The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.
ALBANY, 04/02/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that crucial funding to support local highway improvements is included in the 2015-16 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 at a rally calling for an increase in funding for our local roads and bridges – and their voices were heard.”
The 2015-16 state budget makes a record investment of $488 million to support local highway, road, and bridge repair projects including $438 million in Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPs) funding.
"Homeowners and employers desperately need meaningful property tax relief. In order for a half percent increase in the county’s sales tax to have a chance of passing in the state Senate, there would have to be a mandatory county property tax cut written into the bill language. I am exploring the concept of putting into law a required three percent property tax levy decrease, which translates into a $2 million dollar property tax cut for the people of Chautauqua County. By making the property tax burden lighter, we can grow jobs and the economy, while giving people savings that will help their family budgets."
ALBANY, N.Y. – Today, Senator Marc Panepinto advocated for his tax relief legislation (S.3644) before the Senate Committee on Local Government on which he is the Ranking Member. After its unanimous passage, he released the following statement:
“As the Ranking Member of the Local Government Committee, I am proud that my first piece of legislation passed addresses environmental responsibility and the crushing burden that is our property tax climate. By authorizing a green home tax exemption in upwards of 35%, the State not only encourages the use of renewable energy and resources but delivers on incentivizing much needed growth in Erie County’s recovering housing market. I hope that the full Senate will consider the passage of this critical legislation.”
Senator Krueger and Senator Perkins sent a letter to the Governmental Accountability Standards Board (GASB) expressing support for the development of requirements for disclosing information about tax abatements offered by state and local government.
Funding Will Help Cover Cost of Paving Lot Surrounding Town Offices, Highway Department
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 to help improve infrastructure in the Town of New Haven.
According to officials, capital funding secured by Senator Ritchie will be utilized to pave a currently unpaved parking lot that surrounds the Town Offices and the Town Highway Department.
“New Haven’s Town Offices and Town Highway Department are used on a daily basis by local residents and employees,” said Senator Ritchie. “By paving the parking lot surrounding these facilities, we can help make travel easier—especially during the winter months,” said Senator Ritchie.
Funding to Allow for Installation of New Furnace, Insulation at Town Garage
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 to help the town of Macomb cover costs associated with necessary upgrades at the town garage.
According to officials, capital funding secured by Senator Ritchie will be used to purchase a new furnace and to install insulation.
“The town of Macomb uses its garage on a daily basis for everything from meetings to community events,” said Senator Ritchie. “I’m pleased to provide this funding, which will help to ensure it remains in top condition for those who utilize it each and every day.”
Senator Bonacic attended the pancake breakfast hosted by the Liberty Elks on Sunday, January 11, 2015. "The Elks' members volunteer so much of their time to help their community, and I was glad to be able to express my thanks."
"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said. "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land. After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps. But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.
I was pleased to join officials from the Town of Greece to help open the newly relocated Barnard Crossing Branch Library. Now located at 2808 Dewey Avenue, this new facility will be more cost-friendly to the town while providing the same great services and amenities to library patrons.
Senator Bonacic visits with the Middletown Elks for their annual "Famous Pancake Breakfast" which this year will benefit the Inspire organization. "This is an admirable example of one great organization helping another," said the Senator.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that he has secured $100,000 to assist the Town of Crawford in building a new community center. The funding for this grant is through the New York State and Municipal Facilities Program.
Senator Bonacic attended the Woodridge Kiwanis and Fallsburg High School Key Club for their breakfast held at the Woodridge Valley Hall. "We are so fortunate to have these dedicated volunteers who not only donate their time to the community, but who also serve up a great breakfast," said the Senator.