The start of summer has so far been a season of victory laps for the Cuomo administration. In the wake of a 2011 legislative session that’s received many positive reviews, the governor and key members of his cabinet have been out and about across New York State touting this year’s achievements.
So it's a good time to remember that the Senate kicked off the 2011 legislative session with the approval of what we're calling the "Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act." It's aimed at jump-starting the upstate economy.
Now that Governor Cuomo has released his 2011-2012 proposed New York State budget, attention turns to the Legislature's efforts to carefully and deliberately examine the details of the plan and assess its impact on local communities.
The Senate Majority conference unveiled its 2011 committee assignments at the Capitol earlier today. In addition to heading up the Senate Elections Committee as chairman, I’ll also be serving on 10 other committees.
It’s going to be a pivotal year in New York State government. That's at least one agreement that's already been reached here at the start of the 2011 legislative session. Throughout the year ahead, I'll be offering a weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and services, and much more.&
Governor Cuomo started us off on the right note in yesterday's State of the State message to begin New York's 234th legislative session, and I think the underlying theme of his speech came through loud and clear: it's going to be difficult, but it's never been more important.