"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said. "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land. After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps. But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.
Senator Young sponsored bill to speed up access to federal funds for broadband expansion
ALBANY – A bill recently signed into law will open more opportunities for broadband expansion in rural areas, a necessity for greater economic expansion, healthcare innovation, and educational investment.
Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, sponsored the bill. It improves the process that certain broadband providers, called Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs), go through to access federal loans designated for broadband expansion.
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ALBANY – Streamlining the process to access federal grant funding to expand broadband in rural areas will open the doors to more economic opportunities, healthcare innovation, and educational investment.
A bill sponsored and passed by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, speeds up the process that certain broadband providers, called Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs), go through to access federal loans designated for broadband expansion. This legislation also was passed by the Assembly and is awaiting the Governor’s signature into law.
ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.
Senator Young stopped by to meet the recent graduates of Generations-On Line Senior Computer Training, a computer class geared toward seniors who want to keep up with the newest technology. The class was held at the Olean One Stop in the New York State Department of Labor offices, and the program was administered by the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging
Computers and exploring the Internet can be intimidating for some, and this class taught basic computer skills to its eager-to-learn students. The students all had different reasons for wanting to get online – some just want to explore the Internet, while others want to Skype with relatives and see pictures of their grandchildren.
ALBANY, 03/05/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that three broadband expansion projects in the 51st senate district will receive critically important state funds through the Connect NY Broadband Grant Program.
“Reliable, affordable broadband service is extremely important on several fronts. If we are to support our rural areas, and facilitate jobs and economic opportunity, we have to ensure the availability of this important technology,” said Senator Seward. “These Connect NY grants mean new possibilities for businesses, schools and homes throughout the 51st senate district.”
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.
Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.
“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”
Governor Cuomo released the following announcement on March 27, 2012:
The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.
Gallivan: “Senate Plan Cuts Taxes, Reforms Medicaid, Protects Seniors and Schools.”
The New York State Senate voted to approve its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution, continuing its focus on state spending, job creation, and structural reform to government.
The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends less than the Executive Budget. The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.
Schenectady, NY - (November 3, 2011) – Time Warner Cable, New York’s largest provider of cable and broadband services, today announced completion of new network construction in the Town of Schroon, NY, bringing its advanced video, digital phone and high speed broadband to hundreds of more homes in the Adirondacks. Time Warner Cable extended its advanced hybrid fiber optic network nearly 9 miles along Adirondack Road (also known as East Shore Road) in Schroon, passing 214 homes. The new network runs along Adirondack Road from Red Wing Road to Nesa Road, and includes a number of side
State Senator Betty Little is pictured with Joshua Bell, manager of Kentucky Teleworks, during a panel discussion as part of Clarkson University's Forever Wired Conference. The annual conference, held this year on Tuesday, October 4, focused on continuing efforts to build and promote broadband connectivity in the Adirondack Region to improve the business climate by attracting investment and encouraging entrepreneurship.
State Senator Betty Little is pictured with a team from SLIC Network Solutions (www.slic.com) as work continues on their deployment of fiber optic broadband in the town of Dickinson, Franklin County. Senator Little applauded the progress being made in this rural area to bring homes and businesses online in support of economic development.