Bonacic Blasts Raid on SUNY Tuition

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope) today called the move to raid SUNY tuition dollars “a tax on the middle class, negotiated in secret, and designed to hurt families who pay SUNY tuition.”  

            The tuition hike is $600.  The raid on the tuition hike will bring $62 million more to State coffers and be spent on things completely unrelated to SUNY or education.  


4/06/2009: Passed Senate, Huntley Sponsors S. 3483

S. 3483  HUNTLEY   Same as A. 7566  Rivera P  HUNTLEY, BRESLIN Rpld S29.29 sub 6, amd Ment Hyg L, generally Changes the name of the office of mental retardation and developmental disabilities to the New York state developmental disabilities services office. Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities

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Seward Administers Oath for Coxsackie Leaders

ALBANY, 04/07/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C- Oneonta) this week administered the oath of office to new Village of Coxsackie Mayor Mark Evans and re-elected trustees.

Before the swearing-in Seward told the standing room only crowd on hand at the Coxsackie Village Hall that “holding office in local government is a vital and important service. It is also one of the most difficult because you see your constituents on the village streets each and every day.”


Senator Valesky Statement on News that NYRI has Withdrawn Its PSC Application

As a strong and vocal opponent of NYRI, I am pleased that they have at last decided to withdraw their petition from the PSC. Though it is necessary to address New York State's aging power infrastructure, I firmly believe it should not be done at the detriment of our Upstate communities. The power line would have cut through the hearts of those communities and resulted in increased power costs for Upstate. Today, I am happy that the residents of those communities in Madison and Oneida counties can rest easy knowing this project has been defeated.


Statement from Senator Valesky on Passage of the New York State Budget

Today, the New York State Senate passed a responsible budget that, in the midst of the worst economic situation since the Great Depression, made tough and necessary choices to close a $17 billion dollar deficit while protecting vital services and programs for the people of New York State.

Contrary to what has been said in packaged sound bytes and calls of doom and gloom from special interests, this budget protects the core values we hold high in Upstate New York—education, agriculture, health care, and job creation.


Senator Parker 2nd Annual Job Fair Highlights Green Collar Job Opportunities

Over 40 private companies, public sector agencies and non-profits meet with job-seekers with a focus on preparing for green industry training


Senator Thomas K. Duane Hails $350 Million for Film and TV Production Credit

Funding Puts New York – And 29th District – Back in Front of the CamerasFilm and Television Industries Employ More Than 100,000 People in New York


New Analysis Shows New York City Losing Up to $150 Million a Year from Internet Cigarette Websites

Weiner & Klein Announce New Legislation to Shut Down Internet Tobacco Smuggling

  New York City – With the federal government raising new taxes on cigarettes, a new study shows that internet tobacco sales are cutting a deep hole into the city's tax revenue.


Do You Support Final State Budget?

Albany, N.Y., April 7–More than 90 percent of the respondents to a week-long, online “Quick Poll” conducted by State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) have expressed opposition to the 2009-2010 state budget enacted late last week by Governor David Paterson and the Legislature’s Democratic majorities.



Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) recently announced that funding cuts in the 2009-2010 State Budget will hurt the nursing home industry throughout Orange and Ulster counties.

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