ALBANY -- The morning after the legislature passed the fourth straight on-time state budget, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders grinned in front of news cameras, gripped a white ash Adirondack baseball bat, and declared they hit a grand slam.
But some lawmakers and political observers said that leaders' most potent weapon in this budget adopted late Monday night was their curve ball.
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TCAD President Michael Stamm joined others for a press conference in Albany to announce the result of a new study, 'Manufacturing Executives: Attitudes, Operations, Expectations & Opportunities.' The results indicate that while the manufacturing sector still finds the economic climate to be challenging, they continue to invest in capital and operation in New York State.
By Tim Knauss on March 31, 2014 at 11:51 AM, updated March 31, 2014 at 2:01 PM
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Mayor Stephanie Miner today said she has called on Syracuse's representatives in the state Legislature to continue efforts to secure emergency state funding to pay for city infrastructure, following news that the state budget to be voted on today does not contain such funding.
Miner said she appealed over the weekend to Senators John DeFrancisco and David Valesky and Assemblymen Bill Magnarelli and Sam Roberts to help Syracuse pay for water main repairs, police cars and other expenses the city cannot afford on its own.
UTICA – State Sens. David J. Valesky and Joseph A. Griffo announced today that the state budget includes, for the first time, funding for American Legion Boys’ State and American Legion Auxiliary’s Empire Girls State.
Morrisville State College will receive $100,000 to defray the cost of hosting 1,100 rising seniors for Boys’ State, which will be held from June 27 to July 3. The College at Brockport will receive $50,000 to cover some costs related to hosting more than 360 rising seniors for Empire Girls State, which will be held June 30 to July 6.
For the second consecutive election, voters in the 53rd State Senate District could be limited to only one choice at the voting booth in November.
As of March 29, state Sen. David J. Valesky, D-Oneida, is running unopposed again. And a contender is unlikely to step up before the official April 10 deadline for candidates to declare, political experts say. The election is Nov. 4, 2014.
State lawmakers have passed legislation to guarantee state contracts for disabled veterans who own businesses.
The state Senate Monday passed the measure Monday. The Assembly took it up the next day and approved it. Both of Oneida County's senators were cosponsors of the measure. In the Assembly, it was cosponsored by Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi, D-119, Utica.
The action follows Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's last week that he and legislative leaders had reached an agreement on the preference. The bill would set aside 6 percent of state contracts for small businesses owned by veterans disabled during their service.
By Teri Weaver on March 29, 2014 at 3:22 PM, updated March 29, 2014 at 3:29 PM
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- About 25,000 more seniors will receive help paying for prescription drugs under the final 2014-15 New York state budget, according to Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida.
The final budget deal -- struck by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders late Friday -- raises the income levels allowed to qualify for Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage.
The budget would raise the eligibility thresholds from $35,000 to $75,000 for singles and from $50,000 to $100,000 for married couples. The new thresholds also excludes social security income from the income calculations.
AUBURN | When it comes to welfare benefits, most local legislators believe state assistance should only be extended to residents.
On Tuesday evening, during the Cayuga County Legislature's full monthly meeting, legislators voted 10-2 to support a resolution urging New York to a establish a residency requirement for people seeking to obtain welfare benefits.
The resolution sparked debate among legislators — two of whom questioned the matter's underlying claims.
By Sarah Moses on March 26, 2014 at 11:59 AM, updated March 26, 2014 at 1:09 PM
Town of Cicero -- The town of Cicero will receive a $100,000 grant from State Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida, to install a community playground that will accommodate all children and their families, including those with special needs.
The playground will be built at Central Park, which is located 6540 Route 31, in Cicero. Central Park is 25 acres that already has public accessible restrooms, a pavilion, picnic tables, water fountain, security lighting and parking adjacent to the park.
By Kathleen Rubino on March 25, 2014 at 7:00 AM, updated March 25, 2014 at 10:49 AM
The Cathedral Academy at Pompei (CAP) Symphonic Music Program will hold a benefit concert on Friday, March 28 at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral. Elinor Frey, who released her most recent CD "La voce del violoncello" in 2013, will perform at the event.
CAP's music program has given refugee children in Syracuse the chance to work with music professionals. Children choose from strings, brass, woodwinds or drumming, learning to compose and ultimately perform their piece at a concert.
(Albany, NY – March 2014) State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), Chair of the Senate Aging Committee, along with his colleagues in the Independent Democratic Conference, released a report in support of the conference’s proposals making New York State more affordable for senior citizens. Each of these proposals were addressed in the Senate one-house budget resolution.
ALBANY | Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, R-Corning, is co-sponsoring a bill that would create a new technical diploma in New York state.
The bill, “The 21st Century Education Initiative,” was created by State Sen. David J. Valesky, D-Oneida, and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica.
It would create a new educational track through the Board of Regents that would culminate in a Career and Technical Education diploma.
Palmesano said the program would allow high school students to continue their apprenticeships after graduation, or choose to attend a college, university or technical institution for additional training.
By Teri Weaver on March 18, 2014 at 1:20 PM, updated March 18, 2014 at 1:28 PM
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Despite growing criticism of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's property tax freeze, Sen. John DeFrancisco said today he thought some version of state-supported property tax relief would be in New York's 2014-15 budget.
"I think it will be there in some form," DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, said as budget talks begin in earnest in Albany this week.
The key to winning support in the Senate, according to DeFrancisco, is easing up on state-mandated programs and costs to local governments while at the same time acknowledging that some communities have taken steps to curb costs and consolidate services.
In one of the most high-profile potential primary contests this year, ex-Councilman Oliver Koppell is waiting until the budget season is over before making a final decision on whether he’ll challenge State Senator Jeff Klein.
In an interview with the Observer this morning, Mr. Koppell, sounding very much like a candidate, said he wants “eliminate someone who has betrayed the Democratic Party and progressive principles,” but first needs to see how those principles fare in the state budget, due April 1. Mr. Klein leads the breakaway faction of Democrats allied with Republicans in his chamber.
Yesterday, Senator David J. Valesky joined colleagues Senator Joseph Griffo and Senator Phil Boyle in Utica at a forum of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The task force is examining the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and will develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.