In this week's Community Connection: Reducing Taxes in New York, Upcoming Events around the community in the week ahead, and looking back at the Soy Unica Soy Latina Rally last weekend. Click on the link below to download this week's edition in full-screen view.
2012-13 State Budget Reduces Spending, Does Not Raise Taxes, Creates 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.
2012-13 STATE BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS
STATE SPENDING GROWTH HELD UNDER TWO PERCENT
> The $132.6 billion spending plan limits all-funds spending growth to 1.9 percent. For the second year in a row, state spending growth is less than the two percent spending cap advocated by Senate Republicans and placed on local government and school budgets.
Senator Joe Robach announced today that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is now accepting applications for four $1,500 scholarships to be awarded June 4th at their Annual Legislative Conference Day. Scholarship winners must be present to receive their awards.
“These scholarships will hopefully alleviate some of the burden of affording a higher education,” says Senator Robach.
The August Group (TAG), Rochester’s premier volunteer networking organization, in collaboration with Monroe Community College (www.monroecc.edu/workforce), will present their 13th Career Fair and Networking event on Wednesday, May 16th from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Warshof Conference Center, R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center on MCC’s Brighton Campus, 1000 East Henrietta Road.
In this week's Community Connection, an update on the 2012-2013 New York State Budget approval process, upcoming events in our community, and a downtown business expands its offices in the Cascade District. Click on the PDF link below to view it in full-screen.
All-Crimes DNA Law a Powerful Crimefighting Tool To Help Protect New Yorkers
The databank expansion, which has been agreed to by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Assembly, will help close thousands of unsolved cases, bring justice to crime victims, and help prevent dangerous criminals from committing additional crimes.
The Senate Republican Majority has led the effort to expand the databank, garnering strong public backing for the proposal through a series of on-line petitions and public events. Several thousand citizens from communities across the state signed on in support of the measure.
Governor Encourages New York Employers to Take Advantage of Program and Urges Unemployed Youth to Get Involved
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that more than 120 businesses across the state have joined the New York Youth Works Program, creating 2,900 full and part-time job openings for young, at-risk New Yorkers.
Mylan Denerstein, Counsel to the Governor, and Alphonso David, Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights, today joined members of the Legislature and representatives from participating businesses to encourage additional youth and companies to take advantage of the program.
New Law Expands Access to DNA Testing and Discovery for Defendants
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced an historic agreement that will make New York State the first “all crimes DNA state in the nation, by requiring DNA samples be collected from anyone convicted of a felony or penal law misdemeanor. In addition, the bill also significantly expands defendants' access to DNA testing and comparison both before and after conviction in appropriate circumstances, as well as to discovery after conviction to demonstrate their innocence.
Governor Cuomo introduced the DNA Databank legislation as a centerpiece of his 2012 legislative agenda.
This year's City of Rochester St. Patrick's Day Parade takes place Saturday, March 17th, beginning at 12:30. You can visit the official website of the parade by clicking here.
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about the St. Patrick's Day Parade.
PROPOSED 2012 Shuttle Bus Schedule
Free shuttle buses will run from 10:30am to 12:30pm from the end of the parade to near it's start at Plymouth Ave/Inner Loop - East Avenue area. These buses are provided so those participating in events at the county building can be taken to the parade's start after those events conclude.
Elderly Victims Across New York Lost More Than $441K To Scammers Pretending To Be Family Members In Need
Schneiderman: It’s Despicable That Scammers Are Preying On Vulnerability & Generosity Of Seniors
NEW YORK - As part of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued a warning to New Yorkers today after regional offices throughout the state have reported a rise in so-called "grandparent scams," where perpetrators impersonate relatives in need, and then dupe unsuspecting seniors into sending them money. Victims of these phone scams have lost more than $441,000 over the last several months.
In this week's Community Connection, information regarding income taxes and changes for this filing season, celebrating Black History Month at School #36, and upcoming events in the week ahead. Click the link below to download a full-screen PDF version.
In this week's community connection, tax forms are still available in my district office to pick up, events around the community in the week ahead, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Rochester test their pizza making skills. Click the link below to read this week's community connection in full screen.
In this week's Community Connection, details on Tele-Town Halls and how you can get involved, upcoming events around the community in the week ahead, and R.I.T. students discuss State government. Click the link below to read this week's Community Connection in full-screen.
$26 Million Included in Executive Budget for First Phases of Project
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled new plans to modernize and rebuild the I-390 Interchange in Rochester. The project will create a gateway to the University of Rochester, enabling campus expansion and job growth. The Governor included $26 million in his 2012-2013 Executive Budget to support the first two phases of the project.
The project will improve accessibility to the University of Rochester, Monroe Community College and Rochester Institute of Technology campuses, leading to thousands of new jobs in the local economy generated by university growth. Approximately 630 construction jobs will also be created.
In this week's Community Connection, the Senate passes legislation to increase safety for children riding school buses, Nikko Restaurant opens in Rochester, and upcoming events around the 56th Senate District. Click the link below to download a full-screen version to read.
Bills intended to make riding bus safer for students, enhance communication, and make “school bus” signs more economical
The New York State Senate yesterday passed a series school bus bills that will ensure child safety and enhanced communication.
A bill was passed, sponsored by Senator John Bonacic, that increases the penalties for passing a stopped school bus (S.3099A). The legislation would impose a sixty day suspension of a driver’s license if convicted of passing a stopped school bus two or more times.
This legislation would make the penalties for passing a stopped school bus multiple times the same as penalties for drivers convicted of speeding in a construction zone two or more times.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI victory license plate to honor the championship team.
The plate, available for both passenger and commercial vehicles registered in New York, features the NFL Giants' Big Blue NY logo with the words "Super Bowl XLVI Champions" as well as the official Super Bowl XLVI logo. An image of the custom license plate is available at: http://www.governor.ny.gov/assets/GiantsSBXLVIb.jpg