Issues: Local Government

Seward Surveys Safety Concerns At Greene County Hiking Area

Hudson-Catskill Newspapers

HUNTER, 09/15/10 — NYS Senator James Seward, R-Milford, and NYS Assemblyman Pete Lopez, R-Schoharie, met with emergency response leaders and local government officials in the Town of Hunter on Tuesday to discuss how to increase safety for hikers in the Platte Clove and Kaaterskill Falls areas.

The meeting came in the wake of recent fatalities in both areas, and Seward has called for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to investigate what can be done to ensure hikers on State Forest Preserve lands do not fall to their deaths.

“We’re here to gather facts, information, and ammunition,” said Seward, “so that we can continue to press our case with DEC to take some action.”

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September 15, 2010

Joint Bidding Bill

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: September 10, 2010Media Contact: Lisa King /(404) 587-4496 /

Senator Huntley: Joint Bidding Bill Signed Into Law

Legislation would make construction more efficient with time, funds

(Jamaica, NY) Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) celebrated the signing of her legislation (S. 6844) that would allow joint bidding on construction contracts. The new law authorizes New York City to include in a contract for public works relating to the Third Water Tunnel in Manhattan any work deemed necessary to accommodate energy, telecommunications and other private facilities or structures not owned by New York City which are within or adjacent to the construction area of the project.

September 10, 2010

IDA Accountability & Oversight Legislation Signed Into Law

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District – D/WF) introduced and passed legislation (S7876) which was signed into law last week to enable the Yonkers City Council to appoint one member to the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency (YIDA). Most cities across the State of New York require a specific number of members of Industrial Development Agency boards to be appointed by the governing boards of their municipalities.

September 8, 2010

Mayor Feinstein Announces New Revenue Source to Lessen Property Tax Burden on Residents and Businesses


Joined by Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) and Assemblyman George Latimer (D-Rye), Mayor Joan Feinstein today announced passage of legislation that will allow the Village of Rye Brook to alleviate the property tax burden on businesses and families through a new revenue source – an occupancy charge on Rye Brook hotel rooms.

While property taxes have reached a breaking point in Westchester County, community needs for police, fire, sanitation and other local services, as well as infrastructure maintenance, remain essential.  Faced with declining state aid resulting from the economic downturn, villages, towns and municipalities have urgently sought alternatives to local property taxes to raise much needed revenues.

September 8, 2010

Oppenheimer Smart Growth Bill Becomes Law

Governor signs bill to combat sprawl and promote environmentally sound development

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce that her bill, the State Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act (S.5560B/A.8011B) was signed into law on August 30, 2010.  The new law establishes state smart growth infrastructure criteria and requires state agencies to review and consider these guidelines when allocating funds for public infrastructure projects.

September 7, 2010

Race to the Top Press Conference

Senator Oppenheimer speaks at the press conferenceannouncing New York's victory in the Race to the Top competition.  From Lto R:  Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Speaker Sheldon Silver, Michael Mulgrew,President of the United Federation of Teachers, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer,Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, New York City Counsel SpeakerChristine Quinn

August 25, 2010

Senate Education Chair, Suzi Oppenheimer, Hails New York Educators and Advocates for Race to the Top Victory

Photo Caption:  Senator Oppenheimer listens to Mayor Michael Bloomberg atpress conference announcing New York's winning of $700 million in Race tothe Top funding.  From L to R: Senator John Sampson, Mayor MichaelBloomberg, Michael Mulgrew, Chancellor Merryl Tisch, Christine Quinn,Speaker of the NYC Counsel, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer

August 25, 2010

Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps.

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: August 18, 2010Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | | (518) 455-3531

Senate bill Signed into law which Provides for the Construction of Facilities   for Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps

Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) announced a new amendment (S. 8060) to the public authorities law which provides new facilities for Broad Channel volunteers. Under the Senate’s new law, Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps are now permitted to proceed with construction of new capital facilities for their not-for-profit corporation. The bill is now currently in effect.

August 17, 2010

Senator Foley, Mayor Pate Announce Funding for Bellport Village

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) and Bellport Village Mayor David Pate announced today that Bellport Village will receive $450,000 in capital money from the State of New York.

The funding, secured by Senator Foley, will be used to fund projects in Bellport Village. A total of $300,000 in multi-modal funding will go towards re-vamping the sidewalks in the village and $125,000 in funding from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York will go towards restoring the Bellport Village Community Center.

August 13, 2010


Senator Klein, Generoso Pope Foundation and Village of Tuckahoe Launch New Tuckahoe Trolley


TUCKAHOE, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), Chairman David Pope of the Generoso Pope Foundation and Tuckahoe Mayor John Fitzpatrick launched the new Tuckahoe Trolley on Friday, August 13th. Elected officials and foundation representatives christened the trolley and took an inaugural ride through the village with community members.


“Small businesses are truly the backbone of our community. The Tuckahoe Trolley will make it easier for residents of Eastchester, Tuckahoe, and Bronxville to shop right in their own backyard and pump much needed funds into our local economy,” said State Senator Jeff Klein.


August 13, 2010

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer Stands with Women's Advocacy Groups to Urge Governor Paterson to Enact New Protections for Domestic Violence Survivors

While violent crime overall has declined in recent years, violence against loved ones is on the rise.  In 2008, intimate partner homicides increased 25% statewide and 45% in counties outside New York City.  Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck), joined by representatives from the Pace Women’s Justice Center, My Sisters’ Place, Hope’s Door and Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, today called on Governor Paterson to sign into law sweeping legislation to strengthen the rights and protections of domestic violence survivors and increase the criminal penalties for domestic abuse.

August 10, 2010

Little not big on Little City plan

By CHRIS KNIGHT, Enterprise Senior Staff Writer POSTED: August 5, 2010

SARANAC LAKE - State Sen. Betty Little cast doubt this week on the prospects of the village becoming a city, saying the chances are slim without the support of the three towns and two counties that overlap the village boundaries.

"They can try to become a city, but looking at the big picture, the likelihood of it seems remote," Little told the Enterprise Tuesday.

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August 6, 2010


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

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

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

For Immediate Release: July 23, 2010

Contact: Katie Kincaid - - (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

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

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


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

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


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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