Since the Governor proposed his Executive Budget five months ago, Senate Republicans have consistently said that we will not support a budget that includes more taxes, fees and borrowing because we are listening to the people of this state who have simply had enough and don’t want to pay any more.
The Democrats and Governor Paterson have been talking about shutting down government for the past week and appear to want that to happen. They went behind closed doors, negotiated a budget extender in secret and now apparently, cannot produce the votes to pass it.
The Governor’s proposal to re-open state parks is a classic bait and switch scam that promises open parks and delivers a mess of millions of dollars in new taxes and fees on businesses and reduces environmental protection funds. This disgraceful plan was negotiated in secret, in the middle of the night, by Speaker Silver and Senator Sampson.
We hope the reports are true that the Governor and Democrat leaders have reached an agreement to open the State Parks for the Memorial Day weekend, but the reality is Democrats never should have closed our parks in the first place.
Senate Republican Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) recently honored Magaly Polo, community leader from Elmont, as his 2010 Woman of Distinction. Magaly was honored with other notable women from across the state on May 25, 2010 in Albany.
“I am proud to honor Magaly Polo as my 2010 Woman of Distinction,” said Senator Skelos. “Magaly is a pillar within the community of Elmont and has worked tirelessly to help others and to improve the quality of life for all residents of Elmont.”
Once again, Speaker Silver and his fellow Democrats are refusing to listen to New York taxpayers who have had enough of taxes and spending by planning a massive tax increase to pay for spending we cannot afford. New Yorkers have made themselves very clear on the issue of tax hikes, yet the Democrats continue to display their arrogance by pushing for more tax increases.
Agreement on Budget Conference Committees Is Victory for the People
The agreement reached today at the public leaders’ meeting to begin the joint, public conference committee process next week is a victory for all New Yorkers who want to see the budget reform law obeyed, and the budget negotiations come out from behind closed doors.
In his comments on a radio interview this morning, Governor Paterson clearly pointed out what has been apparent for many months, that Senate Democrats are the reason why the state budget is now 34 days late, with no agreement in sight.
Senator Kevin Parker’s latest comments this morning, calling members of the Senate “white supremacists,” are disturbing, disgraceful, disruptive and reprehensible and have no place in this government body or any other.
It’s clear that members of the Senate, on both sides of the aisle, are sick and tired of Senator Parker’s repeated angry, and sometimes violent, outbursts.
The legislation submitted by Governor Paterson to strengthen New York’s sex offender registry includes proposals that I sponsored and the Senate passed repeatedly, with Democrat support, since the original sex offender registry was created by Megan’s Law in 1995.
The proposals in the Governor’s legislation will give law enforcement the resources they need to track and properly punish sex offenders who violate the registry law, and provide the most up-to-date information needed to protect our families from dangerous criminals.
Senator Skelos is pictured with Molly Spilka this past Tuesday, 4/13/2010. On behalf of the League of Women Voters of NYS Education Foundation, Inc., Molly participated in the Students Inside Albany Conference and shadowed Senator Skelos. She met with him in his Albany Office and then attended the Senate's Legislative Session. Molly is a senior at Lynbrook High School.
Photo Caption: Senator Skelos displays a list of taxes and fees added by Senate Democrats over the last two years.
Democrats in Albany are getting ready to once again sock New York taxpayers with more than $8.2 billion in tax increases on individuals, families, businesses and consumers. The tax hikes are being brought to you by the same groups that successfully fought for $8.5 billion in tax increases last year to pay for more government spending.
Rather than work around the clock to get a budget done on time, Democrats in the Senate and Assembly waved the white flag and simply gave up. By doing so, Democrats sent a clear message to taxpayers that they aren’t willing to stay in Albany until the last moment to get a responsible budget done on time. Their failure to get a budget done on time, and worse, to not even try, is inexcusable.
Senator Dean Skelos recently thanked Joanna Strick, a resident of Oceanside, for serving as an intern in his Rockville Centre district office.
"Joanna has been a valuable asset to my office and I greatly appreciate all of her time and effort," said Senator Skelos. "She is an intelligent young woman who will surely succeed in all of her future endeavors."
Joanna is currently attending Queens College and majoring in Media Studies.