Senator John Sampson, Chair Of NYS Senate Judiciary Committee To Hold Hearings On Selection Process For Appointment Of Chief Judge

(Albany, NY)- Senator John Sampson, Chair of the New York State Senate Judiciary Committee, today, announced that his first order of business in convening the Judiciary Committee, prior to addressing the appointment of the new Chief Judge, is to hold hearings concerning the criteria employed by the Commission on Judicial Nomination during its selection process.

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Little asks DEC Commissioner to rescind state land property tax cap proposal

     At an environmental budget hearing today in Albany, State Senator Betty Little asked Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Alexander “Pete” Grannis to rescind an executive budget proposal that would freeze state property tax payments on Forest Preserve Lands.

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New York State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Announces Leadership Team

(Albany, NY)- Listed below are the members of the Senate Majority Leadership Team and the stipends the positions carry.

TEMPORARY PRESIDENT AND MAJORITY LEADERSenator Malcolm A. Smith$41,500

CHAIR OF SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEESenator Carl Kruger$34,000

VICE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORESenator David J. Valesky$34,000

VICE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE FOR URBAN POLICY AND PLANNINGSenator Pedro Espada Jr.N/A

DEPUTY MAJORITY LEADER FOR LEGISLATIVE OPERATIONSSenator Jeffrey D. Klein$34,000

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Payroll Tax Could Mobilize Job Exodus

At a time when we should be doing all that we can to keep and attract jobs in New York State, we see a job killing tax emerge to help salvage the fiscal woes of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

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Robach: Upstate Caucus Meeting a Positive Step for Rochester's Future

Legislators on both sides of the aisle discuss urgent issues and strategize solutions  

 

The first meeting of the State Senate Legislative Caucus was held today in Albany where bipartisan discussions focused on the many issues facing Upstate New York. 

 

The meeting was attended by Democrat and Republican Senators who agreed to work together to push an Upstate agenda.  Discussions today focused on the formation of the caucus and pressing issues like SUNY, education funding, Empire Zones and hospitals.

 

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Senate Majority Announces Passage of Historic Rules Reform That Will Create More Inclusive And Accountable Senate

State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith today announced passage of historic rules changes that will fundamentally change the way the Senate operates and conducts business. In their first order of business as the Majority the Senate passed a series of rules changes that will foster discussion and productivity, and increase accountability and transparency for the public.

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Klein Stands-up For Israel

Joins Thousands at UN Plaza to Oppose Hamas  I stand with Israel today not only as an American and a Jew, but as the grandson of Holocaust survivors. My family fled Hungary and some of them were lucky enough to make it to America, but many more perished at the hands of the worst evil the world has ever known-hatred. When all lights go dark Israel is there for us and we must be there for her!

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SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS JOINED BY ATTORNEY GENERAL ANDREW CUOMO AT TOWN HALL FORUM; Information on the New York Local Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act Provided to Public

           State Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo conducted a public and press event on Tuesday at the Mount Pleasant Town Hall in Valhalla. The meeting highlighted the provisions of the New York Local Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act, a program bill from the Attorney General which Senator Stewart- Cousins sponsored in the State Senate.

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News From The New York State Senate Democratic Conference

SENATORS SCHNEIDERMAN AND STEWART-COUSINS RECEIVE TOP HONORS FROM FAMILY PLANNING ADVOCATES 

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Sen. Aubertine Applauds Signing Of Alcoa Power Deal To Save 900 Jobs

Governor signs deal for New York Power Authority to provide low cost power to Massena employer

MASSENA (January 12, 2009)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine today celebrated the signing of an agreement between Alcoa and the New York Power Authority to provide low cost power in exchange for preserving some 900 jobs in Northern New York.

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