Posted on February 26th, 2015 by The Stand in More News, Voices
On Thursday, Feb. 19, we had a meeting at City Hall in Syracuse concerning CNY Centro. Centro is proposing service cuts to the Syracuse area. Local 580 is not in agreement with these cuts. We believe they should be adding services and hiring more drivers.
The Mission of CNYRTA is to provide services which are Safe, Convenient, Reliable and Environmentally responsible with a goal of maximizing the taxpayers return on investment. Cutting services does not meet these standards.
When state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) first joined the Independent Democratic Conference, a group of rogue Democrats in the state Senate, he praised the group for its ability to overcome partisan lines and get things done.
Now that Republicans have the majority in the upper chamber of the state Senate, he concedes “the jury might still be out” on whether the IDC remains relevant.
But he insists that the group is still relevant, saying that it continues to have a working relationship with the Republican conference and still has influence.
More than 260,000 older New Yorkers suffer from elder abuse every year. The most common form — financial abuse and exploitation — is growing at an alarming rate.
Not only does this heartless crime leave its victims in economic ruin and devastate families, but according to a preliminary finding of a pending report by the Office of Family and Children Services, its conservative impact on the state is $1.7 billion a year in costs for Adult Protective Services, police departments, courts, state Office for the Aging, and necessary new services like SNAP, Medicaid and Crime Victims Assistance.
WATERVILLE>> The Waterville Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution to freeze spending on Feb. 3.
In 2010-11, the Gap Elimination Adjustment cost the district $5.97 million in state funds. Since the 2007-08 school year, Waterville has seen a total aid loss of $15.23 million, putting the district in a difficult situation to plan for the future, said Superintendent Charles Chafee.
The downfall of State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has led to a call for new reforms in state government, a campaign that could lead to a budget impasse. As Bill Carey reports, lawmakers believe they can avoid a budget stalemate by reaching a deal with the governor before the April 1 deadline.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has been on the road to warn that timely budgets are less important than a trustworthy government in Albany.
The Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) has unveiled a comprehensive policy agenda that would include $10 million allocated specifically to Upstate New York for supportive housing development. Supportive housing models include inclusive design for those who may have physical impairments and often offer a variety of services including activities, transportation, an on-site service coordinator, amenities, meals, and support for residents’ health-related services. More information is available on my website.
New York State has launched a couple of new tools that will make finding information about tourism and tourism history easier than ever.
Thousands of NYS attractions and events, including Path through History and Taste NY locations, are now available at the touch of a button thanks to the new, free I LOVE NEW YORK mobile app launched in January to promote New York State tourism.
It was an honor last week to speak during the Senate Legislative Session about resolution J.276, remembering former Governor Mario M. Cuomo. Here’s the link to my comments.
Last Friday, I attended the launch of 2-1-1 CNY, which provides access to community information and referral services in Onondaga County by dialing 211 on a cell phone or by calling toll-free 1-844-445-1922. The 211 system helps residents locate basic resources such as food, shelter, employment, or health services by dialing a simple three-digit number. Visit the 2-1-1 website for more information.
SYRACUSE—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and the Independent Democratic Conference have unveiled a comprehensive policy agenda that would include $10 million allocated specifically to Upstate New York for supportive housing development.
Supportive housing models include inclusive design for those who may have physical impairments and often offer a variety of services including activities, transportation, an on-site service coordinator, amenities, meals, and support for residents’ health-related services.
Senator Dave Valesky said, Friday, he doesn’t think ethics legislation will hold up an on-time, fiscally responsible state budget.
Governor Cuomo said during a talk at NYU Law School Monday that he wouldn’t approve a budget without significant ethics reform. That package of bills would focus on disclosure of outside income for lawmakers, client information, and campaign finance reforms.
The package would be a large hurdle for Albany, with remnants of the latest corruption scandal still circling the halls of the state capitol.
By Tim Knauss on February 06, 2015 at 9:22 AM, updated February 06, 2015 at 9:25 AM
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Mayor Stephanie Miner said she will continue to seek state money to pay for new water mains in Syracuse, despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo's statement this week that the city should pay for pipes itself by invigorating the local economy.
State legislators from Central New York have promised Miner they will seek additional funding for Syracuse infrastructure in the next state budget, the mayor said Thursday.
Allowing the century-old water system to deteriorate further is not an option, she said.
By Teri Weaver on February 03, 2015 at 10:23 AM, updated February 04, 2015 at 2:27 PM
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Centro, last week, announced proposed cuts to late-night and weekend services to make up for a $4.5 million budget gap.
The proposals are preliminary.
But they are significant: Centro would end bus routes after 9 p.m. on weeknights, after 7 p.m. on Saturdays and all service on Sundays.
Centro officials are talking with state leaders about solutions to its budget woes to avoid the drastic changes and steer the bus authority onto better, long-term financial footing. Centro officials also have asked the public to weigh in.
By Tim Knauss on February 02, 2015 at 3:03 PM, updated February 02, 2015 at 3:33 PM
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Organizers of an electronics recycling event Saturday at the Syracuse DPW garage expected a big crowd, but they were shocked by how big it actually was. So many cars arrived loaded with old TVs, computers and other junk that Syracuse police were forced to close an exit ramp from Interstate 690 for four hours to prevent traffic from backing up on the highway.
Eight tractor-trailers were filled with estimated 100 tons of electronics during the event -- four times as much as was collected at a similar event in January 2014, said Cindy Jessop, of Sunnking Electronics Recycling, the company that recycles the items.
Colgate University is poised to prove that regional development can have an international reach.
Governor Andrew Cuomo, through his Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative, has awarded $750,000 to Colgate, supporting the university’s efforts to relocate the Picker Gallery of Art and the Longyear Museum of Anthropology from campus to the new Center for Art and Culture in the Village of Hamilton.
On February 6, Senator Valesky attended the launch of 2-1-1 CNY, which provides access to community information and referral services. This service is accessible in Onondaga County by dialing 211 on a cell phone or by calling toll-free 1-844-445-1922. Locating basic resources such as food, shelter, employment, or health care may mean calling dozens of phone numbers, then struggling through a maze of agencies and services to make the right connections. The 211 system helps residents find resources by dialing a simple three-digit number.
Health Committee Sends CARE Act to Full Senate for Consideration; Bill Ensures Caregivers Receive Instruction in Post-Discharge Tasks
Family caregivers are too often left unprepared to provide proper care before taking their loved ones home from the hospital. State Senator David Valesky cast a key vote this week to advance legislation ensuring caregivers are offered instruction in any post-discharge tasks their older parents, spouses or other loved ones will need at home, fostering better care and potentially avoiding costly hospital re-admissions.
By Tim Knauss on January 30, 2015 at 2:47 PM, updated January 30, 2015 at 3:23 PM
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Central New York residents can get rid of old TVs, computers, phones and other electronic equipment for free at a recycling event 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Syracuse Department of Public Works, 1200 Canal St. Extension, off Midler Avenue.
Just drive into the DPW truck garage and volunteers will unload your unwanted items, said Jessica DeCerce, chief of staff for Sen. David Valesky, who is sponsoring the event together with Time Warner Cable and Sunnking Electronics Recycling.