Nothing is more important than creating jobs and keeping our economy moving. Since joining the selection process, I have consistently supported the selection of a bidder capable of breaking ground quickly to give New Yorkers the opportunity for gainful employment during these tough economic times.
Senator Jose M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D- Setauket), Chairs of the Assembly and Senate Committees overseeing State Parks, joined with colleagues from both sides of the aisle and advocates on Wednesday to discuss and oppose the devastating cuts to parks in Governor David A. Paterson’s proposed Executive Budget for FY 2010-11.
New York State approved VLT gambling for Aqueduct Racetrack eight years ago. Now, two Governors later, VLTs are still not up and running at Aqueduct, a community's in a frustrated limbo, and our cash-strapped state is still not realizing much-needed income.
State Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-IP-C, Rome) today condemned the Governor’s Budget proposal to “sweep” $5 million dollars from the snowmobile trail development and maintenance fund into the general fund over the next several years.
New York State Senator Eric Adams, Chairman, convened a meeting of his Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering at 9:30 AM Tuesday, February 9, 2010 in Room 124 of the Capitol.
The first order of business was remarks, followed by the questioning of Charles J Diamond, Governor Paterson’s nominee to the New York State Racing and Wagering Board. The committee then took up its legislative agenda, consisting of the following bills:
Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations and Senator Eric Adams (D-Prospect Heights), Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering, will be holding a joint hearing on the fiscal condition of the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and how thoroughbred racing in New York compares to other states.
I wish to commend the Governor on his selection of an operator for Aqueduct; the development is of major importance to the thoroughbred industry in New York and to the State as a whole, especially during our current economic and budget crises. The project will provide a significant economic engine for the future, and it will supply many much-needed jobs and stimulate our economy.
Nothing is more important than creating jobs and getting our economy moving again. New Yorkers have waited long enough for the Aqueduct agreement to be reached, and now we have to ensure the real work begins as soon as possible. The Aqueduct project will generate substantial upfront and ongoing revenues to help New York through the current fiscal crisis, and the creation of construction trades jobs, service jobs, and tourism revenues will help place New York on solid financial footing well into the future.
Quote from NYS Senator Eric Adams concerning NYC OTB layoffs: “Despite the most harrowing economic conditions since the Great Depression, NYC OTB has notified the New York State Department of Labor that it intends to dismiss 1,320 workers. With unemployment running at an extraordinarily high level, it is regrettable that NYC OTB has begun implementing a plan to wind down the corporation’s operations before it has submitted to the legislature any fully drafted course of action.
Senator Craig M. Johnson wrote the following letter to the Governor, seeking a summit with state officials, community leaders and representatives from the Shinnecock Indian Nation to discuss potential development at the Belmont Park Race Track.
New York City Off Track Betting Corporation has been running an unsustainable financial deficit, and it has filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy as a necessary step towards its continuance as a viable entity. As Chairman of the NYS Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering, I endorse the petition as the best available alter
New York City Off Track Betting Corporation has been running an unsustainable financial deficit, and it has filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy as a necessary step towards its continuance as a viable entity. As Chairman of the NYS Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering, I endorse the petition as the best available alternative to a cessation of NYC OTB operations.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today spoke out about increased fees for hunting and fishing licenses.
"As sportsmen prepare for the upcoming hunting and fishing seasons, many are beginning to realize that almost every sporting license has increased significantly since last year," said Senator Larkin. "The license fee increases were included in this year's disastrous state budget, put together in secret by Governor Paterson and the Legislature's Democratic majorities."