Attached please find a letter from Senators Smith and Sampson and a revised proposal for a Bipartisan Operating Agreement for the New York State Senate, effective until 11:59pm on Monday, June 22, unless otherwise extended by the parties.
Statement from Temporary President of the Senate Malcolm A. Smith andMajority Conference Leader John L. Sampson
“Cooperation is necessary to do the basic business of the Senate, since neither conference can convene a quorum without the cooperation of the other.
Today the Democratic Senate Conference offered a bi-partisan agreement to resume the people’s business in a fair manner – this offer was rejected by the Senate Republican Conference and Senator Espada.
“The Temporary President and Majority Leader, Senator Malcolm A. Smith, was elected to a two year term pursuant to a resolution passed by a majority of Senators in January 2009. The purported coup was an unlawful violation of New York State law and the Senate rules and we do not accept it. The Senate Majority is fully prepared to go back to the people’s work, but will not enter the chamber to be governed by unlawful rules.
On today’s Fred Dicker Show, Austin Shafran, Press Secretary for Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith discussed Pedro Espada and the Senate Republicans’ illegal attempt to overturn the vote of the people and hijack the New York State Senate. Audio of the interview is available at: https://rcpt.yousendit.com/698559946/b60bda3732b334f071c545ff64a6a89e
“This was an illegal and unlawful attempt to gain control of the Senate and reverse the will of the people who voted for a Democratic Majority. Nothing has changed, Senator Malcolm A. Smith remains the duly elected Temporary President and Majority Leader. The real Senate Majority is anxious to get back to governing, and will take immediate steps to get us back to work.”
During times of economic distress, we must remain committed to the principle of shared sacrifice. The public sector, private enterprise and our government must find ways to cut costs and do more with less. I applaud Governor Paterson and the public employee unions for finding a compromise that reduces the size of government in a responsible way while maintaining our commitment to protect the hundreds of thousands of hard-working employees who make up our state workforce.
Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith and Senator Daniel Squadron will hold a brief press availability today to announce the introduction of the Senate’s ethics reform proposal, requiring all individual legislators to fully disclose all outside sources of income. WHEN: Thursday, June 4, 2009 @ 12 PM WHERE: Capitol, Room 328
Passes grants program for small-scale food processing facilities putting people to work, utilizing NYS products in recipes. (Albany, NY)-The New York State Senate has passed S3594, legislation that promotes the development of small businesses, particularly those in distressed communities, by enabling small-scale food processors to apply for funding from the Empire State Economic Development Fund.
Tens of Thousands of Jobs & Hundreds of Millions in New Investments Expected (Albany, NY) The New York State Senate late today passed “UB2020”, major economic development legislation sponsored by Senator William Stachowski (D-Lake View) that will create a groundbreaking pilot program for the University of Buffalo to advance the university’s growth as an academic and research center, and revitalize Western New York’s economy.
Legislation Empowers Communities to Reduce Tax Burden (Albany, NY) – Today, the New York State Senate passed landmark government reform and consolidation legislation (S5661) that empowers local communities across the state to reduce the tax burden facing New Yorkers by establishing a process to eliminate unneeded and costly “special districts.”
(Albany, NY) Today, the New York State Senate announced the appointment of four individuals to critical positions on the boards of the State University of New York (SUNY) and the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC). In successfully filling these positions, the Senate continues to demonstrate its commitment to a quality, efficient and well-run educational system for all New Yorkers.
(Albany, NY)- Wednesday, the Senate Elections Committee, Chaired by Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), held a public hearing in Albany to solicit public comment on proposed campaign finance reforms to reinvigorate participatory democracy. Along with last week’s hearing in Rochester this concludes the third set in a series of five hearings that will continue in September and November.
Measure puts Cold War vets on par with others & also extends to co-ops (Albany, NY) The New York State Senate today recognized the service and sacrifice of Cold War veterans by voting to allow for local municipalities to increase the level of property tax breaks available to these veterans. Under the current law, Cold War vets are not offered the same breaks as other “combat” veterans.
Bill requires flu vaccine access in hospitals with neonatal intensive care units (Albany, NY)- Today, the New York State Senate passed legislation (S3911A) that would require any hospital with a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to offer flu vaccine to the parents and anticipated caregivers of newborns currently in the NICU.
The Senate Standing Committee on Local Government and the Assembly Standing Committee on Real Property Taxation will be holding a public hearing on Monday, June 1, 2009 to evaluate the effectiveness of current real property assessment practices. The public, local officials and academic experts will discuss the effectiveness of current real property assessment practices in producing fair and equitable assessments across New York State.
Four Bills on Hearing Agenda: Commission on Governmental Ethics; Increased Disclosure; “Pay-to-Play” Contribution Limits; and Campaign Funds Personal-Use Restrictions
(Albany, NY) The New York State Senate Ethics Committee today began a series of three public hearings throughout the state to listen to comments and ideas from the public about several ethics reform proposals. The basis of the hearings are four bills, two each from Senator Liz Krueger and Senator Daniel Squadron.
(Albany, NY) The New York State Senate unanimously passed today a vitally important economic stimulus and community revitalization program: the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (HRTC) (S2960-B/Valesky).
“I have long recognized that it is imperative that the Legislature meets the standards the people of New York deserve from their elected representatives by enacting real ethics reform. The Legislature needs to take the lead to restore the public’s trust in the institutions charged with serving the people.
“President Obama has made an exceptional choice in his nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Sotomayor is a principled and dedicated jurist who has earned an extraordinary reputation throughout her distinguished career which includes serving as a federal judge for the past 10 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Once confirmed, Judge Sotomayor will become the first Hispanic in history elevated to the Court.
Thank you to all of those who participated in the New York State Senate's fist ever online Town Hall. Since we're always striving to serve the people of New York better, and this was our first attempt at an event like this, we would appreciate your feedback on how we can improve the experience.