STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Island non-profits will feel the crunch from a state budget that has done away with discretionary funding -- money usually set aside for individual legislators to distribute to organizations in their districts.
Senator Lanza’s bill, S.6238, requires the MTA to offer seniors a 50% discounton bridge and tunnel tolls. “Many of our seniors, who live on fixed incomes, are finding it more and more difficult to makes ends meet,” said Senator Lanza.
The Bloomberg administration is considering making New Yorkers pay for garbage pickup as a way to help solve the city's financial crisis.
Proponents of the idea say it would also cut down on waste.
A former sanitation official says many New Yorkers could end up paying less overall taxes if trash collection is separated from general taxes, and people are charged for what they throw away, not their neighbors.
Paying for trash pickup is widely practiced elsewhere.
State Senators Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island), Frank Padavan (Queens) and Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), today are responding to a New York State Comptroller’s report highlighting yet another financial failure of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, that of their failure to collect more than $9 million in back rent from nearly 1,000 commercial tenants.
As I go around Staten Island, people tell me that they are frustrated and concerned. I am too. I’ve talked to so many families that are worried about the future – they want more job security, a good education and opportunities for their children. We are fortunate to live in a great community with good schools and many great local businesses that, unfortunately, are now struggling.