Legislators on both sides of the aisle discuss urgent issues and strategize solutions
The first meeting of the State Senate Legislative Caucus was held today in Albany where bipartisan discussions focused on the many issues facing Upstate New York.
The meeting was attended by Democrat and Republican Senators who agreed to work together to push an Upstate agenda. Discussions today focused on the formation of the caucus and pressing issues like SUNY, education funding, Empire Zones and hospitals.
Upstate Healthcare Advocates Warn of Detrimental Impact of Paterson’s Proposals
Diane Ashley, CEO of Rochester Regional Healthcare Advocates, John Bartimole, President of Western New York Healthcare Association and Gary Fitzgerald, President of Iroquois Healthcare Alliance spoke to a room full of members of the New York State Senate and Assembly and their staff about the severe impact the Governor’s budget would have on Upstate healthcare providers and, in turn, the health of New Yorkers.
Governor’s Plan to Redistribute G.M.E Funding Will Cripple Upstate Hospitals, Greatly Reduce Upstate Physicians, and Negatively Impact the Economy
Dr. Bradford Berk, CEO of URMC, spoke urgently to a joint Legislative Upstate Caucus today about the Governor’s proposal to redistribute Graduate Medical Education (GME) funding from the Professional Education Pool to fund a new Indigent Care Pool. This transfer is expected to negatively impact Strong Memorial Hospital and Highland Hospital by nearly $12 million in the 2009-2010 state fiscal year.
Additional property tax relief totaling $1.3 billion for New York families, a consumer bill of rights for airline passengers, and legislation to improve oversight of the mortgage lending industry highlight the list of new laws scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2008.