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.
Joint - Senate Standing Committee on Social ServicesChair: Senator Patrick M. Gallivanand Senate Standing Committee on Children and FamiliesChair: Senator Diane J. SavinoRoundtable: A Roundtable Discussion on the current and future issues and concerns of human services administrators, advocates and clientsPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.Contact: Roxanne Irwin (518) 455-3471
Overburdened taxpayers in Western New York and across the state are desperate for relief. The Tax Cap was a great first step but to actually cut property taxes, county governments need relief from unfunded mandates handed down by the State. Medicaid is largest mandated budget item for every county in New York State and is the primary reason that New Yorkers pay the highest property taxes in the nation. I have authored legislation that will remove the Medicaid burden from county government, allowing local government to reduce local taxes, not just slow their growth.Over 100 state and local officials from around the state have signaled their support for this bipartisan legislation, and you can too.Sign the petition below to show your support.
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).
Senators Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Erie) and Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga), and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Westchester) 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.
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.
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.
In January of last year, Laura Cummings, a developmentally disabled young woman from North Collins, was tragically murdered by her mother. Subsequent information revealed that Laura had been sexually and physically abused by her mother and brother for years. Had New York State Child and Adult Protective Services been given the proper legal tools to conduct an appropriate investigation after several reports of abuse in the Cummings' home, Laura's death could have been prevented. Today I joined my colleagues from Western New York to demand the Assembly take action on this critical measure.
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.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced today that Governor Andrew Cuomo has recently signed legislation into law (S. 3242 - Gallivan) that will designate the portion of Route 15A that runs through the Town of Lima as the “Lima Veterans Memorial Highway”.
“Every corner of this state has a rich tradition of national service and every citizen owes a degree of gratitude to all those who have served through the years. That is even more true for the residents of Lima,” Gallivan said. “Lima was founded by veterans of the Revolutionary War and the town has sent its sons and daughters to defend America in every one of our nation’s major armed conflicts. This designation is a fitting tribute to both the town and its tradition of military service.”