Dean G. Skelos' News items

Senator Skelos meets with Governor Andrew Cuomo and Archbishop Demetrios to Announce Agreement to Rebuild St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

 

Statement from Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos

“Today is a very historic day for the members of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and the entire Greek American community. As the grandson of Greek immigrants, I have worked for years to ensure that this church was rebuilt, and thanks to Archbishop Demetrios, Governor Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg and countless others, we have finally achieved that reality. Rebuilding St. Nicholas Church at Ground Zero will stand as a strong and hopeful symbol to the world of the revitalization of New York and a fitting reminder of the spiritual journey we have taken together since 9/11.”

October 14, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS ON NEW SENATE WEB SITES

The new Senate websites that were unveiled with great fanfare today, cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to develop and will cost millions more to maintain.

Senator Smith has hired a new staff with a public payroll of at least a half a million dollars a year to give individual Senators and the public little more than they had with the previous Senate web sites that were designed and maintained by an outside vendor for $60,000 a year.

May 7, 2009
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MTA SECRECY - STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

CONTACT: John McArdle, Mark Hansen (518) 455-2264        FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, May 5, 2009

    I am stunned by Governor Paterson’s latest comments defending the secrecy shrouding the MTA discussions.  He defends the indefensible by claiming that a little transparency and sunlight might prompt Democrat lawmakers to vote against the agreement. Obviously the Governor believes a little information is a dangerous thing.  

May 5, 2009
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SENATE REPUBLICANS URGE GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATIVE LEADERS TO FIX EMPIRE ZONE PROBLEM

CONTACT: John McArdle, Mark Hansen  (518) 455-2264            FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Letter To Governor, Majority Leader & Speaker Calls Attention To Gouging Businesses for Interest-Free Loans

May 5, 2009
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Senate Republicans Push for Propert Tax Relief in State Budget

Members of the New York State Republican Conference today proposed an amendment to budget legislation being advanced on the Senate floor that would restore $1.45 billion in property tax relief for New York’s middle class homeowners. Senate Democrats voted to defeat the amendment.

The budget plan being advanced by the Governor and legislative leaders completely eliminates the STAR property tax rebate checks, placing and additional burden on homeowners struggling with rising property taxes across the state.

April 3, 2009
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Senate Republicans Push to Stop Drug Laws Changes in State Budget

Democrats Defend Plan To Release Inmates in Communities

State Senate Republicans today tried to stop Democrats from pushing through major changes to the states drug laws that could potentially put as many as 5,000 drug dealers back on the streets. The proposal is included in the 2009-10 state budget. Senate Republicans offered an amendment to strike the plan from the budget bill, however Senate Democrats voted to move forward with the so-called “drug dealer protection act.”

April 3, 2009
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Senate Democrats Reject GOP Effort to Include Jobs Plan in State Budget

Comprehensive Recovery Plan Would Help Small Businesses, Manufacturers; Create Jobs for Workers Dealing with Worst Economy since the Great Depression

Even though New Yorkers are facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, Senate Democrats today refused to include a comprehensive jobs plan offered by Republicans in the State Budget that would create new jobs and revitalize Upstate communities which have been hit hard by recent job losses.

April 3, 2009
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Senate Republicans Propose Mandate Relief in State Budget

Senate Democrats Vote Against Plan to Reign in School Spending and Provide Local Relief

Senate Republicans today introduced an amendment to budget legislation that would take measures to reign in runaway school spending, increase transparency within local school districts, and protect taxpayers from having to pick up the additional costs from unfunded mandates. Senate Democrats voted to defeat the amendment.

April 3, 2009
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Senate Democrats Oppose GOP Effort to Reduce Soaring Health Care Costs for Small Businesses, Taxpayers

Amendment would have rolled back new Democrat health insurance tax, new assessments that will lead to higher premiums

Senate Democrats today rejected a Republican-sponsored amendment that would have reduced skyrocketing health care costs in New York, ensuring that affordable health coverage will continue to remain out of reach for many small businesses, New Yorkers and their families.

