‘Green’ borrowing pushed

$5B state bond sought for water, sewer, transit projects

By Stephen Williams, Daily Gazette.  Posted: May 30, 2009

CAPITOL — A coalition including environmental groups, labor and mass transit organizations is pushing for a $5 billion environment-oriented bond proposal to be put before state voters this fall.

The leaders of the Assembly and Senate environmental conservation committees are endorsing the plan, which would simply put the funding request before voters.

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Paving the road to tax reform

OUR VIEW: Circuit breaker is not perfect, but it will work for nowGlens Falls Post-Star Editorial. Posted: Friday, May 29, 2009

A circuit breaker isn’t the best solution to high property taxes.

By itself, it’s not even a good solution. It might even be counterproductive to cutting taxes over the long run.

But at this time during a crippling economic recession, when New Yorkers are struggling to pay their rising property taxes, the circuit breaker provides immediate, stop-gap tax relief for many residents.

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Bill could ease local government mergers

Petitions would need 1/10 of registered voters instead of current 1/3

By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: May 29, 2009

SARANAC LAKE - A law that could pass this year would make it easier for municipalities to start the process of consolidation or dissolution.

The New York Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act has gone through the Local Government committees of both the Senate and Assembly, Dan Mac Entee, spokesman for state Sen. Betty Little of Queensbury, said Wednesday. He said it is now going through other committees.

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Senate Woman of Distinction Award

The Women of Distinction Award honors an outstanding woman from our community.  I am honored to recognize Mrs. Charlotte Miles’ work and to celebrate her as one of New York’s Women of Distinction.

Charlotte is a true advocate for issues facing the Lower East Side community.  She moved to the Lower East Side when she was two years old and has lived in the community ever since. She has three children and five grandchildren.

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ADVOCATES FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM JOIN WITH STATE LAWMAKERS IN CALLING FOR LAW REQUIRING INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR AUTISM TREATMENTS

47 State Senators, 41 Assembly Members Sponsoring Statewide Legislation 

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Senate Passes Property Tax Breaks For Cold War Veterans

Measure puts Cold War vets on par with others & also extends to co-ops (Albany, NY) The New York State Senate today recognized the service and sacrifice of Cold War veterans by voting to allow for local municipalities to increase the level of property tax breaks available to these veterans. Under the current law, Cold War vets are not offered the same breaks as other “combat” veterans. 

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