WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- State Senator Terrence Murphy has been selected by the Senate Majority Conference to serve as the chairperson of the Senate Administrative Regulations Review Commission, or ARRC.
Murphy represents the 40th District, which includes Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties. He owns Yorktown Health & Wellness Center and Murphy's Restaurant in Yorktown.
This assignment puts Murphy in a powerful position to combat overregulation, with investigative oversight of all State agency mandates and regulations that affect local governments and businesses and hinder economic development.
Murphy won the seat in November. He replaced Greg Ball, who did not seek re-election.
"In Westchester and the Hudson Valley, where nine state mandates account for seventy-five cents of every tax dollar we spend, unfunded mandates from the State have been the bane of our existence and mandate relief has been a punch line instead of a serious undertaking," Murphy said. "I'm humbled and honored to join the Senate leadership team and my goal as chair of the Commission will be to provide legitimate, substantive results that can finally end the crushing burden of unfunded mandates on local governments and the regulations that drive up the cost of doing business in New York State."
As chair of the ARRC, which has its own full-time staff, Murphy will be responsible for the review of all state agency regulations for the Legislature, as well as for implementing the complex State Administrative Procedure Act (SAPA).
"New York State has over 750,000 regulations on businesses and local governments, most of which are outdated, redundant, duplicative, unduly burdensome or completely unnecessary," he said. "During my time in local government I held numerous press conferences and forums calling for mandate relief and a procedure whereby businesses and local governments can challenge onerous unfunded mandates. It's time for mandates to go.
Murphy will also serve as member on the powerful committees on Banks, Ethics, Labor, Health and Investigations and Government Operations. He was also named to the Local Government and Mental Health committees.
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