Issues: Local Government

AMEDORE BILL CREATES “AMSTERDAM FIREFIGHTERS BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION”

Legislation sponsored by Senator George Amedore to create the Amsterdam Firefighters’ Benevolent Association” was passed today in the New York State Senate.

 

June 18, 2015
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Senate passes Griffo’s bill to protect municipalities from unfunded state mandates

ALBANY – The New York State Senate on Wednesday passed legislation authored by Senator Joseph Griffo that would prohibit the state from burdening local municipalities with any future unfunded mandates.

When the state imposes programs upon a municipality without fully funding them, it often forces those localities to find a way to pay for those services. This allows local priorities to essentially be dictated by the state, instead of leaving those choices up to local officials, Griffo said.

The end result is that municipalities often find themselves reluctantly having to impose more taxes on its residents to pay for programs and services that it might otherwise not have wanted.

June 18, 2015
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SERINO REMINDS STATE: LOCALITIES ARE NOT YOUR PIGGYBANK

SERINO REMINDS STATE: LOCALITIES ARE NOT YOUR PIGGYBANK

Bill to Halt Unfunded Mandates Passes Senate

 

ALBANY, NY—Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) announced a major win for localities and school districts today with the passage of a bill she co-sponsors to put a stop to unfunded mandates from the State.

June 17, 2015
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SQUADRON, AUBRY INTRODUCE KALIEF'S LAW TO FIX “SPEEDY TRIAL” RULES IN NYS

Broken System Forces Defendants to Endure Significant Delays Before Trial

Electeds: The Experience of Kalief Browder Must Be A Call To Action

ALBANY — State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Jeffrion Aubry announced legislation (S.5988) to fix New York State's "speedy trial" law following the recent death of Kalief Browder, who spent three years in pre-trial detention at Riker's Island. Kalief's Law closes a legal loophole that forces defendants to endure significant delays before trial, even while in jail, despite the time limits established by law. This change will limit delays by prosecutors and the court, so that defendants are afforded their constitutional right to a speedy trial.

June 17, 2015
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MORE DMV FEE MONEY TO STAY LOCAL UNDER RITCHIE BILL

Mandate Relief Measure Approved Tuesday by Senate

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced her bipartisan legislation to provide mandate relief to counties by allowing them to retain more money collected at local DMV offices for work done on behalf of the state has passed the Senate.

Across New York State 51 out of 62 counties are required to operate a local DMV office where they process transactions and provide services required by the state.  Under current law, the state takes more than 87 percent of all fees collected for work done by the county.  As a result of Senator Ritchie’s measure (S.4964-A), the percentage of revenue retained by the local DMV office would increase.

June 17, 2015
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Hero First Responders Honored By The State Senate

Four members of the Nunda Fire Department Awarded New York State Senate Liberty Medal

 

ALBANY – Four member of the Nunda Fire Department who went above and beyond the call of duty in saving the lives of three community members were honored this week as the State Senate passed resolutions designating them as recipients of the New York State Senate Liberty Medal. Nunda Fire Department Chief Robert Walker, First Assistant Chief Travis Rawleigh, First Lieutenant Travis Deiter and Truck Captain Steve Gelser were each honored for their efforts to rescue three victims from an early morning fire on March 27, 2015, at a home on Parker Road in Portage.

 

June 16, 2015
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SENATOR LARKIN’S ANNEXATION OVERSIGHT BILLS PASS IN THE SENATE

“I am pleased that we have passed my annexation oversight bills today in the Senate. We desperately need more appropriate oversight on annexations that could have such a significant impact on our region.  The passage of these bills have been my top priority throughout this entire process and I never stopped fighting on behalf of my constituents.  The Assembly will now be tasked with sending these bills to the Governor’s desk for his signature.  I urge Governor Cuomo to sign these bills into law as soon as possible.”

June 16, 2015
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Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young - May 9, 2015

During this week's edition of "Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young," the Senator discussed her support for a permanent extension of the property tax cap. The property tax cap has saved Western New Yorkers approximately $450 million since it was implemented four years ago. The Senator also shares some additional efforts she has put forward to reduce the tax burden on local residents and ease the mandated costs incurred in municipal and school budgets.

 

Senator Young also discussed Renee’s Law and Kendra’s Laws, two pieces of legislation she sponsors, that passed the state Senate this week.

