Issues: Alcohol

WNY Distillers & Brewers Are Toast of the Town – Kennedy, Panepinto & Ryan Push to Make it Easier for Them to Give Customers a Taste of Hometown Craft Beverages

Tasting Tax Exemptions in Governor’s Proposed Budget Would Ease Restrictions on Producers and Drive Western New York Economic Activity 

March 5, 2015
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SENATOR AMEDORE APPOINTED AS CO-CHAIRMAN OF JOINT TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION

Senator George Amedore was appointed as Co-Chairman of the New York State Senate’s  bipartisan Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. Senator Amedore will Co-Chair the Task Force along with Senators Terrence Murphy (Yorktown) and Robert Ortt (North Tonawanda). 

February 5, 2015
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SENATOR GEORGE AMEDORE ANNOUNCES COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

Senator George Amedore today announced he has been selected to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

"It's an honor to be selected to serve as Chairman of the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee," said Senator Amedore. "I have always believed that one of the primary responsibilities of elected officials is to provide assistance to the most vulnerable members of our community, including those battling substance abuse and addiction."

Senator Amedore will also serve on the Senate Committees on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, Banks, Consumer Protection, and Elections.

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January 24, 2015
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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SQUADRON, ELECTEDS, & COMMUNITY BOARD 3 TOUR BUSY NIGHTLIFE NEIGHBORHOODS WITH SLA COMMISSIONER

Squadron, Brewer, Silver, Hoylman, Kavanagh, Glick, Chin, and Mendez Highlight Quality of Life Concerns

Tour Provides Context for Liquor License Applications in The Lower East Side And East Village

MANHATTAN – On Friday night, State Senator Squadron, Borough President Brewer, Assemblymember Kavanagh, Assemblymember Glick and Council Member Mendez, as well as representatives of Assembly Speaker Silver, State Senator Hoylman, and Council Member Chin, in cooperation with the 5th, 7th and 9th Precincts and Manhattan Community Board 3, toured the Lower East Side and East Village with State Liquor Authority Commissioner Kevin Kim to highlight the quality-of-life challenges associated with an over-saturated nightlife scene, and give the Commissioner a better understanding of the neighborhood when making future license application decisions.

October 20, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Senator Stavisky Toughens Penalties for Drunk Drivers

Albany, NY—The New York State Senate yesterday passed S640A, a bill that automatically revokes for six months and then institutes a one-year probationary period on licenses of people convicted of vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated. The bill, introduced by Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) is an expansion on another drunk driving law the Senator co-sponsored in 2005 popularly known as “VaSean’s Law.”

June 18, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Ban Powdered Alcohol

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S7217A) today, sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo (R-C-I, Rome), that would ban the sale of powdered alcohol, a concentrated alcoholic beverage also known as “Palcohol.”  

June 11, 2014
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Senate Passes Four Griffo-Sponsored Bills: Alcohol, Schools, First Responders & Special Elections

Bills address powdered alcohol, Utica schools, first responders and special elections

ALBANY – The New York State Senate today passed four bills sponsored by Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, including a bill to ban powdered alcohol, one to help Utica schools and another to protect first responders, and a fourth to limit government and empower voters regarding statewide offices.

The bills were:

June 11, 2014
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Senate Passes Senator Parker’s Bill to Aid Prisoners Upon their Release

(Brooklyn, NY) – Last week, the State Senate passed Senate Bill S.1353, by Senator Kevin Parker.  The bill requires that prisoners be informed of healthcare, mental healthcare and other services upon their release from state prison. In an attempt to make their reintegration into society as seamless as possible, and to safeguard our community’s public health and welfare, the former prisoners will be alerted to special programs in their communities, such as tuberculosis services, HIV/AIDS services, education, alcohol or substance abuse treatment, and other general mental health services.

June 4, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Senator Philip Boyle, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, June 3, 2014 Room 813 LOB

June 3, 9:03 AM - 9:06 AM
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At Start of Summer and Beginning of “100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers,” Klein, Crespo Push for Passage of Legislation Curbing Underage Drinking

BRONX, NY -  The upcoming Memorial Day weekend, marks the unofficial start of summer – but it also marks the beginning of what is known as the “100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers. Underage drinking continues to be a chronic problem in New York City with nearly 1,800 summonses a year issued by the NYPD for sales of alcohol to minors. 

May 23, 2014
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Griffo Introduces Bill To Ban Powdered Alcohol

ALBANY – State Sen. Joseph A.

May 20, 2014
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Faster Field and Blood Alcohol Level Testing Would Strengthen Investigations of Serious Accidents

May 6, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle said today that the Senate passed legislation to help police investigate deadly automobile accidents by requiring field testing and blood alcohol level checks by law enforcement officers.

Senator LaValle said, “We have worked to strengthen Driving While Intoxicated laws time and time again with the thought that by increasing penalties, the public would become further educated as to the devastating consequences.  This bill would give enforcement increased ability and another tool to keep more drunk drivers off the road, which would better protect the public.”

May 8, 2014
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Klein, Crespo, Sepulveda Call for New Approval Process for Lewd “Juice Bar Strip Clubs”

HUNTS POINT, NY – Standing in front of the infamous nightclub, Platinum Pleasures, in the Hunts Point area of the Bronx, Senator Klein and Assemblyman Crespo announced new legislation mandating that non-alcoholic strip clubs have a cabaret license.

May 7, 2014
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Senator LaValle: Senate Approves Bill Requiring Blood Testing After Deadly Accidents

Senator LaValle: Senate Approves Bill Requiring Blood Testing After Deadly Accidents 

Faster Field and Blood Alcohol Level Testing Would Strengthen Investigations of Serious Accidents

 

May 6, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle said today that the Senate passed legislation to help police investigate deadly automobile accidents by requiring field testing and blood alcohol level checks by law enforcement officers.

May 7, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Senator Philip Boyle, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, May 6, 2014 Room 813 LOB

May 6, 9:00 AM - 9:04 AM
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Klein Introduces Legislation Designed to Strengthen Supervision of Minors on Party Buses and Increase Safety of Passengers

BRONX, NY – Amid widespread reports of underage drinking on a Long Island “party bus” earlier this week, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) introduced legislation today to rein in the charter bus industry and to require adult chaperones for all large, underage parties aboard the “clubs on wheels.”

April 17, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES MANDATORY DWI TESTING AFTER SERIOUS ACCIDENTS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation this week that would help convict dangerous drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The bill (S1446) would require testing drivers suspected of being under the influence when an accident occurs and results in serious injury or death.

March 26, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #7: Protecting Tax Dollars In Welfare Programs

I believe one of government’s most important functions is to provide a helping hand to those who are working, but are still struggling to meet life expenses, such as food, rent, utility bills and household necessities.

Public assistance programs are funded through taxpayer dollars, so it’s in our best interest to ensure that the money is used for its intended purpose.

I have zero tolerance for recipients who abuse the welfare program by withdrawing cash from their Electronic Benefits Transfer card to pay for tobacco, alcohol, gambling and adult entertainment.

February 13, 2014
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