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Statement on the Public Authorities Reform Act of 2009

"Today the State of New York moves towards becoming a more transparent and open government. Public authorities such as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which have long operated with limited oversight and public scrutiny, will be more transparent and accountable to the taxpayers due to the implementation of the Public Authorities and Reform Act of 2009.

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Westchester Hearing On Governor's Proposed Deficit Reduction Plan

Westchester County—Senator Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn), Chair of the Finance Committee, and Senators Suzi Oppenheimer (D-37th District) and Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-35th District) will commence the Senate’s final regional budget oversight hearing Thursday to review the fiscal consequences of the Governor’s deficit closing proposals on local healthcare and educational services, as well as other program supported by the state.

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Mandate Relief Package Passes Senate

The New York State Senate passed four measures today which will finally provide mandate relief across the state, and reverse New York’s long-standing practice of passing financial burdens onto local school districts.

Identified by school districts as vital to their operations and ability to budget in a prudent manner, the Democratic package will allow them to more effectively manage the resources they have, and make the best possible decisions for their communities in this time of fiscal crisis.

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Funding Announced for Local Justice Courts

(Albany, NY) – Today, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins was advised by New York State’s Chief Administration Judge, Ann Pfau, that five justice courts in the 35th Senate District have been awarded grants under the State’s Justice Court Assistance Program. Justice Courts in the town of Mount Pleasant and the villages of Dobbs Ferry, Elmsford, Pleasantville, and Tarrytown will receive these grants to undertake renovations, purchase equipment to improve their operations and make their facilities more secure.

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Senate Unveils Budget Reform Legislation

Package of Bills will Ensure Fiscal Responsibility

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) announced that the Senate has put forth comprehensive budget reforms that will end short term wasteful spending and ensure the enactment of a fiscally responsible budget. The legislative package provides for long-term financial planning, the enactment of stricter accounting principles, and mandates stringent standards of accountability for State financed programs and services.

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Westchester Herald: Senate Unveils Budget Reform Legislation

Albany, NY -- State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF –35th District) last week announced that the Senate has put forth comprehensive budget reforms that will end short term wasteful spending and ensure the enactment of a fiscally responsible budget. The legislative package provides for longterm financial planning, the enactment of stricter accounting principles, and mandates stringent standards of accountability for State financed programs and services…

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Budget Agreement Provides Critical Aid to Yonkers

This year has been very difficult for the City of Yonkers and for the State of New York. In the wake of a multi-million dollar deficit crisis, Mayor Amicone has proposed layoffs and drastic cuts in services in order to close the City's budget gap. We have made a commitment to the residents of Yonkers that we would fight to try to avoid his doomsday scenario. Today we have reached a budget agreement that will make this a reality.

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Agreement to Restore Yonkers Education Funding

Today, we are happy to announce that working with Senator Sampson, Assembly Speaker Silver, State Comptroller DiNapoli, and Governor Paterson, an agreement has been reached which enables the City of Yonkers to adopt and certify its budget to include the $36.4 million in education funding that had been vetoed.

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Rising Times: COUNCIL PASSES CITY BUDGET THAT PROVIDES RESOURCES FOR MAYOR TO RESTORE JOBS & SERVICES

Bi-Partisanship Effort Amongst Members is Key to Approval

The Yonkers City Council tonight voted 6-1 to approve the City’s FY 2010-11 Budget and provide the mayor with the necessary financial resources to restore essential services and jobs. Councilmember Joan Gronowski voted against its adoption.

The budget’s passage follows an announcement earlier today by NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, NYS Senator Jeff Klein, NYS Assemblyman Mike Spano and NYS Assemblyman Gary Pretlow that $36.4 million in educational aid was being returned to Yonkers for school funding.

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