Statement from Sen. Maziarz on NYPA Reversal

As the New York Power Authority finally caves to mounting public pressure and scraps its plans to hike rates and hand out employee bonuses, it is clear that the people of Western New York have won a great victory.

Today’s admission proves that, with enough effort, an entity as big and out-of-touch as the Power Authority can still be held accountable to the people and their elected representatives.

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Budget Logjam Needs to Break

ALBANY, 03/24/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C- Oneonta) commented today on the closed state budget process:

“I am extremely disappointed with the lack of progress on the state budget. Promises of openness and reform by Democrats have come up short, and now we are a week away from the budget deadline with nothing to show to the public.

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Senator Nozzolio Meets With New York State School Music Association

Albany- State Senator Mike Nozzolio recently met with All-State Vocal Group member Katie Germano of Webster following her vocal performance at the New York State School Music Assocation's Legislative Reception. The reception was part of NYSSMA’s “Day on Capitol Hill” in which music teachers and their students met representatives to discuss the importance of supporting music programs in public schools.

From left to right: Senator Nozzolio; Katie Germano; Johanna Siebert, Webster Central School District Arts Director; and Mary Germano.

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Senate passes legislation to hold owners of foreclosed homes accountable for their upkeep

Would Allow Municipalities and Homeowner Associations to  Enforce Provisions of the Bill to Protect the Public and Property Values.   Savino Urges Assembly to Pass House Version   ALBANY-- Senator Diane J. Savino (D-Brooklyn/Staten Island) said a foreclosed home offers its owner no excuse to let it go into disrepair, and has the responsibility of maintaining a vacant home to prevent any chance of fire, criminal activity or depressed property value.  

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Padavan Calls For Governor, Legislature To Restore Child Abuse Prevention Funding

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) today called for Governor Paterson and his legislative colleagues to restore the funding for child abuse prevention services contained within the 2009-2010 Executive Budget.  Padavan joined his fellow members of the New York State Senate Republican Conference Urban Issues Task Force in calling for the restoration of the funding before April 1st which marks the start of Child Abuse Prevention Month and the 2009-2010 State Fiscal Year.  

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NYPA Withdraws Proposed Bonuses, Rate Increases

Official Press Release from the New York Power Authority http://www.nypa.gov/press/2009/090324b.htm

LEWISTON – New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel today announced that all proposed rate increases for the Authority’s hydropower customers will be cancelled this year due to the extraordinary economic crisis facing the state and nation. The move will save New York businesses and residents approximately $16.5 million.

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Ranzenhofer announces reissue of Purple Heart Stamp

State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer announced that the United States Postal service will reissue the Purple Heart Stamp at the First-Class price of 44 cents beginning this May.

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NYPA Withdraws Proposed Bonuses, Rate Increases

Official Press Release from the New York Power Authority http://www.nypa.gov/press/2009/090324b.htm

LEWISTON – New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel today announced that all proposed rate increases for the Authority’s hydropower customers will be cancelled this year due to the extraordinary economic crisis facing the state and nation. The move will save New York businesses and residents approximately $16.5 million.

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Condos may be a no go at Brooklyn Bridge Park

By Jotham Sederstrom

Feature article in The Daily News

Condos be damned.

Increased tax revenue from an anticipated residential boom in DUMBO could eliminate the need for the controversial condos in Brooklyn Bridge Park, according to a local leader.

State Sen. Daniel Squadron insisted a zoning plan expected to be approved for DUMBO later this year could create up to a $20 million property tax windfall that could be used to maintain the park.

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Second Meeting of the Rules Reform Committee

The Temporary Committee on Rules Reform was created at the beginning of the 2009 session to return New York State government to its rightful owner: the people. In a bipartisan effort, Co-Chairs David Valesky and John Bonacic have been spearheading a series of public hearings to solicit input from the public on changes that should be made in the way the State Senate operates.

The Rules Reform Committee met for a second time today. Watch the video from the meeting below, or see the attachment for the minutes.

File: 
March 24th, 2009 Rules Reform Committee Meeting Minutes

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