Deficit Plan Is Bad Deal For Upstate New York

ALBANY, 02/03/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C- Oneonta) commented on the deficit reduction plan passed today in the state senate.

“The Democrats’ deficit reduction plan is a bad deal for upstate families, businesses, and New York as a whole.

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Bonacic: Cutting Belleayre Makes No Sense

State Senator John J. Bonacic, visited Belleayre Mountain ski center on Wednesday and urged the DEC to ensure that the ski center would be able to continue to grow and be the "economic engine” which drives tourism along the Route 28 corridor. The Senator stated that he strongly opposed efforts by the state to diminish operations at Belleayre for the upcoming season.

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Seward Receives Committee Assignments

ALBANY, 02/03/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) is set to continue the fight for education and property taxpayers in the new senate session after receiving committee assignments.

Seward was named to the senate standing committees on education and higher education, two areas set to receive quite a bit of attention in the coming weeks.

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Future use of St Paul’s Property: No Consensus Exists

Garden City residents expressed their opinion on this topic during December in several polls and surveys sponsored by the property owners associations. Both the polls and the participants were an impressive display of democracy at work. The results, as reported by the Garden City News, can be obtained by clicking here.

St. Pauls is owned by the Village of Garden City. Generally state law allows the land to be used for any municipal purpose. Uses beyond such purposes require legislation. An additional aspect of the St Pauls property is its designation as parkland; that was done by virtue of two separate processes involving this land.

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Senator Johnson Honors Rick Van Dyke With NYS Legislative Resolution

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon) recently honored Reinhardt “Rick” Van Dyke, LMSW, upon the occasion of his retirement from the Family Service League. Senator Johnson presented Van Dyke with a New York State Legislative Resolution commending him for his distinguished service to the Family Service League at a retirement party that was held at Carlyle on the Green in Farmingdale. The legislative resolution was cosponsored by the entire Long Island Senate delegation.

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Mayor Bloomberg, State Senator Klein And Health Commissioner Frieden Announce New Restaurant Inspection Program To Improve Food Safety

Public Posting of Sanitary Grades Gives Customers More Information Up Front

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February 2009 Community Report

February 2009 Community Report

Dear Neighbor:

The following is a summary of some of my office's activities since my last community report:

Adopting the FY 2008-9 Deficit Reduction Plan

On February 3, working with the Governor and the Assembly, the Senate passed a critical deficit reduction plan. This legislation will result in closing a budget gap of approximately $1.6 billion for the current fiscal year and will improve the State's bond rating. This will significantly decrease the costs of funding for public works and other vital projects.

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Saland, Leibell And Molinaro On Dutchess Boces Decision To Delay Vote

A few weeks ago, the taxpayers of Dutchess County  learned of Dutchess BOCES’s  plan to present a $30.3 million bond proposition for a capital project.  While there were varied opinions on the merits of the proposal, many immediately questioned their use of a single polling place for in excess of 165,000 voters.

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Krueger Continues Efforts To Reform The State Legislature— Introduces Bills To Improve Budget Transparency And Prevent Conflicts Of Interest

New York—Continuing efforts to reform what the Brennan Center for Justice calls the "most dysfunctional" legislature in the country, New York State Senator Liz Krueger has introduced two new reform bills for the state Senate to pass in the next legislative session.

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