Issues: Local Government

From the Desk of Senator Martins

It’s been an historic week in Albany from the perspective that our state government is at last bringing tax relief to our residents. I was pleased to have voted along with my colleagues on a 2 percent tax cap to be imposed on local government. This will help to ensure that our residents will not be saddled with heavy tax increases that will drive them from their homes. The taxpayers have clearly spoken and we are listening.

The tax cap has been passed by the Senate and is supported by Governor Cuomo. We now need the Assembly to pass this legislation to begin the process of easing the tax burden on all New Yorkers.

February 8, 2011
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO AND COLLEAGUES PASS LOCAL MANDATE RELIEF BILLS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) supported several mandate relief bills yesterday that would give local governments more authority and flexibility and help save taxpayer dollars.

“As local communities continue to struggle with escalating costs, we must provide relief of state mandates to ease their burden,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

“The bills we passed yesterday will provide opportunities for localities to operate more efficiently, and it will save taxpayers’ money,” DeFrancisco said.

February 8, 2011
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Senator Martins' Legislative Report

In Senator Jack M. Martins' latest legislative report, he talks about the tax cap imposed to ease the property tax burden on New Yorkers as well as legislation he is working on.

February 8, 2011
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Senator Ball Urges Governor To Schedule SAGE Hearing

ALBANY, NY (02/08/2011) - Senator Greg Ball (R, C - Patterson) today sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, requesting that the Governor schedule a Public Hearing of the Savings and Government Efficiencies Commission before February 18. The letter reads: Governor Cuomo: I respectfully request that a Public Hearing of the Savings and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission be scheduled before February 18 so that we may immediately begin the work of finding opportunities to cut government operations by at least twenty percent. As you are aware, appointments to the SAGE Commission began the first week of January. Now, six weeks after the first appointments, the SAGE Commission has not yet scheduled its first meeting.

February 8, 2011
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Governor Gets High Marks on First State of the State, But More Needs to be Done for Communities of Color

By Senator Ruth Hassell-ThompsonChairwoman - New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative CaucusLow-income and middle-income New Yorkers are hurting from the combined effects of high property taxes, unemployment and underemployment, health care premium increases, and cuts to public services. While it is within the responsibilities of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus ("the Caucus") to protect services and resources for the most vulnerable New Yorkers, we understand full well the immediacy of the fiscal challenges facing our state. We are committed to partnering with Governor Andrew Cuomo to balance a budget that is fair going forward.

February 7, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Committee on Local GovernmentJack M. MartinsTuesday, February 8th, 2011 9:00am123 CAP

February 8, 9:00 AM - 9:11 AM
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February 7, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, January 25, 2011 Room 124 CAP

January 25, 9:00 AM - 9:17 AM
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NYS Senator Greg Ball talks about the Tax Cap and Mandate Relief - January 31, 2011

NYS Senator Greg Ball talks about the Tax Cap and Mandate Relief - January 31, 2011

February 3, 2011
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Senator Ball Brings Together Local Elected Officials

Ball: We have to work together, regardless of party affiliation, to come up with solutions.

CARMEL, NY (02/03/2011) - Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) hosted a bi-partisan summit today to develop common solutions for local problems, such as MS4, mandate relief, government consolidation, and resource sharing. The summit included presentations from Putnam County Executive Paul Eldridge, Vincent Tamangna, Chairman of the Putnam County Legislature, and Carmel Town Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt.

“We all have the same issues, and the solutions are in your heads,” Ball told the audience of Supervisors, Councilmen, Legislators, and other local officials. “The men and women in this room have so much knowledge at the local level to work from, and today is an opportunity to get something done in Albany. Let’s use this opportunity, as stewards of your local municipalities, to make changes that need to be made.”

February 3, 2011
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Griffo Reports of Senate’s Quick Adoption of Tax Cap and Mandate Relief Measures

Griffo Reports of Senate’s Quick Adoption of Tax Cap and Mandate Relief Measures

(Albany) – Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) today said that the Senate passed measures designed to give the New Yorkers relief from property taxes and to ease the burden of unfunded state mandates on schools and municipal governments. 

“We took the first major step today toward reining in runaway government spending,” said State Senator Griffo. “The property tax cap represents needed change to help make New York affordable again without compromising public safety or essential government services.”

February 2, 2011
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Senate Approves Property Tax Cap, Mandate Relief

ALBANY, 01/31/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today announced senate approval of a property tax cap and companion legislation aimed at eliminating unfunded state mandates on school districts and local governments.

“Property taxpayers in New York State are tapped out,” said Senator Seward.  “Enacting a property tax cap is a commonsense approach that will provide significant savings and help families and senior citizens afford to stay in their homes.

January 31, 2011
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Ball Urges Voters to Demand Bi-Partisan and Immediate Passage of Property Tax Cap and Mandate Relief

Ball: It is time for the voters to hold their elected officials accountable

BREWSTER, NY (1/30/2011) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), the Senate Majority representative on Governor Cuomo’s Savings and Government Efficiency Commission, today urged voters throughout New York State to call their Senators and Assemblymen on Monday to urge bi-partisan support and immediate passage of a 2% Property Tax Cap for local governments and school districts, as well as mandate relief that requires the state to fund the additional net costs of any state mandated programs. Ball co-sponsors the two bills, which will come to a vote on the floor of the Senate on Monday and has the support of the Senate Majority Conference.

"We have a Senate Majority who gets it, and a Governor who seems to get it. Now it is time for the voters to hold their elected officials accountable for the promises made during their campaigns and demand widespread, bi-partisan support for the passage of this 2% Property Tax Cap, as well as Mandate Reform. That bi-partisan support needs to be immediate because these reforms are needed immediately," Ball said. “Working families, small businesses, and seniors are struggling and the American Dream of homeownership has become a nightmare for many. None of us milked the cows before coming to Albany today, and we’re not going home tonight to slop the hogs. Yet, we still have a property tax model based on generating income from a family farm.”

January 30, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Committee on Local GovernmentJack M. Martins9:00am, Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 Room 123 CAP

January 19, 9:00 AM - 9:52 AM
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Medicaid opt-out legislation re-introduced in the State Senate

Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer - joined by County Executive Chris Collins, Assemblywoman Jane Corwin and Assemblyman Kevin Smardz - announces the re-introduction of legislation in the State Legislature to allow counties to opt-out of Medicaid programs not mandated by the Federal government.

January 21, 2011
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IDC Releases Mandate Relief Recommendations Proposals Level Local Gov't Playing Field, Lower Costs & Save Taxpayer Dollars

The Independent Democratic Conference today unveiled a series of common sense recommendations that will help local governments tackle state mandates, save money, and help ease the burden on taxpayers.

These recommendations, which were made in consultation with the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials, include helping municipalities save money by revamping laws that allow local governments enter into employee benefit cooperatives; cut down on the costs of prescription drug access; and enacting legislation to allow communities to hold building code scofflaws accountable.

January 20, 2011
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IDC Releases Mandate Relief Recommendations

Proposals Level Local Gov't Playing Field, Lower Costs & Save Taxpayer Dollars 

The Independent Democratic Conference today unveiled a series of common sense recommendations that will help local governments tackle state mandates, save money, and help ease the burden on taxpayers.  

January 19, 2011
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IDC Releases Mandate Relief Recommendations

 Proposals Level Local Gov't Playing Field, Lower Costs & Save Taxpayer Dollars

The Independent Democratic Conference today unveiled a series of common sense recommendations that will help local governments tackle state mandates, save money, and help ease the burden on taxpayers.

File: 
IDC School Mandate Relief Report.pdf

January 19, 2011
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