Issues: Towns or Counties

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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Senator Valesky Congratulates Art Contest Winner

Congratulations to Tyler O'Connor, 7, for winning Senator Valesky's Summer Art Contest in the 10 and under category out of all entries from the Town of Sullivan Playground Program. Tyler's winning artwork is shown in the inset.

August 15, 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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$250,000 Grant To Aid Cortland County Emergency Communications

CORTLAND, 06/24/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a $250,000 legislative grant he secured will assist with the cost of an emergency communications equipment upgrade  for Cortland County law enforcement officials.

“It is imperative that our law enforcement officials and first responders have the tools they need when they are called into duty, starting with a reliable communication network,” said Senator Seward.  “This legislative grant will help Cortland County’s law enforcement officials do their job safely and efficiently, and will not come with an added cost to county taxpayers.”

June 24, 2014
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Legislation Sponsored By Flanagan And Fitzpatrick To Uphold Smithtown Election Results Signed Into Law

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Michael J. Fitzpatrick (8th Assembly District) announced that legislation they jointly sponsored that would allow Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio and Councilwoman Lynne C. Nowick to serve their full four-year terms has been signed into law.  The enacted legislation would in effect uphold the results of the November 2013 local election when Smithtown voters overwhelmingly elected Vecchio and Nowick to serve in office.

June 20, 2014
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Senate Passes Three Griffo Sponsored Bills

ALBANY - Sen. Joseph A. Griffo was the lead sponsor of three bills that today passed the State Senate. 

June 10, 2014
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Senator Sanders and Senate Democratic Conference Release Minimum Wage Report and Push for Local Minimum Wage Option

Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) joined his fellow Senate Democratic Conference members at a press conference to announce the release of a detailed report describing the economic benefits New York State would receive from an increase to the minimum wage. Senator Sanders also called for the adoption of legislation that would allow local governments to raise the minimum wage within their municipalities.

June 3, 2014
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Sanders’ Minimum Wage Bill Right Up Governor Cuomo’s Alley

This past weekend, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo vowed to support the passage of legislation that would raise the state’s minimum hourly wage to $10.10 next year, and provide for annual increases that would be indexed to the rate of inflation.

This past January, New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) introduced a bill (S6334) that would achieve those very aims, help to upgrade the standard of living for the state’s working poor, and spur economic growth in every county.

June 3, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Secures $100,000 Grant for the Town of Mount Hope

Senator John Bonacic announces that the Town of Mount Hope has been awarded $100,000 in funding from the Municipal Facilities Capital Program.

“The funding was able to be secured as a result of the strong advocacy by County Legislators, Melissa Bonacic and Dennis Simmons, along with the leadership of Town Supervisor, Chad Volpe,” said Senator Bonacic.

May 13, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Attends the 2014 Sullivan County Pride Awards

Senator Bonacic attended the 2014 Sullivan County Pride Award ceremony on May 4, 2014.  Pictured with the Senator are Sullivan County Chamber President, Cathy Paty; Young Emerging Leader, Brad Rutledge; Distinguished Service Award, Elaine Giguere; Distinguished Achievement Award, Alexis L. Eggleton; and Businessperson of the Year, Greg J. Goldstein.

May 12, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Secures $50,000 Grant for the Town of Lumberland

Senator John Bonacic announces that the Town of Lumberland has been awarded $50,000 in funding from the Municipal Facilities Program. 

The funding will go towards repairing deteriorating sidewalks and fence railings around the Thomas F. Hill Municipal building, creating a safer path for residents and workers.

May 2, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Secures $50,000 Grant for the Town of Denning

Senator John J. Bonacic announces that the Town of Denning has been awarded $50,000 in funding from the Municipal Facilities Program. 

The monies will be used to make necessary upgrades and repairs to the Town’s Highway Garage, including a new roof, replacing damaged ceiling panels, and installing cost-cutting insulation to windows. 

May 1, 2014
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Senator Flanagan’s Bill Upholding Smithtown Terms of Office Passes Senate

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed his legislation allowing Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio and Councilwoman Lynne C. Nowick to serve their full four-year terms. If enacted into law, the legislation would in effect uphold the results of the November 2013 local election when Smithtown voters overwhelmingly elected Vecchio and Nowick to serve in office.

The legislation is sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Michael J. Fitzpatrick (8th Assembly District).

April 29, 2014
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LEGISLATION BY SENATOR BILL LARKIN PASSES SENATE

Bill Would Allow Towns To Set Speed Limits

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that the New York State Senate has unanimously passed legislation (S3992) which would allow towns with a population of more than 25,000 to set speed limits on their own roads and highways.

April 28, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Secures $50,000 Grant for the Town of Gardiner

Senator John Bonacic announces that the Town of Gardiner has been awarded $50,000 in funding from the Municipal Facilities Program.

Plans call for increased parking spots for recreational events, and an extension of sidewalks to directly connect Town Hall, Gardiner’s business district, ball fields and rail trail. 

April 25, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Secures $50,000 Grant for the Town of Masonville

Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope) announces that the Town of Masonville will receive $50,000 in funding from the Municipal Facilities Capital program. 

According to project details, the monies are needed to replace a plow truck/sand spreader, a purchase which will place the Town in a better position to keep roads safe next winter and beyond.  

April 24, 2014
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Cayuga County Legislature votes 10-2 to urge state to require welfare recipients to be residents

March 27, 2014 6:05 am Samantha House | samantha.house@lee.net

AUBURN | When it comes to welfare benefits, most local legislators believe state assistance should only be extended to residents.

On Tuesday evening, during the Cayuga County Legislature's full monthly meeting, legislators voted 10-2 to support a resolution urging New York to a establish a residency requirement for people seeking to obtain welfare benefits.

The resolution sparked debate among legislators — two of whom questioned the matter's underlying claims.

April 17, 2014
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Town of Cicero to receive $100,000 state grant to build playground for children of all abilities

By Sarah Moses on March 26, 2014 at 11:59 AM, updated March 26, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Town of Cicero -- The town of Cicero will receive a $100,000 grant from State Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida, to install a community playground that will accommodate all children and their families, including those with special needs.

The playground will be built at Central Park, which is located 6540 Route 31, in Cicero. Central Park is 25 acres that already has public accessible restrooms, a pavilion, picnic tables, water fountain, security lighting and parking adjacent to the park.

April 17, 2014
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State Budget Paves Way For Local Highway Improvements

ALBANY, 04/15/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that crucial funding to support local highway improvements is included in the 2014-15 state budget.  

“Local roads, bridges, and culverts are the backbone of our state’s infrastructure,” said Senator Seward.  “County and town highway superintendents from throughout my district joined me in Albany last month to call for added state funding – and their voices were heard.”

After five years without any increase in Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPs) funding, the new budget includes a second year of record funding - $438 million – for important local highway, road, and bridge repair projects. 

April 15, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Secures $50,000 Grant for the Town of Deerpark

Senator Bonacic announces that the Town of Deerpark has been awarded $50,000 in funding from the Municipal Facilities Program. 

April 14, 2014
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