Albany, NY—Committed to the development of a fiscally prudent deficit reduction plan that protects vital services without imposing any new taxes or fees, New York State Senate Finance Committee Chairman Carl Kruger has scheduled two additional regional budget hearings for Thursday, October 29th in Westchester County, and Monday, November 2nd in Buffalo. Hearings in New York City and Long Island were previously announced.

WHAT:  Senator Diane J. Savino, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Civil Service and Pensions, will hold a hearing to review the current status of the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services’ (DCAS) plan to reduce the number of provisional employees in New York City.

(New York, NY) Following a successful nine-day trade mission to China sponsored by the Asian American Business Development Corporation (AABDC), legislative leaders today announced several agreements reached which could result in millions of dollars in revenue to the state.

WHERE: Senate Hearing Room, 19th Floor, 250 Broadway, NYC
WHEN: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 3 P.M.
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Albany, NY—Committed to the development of a fiscally prudent deficit reduction plan that protects vital services without placing any additional burden on taxpayers, the New York State Senate Finance Committee will commence two public hearings next week to review the fiscal consequences of the Governor’s deficit closing proposals on local services and programs supported by the state.
Additional hearings are being arranged for the weeks ahead so that taxpayers from every region of the state are heard as the Senate seeks to cut spending and reform the budget process.

(New York, NY)- New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane, Chair of the  Senate’s Committee on Health, and New York State Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried, Chair of the Assembly’s Committee on Health, announced a joint hearing on improving patient safety in New York State to be held Monday, October 19, 2009, at 10:00 A.M.

(New York, NY)- New York State Senator Bill Perkins, Chair of the  Senate’s Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions, announced a hearing to be held Monday, October 19, 2009 at 10:00 A.M.

New York State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Chairwoman of the Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction and Senator John Sampson, Senate Majority Conference Leader are calling for public hearings regarding the financial crisis that the New York State Interest On Lawyer Account Fund (“IOLA”) is facing.  The IOLA Fund, in existence since 1983, is used as a means to provide additional financial support to civil legal service organizations.  The money is used to provide lawyers to indigent people in dire circumstances who need representation for foreclosure actions,

Accusations against public officials are of the utmost concern to everyone in a just and civil society and I take them very seriously.  A court of law has now ruled and we respect the decision rendered by the justice system.
The leaders of our conference are discussing the potential for further disciplinary action by the Senate and will comment further once a determination has been reached.

“The Senate is committed to generating lasting economic growth with a fiscally prudent deficit reduction plan, and have been in discussions with the Executive for weeks about how best to close the state’s projected budget gap. Both houses of the Legislature had their first opportunity today to hear the Governor’s recommendations. While time may have been lost waiting for these ideas to emerge, our Finance Committee has now begun the task of reviewing the fiscal consequences of each of these proposals.