“Today’s budget announcement is a strong starting point from which to build upon last year’s accomplishments. The Governor’s proposal is a largely responsible plan that balances the budget through cuts in spending and consolidation of redundant government functions, while holding the line on taxes for individuals and businesses.
I was pleased to see the Governor recognize the unsustainable burden that Medicaid places on county governments and property tax payers, but it is my belief that Medicaid reform and mandate relief must go further and must come faster. Given the historic property tax cap, local governments and property tax payers need immediate relief and reductions of state imposed burdens.
Senator Gallivan Presses DOT To Complete Review and Repairs Quickly
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma) was informed by New York State Department of Transportation officials today that after undergoing inspection, the old Route 219 bridge over Cattaraugus Creek between the Town of Concord in Erie County and the Town of Ashford in Cattaraugus County has been closed (currently named S. Cascade Dr. in Concord and Miller Rd. in Ashford, respectively).
State DOT officials were taking part in an ongoing repairs project to the span when an irregularity was discovered, which they determined warrants a more thorough inspection to ensure the bridge’s safety for motorists.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) was selected by his Senate colleagues today to give official notification to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo that the Senate is standing at ready to conduct its business for 2012. Gallivan notified the Governor prior to the annual State of the State address this afternoon, which Gallivan applauded for “its strong vision for New York State’s future” while stressing the importance of building upon the cooperation and collegiality that enabled last year’s progress.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) announced today that he has officially introduced legislation (S.6061) to designate a stretch of Rt. 20A as "Wyoming County Veterans Highway". The portion to be designated traverses 16 miles between the intersection of Rt. 20A and Rt. 98, in the Hamlet of Varysburg, and the intersection of Rt. 20A and Rt. 246 in the Town of Sheldon.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) has been named Vice Chairman of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Human Services and Welfare Committee for 2011-12. Gallivan was appointed by NCSL President and President of the Kansas State Senate, Stephen Morris.
“I am excited to bring my experience and ideas to the Conference of State Legislatures, and to learn from the successes and innovations occurring in state governments across the country,” Gallivan said about his new appointment. “The relationship between states and the federal government is constantly evolving and I am honored to represent the states’ agenda in this continuing debate.”
At some point during the manic cascade of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, the ritual series of holiday parties with friends and co-workers, days of shopping, feast preparations, and decorating our homes, it becomes all too easy to cast aside even our own personal understanding of this special time of year.
This week the Senate Majority released a mid-year economic and revenue forecast for New York State. A copy of the report can be found at the Senate website, www.nysenate.gov.
Working together this year, with Governor Cuomo, we were able to close a $10 billion budget deficit. We balenced the budget by finding efficiencies in government, identifying areas to make responsible cuts in spending, and most importantly, held the line on taxes," said Senator Gallivan. "Significant challenges remain and I look forward to returning to Albany to address next year's budget, continuing to focus on fiscal responsibility, economic development, and job creation for Western New York."
I want to invite local residents of the 59th district to nominate veterans whose service on behalf of our nation designates them as aninductee of the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame.Once you have printed and completed the form, please send it to my office at:
This year, working with Governor Cuomo, we were able to enact a long-overdue property tax cap that caps property taxes at 2 percent annually. This is a great first step, but as I have said all along, capping property taxes can only work when combined with comprehensive mandate relief for local governments.
Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture to Continue Her Statewide Agri-Business Tour in WNY
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-59th District) will be hosting the Chairwoman of the New York State Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Patty Ritchie (R-48th District), at an agri-business forum in Livingston County to hear the concerns, ideas, and expectations of the Western New York agriculture community, and to help inform the senators’ legislative priorities for next year.
The forum will take place on October 18, 2011 – 1:00 PM at the Livingston County Government Ctr., Board of Supervisors Room, 6 Court St in Geneseo, Livingston County.
Buffalo-- Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I-Erie, Wyoming, Livingston, Ontario) and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D,I,WF-Westchester) were joined by state and local officials from across western New York Wednesday to announce bipartisan legislation (S.5889-B) that will structurally reform the cost administration of New York State’s Medicaid system by incrementally transferring full responsibility for funding the $44 billion program to the State -- gradually eliminating the local share traditionally paid by county governments. Senator Roy McDonald (R,C,I – Saratoga) is also a primary sponsor of the Senate legislation, but was unable to join his colleagues at the press conference.
Comprehensive Bill Focuses on Prevention and Accountability in Schools
In response to the tragic death of Western New York teen Jamey Rodemeyer, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan is urging his colleagues in the New York State Assembly to follow the Senate and pass the Law to Encourage the Acceptance of All Differences (S.4921).
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Erie), Senator Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga) and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Westchester) conducted a press conference Monday in Albany to outline a plan to structurally reform the cost administration of New York State’s Medicaid system by incrementally transferring full responsibility for funding the $44 billion program to the State -- gradually eliminating the local share traditionally paid by county governments.
Former Erie County Sheriff Was Part Of Post 9-11 Cleanup A Decade Ago
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) joined thousands this weekend to take part in the official opening of the 9-11 Memorial at Ground Zero in New York City. Ten years ago, as then Sheriff of Erie County, Gallivan led a contingent of sheriffs deputies from across the state to Lower Manhattan to assist federal and local agencies during the post 9-11 clean-up efforts.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-59th District) is calling on Western New Yorkers to do their part to keep the blood supply strong this fall. Area residents will have an opportunity to donate blood next week at a Upstate New York Transplant Services (UNYTS) blood drive being sponsored by Senator Gallivan.
The blood drive runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m on Tuesday, September 13, taking place outside Senator Gallivan’s District Office at 4729 Transit Rd, Suite 7 in Depew.
Last month, employers across New York State began receiving notices from the New York State Department of Labor asking them to pay an extra twenty-one dollars per employee to cover the interest cost on what had been traditionally interest-free loans issued to the states by the federal government to pay for the Unemployment Insurance extensions called for in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
New York State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan applauded United States Senator Charles Schumer today following his announcement in Tonawanda that he has introduced federal legislation waiving the Unemployment Insurance Assessment Surcharge.
Senator Patrick Gallivan, Senator George Maziarz, Senator Mark Grisanti, Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, Senator Cathy Young and Senator Tim Kennedy--have joined together to release the following statement in support of the signing of the NYSUNY 2020 legislation (S.5855-A/A.8519) into law:
We began the year by working together, across party lines, for the future of public higher education in Western New York, particularly at our university center—the University at Buffalo. Eight months later, after a remarkably productive legislative session, we are still working together for that same goal.