Issues: Cities

RITCHIE’S JEFFERSON COUNTY JAIL SHARING BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

 

Mandate Relief Measure Clears the Way to Allow Local Police Use County Lockup

A mandate relief measure sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie that will let Watertown and other Jefferson County police forces once again use the county jail to hold detainees—a long-standing practice that helped save local tax dollars until state inspectors nixed the arrangement—was signed into law today.

“The long-standing and common sense practice of sharing jail facilities saved money for taxpayers across Jefferson County, until the practice was stopped earlier this year,” Senator Ritchie said. “Albany should support local governments in finding innovative ways to share services and cut costs, and so I’m pleased that the Governor has signed my bill into law.”

September 4, 2014
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Griffo Secures $60,000 for Utica Police Department

UTICA –  Utica police officers will soon be wearing body cameras, thanks to a $60,000 grant secured by Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome.

August 28, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Following Assembly Approval, Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes Urge Senate Passage of Bill to Alleviate Parking Problems for Neighborhoods Near Medical Campus

While rapid development of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has spurred much-needed job growth, it has also caused some frustrations for residents in neighborhoods nearby.

Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes push residential parking program for Buffalo’s Fruit Belt neighborhood.

Fruit Belt Coalition, Roswell Park, BNMC, Buffalo Common Council and Council President Pridgen All Support Kennedy/Peoples-Stokes Bill for Fruit Belt Parking Program.

June 17, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Cities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cities  Senator Andrew Lanza, Chair  12:30 PM, Thursday, May 29, 2014  Room 915 LOB

May 29, 12:30 PM - 12:36 PM
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Senator Dilan's Remark on Local Control of Speed Limits

Support for granting localities the ability to establish speed limits as low as 20 mph has grown well beyond the five boroughs. On the same day Senator Dilan joined Families for Safe Streets to urge support for the City of New York to establish its own limits,  the Senate convened to take up a number of bills before the house, including a bill to allow the Town of Riverhead, Suffolk County, to set its own speed limits.

May 21, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Cities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cities Senator Andrew Lanza, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Room 916 LOB

May 13, 12:30 PM - 12:36 PM
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Senator Dilan, Families for Safe Streets Rally in Albany

Continuing efforts to garner support for a measure to allow New York City to establish lower speed limits, Senator Dilan, Senate colleagues, city councilmembers and the families of loved ones lost to reckless driving, gathered in Albany to call for the passage of the legislation.

S.6496-A, sponsored by Senator Dilan in the Senate, and carried by Assembly Member O’Donnell (A.8478A) in the Assembly, would allow the city of New York to establish speed limits as low as 20 m.p.h. The proposal is intended to supplement Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2024.

May 8, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Cities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cities Senator Andrew Lanza, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, May 6, 2014 Room 916 LOB

May 6, 12:30 PM - 12:49 PM
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SENATOR JOHN BONACIC SECURES $100,000 GRANT FOR THE CITY OF PORT JERVIS

MONIES TO BE USED TO RELOCATE RECREATION CENTER AND EXPAND POLICE DEPARTMENT  

Senator John Bonacic announces that the City of Port Jervis has been awarded $100,000 in funding from the Municipal Facilities Program.

April 21, 2014
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Mayor Miner appeals again for NY state help for Syracuse

By Tim Knauss on March 31, 2014 at 11:51 AM, updated March 31, 2014 at 2:01 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Mayor Stephanie Miner today said she has called on Syracuse's representatives in the state Legislature to continue efforts to secure emergency state funding to pay for city infrastructure, following news that the state budget to be voted on today does not contain such funding.

Miner said she appealed over the weekend to Senators John DeFrancisco and David Valesky and Assemblymen Bill Magnarelli and Sam Roberts to help Syracuse pay for water main repairs, police cars and other expenses the city cannot afford on its own.

April 17, 2014
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RITCHIE: STATE BUDGET INCLUDES $2 MILLION IN WINTER STORM RELIEF FOR CENTRAL AND NORTHERN NEW YORK HIGHWAYS

Extra Funding is in Addition to a Record $20 Million in State Aid for Local Highways

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that the new state spending plan includes extra aid for local highway departments that have had their budgets affected by this winter's severe weather. 

Contained in the new State Budget is an extra $2 million in aid for municipalities in the Central and Northern New York regions Senator Ritchie represents.  The support is part $40 million in special, onetime funding allocated for local highway departments having to deal with the aftermath of a particularly brutal winter. 

“This year, the ice, snow and cold hammered Upstate New York, placing a heavy burden on highway departments having to deal with an increased amount of weather-related cleanup and damages,” said Senator Ritchie.

“Earlier this year, I met with more than four dozen local highway officials from our region who requested extra help for critical maintenance and repair projects that would provide relief to local budgets—and to local taxpayers.  I’m pleased that this year’s State Budget recognizes the unique challenges presented by our most recent winter by including extra aid for municipalities trying to make ends meet.”

April 11, 2014
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Senator Dilan Announces Passage of 2014 – 2015 State Budget

$138 billion spending plan funds citywide Pre-K, increases to TAP and higher-ed opportunity programs.Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) announced the passage of  a $138 billion budget that includes $300 million for universal Pre Kindergarten programs in New York City, new government reforms and increased funding to social programs.“This year’s budget has made great strides to meet new, and greater demands while continuing to offset the gaps left by previous year’s cuts. I commend Governor Cuomo and my Senate Colleagues for delivering a responsible spending plan that spends smart, invests in our students, and offers some much-needed relief for our working families,” said Senator Dilan.  

April 1, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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Senator O'Brien, Local Leaders "Stand Up for Upstate" in Budget Negotiations

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien, along with local government and school district officials, came together to state their concerns about the status of current state budget negotiations. Senator O’Brien believes that the needs of upstate New York are not being appropriately addressed in the budget proposals being advanced, particularly by the State Senate.

March 24, 2014
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As WNY Recovers from Harsh Winter, Senator Kennedy Calls for Increased Aid to Municipalities Strained by Winter’s Heavy Costs

Harsh winter has become financial burden for local governments – Total costs for road salt and cold-patch materials double in Lackawanna. Cheektowaga nearing $1 million in total winter-related costs.

Kennedy urges colleagues in State Government to support efforts to raise aid to municipalities to help communities financially recover from storms.

March 20, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Environmental Conservation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation Senator Mark J. Grisanti, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Room 901 LOB

March 25, 9:04 AM - 9:12 AM
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Senator Kevin Parker Commends Mayor’s Dismissal of City’s Lawsuit Challenging the Community Safety Act

(Brooklyn, NY) - “Yesterday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced New York City will no longer seek to block or overturn Local Law 71, the Community Safety Act, which strengthens the prohibition against bias-based racial profiling by the New York Police Department (NYPD),” said Senator Kevin Parker.

March 6, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Cities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cities  Senator Andrew Lanza, Chair  12:30 PM, Tuesday, March 4, 2014  Room 916 LOB

March 4, 12:30 PM - 12:35 PM
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