Monthly Archives: March 2008

NY (Almost) Has A Budget

With the state fiscal year set to begin on April 1, New York state is rapidly hammering out details on a state budget, and preparing for an on-time passage. While an on-time budget is a much desired goal, perhaps more preferable would be a budget debated and discussed openly. Unfortunately negotiations of the 2008-09 state […]

Budget Deal Near

Governor David Paterson and legislative leaders announced a tentative budget deal that includes a 4.5% spending increase. Those seeking a new era of open debate in New York will note that the deal was reached in private and before legislative conference committees met. Details of the budget have yet to be published, but the legislature […]

Paterson Administration Taking Shape

We have already seen the departure of top level Spitzer personnel like Lloyd Constantine and Patrick Foye. As the political maxim that personnel is policy continues to take shape around David Paterson, we can expect more changes. We can also expect these changes to gradually illuminate the new administration, and consequently what those changes mean […]

Paterson’s Budget Issues

Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, E. J. McMahon offers his views on the troubled state of the economy and budget. Mr. McMahon is a national authority on state budgets and the economy and will be a featured speaker at the NYSHEI Annual Meeting on June 2 in Syracuse, New York.

Regents Want Your Suggestions

REGENTS ADVISORY COUNCIL ON LIBRARIES SEEKS INPUT ON NEW YORK DIGITAL COLLECTION INITIATIVE The Regents Advisory Council on Libraries (RAC) is seeking input from the library, museum and archival communities by March 31 on a proposed new budget and legislative initiative for 2009-2010. This new funding initiative is called “The New York Digital Collection.” The […]

Budget Committees Named

Membership of the joint budget conference committees has been named. These committees will work toward legislative reconciliation of small portions of the state budget. Note that this is a legislative exercise that does not include a role for the executive.

Governor David Paterson

On Monday, March 17, 2008 David Paterson will take the oath of office to become 55th Governor of New York State. “Having known Governor Paterson since his days in the State Senate, I can attest that he possesses a remarkable intellect coupled with a sense of humor and humility. Having worked in our state’s capital […]

Welch to Retire

State Librarian Janet Welch announced that she will retire this spring. Ms. Welch was instrumental in the founding of NYSHEI and has remained a strong supporter. In announcing her retirement, Welch wrote: After much deliberation and reflection, I have decided to retire from my position as State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries this spring. […]

Constantine Profiled

Lloyd Constantine, senior adviser to Governor Spitzer and confirmed supporter of ARIA, is profiled by the Albany Times Union. “Mr. Constantine has been a friend to NYSHEI and supporter of ARIA,” said NYSHEI Executive Director Jason Kramer. “In all of our dealing with him he as shown himself to be acutely aware of the value […]

Globalizing Information Event – Register Now

Please join us in Albany on May 1 for a NYSHEI event jointly sponsored by Elsevier and hosted by the University at Albany. Beginning at 10:00am and ending by 3:00pm, the Globalizing Information: Removing Borders as Obstacles to Collaboration event will have speakers from NYU, Cornell, RPI, SUNY and Elsevier. The purpose of the day […]