Dear Editor: I read with great interest the article, “Star Tax Relief Loses More of Its Luster” in the October 5, 2009 issue of your paper, which discussed the Legislature’s reduction of star benefits and the elimination of star rebate checks. In the article it was stated that the “Legislature quietly” took these actions. In fact, the actions were not taken by all Legislators and some Legislators were anything but quiet about it. During the public hearings, as the Republican Ranking member on the Finance Committee, I spoke loudly,
NYS Senator John DeFrancisco gives an update on the budget process this year and talks about the need for joint public budget conference committee hearings. He says it's something the legislature didn't do last year.
Senator John DeFrancisco explains why he voted against the budget extender bill and updates where the legislature is on getting a budget enacted for this fiscal year. Includes four video clips from the Senate Floor from April 12th
During a debate in the state Senate Chamber today, Senate Republicans criticized Senate Democrats for focusing more on misleading, political attack robo phone calls, than on convening joint, public budget negotiations to get a budget done. The debate took place during discussion of another budget extender bill to keep government operating while there is no new budget in place.
Senator John DeFrancisco (R,C,I Syracuse) discusses the admission by Senate Democrats that Republicans in the Senate and Assembly have not been invited to participate in secret, closed-door budget negotiations. The debate came during a discussion of a budget extender bill that, once again, did not include authority to fund important road, bridge and capital construction projects that employ thousands of people across the state. The lack of funding has resulted in many of those projects to come a halt, and people losing their jobs.