Issues: Local Government


SYRACUSE, NY – On August 27, 2015, CenterState CEO announced $675,000 in awards to thirteen companies through its Grants for Growth program. Grants for Growth is a unique CenterState CEO seed program that supports innovative applied research projects between universities and industry to improve business competitiveness and create jobs. Over 14 rounds, Grants for Growth has invested nearly $3.8 million in small and emerging companies, thanks to direct support secured by New York State Senator John A. DeFrancisco.

August 27, 2015


Watertown Municipal Arena Renovations to be Completed by Spring of 2016

As renovations to the Watertown Municipal Arena continue, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 to help cover costs associated with the major overhaul of the facility, which is expected to be completed by spring of 2016.

“From ice hockey to concerts, the Watertown Municipal Arena has been utilized for decades by countless individuals and families on a year-round basis,” said Senator Ritchie. “I’m pleased to provide this funding, which will allow the arena to continue to provide the entertainment, recreational activities and community events that make the North Country a more attractive place to live or visit.”

August 25, 2015

Ortt Takes Media on Tour of Proposed Emergency Hub

On Thursday, Aug. 13, Senator Ortt took the media on a tour of the proposed site for a WNY First Response & Preparedness Center. The former hanger and Niagara Falls U.S. Army Reserve Center in the Town of Niagara would serve as an emergency operations hub and shared training facility for first responders, law enforcement agencies and community organizations. Read the related articles from the publications listed below.

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August 20, 2015

Bridge on Interstate 86 Will Serve As Tribute To The Project's Champion

Dedication will serve as lasting reminder of Susan Foster Myers’ service to Allegany County


ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) and Assemblyman Joseph Giglio (R,C,I- Gowanda) announced today that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed their legislation to name the bridge that crosses Interstate 86 over State Route 275 in honor of the late Susan Foster Myers.


Mrs. Myers, a former Friendship Town Councilwoman and Allegany County Legislator, will be posthumously honored for her efforts to improve life in Allegany County and her personal crusade to have Route 17 designated as an interstate highway.


August 17, 2015

Senator Young Announces $115,000 in State Funding to Clean and Preserve Cattaraugus County Waterways

Grants will help ongoing dredging and debris removal efforts, fight against invasive species



ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced today she has secured state assistance for necessary dredging and invasive species prevention in Cattaraugus County’s waterways.


As part of this year’s state budget, Senator Young successfully obtained two $30,000 grants to cover the cost of dredging Conewango Creek and Thatcher Brook. The Senator also secured a $25,000 grant for Lime Lake, to assist with the lake’s ongoing battle against invasive aquatic species, and $30,000 for dredging and debris removal at dams within the county.


August 14, 2015

Delaware County Tax Bills Signed Into Law

ALBANY, 08/14/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) and Assemblyman Clifford Crouch (R-Guilford) today announced legislation they sponsored, allowing Delaware County to enact a “bed tax” on hotel and motel room rentals has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo.  The bill (S.5075/A.7316) follows a home rule request from the Delaware County Board of Supervisors and is now Chapter 205 of the laws of 2015

August 14, 2015

Ortt Meets With Steering Committee and Tours Site for Proposed WNY First Response & Preparedness Center

Emergency Management Hub Will Quicken Response Time & Help Secure Niagara Falls Air Base

August 13, 2015

Senator Valesky Secures Funds for Salina Sewer Project

Senator Valesky met with Town of Salina officials on August 11 to discuss a sewer projct on Cadillac Street. Sen. Valesky secured funding for the project.

August 12, 2015
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Livonia Public Library To Receive Major Upgrades Thanks To Grant Provided By Senator Catharine Young

$250,000 SAM Grant will bring modern updates to local library


LIVONIA – Saying they were “overjoyed” to hear the news, Livonia Public Library officials applauded state Senator Catharine Young for securing a $250,000 capital grant that will be used toward a major expansion of the building and services.


Built in 1927, the Livonia Public Library has served the community for nearly 90 years. But with increasing demands for greater access to books, public programming, and modern resources like computers and high speed internet, the library had begun exploring avenues to grow.


