Lobby Day in Albany Wednesday Jan. 18th, 9-5 ~ Unfunded Mandate Relief

Unfunded Mandate Relief ~ Lobby Day in Albany Jan. 18

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Important Message from Lisa Thrun of Americans for Prosperity (NYS and Niagara County)

Hello Everyone!

This year is full of many challenges, not only in our state but also in our counties, towns, and school districts.

Number One on Albany’s agenda should be unfunded mandate relief. The legislature must reduce or eliminate the regulations that require local governments to perform certain actions or provide specific services without funding or with very little. However recently, the governor quietly released a final report of the Mandate Relief Redesign Team without any fanfare or even a press release. The team’s report was underwhelming at the least (even to the team), not addressing the largest burdens to taxpayers; Medicaid, Triborough Amendment, and the Wick’s Law.

School districts and local governments are in desperate need for reforms NOW!

The Upstate Conservative Coalition (Capitol Region) along with their many partners around the state have planned for a Lobbying Day at the Capitol:

Unfunded Mandate Relief Lobby Day at the Capitol

Legislative Office Building, Albany

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 / 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

We are currently awaiting confirmation on holding a rally in The Well of the LOB at 9:30 am with several elected leaders.

Taxpayers across the state are invited to join us as we send a message to Albany that unfunded mandates must go! Please make appointments with your legislators prior to next Wednesday. Talking points will be available in the Well where we will meet.

Organizers and representatives from taxpayer groups across the state have appointments to meet with some Assembly Members and Senators. A representative from each organization is invited to join us for these meetings. Please notify us ASAP if you plan on attending these meetings. Please include what group you are representing and the county you are from. You can send the info to lthrun@afphq.org or thomasjcavanagh@yahoo.com.

The UCC has put together some information on mandates. Go here to learn more.
Our friends at the Empire Center for NYS Policy released today a report called Triborough Trouble. You can also read up on the New York State’s Property Tax Cap: A Citizens Guide. Remember–if taxpayers vote down their school budget twice—the tax level reverts to the following year’s levels—-a 0% increase. No more contingency budgets!

If you cannot make it to Albany, we encourage you to call, e-mail, or make an appointment with a staffer in your Senator and Assembly Member’s local offices. Write a letter to the editor in your local newspapers and help bring attention to these costly, job-killing mandates. More importantly, tell Governor Cuomo we need mandate relief NOW! You can call him and leave a message at 518 474-8390.


Lisa Thrun, Americans for Prosperity

Americans for Prosperity Foundation

New York Chapter, Grassroots Chair



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Breaking News: Genesee County Legislature has launched a petition drive – State, take over Medicaid. Madison and Rensselaer Counties too.

Genesee County

Legislature drive urges state to take over Medicaid costs

Buffalo News Staff Reports

Published:January 12, 2012, 12:00 AM

BATAVIA—The Genesee County Legislature has launched a petition drive “for all concerned citizens, taxpayers and beneficiaries to sign” to persuade New York to take over all Medicaid costs.

Petitions are available at City Hall, the county Motor Vehicle and Legislature offices, and all town and village offices. They demand action on Senate and Assembly bills that would end local growth in Medicaid costs and have the state take over the entire county share by 2019.

This year, Genesee’s appropriation for Medicaid benefits is $9.87 million, 38 percent of the local property tax levy. The local share goes up 3 percent each year.

The New York State Association of Counties is leading a statewide effort to get co-sponsors for the bills and convince the governor that “real mandate relief—Medicaid reform—can and will be achieved only with the state takeover of local benefit costs.”

Genesee County Legislature Chairwoman Mary Pat Hancock is current president of NYSAC.

The goal is to have legislation in place during the upcoming Albany session and make it part of the 2012-13 state budget to be adopted by April 1.


From NYSAC: Counties Advocating for Mandate Relief

Did you hear that? It’s another county calling for mandate relief.

