STATEMENT FROM SENATOR WILLIAM T. STACHOWSKI

SENATOR STACHOWSKI REACTS TO RELEASE OF GOVERNOR'S 2010-11 EXECUTIVE BUDGET

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Statement on the Governor's Budget Proposals

“New Yorkers were outraged last year when spending increased by $12 billion and taxes and fees by $8.5 billion.  In light of some of his recent comments, I fully expected the Governor to roll back many of his taxes and fees and anticipated that he would cut spending.  After hearing Governor Paterson’s Budget proposals today, his budget actions have not changed from last year, even though he talked tough on spending and taxes during the State of the State address. His budget proposals will increase taxes and fees by almost $1 billion and spendi

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Reaction Statement from New York State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. to Governor's Budget

“The Governor’s budget frames the multi-year fiscal challenge that faces all New York residents. Obviously, we all have to learn to do more with less. Government, in particular, must control spending. At the same time, we must be creative and practical and work together to help those who have been hit hardest by this economic crisis.

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One Star for Ethics Reform

New York legislators proposed an ethics reform package last week that would definitely improve the miserable status quo in Albany. But the plan is not the full-fledged housecleaning necessary for a place that has gone too long without the slightest dusting of reform.

The reforms proposed by Senator John Sampson, the Democratic leader in the State Senate, and the Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, would inevitably get the best-we-can-do-at-the-moment label. That’s not good enough...

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Join The "Count Me In" Campaign In Your Neighborhood

Many New York households did not mail back their 2000 census questionnaire. Statewide, the mail-in response rate was below the national average.  In some neighborhoods, only 1 in 3 households mailed back a form. With so much state and federal aid for our schools, hospitals and transportation on the line, it’s crucial we do better in the 2010 Census.  So how can we make that happen?

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STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN J. BONACIC ON GOVERNOR PATERSON'S PROPOSED STATE BUDGET

“Four simple steps would go a long way to making life affordable again for New Yorkers:  1.  A reduction in government spending; 2.

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Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson On Race To The Top Legislation

Running a race in the wrong direction gets you nowhere. Race to the Top is about competition and we cannot put our children at a competitive disadvantage by passing imprudent legislation. Nothing is more important than our shared Constitutional obligation to a sound, basic, and quality education. The bill I sponsored with Assembly Speaker Silver would have maximized our eligibility for federal funds, while bringing greater transparency, accountability, and parental input to the charter school process. 

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Transcripts Of The Special Committee of Inquiry To Investigate The Circumstances Surrounding The Conviction Of Hiram Monserrate

As a matter of transparency, the Special Committee of Inquiry took the extraordinary step of having a court reporter maintain a stenographic record of every meeting, including executive sessions. Transcripts are now available from these meetings for download below.

The transcripts below are available in both .txt and .pdf format.

You can also find these transcripts in other formats on our Open Legislation page here.

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Select Committee - Monserrate Investigation - Executive Session Nov 9, 2009 5:06 PM

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Select Committee - Monserrate Investigation - Executive Session Nov 23, 2009 5:17 PM

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Select Committee - Monserrate Investigation - Executive Session Dec 8, 2009 3:00 PM

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Select Committee - Monserrate Investigation - Executive Session Dec 14, 2009 10:30 AM

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Select Committee - Monserrate Investigation - Executive Session Dec 29, 2009 11:35 AM

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Select Committee - Monserrate Investigation - Executive Session Jan 11, 2010 4:44 PM

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Select Committee - Monserrate Investigation - Executive Session Nov 9, 2009 5:06 PM

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Select Committee - Monserrate Investigation - Executive Session Nov 23, 2009 5:17 PM

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Select Committee - Monserrate Investigation - Executive Session Dec 8, 2009 3:00 PM

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Select Committee - Monserrate Investigation - Executive Session Dec 14, 2009 10:30 AM

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Select Committee - Monserrate Investigation - Executive Session Dec 29, 2009 11:35 AM

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Select Committee - Monserrate Investigation - Executive Session Jan 11, 2010 4:44 PM

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STATEMENT BY SENATOR STEVE SALAND ON GOVERNOR'S BUDGET PROPOSAL

As the State continues to experience cash flow problems due to the inflated budget adopted in 2009, the Governor set a different tone this year with his Executive Budget proposal urging the Legislature to follow a path of fiscal conservatism.  While we cannot turn back the clock to erase the damage done by those who voted for the 2009 State Budget, we can hope that our State’s leaders have learned from their past mistakes.

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Seward: Budget Work Looms

ALBANY, 01/19/10 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today commented on Gov. Paterson’s 2010-2011 budget proposal: “The governor hit on many of the right talking points, but the real question is whether he will follow through in the finished product.  If past results are any indication, the answer is no.

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