Senators talk regulatory relief after new study

The Assembly and the State Senate returned to Albany on Monday afternoon for regular business.

Four senators, including Kathy Marchione of Halfmoon, released a study-intended to cut red tape and ease burdensome regulations. The senators, two from each party, held nine public hearings in various parts of the state, asking for comments and taking suggestions. They say they got an earful. More than two thousand comments actually.

“2219 specific rules, regulations and practices that put New York’s business at a competitive disadvanage,” says Senator Patrick Gallivan (R – Elma). “Very often they can’t find state agencies or individuals in state government that can help them get through the process.”

Some of the regulations are serious, but burdensome, and some regulations are head scratchers, like one agency rule that material must be submitted on buff-colored paper, not white, but nobody knew why.

Halfmoon Senator Kathy Marchione (R – Halfmoon) campaigned on eliminating at least a thousand rules and regulations. She and her fellow red tape busters say they found more than two times that many worthy of elimination.

“It’s time to start, stop talking and start cutting Albany’s 22 miles of job killing red tape,” says Marchione.

No one by the way has found a method of preventing the choice of problem legislators. Dennis Gabryszak has announced he’s retiring from the Assembly amidst accusations of harassment from at least seven women. On Monday afternoon, his name was still on the list of members. That will make eight open seats out 150, meaning roughly a million New Yorkers will not have direct Assembly representation.

Updated: 01/13/2014 6:48 PM

Created: 01/13/2014 6:46 PM
By: WNYT Staff