Issues: Homeland Security

SENATE PASSES 2012-13 BUDGET RESOLUTION

Gallivan: “Senate Plan Cuts Taxes, Reforms Medicaid, Protects Seniors and Schools.”

The New York State Senate voted to approve its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution, continuing its focus on state spending, job creation, and structural reform to government.

The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends less than the Executive Budget. The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.

March 13, 2012
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Help Heal Our Veterans

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L.

March 12, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Senator Greg Ball, Chair 1:30 PM, Tuesday, March 13, 2012 Room 816 LOB

March 13, 1:30 PM - 1:33 PM
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Senator Greg Ball, Chair 12:00 PM, Tuesday, March 6, 2012 Room 124 CAP

March 6, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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2/11/2012: Send a Female Veteran a Valentine

News from New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: February 13, 2012Contact: Antonio Rodriguez |arodrigu@nysenate.gov |(518) 455-3531

Senator Huntley Encourages Everyone to Send a Female Veteran a Valentine

February 11, 2012
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Senator Montgomery Announces NYSABPRL's 41st Annual Legislative Conference Workshop & Event Schedule

The 41st Annual Legislative Conference of the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators will convene on Friday, February 17th and conclude on Sunday, February 19th, 2012. The theme of this year’s conference is “Open Doors to Employment, Opens Doors to Empowerment."

The Conference schedule of educational workshops and weekend-long events is included here in a pdf format that can be downloaded.  More information on the Legislative Conference may be obtained by visiting www.nysabprl.org.

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February 9, 2012
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LOHUD: SENATE BILL INCREASING PENALTIES FOR TERRORISTS USING CREDIT CARDS

Posted by: Mike Risinit

The state Senate today passed a bill that will increase penalties for those using credit cards to fund terrorist activities. Sponsored by state Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, the new legislation makes it a more serious felony for those “soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism” where “the soliciting or providing involves the use of a credit card.”

February 7, 2012
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ROME OBSERVER: SENATORS VISIT COUNTY FACILITIES

 

State Senators Joseph A. Griffo (R-47 ) yesterday, hosted a visit from Senator Greg Ball (R-40), who was on hand to visit facilities in Oneida County and meet to discuss New York State homeland security.

January 24, 2012
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Elderly Passengers Upset About TSA’s Strip Search Denials

CBS posted a video with Senator Gianaris' comments on the TSA's response admitting some wrongdoing. 

Watch the video here.

January 20, 2012
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TSA regrets 'discomfort,' but says elderly fliers weren't strip-searched

CNN reports that although the TSA has altered their responses to the allegations that they wrongfully strip searched two elderly women travelling through John F. Kennedy Airport, they are standing by their statements that neither of the women were asked to remove any clothing. Senator Gianaris believes the TSA has failed in admitting to their misconduct and in making sure their procedures are welcoming to the flying public.  

January 20, 2012
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TSA apology? Two elderly women were screened improperly

The Los Angeles Times investigates the matter involving two elderly women who claim to have been strip searched while travelling through Kennedy Airport and the subsequent denial by the TSA that such strip searching actually occured. Senator Gianaris says that the letter he received from the TSA acknowledges standard procedures were violated but that it didn't go far enough in admitting the strip searches were done and in apologizing to the victims.

The Transportation Security Administration has offered a mea culpa, of sorts, for the screening of two elderly women who said they were partially strip-searched at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport in November.

January 20, 2012
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TSA admits wrongdoing in cases of two elderly woman who claim they were strip-searched

The New York Daily News reports that the Deptartment of Homeland Security admitted that TSA screeners violated standard practice in the cases of two elderly women who alleged they were victims of humiliating strip searches at Kennedy Airport.

In an about-face, the feds have admitted wrongdoing in the cases of two elderly women who say they were strip-searched at Kennedy Airport by overzealous screeners.

Federal officials had initially insisted that all “screening procedures were followed” after Ruth Sherman, 89, and Lenore Zimmerman, 85, went public with separate accounts of humiliating strip searches.

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Gianaris, who wrote to the TSA requesting a full investigation, said the feds’ account is still full of holes.

January 20, 2012
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YNN: LEGISLATORS CALL ONEIDA COUNTY FACILITIES CRITICAL TO NATIONAL SECURITY

 

ORISKANY, N.Y. — The importance of the military and security facilities in Oneida County cannot be underestimated. That was the message of the State Senate’s Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee chairman during a visit to some of those sites.

January 20, 2012
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SENATOR BALL TOURS HOMELAND SECURITY FACILITIES IN ONEIDA COUNTY

 

Brewster, N.Y. – (1/19/12) – On Thursday, Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) visited facilities in Oneida County with Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-Rome) to meet and discuss New York state homeland security issues. Senator Griffo and Senator Ball are members of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, of which Senator Ball serves as the committee’s chairman.

January 19, 2012
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'MARK'S LAW’ WINS KEY COMMITTEE VOTE

Bill Inspired by Killing of Cape Vincent EMT Clears First Legislative Hurdle

 

January 18, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Senator Greg Ball, Chair 10:30 AM, Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Room 124 CAP

January 18, 10:30 AM - 10:56 AM
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Senate Passes Iran Divestment Act

The New York State Senate today final legislative passage to the Iran Divestment Act, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins.  The bill would prohibit companies that provide goods, services or credit worth $20 million or more to Iran's energy industry from entering into or renewing state and local government contracts.

January 10, 2012
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SENATOR CARLUCCI VOTES FOR PASSAGE OF THE IRAN DIVESTMENT ACT OF 2012

ALBANY – Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) today voted to hold the Iranian regime accountable by voting to pass the Iran Divestment Act of 2012 out of the New York State Senate.  The bill (S.5917A), which was co-sponsored by Senator Carlucci, will bar entities that invest in Iran’s energy industry from receiving state contracts here in New York. 

January 9, 2012
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Senate Passes Iran Divestment Legislation

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to the Iran Divestment Act, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.  The bill would prohibit companies that provide goods, services or credit worth $20 million or more to Iran's energy industry from entering into or renewing state and local government contracts. 

January 9, 2012
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Senator Gianaris Participates in Schumer-Gianaris Press Confernence

The Senators requested the TSA investigate what actually occurred during incidents of alleged inappropriate strip-searching of elderly women as well as the implementation of a "passenger advocate" program at all airports

December 27, 2011
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