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State Senate Passes Bill to Expand Renewable Energy Program

The State Senate today approved legislation (S.6700) to promote the expanded use of non-residential solar and wind electric generating systems.  Senator Betty Little cosponsored the measure which amends the current “net metering” law to remove obstacles that have limited the participation of non-residential customers, including businesses, schools, municipalities and non-profits.

February 22, 2010
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Reaction to State Comptroller DiNapoli’s Audit of Bridges

STATEMENT BY SENATOR BETTY LITTLE

     “Anyone in Albany who has a doubt about the importance of making bridge repair a priority this year should visit the businesses and families affected by the closure in Crown Point.  Or try adding a self-imposed two hour detour to their daily commute for a week or two to get a glimpse of what it means to lose something as vital as a bridge in their community.  

January 12, 2010
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Senator Little Outlines 2010 Legislative Priorities

STATEMENT BY SENATOR BETTY LITTLE

“There are several clear priorities for this year’s legislative session.

January 6, 2010
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FAQ -- What happens to all of the Lottery Revenue?

I am frequently asked how much does the New York State Lottery contributesto state education funding. 

Below is a simple breakdown of school funding statewide and the Lottery's impact.

Where Do Schools Get Their Money?

Local Taxes:     46 percent ($22.92 billion)

State Sources:     39 percent ($19.23 billion)(other than NYS Lottery)

NYS Lottery:     5 percent ($2.36 billion)

December 14, 2009
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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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Little, County Clerks Cheer License Plate Reversal

Senator Betty Little is pictured with Warren County Clerk Pam Vogel on the West Capitol Park steps in Albany on Monday, November 16.

Vogel, Essex County Clerk Joe Provoncha and more than a dozen county clerks from across the State were in the State's Capital to applaud the reversal of a plan that would have required all motorists to buy new license plates next April.

A statewide petition drive and public outcry has led to the reversal.  Senator Little voted against the ill-conceived plan which was included in this year's budget.

November 16, 2009
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CROWN POINT, BATCHELLERVILLE RESIDENTS RALLY AT STATE CAPITOL

Want to focus attention on New York’s crumbling infrastructure

The sudden closure last month of a roughly half-mile bridge spanning Lake Champlain in Essex County points to the need to immediately address New York State’s deteriorating bridges and roadways.

November 10, 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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Crown Point Bridge Update

Crown Point Bridge Update -- Thursday, October 22

New York State has set up a toll-free hot line at (888)769-7243.  The hot line is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, and businesses and area residents are encouraged to call to express concerns as well as offer suggestions.

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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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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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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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 21, 2009
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Sen. Little Reacts to Gov's State of State: Property Tax Relief Must Be a Priority

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

January 7, 2009
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