Lanza: Now Is Not The Time To Raise Taxes

There is no question that we are facing very serious fiscal challenges here in New York State, but one thing is very clear – we need to cut spending and not raise taxes.


Aubertine Disappointed With Failure To Act

Senator: Failure to modify this year’s budget could magnify the pain next year

ALBANY (November 18, 2008)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine today expressed his disappointment that lawmakers returned to Albany, but took no action to modify this year’s budget to close budget gaps.


Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith Announces Transition Team

(New York, NY) - Following the historic victory in which Democrats regained control of the New York State Senate for the first time in over 40 years, Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith today announced his Transition Team. Angelo Aponte and Fran Weissberg will serve as Co-Chairs of the Transition Team. James Eagan will serve as Vice Chair and Upstate Advisor; and Hank Sheinkopf will serve as Director of Communications.


Statement By Senator Steve Saland

Today, the Senate passed its one house budget in preparation for negotiations with the Assembly. Our budget amends Corrections Law to provide that the Governor must give 24 months notice of the closure of a correctional facility instead of the current 12 months notice. The amendments also require the Governor to provide an adaptive reuse plan for the facility at the same time as the notice of closure -- current law provides that the reuse plan be submitted six months prior to closure.


Seward Responds To Special Session

 ALBANY, 11/18/08 -- Following today’s special session, Senator James L. Seward issued the following statement:

 “The result of today’s special session is an agreement to move forward from the governor’s proposal, and work together on ways to close the state’s budget gap without shifting costs to taxpayers.

 “Spending cuts are certainly going to be needed to help us deal with the current deficit.  But as I have been saying all along, we can not balance the budget on the backs of our schools, hospitals and local property taxpayers.


Statement From Senator Malcolm A. Smith Regarding Today's Siena Poll

"The latest Siena Poll reveals what we have known for a while: New York families are hurting, especially middle-income families, and are looking to their elected representatives to provide relief.Voters overwhelmingly want us to hold the line on new taxes and to cut wasteful spending  -- the cornerstones of Senate Democratic Conference agenda.  Last year, we introduced a package of economic reforms that would create and protect jobs through smart economic development,cut taxes and reduce the growth of property taxes.


Seward Joins Baseball Hall Of Fame For Homerun Announcement

COOPERSTOWN, 11/17/08--State Senator James L. Seward joined officials with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and local leaders today to announce a new tradition in Cooperstown: Hall of Fame Classic Weekend.


Senator, School Officials Discuss State Fiscal Crisis

Senator outlines impact of proposed reductions, seeks suggestions from school districts

WATERTOWN (November 14, 2008)—More than 40 officials from school districts throughout the 48th Senate District met with state Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine this afternoon to discuss the impact of our state’s fiscal crisis on schools before he heads to Albany for a special session on Tuesday.


Cortland County Man Receives State Honors

Opening Statement Quick Start Report


NOVEMBER 13, 2008



On behalf of the Senate Democratic Conference, I wish to express my appreciation for the opportunity to participate in this second Quick Start Conference, which hold the promise of an on-time 2009-10 State budget. The Budget Reform Act enacted in 2007 was crafted to help create a process that is more transparent and which further the chances of an on-time budget. We certainly support these goals.


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