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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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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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Vernon, Oneida County to Receive 27 Percent Increase in VLT Aid

UTICA – The village and town of Vernon and Oneida County will receive 27 percent more aid for being the host of video lottery terminal (VLT) facilities in 2014-15, Sen. Joseph A. Griffo announced.

The budget includes the following aid for municipalities that host the Vernon Downs racino:

April 9, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Congratulates Dottie Ehlers, Republican of the Year (Town of Warwick Republican Committee)

Senator Bonacic congratulates Dottie Ehlers, named Republican of the Year by the Town of Warwick's Republican Committee.  Here they are at the committe's Annual Spring Brunch, along with Erlers' grandson.  The Senator thanked Ehlers for her accomplishments and service to the Republican Committee.

April 2, 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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MOSA Dissolution Clears Senate

ALBANY, 03/20/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced senate approval of legislation he sponsors, allowing the dissolution of the Montgomery, Otsego, Schoharie Solid Waste Authority (MOSA).  Senator Seward’s bill (S.6181) follows a home rule request from the three member counties and the authority.

March 20, 2014
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Senator Griffo, Assemblyman Brindisi Announce Grants to Help Children's Advocacy Center and the Oneida County Sheriff's Office

Grants have purchased essential crime fighting equipment, including a patrol car and incident command equipment

ORISKANY - State Senator Joseph A. Griffo of Rome and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi of Utica today announced that they each recently awarded the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office with a total of $45,000 in funding that is being used for equipment to fight crime in the region.

March 20, 2014
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Griffo, Steck introduce the Municipal Health Insurance Savings Act

ALBANY - Local governments have been dealing with skyrocketing health insurance costs for years. Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome has introduced a bill (S6633) to allow municipalities such as towns, villages, and school districts to join county self-insured health plans as a way to drive down costs. This legislation would bring more members into a county’s self-insured plan and will spread the risk across a wider number of employees, reducing costs accordingly. The Assembly sponsor is Assemblyman Phil Steck, D-Colonie.

March 20, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Meets with Mount Hope Town Board reps and Town Supervisor, Chad Volpe

Senator Bonacic met recently with representatives from Mount Hope's Town Board to discuss issues affecting their community, and presented them with a pen certificate of a law he sponsored that settled the land dispute between Sullivan and Orange Counties; lands which were located on the border of Mount Hope.  Here is the Senator with Board members, Janet Sutherland, Gary Ketcham, and  Town Supervisor, Chad Volpe.

March 19, 2014
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Senator Bonacic attends the Sullivan Renaissance Conference

The Sullivan Renaissance Conference this past weekend provided an opportunity to hear about all the good things going on in the County, and the good things to come.  Here is the Senator with keynote speaker and Mayor of Ithaca, Svante Myrick (center) and Congressman Chris Gibson (19th District, NY, R). 

March 12, 2014
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Flanagan and Fitzpatrick Call for Immediate Appointment of Vecchio and Nowick

Today, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Michael J. Fitzpatrick (8th Assembly District) announced their full support for Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio and Councilwoman Lynne C. Nowick, and jointly called on current Town Board members to immediately appoint Vecchio and Nowick to the offices that voters elected them to in November 2013.

February 11, 2014
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Senators Valesky, DeFrancisco Provide $250,000 for Effort to Improve Government Services and Efficiency

SYRACUSE, NY – The Commission on Local Government Modernization, has launched a comprehensive study of government structure in Onondaga County in an effort to provide better services more efficiently to the community.

January 24, 2014
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Sens. Krueger, Tkaczyk Introduce Bill to Protect Communities’ Home Rule and Zoning Rights with Respect to Casinos

Today State Senators Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) and Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-Duanesburg) announced the introduction of legislation protecting the basic home-rule rights of municipalities with respect to casino siting (S. 6433-2014).

January 23, 2014
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Senator Klein Launches Satellite Offices Across the Bronx and Westchester

January 9, 2014 – Starting Friday, January 10, 2014, Senator Klein will open satellite offices that will rotate weekly across various parts of Senator Klein’s district. Representatives from Senator Klein’s office will be at stationed locations, allowing for members of the community to have local access to casework assistance and information on community events. Satellite offices will be open from 9am to 5pm through March.

January 9, 2014
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Statement from Senator Joseph A. Griffo regarding Economic Development Council funding

“I’m tremendously pleased by today’s announcement that New York is committing $163.7 million to important economic projects in the regions I represent. We truly have the best collaborators and leaders in economic development right here.

The Council remains impressed with the North Country, whose projects earned ‘top performer’ status for the third time in a row. These ‘firecracker’ projects, as the regional leaders call them, will enhance Northern New York’s status as a premier tourism destination and make the area more attractive to forward-thinking businesses, especially those in the biotechnology field.

December 11, 2013
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