The personal income tax surcharge is dead. It died at the end of March, when the Legislature approved a new state budget that did not extend it; a position supported by Senate Republicans and by Governor Cuomo.
I know I speak for my conference, for our constituents and for millions of taxpayers in this state who believe that cutting taxes to help businesses create jobs and help families make ends meet is the real moral imperative. Senate Republicans will not support any renewed efforts by the Assembly Democrats to extend the PIT surcharge.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Jim Alesi (R-C- I, Perinton), that would enable public and private academic and research libraries in New York State to create an information infrastructure unequaled in the world.
Known as ARIA, the Academic Research Information Access Act (S.3736-A), leverages the state’s public and private higher education sector – arguably the largest and most diverse in the nation – to facilitate collaboration and efficiencies by providing for the voluntary pooling of assets in order to obtain access to high-end electronic, peer-reviewed, information resources such as journals, serials, and databases.
Registry would help law enforcement track violent offenders after release from prison
The New York State Senate today passed Brittany’s Law (S.3645B), a bill that would establish a statewide violent felony offender registry by requiring offenders to register with the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services upon release from prison. The law is intended to increase the safety of all New Yorkers by providing access to the list of convicted violent offenders.
Measure Requires Those Convicted of BWI to Obtain a Boating Safety Certificate
The New York State Senate today passed an important bill that requires all individuals, regardless of age, who have been found guilty of operating a boat after consuming alcohol to take a boating safety course before they can operate a boat again. With peak boating season soon approaching, bill S.2903B, sponsored by Senator John DeFrancisco (R-C-I, Syracuse), helps prevent accidents stemming from individuals who are guilty of boating while intoxicated.
Measure Seeks To Improve State Consideration of Issues Facing Vets
The New York State Senate today approved legislation to help older veterans by creating an advisory committee that specifically assists state officials in addressing important veterans issues. New York has the second highest veteran population in the United States and bill S.3337, sponsored by Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), focuses on improving the care and state support available to aging veterans by creating a panel of gerontology and veterans’ issue experts.
Bill Would Facilitate Volunteer-Driven Park Improvement Projects and Beautification
The New York State Senate today passed the “Adopt-a-Park” bill, which allows the state and municipalities to work together to develop agreements with volunteers to beautify parklands. Bill S.2686A, sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R, North Buffalo), would assist local governments in continuing to provide communities with safe and enjoyable public spaces by allowing volunteer groups to provide services to enhance and maintain parks.
Senator Skelos is pictured speaking at the State of New York Police Officers Memorial Remembrance Ceremony on May 10, 2011, honoring 15 police officers who died in the line of duty or from 9/11-related illnesses. Their names were added to the State Police Officers Memorial at the Empire State Plaza.
Today, Governor Cuomo begins a statewide tour in support of his legislation to enact a hard property tax cap in New York. The Governor is right - - soaring property taxes are driving middle-class families out of their homes and forcing businesses to flee the state.
That’s why the State Senate overwhelmingly passed the Governor’s property tax cap bill earlier this year, and why we’re working so hard to provide New Yorkers with meaningful relief. If the Assembly leadership is serious about controlling property taxes, they will join us in passing the Governor’s bill.
Farms, Schools, and Businesses Could Receive Credit for Off-Site Power Production
The New York State Senate today passed a bill that builds upon existing net metering laws to allow certain electricity customer-generators to receive credit for off-site energy production. The legislation (S.3407A) is sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) enables small producers to plan for their long-term energy use and would increase participation in alternative energy investment.
Increases Penalties For Participating in Illegal High-speed Vehicle Races
The New York State Senate today passed legislation to increase penalties for unlawful high-speed car racing which has caused numerous accidents across the state, including the deaths of a 17-year-old Staten Island girl and a 5-year-old Queens boy. Michelle and Jordan’s Law (S.2938A) is sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island) and stems from tragic crashes involving suspected drag racing at excessive speeds.
Bills Passed to Prosecute Dangerous Drivers and Assist Seniors Who Miss Tax Deadlines
The New York State Senate today passed 18 bills that covered a variety of topics including the strengthening of penalties and prohibitions for dangerous driving, as well as helping certain property owners receive the STAR tax exemption benefits for which they are eligible.
The welcome news that the military forces of the United States killedterrorist leader Osama bin Laden hopefully brings a measure of peace andclosure to thousands of New Yorkers, including many of my constituents, wholost loved ones, neighbors and friends on September 11th. Their lives willnever be the same because of bin Laden’s actions, but after almost tenyears, justice has finally been done.
I commend the President for taking decisive action and I want tothank the men and women of our armed forces who have tirelessly pursued binLaden for almost a decade, as well as all Americans serving overseas, whoare putting their lives in danger in the name of freedom.
Senator Skelos is pictured with Kevin Dugan of Lynbrook & Alexa Salazar of Long Beach who had the opportunity to shadow the Senator during their visit to Albany for the Students Inside Albany Conference, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation.
Bill Would Create a New Model for Participation in Organ and Tissue Donation Programs
In honor of National Donate Life Month, the New York State Senate was joined by 11-year-old heart transplant survivor Lauren Shields today and passed life saving legislation to significantly increase organ and tissue donation. Lauren’s Law (S.3885), sponsored by Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange), would increase the number of eligible and willing organ donors by requiring driver’s license applicants to specifically indicate their donation decision.
State Would Be Required to Pay Tax Refunds Within 30 Days of A Return Being Filed
The New York State Senate today passed legislation to help speed up the delivery of tax refunds owed to taxpayers by the state. The bill (S.2631), sponsored by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset), addresses excessive delays of up to two months from when taxpayers file their return to when they may actually see the refund from the state Department of Taxation and Finance.
Enactment of Property Tax Cap Must Be Top Priority This Session
Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and representatives of business organizations today urged the Assembly Majority to act on a meaningful property tax cap bill. The Senate overwhelmingly passed Governor Cuomo’s property tax cap legislation with bipartisan support earlier this year.
Bill Includes Camp Directors As Mandated Reporters of Child Abuse
The New York State Senate today passed a measure requiring camp directors to report suspected child abuse regardless of the location where abuse may have occurred. With many parents now beginning to think about summer camps, the bill (S.3777A), sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) would protect children and facilitate the detection of abuse by camp staff.
Bills Create Opportunities for Honoring, Remembering and Informing Veterans
The New York State Senate today focused on the important contributions of current and former service men and women by passing three measures to honor and remember their legacies, as well as help them stay informed of the benefits and services available to them. The Senators were joined by a contingent of visitors from the United States Military Academy for what is known as West Point Day at the Capitol.