Saland Announces Energy Grant For Town Of Germantown

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today joined Germantown Supervisor Roy Brown in announcing that the New York State Senate has helped the Town obtain a disbursement of $70,825 from the New York Power Authority Petroleum Overcharge Restitution Fund to help the reduce energy costs at four town buildings.


News From New York State Senator George Onorato Chairman, Senate Standing Committee on Labor

 STATEMENT BY SENATOR GEORGE ONORATOState Senator George Onorato (D-Queens), the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Labor, made the following statement regarding President Obama’s decision to nominate New York State Department of Labor Commissioner M.


Serrano at Manhattan College

Senator Jose M. Serrano attended the Community Leader’s Reception at the Smith Auditorium of Manhattan College, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, on Thursday, March 12.

"Manhattan College has been a landmark institution in this community for 156 years. The Community Leader’s reception celebrates the strong relationship this school has built with the public throughout its history," said Senator Serrano, a Manhattan College alumnus.


GOP Efforts To Reduce Soaring Health Care Costs Squashed By Dems

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) announced today that a pair of Republican-sponsored amendments that would have reduced skyrocketing health care costs in New York were rejected.


Final State Budget? Bad News for Upstate Region

Albany, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) criticized today an agreed-upon 2009-2010 state budget plan for taxing too much, spending too much, and dashing hopes for any short-term economic turnaround in upstate New York.

“Right out of the box, New York’s Democratic leaders are going to raise your taxes and put your job at risk so they can afford higher government spending,” Winner said.  “It’s even worse than I imagined.” 


Sun Continues to Shine on Reform Committee: Rules Reform Committee Meeting Webcast

During National Sunshine Week, a national initiative to open a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information, the New York State SenateTemporary Committee on Rules Reform once again webcast of its public meeting and archived the video to its site.


NYPA Rate Increases and Bonuses Outrageous

Amherst and Albany, NY – Senator Michael H.


Senator Thompson Declares Uncrowned Queens Day

Buffalo, NY – Antoine M. Thompson, NYS Senator, 60th District (Parts of Erie & Niagara Counties) declares Tuesday, March 24, 2009 Uncrowned Queens Day.


The Budget Battle Continues

 The legislative session in Albany continues to move at a snail’s pace, thanks to what has become a major step backward in transparency and openness in the operation of state government.  Budget negotiations have been bottled up in closed door sessions constituting three leaders, all of whom hail from New York City.  All three are also Democrats, and the reason this point is important is because for years Democrats have been demanding more open door meetings, and calling for government reform.  Interestingly enough, when given the opportunity, they are quick to ret


M.T.A. Plan for Revenue Draws Host of Critics

An array of city, state and federal elected officials sharply criticized the proposals to bail out the Metropolitan Transportation Authority at a legislative hearing on Thursday, raising fresh concerns about whether the proposals can survive in Albany.

City Council members opposed a plan to introduce tolls on the East and Harlem Rivers. Representative Anthony D. Weiner and business groups said they were against introducing a new payroll tax. And state senators, as well as many advocacy groups, disagreed with the proposal for an 8 percent fare increase.

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