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New York State 2022-23 Budget

The legislature passed the 2022-23 budget totaling approximately $220 billion, an increase of $8 billion more than last year that was $12 B over the previous year, financed by $6 B from the feds and $6 B in increased taxes on New Yorkers, despite increased revenues more than sufficient to meet state spending. A new base line is thus established that will cost even more over the next 5 years. Motor fuel taxes will be suspended from the date the governor [...]

April 8, 2022|

NYS GOVERNANCE ANEW

A synopsis of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s state of the state message is available at: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-hochul- delivers-2022-state-state It contains modest goals expected from any governor and especially a successor to Andrew Cuomo whose forced departure provided an invitation for good-government initiatives, the usual tired narrative, except for her proposal to limit statewide office holders to two terms that has garnered little support. Then there are all the bromides, bon mots, cliches and sacred coins of the progressive realm: inclusivity, sustainability, disadvantaged and [...]

January 7, 2022|

Legislative Introductions

SENATE BILL 6843 "the all electric building act of 2021" would require all commercial and some mixed/residential buildings to be all electric and bans the issuance of permits by any govt. entity for building plans not in compliance. This bill has no assembly companion yet and forms part of plans of the state for electricity to be the sole source of power. Senate 7321 by Senator Stec, et al., call calls for the public service commission to conduct a full cost benefits [...]

October 26, 2021|

Governor Cuomo’s Resignation

RESIGNATION Governor Cuomo has resigned his office effective August 24th to be replaced by Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, a lawyer­ and former congresswoman from upstate, regarded as a moderate, who has announced she will seek a full term as governor, reform the ethics profile of government, foreswear the hostile atmosphere of her predecessor and place the state on a path to renewal. Her obstacles to election are formidable: how she gets on with Senate President Pro Tempore, Andrea-Stewart Cousins, and Speaker [...]

August 21, 2021|

Climate Change Times Two

August 19, 2021 2021 NYALL. COM ALBANY LEGISLATIVE LIAISON REPORT FROM THE HILL   RESIGNATION Governor Cuomo has resigned his office as of August 24th to be replaced by Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, a lawyer and former congresswoman from upstate, regarded as a moderate, who has announced she will seek a full term as governor, reform the ethics profile of government, forswear the hostile atmosphere of her predecessor and place the state on a path to renewal. Her obstacles to election [...]

August 20, 2021|

THE GOVERNOR STARING INTO THE ABYSS

Governor Andrew Cuomo is the subject of a report by the NYS Attorney who investigated his conduct after complaints of alleged sexual harassment of 11 women were made public.  The AG’s report is widely characterized as “scathing” but the press and the growing mob asking for his head have neglected to report he  has not been charged with anything yet or that he is entitled to due process of law, and a thorough and impartial exploration of the facts by an [...]

August 5, 2021|

April 16, 2021 – Carbon Taxes & Fossil Fuels

In October of 1973, OPEC imposed an embargo on oil from its member companies, placing the economies of the world at risk.  Domestic oil producers began operating under new rules that required, among other restrictions, "sharing" of low priced crude with companies without such market advantages and skewing refinery output toward heating fuels to protect citizens in the coming winter.  And of course to assure chaos and deflect blame, price controls were imposed to created shortages, long lines and deep resentment [...]

April 16, 2021|

Budget Buster April 8, 2021

Budget Adopted April 7, 2021  WORDS OF WISDOM OR DESPAIR DELIVERED ON APRIL 4, 2021        ”So as of right now we have the resources necessary so that there would be no cuts in the Governor's Budget so you wouldn't require any significant level of tax increases to pay for the restorations," Mujica told reporters on a conference call.  Mr. Mujica is NYS Director of the Budget.  “So now the conversation is to go to what additions to the budget do [...]

April 8, 2021|

March 24, 2021

SEVERAL BILLS OF GENERAL INTEREST AND TWO OF PARTICULAR CONCERN AT VARIOUS STAGES IN THE PROCESS. A1451A (Santabarbara) is on 3rd reading and eligible for a vote this week.  Last week it was “laid aside” effectively putting off the vote for a week or more.  In response to the push by the sponsor, a revised Memo-In-Opposition was circulated including the AG’s consent decree (settlement) generated by the initial incident, plus a propane company contract that clearly states tanks are not to [...]

March 24, 2021|

MARCH 17, 2021

THE TANK BILL, A1451-A  (SANTABARARA), WAS REPORTED TO THE FLOOR FROM THE CODES COMMITTEE WITH THE MINORITY IN THE NEGATIVE.  Now on third reading, it is eligible for a vote on Monday, March 15. [You may track any of the 109 bills on the watch list by going to nyall.com,”TRACKING NYS LEGISLATION” and using the cursor to view the bill, the date it had any “action”, etc.  Some items contain additional descriptions entered by NYALL, LLC.] Both houses rescinded the emergency [...]

March 17, 2021|
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