“The governor presented a budget in February with the clear expectation that the Legislature would work within his framework and complete the work by the April 1 deadline. Through negotiations and the budget subconference committee process, we reached an agreement with the Assembly and governor that includes some changes that are important to many of the groups and individuals I’ve heard from during the past two months.
State Senator Betty Little today announced that she will serve as Chair of the Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee. Little added a new assignment this year as a member of the Senate Finance Committee and she will continue serving on the Local Government Committee, which she had chaired for a number of years.
State Senator Dean G. Skelos today designated Senator Betty Little to serve on Governor Andrew Cuomo's "Mandate Relief Redesign Team." The team will look to reduce the costly burden of unfunded mandates on local governments and school districts.
Statement by Senator Betty Little -- Wednesday, January 5, 2011
"I agree with many of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ideas outlined to build toward a better future of responsible government spending and cultivate an economic climate that attracts investment, rewards success and encourages innovation and entrepreneurship.
"If we aren’t optimistic about the future, the fortitude to make the tough decisions will be lacking. There’s no question that closing the $10 billion deficit will require significant cuts to services and programs. Difficult choices have to be made, but they can and should be smart choices. The divisiveness of hyper-partisan politics has to end and be replaced with a constructive dialogue that leads to sensible policy decisions.
ALBANY, NY - Unshackle Upstate today released its legislative scorecards for the 2009-10 session. The scorecards, available at www.unshackleupstate.com/scorecard-new/ comprehensively identify which legislators acted in the best interests of New York's taxpayers and job creators and which ones failed to do so.
Governor David A. Paterson today signed legislation that will immediately permit certified nurse practioners and advance emergency medical technicians to draw blood without direct physician supervision from motorists who are suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Named in honor of 1932 Olympic Gold Medalist Jack Shea
The Assembly today gave final legislative approval of legislation that would close a legal loophole in New York State’s DWI laws that has allowed drunk drivers to escape prosecution. Assemblywomen Janet Duprey and Teresa Sayward and Senator Betty Little Little cosponsored the legislation, which has been a priority for the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York.
The New York State Senate today gave final legislative approval of legislation that would require a commission to review state statutes affecting local governments and provide recommendations to eliminate duplications.
The bill, sponsored by Senator Betty Little, passed the Assembly in February.
State Senator Betty Little joined several of her Senate Republican colleagues at a news conference in Albany today to urge action on a package of bills they have introduced to address the growing problem of bullying.
State Senator Betty Little and Dr. Melodie Mayberry-Stewart, New York State Chief Information Officer and Director of the Office for Technology, will co-host a broadband summit to talk about closing the North Country digital divide.
The public event will be held Friday, May 21, 1 to 4 pm at the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid. The goal of the program is to provide up-to-date information about existing broadband service, broadband construction projects underway, and future plans to develop broadband throughout the Adirondacks.
The State Senate today approved legislation cosponsored by Senator Betty Little that would create a temporary liquor retail permit system to address the sometimes lengthy and costly process of obtaining a liquor license.
“Some of the most frustrated people I have spoken with are those who have poured their life’s savings and untold hours of work into opening a restaurant only to see months and months go by waiting for their liquor license to be approved,” said Senator Little.
The Senate Local Government Committee today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would require a state commission to review thousands of state statutes affecting local governments.