Empowering Citizens and Lowering Property Taxes

For a long time, we have talked about ways to reduce property taxes in New York State. I have consistently advocated for government consolidation as one means to achieve this.

This week, we accomplished part of that goal.

By passing the New York Government Reorganization And Citizen Empowerment Act, the New York State Senate did something historic—it gave the people power to decide how their local governments are organized, and, along with it, the power to reduce their property tax burden.

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Statement By Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Regarding Governor's Agreement With Civil Service Employees Association And Public Employees Federation

During times of economic distress, we must remain committed to the principle of shared sacrifice. The public sector, private enterprise and our government must find ways to cut costs and do more with less. I applaud Governor Paterson and the public employee unions for finding a compromise that reduces the size of government in a responsible way while maintaining our commitment to protect the hundreds of thousands of hard-working employees who make up our state workforce.

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Senator David J. Valesky's Bill Requiring Greater Transparency by Canal Corporation Signed Into Law

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that provides more public accountability when the New York State Canal Corporation prepares to sell abandoned property has been signed into law by Governor David A. Paterson (Chapter 44). 

The legislation was sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblywoman RoAnn M. Destito.

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Senator Bill Stachowski Delivers Over 10,000 Plants from Eden Valley Growers to PUSH, Seneca Babcock and BMHA for Community Gardens

 

6/05/09       Press Contact: Bob Koshinski       716-854-3915

Senator Bill Stachowski Delivers Over 10,000 Plants from Eden Valley Growers to PUSH, Seneca Babcock and BMHA for Community Gardens

 

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SENATOR FUSCHILLO, SENATOR JOHNSON, AND ASSEMBLYMAN SWEENEY HONOR COPIAGUE HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM ON CAPTURING STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo (right), Senator Johnson (third left), and Assemblyman Sweeney (third right) present a copy of the legislative resolution they sponsored honoring the Copiague HS Girls Basketball Team to Ieasisa Walker, an All-American player and Copiague’s all-time leading scorer.

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SENATOR SALAND HONORED BY TACONIC HILLS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Saland secured grant for technology upgrades for District

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Good morning, Buffalo

Here's a quick blurb from this mornings Buffalo News:

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DOT planning road work on state Route 73, Cascade pass

Safety of Ironman athletes a concern

HEATHER SACKETT, News Staff Writer POSTED: June 4, 2009

LAKE PLACID — The State Department of Transportation is planning a resurfacing project for state Route 73 through Cascade pass, just in time for 2,200 Ironman athletes to ride their bikes down it on race day.

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