Issues: Agencies

SENATOR AVELLA REPRIMANDS DOT FOR ISSUING UNWARRANTED VIOLATIONS ON HOMEOWNERS

(QUEENS, NEW YORK) Today, State Senator Tony Avella was joined by Queens residents who have been wrongly issued violations by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to demand better oversight of the agency’s action on homeowners with sidewalks damaged by City owned trees. While the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is responsible for resolving City tree-damaged sidewalks, DOT continues to levy violations on homeowners who have incurred them through no fault of their own.

September 1, 2015
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Murphy releases plan to improve State Park safety

YORKTOWN, NY - New York State Senator Terrence Murphy today announced a plan to increase police protection at New York's state parks in response to increased reports of violence and crime during the summer of 2015. Most notably, an incident involving reports of gunshots at FDR State Park in Yorktown on July 19th ignited local community concerns. "In the weeks since the shooting, my concerns have escalated," Murphy said. "I believe short and long term plans are needed to ensure the safety of park patrons, as well as those charged with protecting them. It is not reasonable for state officials to promote the parks as an asset while providing in sufficient resources to properly get the job done."

August 28, 2015
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Health Fair 2015

Senator Dilan is partnering with the Lindsay Park Housing Corp and community healthcare providers for a Health Fair in celebration of the Lindsay Park co-ops 50th anniversary.

This Saturday, August 29, 2015, from 12  pm to 4 pm, in the complex parking lot, 202 Union Ave., between 30 Montrose Avenue (Building 1) and 25 Boerum Street (Building 2).

Health information, screenings, and much more for the entire family!

August 29, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Murphy secures $10 mil funding for accelerated road paving

BREWSTER, NY - After months of advocating for additional funds to address the Hudson Valley's crumbling infrastructure, Senator Terrence Murphy announced today that key thoroughfares within the 40th Senate District are set to benefit from an additional $75 million in accelerated paving projects. "Earlier this year I joined my colleagues in successfully securing an additional $50 million in CHIPS funding to address the harsh conditions of our roads following last year's brutal winter," said Murphy. "Having heard from the local officials across my district it was clear that they needed more assistance than was originally provided to ensure our roads are safe for everyone."

June 25, 2015
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Progress Ahead for Former J.N. Adam Developmental Center

Recently-passed legislation directs the state to produce a report on the best uses for the property

 

ALBANY – The long-vacant J.N. Adam site could soon see progress toward development following action by the state Legislature.

 

June 24, 2015
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Murphy passes bill to protect businesses from job-killing regulations

ALBANY, NY - The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S4319), sponsored by Senator Terrence Murphy, to protect businesses from over-zealous state regulations that could hurt the continued growth of the economy. The bill would require the state to conduct a more thorough examination of the impact proposed regulations may have on jobs and employment opportunities, Murphy noted.

June 16, 2015
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SERINO PUSHES LEGISLATION TO INCREASE TRANSPARENCY

SERINO PUSHES LEGISLATION TO INCREASE TRANSPARENCY

 

ALBANY—Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) announced today that a bill to expedite the processes for determining appeals to Freedom Of Information Law (FOIL) requests passed in the Senate. The bill co-sponsored by Senator Serino, S. 1531, aims to increase transparency and provide the public access to government records and important information.

 

June 15, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Announces Senate Passes GrowNY Program

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the Senate has passed legislation to create an economic gardening program to help stimulate New York’s economy by providing technical assistance to existing businesses looking to expand.  The bill, (S-73) introduced by Gallivan, would establish a pilot program known as ‘GrowNY.”

June 12, 2015
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Murphy bill guarantees financial security for Rockefeller State Park Preserve

ALBANY, NY - In 1983, the John D. Rockefeller III Fund made a gift of three million dollars to New York State, to create a permanent endowment to be used for the care and maintenance of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pocantico Hills. State Senator Terrence Murphy today announced passage of legislation he authored which would transfer custodianship of the Endowment from the State Comptroller to the Natural Heritage Trust, which will allow the funds to be invested and grow more aggressively.

June 9, 2015
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Senator Valesky Hosts Community Resources Fair

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is hosting a Community Resources Fair on Thursday, June 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to raise awareness of the many community services available through various governmental and nonprofit organizations. The agencies listed below will have tables at the fair and provide important information on health care and health insurance, financial planning for college, emergency preparedness and fire safety, family planning, housing, voting, small business development, veterans services, and more, as well as offer giveaways. A representative from the Office of the State Comptroller will assist attendees with Unclaimed Funds searches.

