Issues: Alcohol

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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NY Senate votes to ban spending welfare money at casinos, strip clubs for third year

By Teri Weaver | tweaver@syracuse.com

February 04, 2014 at 4:54 PM, updated February 04, 2014 at 5:56 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The New York State Senate today voted to ban using cash from public assistance money to buy alcohol, tobacco products and lap dances.

The "Public Assistance Integrity Act," which passed 53-4, would prohibit people on welfare and other public help programs from using their "electronic benefits transfer" card at ATMs in liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs. It would also limit people from using cash obtained through public assistance to buy alcohol, cigarettes and lottery tickets.

February 10, 2014
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Public Assistance Integrity Act passes State Senate

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the Public Assistance Integrity Act has passed the State Senate earlier this week by a vote of 53 to 4.

 

“I am pleased to announce that the Public Assistance Integrity Act has passed the State Senate with almost unanimous support,” said Ranzenhofer.  “Unfortunately, until the State Assembly takes final action on this fraud prevention measure, there is no law in New York State to prohibit Electronic Benefit Transfer cards from being abused and misused.”

 

February 7, 2014
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PREVENT WELFARE CARDS FROM BUYING TOBACCO, ALCOHOL AND BEING USED AT LIQUOR STORES, CASINOS AND STRIP CLUBS

The New York Senate today passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” sponsored by Senator Tom Libous, which would prohibit welfare benefits from being used to purchase alcohol and tobacco, or to be used at liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs in New York.

“Public Assistance should not be spent at liquor stores, casinos or strip clubs, but under New York State Law, it’s legal. We need to stop this abuse,” said Libous. “Every welfare dollar spent at the liquor store is money that could be going to help families get back on their feet.”

February 5, 2014
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Senate Passes Public Assistance Integrity Act to Crack Down on Welfare Abuse

Reforms to EBT Debit Cards Will Qualify New York for Federal Funding

            ALBANY - With only weeks left to meet a federal deadline requiring changes that will clamp down on fraud in New York’s public assistance system, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) and her Senate colleagues passed the Public Assistance Integrity Act (Senate Bill 966) today. The reforms will prevent recipients of public assistance from making Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card withdrawals at liquor stores, casinos, and strip clubs, helping to prevent wasteful and unnecessary purchases, while keeping New York State in compliance with federal requirements.

February 4, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Welfare Cards from Buying Tobacco, Alcohol and Being Used at Liquor Stores, Casinos and Strip Clubs

The New York Senate today passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” sponsored by Senator Tom Libous, which would prohibit welfare benefits from being used to purchase alcohol and tobacco, or to be used at liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs in New York.

“Public Assistance should not be spent at liquor stores, casinos or strip clubs, but under New York State Law, it’s legal. We need to stop this abuse,” said Libous. “Every welfare dollar spent at the liquor store is money that could be going to help families get back on their feet.”

Parts of Libous’ Public Assistance Integrity Act were also added to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget Proposal. The provisions added would make it illegal to use EBT Cards at liquor stores, strip clubs and casinos.

February 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, February 4, 2014 Room 813 LOB

February 4, 9:03 AM - 9:05 AM
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Griffo: Time is Running Out to Cure E.B.T. Abuse

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today called on the state Assembly to support legislation that would prevent New Yorkers from using public-assistance funds on alcohol, tobacco, gambling or strippers.“New York has just 30 days left to prove it has tried to curtail E.B.T. debit card fraud and abuse, or lose out on $120 million in federal funding for needy families,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “It’s important that we pass this legislation now, so that those on public assistance who play by the rules aren’t hurt.”Media reports and public documents have proved that E.B.T.

January 24, 2014
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In Wake of Startling Citywide Report, Senate Co-Leader Klein and Assemblyman Crespo Call for Tough New Laws Aimed at Curbing Alcohol Sales to Minors

BRONX, NY - Amid a startling new report that uncovers the extent of underage alcohol sales in the Bronx, Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx) called on the New York State legislature to quickly pass several tough measures aimed at slashing alcohol sales to minors. On Monday afternoon, New York State Governor Cuomo and the State Liquor Authority (SLA) released shocking results from a seven-day sting operation targeting underage alcohol sales across New York City conducted earlier this month.

More Bronx retailers were caught making underage alcohol sales during the sting operation than any other borough. According to the SLA’s report, 26 different Bronx retailers sold alcohol to minors.

