Issues: Miscellaneous

Sen. Little: Gov. Cuomo called Trudeau chairman

Senator says Institute is being ‘wooed’ by other states

January 20, 2011

January 21, 2011
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Senator Gianaris, Assemblywoman Simotas And Congresswoman Maloney Sworn In At Special Ceremony

Queens, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas were sworn in to their respective legislative seats in front of hundreds of western Queens residents and citywide and statewide political and community leaders. during a special joint inauguration ceremony.

January 21, 2011
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SENATOR SKELOS NAMES MARTY GOLDEN AS SENATE MAJORITY REP TO MTA CAPITAL PROGRAM REVIEW BOARD

New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos today appointed Senator Martin Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn) as the Senate Majority’s representative to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Capital Program Review Board.

The Board is responsible for overseeing and approving the MTA’s five year capital spending programs.  The last full 5-year MTA capital plan totaled more than $21 billion.

January 20, 2011
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NYS Senator Greg Ball comments on new Senate Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act legislation

NYS Senator Greg Ball comments on new Senate Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act legislation.

January 20, 2011
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NYS Senator Jack M. Martins Reacts to the State of the State message and district priorities

NYS Senator Jack M. Martins recently commented on the State of the State message and touched on his district priorities.

January 20, 2011
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Martins Sponsors NYS Senate Resolution Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"I was very honored and privileged to be a sponsor of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. resolution passed by the New York State today. Dr. King's message and legacy of equality, opportunity and empowerment has motivated and challenged generations of young people. His words not only have meaning and purpose, but have given hope to all of us."
 
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Senator Jack M. Martins discusses the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. resolution on the floor of the New York State Senate with Elmont resident and community liaison Franklin Thomas.

January 20, 2011
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Reiterating the Need for a Hospital on Manhattan's Lower West Side

In light of the decision by the judge handling the St. Vincent's Hospital bankruptcy case to approve St. Vincent's retention of a real estate advisor, I joined New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and our other local elected officials in sending a strongly-worded letter to St. Vincent's Chief Restructuring Officer Mark Toney regarding the disposition of the properties.  Since, regrettably, we have not heard from Mr. Toney, our primary contact with St. Vincent's, in quite some time, we reached out to him to reiterate the necessity of restoring a full acute care hospital and a 24-hour emergency room on Manhattan's Lower West Side.

January 20, 2011
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Senator David Valesky Joins Groundbreaking Independent Democratic Conference

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) announced his departure from the Senate Democratic Conference and the formation of a third legislative conference, along with three of his Democratic colleagues, Senators Jeffrey D. Klein, Diane Savino, and David Carlucci. 

January 20, 2011
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SENATOR MARTY GOLDEN, MEMBER OF THE SENATE HEALTH COMMITTEE, JOINS WITH HEALTHCARE EXPERTS TO DETERMINE BEST METHODS TO REFORM MEDICAID

Albany- Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), joined with other members of the Senate Health Committee and health care experts earlier this week during a public roundtable to discuss the most effective and efficient methods to reform New York State’s Medicaid program.

“We have to stop talking about it, and start implementing, serious systematic changes and for the benefit of all New Yorkers, our hospitals, nursing homes and other components of our health care system. If we do not redesign the system and put cost efficient mechanisms in place, the financial impact to our State and the quality of care available to New Yorkers will be devastated,” said Senator Marty Golden.

January 20, 2011
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Senator Gallivan Announces Passage of Job Creation and Taxpayers Protection Act

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), joined with Senate colleagues this morning to announce an aggressive fiscal reform package, the Job Creation and Taxpayers Protection Act of 2011.  The package aims to grow private sector jobs while demanding fiscal responsibility from government, primarily through a state spending cap and establishing a two-thirds “super-majority” vote threshold to enact any tax increase.

“For New York State’s working families and small businesses to survive we need to reduce taxes and control state spending. That is the only responsible action, and I am proud that it is the first action the new Senate Majority is taking,” said Gallivan.

January 19, 2011
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Senator Gallivan: “UB 2020 Is Western New York’s Top Priority”

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma) joined with the rest of the Western New York Legislative Delegation this morning at the University at Buffalo’s North campus to send a unified message to Governor Cuomo that the implementation of UB 2020, the University’s long term growth and development strategy, is the region’s and the delegation’s principle legislative concern.

Legislation sponsored by Gallivan and four of his Western New York Senate colleagues allowing for the implementation of UB 2020 through public education policy reforms was unveiled at the press conference this morning. A letter signed by the delegation urging the Governor to include the necessary provisions in his soon-to-be-released executive budget proposal was also released.

January 19, 2011
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Gallivan Selected to Chair Social Services and Children and Families Committees

Patrick M. Gallivan (R, C, I  – Elma), announced today that he was selected as chair of two very important State Senate committees; Social Services, and Children and Families.

“New York State faces serious challenges, first among them are the out-of-control government spending and the spiraling costs of Medicaid. I am honored that Senator Skelos has demonstrated his faith in my abilities by granting me the opportunity to chair the committee that will lead the fight to reform Medicaid and combat the system’s instances of waste, fraud and abuse, while at the same time ensuring that services are available for those who depend on them,” said Gallivan.

January 19, 2011
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SENATOR GRISANTI TO HOLD SWEARING-IN CEREMONY AT CANISIUS COLLEGE

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (60th District) will hold his local swearing-in ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 22 at the Montante Cultural Center at Canisius College.Grisanti, who was formally sworn in earlier this month during a ceremony in Albany, is a graduate of Canisius College.

January 19, 2011
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GRISANTI SUPPORTS LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CONSTITUENTS

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (60th District) and New York State Assemblyman John Ceretto (138th District) today voiced their support of the introduction of legislation by New York State Assemblyman Philip Boyle (8th District) that calls for the creation of a bill that would make it a misdemeanor for any elected official who destroys public documents.At a press conference held this morning in Albany, Boyle shared details of his proposal in a bipartisan announcement of legislation that would make it a crime, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $25,000 fine, for any elected official to knowingly destroy "open" constituent case files. Both Grisanti and Ceretto discovered their immediate predecessors have destroyed existing constituent case files.  Of

January 19, 2011
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RITCHIE JOB CREATION PLAN PASSES SENATE

$5,000 Tax Credit Aims to Put New Yorkers Back To WorkState Senator Patty Ritchie (R,C-Heuvelton) today announced Senate approval of a plan to provide a $5000 tax credit to businesses that create new jobs.It’s the same tax credit plan outlined by Ritchie in her successful campaign for State Senate, and the cornerstone of a sweeping package of measures, dubbed the “Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act,” that aim to jumpstart the Upstate economy, rein in runaway state spending and make it harder for Albany to raise taxes."With an unemployment rate in Oswego, Jefferson and St.

January 19, 2011
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Community members attend Senator McDonald's swearing in ceremony at TEC-SMART

Senator Roy McDonald hosted a swearing-in ceremony to kick-off  his second term representing the 43rd Senate District. The event took place at Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART facility in Malta.

January 19, 2011
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McDonald Supports Job Creation Proposal & Taxpayer Protection Act

Albany – January 19, 2011 - Senator Roy McDonald today voted in favor of a proposal aimed to encourage the creation of new private sector jobs and ensure fiscal responsibility in New York government. Of particular importance, is the enactment of a two percent state spending cap and requiring a two-thirds “super majority” vote to increase taxes.

January 19, 2011
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