Issues: Local Government

Promoting Intermunicpal Cooperation for Shared Highway Services

This publication, provides a sample resolution for use by local governing bodies to authorize the sharing of machinery, maintenance and equipment, and lending or borrowing of materials and supplies. It also offers a sample memorandum which may be used by highway officials when equipment is rented or loaned or material is exchanged or borrowed pursuant to such authorization.

August 30, 2009
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Model Local Resolution: Municipal Provision of the Services of a Building Inspector/Zoning Enforcement Officer/Code Enforcement Officer For Another Municipality

August 28, 2009
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Ossining Village Fair- June 2009

From Left to Right: Supreme Court Judge Fran Connelly, Catherine Borgia- Supervisior of the Town of Ossining, Sue Donnelly- Trustee of the Village of Ossining, State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer, and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef.  

August 27, 2009
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SENATOR GOLDEN BLASTS GOVERNOR’S “MONEY FOR NOTHING” PLAN

 

Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today blasted Governor Paterson’s "Back-to-School" program’s lack of transparency and accountability. The Governor’s plan would cost taxpayers approximately $140 million by providing $200 per child to all welfare and food stamp recipient whether they are complying with program requirements.

 

August 11, 2009
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GREENWAY EXPANSION READY TO BE MADE PERMANENT

The Hudson River Valley Greenway has proven to be a positive influence in the region.  It has encouraged better local planning and provided funds for beautification around the region.

When the Greenway was created, it excluded communities in the Catskill State Park.  In 2006, I wrote the legislation - which became law to allow those communities in Ulster County to participate, regardless of whether or not they are in the Catskill Park.

July 17, 2009
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Senate At Work; Hundreds Of Bills Passed

Economic Development & Job Creation Initiatives Mark Legislative Session

July 17, 2009
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Saving Taxpayers’ Dollars by Consolidating our Local Governments

Saving your tax dollars is one of my top priorities. That is why I recently voted “yes” on a bill to empower citizens and local officials to significantly reduce the size and cost of their local governments. The bill, which I cosponsored, passed the New York State Senate and Assembly, and was signed into law by the Governor.

July 9, 2009
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Breakfast Of Champions

By Elizabeth Benjamin: The Daily Politics

The four amigos broke bread again today, this time meeting for their version of a power breakfast at the restaurant in Albany's Crowne Plaza hotel.

July 7, 2009
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Diaz Sr. To Paterson: Come And Get Me

By Elizabeth Benjamin of The Daily Politics

Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., the gift that keeps on giving as far as this coup-weary reporter is concerned, reiterated that plans to be in church in the Bronx on Sunday and all-but dared Gov. David Paterson to send the State Police in to drag him back to Albany.

July 2, 2009
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Local Government Committee Meeting

Agenda attached below as PDF

June 10, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Delivers Closing Remarks On Local Government Consolidation Bill

On June 3rd, 2009, Sentator Stewart-Cousins delivered remarks about the local government consolidation bill before it passed with bipartisan support. For more information on the bill, read the Official NYSenate Blog post here.

June 4, 2009
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Senator Stachowski Explains his vote on Consolidation Bill

Senators Stachowski dicusses his co-sponsorship and 'Yes' vote on an important bill authored by Attorney General Adrew Cuomo.

June 4, 2009
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO COSPONSORS BILL TO PROMOTE LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONSOLIDATION

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today announced that a bill (S5661) he cosponsored, to empower citizens and local officials to significantly reduce the size and cost of local government, has passed the New York State Senate. The legislation was first initiated by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

June 4, 2009
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Power to the People: Local Government Consolidation Bill Passes Senate

New Yorkers are about to be given unprecedented power to change their local governments.

Today, the State Senate joined the Assembly to tackle a problem last addressed by Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932 — how to let citizens and their elected representatives consolidate or dissolve our state’s unusually large number of local governments. More efficient delivery of local services through consolidation will mean lower local property taxes for New Yorkers.

June 3, 2009
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Joint Hearing On Property Tax Assessment

The Senate Standing Committee on Local Government and the Assembly Standing Committee on Real Property Taxation will be holding a public hearing on Monday, June 1, 2009 to evaluate the effectiveness of current real property assessment practices.  The public, local officials and academic experts will discuss the effectiveness of current real property assessment practices in producing fair and equitable assessments across New York State.  

June 1, 2009
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Local Government Committee Meeting

Agenda attached below

June 3, 9:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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