As your Senator, I have always worked together in a bipartisan way to provide support for New York State's courageous veterans. That's why I am pleased to report that an important new proposal to help New York’s Service Disabled Veterans pursue successful new business ventures has just been signed into law.
This week is national Women's Health Week, and that makes it a great time to highlight how the new State Budget for 2014-15 will help to ensure quality health care for women and families throughout New York. The new State Budget includes:
Since the very first Earth Day back in 1970, we have marked April 22nd as a day to celebrate the importance of our natural environment, and to rededicate ourselves to ensuring clean air and water, open spaces, and green, healthy communities.
Today’s report from the Tax Foundation detailing positive changes to the state’s overall tax climate, especially when it comes to reducing the tax burden for businesses, shows we’re making real progress in making New York a more attractive place to create jobs and grow for the future.
I’m particularly pleased that many of the reforms that were included in this year’s enacted budget, which form the basis for our improved ranking, were ideas Senate Republicans have been advocating for years. By reducing costs for businesses and making New York more competitive, we can create new jobs and keep our young people here to settle and raise their families.
The State Senate has completed final adoption of the New York State Budget for the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year.
This marks the fourth consecutive year that the State Senate has successfully passed an on-time budget that achieves our key goals of controlling spending, reducing the tax burden on families, and increasing opportunities for all New Yorkers.
We agree with Assemblyman Moya that the Dream Act should not be coupled with a proposal to create an Education Investment Tax Credit. The two items should stand separately and be judged on their merits.
Last week, legislation to approve the Dream Act was defeated on the floor of the Senate, but both co-leaders of the chamber believed it deserved a vote.
Like Cardinal Dolan, we support the Education Investment Tax Credit because it would create bright new educational opportunities for countless New Yorkers, including immigrants and the poor. We should move swiftly to get it done.
The New York State Senate passed a resolution today honoring the life of Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr., who passed away this week.
As an original owner in the American Football League (AFL), Wilson founded the Buffalo Bills franchise in 1959. Over the next 50-plus years, Wilson was one of the most influential men in professional football and played a vital role in some of the most important events in pro-football history, including the NFL-AFL merger. Wilson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
Measure Gives More People Access to Antidote That Prevents Accidental Overdose Deaths from Heroin and Other Opioids
The New York State Senate today passed legislation to help save lives by increasing access to a highly effective antidote for accidental drug overdose known as Naloxone or Narcan. The bill (S6477B), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R, Nassau County), allows authorized health care professionals to issue non-patient specific orders for Naloxone to certified training programs and pharmacies, which could then distribute the Naloxone kits and instruct how to properly administer it. If timely administered, Naloxone can prevent an overdose death.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S6865), sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, to facilitate the awarding of state contracts to disabled veterans.
The bill will create a six percent state contract set-aside for service-connected disabled- veteran owned small businesses. The “Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act” will ensure New York State’s service-connected disabled veterans are better able to compete for millions of dollars in state contracts.
Panel Will Develop Recommendations to Prevent and Treat Addiction and Its Related Crimes
Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein today announced the creation of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to examine the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.
New, More Equitable Process Would Distribute Appointments Among Governor, Senate and Assembly
The New York Senate this week passed legislation to dramatically reform the selection process for the state Board of Regents to better reflect the population of the entire state. The bill (S2031A), sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), establishes a more equitable and balanced appointment process for the selection of the Board of Regents, who are charged with setting education policy in New York.
On behalf of the thousands of frustrated parents, students and teachers that I represent, I've just voted against confirmation of the four Board of Regents candidates that were nominated by the State Assembly.
The roll-out of Common Core has been profoundly flawed, and the State Education Department and Board of Regents are responsible for this mess.
As an animal lover, it is my pleasure to take part in the Pet Food Drive Challenge in partnership with Long Island Cares. Throughout the month of March, I will be collecting food and necessary items for all animals, which will allow for more pets to stay at home with their families and keep them out of shelters. The most needed items are:
Senate Republican Leader Dean G. Skelos and Senate Independent Democrat Conference Leader Jeff Klein today released a revenue forecast by the Senate Finance Committee that estimates additional General Fund revenues above the Executive’s projection. The Senate report projects revenues of $265 million more than the Executive’s estimate for Fiscal Year 2015, and $88 million more for the remainder of state fiscal year 2014.
The revenue projection, based on an economic forecast by the Senate’s nationally recognized fiscal consultants IHS Global Insight, shows that the total two-year General Fund revenue surplus is $353 million.
The New York Senate today passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” sponsored by Senator Tom Libous, which would prohibit welfare benefits from being used to purchase alcohol and tobacco, or to be used at liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs in New York.
“Public Assistance should not be spent at liquor stores, casinos or strip clubs, but under New York State Law, it’s legal. We need to stop this abuse,” said Libous. “Every welfare dollar spent at the liquor store is money that could be going to help families get back on their feet.”
Parts of Libous’ Public Assistance Integrity Act were also added to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget Proposal. The provisions added would make it illegal to use EBT Cards at liquor stores, strip clubs and casinos.
Senators Skelos, Klein and Flanagan issued the following statement:
We continue to support the goals of an improved education curriculum that increases standards and ensures that students are college and career ready.
However, after having spent months listening to parents, teachers, administrators and educational professionals at public hearings conducted throughout New York State, it is our belief that while the implementation of Common Core Learning Standards may have been well intended, it has been poorly executed.
Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leaders Dean G. Skelos and Jeff Klein and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced an agreement on a joint legislative budget schedule that sets deadlines that will lead to the adoption of a fourth consecutive early state budget.
“This schedule will result in passage of an early state budget for the fourth consecutive year. We will work through the process of reviewing the Governor’s proposal, holding public hearings, listening to our constituents, and conducting conference committee negotiations, and will adopt a fiscally responsible budget that provides tax relief for the middle-class, grows our economy and creates opportunity for all New Yorkers,” Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leader Dean Skelos said.
REPORT IDENTIFIES OVER 2,000 STATE RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT WARRANT REFORM OR REVIEW
ALBANY – The New York State Senate Majority Coalition issued a comprehensive report today that sheds light on New York State’s notoriously dense regulatory structure and identifies 2,219 specific rules, regulations and practices that put New York’s businesses at a competitive disadvantage.
The report is the product of surveys, meetings, community outreach and the input of over 100 business owners, advocacy organizations and individuals that participated in one of nine industry-specific public forums conducted throughout the State.
I am proud to be leading the fight to help completely eliminate the GEA school aid budget cuts once and for all.This effort is designed to protect our local schools from harmful cuts in State education aid. This will not only ensure more resources for classroom instruction and quality programs, but will also help us to achieve our goal of ensuring an outstanding education for every child, in every school.