Bonacic Cheers NYRI's Death


           APRIL 3, 2009:   State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope) reacted to NYRI’s being withdrawn today as follows:  “ONE WORD:  VICTORY!  All of the people across the region who came together to fight NYRI are winners.  Without the regional unity, this win would not have been possible.”

         After NYRI was proposed, Senator Bonacic took the following steps to combat the project: 


Senate Republicans Fight to Maintain Environmental Protection Fund

Senate Republicans moved to protect the state’s commitment to fund environmental protection programs today when they proposed an amendment to the 2009-10 state budget that would stop a planned cut of nearly $80 million to the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). Senate Democrats voted unanimously in opposition to striking the proposed EPF cut from the budget.


Padavan Votes Against Reckless and Fiscally Irresponsible Budget

Calling it the worst budget process he has ever seen, New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) voted against the 2009-2010 State Budget presented by Governor Paterson, Speaker Silver and Senate Majority Leader Smith.


Statement from Senator Ranzenhofer on Reinstating STAR Rebate Checks in Budget

"I lead the fight for homeowners, seniors and middle-class families on the Senate floor today and proposed an amendment to the State budget that would have reinstated STAR rebate checks for each and every homeowner in Western New York.

Unfortunately, Senate democrats rejected my proposal, refusing to provide tax relief for homeowners that already pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation. As a result, families will lose an average of $369 in Erie County and $525 in Genesee County for 2009 in much needed property tax relief.


Senate Republicans Offer Amendments to Stop Tax Hikes in Democrats Budget

In an effort to stop Senate Democrats from pushing through the largest tax and spending hikes in state history, Senate Republicans today put forward budget amendments that would eliminate tax increases, restore rebate checks for property taxpayers and help businesses create new jobs. They also outlined spending cuts and alternative sources of revenues that show how taxes can be cut and the budget remain balanced.


Costly State Budget Hurts All of New York

ALBANY, 04/03/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C- Oneonta) commented today on the state budget vote:

“New York has a budget, but there is very little good news in the spending plan. The budget, crafted entirely behind closed doors by the governor and other New York City leaders, will prove devastating to upstate New York families and businesses.


Senate Republicans Push For Property Tax Relief in State Budget

Members of the New York State Republican Conference today proposed an amendment to budget legislation being advanced on the Senate floor that would restore $1.45 billion in property tax relief for New York’s middle class homeowners. Senate Democrats voted to defeat the amendment.

The budget plan being advanced by the Governor and legislative leaders completely eliminates the STAR property tax rebate checks, placing and additional burden on homeowners struggling with rising property taxes across the state.


Senate Passes Fair Share Tax Reform That Protects 96% of New Yorkers While Raising $4 Billion to Avoid Devastating Cuts to Social Services

Temporary increase on wealthiest 4% will maintain education, healthcare and law enforcement funding for all New Yorkers

(Albany, NY) Today, the Senate, passed the most progressive reform of the tax system in more than three decades. The temporary increase used to prevent dramatic cuts to education for our children, healthcare for seniors, and other services is vital to getting our economy back on track and will protect 96 percent of taxpayers statewide from having any tax increase.


Democrats Pass Largest Tax Increase in State History; Ranzenhofer Leads the Fight to Restore STAR Rebate Checks

Albany, NY - With millions of Western New Yorkers working harder than ever to balance their own family budgets—and with businesses struggling to cope with an historic economic downturn, the Democrats have passed a State Budget that includes massive increases in spending and the largest tax increase in state history. The whopping $132 Billion dollar plan increases spending by $10.5 billion or roughly 10% and includes $8 billion dollars in new taxes and fees.

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