Issues: Local Government

Extreme Makeover New York

ONEONTA, 01/07/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today outlined his legislative agenda for the 2011 session of the New York State Senate.  Seward’s plan, dubbed “Extreme Makeover: New York” focuses on smart budget cuts, property tax relief, economic development and government reform.  

“New York is ready for a complete overhaul.  My ‘Extreme Makeover: New York’ initiative includes calculated cost cutting that will provide our state with financial stability, tax relief that will help people with their own bottom line, business stimulating actions aimed at jumpstarting job growth and government reforms to restore public confidence in Albany.

January 7, 2011
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Queensbury Supervisor Dan Stec sworn in as Warren County chairman


DON LEHMAN - dlehman@poststar.com | Posted: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 4:41 pm

QUEENSBURY - Dan Stec, the new chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, wants to spread the work around.

So Stec has assigned every member of the Board of Supervisors a committee chairmanship, but none have more than two. That's a departure from the past policy of senior members getting multiple chairmanships, while junior members often didn't chair any.

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January 6, 2011
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Restore Voice of Rural New York

One of the legislative assignments I most enjoyed during the course of 32 years of service in the State Legislature was my tenure as the head of a joint, bipartisan group known as the Legislative Commission on the Development of Rural Resources.

That took place from 2005 to 2009, when my chairmanship ended following the Democratic takeover over the Senate.  Although I stayed on as a commission member for the past two years, it seemed to lose some of its stature and standing within the Legislature. 

December 13, 2010
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Senator Krueger Joins Public Advocate Bill de Blasio to Help Tenants Left Out In the Cold

Today, Senator Liz Krueger joined Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and members of the New York City Council to bring awareness to the fact that far too many landlords are neglecting to provide tenants with basic services like heat and hot water.

Senator Krueger and Public Advocate de Blasio have vowed to work together to bring more attention to this matter and ensure that the necessary steps are taken so that landlords no longer have the financial incentives to break the law.

Learn more about H.E.A.T. Act.

 

December 8, 2010
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Summary of 2010 Cities Committee Action

Senator Shirley L. Huntley, Chair of Senate Committee on Cities

November, 2010 Summary of 2010 Cities Committee Action Update.

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Summary of 2010 Cities Committee Action.pdf

December 1, 2010
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Property Tax Cap - Just A Start

ALBANY, 08/03/10 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today voted in favor of senate bill 67005 establishing a property tax cap for school districts and local governments.

Seward says while the property tax cap will help keep taxes in check it is only part of the answer.  He says meaningful mandate relief is needed to help overburdened local governments and school districts effectively cut costs.

The bill was sent to the assembly.

October 20, 2010
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Senator Suzi Oppenheimer named AIANYS Legislator of the Year

The American Institute of Architects New York State (AIANYS) has named Senator Suzi Oppenheimer as its “2010 Legislator of the Year”. The award recognizes outstanding contributions in advancing the legislative priorities of AIANYS. Senator Oppenheimer is receiving the award for her sponsorship of the Smart Growth Initiative, which was recently signed into law.

October 19, 2010
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Public Hearing: NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: Impact of member item reduction on small and mid-size not-for-profit community based organizations

This is a The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Member Item Reduction Impact on Small and Mid-size Not-for-profit Community-based Organizations Event. You can read the document in the embed below or download the file at the bottom of the page.

New York State Senate Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative CaucusChair: Senator Ruth Hassell-ThompsonPublic Hearing: Impact of member item reduction on small and mid-size not-for-profit community based organizationsPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Jamar S. Hooks (518) 455-5347Media Contact: Lisa King (518) 455-2401ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

October 20, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Public Policy Agenda Report

This is a The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Public Policy Agenda Report. You can read the document in the embed below or download the file at the bottom of the page.

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Public Policy Agenda Report

October 8, 2010
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The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus 2010 Calendar

This is a The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus 2010 Calendar. You can read the document in the embed below or download the file at the bottom of the page.

