State Senator Betty Little has been reappointed chair of the Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee for the 2013-14 legislative session, a position she has held the past two years.
Last year at this time, many of you might remember that I asked for your help in making one of our great Finger Lakes towns, Hammondsport, Budget Travel magazine’s “America's Coolest Small Town 2012.”
Thanks to your response and the response of thousands of others across our region, Hammondsport was victorious last year and has greatly enjoyed and benefitted from its one-year reign as America’s Coolest Small Town. It was a great honor for the Hammondsport community, and it was a great opportunity to keep national and worldwide attention focused on the Finger Lakes region.
Now we have the chance to express our pride once again. This year, we have another opportunity to keep the Finger Lakes region on the map!
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 government has been able to change direction the last two years largely because Albany has adopted a course of fiscal prudence. Today’s budget proposal demonstrates the Governor’s continued commitment to financial responsibility, keeping state spending growth below two percent while closing a $1.35 billion budget deficit without proposing any new taxes.”
Former State Trooper and Sheriff of Erie County Votes "No" On Omnibus Gun Control Package
“Recent tragic events have justifiably focused the nation’s collective attention on violence, and what can be done to ensure that our communities, neighborhoods and schools are safe.”
“As a career law enforcement professional, I am supportive of increasing penalties for illegal possession and the illegal use of weapons, keeping weapons out of the hands of criminals and those with mental health issues that endanger others, improved measures to combat gang activity, increased penalties for those who target first responders, and numerous other proven measures that enhance public safety.”
Property near Citi Field is hotter than ever right now with proposals for a state-of-the-art new mall and a $300 million Major League Soccer stadium to be constructed nearby.
Development on the northern edges of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park could get a boost from the addition of a 1.67-acre Corona property, zoned for residential or commercial use, that recently hit the market for $21 million. It is located at 112-21 Northern Blvd.
“Today’s announcement is great news for Western New York, the Buffalo Bills and all of us who call ourselves Bills fans. The Buffalo Bills are New York State’s only NFL franchise, and an integral part of the cultural and economic identity of Western New York,” said State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R – Elma), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business. “Through good years and bad, this community has supported its team with an unparalleled level of passion and enthusiasm. Now the Bills organization has stepped up with Governor Cuomo and local leaders to reach a stadium improvement plan and lease agreement to keep the Bills in Buffalo while respecting taxpayer dollars.”
ONEONTA, 12/19/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that 50 job creation projects in the 51st senate district will receive critically important state funds through the second round of Regional Economic Development Council awards.
“The Regional Economic Development Council approach provides our state with a real economic spark, capitalizing on a bottom up approach which maximizes creative and innovative ideas generated by local stakeholders,” said Senator Seward. “I applaud Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Duffy for this successful initiative that is spurring job growth and building a stronger economy for the future.”
Senator Stavisky fights alongside local politicians, small business owners, and community leaders to keep the 7 Train running during Lunar New Year for her Asian constituents at a press conference at the Sheraton LaGuardia.
Senator Gianaris helped increase dogs' acces to Gantry State Plaza, which DNAinfo.com wrote about in the story below. Last year, Senator Gianaris helped renovate the Vernon Boulevard Dog Run in LIC to ensure our four-legged friends have a pleasant environment to spend time.
LONG ISLAND CITY — It’s barking news for LIC dogs!
Neighborhood pooches and their owners can now enjoy strolling along Pier 1 in Gantry Plaza State Park all day after the state Parks Department quietly revised its policy — a major victory for dog owners.
Previously, dog owners had been able to walk their pets on the pier, a popular area for dog-lovers, only from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) today announced several ways that Western New Yorkers, and all New Yorkers, can help the massive relief effort underway in the New York City Metro Area in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy that ravaged the Eastern Seaboard last week.
Gallivan urged New Yorkers to utilize The American Red Cross and Catholic Charities, or other trusted charitable organizations who have strong track records of efficiently and effectively distributing relief aid in disaster situations.
Governor Announces New Tourism Campaign, Regulatory Reforms
State Senator Patty Ritchie joined Governor Andrew Cuomo, state leaders and dozens of winemakers, craft brewers and small batch distillers at New York’s first Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit, held Wednesday in Albany.
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.
State Senator Patty Ritchie recently joined military veterans for a pheasant hunt at the Basswoods Lodge and Hunting Preserve in Rensselaer Falls. The 3rd annual free event was sponsored by several area businesses.