2017 Legislative Session Wraps Up

June 23, 2017

The 2017 Legislative session — after a highly contested drawn out budget — ended, at least for now.

“A combination of Mother Nature and the IJC’s Plan 2014 shaped my legislative focus this spring, as flooding ravaged our lakeshore communities. I am proud to have partnered with legislators from both parties to adopt the Lake Ontario Flooding Recovery Grant Program which, upon the governor’s approval, will provide $90 million in relief for homeowners, businesses and municipalities that have suffered as the result of the damage, as well as for mitigation to prevent future damage,” Oaks said.

Sometimes, legislative “inaction” is the best action, as was the case with adverting proposed changes to the Zero Emissions Credit proposal. The plan as written assures for the safe production and delivery of reliable, efficient nuclear power in New York State.

“I’m disheartened to leave Albany without an agreement about greater oversight of economic development funding dollars, but proud of legislation adopted this session to include ride sharing, the Farm to Food Bank plan, tax exemptions for craft breweries and the establishment of a 529-style first-time homebuyer savings account,” said Oaks.

The Legislature will return to Albany at a later date to address mayoral control of the New York City schools as well as measures that would continue authorization for counties to charge sales tax at the current rate.