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The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus 2010 Calendar

October 8, 2010
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The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus 2009-10 Budget Equity XIX Report

This is a The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus 2009-10 Budget Equity XIX Report. You can read the document in the embed below or download the file at the bottom of the page.

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2009-10 Budget Equity XIX Report

October 8, 2010
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The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

This is a The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. This tribute is to Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Isabel Allende, Oscar De La Hoya and Cesar Chavez. Thank you for paving the way. You can read the document in the embed below or download the file at the bottom of the page.

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Tribute and Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.pdf

October 8, 2010
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New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Celebrating Black History 365 Days a Year

This is The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Celebrating Black History 365 Days a Year. This tribute is to Shirley Chisholm, Percy Sutton and Rosa Parks. Thank you for paving the way. You can read the document in the embed below or download the file at the bottom of the page.

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Shirley_Sutton_RosaParks_PBHM11x17poster.pdf

October 8, 2010
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The Remarks of Senator Andrea-Stewart-Cousins New York State Association of Counties Annual Legislative Conference The Desmond Hotel, Albany, New York Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Thank you Bill (Ryan) for that kind introduction – I had the privilege of serving with Bill for almost a decade on the Westchester County Legislature…which is also the reason that there are so many other familiar faces here today -- thank you all for your warm reception. 

President Thomas Santulli, (Chemung County Executive), Mike Breslin (Albany’s own County Executive), my friend Steve Acquario, (Executive Director of NYSAC), the NYSAC Board of Directors and all of the leaders of our counties -- the important members of this distinguished and accomplished organization, thank you so much for this opportunity to be here with you today.   

September 30, 2010
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You Should Veto 'Unfunded and Unfeasible' FDNY Training Bill, Mayor Bloomberg Tells Gov. Paterson

BY Erin Einhorn DAILY NEWS CITY HALL BUREAU

Thursday, September 30th 2010, 4:00 AM

Mayor Bloomberg is imploring Gov. Paterson to douse an FDNY training bill that he says would burn taxpayers for nearly $30 million.

The Legislature-approved proposal, now sitting on Paterson's desk, would force the city to give all FDNY officers 80 additional hours of rigorous training in new building codes that were instituted in the wake of the tragic 2007 blaze at the former Deutsche Bank building.

"In order to prevent a tragedy from happening again, we've got to train the fire officers," said state Sen. Diane Savino (D-S.I.), the bill's sponsor.

September 30, 2010
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Seward Ensures Timely Completion Of Otsego County Bridge Project

ONEONTA, 09/30/10 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) announced today that replacement of an Otsego County bridge has been expedited due to recent discussions with the local utility.

“A reconstructed Brooker Hollow Road bridge will provide safe passage to school students, families and individuals who rely on the span on a daily basis,” said Senator Seward.  “Completing the job as quickly as possible will alleviate any long term inconvenience.”

September 30, 2010
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LEGISLATION TO ELIMINATE INACTIVE PUBLIC AUTHORITIES

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced that she has introduced legislation (S8165A) to eliminate 118 public authorities and agencies that are no longer active. The 118 authorities, located across New York State, include defunct industrial development agencies, community development agencies, urban renewal agencies and various other public authorities.

“This legislation reduces the size of government, eliminating more than 15% of the public authorities in the State of New York. This is an important step in curbing excessive spending and hiring practices of public authorities and agencies. They operate as autonomous organizations without accountability, and create a huge financial burden on taxpayers,” said Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District – D/WF).

September 27, 2010
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Morristown Thanks Aubertine for $3.335 million in Grants

Grants save taxpayers, offset cost of sewer and garage upgrades, fund summer reading program

MORRISTOWN (September 18, 2010)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine met with officials and residents from the town and village of Morristown in the village’s historic library today to announce four grants totaling $3.335 million in state funding secured by the Senator for the town and village sewer project, an energy efficiency project at the town highway garage, and the town library’s summer reading program.

September 18, 2010
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