Response to Gov. Paterson’s State-of-the-State Address

Press Contact: Steve Mangione 914-403-4072 (cellular) 518-455-3395 (at this number Jan. 6th)

“The action of the Senate Democratic Majority in recent months – for example, addressing issues in a bipartisan way, creating green jobs, controlling spending and preserving important resources for education – has demonstrated our commitment to the state’s 19.5 million residents.

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State of the State Falls Short

ALBANY, 01/06/10 -- Senator James L. Seward today commented on Gov. Paterson’s State of the State address:

“As we start 2010 it is time for New York to take a new direction.   Last year we went to the edge of the cliff and in order to keep from going over we will need to make some difficult decisions. 

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Curbed NY: Equinox's Village Wrappers Draw Ire of Politician

January 6, 2010

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CHALLENGING YOUR NASSAU COUNTY PROPERTY ASSESSMENT

Each year, Nassau County residents have the right to file a grievance if they believe their property has been over-assessed by the Nassau County Department of Assessment.

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Senator Little Outlines 2010 Legislative Priorities

STATEMENT BY SENATOR BETTY LITTLE

“There are several clear priorities for this year’s legislative session.

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Winner: 2010 Session Must Produce Action on Upstate Economy, Other Key Issues

Albany, N.Y., January 6—“From job creation to property tax relief, the plight of the upstate economy and upstate taxpayers deserves top billing in 2010,” State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today in response to Governor David Paterson’s second State of the State message.

[To watch Senator Winner's response, click here]

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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR MAZIARZ ON TAKING THE ENERGY COMMITTEE

I thank Senator Sampson for his faith and confidence in naming me the new Chairman of the Senate Energy Committee.  Considering my district is home to the Niagara Power Project, energy issues are of the utmost importance to my constituents. And that is the sole reason that I am accepting this position—because it is vitally important to the people I represent.  There is time for politics and there is time for government.   In the chambers of the Senate, I have always welcomed the opportunity to work across the aisle with my colleagues whenever possible if it

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Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson

New Yorkers are angry and so am I. The people want statesmen to fix our problems, not politicians who ascribe blame without offering a solution. For decades, the Senate spent, borrowed, and taxed New York into fiscal crisis, and now millions of families have reached their breaking point, unable to survive more of the same old pass-the-buck politics. Throughout our first year in the Majority, we transformed the Senate into a more bipartisan and functional chamber, tackled shady public authorities, and built a new tier in the retirement system to save taxpayers billions.

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STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN BONACIC ON GOVERNOR PATERSON'S STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

“I believe now, the Governor wants to do the things he says. He is right to argue that better ethics can lead to better policies. I support his ethics reform proposal. If no Senator in the Democratic Senate Majority sponsors it when it is released, I will sponsor it, because I believe these ideas deserve an honest debate.”

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SENATOR GOLDEN STARTS PETITION DRIVE TO FIGHT AGAINST M.T.A’S PLANNED SERVICE CUTS SET TO GREATLY IMPACT DISTRICT

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that he has begun to circulate two petitions in response to the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s planned devastating services reductions to bus service in his district.

Senator Golden has authored two petitions, one opposing service cuts to the B31 in Marine Park and Gerritsen Beach and one opposing the complete elimination of the B37 bus route, as well as weekend service on the X 27 and X 28 bus routes. The petitions also oppose the planned elimination of free student metro cards.

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