The New York State Senate today passed legislation that allows for the creation of a training program for volunteers interested in assisting the search and rescue operations of state forest rangers. The bill (S.553), sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury), will enhance the safety of volunteers and the public during search and rescue operations in the Adirondacks, Catskills and other forested communities across the state.
Albany, N.Y., April 18—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) announced today that they are continuing to sponsor legislation aimed at helping localities fend off potentially enormous future local property tax increases by offering incentives to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and other emergency services personnel.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his colleagues in state government and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to announce that New York State will provide the funding to cover the local share of disaster response and recovery costs resulting from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
The Times Ledger reports on the rally held outside Long Island City High School, where students, parents, teachers, and elected officials gathered to protest the proposed closure and "turnaround" of the school.
More than a hundred students, teachers and supporters stood out on the steps of Long Island City High School Monday afternoon to protest the proposed closure of the institution.
“This is not something that we want and we’re not going to let it happen without a fight,” said state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), an alumnus of the school.
Albany, N.Y., April 17—At the Capitol yesterday, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced more than $28 million in investment for 47 “New York Works” flood control system and dam repair projects in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.
Each day, including weekends, I receive emails from the Senate Communications Office that contain news stories from media outlets around the state. The emails cover just about everything that would be of interest to state senators and we’re asked to review them to keep abreast of developing issues. I actually kind of enjoy reading most of them. It’s like having all the key issues conveniently delivered every morning and it makes my job that much easier.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently congratulated Chris Johnston on completing his documentary film, “Take the Challenge Now,” which examined how everyone can play their part in protecting the environment.
Chris, a sophomore at Chaminade High School, spent the past four years working on the documentary, which took him as far as Sweden to conduct interviews on environmental issues. As a resident of Manhasset, Chris also focused on Manhasset Bay and found some good news with regard to the cleanliness of the bay. This could be due to storm water treatment as well organizations such as the Manhasset Bay Protection Committee.
Senator Jack M. Martins met with leaders of the volunteer fire services at the Albertson Fire Department to discuss their legislative agenda. The recent brush fires on Long Island served as a reminder of how important the volunteer fire services are here to our communities. The volunter firefighters answer calls for emergency each day, coming to the aid of residents and businesses. Senator Martins wanted to meet and hear what legislative items are important for the fire services.
On Saturday, April 14, the Williston Park Little League held its opening day festivities to mark the start of the season. SenatorJack M. Martins had the honor of throwing out the first pitch. Senator Martins told all the players to play well, show good sportsmanship, be safe and, most importantly, have fun.
ONEONTA, 04/11/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today applauded Governor Cuomo’s announcement that New York State will cover the local share of disaster response and recovery costs resulting from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.
For the second consecutive year, Senator Jack M. Martins and his colleagues in the Senate worked with the Governor to pass an on-time budget that doesn't raise any taxes or fees. At the same time, they closed the budget gap while increasing aid to education and restoring the EPIC program for seniors. The budget success of the last two years sends a clear message that positive change has come to Albany. Years of dysfunction have been replaced by sound fiscal management and government efficiency.
Senator Jack M. Martins was able to restore a grant that was promised to the Village of Williston Park by the former Senate Majority, which later rescinded the grant after the November 2010 election. The former Senate Majority, after losing its majority following that election, rescinded grants that were promised within the Seventh Senate District. Senator Martins has been working diligently to restore those grants.
Senator Martins met with Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar to discuss the $100,000 grant that was recently restored.
New Yorkers said, “Play it Again, Sam,” and we did. For the second consecutive year, your state government produced an on-time budget that puts the breaks on state spending and does not increase taxes or fees. You heard that correctly: holds spending in check with no new taxes or fees.
It is indeed a new era in Albany. For the second straight year, the State Legislature and the Governor agreed on an on-time budget that doesn’t raise any taxes or fees while eliminating a $2 billion deficit.
“The state is in infinitely better shape now than it was two years ago when state government was is disarray. We now have passed two consecutive budgets that represent sound fiscal management. For years, the state outspent its resources and then passed the burden onto the taxpayers. Over the last two years, we sent a clear message that those days are over,” said Senator Jack M. Martins, who is in his first term in the Senate.
Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.
“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”
It started out simple enough. Since taking office I’ve had a small but steady stream of constituents who seek help with various mortgage and foreclosure problems. I regularly connect them to appropriate state agencies and having heard back about a number of successful resolutions, I decided to host a local seminar for anyone experiencing similar issues. I invited the New York Attorney General’s (AG’s) Office, the state’s Department of Financial Services, and even some of the larger lenders.