Issues: Local Government

SENATOR LAVALLE COMMENTS ON OPERATION IMPACT GRANTS

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle was pleased to learn of the recent Operation IMPACT grant awarded to Suffolk County.  Under the program, the county will receive over $1.2 million to support crime-fighting and violence reduction activities.

 

July 30, 2010
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10 Questions for Krueger and Gottfried on Illegal Hotel Bill

The campaign to crack down on illegal hotels is coming to a head. State Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried will join tenants, housing rights advocates and other state and city officials at a rally tomorrow to urge Governor David Paterson to sign into law the illegal hotel bill they sponsored. The bill aims to free New York City agencies to enforce the law against illegal hotels -- apartments designated as permanent residences that are improperly used as transient hotel rooms. The legislation already passed the Senate and the Assembly. Krueger and Gottfried talked to The Real Deal about how illegal hotels have threatened the city's tenants, affordable housing stock and tourists, where they've spread and how this bill is designed to cease their expansion.

July 29, 2010
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Governor Signs Illegal Hotels Bill to Protect Residents, Increase Apartment Availability

For Immediate Release: July 23, 2010

Contact: Katie Kincaid - kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com - (646) 784-0485

(New York, NY) Tenants and tourists in New York City will be protected by a new law that makes it clear that operating a residential apartment as a transient hotel is illegal in New York City. The bill (S.6873/A.10008), sponsored by State Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried, will put an end to the rampant spread of illegal hotels by clarifying ambiguities in State and City laws which made it impossible for government agencies to effectively crack down on offenders and protect residents. Governor Paterson signed the bill into law today.

July 26, 2010
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EDITORIAL: Shared services, good government

Press-Republican -- July 23, 2010

The push for municipal governments to share services and consolidate programs to save money has Franklin County officials talking, and they have approached Essex County supervisors as partners.

To read more click HERE.

July 23, 2010
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Staten Island state senators against 'nanny' laws to ban youngsters from tanning salons, 'sexting'

Published: Monday, July 19, 2010, 8:14 AM     Updated: Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 8:17 AM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- It's one thing for parents to try to enforce their kids' good behavior -- and quite another for state government to try to step in and do it for them.

"Some things are harmful to your health and some things you need your parents' permission for," said state Sen. Diane Savino, "but where do we cross the line between having a nanny state and passing laws to protect kids? Are we, as lawmakers, trying to substitute our judgment for the judgment of parents?"

July 22, 2010
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Rising Times: COUNCIL PASSES CITY BUDGET THAT PROVIDES RESOURCES FOR MAYOR TO RESTORE JOBS & SERVICES

Bi-Partisanship Effort Amongst Members is Key to Approval

The Yonkers City Council tonight voted 6-1 to approve the City’s FY 2010-11 Budget and provide the mayor with the necessary financial resources to restore essential services and jobs. Councilmember Joan Gronowski voted against its adoption.

The budget’s passage follows an announcement earlier today by NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, NYS Senator Jeff Klein, NYS Assemblyman Mike Spano and NYS Assemblyman Gary Pretlow that $36.4 million in educational aid was being returned to Yonkers for school funding.

July 16, 2010
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History of The New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus

HISTORY

In 1917, The New York State Assembly elected its first Black American legislator, Mr.Edward A. Johnson, and in 1937 Assemblyman Oscar Garcia Rivera was the first American of Puerto Rican heritage to be elected in the State Assembly. From those small victories, slowly, two became three, three became four, and four became many. Presently the Caucus has a total of 48 members within the State Assembly and Senate.

July 16, 2010
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The People’s Budget Equity XVIII Report

Click on the link below to view the full Equity XVIII Report...

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Budget Euilty XVIII Report.pdf

July 15, 2010
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Agreement to Restore Yonkers Education Funding

Today, we are happy to announce that working with Senator Sampson, Assembly Speaker Silver, State Comptroller DiNapoli, and Governor Paterson, an agreement has been reached which enables the City of Yonkers to adopt and certify its budget to include the $36.4 million in education funding that had been vetoed.

