Senator Serrano Calls On Washington To Fund Cultural Institutions And Living Museums

Chair of the NYS Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee Says Arts are Bread and Butter of State Economy

Albany, NY – New York State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today criticized the United States Senate for passage of an amendment that would prevent federal stimulus funding for cultural institutions and living museums throughout the country.

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Statement By Austin Shafran, Spokesman For Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith

“Last night the Senate Majority Leader reiterated his support for gay marriage when he spoke at the HRC Dinner.

Senator Smith said that at the present time he does not believe there are sufficient votes in the Senate to pass the marriage equality bill which passed the Assembly last year. He asked for those attending the dinner to help him secure the additional votes needed for passage.

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How To Squander a $750 Million Power Authority Surplus

N.Y. Power Authority surplus will go to state, not customers

Article by Tom Precious

http://www.buffalonews.com/home/story/572142.html

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Young stands up for SUNY

Saturday, February 7 2009

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Golisano, Maziarz Team Up To Battle Bridge Commission

Western New York businessman and government reform advocate Tom Golisano and State Senator George Maziarz today announced they were teaming up in an effort to bring public accountability and transparency to the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission.  As part of that effort, Golisano announced that his Responsible New York organization would fund a lawsuit to compel the Bridge Commission to adhere to state freedom of information and sunshine laws.

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Restore NY Program to Accept Applications

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that local municipalities can apply for Round 3 of Restore NY's Communities Initiative grants beginning February 9, 2009. "This is a great opportunity for our localities to move forward with economic development plans," said Senator LaValle.

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Winner to Gov. Paterson: Let's Be Ready For Dairy Crisis

Albany, N.Y., February 6–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) has urged Governor David Paterson to direct his administration to pay close attention to what Winner fears is quickly developing into a devastating financial crisis within New York’s dairy industry.

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SUNY Students Unfairly Targeted

I am proud to represent several State University of New York (SUNY) schools and public community colleges throughout the 51st district.  The campuses have grown over the years and are considered among the finest educational institutions in America.  Students leave these schools with a first-class education, extraordinary job skills, and a keen perspective on life. 

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Senate Majority Fails in Effort to Protect WNY Jobs, says Ranzenhofer

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer today said efforts to save local jobs were killed when the Senate Majority approved a New York City Democrat plan that hurts local families and our economy.

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News From The News From The Temporary Committee On Rules Reform

SENATE RULES AND ADMINISTRATION REFORM COMMITTEE GATHERS TESTIMONY FROM REFORM ADVOCATES, INCLUDING A FORMER SENATOR

 The State Senate’s Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform held its first public hearing of four planned across the state, and heard from several good government groups, regional reform advocates and a former state senator.  The hearing was hosted at Syracuse City Hall by Reform Committee Co-Chairs State Sen. David Valesky and State Sen. John Bonacic.   

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