Betty Little's Press releases

Sister Debbie Blow, North Country Mission of Hope co-founder, recognized as Woman of Distinction

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.

May 9, 2013

Senate OKs Piercefield Town Justice legislation

            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.   

April 24, 2013

State Senate to honor Sister Debbie Blow, North Country Mission of Hope co-founder

Sister Debbie Blow, O. P., a co-founder of the North Country Mission of Hope, will be recognized in Albany early next month as a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction.

April 19, 2013

Senate approves budget that cuts taxes, keeps state spending within two percent cap

           "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.

March 27, 2013

State budget includes big boost for local road and bridge repair

          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.

March 25, 2013

Senate OKs bill allowing towns to set speed limits

      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.

March 13, 2013

David Lloyd, past director of Lake George Opera, posthumously honored in Albany

            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.

March 8, 2013

Senate approves IRONMAN Lake Placid Bill

            The State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that authorizes out-of-state health care professionals to provide care to athletes competing in IRONMAN Lake Placid.

March 6, 2013

Little, Senate colleagues propose plan to boost agriculture

            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.

March 6, 2013

Little Seeks Tax Relief for Families in State Budget

             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.

March 4, 2013

The Cirque is coming

Proctors Announces Five-Year Partnership to be the Summer Home for Cirque Éloize Performances and Educational Camps

February 27, 2013


        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.

February 22, 2013

Little reappointed chair of Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee

          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.

January 25, 2013

Statement on 2013-14 Executive Budget Proposal

            “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.

January 23, 2013

Statement by Senator Betty Little

“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.

January 16, 2013

Job creation, economic growth focus for Senator Little in 2013

The Senate and Assembly both reconvened yesterday, marking the start of the 2013-14 legislative session.  Later in the day, we attended Governor Andrew Cuomo’s annual State of the State Address.

January 10, 2013

Kingsbury Fire Department seeks storm relief donations

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.

November 7, 2012

Senator Betty Little Receives Fort Ticonderoga’s “Outstanding Citizen” Award

(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.

August 13, 2012

Governor Cuomo signs bills to allow procurement 'piggybacking', encourage micro hydro-electric generation

     Two bills sponsored by Senator Betty Little were signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday, August 1.

August 2, 2012

New law to protect waterways and natural habitat from invasive species

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation to protect New York's waterways and natural habitat from the devastating environmental effects of invasive species.

July 26, 2012
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