Albany Update - May 5, 2017

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May 5, 2017

Governor's Corner

Governor Cuomo announced that his administration would be launching an initiative that requires all manufacturers of household cleaning products sold within the State, to disclose the chemical ingredients within those products on their websites. The Household Cleaning Product Information Disclosure Program will be overseen by the Department of Environmental Conservation and will serve as a pilot program for the potential expansion to other consumer products, such as personal care or children’s products.

Governor Cuomo has directed the New York State Department of Labor to study the causes, scope and economic impact of the gender pay gap in New York State and issue policy recommendations that will help close the gap. The study will be co-chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon.

The Governor announced that $2.65 million in funding has been awarded for addiction treatment programs throughout the State. The funding will go toward establishing Community Coalitions and hiring Peer Engagement Programs in each of New York’s 10 economic development regions. A list of funding recipients can be found here.

Governor Cuomo announced fifty new appointments to his administration. Information for each new appointee can be found here, here, and here.

Legislative Update

The New York State Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction will be holding a series of public forums throughout the state in the coming weeks. The forums will examine the issues faced by the state due to increased heroin and opioid abuse and solicit input from stakeholders in the community. The first three forums will be held in Johnstown, Buffalo, and Long Island. Additional hearings will be announced in the fall. Once the hearings have concluded, the Task Force will provide further recommendations for legislative action.

Additional Information

The legislature is scheduled to be in session next week on Monday, May 8th through Wednesday, May 10th. The 2017 Legislative Session is scheduled to conclude on Wednesday, June 21st.

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Albany Update - March 17, 2017

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March 17, 2017

2017-18 Budget Update

Both the Senate and Assembly released their economic and revenue forecasts for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The Assembly projects an All Funds revenues increase of $1.029 billion above the Executive’s projections. The Senate projects an All Funds revenues of $345 million above the Executive’s projections. The Senate also projects an additional $158 million for the remainder of the 2017 Fiscal Year, for a total of $503 million in additional revenue.

The Senate and Assembly also released their one-house budgets this week and each house voted on and passed their separate budget resolutions. The Senate’s resolution can be found here, while the Assembly’s is available here. Additionally, a summary of the Assembly’s budget is available here and the Senate’s summary is available here. The budget is due April 1, 2017.

Governor’s Corner

Earlier this month, Governor Cuomo announced a $1.4 billion Vital Brooklyn initiative that will impact the New York City Borough. The initiative consists of investments in eight areas including increasing access to open spaces and healthy food, transformation of Brooklyn’s healthcare system, investments in affordable housing and job creation. More information on the initiative can be found here.

The Governor announced new legislation that will increase the age of consent to marry in New York from 14 to 18 years of age. Under current law, children as young as 14 can be married with both parental permission and written consent from a judge. The new legislation would make it illegal for children to get married under the age of 17. Additionally, young adults between the ages of 17 and 18 who wish to marry, will need both parental and judicial written consent. A judge will need to ensure that neither party has a history of domestic violence, orders of protection issued against them and that neither individual is a registered sex offender. The judge must also conduct an in-person interview with the minor. Issuance of a marriage license to those younger than 18, without written consent, will result in a misdemeanor charge. Between 2000 and 2010 over 3,800 minors were married in New York State.

Governor Cuomo announced a New York State Plastic Bag Task Force this week. The Task Force will work to develop a uniform and equitable statewide plan to address the impact of plastic bags on the state’s environment. Members of the Task Force include:

Legislative Update

Governor Cuomo announced that May 23rd will be the date for special elections in the 30th Senate District and the 9th Assembly District.  The special election will fill the vacancies created by Senator Bill Perkins, who resigned from his seat after winning election to the New York City Council, and Assemblymember Joseph Saladino, who resigned to become Oyster Bay Town Supervisor. 

Additional Information

The legislature is scheduled to be in session next week on Monday, March 20th through Thursday, March 23rd.

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