Citing the recent announcement of more than 78,000 American jobs lost in one day, State Senator Betty Little today said job-creation initiatives must be a cornerstone of this year’s state budget.

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), along with his colleagues in the Senate Republican Conference, has launched a statewide, grass-roots petition drive to restore the STAR property tax relief rebate check program.  The program, which was very beneficial to Long Island families, was cut during the Democratically-controlled budget negotiations.  

The petition drive will attempt to pressure Democratic lawmakers to restore the rebate checks that they eliminated as part of the recently-enacted State budget.

Will also serve as ranking Republican on Senate Local Government Committee

     State Senator Betty Little (R,C,I-Queensbury) today said she is disappointed the 2009-10 Executive Budget has not been amended to eliminate a proposal that would cap New York State’s payments of taxes on approximately 3 million acres of Forest Preserve lands in the Adirondack Park.

Writes governor with concern for smaller “mom and pop” liquor stores 

     State Senator Betty Little has written a letter to Governor David A. Paterson asking that his administration withdraw an executive budget proposal that would permit the sale of wine in grocery, convenience and drug stores.

     Little said she is concerned liquor stores in the North Country would lose a large percentage of their sales, forcing some to lay off employees or close.

     At an environmental budget hearing today in Albany, State Senator Betty Little asked Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Alexander “Pete” Grannis to rescind an executive budget proposal that would freeze state property tax payments on Forest Preserve Lands.

          In a closed door agreement, Senate Democrats, holding a 32 – 30 majority over Republicans hashed out a closed door agreement to tax the payrolls of Orange County small businesses, not-for-profits, and local governments.

Senators Seward and Griffo: Budget Held Hostage To Politicians’ Private Agendas

With New York State facing a grave fiscal crisis, State Senators James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) and Joseph A. Griffo (R/C/I- Rome) today called for urgent, non-stop action to resolve the serious flaws in Governor David Paterson’s proposed 2009-2010 state budget.

(Albany) - Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-I-C, Rome), an architect of the regional effort to block the New York Regional Interconnect proposal, said the withdrawal of the application is proof that the idea was, from the start, a bad solution to the state’s energy problems.

"First of all, I want to thank all the grass-roots organizations and local governments who united to fight this proposal," Griffo said, "I also want to acknowledge the Senate Republicans who stepped forward when we needed support in this fight by securing funding and passing legislation to fight NYRI.

(Albany) - Saying that the state’s 2009-2010 budget raids the pockets of average taxpayers while further eroding Upstate New York’s damaged economy, Senator Joseph A. Griffo announced his strong opposition to the budget.