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Join The "Count Me In" Campaign In Your Neighborhood

Many New York households did not mail back their 2000 census questionnaire. Statewide, the mail-in response rate was below the national average.  In some neighborhoods, only 1 in 3 households mailed back a form. With so much state and federal aid for our schools, hospitals and transportation on the line, it’s crucial we do better in the 2010 Census.  So how can we make that happen?


How to help victims of the earthquake in Haiti

A $10 donation to the American Red Cross, can be made by texting "HAITI" to "90999"(the charge will be added on to your cell phone bill). You can also visit or call 1-800-REDCROSS.

A $10 donation can be made to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund by texting “QUAKE” to 20222 (the charge will be added on to your cell phone bill) or by visiting

Partners in Health has been working on the ground in Haiti for over 20 Years. They urgently need your support. Donate to PIH at

Concern World Wide is working in St. Martin and Martissant with water distrobution, clean-up, soap distrobution, temporary latriens and shelter for 25,000 people. Consider donating to their efforts at Haiti Earthquate Appeal.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has set up a Haiti Earthquake Emergency Fund. Donate today and subscribe to updates via text message. To sign up, simply text the word HAITI to 62227 (NAACP).Find additional ways to help through the Center for International Disaster Information.

Information on finding family members, and conditions on Haiti, is being provided by the State Department: 1-888-407-4747. Additionally, you can visit Google's Haiti earthquake relief page for a listing of News outlets and other resources.

House Unanimously Approves Bill to Allow Taxpayers to Claim Charitable Deduction in 2009 for Haiti Relief: Ways And Means Press Release


MLK Day Service Opportunities

Here's a list of service opportunities from around the Empire State. If you would like your organization's efforts listed here as well, please let us know the details in a comment and we'll add them.


Legislative Commission on Rural Resources Mission Statement

Mission Statement

More than 80 percent of New York State is made up of rural communities with around 3.3 million residents in 44 rural counties, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. To address the needs, interests and concerns of these communities, the New York State Legislature established the Legislative Commission on the Development of Rural Resources in 1982.


Inauguration 2010: A Day Of Celebration And Service

Democratic Conference Leader John L. Sampson, President Pro-Tem Malcolm A. Smith and Senator Eric T. Schneiderman joined Mayor-elect Michael Bloomberg, Comptroller-elect John Liu and Public Advocate-elect Bill DeBlasio at their January 1 Inauguration Ceremony at City Hall for a day of celebration and service.


Happy New Year From The Senate Majority Conference

The Senate Majority Conference extends our warmest wishes for happiness and healthfulness to every New Yorker for 2010 and beyond. The last decade surely tested our resolve as a state and as a country. However, the dawn of a new year provides each of us the opportunity to reflect on the past and renew our spirit for the year ahead. And in looking ahead, let us also remember and give thanks to those who sacrificed for our benefit in 2009, in particular our servicemen and women. 


Watch the Senate debate marriage equality

Today, the Senate engages in an historic debate on S66003, a bill that would extend full marriage rights to all couples in New York. Login or Register to leave comment on the debate. Please note, all comments will be moderated in compliance with our Terms of Participation.



Senate Unanimously Approves Special Committee Of Inquiry

By unanimous vote, the Senate passed a resolution today approving the Special Committee of Inquiry, chaired by Senator Eric T. Schneiderman,  to investigate the conduct for which Senator Hiram Monserrate was convicted by the State Supreme Court of Queens County. The committee’s first official meeting will be held today at 5:00 PM in Capitol Room 124, open press.

The full text of the resolution, offered by Senate Majority Conference Leader John Sampson, is as follows:


Count Me In! Senate Launches Census 2010 Initiative

Several hundred thousands of New Yorkers were not counted in the 2000 Census. Given that the federal government spends nearly $2,000 a year per New York resident in federal program funding, New York lost close to $400 million dollars a year and about $4 billion dollars over the last ten years. This shortfall could have been used to improve education, health care, emergency services - even public transportation - in underserved communities across the Empire State.


Powering New York's Future Is A Promise Kept

Today the Legislature is announcing a series of open regional hearings and rountables seeking a long term approach to using low cost power to create and sustain jobs across the Empire State. These joint bipartisan events of both the Senate and the Assembly are the result of a promise by the Legislature to reform the state’s energy policy, its authorities, and our economy.

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