This morning I stood with my colleagues in the state Legislature, Assembly Minority Leader Pro Tem Tony Jordan and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, as we unveiled -- and advocated for -- new legislation, the “Casino Gaming Transparency Act,” at a press conference in Saratoga Springs. The Act would help shed light on the Governor’s casino siting process and add important protections and assurances to the communities that currently host horse racing and VLT gaming.
The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.
Highlights of the Executive Budget:
· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.
· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.
State Senator George Latimer has been named the Ranking Minority Member on the State Senate’s Education Committee, his office announced today. Latimer will now be the leading advocate for the Democrats on educational issues in the New York State Senate. Senator John Flanagan of Long Island is currently the Chairman of the Education Committee.
While many people across the state are missing the sunny skies and warm temperatures, there’s another part of the population that’s welcoming the cool weather and shorter days with open arms: sportsmen.
Hunting and fishing are two of the most popular forms of outdoor recreation in New York State. In fact, nearly 700,000 New Yorkers, and more than 50,000 people from out of state take to our forests, streams and fields every season to take advantage of the wide variety of terrain and wildlife we have to offer.
Queens, NY, June 26, 2012 -- NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., a member of the Senate's Racing, Gaming & Wagering Committee, has released the following statement on last Thursday's vote -- the last day of the 2012 legislative session in Albany:
Queens, NY, June 5, 2012 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.(D-Howard Beach), released the following statement today regarding Governor Cuomo’s recent remarks to the press on the proposed new Resorts World Convention Center and the reported collapse of negotiations with Genting: