Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government OperationsChair: Senator Carl L. MarcellinoSenate Standing Committee on BanksChair: Joseph A. Griffo (Chairperson) & Hugh T. Farley (Vice Chairperson)Senate Standing Committee on InsuranceChair: James L. SewardPublic Hearing: To examine the impact of proposed agency consolidations on the affected agencies, delivery of services, the State workforce and citizens.Place: Room 711A, Legislative Office Building, 7th Floor, Albany, New YorkTime: 11:00 A.M.Contact: Debbie Peck Kelleher (518) 455-2390
If you own your home, and are turning 65 or older anytime during 2011, and meet the income requirements, you may qualify for the “Enhanced” STAR program that can help reduce your school taxes this year. Enhanced STAR offers a bigger break on your property taxes than Basic STAR, which is available to most other homeowners.
You must apply for this important property tax relief benefit, and the deadline is March 1, 2011 in most towns and cities. (Exceptions include Utica, which has a deadline of Aug. 1; and Rome, with a deadline of July 26. But you can still send in your application now.) You won’t have to reapply every year if you enroll in the optional Income Verification Program.
Griffo: Local Schools Use Opportunity To Press For Balance in Education Aid
Balance was the critical issue addressed by local school leaders who this week accepted Senator Joseph A. Griffo’s offer to meet personally with Senate Education Committee Chair John Flanagan to discuss school aid in the coming state budget.
TECT Power receives Pollution Prevention Achievement Award
The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, housed at Rochester Institute of Technology, awarded its 2011 Pollution Prevention Achievement Award to TECT Power, a subsidiary of TECT Corp. an international aerospace components manufacturer. The award was presented today during a ceremony at the company’s production facility, 2 Halsey Road, in Whitesboro, N.Y.
TECT Power was recognized for its efforts to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals in its production processes.
Griffo-Sponsored Harsher Penalty Bill for Child Sex-Abusers Passes Senate
(Albany) – State Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) reported that the New York State Senate today passed legislation to strengthen the penalties for those adults who are convicted of the sexual abuse of a child.
Senate bill 1882 amends current criminal provisions to allow for a person to be found guilty of sexual abuse in the 1st degree when the abuser is at least twenty-one years old and the victim is less than thirteen years old.
Griffo Reports of Senate’s Quick Adoption of Tax Cap and Mandate Relief Measures
(Albany) – Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) today said that the Senate passed measures designed to give the New Yorkers relief from property taxes and to ease the burden of unfunded state mandates on schools and municipal governments.
“We took the first major step today toward reining in runaway government spending,” said State Senator Griffo. “The property tax cap represents needed change to help make New York affordable again without compromising public safety or essential government services.”
Griffo’s Efforts to Limit Spending, Revive Economy Produce Results in New Senate Bill
Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) today announced that his efforts to revive New York’s economy and reduce state spending and taxes have taken a major step forward with Senate passage of the Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011, which includes a job creation tax credit plan, a state spending cap that would limit spending increases to 2 percent and a two-thirds supermajority vote to raise taxes.
Destito, Griffo call the loss of WKTV to many cable customers “an issue of the public interest”
(UTICA) — State Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R/G-Rome) and Assemblywoman RoAnn M. Destito (D/WF-Rome) have written to officials at Time-Warner Communications and Smith Media asking them to resolve outstanding contract issues that have led to the loss of WKTV and The CW11 for thousands of Time Warner cable subscribers in Utica and surrounding areas.
State Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-IP-C, Rome) today called upon Governor David Paterson and his administration to release all of the terms and conditions of the proposed agreement with the Stockbridge-Munsee tribe that will allow the tribe to develop a Catskill Casino and give up their Central New York land claims.