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See the Summer 2013 edition of Rural Futures

Albany, N.Y., July 16—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), who serves as one of 10 state legislators on the joint, 10-member bipartisan Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, today announced the online availability of the commission's Summer 2013 edition of Rural Futures.

July 16, 2013
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Tarrytown Gets Grant for Train Station (Source: Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Patch)

Source: Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Patch

The Village of Tarrytown will be reimbursed $250,000 for building 167 parking spaces at the Tarrytown train station in 2011.

The funding comes from unused multi modal transportation funds that were awarded to the Village in 1999 for a separate project. New York State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins asked for authorization to use the funds after recognizing the need for further parking at the Tarrytown train station.

July 1, 2013
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Land Acquired to Decrease Danger at Greenburgh Intersection (Source: Daily Voice)

Source: Daily Voice

Last week, the New York State Senate and Assembly passed bills authorizing Westchester County to transfer approximately six-tenths of an acre of parkland on the north border of Sprain Ridge Park to the town of Greenburgh for the purpose of making needed safety improvements to the section of Jackson Avenue from the Park entrance to the intersection with North Sprain Road.

June 27, 2013
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Safety Improvements to Jackson Ave.

Leader Stewart-Cousins announced the passage of a legislation today which would allow a much needed safety improvement to Jackson Ave. in Greenburgh to move forward, "I was pleased to sponsor this bill and ensure its passage in the New York State Senate. With over 80 accidents and two deaths reported at Jackson Ave. and North Sprain Road in the last three years, it is clear that something must be done to protect residents and motorist. This is not just a matter of improving Jackson Ave., it is a matter of public safety and I was happy to play a role in moving the project forward.

June 26, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR BILL LARKIN REGARDING THE ASSEMBLY’S FAILURE TO PASS ULSTER COUNTY SALES TAX LEGISLATION

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today called on the New York State Assembly to commit to placing legislation to extend Ulster County’s sales tax on any future agenda should they be called back into session by the Governor.  The Assembly left town on Friday without taking up the measure.

June 25, 2013
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STATEMENT ON ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY 'HOME RULE' LEGISLATION

Today, the Senate gave final approval to “home rule” legislation to allow St. Lawrence County to set its own sales tax rate, just as 57 other counties across the state are already authorized to do.

June 22, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Secures $250,000 Grant for Parking Spaces at Tarrytown Train Station

Albany, NY - Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins secured a $250,000 grant for the Village of Tarrytown this week to support a parking lot project near the Tarrytown train station.

The grant will reimburse the village for 167 parking spaces built in 2011 on the west side of the tracks near the station.

The grant came from unused transportation funds, known as multi modal funds, awarded to the Village of Tarrytown in 1999 for a separate project.

June 20, 2013
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Senate Approves Bills to Cut Red Tape That Hurts Job Creation

The New York State Senate passed 14 regulatory reform bills today as the first part of a major initiative, that includes statewide public forums, to identify and eliminate thousands of costly and unnecessary government regulations that inhibit job creation and drive up local property taxes.

June 10, 2013
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Senator O'Brien supports reservists, National Guard members

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien today announced that the State Senate passed an amendment to the real property tax law that would allow local governments to grant a 5 percent tax reduction to long-term veterans of the National Guard or any of the reserve branches of the United States Military. Senator O'Brien voted yes on the measure.

June 3, 2013
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Senator O'Brien highlights state's increased focus on tourism

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O’Brien stood alongside representatives of several tourism-related organizations and businesses, along with local elected officials, to tout the 55th Senate District’s growth as a tourism destination. He also highlighted state programs, newly introduced in this year’s budget, that seek to specifically promote, market and develop upstate tourism.

“As vibrant and exciting as the tourism industry is in Rochester and the Finger Lakes Region, we have only begun to unlock our full potential,” Senator O’Brien said. “These new initiatives, which will work in concert with our existing tourism groups and businesses, will be tremendous catalysts for growing our region’s tourism economy.”

May 24, 2013
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O’Brien, Morelle call for first-degree murder charges for those who deliberately target prosecutors

 

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- State Senator Ted O’Brien and Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle today announced they are jointly sponsoring a bill that defines the deliberate slaying of a public prosecutor while on duty as first-degree murder.

Under current state law, the premeditated murder of a prosecutor does not automatically carry a first-degree charge, but after the recent killing of two district attorneys in Kaufman County, Texas, that needs to change, O’Brien and Morelle said.

May 16, 2013
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Greece Police Name K9 Dog After Fallen Webster Police Officer

Earlier this afternoon, the Greece Police Department held a ceremony to name their newest Greece Police K9 dog. The dog is named 'Chip', in honor of fallen officer, Lt. Mike Chiapperini of the Webster Police Department and West Webster Fire Department. It is tradition in law enforcement to honor fallen heroes by naming a canine after them. Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter, along with Webster Police Department Chief Gerald Pickering.

May 10, 2013
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2013 Police Officers Memorial Remembrance Ceremony

Earlier today, I was on hand to honor 16 fallen police officers from New York State. Included in those remembered today was Lt. Mike Chiapperini from Webster, who was killed on Christmas Eve as he responded with fellow volunteer firefighters to a fire in Webster. The black granite memorial lists the names of more than 1,300 police officers, state troopers, sheriff's deputies, and other law enforcement personnel who have died in the line of duty in New York state.

May 8, 2013
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Town of Gates Earth Week Celebration

On Saturday morning, the Town of Gates held its Earth Week Dedication Ceremony at Lions Park. This year, a tree was planted and dedicated to the Citizens of the Town of Gates from 1813 through 2013. The town is celebrating it's Bicentennial this year.

May 1, 2013
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Senate OKs Piercefield Town Justice legislation

            The New York Senate today approved legislation that would amend state law to allow the Town of Piercefield to elect a town justice who is not a town resident.  The legislation, requested by the town earlier this year, is sponsored by Senator Betty Little.   

April 24, 2013
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REMINDER: YOUR CHANCE TO BE A HERO IS THIS WEEKEND

Local Fire Departments to Open their Doors April 27th and 28th for “RecruitNY”

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding the public that fire departments across Central and Northern New York will open their doors this weekend for “RecruitNY,” an annual event organized by the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York, or FASNY, to bring in new recruits. 

April 24, 2013
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March 27, 2013
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Ranzenhofer outlines CHIPS funding for Genesee County

2013-14 State Budget increases funding for road, bridge projects; Genesee county to get $275K more, 19 percent year-over-year increase

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that the 2013-14 State Budget will increase funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS), providing more than $275,000 in additional funding for infrastructure projects in Genesee County.

March 25, 2013
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Ranzenhofer outlines CHIPS funding for Erie County

2013-14 State Budget increases funding for road, bridge projects

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that the 2013-14 State Budget will increase funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).

“For the first time in five years, more funding for local road and bridge repair projects will go directly to towns, cities and villages in Erie County.  Maintaining and improving our infrastructure is so important to our economy, while keeping drivers and their passengers safe,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.

March 25, 2013
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Ranzenhofer outlines CHIPS funding for Monroe County

2013-14 State Budget increases funding for road, bridge projects

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that the 2013-14 State Budget will increase funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).

“For the first time in five years, more funding for local road and bridge repair projects will go directly to towns, cities and villages in Monroe County.  Maintaining and improving our infrastructure is so important to our economy, while keeping drivers and their passengers safe,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.

March 25, 2013
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