Issues: Government Operations

June 10, 2013
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Griffo Bill to Lead Senate-Backed Reform Package

GRIFFO - SPONSORED MEASURE TO SPEARHEAD SENATE MAJORITY COALITION  INITIATIVE TO ELIMINATE REGS DETRIMENTAL TO BUSINESSES, SCHOOLS & LOCAL GOVERNMENTS 

Berger Commission -Style Panel To Make Binding Recommendations Regulatory Reform Bills To Be Acted on Today

June 10, 2013
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Senate Majority Coalition Announces Major Initiative to Eliminate State Regulations That Cost Money and Jobs

Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos and Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein today announced that the Senate Majority Coalition will begin an unprecedented initiative to identify and eliminate thousands of costly and unnecessary government regulations that strangle business and job growth and drive up municipal and school property taxes. 

June 6, 2013
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Senate Majority Coalition Unveils New Effort to Reduce Regulations That Hurt Job Creation

Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos and Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein today announced that the Senate Majority Coalition will begin an unprecedented initiative to identify and eliminate thousands of costly and unnecessary government regulations that strangle business and job growth and drive up municipal and school property taxes. “The state’s byzantine rule-making process can tie up businesses in expensive red tape that discourages job creation almost as much as high taxes,” Senator Skelos said. “The impact on local property taxes is just as bad. The Senate Majority Coalition wants to get rid of needless rules, make the regulatory process more accountable, and lessen the burden on taxpayers.”

June 6, 2013
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SENATOR GALLIVAN’S WEEKLY VOTING REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 27, 2013

In An Effort To Keep The Community And Citizens Better Informed About The Business Being Undertaken By Their Elected State Government, Senator Gallivan Will Publish Important Legislative Votes Following Each Week’s Legislative Session

June 3, 2013
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Senator Valesky’s Expanded Pride of New York Legislation Passes Senate Bill Will Encourage Restaurants to Use Local Foods

ALBANY, N.Y.—Legislation creating a program to recognize restaurants featuring local products promoting New York-grown products sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) passed the Senate today.

May 30, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Investigations and Government Operations

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Chair 10:00 AM, Thursday, May 30, 2013 Room 810 LOB

May 30, 10:00 AM - 10:08 AM
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News and Views May 22, 2013

On Wednesday, May 22nd, Senator Robach was a guest on News and Views in Albany. Watch the video to hear his discuss this week's NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame inductions, Mental Health State Aid, and Ethics Reform.

May 23, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Investigations and Government Operations Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Room 810 LOB

May 21, 12:30 PM - 12:40 PM
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Messenger Post: New Yorkers deserve real reform

I recently shared my thoughts on the corruption issues plaguing Albany with the Messenger Post family of newspapers:

"I was elected to the New York State Senate last year, and I understand what the residents of Monroe and Ontario Counties expect of me. They trust that I will fight every day to reduce the burden of property taxes, revitalize our economy and encourage growth in emerging technologies to create the jobs of the future. This has been my focus since I took office, but when our Legislature is hit by scandal after scandal, and nearly nine in 10 New Yorkers think corruption is a major problem in our state, it’s difficult for government to work effectively."

May 14, 2013
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Public Hearing: Restoring Voters’ Trust in New York State Government

Independent Democratic ConferenceConf. Leader: Senator Jeffrey D. KleinPublic Hearing: Restoring Voters’ Trust in New York State GovernmentPlace: Hamilton Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor,Albany, New YorkTime: 10:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.Contact: Gabriel Paniza (518) 455-3594Media Contact: Eric Soufer (518) 455-2495ALL TESTIMONY MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING PRIOR TO EVENT

May 20, 10:30 AM - 1:03 PM
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Public Hearing: Restoring Voters’ Trust in New York State Government

Independent Democratic Conference Conf. Leader: Senator Jeffrey D. Klein Public Hearing: Restoring Voters’ Trust in New York State Government Place: 92 Franklin Street, 4th Floor, Buffalo, New York Time: 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Contact: Gabriel Paniza (518) 455-3594 Media Contact: Eric Soufer (518) 455-2495 ALL TESTIMONY MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING PRIOR TO EVENT

May 13, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Senator Valesky Introduces Legislative Reform Package Including Legislation Prohibiting Lobbyists from Engaging in Political Consulting

ALBANY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has introduced a package of legislation aimed at preventing corruption. 

May 6, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Investigations and Government Operations Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, May 7, 2013 Room 810 LOB

May 7, 12:30 PM - 12:41 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: Restoring the Voters' Trust in New York State Government: Reforming New York State's Campaign Finance and Election Laws by Increasing Accountability

Independent Democratic ConferenceSponsor: Senator Jeffrey D. KleinMeeting: Restoring the Voters' Trust in New York State Government: Reforming New York State's Campaign Finance and Election Laws by Increasing Accountability, Closing Loopholes, & Implementing Public Finance.Place: 110 Route 303, Valley Cottage, New York 10989Time: 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.Contact: Gabriel Paniza (518) 455-3594Media Contact: Eric Sonfer (518) 455-2495; TESTIMONY MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING PRIOR TO EVENT.

May 8, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Committee Meeting: Investigations and Government Operations Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Room 810 LOB

April 30, 12:30 PM - 12:43 PM
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Committee Meeting: Infrastructure and Capital Investment Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Capital Investment Senator Joseph E. Robach, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Room 804 LOB

April 30, 12:00 PM - 12:03 PM
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State Doles Out $600,000 Each Year for Corrupt Albany Politicians’ Pensions; Kennedy Pushes Bill to Take Away Disgraced Lawmaker Pensions

Since 1999, 20 Albany politicians have resigned or lost elections after run-ins with the law or ethical failures – and that number may climb higher after the recent political scandals.    

In total, the state has paid out $4.3 million in pension costs to 14 of those 20 individuals. 

Kennedy: Crooked politicians shouldn’t be able to pay their debt to society behind bars while simultaneously being paid by the very society they ripped off. It needs to stop.

April 24, 2013
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Legislative Report with Senator Kevin Parker

Senator Stewart-Cousins sat down with Senator Kevin Parker on April 16th to discuss her journey to the State Senate & what's to come in the rest of the 2013 NYS Senate Legislative Session.

April 23, 2013
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Senate Legislation Would Create RESULTS NY Website To Increase Accountability Of State Government Agencies

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S.2233) to create a new website, ResultsNY.gov, that would enable the public to review the performance of government programs to see how effectively agencies are spending tax dollars.   People visiting the site could also submit their own suggestions and recommendations on how to stop government waste and reduce state spending.

April 17, 2013
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