April 3, 2009
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Senate Democrats Defeat Republican Effort to Stop Largest Tax Increase in State History

Massive $4.1 Billion Income Tax Hike will be Disastrous for Long Island, NYC Metro Area Taxpayers; Result in Thousands of Job Losses

Senate Democrats today defeated a Republican sponsored amendment that would have put the brakes on the largest tax increase in State history, a whopping $4 billion plus Personal Income Tax (PIT) increase that will affect taxpayers making as little as $200,000 a year and lead to devastating job losses throughout New York.

April 3, 2009
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Senate Republicans Fight to Keep Prisons Open

The New York Senate Republican Conference today introduced an amendment that would to keep three minimum security prisons in Upstate New York operating. Under the budget agreement announced by Governor Paterson, Speaker Silver, and Senator Smith, Camp Gabriels in Franklin County, Mt. McGregor in Saratoga County, and Camp Pharsalia in Chenango County would be closed without the required twelve month notice required by law.

The closure of the prisons would result in the loss of over 300 jobs in Upstate New York. Senate Democrats voted to defeat the amendment.

April 3, 2009
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Senate Republicans Push to Stop Help Lower Energy Costs

State Senate Republicans today introduced an amendment to budget legislation being advanced by Senate Democrats that would remove onerous new taxes on natural gas and utilities, restore funds that were swept from the New York Power Authority, and expand the Power for Jobs program to provide low cost power to businesses and not-for-profit corporations that create or retain jobs in New York. Senate Democrats voted unanimously to defeat the amendment.

April 3, 2009
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Senate Democrats Prevent Passage of GOP Amendment to Stop State Budget's Assault on Middle-Class Taxpayers

Typical family will pay $2,400 more in taxes under Democrat-only Budget

Senate Democrats today opposed a Republican-sponsored amendment that would have eliminated dozens of new taxes and fees included in the State budget that will force an average middle class family to pay more than $2,350 in additional taxes this year.

April 3, 2009
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Senate Republicans Push to Put Lid on State Spending

In an effort to put the brakes on runaway state spending and taxes, Senate Republicans today proposed an amendment to the state budget that would put in place a constitutional state spending cap. The Senate has previously passed the spending cap plan with bipartisan support, yet today Senate Democrats changed their position and voted unanimously against it.

April 3, 2009
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Senate Republicans Propose Amendment to Increase Affordability and Access to Higher Education

Members of the Senate Republican Conference today proposed an amendment to the higher education budget legislation being advanced by the Senate Democrats that would help improve the quality and affordability of higher education by ensuring that money from tuition increases go directly to SUNY, increasing the tuition tax credit, and creating a prepaid college plan for SUNY and CUNY. Senate Democrats voted to defeat the amendment.

April 3, 2009
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Senate Republicans Fight to Maintain Environmental Protection Fund

Senate Republicans moved to protect the state’s commitment to fund environmental protection programs today when they proposed an amendment to the 2009-10 state budget that would stop a planned cut of nearly $80 million to the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). Senate Democrats voted unanimously in opposition to striking the proposed EPF cut from the budget.

April 3, 2009
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Senate Republicans Offer Amendments to Stop Tax Hikes in Democrats Budget

In an effort to stop Senate Democrats from pushing through the largest tax and spending hikes in state history, Senate Republicans today put forward budget amendments that would eliminate tax increases, restore rebate checks for property taxpayers and help businesses create new jobs. They also outlined spending cuts and alternative sources of revenues that show how taxes can be cut and the budget remain balanced.

April 3, 2009
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Senate Republicans Push For Property Tax Relief in State Budget

Members of the New York State Republican Conference today proposed an amendment to budget legislation being advanced on the Senate floor that would restore $1.45 billion in property tax relief for New York’s middle class homeowners. Senate Democrats voted to defeat the amendment.

The budget plan being advanced by the Governor and legislative leaders completely eliminates the STAR property tax rebate checks, placing and additional burden on homeowners struggling with rising property taxes across the state.

April 3, 2009
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Sen. GOP Criticize Governor's Secret Plan to Add New Taxes to Utility Bills

State Senate Republicans today blasted Governor Paterson for trying to impose higher surcharges on utility companies that would end up costing consumers of electricity, natural gas and telephone services hundreds of millions of dollars in higher gas, phone and electric bills. The Senators said the latest massive tax hike plan is one of several being discussed by the Governor, and Democratic leaders from New York City during secret budget negotiations.

March 27, 2009
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