Issues: Local Government

Forum/Town Hall: Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency Examines spending at the New York State Department of Transportation

Senate Task Force on Government EfficiencyChair:    Senator Jeffrey KleinPublic Forum:    Examining spending at the New York State Department of TransportationPlace:    Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany,  New YorkTime:    1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.Contact:    Gwendolyn Bluemich (518) 455-3598Media Contact:    Gwen Rocco (518) 455-3588ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

May 5, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Little: Review State Statutes Affecting Local Governments

The Senate Local Government Committee today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would require a state commission to review thousands of state statutes affecting local governments.

April 19, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Chair 9:00 AM, Wednesday, April 21, 2010 Room 804 LOB

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April 21, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Little government bill passes committee

By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: April 14, 2010

A town cannot have a fire department, but a city or village can. Nor can a town set its own speed limits, while villages can in some instances.

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April 16, 2010
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Governor Signs Open Government Legislation Authored by Senator Valesky

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—In a victory for open government, transparency and accountability, two bills authored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) were signed into law this week.

April 15, 2010
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LITTLE: REVIEW STATE STATUTES AFFECTING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

 

 The Senate Local Government Committee today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would require a state commission to review thousands of state statutes affecting local governments.  

April 14, 2010
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SENATE PASSES KLEIN BILL TO HELP CITIES RAISE REVENUE ON DELINQUENT PROPERTY TAXES

Senator Klein’s Bill Estimated to Raise More Than $50 Million for Local Governments this Year

April 13, 2010
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DNA Info: Intrepid Museum Bid to Bring NASA Space Shuttle to West Side Bolstered by State Senate

By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MIDTOWN WEST — A proposal to bring a space shuttle to the Intrepid Air and Space museum got a boost on Thursday as the state Senate unanimously passed a resolution endorsing the move.

April 13, 2010
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Yonkers Insider: Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Works To Cut Government Waste and Inefficiency

(35th District, NYS) Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, as a member of the Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency, continues to work with her colleagues to examine spending practices in State agencies. Established in March, the Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency was formed to uncover inefficient government spending and develop productive solutions to put taxpayer dollars to better use.

April 13, 2010
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New York Times: Senate Passes Bill to Ease Government Consolidation

The Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would make it easier to cut or consolidate layers of local government in New York, a measure that supporters hailed as a significant step toward relieving tax burdens across the state.

The bill, drafted by the New York State attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, simplifies what is now a byzantine set of laws specifying how voters or government officials can choose to dissolve or merge towns, villages and the hundreds of special districts that provide water, sewage treatment and other services throughout the state…

April 13, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Chair 9:00 AM, Wednesday, April 14, 2010 Room 804 LOB

April 14, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Yonkers Insider: Statement by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Public Authorities Reform Act of 2009

Yonkers Insider (March 1, 2010)

“Today the State of New York moves towards becoming a more transparent and open government. Public authorities such as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which have long operated with limited oversight and public scrutiny, will be more transparent and accountable to the taxpayers due to the implementation of the Public Authorities and Reform Act of 2009…”

April 6, 2010
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Works To Cut Government Waste and Inefficiency

(35th District, NYS) Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, as a member of the Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency, continues to work with her colleagues to examine spending practices in State agencies. Established in March, the Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency was formed to uncover inefficient government spending and develop productive solutions to put taxpayer dollars to better use.

April 6, 2010
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STATE OFFICIALS AGREE TO CHANGE NAME OF LEATHERSTOCKING REGION

(Utica) - Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R/IP/C - Rome) and Assemblywoman RoAnn M. Destito (D-Rome) announced that New York State, for tourism purposes, will be officially retiring the designation “Central Leatherstocking Region” and renaming the seven county area as “Central New York”.

The formerly known “Central Leatherstocking Region” encompasses the seven upstate counties of Broome, Chenango, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie. 

April 5, 2010
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Sen. Foley is Joined by Community Leaders in an Effort to Increase Participation in 2010 Census

Civic leaders and activists from local communities in Suffolk County joined Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) as he called for increased participation in the U.S Census. The 2010 Census awareness event, which took place at the Brentwood Public Library, was centered around relaying the importance of Census participation and giving community members the tools necessary to educate their friends, family, and neighbors about the Census.  

April 1, 2010
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YONKERS CITY COUNCIL ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR SENATOR KLEIN'S CARRYING WHILE INTOXICATED BILL

Yonkers, NY – The Yonkers City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday in favor of a resolution supporting State Senator Jeff Klein’s legislation (S6773) to make it a crime to carry a gun while intoxicated.

“Guns and alcohol are a deadly mix. Putting a stop to carrying while intoxicated is a common sense measure that New York State absolutely must adopt. I applaud the Yonkers City Council for joining me in this fight to protect New Yorkers from gun violence,” said State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester).

March 25, 2010
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WESTCHESTER RESIDENTS SPEAK OUT ON STATE BUDGET

Senator Klein and Westchester Delegation Hold Public Budget Hearing

WHITE PLAINS, NY- State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and the NYS Senate's Westchester Delegation listened to more than two-dozen Westchester residents, community groups, businesses, and local elected officials at a public budget hearing in Greenburgh on Friday. Community members expressed their concerns regarding high property taxes, the burden of the MTA Payroll tax, potential cuts in state aid to municipalities, and a wide range of other issues.

March 19, 2010
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PUTTING MONEY BACK IN NEW YORKERS’ POCKETS

Senator Klein and Majority Members Pass Real Property and School Tax Relief Bill

ALBANY – State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein and Senate Majority Democrats passed Property Tax Relief legislation aimed at reversing New York’s skyrocketing property taxes. The legislation, passed Thursday in a 58-1 vote, would put more money back in the pockets of middle income families and seniors.

March 18, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Chair 9:00 AM, Wednesday, March 24, 2010 Room 804 LOB

March 24, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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SENATE PASSES KLEIN BILL TO GENERATE VITAL REVENUE

Senator Klein’s Video Lottery Terminal Legislation Expected to Generate $100 Million Annually

ALBANY – State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced on Wednesday that the Senate passed legislation to expand hours and types of games for video lottery terminals (VLTs). Klein’s bill (S.706-D) is expected to generate an additional $100 million annually for state aid to education. There are currently more than 13,000 video lottery gaming machines at horse racing tracks across the state.

March 17, 2010
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