State Budget Secrecy Continues

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) today blasted Senator Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, Speaker Silver and Governor Paterson for continuing to work in secret on the important issues facing our state, especially the 2009-2010 State Budget.

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OPEN THE BOOKS ON THE NEW YORK STATE POWER AUTHORITY

(ALBANY, NY) Last week, at a hearing initiated by the New York State Power Authority (NYPA), officials at this public authority proposed rate increases for electric utility customers across Upstate New York. The hearing, held with little public notice, would seriously jeopardize and impede economic development in our region and increase energy rates for rate payers.

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Insightful Commentary From the Buffalo News on Power Rate Hikes

N.Y. Power Authority surplus will go to state, not customers

article by Donn Esmonde

http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/columns/story/616238.html

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Senator Fuschillo congratulates Award winning science student from Kennedy High School

State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) recently visited Kennedy High School in Bellmore to congratulate Elissa Driggin for being chosen as a semifinalist in the annual nationwide Intel Science Talent Search competition.

The Intel Science Talent Search is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition.  Participants come from all across the country, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to compete in the program. Elissa was among only 300 students nationwide who were selected as semi-finalists.

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Statement by Senator Bonacic On the Indictment of Former Senate Majority Leader

“This is a sad day for Senator Bruno and his family.  The indictment and alleged behavior of Senator Bruno was only possible, however because of the near dictatorial power enjoyed by Legislative Leaders in New York State.”

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Senator Maziarz Celebrates Liberty Day at Oak Orchard Elementary School

State Senator George Maziarz, Assemblyman Steve Hawley, and Congressman Chris Lee’s representative Nick Langworthy joined 150 fourth grade social studies students at Oak Orchard Elementary School in Medina for the Medina Lions Club sponsored Liberty Day Project.  The purpose of the project is to bring representatives from each branch of government into the classroom to teach students about the United States Constitution.

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Grants to Improve Upstate Health Care

ALBANY, 03/23/09 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a number of physicians, hospitals, and health care facilities in the 51st district will receive funding under New York State’s Doctors Across New York program.

Under the program $15.6 million in funding is provided to offer loan forgiveness, grants and enhanced reimbursement to encourage new primary care and specialist physicians to practice in underserved areas.

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What's Happened to Budget Reform?

Albany, N.Y., March 23–With just over one week to go until the April 1 deadline to adopt a new state budget, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) wants to know how area residents feel about a budget adoption process that’s been noteworthy for its absence of public negotiating sessions.

Winner recently said that state leaders are ignoring key elements of the state’s Budget Reform Act of 2007, which established legal guidelines and timetables for the appointment of joint legislative budget conference committees to conduct public budget negotiations.

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Seward and State Pay Tribute to Oneonta Student

ONEONTA, 03/23/09 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today presented Oneonta Middle School student Charlotte McKane with a legislative resolution honoring her as a recipient of the 2009 Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

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