October 23, 2013
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Senator Zeldin and the Suffolk County Sober Home Oversight Board Address the State of Sober Homes in Suffolk

  

Senator Zeldin and the Suffolk County Sober Home Oversight Board Address the State of Sober Homes in Suffolk

Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley), in conjunction with Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning and the Suffolk County Sober Home Oversight Board, held a successful event yesterday to examine and discuss the state of Sober Living Homes in Suffolk County.

October 16, 2013
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Public Hearing: Heroin and Prescription Drug Epidemic on Long Island and its Impact on Long Island’s Youth

Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug AbuseChair: Senator Phil BoylePublic Hearing: Heroin and Prescription Drug Epidemic on Long Island and its Impact on Long Island’s YouthPlace: Van Nostrand Theater, Suffolk County Community College, SagtikosArt and Science Building, Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood, New YorkTime: 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.Contact: Christine Geed (631) 665-2311Media Contact: Christine Geed (631) 665-2311ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

November 13, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Senator O'Brien discusses development of wine tourism industry

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien was today joined by representatives of local wineries and tourism organizations to call for increased state efforts to support the growing wine and wine tourism industries in the Finger Lakes region. The Senator noted that these industries provide essential jobs and economic growth for upstate New York.

“The wine tourism industry has an enormous impact on our state economy, providing almost $4 billion a year and bringing approximately 5 million visitors a year to our communities,” Senator O’Brien said. “State government must continue its efforts to expand this industry and help these innovative companies do what they do best, grow and put New Yorkers back to work.”

July 31, 2013
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Sen. Krueger Condemns 2 A.M. Passage of Special Liquor Law Carve-Out for 583 Park Avenue, Rose Group Catering Hall; Calls for Governor to Veto

Sen. Krueger condemned the Senate's passage -- at 2 a.m. last Saturday -- of legislation that would create a special exemption from the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Law for the Rose Group's full-time commercial catering hall at 583 Park Avenue, Manhattan (S. 5823 / A. 7992). Under the provisions of the ABC Law, the catering hall is ineligible for a full liquor license because it is located within 200 feet of an operating house of worship, the Central Presbyterian Church.

June 25, 2013
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SENATOR GALLIVAN VOTES IN FAVOR OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE INTEGRITY ACT

Legislation Designed to Protect Taxpayers Against Abuse of Public Assistance

Senator Patrick Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) today voted in favor of the “Public Integrity Act” (S. 966), which protects taxpayers by cutting down on the abuse of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards by prohibiting welfare recipients from using the money associated with the card for the purchase of alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets and gambling, as well as strip clubs.

June 19, 2013
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GALLIVAN, SENATE PASS NEW PENALTIES FOR AGGRAVATED VEHICULAR HOMICIDE

Legislation Responds To Tragically Similar Cases In Buffalo, Rochester Areas

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, 59th District), Chair of the Senate’s Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections Committee, announced today that the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.4772) to increase penalties for those who commit vehicular manslaughter and have a history of serially driving under the influence.                                          

June 13, 2013
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Senator O'Brien Holds Drunk Drivers Accountable

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O’Brien’s bill requiring that individuals convicted of DWI pay for their medical transportation before their driver license could be reissued passed the New York State Senate.

“Individuals who break the law and drive while intoxicated put every other motorist in danger. When our emergency services personnel put themselves on the line to aid these impaired drivers, at a minimum they deserve a guarantee that they will be compensated,” Senator O’Brien said. “Insisting that these drivers pay the medical transportation expenses incurred as a result of their reckless actions is another way to deter this behavior and protect law-abiding drivers.”

June 12, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE APPROVES BILL TO PREVENT INTOXICATED DRIVERS FROM AVOIDING PROSECUTION

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate passed legislation recently to prevent drunk and drugged drivers from evading prosecution. The legislation would allow law enforcement to seek court orders to compel whenever suspected drunk or drugged drivers refuse to submit to a chemical intoxication test.

 

Chemical tests, such as breath, blood and urine tests, determine a suspected drunk or drugged driver’s level of intoxication. Chemical tests are a critical piece of evidence used in a trial to prosecute a drunk or drugged driver for their crimes.

 

June 12, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Senator Phil Boyle, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, June 4, 2013 Room 813 LOB

June 4, 9:00 AM - 9:03 AM
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