July 14, 2010
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Senator Eric. T. Schneiderman Shepherds Historic Anti-Fraud Taxpayer Protection Measure Through Legislature

Schneiderman’s leadership in cracking down on fraud is heralded by whistleblowers, local governments, school boards, labor, and taxpayer advocates Makes New York’s Anti-Fraud Whistle-Blower Law Strongest in Nation

July 1, 2010
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Legislature Passes Oppenheimer Smart Growth Bill

Legislation combats sprawl and promotes environmentally sound infrastructure development 

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce passage of her bill, the State Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act (S.5560B/A.8011B), which will combat modern development practices that have contributed to urban and suburban sprawl.  The legislation passed both houses of the legislature last week and will now be sent to the Governor for his consideration.

June 29, 2010
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Budget Protects Schools, Provides Property Tax Relief And Makes Smart Spending Cuts

The Senate Democratic Majority has passed both the Education, Labor and Family Assistance (ELFA: S6603/S6607) and the Health and Human Services (HHS: S6604/A6608) budget bills which:

Protects our children’s education.
Provides much-needed property tax relief.
Makes the smart spending cuts to give New Yorkers a government they can afford.
Maintains the state’s investment in the Tuition Assistance Program which helps tens of thousands of students succeed in college annually.
Ensures support for unemployed New Yorkers who are seeking work as a result of the national economic downturn.
Delivers the services and programs most important to the health and well being of our seniors and New Yorkers with disabilities.

 

June 28, 2010
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Budget Protects Schools, Provides Property Tax Relief And Makes Smart Spending Cuts

The Senate Democratic Majority has passed both the Education, Labor and Family Assistance (ELFA: S6603/S6607) and the Health and Human Services (HHS: S6604/A6608) budget bills which:

June 28, 2010
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Legislation to Audit Local Government Subsidiary Organizations

Today, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District – D/WF), Chair of the Senate Local Government Committee, announced that the Senate has approved legislation (S7909) to empower the State Comptroller to conduct audits of local government subsidiary organizations. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli drafted the legislation, which Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins introduced and passed in the Senate with an overwhelming 53-7 majority.

June 24, 2010
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Budget Agreement Provides Critical Aid to Yonkers

This year has been very difficult for the City of Yonkers and for the State of New York. In the wake of a multi-million dollar deficit crisis, Mayor Amicone has proposed layoffs and drastic cuts in services in order to close the City's budget gap. We have made a commitment to the residents of Yonkers that we would fight to try to avoid his doomsday scenario. Today we have reached a budget agreement that will make this a reality.

June 18, 2010
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Blueprint For A Smarter, Safer NY Infrastructure: Majority Legislative Package To Improve Quality Of Life For Communities Statewide, Enact Cost-Savings

As parts of its strategy to rebuild New York’s through cutting edge infrastructure and economic development, the Senate Democratic Majority developed and approved a blueprint (Complete Streets/Smart Growth) for safer roads and highways across the state, which will cut costs for municipalities and improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers. This 3-bill legislative package will help urban, rural and residential communities put into motion:

June 18, 2010
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Senate OKs Review of State Laws Affecting Local Governments

 The New York State Senate today gave final legislative approval of legislation that would require a commission to review state statutes affecting local governments and provide recommendations to eliminate duplications.

 The bill, sponsored by Senator Betty Little, passed the Assembly in February.

June 18, 2010
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NEW LAW EXTENDS BONDING PROVISIONS FOR EAST HAMPTON

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that the Governor has signed into law a measure he sponsored in the Senate that would allow the Town of East Hampton to authorize an additional $15 million in serial bonds to address deficits which occurred in the 2007, 2008, and 2009 fiscal years.

June 16, 2010
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Legislative Activity For June 14, 2010: Senate Passes Legislation To Keep Government Working, Reduce Spending And More

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation to keep government working, preserving essential services used to support employment, health, public safety, transportation, and education related programs, while achieving nearly $330 million spending reductions to close the budget gap.

June 14, 2010
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