The State Senate today gave final legislative approval of legislation authorizing the Village of Lake George to grant peace officer status to its seasonal constables. Peace officers may issue traffic tickets and issue appearance tickets for various violations of state law.
Gerry West and Bob Addison, World War II veterans who served in the same elite U.S. Marines unit and have remained lifelong friends, were inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Albany today.
Senator Betty Little nominated Addison of Glens Falls and West of Fort Edward.
Sister Debbie Blow, O.P., a co-founder of the North Country Mission of Hope, was recognized as a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction at an event in Albany Tuesday, May 7.
Senator Betty Little nominated Sister Debbie for the recognition, citing her many years of humanitarian outreach to the people of Nicaragua. Since the founding of the mission in 1998, more than 1,300 volunteers have made 49 trips to Nicaragua, delivering food, medical supplies and clothing and building homes, classrooms, a library and community development center.
The New York Senate today approved legislation that would amend state law to allow the Town of Piercefield to elect a town justice who is not a town resident. The legislation, requested by the town earlier this year, is sponsored by Senator Betty Little.
"The new budget keeps state spending below a two percent cap for a third consecutive year, funds programs and services important to many in our communities and includes new tax relief to help families and businesses. On-time is what should always be the case, but doing so three years in a row, given the past track record, is a good trend.
State Senator Betty Little said the new state budget will provide a big financial boost for repairing local roads and bridges. Funding will increase $75 million for CHIPS, which stands for Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program. CHIPS funding has remained flat the past five years. The increase brings CHIPS funding for the 2013-14 fiscal year to a little more than $438 million.
The State Senate today approved legislation that would allow towns to set maximum speed limits on local roads. Currently, cities, villages and towns with populations of 50,000 or greater can do so without New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) approval.
David Lloyd, a renowned tenor and past director of the Lake George Opera, was honored by the State Legislature this past week. The Senate and Assembly adopted resolutions recognizing Lloyd’s opera career and lifetime contributions to the arts.
A bipartisan group of state senators has proposed a plan to strengthen New York’s agricultural industry by providing targeted tax relief and increasing state financial support for programs expanding markets for New York-grown products.
Senator Betty Little today joined her colleagues in proposing the 2013 Family Tax Relief Act. The plan would increase existing child tax credits and the state’s dependent exemption for income taxes and restore funding for the STAR rebate check.
Minority and woman-owned businesses interested in learning how to become certified to do business with New York State are invited to attend a public forum in Lake Placid on Friday March 1. The meeting is being co-hosted by Senator Betty Little, Empire State Development and the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation.
State Senator Betty Little has been reappointed chair of the Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee for the 2013-14 legislative session, a position she has held the past two years.
“Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget is much of what I expected with a continued focus on the economy and a commitment to not increase taxes. The less than two percent spending increase reflects the fact that revenues are still weak. The good news is the size of this year’s budget deficit is much more manageable than the previous two indicating that our current budget has been fiscally responsible.
“The vast majority of constituents who called and emailed my office did so in opposition to the proposed gun control measures. I think we should have taken more time to consider the impact of the legislation on those who have been and would continue to be lawful in their ownership and use of firearms.
The Kingsbury Fire Department is collecting items to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Firefighters who have responded to devastated areas said the following items are needed: bottled water, flashlights, batteries, non-perishable food, cat food, dog food, baby items such as baby food, clothing and diapers, garbage bags, blankets, construction gloves, shovels, bleach, and rakes.
(Ticonderoga, NY) New York State Senator Betty Little recently received Fort Ticonderoga’s “Outstanding Citizen” Award at the Fort’s annual Midsummer Gala on August 4. The award was presented to Senator Little by Peter S. Paine, Jr., Chairman of the Fort Ticonderoga Association. Senator Little was honored for her support to Fort Ticonderoga and overall advocacy for cultural affairs and tourism in the region and state.