ALBANY - Growing the state’s agriculture industry and helping New York’s family farms prosper is the goal of the “Grown in New York” plan, unveiled today at a Capitol news conference by members of the Senate’s Agriculture Committee, as well as leaders of the New York Farm Bureau. The plan is designed to strengthen the state’s $5.2 billion agriculture industry by expanding markets for New York-grown products, improving the bottom lines of family farms, and investing in the future of farming.
Plan Would Increase Tax Credits to Help Struggling Middle Class Families, Restore STAR Property Tax Rebate Checks for Millions of New Yorkers
Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference today unveiled the Family Tax Relief Act, a package of tax relief and reform measures designed to provide a major economic boost to New York’s struggling middle class families.
The Senate Republican plan would increase tax breaks that have not kept pace with inflation, and, in some instances, haven’t been adjusted for more than 25 years. The plan also restores the STAR property tax rebate check program to provide real and direct relief to millions of New Yorkers who pay some of the highest property taxes in the country.
Call to Action Comes in the Wake of Congressional Report on Alleged Waste, Fraud and Mismanagement Within NY Medicaid Program, Inaction of OMIG, Resulting in Potential Loss of Billions in Federal Dollars
Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and the Senate Republican Conference today called for an immediate independent audit of New York State’s Medicaid program and announced a forthcoming joint roundtable meeting of the Senate Health and Investigations Committees to investigate allegations of complacency and inaction by the state Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG).
Gallivan Urges All Permit Holders Who Wish To Keep Personal Information Private To Complete and Submit Forms To Their Local County Clerk's Office
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - Elma) announced today that State Police “Opt-Out” privacy forms are now available in each of the four counties that comprise the 59th Senate District.
The forms being made available are in accord with a provision of the newly enacted NY SAFE Act that allows New York State pistol permit holders to request that their personal information be kept private and confidential by completing a State Police “Opt-Out” form and submitting it to a designated county official.
ALBANY – New York State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma) released a letter today signed by 17 of his fellow upstate Senators that was delivered to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s office on Friday.
The letter urges the Governor to restore funding to low-wealth school districts that were disproportionately impacted by a flawed gap elimination adjustment (GEA) formula employed over the last two years. The letter acknowledges that some progress has been made to restore funding lost through the GEA, but it is noted that most of that restoration aid has been to support high-need urban districts.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma) joined with fellow members of the Senate Republican Conference and leaders of statewide business organizations to urge Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget. The 18-a surcharge, which has increased utility bills for every ratepayer in the state, is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014.
“Extending this surcharge will cost ratepayers almost $3 billion. Small businesses, working families and seniors, all struggling to keep up with high energy costs, cannot afford this burdensome utility tax any longer,” said Senator Gallivan. “Allowing the 18-a assessment surcharge to expire will also help to create jobs and make New York more economically competitive.”
“State government has been able to change direction the last two years largely because Albany has adopted a course of fiscal prudence. Today’s budget proposal demonstrates the Governor’s continued commitment to financial responsibility, keeping state spending growth below two percent while closing a $1.35 billion budget deficit without proposing any new taxes.”
Former State Trooper and Sheriff of Erie County Votes "No" On Omnibus Gun Control Package
“Recent tragic events have justifiably focused the nation’s collective attention on violence, and what can be done to ensure that our communities, neighborhoods and schools are safe.”
“As a career law enforcement professional, I am supportive of increasing penalties for illegal possession and the illegal use of weapons, keeping weapons out of the hands of criminals and those with mental health issues that endanger others, improved measures to combat gang activity, increased penalties for those who target first responders, and numerous other proven measures that enhance public safety.”
Event Will Allow Residents To Dispose Of Unwanted Electronics At No Charge
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (59th District–Elma) is joining with Sunnking Electronics Recycling, Time Warner Cable and the East Aurora Rotary to host a free electronics recycling event Saturday, January 12th, at the Nativity Lutheran Church, 970 E. Main Street in East Aurora from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The world produces an estimated 50 million tons of E-waste annually, while Americans alone discard nearly 30 million computers each year. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 80 percent of discarded electronics are deposited in landfills or incinerated without being properly recycled.
