New York State Senate Republicans today offered a comprehensive budget savings plan that spends less than the Executive Budget proposed, rejects $6.2 billion in taxes and fees proposed by Governor Paterson, implements a spending cap to restrain future spending growth and helps businesses create jobs to strengthen the State’s economy.

The plan leaves $1.2 billion currently in reserves untapped and fully funded, and increases the State’s overall fiscal reserves by nearly $1 billion so New York is on sounder fiscal footing.

New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane (D, WFP-Manhattan), chair of the Senate Health Committee, today announced his appointment of Denise Soffel as Health Committee Executive Director and Roger Bearden as Health Committee Counsel effective March 9, 2009.

Soffel comes to her new position from the National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ), where she worked as the Health Policy Coordinator, developing and implementing policy advocacy strategy to improve and strengthen public health insurance programs.

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Brentwood, NY - Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) hosted a town hall forum on the federal stimulus package at the Brentwood campus of Suffolk County Community College to inform the public about the benefits local communities may realize from the $24.1 billion New York stands to receive from the federal stimulus package. The attendees learned first-hand what projects are eligible for funding and how to obtain funding. Senator Foley was joined at the forum by fellow hosts Sen. Craig Johnson and Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A.

An array of city, state and federal elected officials sharply criticized the proposals to bail out the Metropolitan Transportation Authority at a legislative hearing on Thursday, raising fresh concerns about whether the proposals can survive in Albany.

City Council members opposed a plan to introduce tolls on the East and Harlem Rivers. Representative Anthony D. Weiner and business groups said they were against introducing a new payroll tax. And state senators, as well as many advocacy groups, disagreed with the proposal for an 8 percent fare increase.

Buffalo, NY – Antoine M. Thompson, NYS Senator, 60th District (Parts of Erie & Niagara Counties) declares Tuesday, March 24, 2009 Uncrowned Queens Day.

Legislators call for swift action on their bill to protect children from exposure to this dangerous chemical.

March, 16, 2009

ALBANY, 03/24/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C- Oneonta) commented today on the closed state budget process:

“I am extremely disappointed with the lack of progress on the state budget. Promises of openness and reform by Democrats have come up short, and now we are a week away from the budget deadline with nothing to show to the public.

ATHENS, 03/26/09 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) attended Agriculture Literacy Day at Edward J. Arthur Elementary School in Athens today.

Senator Seward read to Michelle Whiting’s second grade class from the book, “The Empire State Investigator: The Applesauce Bandit.” The book was donated to the school by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Greene County.

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) recently introduced legislation which would make it easier for individuals and developers to rehabilitate historic properties.