Governor Backs Down on Tax and Fee Hikes

ALBANY, 03/11/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) commented today on Governor Paterson’s decision to back down on some tax and fee hikes proposed in his budget.

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Senator Martin M. Dilan Says There is Still Time to Save Straphangers from Massive Fare Hikes and Service Cuts

August is recognized as National Immunization Awareness Month   Calling it "one of the most important things you can do to prepare your child for school," State Senator Martin Malave Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today reminded New Yorkers that as summer draws to a close, it's time to make sure their child's back-to-school immunizations are up to date.  Immunizations protect children against serious, vaccine-preventable diseases.

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Statement Opposing Fun Tax

     “Governor Paterson has made the right decision by scrapping the $1.3 billion so-called ‘fun tax’,” said Senator Betty Little.  “Raising taxes on families and businesses would suppress economic activity at a time when billions of dollars are being pumped into our state to stimulate growth. 

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Aubertine: Elimination of ‘Nickel and Dime’ Taxes from Budget is a Victory for Rural New Yorkers

Senator Applauds the Governor, Leadership for listening to concerns of Upstate New York

ALBANY (March 11, 2009)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine today applauded Gov. David Paterson and leadership in the Senate and Assembly for listening to him and Upstate New Yorkers by eliminating $1.3 billion in taxes and fees from ongoing budget discussions.

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Senator McDonald Opens Troy District Office

TROY – Senator Roy McDonald opened his official Senate District Office in the City of Troy on Friday, March 13th. All residents of the 43rd Senate District were welcomed for an open house from 12 to 4 p.m.

The Senator was joined by numerous officials from Rensselaer County including; Troy Mayor Harry Tutunjian, Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino, Chairman of the Rensselaer County Legislature Neil Kelleher Jr., County Clerk Frank Merola, and Rensselaer County Sheriff Jack Mahar for a ribbon cutting ceremony at Hedley Park Place, the former Cluett Peabody building.

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Aubertine: Elimination of ‘Nickel and Dime’ Taxes from Budget is a Victory for Rural New Yorkers

Senator Applauds the Governor, Leadership for listening to concerns of Upstate New York

ALBANY (March 11, 2009)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine today applauded Gov. David Paterson and leadership in the Senate and Assembly for listening to him and Upstate New Yorkers by eliminating $1.3 billion in taxes and fees from ongoing budget discussions.

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$1.3 Billion In Burdensome Taxes and Fees Removed From State Budget Talks

Following months of strong opposition from Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) and his Senate Republican colleagues along with millions of New Yorkers, Governor Paterson has capitulated and agreed to remove the onerous tax and fee increases on numerous goods and services contained in the Executive Budget.

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A BETTER PLAN FOR NEW YORK

Senate Republicans Unveil “A Better Plan for New York” as Alternative to High Taxes, New Fees and Lack of Accountability Offered by Democrats;

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Senator Lanza Unveils “A BETTER PLAN FOR NEW YORK”

GOP Plan Spends Less than Governor Proposed, Includes Initiatives to Create Jobs, Major New Proposal to Help Middle-Class Families Pay for College

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Amidst the Sinking Economy, Wine and Liquor Retailers Could Benefit from Proposed Legislation

State Senator Pedro Espada, Jr. (D-Bronx) has introduced a bill that would amend the alcoholic beverage control law to allow liquor stores to sell peanuts, cheese, crackers, olives and other snacks, condiments and food items associated with the consumption of wine and other alcoholic beverages.

Espada said the bill could boost sales revenue for liquor stores and sales tax for the State.

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