ALBANY, 01/17/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal:
“The governor’s budget proposal is a sound continuation of last year’s effort to rein in state spending without raising taxes or resorting to new borrowing. I believe the plan hits close to the mark on a number of my key priorities and provides a solid starting point for this year’s budget discussion.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled his 2012-13 Executive Budget and Reform Plan, which expands on the historic reforms enacted last year to continue building a New New York. As a result of the tough decisions and bipartisan cooperation of the past year, the State is able to close the current deficit without broad cuts, new taxes, fees or gimmicks. In addition, the Governor’s Executive Budget proposes major reforms to reduce the cost of government for taxpayers, implements accountability in our schools to put students first, and puts the State in a position to leverage billions of dollars in private sector investment to grow the economy and create jobs.
Queens, NY, January 16, 2012 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens), released the following statement today, reacting to Mayor Bloomberg’s State of the City comments regarding high school closures in his district:
ONEONTA, 01/12/12 – In media conferences across his district kicking off the 2012 session of the New York State Senate, State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) opened up his legislative playbook and detailed his “Keys for Success.” Seward’s game plan focuses on economic development, mandate relief, reform of the education aid formula, and continued flood recovery assistance.
The New York State Senate today final legislative passage to the Iran Divestment Act, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins. The bill would prohibit companies that provide goods, services or credit worth $20 million or more to Iran's energy industry from entering into or renewing state and local government contracts.
As is custom, Governor Cuomo gave his State of the State speech last week in which New York governors traditionally outline where we stand and where they hope to take us. The news outlets naturally put their own spin on things so although there’s not enough room here to touch on all aspects of the speech, I thought it would be good to review a few major ones together.
A packed gymnasium at the Polk Street School was the scene this past Friday, where State Senator Jack Martins held a “Town Hall Style” meeting with the entire 5th grade on how a bill becomes a law. The session had students asking Senator Martins about his work as a State Senator that represents Franklin Square as well as sharing their ideas on the Franklin Square community. The meeting, according to Senator Martins, was “a great way to hear what’s on young people’s minds and listen to their hopes and dreams for the future.”
NEW YORK, NY - The Independent Democratic Conference released its 2012 legislative agenda Thursday aimed at strengthening this state's economy, improving the lives of New York residents, and preserving New York's progressive tradition.
The agenda was released on the anniversary of the IDC's formation and after a successful year that saw many of the conference's 2011 priorities made into law.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently presented Bellerose firefighter Rob Syverson with the New York State Gift of Life medal for a selfless act of generosity that captured the spirit of giving during the holiday season.
Having been on the bone marrow registry for the past 16 years, Syverson was contacted a few months as a match for a 43-year-old woman who was suffering from leukemia. Although Syverson didn’t know the woman, he decided to undergo the painful procedure of having bone marrow extracted from his pelvis to be donated to the patient. On November 30, two quarters of bone marrow were extracted while Syverson was under general anesthesia.
Senator Gallivan Presses DOT To Complete Review and Repairs Quickly
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma) was informed by New York State Department of Transportation officials today that after undergoing inspection, the old Route 219 bridge over Cattaraugus Creek between the Town of Concord in Erie County and the Town of Ashford in Cattaraugus County has been closed (currently named S. Cascade Dr. in Concord and Miller Rd. in Ashford, respectively).
State DOT officials were taking part in an ongoing repairs project to the span when an irregularity was discovered, which they determined warrants a more thorough inspection to ensure the bridge’s safety for motorists.
Following Governor Cuomo’s 2012 State of the State Address, State Senator Mike Nozzolio met with local firefighters and emergency response personnel who were invited to represent their communities at the event. The Governor’s address called for a new statewide network of local and regional emergency responders to improve statewide communications and help ensure that resources can be deployed effectively in emergency situations.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) was selected by his Senate colleagues today to give official notification to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo that the Senate is standing at ready to conduct its business for 2012. Gallivan notified the Governor prior to the annual State of the State address this afternoon, which Gallivan applauded for “its strong vision for New York State’s future” while stressing the importance of building upon the cooperation and collegiality that enabled last year’s progress.
ALBANY, 01/04/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address:
“Partnering with Governor Cuomo last year, we ended partisan gridlock and a number of successful initiatives were realized. Now it is time to continue our Empire State resurgence.
“The governor’s focus on creating private sector jobs runs parallel with my own. His innovative approach to utilizing public/private partnerships is especially appealing and I was pleased he singled out tourism as a sector in need of additional state support.
Queens residents have had their hopes for safe sidewalks curbed by the Department of Transportation (DOT).
Senator Tony Avella recently united with perturbed residents from northern and eastern Queens – who have suffered with broken curbs in front of their homes for years – to demand the DOT “accelerate” their sidewalk repair program.
Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C - Poughkeepsie) today announced that his legislation which amends the Public Officers Law to require that certain records, which are the subject of a discussion conducted at an open meeting, be made available to the public (S.3255B) has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Senator Jack M. Martins is reminding residents that lower state income tax rates take effect on January 1st.
"This was an important step in providing some relief to our taxpayers," Senator Martins said. “Enacting the new tax code was a fitting way to end a very productive 2011 during which we closed a $10 billion budget deficit without raising taxes, cut government spending, approved new job creation and economic development measures, and enacted a property tax cap. We must continue to build upon these achievements in the coming year.”
The past month, Senator Jack M. Martins sponsored a toy drive to benefit The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. With every passing day during the holiday season, toys kept on piling up in Senator Martins’ District Office, located at 151 Herricks Road in Garden City Park. On Thursday, December 22, thanks to the generosity of the residents of the Seventh Senate District, The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island received the biggest donation of toys it has ever received in its 25 year history.