Senator Farley Informs Constituents It Is National Library Week

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, noted this week is National Library Week. "Libraries are a place of lifelong learning," Senator Farley added. "Librarians are truly amazing people. They inspire our youth and invite them into a library where there is an adventure on every shelf." Senator Farley encourages people to use their local libraries. "Reading is a fun activity that opens the mind to all sorts of adventures," Senator Farley said. "Take the time in this upcoming week to stop in at your local library and tell the staff how great they are.”

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The 2015-16 New York State Budget

The $142 billion 2015-16 New York State Budget reflects the Senate's continued commitment to strengthening the economy, increasing education aid, and reducting the tax burden for New Yorkers.  For highligts of the 2015-16 State Budget, please click on the file below. 

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Senator Serrano Comments on the Enacted on the Enacted Budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16

(Albany, NY) - Senator Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) commented on the enacted $142 billion state budget for fiscal year 2015-16. 

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Democrats Frustrated by Governor Backing Off Party's Issues

Gotham Gazette

by David Howard King, Mar 26, 2015

On Tuesday Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters that the DREAM Act and the Education Investment Tax Credit (EITC) he had paired were no longer part of budget negotiations. For many Black and Latino legislators the news was painful - they had pushed Cuomo to include the DREAM Act as part of his budget after he and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul campaigned on the issue across the city this summer. But there was also a sinking sense of deja vu.

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L train riders fed up with delays, look to Cuomo for help

Ridgewood Times

BY ANTHONY GIUDICE

In recent weeks, the L train has suffered from hour-long delays, overcrowded platforms and other service problems. Riders Alliance member Alexis Saba shared her experience with transit delays. “On [March 17], I waited forever on the L train before we actually left,” she said. “When we finally left, the train crawled to Bedford, and were told that a rail was out and that Bedford was the last stop—and I couldn’t physically get out of the Bedford station due to the crowds.”

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Regents role in evaluating teachers is focus as school aid is ‘delinked’ in Albany - Buffalo News by Tom Precious

Senate Education Committee Chairman John J. Flanagan, R-East Northport, said turning to the Board of Regents is a possibility. “They do set educational policy,” he said, adding that discussions are continuing about not only who should devise changes to the evaluations, but how teachers are rated based on considerations such as how many disabled and English language learners they teach and the level of poverty in a school.

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Newsday - Flanagan: Can't wait until June for school aid totals

March 25, 2015 by Yancey Roy / yancey.roy@newsday.com

Though lawmakers might punt the controversial teacher evaluation process until  June, a key state senator said Wednesday they likely will settle the school aid issue now.

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Senator Serrano Hosts Episode of "Represent NYC" Discussing Earth Hour on MNN1

(New York, NY)- Senator Serrano hosted an episode of "Represent NYC" on MNN1, a weekly program produced by Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), that gives local elected officials the opportunity to update the community about the issues that shape our city. The Senator, along with guest panel experts, Marcia Bystryn, President of New York League of Conservation Voters and Aurash Khawarzad, Policy Coordinator at WE ACT for Environmental Justice, discussed issues surrounding climate change and specifically the global environmental action called Earth Hour. 

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