Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Erie) will propose reforms to the cost administration of New York State’s Medicaid System that will provide immediate and permanent mandate relief for the State’s struggling local governments.
ALBANY -- State Senate Republicans said Tuesday they will not water down a plan to hold the growth in local property tax increases at 2 percent annually, though the State Legislature's top Democrat questioned the GOP's commitment to the issue.
Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, R-Rockville Centre, noted that his house already has passed Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's property tax plan and that now the Democratic-led Assembly's turn has come to adopt it.
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 not a bad problem to have. What to do with more than $3 billion? That’s the question facing the State of New York after a settlement with BNP Paribas, a French bank charged with violating U.S. money laundering laws. Similar settlements with other banks could drive the total windfall to about $4 billion. As you can imagine, there is no shortage of ideas for what to do with this money. I believe the answer is simple; return the money to the people of New York by relieving the tax burden on residents and lowering the cost of government.