Issues: Alcohol

Senate Passes Boater Safety Bill

The New York State Senate today passed an important bill that  requires all individuals, regardless of age, who have been found guilty of operating a boat after consuming alcohol to take a boating safety course before they can operate a boat again. With peak boating season soon approaching, bill S.2903B, sponsored by Senator John DeFrancisco (R-C-I, Syracuse), helps prevent accidents stemming from individuals who are guilty of boating while intoxicated.

May 16, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE’S FROZEN WINE DESSERT BILL PASSES

Bill Allows Innovation, New Products, New Jobs In Food, Wine Industry

State Senator Patty Ritchie’s bill (S4054) to allow the sale of wine flavored frozen desserts in New York State passed the Senate.

“With record unemployment, New York State needs to encourage innovation in its wine industry and commercial food industries to make it easier for companies to create new products using what's already produced on New York’s farms,” Senator Ritchie said. “As the chair of the Senate’s Agriculture Committee, I felt it was vital to help encourage food manufacturers to use wine as an ingredient in more desserts like sorbets to help create new products, new businesses and new jobs both on farms, at wineries and in our manufacturing plants.”

May 16, 2011
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Controlled Substances

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 10, 2011Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard| gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

Senate Aims to Strengthen Laws Relating to Sale of Controlled Substances to Minors

Senator Huntley: Bill Strengthens Penalties Against Those Who Would Exploit Youth

May 9, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, Chair 1:30 PM, Monday, May 9, 2011 Room 123 CAP

May 9, 1:30 PM - 1:34 PM
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Senate Acts to Make Roads Safer, Help Residents Obtain STAR Tax Benefits

The New York State Senate today passed 18 bills that covered a variety of topics including the strengthening of penalties and prohibitions for dangerous driving, as well as helping certain property owners receive the STAR tax exemption benefits for which they are eligible. Dangerous Driving

May 3, 2011
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4/12/2011: Public Hearing on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

Pictured are Senator Shirley L. Huntley, Ranking Minority Member, Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez, Commissioner, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)

NEW YORK STATE SENATE

Notice of Public Hearing

Committee on Alcoholism and Substance AbuseSenator Jeffrey D. Klein, Chair

Senator Shirley L, Huntley, Ranker  Senator Neil D. BreslinSenator John J. BonacicSenator Roy J. McDonaldSenator Kemp Hannon

April 11, 2011
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Alcohol Flavored Drinks Targeted for Minors

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 12, 2011

**Press Release**

Alcohol Flavored Drinks Targeted for Minors

(D-Jamaica) On April 12, 2011 Senator Shirley L. Huntley, Ranking Minority Member on the Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse participated in a hearing to explore high alcohol flavored malt beverages that are being proliferated and marketed towards minors.

April 11, 2011
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Senate Aims to Strengthen Passenger/Highway Safety, Passes “Abigail’s Law”

Senator Adams: Bill Strengthens Penalties Against Intoxicated Supervising Drivers

(Brooklyn, NY) – Senator Eric Adams (D-20) has announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation aiming to increase safety for passengers and motorists across the state, by significantly strengthening the penalties against supervising drivers who are intoxicated at the time the vehicle their designee – often a teen driver – is in an accident.

Under this bill, supervising drivers under influence of alcohol and/or drugs may be charged with a class A misdemeanor or a class E felony in an aggravated case. Supervising drivers are defined as drivers supervising drivers with junior licenses and learner’s permits.

April 5, 2011
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Public Hearing: To allow the Committee to fully explore High-Alcohol Flavored Malt Beverages, the proliferation and marketing of these drinks in the marketplace and availability of and/or access to these drinks by minors

Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug AbuseChair: Senator Jeffrey D. KleinPublic Hearing: To allow the Committee to fully explore High-Alcohol Flavored Malt Beverages, the proliferation and marketing of these drinks in the marketplace and availability of and/or access to these drinks by minorsPlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New YorkTime: 11:30 A.M.Contact: Gillian Hirsch (518) 455-3590Media Contact: Rich Azzopardi (518) 455-3598ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

April 12, 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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Sen. Klein & Public Health Advocates Unveil Plan to Combat Underage 'Alcopop' Abuse

Plan Comes Amid Evidence that Minors Continue to Have Access to Four Loko and Similar High Alcohol Drinks

NEW YORK, NY  – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), chairman of the Senate Alcohol and Drug Abuse Committee, was joined by public health advocates from across New York Sunday to unveil plans to crack down on easy access that minors have to Four Loko and similar high-alcohol malted beverages.

March 27, 2011
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Sen. Klein & Public Health Advocates Unveil Plan to Combat Underage 'Alcopop' Abuse

IDC Plan Comes Amid Evidence that Minors Continue to Have Access to Four Loko and Similar High Alcohol Drinks

 

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IDC alcopops paper final.pdf

March 26, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, Chair 1:30 PM, Monday, March 28, 2011 Room 123 Cap

March 28, 1:30 PM - 1:35 PM
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Committee Meeting: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, Chair 1:30 PM, Monday, March 14, 2011 Room 123 Cap

March 14, 1:30 PM - 1:36 PM
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3/1/2011: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

Confirmation of Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez to Commissioner of the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse

March 8, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, Chair 10:30 AM, Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Hearing Room A

March 1, 10:30 AM - 10:47 AM
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February 1, 2011
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IDC Members to Chair Legislative Committees

The Independent Democratic Conference today accepted recommendations from the Senate Majority that, in keeping with recent bi-partisan tradition, would allow them to chair legislative committees.

 

January 26, 2011
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Klein Applauds Craigslist For Banning Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverage Ads From Their Website

NEW YORK, NY  – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) has announced the successful removal and banning of advertisements for caffeinated alcoholic beverages from Craigslist after requesting the website remove the ads for the dangerous drinks. 

In December 2010, Senator Klein’s office conducted an undercover sting operation involving the purchase of nine Four Loko cans after seeing an advertisement under the ‘collectibles’ section on Craigslist.  Klein issued letters to the owners of Craigslist and eBay requesting for CABs not to be sold on their websites.

January 24, 2011
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