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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January 2009 Community Report

January 2009 Community Report

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

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Rules Reform Committee Represents A New Beginning

Last week, in a room deep within the Capitol building in Albany, an amazing thing happened. Five Democrats and three Republicans sat at a table and openly discussed a subject close to my heart—reform—during a committee meeting, laying plans for groundbreaking changes in how the State Senate will operate. And, for the first time ever, it was recorded and broadcast on the web.

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Budget Philosophy Needs To Change

Work is underway in Albany on the 2009 – 2010 state budget, but we are already off to a rocky start.  That is not to say that we can’t right the ship, but it is a job that will take a bit of work from all sides.

The biggest problem is that we are beginning the process from a flawed starting point.  The governor’s budget proposal that we are using as a jumping off point increases spending by 1 percent, and raises approximately 137 taxes and fees by more than $4 billion, all in an attempt to close a two year deficit approaching $15 billion.

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Senator Fuschillo: Long Island Needs Its Own Economic Stimulus Plan

Job Creation Plan Must Replace Job Killing Tax Hikes In the aftermath of Monday’s announcement that more than 78,000 Americans lost their jobs in a single day, including thousands in New York State, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo said that new job creation initiatives must be part of the 2009-10 state budget to turn around the economy on Long Island.

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Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith & Senator Craig Johnson Announce Major Statewide Legislation Aimed To Protect Children From Sex Offenders

In his first visit to Long Island since being elected State Senate Majority Leader earlier this month, Senator Malcolm A. Smith met today with Senator Craig Johnson to announce the introduction of a major piece of statewide legislation that will protect children from predators.

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Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith And Senator Brian X. Foley Announce Significant Policy Initiative To Track Tarp Funds And Help Families Avoid Foreclosure

State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith and Senate Banking Committee Chairman Brian X. Foley (D-Blue Point) today unveiled a significant policy initiative that will survey and track federal Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds, and develop a plan for how to maximize the benefits of these funds to stabilize communities and help families avoid foreclosure.

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