GateHouse News Service Posted Jun 27, 2011 @ 10:09 AM
Canandaigua, N.Y. —
Taxpayer dollars may be saved from high contract costs thanks to new legislation that allows local governments to get the same prices on the same products.
The bill, which was recently passed in the state Senate and is pending in the Assembly, would allow governments to “piggy-back” off each other’s purchasing contracts — specifically at the state and federal levels.
Debbie Gierman, purchasing director for Ontario County, said the county will continue to send out bids for purchases, but the ability to use an existing contract does offer more options.
"Historic Moment" For WNY Homeowners And Businesses
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) announced this evening that the State Senate has passed landmark legislation to finally provide Western New York families and businesses with meaningful property tax relief – instituting a local property tax cap of two percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R, C, I – 59th District) announced tonight that he and his Senate colleagues passed legislation instituting a rational tuition policy for the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The program, formally titled SUNY 2020, provides for reasonable and predictable tuition increases at SUNY schools across the state.
As a former Erie County sheriff and New York state trooper, Sen. Patrick Gallivan probably understands inmate populations and jail finances better than most members of the state Legislature.
So perhaps Gov. Andrew Cuomo should cede to his expertise and sign a bill that would open up New York state jails to inmates from other states.
The state Senate and Assembly this week passed a bill sponsored by Gallivan that will allow counties with extra space in their jails to enter into contracts with other states to accept their extra inmate populations.
Former Sheriff Continues To Advocate For Common Sense Criminal Justice Reforms In Senate
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) announced this week that the Senate has taken deliberate action to close a loophole in state law that has inadvertently allowed dangerous criminals to possess certain types of firearms.
All Criminal Convictions Would Require Submission of DNA Sample
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced yesterday that State Senate has taken another definitive step towards making our communities safer, passing legislation (S.5560) that significantly expands the ability of law enforcement to solve crimes by requiring those convicted of all felonies and misdemeanors to submit DNA samples.
The bill would greatly enhance the DNA database, protecting communities by keeping more criminals off the streets, while also reducing the financial costs and victims’ emotional strain by solving crimes more expeditiously.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced today that his office will be honoring Flag Day and National Flag Week by providing the public with valuable information regarding the history of Old Glory and guidelines for its proper handling.
“Flag Day and National Flag Week is a special time of the year when all Americans try to do something special to honor the flag and all it represents. My office will be offering information so that everyone knows the proper time to display the flag, when it’s appropriate to salute it, and how to respectfully dispose of worn flags,” the Senator said.
Public Integrity Reform Act Creates Powerful New Oversight Commission, Requires Financial Disclosure
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) announced today that the New York State Senate overwhelmingly passed the sweeping ethics reform legislation announced last week.
The reform package, titled The Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011, includes measures requiring lawmakers to disclose their outside income, any clients with business before the state and other financial interests. It also creates a stronger oversight entity for elected officials and lobbyists, and calls for the forfeiture of public pensions for officials who commit crimes related to their public office; among other reforms.
Corporal Mark P. O’Brien served two distinguished tours of duty as a United States Marine, the latter of which was during arguably the most dangerous period of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since returning to civilian life, Corporal O’Brien’s actions and attitude off the battlefield continue to make his family, friends, community, country, and corps proud.
Corporal O’Brien first joined the Marines in 2001. At that time, he was working towards a degree in criminal justice to possibly pursue a future career in law enforcement, like other members of his family.
Senator Gallivan spent Memorial Day thanking veterans and honoring the fallen at the Town of Wales Memorial Day Parade, and later joined Orchard Park's American Legion Post 567 for the dedication of their Memorial Wall.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Erie County) announced a series of initiatives today designed to benefit area veterans, current service members and military families. The announcement comes in conjunction with the national observance of Memorial Day.
ALBANY – Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) honored Janet Miller of Arcade with one of the New York State Senate’s highest honors this week, recognizing her as a contemporary “Woman of Distinction” for volunteerism and devotion to her Wyoming County Community.
“Janet is one of those special people who makes Western New York such a wonderful community,” said Gallivan. “By contributing her time and talent to the Wyoming County Community Hospital and the Wyoming County Community Health System she has made Wyoming County a healthier and happier place to live, work, and raise a family.”
"Western New York’s property tax burden is among the highest in the nation; forcing families to leave their homes, business to relocate, and our children to seek futures elsewhere. Passing legislation to cap property taxes at two-percent was one of the first actions my Senate colleagues and I took this year.
Now, nearly four months later, the Assembly has joined the discussion by agreeing to a property tax cap framework largely mirroring legislation passed earlier this year in the Senate. This is a very encouraging development.
PLAN UTILIZES ELECTRONIC MEDIA TO SAVE TAX DOLLARS, FIND EFFICIENCIES
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District), announced today that the State Senate recently passed legislation (S.4828) he authored, giving local social service districts increased opportunities to utilize electronic media in Fair Hearing proceedings. The legislation is designed to save both time and money, while making the social service hearing process more efficient.
Janet Miller has compiled a lifetime of accomplishments that make her more than worthy to be honored as a Woman of Distinction. She spent much of her adult life being a loving mother and wife, while operating Plato Brook Farms, with her husband, Russell and son, Kent.
But what truly sets Ms. Miller apart, is her dedication and commitment to community, particularly her service with the Wyoming County Community Health System. She has been an active member of the Board of Managers since 1993, and was just recently named Co-Chair of the Capital One Campaign to improve the Wyoming County Community Hospital.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) announced today that The New York State Senate has passed Brittany’s Law (S.3645B), a bill that would establish a statewide violent felony offender registry by requiring offenders to register with the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services upon release from prison. The law is intended to increase the safety of all New Yorkers by providing access to the list of convicted violent offenders.