Statement From State Senator Kevin Parker On The Appointment Of Jonathan Lippman To The Court Of Appeals

"I congratulate Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman upon his confirmation by the Senate to the Court of Appeals.

Justice Lippman is a distinguished and widely respected jurist, with a fine reputation as an administrator. I have every hope and confidence he will live up to the standards set by his predecessor, the Honorable Judith Kaye, and will provide wise and progressive perspective from the bench."

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Senator Ruben Diaz Abstains From Selection Process of Judge Lippman

New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) abstained from voting – for the first time ever as a Member of State Senate Judiciary Committee – for the selection of Judge Jonathan Lippman as Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals.

Senator Ruben Diaz, Senator Pedro Espada and Senator Hiram Monserrate walked out of today’s Senate Session hearing nomination vote in protest against the discriminatory way the selection process was conducted.

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The Governor Needs To Fix His Outdated Budget Proposal

In light of funds New York is projected to receive from the federal stimulus package, I am calling on Governor Paterson to reconfigure and resubmit his 2009-10 Executive Budget. The Governor submitted his proposed budget long before there was a federal stimulus package. The billions of dollars in new federal aid gives the Governor the opportunity to reshape a budget that would have a devastating impact on taxpayers throughout the state.

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Job Creation Needs To Be Focus Of Federal Stimulus

ALBANY, 02/10/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C-Oneonta) today commented on the federal stimulus package, and how it will be used once approved.

“As we deal with an economic crisis here in New York it is important that any federal stimulus dollars we receive are put to use creating and retaining jobs and strengthening our economy.

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Senator Ruben Diaz Abstains From Selection Process Of Judge Lippman

New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) abstained from voting – for the first time ever as a Member of State Senate Judiciary Committee – for the selection of Judge Jonathan Lippman as Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals.

Senator Ruben Diaz, Senator Pedro Espada and Senator Hiram Monserrate walked out of today’s Senate Session hearing nomination vote in protest against the discriminatory way the selection process was conducted.

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Senator Ruben Diaz Abstains From Selection Process of Judge Lippman

New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) abstained from voting – for the first time ever as a Member of State Senate Judiciary Committee – for the selection of Judge Jonathan Lippman as Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals.

Senator Ruben Diaz, Senator Pedro Espada and Senator Hiram Monserrate walked out of today’s Senate Session hearing nomination vote in protest against the discriminatory way the selection process was conducted.

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Senator Steve Saland: The MTA Tax Equals Higher Property Taxes

     The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), on the recommendation of the Ravitch Commission, has proposed a payroll tax on all wages in the Hudson Valley counties served by the MTA – Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Westchester and Rockland. The Commission, instituted by the Governor to develop ideas to ease the MTA’s severe financial problems, proposed a tax of 33¢ on each $100 of wages paid in these five counties. 

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Senator Liz Krueger Presides Over the Senate Says She is Honored to Have this Opportunity

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger presided over the Senate today, her first opportunity to do so since becoming a Senator in a 2002.  Until this year Republicans had controlled the Senate since 1965 and therefore Democratic members had not been allowed to preside over the Senate.  Senator Krueger's opportunity to preside over the Senate comes on the heels of Andrea Stewart-Cousins historic moment of being the first African-American woman to preside over the Senate and represents a new opportunity for women to have a real voice in the State Senate. 

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Hearing And Confirmation Vote Wednesday For Jonathan Lippman, Nominee For Chief Judge Of The Court Of Appeals

State Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman John Sampson (D-Brooklyn) and members of his committee will meet Wednesday morning to take up Governor Paterson’s nomination of Judge Jonathan Lippman to the position of Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court. 

Following the meeting of the Judiciary Committee, Judge Lippman’s nomination will move to the floor of the Senate for a full confirmation vote.  

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State Senators Introduce Fair Share Tax Reform

Initiative Would Raise More than $6 Billion in Revenue to Nearly Halve Budget Shortfall While Reforming New York's Tax Code to Make it Fairer

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