29469 visits. It had a bounce rate of 48%, higher than it’s long term average of 41%, and new visitors 70% of the time, higher than the long term average of 66%. The all time graph at the bottom of the first page shows that the website has returned to its pre-Marraige Equality performance.

The live webcasting has drawn over 500,000 views since it’s adoption and the archived footage has followed that growth very closely. The views of short clips on the NYSenate Youtube account continue to surpass total views on Livestream. NYSenateUncut videos remain about 19 times less watched than short clips on NYSenate.

February 1, 2010
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View Testimony from Joint Budget Hearings

 

Comment on our Budget Blog

Below you will find the list of combined testimonies from all of the Joint Budget Hearings in both written and video formats. This page will be updated as the materials become available.

January 28, 2010
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Web Analytics Report 12/20/09 - 1/02/10

This is the bi-weekly report on the New York State Senate’s web presence. This week the website received a total of 16970 visits. It had a bounce rate of 50%, higher than its long term average of 40%, and new visitors 78% of the time, higher than the long term average of 66%. The all time graph at the bottom of the first page shows that the website has returned to its pre-Marraige Equality performance.

January 25, 2010
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Web Analytics Report 12/06/09 - 12/19/09

This is the bi-weekly report on the New York State Senate’s web presence. This week the website received a total of 29509 visits. It had a bounce rate of 47%, higher than its long term average of 40%, and new visitors 74% of the time, higher than the long term average of 65%. The all time graph at the bottom of the first page continues to show that the Marriage Equality debate garnered unprecedented attention for nysenate.gov and demonstrates the potential for online public engagement.

January 25, 2010
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Web Analytics Report 11/22/09 - 12/05/09

This is the bi-weekly report on the New York State Senate’s web presence. This week the website received a total of 103,032 visits. It had a bounce rate of 43%, slightly higher than its long term average of 39%, and new visitors 74% of the time, higher than the long term average of 65%. The all time graph at the bottom of the first page show that the huge increase in the number of visitors was due to the Marriage Equality debate which garnered unprecedented attention for nysenate.gov and demonstrates the potential for online public engagement.

January 25, 2010
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Web Analytics Report 11/08/09 - 11/21/09

This is the bi-weekly report on the New York State Senate’s web presence. This week the website received a total of 41,819 visits, down from last period’s 55,568. It had a bounce rate of 46%, higher than its long term average of 38%, and new visitors 72% of the time, higher than the long term average of 63%. The all time graph at the bottom of the first page shows that, after a lull through August, September and the beginning of October, visits are increasing on average.

January 25, 2010
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Web Analytics Report 10/25/09 - 11/07/09

This is the bi-weekly report on the New York State Senate’s web presence. This week the website received a total of 55,568 visits. It had a bounce rate of 52%, higher than its long term average of 38%, and new visitors 78% of the time, higher than the long term average of 63%. The all time graph at the bottom of the first page shows that, after a lull through August, September and the beginning of October, visits are increasing on average.

January 25, 2010
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Web Analytics Report 10/11/09 - 10/24/09

This is the bi-weekly report on the New York State Senate’s web presence. This week the website received a total of 35,758 visits. It had a bounce rate of 46%, higher than its long term average of 38%, and new visitors 75% of the time, higher than the long term average of 63%. The all time graph at the bottom of the first page shows that, after a lull through August, September and the beginning of October, visits are trending upwards.

The live webcasting has drawn over 80,000 views since its adoption and the archived footage has followed that growth fairly closely. However, the short clips on the NYSenate Youtube account are about 4 times more watched than the full videos of session and events posted on the nysenateuncut account.

January 25, 2010
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January 22, 2010
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New Senate Website Expands Information Available to Public

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today announced a substantial expansion of publicly available Senate legislative records on the chamber’s website at Open.NYSenate.Gov, continuing the Senate’s commitment to making government more transparent, responsive and accountable.

January 21, 2010
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New Senate Website Expands Information Available to Public

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today announced a substantial expansion of publicly available Senate legislative records on the chamber’s website at Open.NYSenate.Gov, continuing the Senate’s commitment to making government more transparent, responsive and accountable.

January 21, 2010
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Payroll Report - End Date 1/20/10

Period: 
01/07/2010 - 01/20/2010
Check Date: 
02/03/2010

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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January 21, 2010
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Senator Valesky Calls for Responsible Budget Action and Long-Term Solutions

ALBANY, N.Y.—Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) echoed the call for long-term budget solutions made by Governor Paterson during his Executive Budget presentation today.

January 20, 2010
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Senator Winner reacts to Governor Paterson's 2010-2011 proposed state budget.

Albany, N.Y., January 19--State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that Governor David Paterson's proposed 2010-2011 state budget...Read more

January 19, 2010
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Some Good, Some Bad in Paterson Plan

Albany, N.Y., January 19–  State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that Governor David Paterson’s proposed 2010-2011 state budget contains several key proposals that would be helpful to strengthening the upstate economy, but only if Paterson can convince the Democratic leaders of the Legislature to go along.

“Speech after speech won’t matter unless the words are followed by action after action,” said Winner.  

January 19, 2010
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GRIFFO CALLS FOR FEWER TAXES AND FEES; MORE SPENDING CUTS IN 2010 STATE BUDGET

Griffo Calls for Fewer Taxes, Fees; More Spending Cuts

January 19, 2010
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