Issues: Local Government

SENATOR RITCHIE INTRODUCES MARK'S LAW

Bill Makes Killing Emergency Responders 1st Degree Murder

State Senator Patty Ritchie has introduced “Mark’s Law,” a bill to make the killing of emergency first responders first degree murder, punishable by the stiffest penalty allowed by law - life without parole.

The bill, S 4717, was introduced in memory of Mark Davis, the emergency medical technician who was shot to death while responding to a call for help in Cape Vincent on January 30, 2009.

May 13, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 9:00 AM, Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Room 945 LOB

May 18, 9:00 AM - 9:12 AM
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Valesky Legislation Promotes Shared Services

Legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky(D-Oneida) that encourages cooperative sharing of services betweenorganizations passed the Senate.

May 12, 2011
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Senator Krueger's Submitted Testimony on the Proposed East 91st St Marine Transfer Station

Testimony of State Senator Liz Krueger

Before the New York City Council Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management

Regarding Funding for the Proposed East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station

in the FY 2012 Executive Budget

May 12, 2011

May 12, 2011
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Senator Martins Speaks About the MTA in His Legislative Report From Albany

In his latest legislative report from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discusses a recent hearing on the MTA finances as well as a visit to the Henry Viscardi School and his participation in an economic development forum in Elmont.

May 11, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO HELP JEFFERSON COUNTY

Will Allow District Attorney To Hire Stenographer

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced the Senate passed a bill (S4415) she sponsored to allow Jefferson County’s District Attorney to appoint, as needed, a stenographer who lives in St. Lawrence County or any county in the fifth judicial district.

"When Jefferson County District Attorney Cindy Intschert told me she needed my help, I made sure we got this bill moving through the Senate," Senator Ritchie said. "It is critical that our prosecutors have the resources they need."

May 10, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE, SENATOR BALL DISCUSS TUG HILL COMMISSION

Tug Hill Staff Explains Its Role To SAGE Commission Member

Senator Patty Ritchie met with Hudson Valley Senator Greg Ball and representatives of the Tug Hill Commission in Albany Monday. Senator Ritchie arranged the meeting to allow Tug Hill officials to make their case before Senator Ball, who is a member of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission, charged with slashing state agencies and authorities that are redundant or unnecessary. Senator Ritchie and her Central and Northern New York colleagues have been arguing that the Tug Hill Commission serves a vital purpose in helping local governments deal with state issues--at no expense to local taxpayers.

 

 

May 10, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

As we head into the summer, we are still hard at work in Albany. We must continue to build on the momentum we’ve established since March when the Senate, Governor and Assembly worked together to pass an historic budget that closed a $10 billion budget gap without raising any taxes or fees. It represented a major change from how Albany has conducted business in recent years when the state routinely outspent its revenues and then relied on taxpayers to close the deficits with tax increases. This represents a new era in state government – one of fiscal responsibility.

May 10, 2011
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STATE LEGISLATORS TO SAGE: TUG HILL COMMISSION - WORTHY AND VALUABLE INVESTMENT

Senators Ritchie, Griffo, Assembly Members Barclay, Blankenbush, Tenney Sign Joint Letter

The Tug Hill Commission saves New York State money by helping local governments reduce costs and share services, the region’s legislative delegation is telling the Governor’s Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission.

New York State Senators Patty Ritchie and Joseph Griffo and Assembly members William Barclay, Kenneth Blankenbush and Claudia Tenney have written the SAGE Commission, telling them the Tug Hill Commission provides the kind of critical services that helps make local and state governments more efficient and reduces costs to both the state and municipalities.

May 9, 2011
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Senator Martins: Let's Work Together to Cut Taxes

During the state budget process, Senator Jack M. Martins and his colleagues in the Senator worked together with the Governor to pass a budget that closes a $10 billion deficit while holding the line on taxes. Since taking office in January, Senator Martins has been working toward providing tax relief for Long Island families and businesses.

