A longtime library advocate, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) is pleased to announce seven libraries and library systems in his district were recently awarded public library construction funds that will allow them to improve their facilities.
"Libraries are a place of lifelong learning that are available to everyone," Senator Farley said. "These funds will help improve the buildings that house vital information and allow organizations to keep up with the demands of their users -- whether it be installing climate control systems so books do not detiorate, improving entrances for people with disabilities, or upgrading wiring for Internet and computer needs."
This afternoon, Governor Cuomo gave his annual State-of-the-State Address, which is a vision, or a road map, of what the Governor would like to see happen in New York State in 2012.
The Governor’s speech is the official kickoff to the 2012 Session. We must continue to work together and build on the momentum that we have achieved in the past year. In 2011, we cut State spending and closed a $10 Billion deficit without raising taxes and fees. We enacted a property tax cap, lowered income tax rates and reduced taxes for upstate manufacturers. For 2012, we will continue with the goal for an on-time, fiscally responsible State budget. We plan to do this by cutting spending again and avoiding any additional taxes or fees.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) recently announced the State Senate approved its new State Budget proposal for 2012.
"Last year, I worked together with Governor Andrew Cuomo to pass an on-time budget that closed a $10 billion gap, reduced spending and avoided any new taxes and fees. We also approved a property tax cap and enacted a major middle class income tax cut -- bringing rates to the lowest level in 58 years," Senator Farley said.
We accomplished a great deal in 2011, but we still have lots of work to do to keep New York State moving in the right direction, he said.
The Senate's fiscally responsible budget plan will:
· Keep spending growth under 2% -- even less than what the Governor proposed;
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced an agreement on the 2012-2013 New York State Budget.
The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.
For the second consecutive year, the New York State Senate has completed an early passage of the state budget. The 2012-13 state budget achieves the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs. The new state fiscal year begins April 1st.
Governor Cuomo has just unveiled his Executive Budget proposal for the State Fiscal Year 2013-14, marking the start of the annual budget debate and negotiation process.
I am carefully reviewing all aspects of the Governor's plan, in order to ensure that it meets the needs of our local communities, as well as our state as a whole. I am already concerned about the school aid portion of his proposed budget and will be examining the numbers thoroughly. I have already heard concerns from schools in my district about their figures. I also share the concerns of local municipalities and schools that we need more action on mandate relief.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed a 2013-14 budget resolution, that focuses on helping businesses create new jobs, investing additional funds in education and transportation, providing mandate relief to local governments, and restoring proposed cuts to women's health programs as well programs for the developmentally disabled. The budget also includes a proposal for a permanent two-percent state spending cap.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule on the 2014-2015 Executive Budget proposal.
These hearings, each of which focuses on a programmatic area, are intended to provide the appropriate legislative committees with public input on the executive budget proposal. The hearings will be available for viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites. The Legislative Channel (on cable systems throughout the state) also will carry the proceedings.