August 3, 2015

Kennedy Delivers: Critical Repairs to Major Lackawanna Roadways Underway After State Investment

After Rough Winter, Milling and Paving Processes Begin to Revive South Park Avenue and Ridge Road

$2.5 Million Grant Secured by Kennedy Will Repair One of Worst Stretches of Pothole-Riddled Roadways in Erie County

July 7, 2015

Press Release: Dobbs Ferry Able To Create Parking Permit System

Yonkers, NY - Dobbs Ferry is one step closer to creating a permit parking system in the village following passage of a bill introduced by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senate Democratic Leader, and Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti.  The village requested the ability to do so in order to provide parking relief for Dobbs Ferry residents who live near the train station and have difficulty parking on the street near their homes. The legislation requires the Governor’s signature to become law, and will take effect 60 days after it is signed.

June 29, 2015

Press Release: The State Delivers For Yonkers

$25 Million To Fill Yonkers' School Budget Gap, a Half-Percent Sales Tax Increase and a 3% Hotel Occupancy Tax

June 29, 2015

Progress Ahead for Former J.N. Adam Developmental Center

Recently-passed legislation directs the state to produce a report on the best uses for the property


ALBANY – The long-vacant J.N. Adam site could soon see progress toward development following action by the state Legislature.


June 24, 2015

Griffo, fire officials praise Senate’s passage of bill that provides more cancer coverage for volunteer firefighters

ALBANY – The New York State Senate last week passed a bill co-sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo that would expand benefit coverage for volunteer firefighters who are diagnosed with various forms of cancer linked to their duties.

The overexposure to smoke that volunteer firefighters experience every time they battle flames makes it more likely that they will develop lung cancer. The exposure to smoke and toxic fumes also creates greater risk that a firefighter will develop cancer in other parts of their body, like their esophagus, stomach, blood, intestines and brain.

June 22, 2015

Senate, Assembly Pass Bill to Spur Investment in Vacant, Abandoned Residential Properties

New program aimed at about 70 properties located in City of Batavia


Albany, NY – A bill (S.5196A/A.7570A) has passed the State Senate and State Assembly that would allow the City of Batavia to provide tax relief for residents willing to redevelop abandoned properties into owner-occupied single-family residences.


The new program would create a real incentive for residents to redevelop distressed properties since the high level of investment often required outpaces the value of the redeveloped home, keeping these types of properties vacant for many years. 


June 19, 2015

Griffo’s legislation would give municipalities greater leverage to purchase streetlights from electric companies

ALBANY – The New York State Legislature this week passed a bill authored by Senator Joseph Griffo that would give municipalities greater leverage in purchasing streetlights from a utility company and making them more energy efficient.

The bill will be sent to the Governor for his consideration.

As municipalities across the state look to save money by utilizing more energy efficient technology, Griffo’s legislation could have significant implications for many communities across the state, including Utica, Rome and Watertown.

June 19, 2015

New E-Communications Legisaltion Promotes Government Efficiency

Local governments will now be able to distribute proposed laws electronically


ALBANY – Legislation passed by the State Legislature will improve government efficiency and save local taxpayers money.


Under Senate bill 3018A, sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I– Olean) and Assemblyman Joseph Giglio (R,C,I-Gowanda), local governments will now have the ability to deliver proposed laws to members of the legislative body by email. The measure is intended as a way to save local taxpayers money while also helping municipalities become more efficient.


June 18, 2015


Legislation sponsored by Senator George Amedore to create the Amsterdam Firefighters’ Benevolent Association” was passed today in the New York State Senate.


June 18, 2015

Senate passes Griffo’s bill to protect municipalities from unfunded state mandates

ALBANY – The New York State Senate on Wednesday passed legislation authored by Senator Joseph Griffo that would prohibit the state from burdening local municipalities with any future unfunded mandates.

When the state imposes programs upon a municipality without fully funding them, it often forces those localities to find a way to pay for those services. This allows local priorities to essentially be dictated by the state, instead of leaving those choices up to local officials, Griffo said.

The end result is that municipalities often find themselves reluctantly having to impose more taxes on its residents to pay for programs and services that it might otherwise not have wanted.

June 18, 2015
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