State Senator John J. Bonacic met today with DEP Deputy Commissioner Paul Rush to demand that stream gauges in the watershed area be kept open.
The Senator asked the DEP to give him an answer on the gauges later this week.
DEP officials are proposing to close 10 gauges in Sullivan, Orange, and Ulster Counties this year and next.
"Stream gauges are key indicators of the timing and rate of potential flooding. I found the DEP listened to my arguments and I think they have a better understanding of why we need them open," Senator Bonacic said.
Senator Martin J. Golden today blasted Governor Paterson’s proposal for the expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Governor Paterson announced a more than 90% reduction from the original plan. The Governor’s new proposal is only a 100,000 square foot expansion, which will include a paltry 40,000 square feet of new exhibition space.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today joined Germantown Supervisor Roy Brown in announcing that the New York State Senate has helped the Town obtain a disbursement of $70,825 from the New York Power Authority Petroleum Overcharge Restitution Fund to help the reduce energy costs at four town buildings.
STATEMENT BY SENATOR GEORGE ONORATOState Senator George Onorato (D-Queens), the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Labor, made the following statement regarding President Obama’s decision to nominate New York State Department of Labor Commissioner M.
Senator Jose M. Serrano attended the Community Leader’s Reception at the Smith Auditorium of Manhattan College, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, on Thursday, March 12.
"Manhattan College has been a landmark institution in this community for 156 years. The Community Leader’s reception celebrates the strong relationship this school has built with the public throughout its history," said Senator Serrano, a Manhattan College alumnus.
Albany, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) criticized today an agreed-upon 2009-2010 state budget plan for taxing too much, spending too much, and dashing hopes for any short-term economic turnaround in upstate New York.
“Right out of the box, New York’s Democratic leaders are going to raise your taxes and put your job at risk so they can afford higher government spending,” Winner said. “It’s even worse than I imagined.”
During National Sunshine Week, a national initiative to open a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information, the New York State SenateTemporary Committee on Rules Reform once again webcast of its public meeting and archived the video to its site.