Senate Holds Final Landmark Hearing On Rules Reform In Long Island

(Long Island, NY) - Today, the bi-partisan State Senate Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform held its final public hearing which will usher in a new era of government that will recommend fundamental change to improve the operation of the State Senate. Following the hearings, the Temporary Committee, Co-Chaired by Senators David Valesky (D-Oneida) and John Bonacic (R-Mt. Hope), is expected to introduce a historic rules reform package to make the Senate more accountable, open and representative for the people of New York.

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Where's The Reform?

After years of promising fundamental reforms to ensure greater transparency and accountability, the new senate Democratic majority has actually taken New York’s notoriously flawed state budget process and made it fundamentally worse on every level.  In fact, this year’s budget process has been more closed, more secretive and more dysfunctional than ever before.

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NYSS Temporary Committee on Rules Reform: Long Island Testimony Given Friday, February 27, 2009

Hearing Minutes Minutes from the Hearing in Long Island

Stuart Berger, PresidentCitizens for a Better New York (CFBNY)

Michael CohenPrivate Citizen

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Sen. Espada Announces: Support for Schneiderman Millionaire Tax Legislation

State Senator Pedro Espada, Jr. (D-Bronx, 33rd district), Senate Vice President for Urban Policy and Planning, announced today that he is throwing his support behind the bill proposed by Sen. Eric Schneiderman that would create a so-called millionaire’s tax.

 

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Senate Rules Reform Committee Launches YouTube Channel

The State Senate Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform has created a YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/NYSenateRulesReform) as an additional, transparent means of soliciting public feedback on the legislative process. The channel allows individuals to record and share input on Senate procedure as the Temporary Committee concludes their public hearing phase over the next 10 days. Responses will be considered in the Committee’s final  recommendations, which will be presented to the full Senate by April 13th. 

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NYSS Temporary Committee on Rules Reform: NYC Testimony Given Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hearing MinutesMinutes from the Hearing in New York City

Gerald BenjaminProfessor of Political Science and Director, Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (SUNY NEW PALTZ)

Rachael Fauss, Research and Policy Associatefor Citizen Union of the City of New York

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Senate Passes Neighborhood Preservation Act

ALBANY, NY -- Senator Jeff Klein’s bill, the Neighborhood Preservation Act, yesterday passed the NYS Senate with 47 members voting for the bill and 11 members voting against it. The legislation creates a standard of safety and habitability for bank owned homes which are foreclosed and vacant. Klein’s legislation will allow municipalities to use their discretion in how they chose to clean up these unsitely residential properties and how they choose to get reimbursed for their work whether by issuing violations or through legal action, or by simply billing the bank.

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Senate Passes Neighborhood Preservation Act

Senate Passes Neighborhood Preservation Act

Protects Property Values and Neighborhood Safety from Fallout of Foreclosure Crisis

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