Senator Kenneth P. LaValle announced that the Senate Republican Conference proposed an amendment to restore cuts to libraries and non-public schools advanced in the Governor’s budget. The measure supported by the Conference aimed to restore the remaining $7.4 million of an $18 million cut to libraries, as well as $14 million of the $44 million cut to non-public schools. However, the Senate Democrats voted along party lines to defeat the amendment.
Senator Kenneth P. LaValle was pleased to learn that $2 million in state funds he previously secured for Suffolk County’s Rails to Trails program has been reinstated by the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) on its Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that the Riverhead Free Library, the Hampton Library of Bridgehampton, and the Westhampton Free Library have been awarded funding under the New York State Public Library Construction Grant Program. The grants awarded through this program are supported by a 2008 capital fund appropriation for the construction and renovation of public libraries and library systems in New York State.
Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that the Senate Republican Conference called on Governor Paterson to revise and resubmit his 2009-10 Executive Budget proposal. The Governor's plan was introduced back in December without consideration of federal economic stimulus dollars. The federal funds could provide the opportunity to eliminate $6 billion in new taxes and fees proposed by the Governor.
Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that local municipalities can apply for Round 3 of Restore NY's Communities Initiative grants beginning February 9, 2009. "This is a great opportunity for our localities to move forward with economic development plans," said Senator LaValle.
Senator Kenneth P. LaValle would like to make people aware of the New York State Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), which offers income-eligible households free help with reducing energy consumption and improving home safety. “As the record-breaking temperatures make for the coldest days of winter, many homeowners realize the need for energy saving measures,” said Senator LaValle. “However, many people cannot afford the costly repairs that would be required to make their home more energy efficient.”