GALLIVAN SEES IT AS KEY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TOOL FOR UPSTATE NEW YORK Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced today that the State Senate passed legislation to create a permanent state energy program that will continue to provide affordable energy rates to businesses in the Empire State. The legislation makes permanent the “Power For Jobs” program, which was subject to annual extensions to remain in effect. The new, permanent program is called “Recharge NY”. “Recharge NY is vital to the economic interests of Western New York.
“It ‘s encouraging to hear some details from the Governor’s office regarding his intentions on how to reform the Medicaid system and control its costs. While many of the Medicaid Redesign Team’s 79 recommendations are still unknown, the few included in the Governor’s briefing are promising. Primary among them; instituting a global cap on state Medicaid spending, addressing long-needed reform to medical malpractice statutes, and placing emphasis on patient centered medical facilities.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R – 59th District) was joined by many of Livingston County’s local elected officials, members of the public, and a representative of Assemblyman Dan Burling Wednesday as he cut the ribbon on his new, one-room office at the Livingston County Government Center in Geneseo.
“Our goal is to provide comprehensive constituent service and effective representation to every resident across the four counties of the 59th Senate District. Locating an office in Geneseo will provide easier access to the resources available through a state senator’s office for all of our constituents in Livingston County,” said Gallivan.
CHAIRMAN GALLIVAN SHEPHERDS MEDICAID “OPT-OUT” BILL THROUGH SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma), Chairman of the Senate Social Services Committee today announced a major piece of reform legislation has passed through the Social Services Committee with his enthusiastic support. The bill, often referred to as Medicaid opt-out legislation, allows for increased local control of Medicaid by permitting county governments to “opt-out” of non-mandated services that do not fit the needs of their specific county, significantly reducing the cost burden on local property taxpayers.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma) expressed a sense of guarded optimism today, immediately following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive proposal for the State’s 2011-12 budget. The initial proposal, unveiled this afternoon in Albany, recommends a total State Budget of $132.9 billion, a 2.7 percent decrease from last year.
“The only way to balance the State’s $10 billion deficit and revitalize its economy is to reduce state spending. The Governor seemingly recognizes this and has proposed to balance the budget without any tax increases or any plans to increase New York’s debt load through borrowing,” said Gallivan, “that is the right place to start budget negotiations.”
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), joined with Senate colleagues this morning to announce an aggressive fiscal reform package, the Job Creation and Taxpayers Protection Act of 2011. The package aims to grow private sector jobs while demanding fiscal responsibility from government, primarily through a state spending cap and establishing a two-thirds “super-majority” vote threshold to enact any tax increase.
“For New York State’s working families and small businesses to survive we need to reduce taxes and control state spending. That is the only responsible action, and I am proud that it is the first action the new Senate Majority is taking,” said Gallivan.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma) joined with the rest of the Western New York Legislative Delegation this morning at the University at Buffalo’s North campus to send a unified message to Governor Cuomo that the implementation of UB 2020, the University’s long term growth and development strategy, is the region’s and the delegation’s principle legislative concern.
Legislation sponsored by Gallivan and four of his Western New York Senate colleagues allowing for the implementation of UB 2020 through public education policy reforms was unveiled at the press conference this morning. A letter signed by the delegation urging the Governor to include the necessary provisions in his soon-to-be-released executive budget proposal was also released.
Patrick M. Gallivan (R, C, I – Elma), announced today that he was selected as chair of two very important State Senate committees; Social Services, and Children and Families.
“New York State faces serious challenges, first among them are the out-of-control government spending and the spiraling costs of Medicaid. I am honored that Senator Skelos has demonstrated his faith in my abilities by granting me the opportunity to chair the committee that will lead the fight to reform Medicaid and combat the system’s instances of waste, fraud and abuse, while at the same time ensuring that services are available for those who depend on them,” said Gallivan.
“After hearing Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address, I am optimistic that we will be able to work together to implement common sense solutions to fix our broken state government. For far too long out of control state spending and spiraling taxes have worked to smother Western New York’s economy. We can no longer sit idly by as families make an exodus from New York State for greener pastures elsewhere.
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