Betty Little's Press releases

In My Opinion -- Hold off on Adirondack land purchases until further review

Op-ed by Senator Betty LittleTuesday, November 24, 2009

November 30, 2009
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Altering Forest Preserve is rare, but it's necessary

Post Star EditorialPosted: Friday, October 23, 2009 10:00 am

You'd think the last thing any loyal, tree-hugging environmentalist would support is a power line cut right through the Adirondack Forest Preserve.

But in a rare display of kinship between environmental groups, Adirondack community leaders and big business, they're supporting a statewide ballot proposition to run a three-mile electrical line through the environmentally sensitive state forest preserve to provide emergency power to the community of Tupper Lake.

October 27, 2009
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Crown Point Bridge Updates -- October 27

Crown Point Bridge Update -- Tuesday, October 27

For Immediate Release: October 26, 2009NY Contact: Marissa Shorenstein | Marissa.Shorenstein@chamber.state.ny.us | 212.681.4640 | 518.474.8418VT Contact: Dennise Casey | State of Vermont | 802.828.3333

NEW YORK GOVERNOR PATERSON AND VERMONT GOVERNOR DOUGLAS ANNOUNCE TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES TO ASSIST RESIDENTS IMPACTED BY THE LAKE CHAMPLAIN BRIDGE CLOSURE

October 22, 2009
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LITTLE, SAYWARD: BRIDGE CLOSURE WARRANTS STATE OF EMERGENCY

Legislators formally request governor to make declaration

Senator Betty Little and Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward have written letters to Governor David Paterson requesting that a state of emergency be declared in response to last Friday’s closure of the Lake Champlain Bridge. 

The letters, delivered today to Paterson’s Executive Chamber in Albany, outline the personal and professional hardship being experienced by families, businesses, farmers and others that rely on the bridge to travel between New York and Vermont.

October 20, 2009
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FUNDING AWARDED FOR GAS PIPELINE PROJECT IN FRANKLIN COUNTY

The St. Lawrence Gas Distribution Project has been awarded a $2.5 million grant for construction of a natural gas pipeline that will spur economic growth in Franklin County.  The funding was announced by Governor David Paterson on Tuesday, October 13 at the Franklin County Courthouse.Senator Betty Little, who previously secured $2 million for the project, joined the governor along with Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, county and town elected officials, business and civic leaders and representatives of St.

October 14, 2009
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FORUM FOCUSES ATTENTION ON NEEDS OF VETERANS ATTENDING COLLEGE

Senator Betty Little along with the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs sponsored a roundtable discussion at Adirondack Community College on Friday, September 25 that focused attention on the needs of veterans attending college.

More than two dozen college officials and veterans’ advocates from throughout the North Country and Vermont attended, discussing ideas to make area college campuses more veteran-friendly.

September 28, 2009
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LITTLE: COURT ACTION HALTS FEE HIKE ON RETAILERS

Writes letter to state tax department urging refund for businesses that already paid

Senator Betty Little today said she is pleased by a State Supreme Court judge’s decision late last week that has prevented the state from collecting a huge cigarette fee increase on North Country retailers and others throughout the state.  In a letter to the New York State Tax Department, Little today requested that businesses that have already paid the higher fee be refunded the money immediately.

September 24, 2009
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Senator Betty Little attends SolarNovar Open House in Plattsburgh

 State Senator Betty Little, along with Assemblywoman Janet Duprey and a large crowd of  political, business and civic leaders, attended an open house in Plattsburgh on Tuesday, September 15 to see a locally conceived, designed and produced product that maximizes the ability of solar panels to capture sunlight and generate clean energy.

Triangle Electric in Plattsburgh created SolarNovar, a new solar company that has designed a tracker system that moves solar panels throughout the day at regular intervals to ensure optimum sun exposure.

September 16, 2009
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Little Urges Governor to Save Tax Dollars on Forest Land Purchases

Senator Betty Little has urged Governor David Paterson to save tax dollars by buying conservation easements on new state lands rather than buying the vast tracts in fee title.  New York State is currently facing a $2 billion budget deficit and the Legislature is expected to convene later in September to take up cost-savings measures.