This week, Genesee and Madison counties launched initiatives designed to engage residents in mandate relief efforts. Genesee County, led by Legislative Chairwoman Mary Pat Hancock (NYSAC President), started a petition drive for citizens to urge State leaders to enact mandate relief through a State takeover of county Medicaid costs.

The Madison County website is headlined by a call from Chairman John Becker to contact Governor Andrew Cuomo to encourage him to “Remove the Medicaid Burden from Madison County Property Taxes.” (http://www.madisoncounty.org/)

Late last month Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen Jimino launched a new website designed to encourage county residents to urge Governor Cuomo and State Lawmakers to “Stop Mandates Now.” The site (www.rensco.com/execoffice_mandaterelief.asp) localizes the fiscal impact of the 9 State mandates consuming 90 percent of the county property tax levy statewide, and provides an easy way for residents to contact State leaders.

Join the chorus. Ask your county colleagues, business leaders, community groups and homeowners to call on Governor Cuomo and your State Senator and Assemblymember to get on the Mandate Relief bandwagon. The time for talk in the State Capitol is over. The time for action is now. (Mark LaVigne)




State Lawmakers Support State Medicaid Takeover Legislation, has support in 51 Counties

Medicaid Relief Proposal

Take a look at this video of a press conference held on September 19 about a new Medicaid relief proposal that will mean tax relief for counties across New York State.

CONTACT your State Legislature officials and let them know you support their sponsorship of this legislation, or request that they become a sponsor today! As for your County officials, request that they do their part to keep pressure on the state and pass resolutions in support of this bill.

Additionally, Take  Action by Signing these Petitions:

State Lawmakers Support State Medicaid Takeover Proposal

BILL NUMBER: S.5889B (Gallivan) / A.8644 (Paulin)


An act to amend chapter 58 of the laws of 2005, relating to authorizing reimbursements for expenditures made by or on behalf of social services districts for medical assistance for needy persons and the administration thereof, in relation to calculating social services district
medical assistance expenditure amounts

This bill provides for an immediate freeze of local contributions to the cost of Medicaid followed by the gradual state assumption of all non- federal Medicaid costs over an 8-year period.

Sections 1 and 2 of Part C of Chapter 58 of the Laws of 2005 are amended to provide a phased takeover of the local share of Medicaid costs.

Since the enactment of the Medicaid program in 1965, local social service districts (counties and the City of New York) have been required to share in both the cost and administrative operation of the program. Over the years, the cost of the program has grown exponentially while responsibility for program design and administration has been gradually shifted to the state. By 2016, all administrative responsibility for Medicaid will be assumed by the state.

Despite this shift of responsibility, county and New York City governments continue to be required to contribute a significant share of the total program cost. Currently, counties and New York City pay approximately $7.3 billion per year and under existing law, these costs will
continue to increase by 3% each year. With the recently enacted 2% cap on property taxes, counties simply cannot continue to meet this state mandate without slashing other essential local services such as senior services, veteran’s services, law enforcement, parks, and road maintenance.

This legislation provides for the gradual assumption of the current local shares starting with an immediate freeze on local contributions effective January 1, 2012. On October 1, 2012, local contributions will be reduced by 5%. Additional reductions will be made in the subsequent
years ending the with the full assumption of local Medicaid costs in 2019.

The timing of this legislation is designed to take advantage of changes that may be required by the federal Affordable Care Act as well as state actions being implemented or planned by the Governor’s Medicaid Redesign Team. Given the phased nature of the takeover, there is ample time for the Governor and Legislature to develop and consider changes to the program that may be required to maintain program compliance with federal law as well as affordability to the state.

New Bill.

This act shall take effect immediately.

