Issues: Local Government

NYS Senator Patrick Gallivan Discusses Unfunded Mandate Relief for Local Gov't.

Medicaid Opt-Out Legislation Approved In Committee

February 16, 2011
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Senator Martins Legislative Report

Senator Jack M. Martins discusses the latest news from Albany in his legislative report.

February 15, 2011
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LaValle Invites Budget Stakeholders to Provide Input, Grassroots Effort Examines Budget and Local Impact.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,I, C – Port Jefferson) today said he is conducting a broad, grassroots examination of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s  proposed executive budget and meeting with local stakeholders to hear firsthand how the budget impacts local groups, organizations and individuals.

“The State has a $10 billion budget gap that demands we realign priorities, eliminate waste and make very difficult decisions about programs and services,” LaValle said. “We have a $130 billion budget and must work within its footprint.”

“I am determined that the budget process be open and transparent,” LaValle said.

February 15, 2011
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Lifesaving Legislation Receives Senate Approval

ALBANY, 02/14/11 – The New York State Senate today passed potentially lifesaving legislation (S.2387) that would allow emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to carry an automated external defibrillator (AED) in their personal vehicles.

“Clearing the way for trained first responders to carry AEDs at all times could be the difference between life and death for a heart attack patient,” Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta), Chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee said.  “By cutting away bureaucratic red-tape and ensuring trained emergency professionals have the tools they need, lives can be saved.”

February 14, 2011
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Senator Ball Hosts Local Elected Officials Summit

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.

February 14, 2011
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Public Hearing: Senate Hearing on Mandate Relief and Real Property Tax Caps

Senator Jack M. Martins, chair of the Standing Committee on Local Government, and Senator John Flanagan, chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Education, will be co-sponsoring a hearing on mandate relief. “The True Path to Reducing New York’s Real Property Tax Burden: Mandate Relief and Tax Caps” will focus on the issues of Real Property Tax Reductions, Mandate Relief, and how the State of New York can accomplish both. The two Committees will be soliciting testimony on what policies and mechanisms can be used to accomplish these goals, as well as what impacts such policies and mechanisms will have upon taxpayers, local governments, school districts, labor, businesses and jobs.

February 17, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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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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