The New York State Senate today passed legislation that allows for the creation of a training program for volunteers interested in assisting the search and rescue operations of state forest rangers. The bill (S.553), sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury), will enhance the safety of volunteers and the public during search and rescue operations in the Adirondacks, Catskills and other forested communities across the state.
The State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would extend remote net metering benefits to include micro-hydroelectric generation.
Remote net metering is currently allowed for wind, solar and digester technologies used by non-residential customers, including farms.
The bill (S.6670) would allow farm operations, customers with land in agricultural production, or non-residential customers to apply credit received for power delivered to the grid to any of the customer's meters rather than only to a single, directly connected meter as long as the meters are located on the customer’s property within the same utility territory.
“It’s good to complete a budget on-time for a second consecutive year and also do so in daylight. The new budget continues to reorient New York State government, putting it on a much more sustainable financial trajectory. The budget does not increase taxes, restrains spending and focuses on the issue important to most New Yorkers – job creation. Although the economy is steadily improving,
“Progress is continuing toward adoption of a new state budget due at the end of this month. Today’s passage of budget resolutions by the Senate and Assembly moves us closer to agreement with the governor on a new fiscal plan. The conference committee process can now begin and differences between the various proposals discussed and worked through in the next few weeks.
The State Senate today approved legislation that would authorize towns to set speed limits within their own jurisdictions. Current law requires most towns to petition the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to do so but exempt villages, cities and about 80 towns with large populations.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would allow local governments to cooperatively purchase, or piggy-back, on contracts already approved for other government agencies was approved today with the full support of the State Senate.
Senator Betty Little today voted in favor of legislation that would dramatically improve the effectiveness of New York’s criminal justice system by requiring individuals convicted of all crimes, felonies and misdemeanors, submit a DNA sample for the state’s databank. Current law requires DNA be collected from criminals convicted under about half of New York’s penal laws.
The state’s Mandate Relief Council today held its first meeting in Albany and will soon embark on a series of statewide public hearings to discuss and solicit ideas and proposals to reduce mandated statutory and regulatory burdens on school districts and local governments.
The ongoing effort to recover and rebuild from the destruction of Irene and Lee continues. Partnering with Governor Cuomo, I was pleased to support the creation of the New York State Flood Assistance Program this past December.
“The governor’s executive budget reflects New York’s economic recovery,” said Senator Betty Little. “The financial picture is improving slowly, there’s reason to be optimistic but a need to budget cautiously.
“We had a very productive legislative session last year. The property tax levy cap, middle-class income tax cut, passage of an on-time budget while closing a $10 billion deficit, new low-cost power program for businesses -- all of these were possible because of a bipartisan and constructive approach. The bickering was replaced by a willingness to listen, learn and compromise. We focused on solutions and results were achieved.
"The goal of this agreement approved tonight by the Legislature is to encourage economic activity and job growth. There are a lot of national and international economic factors beyond our control. We need to do what we can on the state level and the time to act is now, not putting off action until next year’s session or within the context of negotiating a state budget.
"Cutting income taxes for the vast majority of New Yorkers, new incentives for businesses, accelerating infrastructure projects, providing aid for storm-ravaged communities: all of this is being done to move our economy forward rather than wait and see or simply hope the situation improves.
Schenectady, NY - (November 3, 2011) – Time Warner Cable, New York’s largest provider of cable and broadband services, today announced completion of new network construction in the Town of Schroon, NY, bringing its advanced video, digital phone and high speed broadband to hundreds of more homes in the Adirondacks. Time Warner Cable extended its advanced hybrid fiber optic network nearly 9 miles along Adirondack Road (also known as East Shore Road) in Schroon, passing 214 homes. The new network runs along Adirondack Road from Red Wing Road to Nesa Road, and includes a number of side
New York State Insurance Department representatives will be available Wednesday, September 28 in the village of Salem to answer flood-related insurance questions, according to Senator Betty Little and Assemblyman Tony Jordan. The Mobile Command Center van will be parked in the village municipal parking lot, 301 Main Street, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. next to the FEMA van.