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SENATE REPUBLICANS CALL FOR PASSAGE OF MAJOR NEW JOBS INITIATIVE

       Statewide unemployment continues to rise amid Democrat paralysis on jobs front; Despite federal stimulus, New York lost 270,000 private sector jobs last year

January 26, 2010
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January 14, 2010
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Senator Dean Skelos gives the GOP response to Governor David Paterson's State of the State Address

Senator Dean Skelos: State of the State response 1/6/09

In his State of the State message Governor Paterson said that New York faces an enormous fiscal crisis.

He’s right.

New York, like other states, has been hit hard by the economic recession, forcing you and other families to make sacrifices in order to make ends meet.

Albany must now do the same.

Governor Paterson talked a lot about fiscal restraint, but we’ve heard that speech before.

January 7, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

       To put this deficit reduction plan in the right perspective you haveto look at why New York has a $3.2 billion deficit – because the Democratsin the Senate and Assembly, with Governor Paterson, put together a budgetthat increased spending by more than $12 billion.       They spent every dime of federal stimulus money when everyone knewthe economy was in trouble; then they raised taxes and fees and spent evenmore.       The taxpayers want spending cut and we are doing that today.<

December 2, 2009
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

     I agree with Governor Paterson’s statement today that the Legislature should be acting on a deficit reduction plan today, instead of waiting until Monday.  The only problem is he has not submitted a bill we can act on, as Senate Republicans called on him to do Thursday.

November 20, 2009
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

    The taxpayers of New York delivered a strong message last Tuesday that they are sick and tired of out of control government spending and the high taxes and fees that pay for it.  Families have had to sacrifice and cut back, businesses have had to lay off employees, people across the state are struggling to make ends meet.     Unfortunately, by failing to cut government spending it is clear that Senate Democrats and other Democrat leaders haven’t gotten the message.

November 12, 2009
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STATEMENT FROM NEW YORK STATE SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN G. SKELOS

The updated financial information released today by the State Budget Division is a clarion call for passage of a real spending cap that would force Albany to live within its means.  In fact, Senate Republicans have publicly urged the Governor to make this legislation part of any deficit reduction package he sends to the Legislature next month.

October 30, 2009
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SENATE GOP SAYS ANY DEFICIT REDUCTION LEGISLATION SUBMITTED BY GOVERNOR MUST INCLUDE PROVISION TO REFUND SCHOOLS FOR PAYROLL TAX

Democrats need to live up to pledge to protect schools from tax, letter to Governor states              New York State Senate Republican Leader Dean G. Skelos today sent a letter to Governor Paterson requesting that any deficit reduction legislation submitted to the State Legislature in the coming weeks include specific language repaying school districts in the 12-county MTA region  for their share of the new MTA payroll tax.

October 22, 2009
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STATEMENT FROM NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN G. SKELOS ON THE LIGHTHOUSE PROJECT

"The start of the NHL hockey season two weeks ago was yet another reminder of the importance of keeping the Islanders on Long Island.  The Lighthouse project is a critical component in our efforts to strengthen the regional economy and build a modern, first-class facility that allows the Islanders to continue to call Long Island home.  As a hockey

October 19, 2009
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SENATE REPUBLICANS PROPOSE BUDGET CUTTING MEASURES

SENATE REPUBLICANS PROPOSE BUDGET CUTTING MEASURES     Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos today outlined a plan to close the state’s projected budget deficit resulting from a budget that raisedspending by more than $13 billion and taxes by more than $8 billion.     “Just as I warned last spring, the Democrats’ decision to raise taxes and spending hurt our economy, caused more pain for taxpayers, and stillleft us with an enormous budget deficit,” Senator Skelos said.  “Despite

October 14, 2009
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SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS SPEAKS ABOUT THE NYS BUDGET TO STATE BUSINESS LEADERS

On Friday, October 2, 2009 I spoke to members of the Business Council of New York State in Rochester.   I have included the text of my remarks so you can read about the alternatives to tax and spending hikes that Senate Republicans proposed during the budget debate this year,   as well as our proposals to make New York more economically competitive. I also discussed our recommendations to help close the state budget deficit.    

October 8, 2009
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Golden Gathering Senior Health Fair: Friday, October 23rd

        On Friday, October 23rd, I will be hosting my Annual Golden Gathering Senior Health Fair and hope that you can join me for this great event.         This year, free flu vaccinations, blood pressure and diabetes screenings, and other free health care services will be available.  As in years past, my Golden Gathering will be held between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the Rockville Centre Recreation Center located at 111 North Oceanside Road in Rockville Centre.

October 1, 2009
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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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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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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 3, 2009
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