Measure Would Reform Process To Draw District Lines In A Fair, Non-partisan Manner
The New York State Senate today passed a constitutional amendment, sponsored by Senator John Bonacic (R-C-I, Mount Hope), that would significantly reform the process by which new legislative and congressional district lines are determined. The amendment would create an independent, non-partisan apportionment commission, as called for in the NY Uprising pledge.
Earlier today, Senator Skelos met with local veterans from Nassau County to discuss issues such as what can be done to help homeless veterans, the Cold War Program, and the Flag Etiquette Program in schools.
“The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act”
The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.3901), sponsored by Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I- Shirley), that would limit protests at military funerals. Called “The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act,” the proposed law is named for an Iraq War Veteran who lost his life in combat in 2006.
The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.2682), sponsored by Senator Mike Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), to repeal a burdensome tax on local economic development agencies that hinders job growth and economic investment. The tax, first enacted in 2009, provides a direct obstacle to the ability of Industrial Development Agencies and Authorities (IDAs) to invest in new projects, support local businesses and create jobs.
Bill Would Establish New, Permanent Low-Cost Power Program to Create & Retain Jobs
The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.3164), sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), to create a new, permanent program called “Recharge NY,” that would provide low-cost power to help businesses create and retain jobs.
Senator Skelos had the opportunity to speak with William Bertiz, a 5th grade student from Valley Stream and Adanaya Kay-Njemanze, a student at Hewlett Elementary School, during their visit to the State Capitol for Arts Day on March 2, 2011.
Measure has Governor’s backing and is set to become law
The New York State Senate today gave final legislative approval today to legislation (S.3500) sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, to ensure that special elections in New York State provide more time for military absentee ballots to be mailed and counted.
Bill Supports Strategic Plan To Create Jobs in Western New York
The New York State Senate today passed “UB 2020” legislation, sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (North Buffalo), that supports the University at Buffalo’s strategic plan to encourage economic growth and create jobs in Western New York. The bill benefits students, families and the economy of the entire region.
I was pleased to meet with Mayor Koch today on the issue of independent redistricting. I expressed to him my concerns about the Koch-endorsed bill that would weight the redistricting process in favor of Democrats by a six to two margin.
Several different redistricting reform bills have been proposed. We are still reviewing constitutional concerns that we have with the bill submitted by the Governor. It is our intention to pursue a redistricting reform measure that will meet the NY Uprising pledge.
The New York State Senate today passed a package of bills that would strengthen laws and toughen criminal penalties for certain sex offenses related to rape and child pornography. In addition, bills were passed to expand information on criminal background checks for individuals applying for employment in law enforcement and increasing penalties for the crime of criminally negligent homicide.
The New York State Senate today passed three mandate relief bills that would give local governments more authority and flexibility and help save taxpayer dollars.
“As the Senate works to enact a property tax cap, it’s important that we also pass mandate relief measures to give municipalities the ability to allocate resources on community priorities, rather than to address state mandates that may not be needed,” Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said. “The bills we passed today are simple, common sense legislation to save money.”
I applaud Governor Cuomo for keeping his commitments to reduce spending and to not raise taxes. The state simply cannot continue to put off the spending reductions that are necessary to close the deficit. All levels of government need to understand that they have to do more with less.
By making the tough decisions now, we can reform the way government operates and make New York a place where businesses want to stay, grow and create new private sector jobs. While there are still more budget details yet to come related to school aid, Medicaid reforms, government consolidation and changes to our corrections system, I hope everyone involved can work together in an open, public process and get a budget done on time.
The New York State Senate today passed property tax relief legislation (S.2706) that would place a cap on the growth of school property taxes at two percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is less. If enacted, New York would become the 44th state to cap local property taxes. In addition, the Senate approved two measures related to providing mandate relief to school districts and local governments.
The New York State Senate today passed the Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011, a three-part plan to encourage the creation of new private sector jobs and ensure fiscal responsibility, including the enactment of a two percent state spending cap and requiring a two-thirds “super majority” vote to increase taxes.
“The people have spoken loud and clear that they want the state to cut spending, stop runaway tax increases and get off businesses’ backs and out of their wallets so they can create new jobs,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said. “Today, the Senate is sending a clear signal that we share those priorities by making these bills the first ones we act on in the 2011 session.
Thanks to the generosity of the people of the 9th Senate District, we were able to collect hundreds of toys that will brighten the Holidays for many children. A special thanks to all of the individuals and schools who graciously donated toys and clothing, and also to South Nassau Communities Hospital for making all of this possible! From left, Joe Lamantia, Executive Vice President & COO; Tricia Santaniello, RN, Pediatrics; Lynn Bert, RN, Nurse Manager, Pediatrics; Joseph A. Quagliata, President & CEO; Robin Grass, RN, Director, Community Education; Senator Dean Skelos.
The Holiday's are a time for us to reflect and give thanks for what we have even during difficult times. We can be thankful for good friendships, loving families, or even a single moment that may have benefited our lives or the lives of others. With so much to be thankful for, we should not forget those who are less fortunate than us or who may have fallen on hard times. There are people within our community who are in need of help, especially during the holiday season, and together we can make a difference.