Issues: Villages

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Also Announce New State Funding for Additional Police Vehicle & Enhanced Officer Training

     Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo (right center) is pictured with (l-r) Lieutenant Gerard Gralton, Chief Donald Dobby, Mayor James Wandell, Deputy Mayor Jessica Bernius, and Trustee Nick Lalota with the new police vehicle purchased through state funding he secured.

September 25, 2013

Senator Klein Honors First Responders at Third Annual First Responder Appreciation BBQ on Orchard Beach

Senator Klein with honorees at the Third Annual First Responder Appreciation BBQ.

From left to right, Sgt. Dennis Tierney, Bronx 43rd Precinct, Deputy Inspector Kevin Burke, Former Bronx 50th Precinct Captain and New C.O. of World Trade Center Command, Police Officer Jairo Vasquez of the Port Authority NY and NJ Police Department, Firefighter Dominick Libonati of FDNY Ladder Co. 56, Senator Klein, Firefighter Kevin Adams of FDNY Ladder Co. 56, Firefighter Phil Pillet of FDNY Ladder Co. 56, Lt. Julian Keiser, Pelham Fire Department

September 23, 2013

Senator Lee Zeldin Urges the Federal Government to Make Mastic Beach a Priority

Senator Lee Zeldin Urges the Federal Government to Make Mastic Beach a Priority

MASTIC BEACH—In a letter to federal elected officials representing Mastic Beach, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R,C,I- Shirley) joined other local elected officials today to ask for a project to be expedited to replenish sand dunes on Fire Island just south of the Village of Mastic Beach which were wiped away by Super Storm Sandy.

A copy of the letter, signed by Senator Zeldin, Assemblyman Edward Hennessey, Brookhaven Town Supervisor Edward Romaine, Brookhaven Town Councilman Dan Panico, Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning, and Mastic Beach Mayor Bill Biondi is attached.


August 16, 2013

Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Weedsport Summer Fest

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped celebrate the Weedsport Summer Festival in Trolley Park on Saturday August 10, 2013.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with members of the Weedsport Chamber of Commerce to show support for the first annual event which included arts, crafts, games and food.  Proceeds from the event were donated to the Domestic Violence Services Component of Cayuga/Seneca Agency, Inc.  Senator DeFrancisco is wearing a t-shirt that was made by volunteers to support the cause. 

August 12, 2013

Land Acquired to Decrease Danger at Greenburgh Intersection (Source: Daily Voice)

Source: Daily Voice

Last week, the New York State Senate and Assembly passed bills authorizing Westchester County to transfer approximately six-tenths of an acre of parkland on the north border of Sprain Ridge Park to the town of Greenburgh for the purpose of making needed safety improvements to the section of Jackson Avenue from the Park entrance to the intersection with North Sprain Road.

June 27, 2013

Safety Improvements to Jackson Ave.

Leader Stewart-Cousins announced the passage of a legislation today which would allow a much needed safety improvement to Jackson Ave. in Greenburgh to move forward, "I was pleased to sponsor this bill and ensure its passage in the New York State Senate. With over 80 accidents and two deaths reported at Jackson Ave. and North Sprain Road in the last three years, it is clear that something must be done to protect residents and motorist. This is not just a matter of improving Jackson Ave., it is a matter of public safety and I was happy to play a role in moving the project forward.

June 26, 2013

Leader Stewart-Cousins Secures $250,000 Grant for Parking Spaces at Tarrytown Train Station

Albany, NY - Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins secured a $250,000 grant for the Village of Tarrytown this week to support a parking lot project near the Tarrytown train station.

The grant will reimburse the village for 167 parking spaces built in 2011 on the west side of the tracks near the station.

The grant came from unused transportation funds, known as multi modal funds, awarded to the Village of Tarrytown in 1999 for a separate project.

June 20, 2013

Senate Approves Bills to Cut Red Tape That Hurts Job Creation

The New York State Senate passed 14 regulatory reform bills today as the first part of a major initiative, that includes statewide public forums, to identify and eliminate thousands of costly and unnecessary government regulations that inhibit job creation and drive up local property taxes.

June 10, 2013

Senator O'Brien highlights state's increased focus on tourism

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O’Brien stood alongside representatives of several tourism-related organizations and businesses, along with local elected officials, to tout the 55th Senate District’s growth as a tourism destination. He also highlighted state programs, newly introduced in this year’s budget, that seek to specifically promote, market and develop upstate tourism.

“As vibrant and exciting as the tourism industry is in Rochester and the Finger Lakes Region, we have only begun to unlock our full potential,” Senator O’Brien said. “These new initiatives, which will work in concert with our existing tourism groups and businesses, will be tremendous catalysts for growing our region’s tourism economy.”

May 24, 2013


Local Fire Departments to Open their Doors April 27th and 28th for “RecruitNY”

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding the public that fire departments across Central and Northern New York will open their doors this weekend for “RecruitNY,” an annual event organized by the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York, or FASNY, to bring in new recruits. 

April 24, 2013

Ranzenhofer outlines CHIPS funding for Genesee County

2013-14 State Budget increases funding for road, bridge projects; Genesee county to get $275K more, 19 percent year-over-year increase

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that the 2013-14 State Budget will increase funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS), providing more than $275,000 in additional funding for infrastructure projects in Genesee County.

March 25, 2013

Ranzenhofer outlines CHIPS funding for Erie County

2013-14 State Budget increases funding for road, bridge projects

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that the 2013-14 State Budget will increase funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).

“For the first time in five years, more funding for local road and bridge repair projects will go directly to towns, cities and villages in Erie County.  Maintaining and improving our infrastructure is so important to our economy, while keeping drivers and their passengers safe,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.

March 25, 2013
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