May 9, 2011
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Senator Martins Legislative Report From Albany

In his latest Legislative Report, Senator Jack M. Martins speaks about what's going on around the Seventh Senate District. 

May 7, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 9:00 AM, Wednesday, May 11, 2011 Room 945 LOB

May 11, 9:00 AM - 9:35 AM
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Senate Revises State's Municipal Consolidation Statute

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) announced this week that the Senate passed legislation to clarify the downsizing procedure citizens must follow to force consolidation of local municipalities and taxing districts.

“Citizens are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the amount and cost of overlapping layers of local government. The Citizen’s Empowerment Act of 2009 was the first honest effort in New York State to empower residents to consolidate and eliminate layers of local government they deemed unnecessary,” said Gallivan.

May 5, 2011
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Senator Martins' Bill Allows Town of North Hempstead to Convey Parkland for Water Well

A bill sponsored by Senate Jack M. Martins authorizing the Town of North Hempstead to convey parkland from to the Carle Place Water District has passed the Senate.

The parkland begins on the western line of Carle Road going north along the western line of Carle Road from its intersection with the northern line of Winnie Court and includes about 1,627 square feet.

May 4, 2011
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Bill Making It Easier to Claim STAR Exemptions Passes Senate

Legislation (S.3576) passed by the Senate will help make it easier for property owners to claim STAR benefits if they missed the March 1 filing deadlines. This is particularly important to senior citizens who must remember to file for the enhanced STAR exemption each year. Missing the deadline and, therefore, the exemption could result in a homeowner facing an unexpected and significantly increased tax bill. This bill instead authorizes municipalities to accept STAR applications after the locality’s taxable status date and before January 10 of the following year.

May 4, 2011
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Proposes Dissolving 118 Defunct Public Authorities

Legislation Cuts Wasteful Government Agencies and Increases Efficiency

(Albany)- Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District- D/WF/I), ranking member of the Senate’s Local Government Committee, is urging passage of legislation (S.2845), which she sponsors, that would eliminate 118 inactive or defunct public authorities and agencies around the state.

May 4, 2011
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Seniors and Others Helped in Claiming STAR Benefits

Legislation (S.3576) sponsored by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) and passed May 3 in the New York State Senate will help make it easier for property owners to claim STAR benefits if they missed the March 1 filing deadlines.

This is particularly important to senior citizens, who must remember to file for the enhanced STAR exemption each year. Missing the deadline, and therefore the exemption, could result in a homeowner facing an unexpected and significantly increased tax bill. LaValle’s bill instead authorizes municipalities to accept STAR applications after the locality’s taxable status date and before January 10 of the following year.

May 4, 2011
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Senator Martins Speaks to Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York

On a recent Friday morning, Senator Jack M. Martins had the opportunity to travel to Lake Placid to speak to the Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York. Senator Martins spoke about legislation he sponsored that strengthens the consolidation law. The legislation makes it clearer for residents to under the ramifications of consolidating or dissolving a special district. Prior to making such as decision, residents should know who would pick up their fire fighting services if they were to considering dissolving a fire district. As the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Governments, Senator Martins is well aware of the value of the fire services in the Seventh Senate District and around the state.

May 3, 2011
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Senator Martins' Bill Amending Consolidation Law Protects Villages

A bill (S.1824) introduced by Senator Jack M. Martins that clarifies and amends the Citizen’s Empowerment Act has passed the Senate today.

In 2009, Governor David Paterson signed into law a measure that would allow people to dissolve local governments. The legislation was lobbied for by then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

However, there were several problems with the law. For one, residents of a municipality would be voting via a referendum on whether to dissolve that municipality, whether it be a village or special district, without knowing what the alternative plan would be to provide services for those residents.

May 3, 2011
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Meeting with local legislators to discuss important local issues.

Meeting with local legislators to discuss important local issues.

May 3, 2011
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