Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) spoke out today against the New York State Thruway Authority’s recently announced plan to increase Thruway tolls 45 percent on commercial vehicles with three or more axles.
Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.
“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”
Gallivan: “Senate Plan Cuts Taxes, Reforms Medicaid, Protects Seniors and Schools.”
The New York State Senate voted to approve its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution, continuing its focus on state spending, job creation, and structural reform to government.
The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends less than the Executive Budget. The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.
MEASURE WILL INCENTIVIZE HOME IMPROVEMENTS, ENCOURAGE NEW CONSTRUCTION, AND COMBAT BLIGHT
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) announced that the Senate passed legislation, S.5557A (Gallivan), that provides targeted tax relief and property tax abatement for home construction in the Town of Evans.
The bill authorizes the Town of Evans to establish a partial residential tax abatement program for the improvement, modification or construction or construction of one to three family homes that raise the assessed value of the property by at least $10,000. During the first year of the program, 50 percent of the assessed value will be abated, to a maximum of $150,000. The abatement is subsequently decreased by 10 percent each subsequent year.
Eliminates Bureaucratic Red-Tape Preventing Experienced Cops From Landing New Jobs
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) introduced legislation today to allow the 20 recently laid-off Niagara Transportation Authority (NFTA) police officers to transfer to law enforcement job openings that may exist with nearby departments.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) announced that legislation (S.5889C / A.8644A) he authored to structurally reform the cost administration of New York State’s Medicaid system passed the Senate Social Services Committee with unanimous support today. Gallivan’s bill -- the subject of much attention in the Capital and across the state -- incrementally transfers the local share of Medicaid traditionally paid by county governments to the state over the course eight years.
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.