Newsday: "No Light Shining Here"

Albany leaders think they don't need to be open about budget negotiations

Two years after passing an open-government reform bill, Albany leaders are dealing as deeply in closed rooms as ever.

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Calling on DEC to Extend Comment Period on Gas Drilling

Hon. Pete GrannisCommissionerNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation625 BroadwayAlbany, New York 12233-0001

Dear Commissioner Grannis,

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Senator Thompson Appoints Attorney Bob Knoer to Brownfield Advisory Board

Buffalo, NY – Antoine M. Thompson, NYS Senator, 60th District (Parts of Erie & Niagara Counties) and Chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee appoints environmental law attorney Robert Knoer of The Knoer Group to the New York State Brownfield’s Advisory Board for the 2009-2012 term.

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Priced Out: Council Looks to Keep Apartments Affordable

By Courtney Gross

The signs of eviction -- abandoned furniture dotting the hallways, renovation crews climbing stories with paint cans in tow -- characterize the latter years of Terry Bocanelli's stint on the West Side of Manhattan.

A resident there for more than 15 years, Bocanelli's 31st Street apartment building has become a revolving door: rent stabilized tenants leave and higher income residents swoop in. The newer transplants bring more than their belongings. They bring with them higher rents.

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Long Island Faces Multi-Million Dollar Hit Under Proposed MTA Payroll Tax

Senator Carl L. Marcellino today reiterated his opposition to the MTA’s proposed payroll tax on all Long Island employers because it will impose a costly, multi-million dollar unfunded mandate on Long Island’s taxpayers.

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First Meeting of the Rules Reform Committee

The Temporary Committee on Rules Reform was created at the beginning of the 2009 session to return New York State government to its rightful owner: the people. In a bipartisan effort, Co-Chairs David Valesky and John Bonacic have been spearheading a series of public hearings to solicit input from the public on changes that should be made in the way the State Senate operates.

The Rules Reform Committee met today to push forward on the Senate's reform agenda. Watch the video from the meeting below, or see the attachment for the minutes.

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March 18th, 2009 Rules Reform Committee Meeting Minutes

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Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson Calls for the Creation of an Independent Public Defense Commission

We are here to commemorate "Gideon Day".  Although it has been over 45 years since that historic landmark Supreme Court decision, defendants are still not receiving their right guaranteed by the Constitution to an effective defense.  We can no longer ignore the rights of defendants in the criminal justice system, who deserve equal access to quality representation and justice.

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Padavan Meets With DC 37 Members In Albany

On Tuesday morning March 17th, New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) met with members of DC 37 Local 372 during their Lobby Day at the State Capitol. Padavan spoke about the importance of school based drug prevention programs. During his remarks, Padavan applauded Substance Abuse Prevention Intervention Specialists (SAPIS) who have consistently proven their worth and effectiveness in providing a safe school environment for our children and SPINS and SPARK workers who educate our youth on the dangers of drug and alcohol use.

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Padavan Demands AIG Executives To Forfeit Bonuses

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) today blasted the recent revelation that American International Group (AIG) executives received $165 million in bonuses after receiving a taxpayer bailout last fall. Word of the bonuses comes as middle-class families continue to struggle in an uncertain and challenging economic climate.

 As a result of this shocking and disgusting revelation, Padavan is demanding that all executives at AIG who received bonus money forfeit it back to the taxpayers.

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Senate Approves Home Rule Legislation for YMCA/City of Watertown

ALBANY (March 18, 2009)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine announced today that the Senate has passed home rule legislation which authorizes the City of Watertown to lease the land beneath the former Ultimate Goal at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds to the Watertown Family YMCA.

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