The Governor’s State of the State outlined an expansive and comprehensive vision for our state and its future. I am especially encouraged to see Governor Cuomo make the upstate economy a continued priority of his administration, and the specific attention he paid to bolstering Upstate’s agriculture and tourism industries – two sectors vital to the continued economic recovery of Western New York.
“Today’s announcement is great news for Western New York, the Buffalo Bills and all of us who call ourselves Bills fans. The Buffalo Bills are New York State’s only NFL franchise, and an integral part of the cultural and economic identity of Western New York,” said State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R – Elma), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business. “Through good years and bad, this community has supported its team with an unparalleled level of passion and enthusiasm. Now the Bills organization has stepped up with Governor Cuomo and local leaders to reach a stadium improvement plan and lease agreement to keep the Bills in Buffalo while respecting taxpayer dollars.”
"Over the last two years, Senate Republicans and the Independent Democratic Conference have worked in bipartisan fashion to advance shared priorities and bring unprecedented progress to the New York State Senate and the people of New York State. Now that the existing relationship with the Independent Democratic Conference has been formalized, I remain confident that our partnership will result in continued bipartisan cooperation and tangible progress for all New Yorkers."
Celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Amherst and Warsaw
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Elma), joined with community leaders and advocates for the disabled in Amherst and Warsaw today to celebrate the first annual “International Day of Persons With Disabilities” in New York State and to recognize the achievements that the community have contributed to the diverse fabric of New York State and Western New York.
Senate Economic Development Chair Cites Economic and Safety Concerns, Urges Comptroller’s Office To Thoroughly Review Contract
“The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles’ apparent selection of a bid submitted by CBN Secure Technology of Canada to produce the state’s next generation drivers licenses raises several questions and concerns.”
“The fact that CBN’s bid was the most expensive to taxpayers and would shift the development and manufacturing processes out of the United States raises some questions as New York State continues to grapple with budget issues. I hope the State Comptroller’s office gives this contract a thorough review to ensure tax dollars are being invested wisely.”
Renews Call To Separate Canal System From Thruway Authority
As New York State Thruway Authority officials postponed a scheduled meeting for the second time in five days that may have included a vote to approve a 45 percent increase on three-axel vehicles, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma), chairman of the Senate’s Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee, urged the Thruway Authority Board to explore other options to avoid a toll increase and consider his proposal to separate the State’s Canal System from the Thruway Authority.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) today announced several ways that Western New Yorkers, and all New Yorkers, can help the massive relief effort underway in the New York City Metro Area in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy that ravaged the Eastern Seaboard last week.
Gallivan urged New Yorkers to utilize The American Red Cross and Catholic Charities, or other trusted charitable organizations who have strong track records of efficiently and effectively distributing relief aid in disaster situations.
One of Only Ten Lawmakers in State to be Named "Guardian of Small Business"
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), New York State’s leading small business advocacy organization, named Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma) a “Guardian of Small Business” today for his record of supporting and advocating on behalf of New York State’s small businesses.
Reform Would Save Thruway Authority Millions Annually, Help Prevent Toll Hike
Chairman of the Senate’s Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business Committee, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R - Elma), joined with Senator Mark Grisanti (R - Buffalo) and Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak (D - Cheektowaga) this afternoon at Canalside, the historical terminus of the Erie Canal, on Buffalo’s waterfront to announce formal legislation to sever the New York State canal system from the New York State Thruway Authority.
The announcement comes as the Thruway Authority is considering a plan to raise tolls on three-axle vehicles by 45 percent.
Chairman of the Senate's Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business Committee, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, formally requested that the New York State Thruway Authority consider cost saving measures before anything as drastic as a 45 percent toll hike on three-axled vehicles is considered.
In the letter to Thruway Authority Chairman, Howard Milstein, Senator Gallivan said that any such toll hike would have a serious impact on the western New York economy, area farms, and consumers.