Issues: Local Government

February 25, 9:30 AM - 7:30 PM


With a major winter storm expected to bring significant snowfall and high winds, here are some important contact numbers where you can get assistance and information.

To report power outages or downed power lines:

• PSEG 24 hour Hotline: (800) 490-0075

Information on mass transit service:

• MTA/LIRR/NYC Transit:

• LIRR 24 hour travel information center: 718-217-5477

• NICE Bus travel information: 516-228-4000

• NYC Transit travel information: 718-330-1234

January 26, 2015


IDC Unveils 15 Innovative Investments that will Create Long Term Stability, Security and Sustainability for all New Yorkers

Proposals Invest in New York Workers, Students, Seniors and Families and Support a Significant Expansion in New York State Schools, Housing, and Communities

January 19, 2015


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.”

January 14, 2015

Depew Bee: Zurbrick Road to be repaired with state funds

State funding totaling $85,000 has been allocated to the reconstruction of portions of Zurbrick Road in theVillage of Depew according to Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan.

January 8, 2015

The Daily News: Gallivan outlines Wyoming issues in supervisors' talk

Posted: Monday, January 5, 2015 3:03 am

January 5, 2015

Senate to Hold Joint Committee Hearings in January About Police Safety and Public Protection

The New York State Senate will hold a series of public hearings convened by four Senate committees starting in early January to examine police safety and public protection in New York City and throughout the state.  The hearings will review serious safety concerns raised by the shooting deaths of two NYPD Officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, in addition to other recent attacks and hostility directed at law enforcement.

December 29, 2014

Town of Busti Set To Receive Grant to Improve Court, Senior Center and Town Offices

For Release: Immediate, December 23, 2014

Funds will assist with renovation of town hall


ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C- Olean) announced today the approval of the Town of Busti’s grant application as part of the State and Municipal Facilities Program. Through the program, the Town of Busti has been awarded $50,000 for renovations to the town court, the Community/Senior Center, and town administrative offices.


December 23, 2014

Allegany County Receives $250,000 Grant To Expand County Office Space

For Release: Immediate, December 23, 2014

Funds will assist with the renovation of the County Office Building


ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C- Olean) announced today that Allegany County will receive a $250,000 grant through the State and Municipal Facilities Program to assist with the conversion of space which previously served as the county’s jail facility into new office space for the other county offices.


December 23, 2014

Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"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.

December 17, 2014

CAPITOL PRESSROOM: Dec. 9, 2014: Anne Marie Garti and Robert Nied, UUP’s Fred Kowal, Sen. David Valesky, AG Schneiderman


December 9, 2014

The Constitution Pipeline, which will transport shale gas from Pennsylvania to New York, has received conditional approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. But some groups are looking for legal actions to halt the process. Anne Marie Garti, a founder of “Stop the Pipeline” and a volunteer lawyer representing “Stop the Pipeline” through the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, and Robert Nied, of the Center for Sustainable Rural Communities, say Constitution Pipeline lawyers’ threaten and intimidate landowners who refuse to sign easement agreements. They are calling on the Attorney General to intervene.

December 15, 2014

Add Valesky To ‘Syracuse Billion’ Push

Sen. David Valesky of Oneida is joining the push for a “Syracuse Billion.”

The Independent Democratic Conference member on Monday said in a statement he backed the plan as proposed by Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner to have the state commit to a massive infrastructure investment in the central New York city.

December 15, 2014


Lowering Costs to Taxpayers by Recruiting Local Experts

State Senator Patty Ritchie is once again turning to leaders of local government, including newly elected members of the St. Lawrence County Board of legislators, to help eliminate unfunded state mandates and reduce costs for local taxpayers.

Senator Ritchie announced that she has named County Legislator Joe Lightfoot of Oswegatchie, and incoming Legislators David Forsythe of Lisbon and Larry Denesha of DeKalb to her Mandate Relief Working Group, which she created in 2011 to help deliver on her promise to reduce expensive mandates that drive up costs for counties and local governments. The group will be co-chaired by St. Lawrence County Legislator Kevin Acres of Madrid and Lightfoot.

Since then, the panel of city, county, village, town and school leaders has proposed two dozen recommendations, and several have been enacted into law.

December 4, 2014

Senator Gallivan Provides Storm Related Information

Western New York continues to recover from record breaking snowfall.  While the area has dug out from the heavy snow, the aftermath of the storm is still being felt.

Senator Gallivan surveyed storm damage throughout the 59th Senate District and met with county, town and village leaders as well as residents.  He will continue to monitor the ongoing recovery effort and update communities and residents.

November 25, 2014

Senator Carlucci Secures $350,000 for Rockland County DA To Crack Down on Crime

On Thursday November 13th Senator Carlucci (D Rockland/Westchester) visited the Regional Investigative Resource Center (RIRC) which is a collaborative effort that includes local, state and federal law enforcement agencies from around the region. The RCIC was created by the District Attorney’s Office with a goal of fostering a shared services environment where agencies combine resources and information with a common goal  of investigating organized criminal activity that impacts Rockland as well as the surrounding area.

November 14, 2014

State To Pick Up Local Flood Costs

ONEONTA, 11/13/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today applauded the governor’s announcement that New York State will cover the local portion of flood repair costs assumed by local governments during flooding in the summer of 2013.

“Immediately after the storms passed, I urged the governor to take this substantial unforeseen burden off the backs of local governments and taxpayers,” said Senator Seward.  “Today’s announcement means a great deal to local leaders as they craft their own municipal budgets and work to stay within the property tax cap and meet local needs and priorities.”

November 13, 2014

Penfield Post: Gallivan supports capping local Medicaid costs

Posted Nov. 11, 2014 @ 3:28 pmUpdated at 3:29 PM Greece, N.Y.

November 12, 2014

Senator Griffo Announces Crisis Intervention Funding for Utica PD

Law enforcement will be trained to handle incidents involving people with mental illness

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today announced that the City of Utica will be fully reimbursed for special training that will help law enforcement officers learn how to safely and more effectively handle situations involving individuals with psychiatric disabilities.

October 28, 2014

Seward Announces $130k Grant For Herkimer Infrastructure Project

HERKIMER, 10/27/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a $130,000 state grant he secured will assist with construction costs to shore up East German Street Extension along the West Canada Creek in the Town of Herkimer. Senator Seward made the announcement at the construction site as work on the project commenced.

“When you get right down to it, the first priority of a public official is the safety of those he represents,” said Senator Seward.  “This grant is a key component of the funding needed to move this construction project forward and protect homes and infrastructure along East German Street Extension.”

October 27, 2014

Nyack Skatepark Projected to be Completed in Summer of 2015

Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) visited skateboarding lessons that have been organized by the community group Nyack Needs a Skatepark this week in the municipal lot in the Village of Nyack. The group has worked diligently to raise funds and awareness for the need to build a skatepark in Nyack.

Working with Senator Carlucci, the group received $100,000 in state funding which completed their fundraising goal for the park.

Senator Carlucci said, “Working with my colleagues in the Senate, we were able to secure a grant that will finally let the Village of Nyack complete this project. I want to thank the community for working from the ground up to make this vision a reality."

October 21, 2014
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