May 28, 2015
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Senator Carlucci Honors Ossining Resident as "Woman of Distinction"

Senator David Carlucci (D – Rockland/Westchester) honored Dream “The Dreamster” Shepherd at the New York State Senate’s annual “Woman of Distinction” ceremony on May 6, 2015 in Albany, NY.

The Women of Distinction Ceremony is an annual event that honors leading women from across the state for their achievements in business, academics and civics, as well as those who have performed heroic or selfless acts, made significant discoveries or provided examples of personal excellence against difficult odds.

Dream Shepherd, an Ossining resident, was born with sickle cell disease. The hereditary blood disorder resulted in complications for Dream, including chronic pain and a stroke at five years old.

May 6, 2015
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ACCESSING THE MTA BUDGET - HEARING REPORT AND TESTIMONY

             Senator Carl L.

April 30, 2015
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Senate to Celebrate Earth Week With a Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 20, 2015
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State sheds 57 anti-business fees, heeding Murphy's calls for less red tape

YORKTOWN, NY - Earlier today State Senator Terrence P. Murphy joined Governor Cuomo in announcing the repeal of 57 so-called "nuisance fees" as part of the 2015-16 State Budget. By eliminating these fees, the State has taken an important step toward cutting the red tape which keeps New York ranked as the least business friendly state in the nation, they said. "As a small business owner I have been nickeled and dimed by the State time and again," Senator Murphy said. "If we are serious about growing successful businesses New York State cannot reasonably expect new enterprises to be able to afford unnecessary fees. These repeals are an important first step for businesses here in the Hudson Valley and across the State to be able to survive and thrive."

April 14, 2015
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Murphy moves rules reform bills for Sunshine Week

ALBANY, NY - It's sunshine week in Albany, when open government advocates work to bring transparency to state government and how laws and rules are made.Businesses in New York State face a myriad of regulations and mandates which often come about as a result of the State's rule-making process, rather than legislation. One lawmaker is working to change that.As Chairman of the State's Administrative Regulations Review Commission (ARRC), State Senator Terrence Murphy is charged with reviewing all of the proposed rules from state agencies. This week Senator Murphy announced new legislation which would allow more public discourse and transparency regarding proposed agency rules.

March 19, 2015
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ADDABBO QUESTIONS ACTING STATE EDUCATION COMMISSIONER ABOUT IMPLEMENTATION OF COMMON CORE, TEACHER EVALUATION SYSTEM

Queens, NY (March 5, 2015) – At a recent meeting of the Senate Education Committee, State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr., a longtime committee member, had the opportunity to directly question Acting State Education Department (SED) Commissioner Beth Berlin, as well as other SED representatives, about a variety of important issues related to New York’s teach

March 5, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. STATEMENT ON POTENTIAL FRAUD IN FEMA SANDY REPORTS

"My constituents, after dealing with the ravages of Superstorm Sandy, should not have to have dealt with dishonest FEMA personnel. It's unacceptable to think that the initial federal agency that was to help my people after the storm was actually another roadblock to full recovery. I'm calling upon our federal elected officials to investigate FEMA and help those individuals who were previously denied FEMA assistance."

March 2, 2015
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Senator Valesky Attends Launch of 2-1-1 CNY

On February 6, Senator Valesky attended the launch of 2-1-1 CNY, which provides access to community information and referral services. This service is accessible in Onondaga County by dialing 211 on a cell phone or by calling toll-free 1-844-445-1922. Locating basic resources such as food, shelter, employment, or health care may mean calling dozens of phone numbers, then struggling through a maze of agencies and services to make the right connections. The 211 system helps residents find resources by dialing a simple three-digit number.

February 6, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. STATEMENT ON MAYOR DE BLASIO’S BUILD IT BACK PROGRESS ANNOUNCEMENT

"In the Mayor's State of the City address, he said each and every reimbursement check for Superstorm Sandy victims will be given out by the year's end. This is very encouraging, and I hope realistic given Build it Back's progress last year. Making our community whole again is long overdue and I hope this year can bring heaps of progress for those still wading through the storm's wake. I host Build it Back representatives in my Howard Beach District Office every Wednesday and look forward to continuing our working relationship until each and every resident credibly seeking assistance gets the help they need.

 

February 4, 2015
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