Forestry Award Presented to Little -- Senator Betty Little is pictured with Hugh Canham (left) and Kevin King (right) at this year's New York State Forestry Recognition Dinner held on March 15. Little was presented a plaque in recognition of her efforts on behalf of the forest products industry. Canham is a retired SUNY ESF professor and past president of the New York Society of American Forestry. King represents the Empire State Forest Products Association.
Veterans Meet With Sen. Little -- Senator Betty Little is pictured with members of veterans organizations in Clinton and Franklin counties during their recent visit to Albany. Senator Little last year sponsored a law that renames the Adirondack Northway (I-87 from exists 1 to 43) the "Adirondack Veterans' Memorial Highway" to acknowledge the tremendous sacrifices made by our veterans in defense of our state and nation.
Little Visits Chateaugay Students -- State Senator Betty Little is pictured with 5th grade students at the Chateaugay Central School. Senator Little visited the school in early March to discuss the legislative process, her role as Senator for the 45th District and to field questions from the students.
Continuing Education Students Recognized -- Two adult students who have bettered themselves with the support, guidance and instruction of Champlain Valley Educational Services were recognized in Albany for their personal achievements. Senator Betty Little presented a Legislative Resolution in honor of the occasion. Pictured, from left, are Tina Jarvis, Sen. Little and Anna Trombly.
Saranac Lake High School Students Compete In Albany -- Two teams from Saranac Lake High School competed in the LifeSmarts state finals championship in Albany on Wedns., March 2, 2005. LifeSmarts is a game show style competition that helps expand the marketplace knowledge and skills of high school students. Senator Betty Little presented a proclamation to the students in recognition of their achievement. Pictured front row from left are: Charlie King, Spencer Brill, Sen. Little, Glenn Pariera and Curren Neiderbuhl.
SOIL AND WATER ISSUES DISCUSSED -- Representatives of the Warren and Washington County Soil and Water Conservation Districts met with Senator Betty Little in her Albany office to discuss several issues, including storm water run-off projects. Pictured from left are George Ryan of Lake George, Senator Little, Dave Wick of Warrensburg and Joe Driscoll of Greenwich.
Senator Little is pictured with students who visited Albany recently to advocate for the college Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Pictured from left are: Mike Borden of Ausable Valley High School, Nicole Byrne, a student counselor, Senator Little, Justin Gallo of Lake Placid High School and Natalie Stevens of Tupper Lake High School.
The only thing worse than this year’s budget process is the product itself.
While there is a lot to not like about the plan, what concerns me the most is the absence of a job growth strategy. The new budget does nothing to ensure that two years from now, when most of the federal stimulus money is spent, our state’s economy will be stronger. In fact, by raising taxes and fees $8 billion, this plan will inflict damage on our economy at a time when families and businesses can not afford a heavier burden.
“Governor Paterson has made the right decision by scrapping the $1.3 billion so-called ‘fun tax’,” said Senator Betty Little. “Raising taxes on families and businesses would suppress economic activity at a time when billions of dollars are being pumped into our state to stimulate growth.
State lawmakers Senator Betty Little and Assemblymembers Janet Duprey, Tony Jordan and Teresa Sayward today announced a series of grants awarded to libraries throughout the North Country.
The library construction grants are made available through a $14 million capital fund approved last year as part of the 2008-09 state budget. More than 40 percent of the approximately 1,000 public library buildings throughout New York are over 60 years old.
State Senator Betty Little has moved her Capital office. The new location is Room 506 of the Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY 12247. The phone number (518) 455-2811 and fax (518) 426-6873 are unchanged.
Says federal stimulus will provide opportunity to eliminate tax hikes
State Senator Betty Little today joined her Senate Republican colleagues to urge Governor David Paterson to resubmit his executive budget proposal saying the federal stimulus aid will provide an opportunity to eliminate the $6 billion in higher taxes and fees.
State Senator Betty Little voted against a deficit reduction plan approved yesterday by the Assembly and Senate, saying that lawmakers and the public were not given an adequate opportunity to consider the $1.6 billion spending reduction plan.
State Senator Betty Little (R,C,I-Queensbury) today said she is disappointed the 2009-10 Executive Budget has not been amended to eliminate a proposal that would cap New York State’s payments of taxes on approximately 3 million acres of Forest Preserve lands in the Adirondack Park.
Writes governor with concern for smaller “mom and pop” liquor stores
State Senator Betty Little has written a letter to Governor David A. Paterson asking that his administration withdraw an executive budget proposal that would permit the sale of wine in grocery, convenience and drug stores.
Little said she is concerned liquor stores in the North Country would lose a large percentage of their sales, forcing some to lay off employees or close.
At an environmental budget hearing today in Albany, State Senator Betty Little asked Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Alexander “Pete” Grannis to rescind an executive budget proposal that would freeze state property tax payments on Forest Preserve Lands.
Statement by Sen. Betty LittleReaction to Gov. David Paterson’s State of the State AddressWednesday, Jan. 7. 2009
"Governor Paterson’s State of the State address was a somber assessment of our financial condition but also an optimistic call for hope, courage and action. We face a tremendous challenge in having to overcome a $15 billion budget deficit over the next 16 months. The