JACKSON, N.Y. -- Local Republican representatives in the New York State Senate and Assembly had a cheerful outlook on Thursday after a late legislative session the night before which saw passage of the state's first on-time budget in five years.
The New York State Senate has completed passage of the 2011-12 state budget one day prior to the April 1st budget deadline. The budget, which has now received final approval by the Assembly, achieves the critically important goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.
To learn more about the State's new fiscally responsible budget plan, I encourage you to review the documents below.
“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 Capitol Fire of 1911 Commemorated – Senator Betty Little and Assemblyman Jack McEneny are pictured at the unveiling of a plaque commemorating the 100th year anniversary of the New York State Capitol fire. On March 29, 1911, the fast moving fire destroyed much of the State Library, at the time the nation’s fifth largest, resulting in an unprecedented loss of New York’s intellectual, cultural and historic property.
Assemblyman Tony Jordan (left) and Senator Betty Little hosted a tourism roundtable at Willard Mountain on Thursday, March 3. The meeting brought together area businesses and economic developers to discuss the importance of regional tourism efforts and how they can benefit all businesses. The discussion focused on networking and collaboration to increase regional tourism and capitalize on the increasing momentum of the Buy Local movement.
Kerry Tcask, of Plattsburgh, and her three sons Kyle, Ryan and Nicholas, are pictured with Senator Betty Little in Albany on Wednesday, March 9. Kerry received her continuing education from Champlain Valley Education Services and is a recipient of the New York Association for Continuing Community Education (NYACCA) "Student of the Year 2011" award.
Senator Betty Little is pictured with Theo Magliulo, Laurie LaFond and Marge Mohn at the State Museum in Albany. At a recent meeting focused on tourism promotion, Little spoke with the group about their Winter Raptor Fest planned for March 12 and 13 at the Little Theater on the Farm in Fort Edward. The event includes free-flight raptor shows, live birds of prey and numerous events for families including kid's activities. For more info