Statement by Senator Skelos on Governor Cuomo's Budget Presentation

I applaud Governor Cuomo for keeping his commitments to reduce spending and to not raise taxes. The state simply cannot continue to put off the spending reductions that are necessary to close the deficit.  All levels of government need to understand that they have to do more with less. By making the tough decisions now, we can reform the way government operates and make New York a place where businesses want to stay, grow and create new private sector jobs.  While there are still more budget details yet to come related to school aid, Medicaid reforms, government consolidation and changes to our corrections system, I hope everyone involved can work together in an open, public process and get a budget done on time.

February 1, 2011

Senate Passes Property Tax Cap Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed property tax relief legislation (S.2706) that would place a cap on the growth of school property taxes at two percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is less. If enacted, New York would become the 44th state to cap local property taxes.  In addition, the Senate approved two measures related to providing mandate relief to school districts and local governments.

January 31, 2011

Senate Passes Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011

The New York State Senate today passed the Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011, a three-part plan to encourage the creation of new private sector jobs and ensure fiscal responsibility, including the enactment of a two percent state spending cap and requiring a two-thirds “super majority” vote to increase taxes.“The people have spoken loud and clear that they want the state to cut spending, stop runaway tax increases and get off businesses’ backs and out of their wallets so they can create new jobs,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

January 19, 2011

All Senators And Staff To Take Ethics Training

New York Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced that he will require all Senators and Senate staff to participate in ethics training in conjunction with the Legislative Ethics Commission.  The training will have to be completed by all Senators and Senate employees by April 1, 2011."I'm confident that we have built a top-notch team in the State Senate that will work directly with the members of this body to achieve great things for New York, including lower taxes and spending, and more good-paying private sector jobs,” Senator Skelos said.

January 11, 2011

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos Appoints Senator John Defrancisco To Chair Senate Finance Committee - Senate Majority Members Named to Finance and Rules Committees

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has appointed Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) to serve as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

“I am honored that I have been named Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee,” said Senator DeFrancisco.  “This is a very important position in the Senate and for our State, given the fiscal crisis our State is facing.   I am anxious and excited to begin the hard work that is needed to remedy our State’s financial situation. I am looking forward to working with Governor Cuomo toward the passage of a budget that serves the interests of all New Yorkers.”

January 6, 2011

Senator Skelos Announces Frank Patience Will Serve As Secretary Of The Senate

New York State Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos today announced that Francis W. Patience will serve as Secretary of the Senate.  He will be officially nominated for a two-year term as part of the formal Senate reorganization which will take place later today.

“Frank Patience has proven himself to be a skilled administrator who will be an asset to every member of the New York State Senate.  Frank is already hard at work ensuring a smooth Senate transition, and I look forward to his continued leadership on this and many other issues related to the nonpartisan administration of our chamber,” Senator Skelos said.

January 5, 2011

A Message From Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos

To All New Yorkers,


Welcome to the official web site of the New York State Senate. The new year of 2011 brings important changes and challenges to our State government, and to the State of New York as a whole. 

The members of  the State Senate will be working closely with our new Governor Andrew Cuomo and the members of the New York State Assembly to meet the significant challenges that lie ahead.

The people’s priorities must be our priorities.  That means balancing the state budget, closing the deficit, easing the burden on taxpayers, and doing everything we can to strengthen our economy and create private sector jobs.

January 4, 2011