Issues: Legislature

The Capitol Pressroom for June 20, 2012

Senator Gianaris was interviewed on Susan Arbetter's show, discussing the probability of ending session without a deal on the decriminalization of marijuana and teacher evaluations.

Listen to the audio here.

June 25, 2012
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Voter Empowerment Act Introduced

An article by the Queens Gazette talks about the introduction of the Voter Empowerment Act, which aims to optimize the voter registration process in New York.

State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law joined with good government and advocacy groups on June 7 to announce the introduction of the Voter Empowerment Act of New York, a nonpartisan initiative to increase voter participation as the 2012 election season commences. This legislation would amend the election law to update, streamline and make more efficient the voter registration process in New York.

 

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June 25, 2012
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Senator Gianaris on RNN's Richard French Live Discussing Stop & Frisk Policy

Check out Senator Gianaris' interview on RNN's Richard French Live discussing how his bill to increase penalties for the imposition of quotas by the police department would also reduce the number of stop and frisks.

June 25, 2012
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Law could simplify voter registration

The Queens Chronicle wrote an article about the Voter Empowerment Act of New York bill, which Senator Gianaris introduced along with Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh and the Brennan Center for Justice. Senator Gianaris believes this proposal could save the state and its counties hundreds of thousands of dollars per election.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria), Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan) and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law introduced the Voter Empowerment Act of New York bill on June 7.

 

June 25, 2012
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Senator Gianaris presents an award at the Razi School's graduation

Senator Gianaris was honored to be a keynote speaker and present an award for outstanding public service at the Razi School's graduation.

June 25, 2012
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Senator Oppenheimer Bids Farewell to the NYS Senate

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer thanks her colleagues in the Senate and reflects on the issues most dear to her -- education, the environment and women's rights.

June 22, 2012
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Payroll Report - End Date 6/20/2012

Period: 
06/07/2012 - 06/20/2012
Check Date: 
07/04/2012

Bi-Weekly report of monies disbursed to Senate employees. The report is issued by the Secretary of the Senate and is available as both a .csv file and it's original PDF format for download at the bottom of the page.

The Report includes fields for the employee name, the employing office, city of employment, the employee title, the employee biweekly or hourly rate (whichever applies), the employee payroll type (see below), the pay period, the pay period's beginning and end date, the check date and the employing legislative entity.

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June 20, 2012
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Senator Gianaris honors the Queens Gazette's 30th Anniversary

Senator Gianaris presenting Tony Barsamian of the Queens Gazette a joint-resolution with Assemblymember Simotas honoring the paper's 30th anniversary.

June 15, 2012
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Senator Gianaris with Miss New York, Kaitlin Monte

Senator Gianaris was happy to see Miss New York, Kaitlin Monte who lives in Astoria, visit the Senate chamber.

June 14, 2012
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Senator Gianaris Honors Speaker Peter Vallone Sr. on Italian-American Day

Here is a Youtube video of Senator Gianaris speaking on the Senate floor honoring one of New York City's great leaders, former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone, Sr.

June 12, 2012
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Gianaris to Introduce New York’s Voter Modernization Bill This Week

New America Media did a Question & Answer with Senator Gianaris in advance of his press conference announcing the Voter Empowerment Act of New York.

NAM: What is your national overview of the increasingly heated debate over voter suppression and voting rights at this point in America’s history?

 

June 11, 2012
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Public Hearing Schedule: June 2012

This is the latest New York State Public Hearing Schedule for June 8, 2012. You can read the document in the embed below or download the file at the bottom of the page.

File: 
June 8, PHC

June 8, 2012
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Oppenheimer Names Reina Schiffrin 2012 Woman of Distinction

At a ceremony held in Albany  on May 15th, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) paid tribute to Reina Schiffrin, naming her a 2012 Woman of Distinction.  Ms. Schiffrin is the President/CEO of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP).

As one of the most senior women in the Senate, Senator Oppenheimer welcomed the honorees at the 2012 Women of Distinction ceremony:  “Tonight we honor outstanding women who make our world and our lives better.  With us today are individuals of remarkable character.  They have demonstrated initiative and commitment in the pursuit of higher goals for themselves, as well as acting as role models for all women.”

June 8, 2012
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Senator Gianaris speaks at press conference announcing the Voter Empowerment Act of New York

Senator Gianaris speaking at yesterday's press conference he held with Assemblymember Kavanagh and the Brennan Center announcing the Voter Empowerment Act of New York.

 

June 7, 2012
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Payroll Report - End Date 6/06/2012

Period: 
05/24/2012 - 06/06/2012
Check Date: 
06/20/2012

Bi-Weekly report of monies disbursed to Senate employees. The report is issued by the Secretary of the Senate and is available as both a .csv file and it's original PDF format for download at the bottom of the page.

The Report includes fields for the employee name, the employing office, city of employment, the employee title, the employee biweekly or hourly rate (whichever applies), the employee payroll type (see below), the pay period, the pay period's beginning and end date, the check date and the employing legislative entity.

Payroll Types:

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June 6, 2012
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Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on David Storobin's Victory

Now that all of the votes have been counted and a mandatory recount has taken place, I want to extend my congratulations to David Storobin on his long-awaited victory in the special election for the 27th Senate District.  This victory is a credit to the grass roots campaign he ran and shows that Brooklyn residents are ready to make a fresh, new start.

I expect David to be a strong voice on their behalf and our partner in controlling spending, reducing taxes and helping businesses create new jobs. 

I know that Senator-elect Storobin will be a valuable addition to the New York State Senate, and I welcome him to our chamber.

June 5, 2012
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