You’d be hard pressed to find a more respected, distinguished public servant than Richard Ravitch. His illustrious record of service to the people of New York makes him an excellent choice to serve as Lt. Governor. I congratulate Lt. Governor Ravitch on his appointment and look forward to working with him in his new role.
It seemed like a good idea at the time. Ten years ago, with yoga transforming into a ubiquitous pop culture phenomenon from a niche pursuit, yoga teachers banded together to create a voluntary online registry of schools meeting new standards for training instructors.
After weeks of deadlock, I am relieved to report that the Senate is back in business. Thursday night, we passed a host of bills that are critical to the functioning of the state, including Power for Jobs, an extension of Timothy’s Law and revenue enhancers to balance New York City’s budget. But there’s a lot of work left to do. That’s why we are headed back to Albany next week for another session.
Senators Squadron, Schneiderman and Others Propose Bipartisan Agreement to End Senate Stalemate
Albany, NY—State Senators Daniel Squadron, Eric Schneiderman, Liz Krueger, Eric Adams, Neil Breslin, Suzi Oppenheimer, and Kevin Parker proposed an agreement today to allow the Senate to end the stalemate and return to business.
Like other proposals under discussion, the proposal shares the power and resources of the Senate between the two conferences and creates a bi-partisan mechanism for bringing bills to the floor for consideration.
“Article IV, Section 6 clearly provides a mechanism to fill the offices of Governor and Lt. Governor when both offices are vacant at the same time. It is equally clear that it does not provide such a mechanism when the office of Lt. Governor alone is vacant.
I held a press conference with Sen. Neil Breslin and Sen. Craig Johnson to give a legal briefing on what happened this week in the Senate.
After obtaining a quorum through the presence of 32 members in the Chamber, the Senate unanimously passed major and non-controversial legislation on Monday. If these bills had not passed, New York faced the potential loss of billions in revenue and hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Enough is enough. After weeks of deadlock, the people of this state are understandably frustrated and cannot afford to wait any longer for the Senate to act on legislation that’s essential for our state to function. We must get back to the people's business now.
On Wednesday, I was a guest on Capital Tonight with Republican Sen. John DeFrancisco discussing the Democrats' bipartisan governing proposal to fix this mess. Here is the clip
Taking politics out of the process, the Senate Democrats proposed a new power-sharing deal today that will allow us to get back to the people’s business. The bipartisan operating agreement would bring the New York State Senate back into session on a temporary basis to finish the important work that’s before us.
In the aftermath of last week’s failed coup attempt by Senate Republicans, I wanted to give you a brief update on the recent developments in Albany.
As a result of the deadlock caused by Senate Republicans and Senator Pedro Espada during the crucial final weeks of the legislative session, the debate or passage of many of my top legislative priorities has been stalled. Those priorities include the repeal of vacancy decontrol, marriage equality, firearm microstamping, mortgage and pension fraud legislation, the Climate Change Solutions Act, and school governance reform.
Ever since President Barack Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor for a seat on the Supreme Court, Jewish leaders have been speculating about how the appointment of this Bronx-raised Hispanic woman will affect the relationship between the Jewish and Hispanic communities.
ALBANY – Sen. Eric T. Schneiderman (D-Manhattan/Bronx) voted Tuesday for legislation that will make more seniors eligible for the Senior Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) program. The bill (S2210), which passed the Senate, deducts the amount of any unreimbursed out-of-pocket medical and prescription drug expenses from eligible seniors’ annual income calculation.
ALBANY – Sen. Eric T. Schneiderman’s legislation (S.5701) to protect New York’s yoga studios from regulations that threaten their livelihood passed the Senate Higher Education Committee today. In recent weeks, the New York State Education Department accused yoga studios of violating the law by training new instructors without a license, despite the fact that such licenses have never been required before. The state also threatened the studios with fines up to $50,000.
"The murder of Dr. George Tiller is an unconscionable tragedy. As one of the authors of the 1999 law that shields doctors, clinics and patients from violence and intimidation, and a former clinic escort, I am deeply concerned about the safety of reproductive health care providers and the women and families they serve. To honor Dr. Tiller, we have to do absolutely everything we can to protect people who work in family-planning clinics from this kind of heinous violence."
Sen. Schneiderman joins Gov. Paterson, Sen. Gillibrand and other elected officials and religious leaders to announce that Riverdale Temple and Riverdale Jewish Center will each receive a $25,000 grant to upgrade their security systems.
"It is an historic day for New York and the nation now that President Obama has nominated Judge Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. A native of the South Bronx who has served as a federal judge, prosecutor and litigator, Judge Sotomayor is a brilliant, independent jurist who is uniquely qualified to serve on the highest court. Once she becomes the first Latina and only third woman to serve on the Court, Judge Sotomayor will bring a new, much-needed perspective to the bench.
Today we honored the extraordinary men and women of the New York Police Department, the New York State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force, the New York Air National Guard, the Newburgh Police Department and the New Windsor Police Departments for their work in averting a potential terrorist attack in Riverdale. Although we will never let down our guard in the fight against terrorism, we can breathe a little easier knowing that our local, state and federal law enforcement agents are working in coordination and getting the job done.