 

June 10, 2015
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Statement from Senator Catharine Young on Old Route 219 Bridge Replacement

“I applaud the Cattaraugus County Legislature for giving the green light for the old Route 219 bridge replacement. Construction of a new state-of-the-art bridge will be extremely beneficial to Western New York because it will stimulate economic growth by creating new, good-paying jobs and providing greater access to broadband service, preserve the local economy, and give residents on both sides of the Cattaraugus Creek access to emergency care and shopping they need and deserve.”

 

June 10, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Kathleen Marchione, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, June 9, 2015 Room 946A LOB

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN TIME OF MEETING.

June 9, 12:30 PM - 12:38 PM
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'Back to School' tax holiday passes Senate

ALBANY, NY - A bill that would nearly halve the sales tax in Putnam County over a 10 day period in August sponsored by Senator Terrence Murphy passed the State Senate this week. The legislation, which was requested by the Putnam County government, would mean shoppers enjoy a reduced sales tax in the county from 8.38 percent to 4.38 percent for clothing and footwear under $110 from August 16th to August 25th.

June 3, 2015
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SENATE OK’S RITCHIE BILL TO HELP NOTIFY FAMILY MEMBERS AND LOVED ONES MORE QUICKLY IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS

Measure Would Create Online “Next-of-Kin” Registry for Law Enforcement

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced her bipartisan legislation to help law enforcement more quickly find family members or loved ones of victims following accidents or other emergencies has passed the Senate.

Under Senate bill 2396, the Department of Motor Vehicles would be directed to create an optional “Next-of Kin Registry,” where motorists could add information—such as phone numbers and addresses—of key people to be contacted in the event of an emergency.

“When an accident or medical emergency occurs, often times life or death decisions need to be made and loved ones need to be notified as quickly as possible,” said Senator Ritchie.

June 2, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Kathleen Marchione, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, June 2, 2015 Room 124 CAP

The Association of Towns of the State of New York to address the Committee. Gerald Geist, Executive Director Jean Raymond, Executive Committee, Supervisor Town of Edinburgh

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN TIME AND LOCATION OF MEETING

June 2, 10:11 AM - 10:29 AM
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Senator Valesky Hosts Community Resources Fair

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is hosting a Community Resources Fair on Thursday, June 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to raise awareness of the many community services available through various governmental and nonprofit organizations. The agencies listed below will have tables at the fair and provide important information on health care and health insurance, financial planning for college, emergency preparedness and fire safety, family planning, housing, voting, small business development, veterans services, and more, as well as offer giveaways. A representative from the Office of the State Comptroller will assist attendees with Unclaimed Funds searches.

May 28, 2015
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State Senators Klein, Savino, Golden, Peralta & Addabbo give communities a say in social service providers coming to town

State Senate passes bill requiring notification, hearings and giving City Planning Commission decision-making power

Albany, NY — State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today empowered neighborhoods across the five boroughs by passing legislation (S.4542a) compelling social service providers, like homeless shelters, to provide notification to local community boards and the City Planning Commission and requiring the CPC to hold hearings to gather local input. The CPC would rule on the siting of the facility.

May 27, 2015
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SENATE OK’S RITCHIE BILL TO OPEN UNDERUSED STATE PRISONS TO EASE LOCAL JAIL CROWDING

Bipartisan Measure Would Save County Taxpayers Millions for “Outboarding” Prisoners

 

May 20, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government  Senator Kathleen Marchione, Chair  1:00 PM, Tuesday, May 19, 2015  Room 946A LOB

May 19, 1:00 PM - 1:07 PM
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Murphy passes flood control bills adding Saw Mill, Bronx Rivers to protected waterway list

ALBANY, NY - For decades, flooding along the Bronx River and Saw Mill River has plagued the communities throughout Westchester County, a problem which seemingly grows worse year after year. Today, State Senator Terrence Murphy announced passage of two pieces of his legislation, which will finally address this issue using a watershed wide approach by adding the rivers to the State's inland waterway list.

"These rivers play a vital role not only within Westchester County and New York City, but also for the entire the Long Island Sound and Hudson River Watersheds," Senator Murphy said. "Anyone who has driven down the Saw Mill Parkway or the Bronx River Parkway when it rains can see that something needs to be done."

May 14, 2015
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Senate approves town speed limit mandate relief measure

The State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would authorize towns to set speed limits within their jurisdictions.  Villages, cities and towns with large populations can do so on their own, but most towns must petition the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) for approval.

May 12, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Kathleen Marchione, Chair 1:00 PM, Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Room 946A LOB

May 12, 1:00 PM - 1:15 PM
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