Here is the letter Little sent to the governor:

July 31, 2009

Honorable David A. PatersonExecutive Chamber2nd Floor, State CapitolAlbany, New York 12224

Dear Governor Paterson:

September 1, 2009
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ATTORNEY GENERAL CUOMO APPLAUDS NEW YORK STATE SENATE PASSAGE OF HISTORIC GOVERNMENT CONSOLIDATION MEASURE TO REDUCE WASTE AND SAVE TAXPAYER MONEY

Cuomo’s "New N.Y. Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act," will make it easier for New Yorkers to dissolve or consolidate the 10,500 local government entities that burden residents with nation’s highest local taxes

June 3, 2009
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Little: Weakened Drug Law Puts Residents At Risk

Urges immediate repeal of Rockefeller reform provision

Senator Betty Little says a provision of the Rockefeller drug law reform adopted in this year’s budget and scheduled to take effect June 8 will effectively hide the records of many drug felons from criminal background check review.

June 1, 2009
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Local Government Consolidation Measure Takes First Major Step

For Release: May 27, 2009

Contact: Kate Glazer    (518) 455-2585 (Sen. Stewart-Cousins)Daniel MacEntee  (518) 455-2811 (Sen. Little)

May 27, 2009
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SENATE GOP PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE FIRST HEARING MAY 28 IN YORKTOWN HEIGHTS

Panel to solicit input from businesses, taxpayers, others;  will lead to legislative action plan                                            

May 26, 2009
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SENATE OKs BILL TO ADDRESS CDL ISSUE FOR VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS

Legislation to correct an oversight that made the operation of emergency vehicles by most firefighters illegal was approved by the Senate today.  The legislation, cosponsored by Senator Betty Little, passed the Assembly yesterday and is expected to be signed by Governor David Paterson. 

May 22, 2009
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North Star Behavioral Health Services Celebrates 'Ribbon Cutting' Grand Opening

Saranac Lake, NY, May 22, 2009 - On Thursday, May 21, 2009, Citizen Advocates, Inc.

May 22, 2009
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Little Cosponsors ‘Circuit Breaker’ Property Tax Relief Bill

State Senator Betty Little is cosponsoring legislation to create a “circuit breaker” tax credit program that would provide relief to homeowners whose rising property tax bills are outpacing their income.

May 12, 2009
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Senator Little Urges Better Oversight of Stimulus Spending

     Greater oversight of state government’s spending of federal stimulus funding is the goal of a proposal being pushed by State Senator Betty Little and her Republican Senate colleagues.

     The lawmakers announced the plan at an Albany news conference, saying that transparency is needed to prevent abuses and ensure funding is distributed fairly to all regions of the state.  Also, the lawmakers want a system that tracks the new jobs expected to be created as a result of stimulus spending.

May 5, 2009
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Little Bill Would Permit Local Review of State Residential Facilities

Senator Betty Little is sponsoring legislation that would require state agencies to submit site plans of all state-owned residential facilities for local government review.  The legislation would waive the state’s immunity from city, town and village building code review and would apply to existing facilities and new construction.

Little said she introduced the bill in response to the tragic fire last month at the Riverview group home in Wells, New York that claimed four lives.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

April 20, 2009
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Little to host Plattsburgh Office Open House

     Area residents are invited to join Senator Betty Little for an open house on Thursday, April 23 at her newly opened Plattsburgh satellite office.

     The office is located in Suite 100 of the Clinton County Government Center, 137 Margaret Street, Plattsburgh.

     Little will be available to meet constituents between 11 am and 3 pm.  Appointments are not necessary.  Light refreshments will be served.

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April 6, 2009
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New Budget Eliminates Rebate Check, Retains STAR Exemption

     State Senator Betty Little today said the state budget adopted last week eliminates the STAR rebate check program, but still provides for the STAR school property tax exemption.  Little said her office has received dozens of phone calls from constituents concerned that the budget has eliminated the school tax relief program completely.

April 5, 2009
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