Sponsors of S.5889B/A.8644 as of 10/27/11


Co-Prime Sponsors: Paulin, Sweeney, Lupardo, Lifton, Magnarelli, Schimminger, Abinanti, Galef, Latimer, Lavine, Roberts, Thiele, Spano, Gunther, Jaffee, Brindisi, Molinaro, Giglio

Multi Sponsors: Magee, Boyle, Johns, Tedisco, Palmesano, Burling, Ceretto, Kolb, Smardz, Tenney, Barclay, McDonough, Hawley, Castelli, Corwin

Sponsor breakdown by region/county

• Albany
• Allegany- Young (S-57), Burling (A-147), Giglio (A-149)
• Broome – Libous (S-52), Lupardo (A-126)
• Cattaraugus – Young (S-57), Giglio (A-149)
• Cayuga – Valesky (S-49), Kolb (A-129), Nozzolio (S-54)
• Chautauqua – Young (S-57), Giglio (A-149), pending Goodell (A-150)
• Chemung – O’Mara (S-53)
• Chenango – Libous (S-52), Seward (S-51)
• Clinton
• Columbia – Molinaro (A-103)
• Cortland – Seward (S-51), Lifton A-125), Kolb (A-129)
• Delaware – Bonacic (S-42)
• Dutchess – Molinaro (A-103)
• Erie – Gallivan (S-59), Razenhofer (S-61), Grisanti (S-60), Schimminger (A-140), Smardz (A146), Corwin (A-142)
• Essex
• Franklin
• Fulton – Farley (S-44), Butler (A-117)
• Genesee – Ranzenhofer (S-61), Burling (A-147), Hawley (A-139)
• Greene – Seward (S-51)
• Hamilton
• Herkimer – Seward S-51, Butler (A-117)
• Jefferson – Ritchie (S-48)
• Lewis – Griffo (S-47)
• Livingston – Gallivan (S-59), Young (S-57), Burling (A-147)
• Madison – Valesky (S-49), Magee (A-111)
• Monroe – Maziarz (S-62), Johns (A-135), Hawley (A-139), Nozzolio (S-54)
• Montgomery – Farley (S-44)
• Nassau – Lavine (A-13), Montessano (A-15)
• New York City – Avella (S-11), Golden (S-22)
• Niagara – Grisanti (S-60), Maziarz (S-62), Schimminger (A-140), Ceretto (A-138), Hawley (A-139), Corwin (A-142)
• Oneida – Griffo (S-47), Valesky (S-49), Magee (A-111), Brindisi (A-116)
• Onondaga – Valesky (S-49), Magnarelli (A-120), Roberts (A-119), Kolb (A-129), Barclay (A-124)
• Ontario – Gallivan (S-59), Kolb (A-129), Nozzolio (S-54)
• Orange – Bonacic (S-42), Carlucci (S-38), Larkin (S-39), Gunther (A-98)
• Orleans – Maziarz (S-62), Hawley (A-139)
• Oswego – Ritchie (S-48), Barclay (A-124)
• Otsego – Seward (S-51), Magee (A-111), Butler (A-117)
• Putnam – Galef (A-90)
• Rensselaer – McDonald (S-43)
• Rockland – Carlucci (S-38), Jaffee (A-95)
• St. Lawrence – Griffo (S-47), Ritchie (S-48)
• Saratoga – McDonald (S-43), Farely (S-44), Tedisco (A-110)
• Schenectady – Farley (S-44), Tedisco (A-110)
• Schoharie – Seward (S-51)
• Schuyler – O’Mara (S-53)
• Seneca – Kolb (A-129), Nozzolio (S-54)
• Steuben – O’Mara (S-53),
• Suffolk – Sweeney (A-11), Thiele (A-2), Boyle (A-8)
• Sullivan – Bonacic (S-42), Gunther (A-98)
• Tioga – Libous (S-52)
• Tompkins – O’Mara (S-53), Seward (S-51), Lifton (A-125), Nozzolio (S-54)
• Ulster – Bonacic (S-42), Larkin (S-39)
• Warren
• Washington
• Wayne – Nozzolio (S-54)
• Westchester – Oppenheimer (S-3), Paulin (A-88), Abinati (A-92), Galef (A-90), Latimer (A-91), Spano (A-93), Castelli (A-89)
• Wyoming – Gallivan (S-59), Burling (S-147)
• Yates – O’Mara (S-53), Palmesano (A-136)