LITTLE: REVIEW STATE STATUTES AFFECTING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

 

 The Senate Local Government Committee today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would require a state commission to review thousands of state statutes affecting local governments.  

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A Note on the Budget

As I am sure you know, New York State, like much of the nation, faces an insecure financial future. We have high unemployment, inadequate tax collections, and a structural budget imbalance. As Vice-Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, my main responsibility for the first part of this year is to evaluate proposals to address the State’s budget deficit. I recognize what a critical responsibility this is, and have been immersing myself in budget hearings and testimony from groups and individuals around the State to help me better understand our options.

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SENATOR NOZZOLIO ENCOURAGES USE OF NEW YORK-ALERT SYSTEM

New York State residents can now receive important emergency notifications and other vital updates using the New York-Alert System.

NY-Alert is a service offered by New York State to provide individuals with real-time information about emergencies and other important issues. Using the NY-Alert System, residents can sign up to receive alerts about any of the following:

• Alerts and warnings about life threatening emergencies

• Public health alerts

• Severe weather warnings

• Significant highway closures

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SENATOR GOLDEN LEADS COMMUNITY CELEBRATION GREEK HERITAGE

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden, along with AHEPA, Brooklyn Chapter 41 and the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York, recently hosted a community celebration of Greek heritage and honored five distinguished honorees, as well as the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, each for their contributions to the greater Bay Ridge community, on Sunday afternoon, April 11, 2010, at the Dimitrios and Georgia Kaloidis School.

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State must help its universities

The reforms are in Gov. David A. Paterson’s executive budget bill. The Senate chose to include these reforms in its budget resolution, thanks to a strong push by State Sen. William T. Stachowski, D-Lake View, and Senate Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson of Brooklyn, with support from the Western New York delegation. But the Assembly’s budget resolution cut out these same reforms and, worse, both chambers did not restore funding for public universities.

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Senator Dilan Calls on Brooklyn Residents to Return Census Questionnaires by this Friday

To date, Brooklyn return rates among worst in New York State

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan is urging Brooklyn residents to return their 2010 Census questionnaires by this Friday.

April 16 marks the last day to return the Census questionnaires before trained census workers begin making their way door to door in communities with poor returns to gather responses in person.

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Daily News Supports Senator Diaz Bill S7346

Daily News Editorial

April 14, 2010

Two city legislators have emerged as profiles in courage in Albany. Manhattan Assemblyman Jonathan Bing and Bronx Sen. Ruben Diaz have introduced revolutionary bills that would elevate the interests of New York school children over the hidebound, destructive contract rights of teachers.

The state's historic budget crisis is driving the Department of Education toward laying off more than 5,000 teachers. If that were to happen under the current rules, disaster would follow.

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