Dean G. Skelos' Press releases

STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

     Today, the Court of Appeals has cast aside a pair of solid lower court rulings that found the Governor has no legal or constitutional basisto impose a Lieutenant Governor on the people of the State of New York.The court has given new power and authority to an unelected governor where no such power had existed under the state constitution.     In his dissent, Justice Pigott highlighted the scenario that anunelected Governor could appoint a Lieutenant Governor, with no scrutiny by

September 22, 2009
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SENATOR SKELOS CALLS FOR FREEZE ON STATE MONEY FOR ACORN

     Letter to Attorney General & Comptroller Urges Stop on State Funds for Controversial Organization and its Partner Groups

 

September 15, 2009
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A Day for Remembrance

While eight years have passed since that tragic morning, no amount of time can erase the grief or ease the loss that so many families suffered that day. I hope everyone will take some time to remember the victims of September 11th and their families, respect the heroes who put their lives in danger to save so many others and look ahead towards peace.

 

 

September 11, 2009
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DEMOCRATS’ DISASTROUS BUDGET CONTINUES TO PILE ON MORE TAXES AND FEES

SCROLL DOWN TO SIGN MY PETITION

 

Drivers Licenses & Registrations to Increase 25% on September 1st

September 1, 2009
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SENATOR SKELOS HONORS ROSALIE NORTON AS HIS 2009 WOMAN OF DISTINCTION

Senate Republican Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) today honored Rosalie Norton, president of the West Hempstead Civic Association, as his 2009 Woman of Distinction.  The recipients were honored on June 10, 2009 at a reception in the Capitol Building in Albany.

June 11, 2009
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SENATE REPUBLICANS CALLS FOR RULES REFORMS TO END ALBANY DYSFUNCTION

With just two weeks left in the 2009 regular legislative session, Senate Republicans today called for the enactment of real rules reforms that would truly end the dysfunction that has caused the public to lose confidence in the state Legislature by increasing government openness, accountability and fairness.

June 4, 2009
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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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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

     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 CALL ON DEMOCRATS TO PROVIDE MORE INFORMATION ON GOVERNOR’S SECRET MTA PLAN

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

Payroll Tax Would Devastate Businesses, Local Governments and Others

May 5, 2009
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

CONTACT: John McArdle, Mark Hansen (518) 455-2264        FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, May 4, 2009http://www.senatordeanskelos.org

    A month after he signed into law the biggest spending and tax increase in state history, Governor Paterson’s call for a spending cap is too little, too late for state taxpayers. 

May 4, 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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Senate Republicans Fight to Protect Agriculture Programs

Senate Republicans today fought to restore $30 million in state funds for the Dairy Assistance Program, as well as restore $10 million for other agriculture programs that are vitally important to the state’s largest industry. The Dairy Assistance Program provided $30 million in direct support payments to the state’s dairy producers to help prevent family farms from going out of business.

April 1, 2009
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Senate Republicans Fight to Protect Agriculture Programs

Senate Republicans today fought to restore $30 million in state funds for the Dairy Assistance Program, as well as restore $10 million for other agriculture programs that are vitally important to the state’s largest industry. The Dairy Assistance Program provided $30 million in direct support payments to the state’s dairy producers to help prevent family farms from going out of business.

April 1, 2009
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Statement By Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos

This state budget is the most fiscally irresponsible budget, produced at the worst possible time.

It’s no wonder this budget was negotiated in complete secrecy, because it is a complete disaster that could push New York from recession to depression.

March 30, 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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Senate and Assembly Republicans Criticize Democrat State Leaders for Turning Their Backs on Open Budget Process

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, Assembly Republican Leader Jim Tedisco and members of their respective conferences, today criticized Governor Paterson, Senator Malcolm Smith and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for conducting the most secretive budget process in history.

In addition, Senate Republicans said they will not support budget legislation that is negotiated in complete secrecy, dropped on their desks at the last moment and brought up for vote with no chance for examination, and will do whatever is necessary to give the public an opportunity to review budget bills.

March 24, 2009
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Statement by Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos

With just 12 days until the April 1 st budget deadline, Senate Republicans are the only ones to issue a comprehensive budget plan as an alternative to the Governor’s budget.

The Senate Republican budget, which was proposed over two weeks ago, is also a better budget. We eliminate all of the Governor’s tax increases, reduce state spending, restore property tax rebates, encourage job creation, and use the stimulus money to create a fair, balanced and responsible budget.

March 20, 2009
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Senate Democrats Oppose GOP Effort to Reduce Soaring Health Care Costs for Small Businesses, Taxpayers

SENATE DEMOCRATS OPPOSE GOP EFFORT TO REDUCE SOARING HEALTH CARE COSTS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, TAXPAYERS Amendments would have rolled back new Democrat health insurance tax, extended State’s Healthy NY program to help small businesses afford coverage

Senate Democrats today rejected a pair of Republican-sponsored amendments 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.

March 19, 2009
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Senator Skelos Statement on Tax Eliminations in the Governor's Budget Proposal

STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

I applaud Governor Paterson for embracing the recommendation by Senate Republicans that he get rid of the tax and fee hikes in his budget, as indicated by news reports. It’s a good start, but there is much more to be done.

March 12, 2009
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