Issues: Miscellaneous

Visiting with Senator Farley

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting Lorrie Hosley and Julie Helms, both of Long Lake, when they traveled to the Capitol on March 19th and stopped in to see the Senator while in Albany. A native of Long Lake, Senator Farley enjoyed their chat about the Hamilton County area.

March 25, 2014
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God Hates Ugly - What About COLA?

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

District 32 Bronx County, New York

Tel 718-991-3161

 

God Hates Ugly - What About COLA?

 

The New York State 2014-2015 Budget is due on April 1st, and one more year will go by when the most dedicated, hard working people in the State will once again be ignored.

As you know, COLA means Cost of Living Adjustment, and as long as inflation, expenses and prices increase, living conditions get worse for those who don’t make enough money. They invented the COLA supposedly to help those hardworking men and women.

March 25, 2014
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Analysis: $40 Million That Gov. Cuomo Seeks from MTA Could Add Bus & Rail Service, Reduce Crowding and Waits, and Lessen Pressure on Fares

State Senator Martin Golden said, “I sponsored the Transit Funding Lockbox Act in the State Senate so to stand up for all those who ride the buses and trains and have been asked to pay more for less service. This legislation will guarantee that funds dedicated to support the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s commuter system, will actually be spent for such purposes and not get lost on the account of other State expenses. It is vital that this year's budget retains the $40 million for transportation purposes so to create greater financial integrity for the Metropolitan Transit Authority and end the days of simultaneous fare hikes and service reductions.”

 

 

 

NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign

Riders Alliance

 

March 25, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on The Brian Lehrer Show

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show this morning at 10:30 AM. Click here to listen LIVE! 

WHAT: Interview on The Brian Lehrer Show 

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Tuesday, March 25th 2014 at 10:30 AM

March 25, 2014
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Senator Mike Nozzolio Announces the Adoption of “Jobs for Heroes” Legislation

Provides New Business and Job Opportunities for Service-Disabled Veterans

March 24, 2014
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SENATOR GIPSON'S STATEMENT ON THE SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESS ACT PASSING SENATE

For Immediate Release: March 24, 2014 Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

SENATOR GIPSON'S STATEMENT ON THE SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESS ACT PASSING SENATE

ALBANY, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) today issued the following statement on the State Senate’s passage of the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act, S.6865, which was co-sponsored by Senator Gipson. The legislation, which was recently agreed upon by Governor Andrew Cuomo and leaders in both houses, would require six percent of state contracts be to service-disabled veteran owned small businesses:

March 24, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL PASSES LANDMARK LEGISLATION CREATING 6% SET ASIDE FOR SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABLED VETERANS

Albany, N.Y.  – 03/24/2014 – The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S6865), sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, to facilitate the awarding of state contracts to disabled veterans.

The bill will create a six percent state contract set-aside for service-connected disabled- veteran owned small businesses. The “Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act” will ensure New York State’s service-connected disabled veterans are better able to compete for millions of dollars in state contracts.

March 24, 2014
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SENATE PASSES BILL FOR STATE CONTRACT SET-ASIDE FOR DISABLED VETERANS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S6865), sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, to facilitate the awarding of state contracts to disabled veterans. 

 

The  bill will create a six percent state contract set-aside for service-connected disabled- veteran owned small businesses. The “Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act” will ensure New York State’s service-connected disabled veterans are better able to compete for millions of dollars in state contracts. 

 

March 24, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on Capital Tonight

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on Capital Tonight this evening airing at 8:00 PM & 11:30 PM.

WHAT: Interview on Capital Tonight

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Monday, March 24, 2014 airing at 8:00 PM & 11:30 PM

March 24, 2014
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AVELLA APPLAUDS GOVERNOR CUOMO FOR DIRECTING PORT AUTHORITY TO CONDUCT NOISE STUDIES AND ESTABLISH COMMUNITY ROUNDTABLE TO ADDRESS INCREASE IN AIRPLANE NOISE OVER QUEENS

(BAYSIDE, Queens) Senator Tony Avella applauded Governor Cuomo’s decision today to once again direct the Port Authority to  double the number of noise monitors, establish aviation community roundtables and conduct extensive studies of noise issues for residents of Queens, the Bronx and Nassau.

March 24, 2014
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OP-ED: SPEAKING UP FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY

Speaking up for the Hudson Valley

by Senator Terry Gipson

One of the final sparks that ignited my decision to run for the New York State Senate was when, as a small business owner, I received a letter stating that I would now have to pay the MTA Payroll Tax. I thought to myself, who is speaking up for the Hudson Valley?

March 24, 2014
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SENATOR GOLDEN CONTINUES EFFORTS TO LOWER AUTO-INSURANCE RATES, CUT DOWN ON FRAUD

Albany, NY – Today the New York State Senate passed S1959A, sponsored by Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), which allows insurance companies to retroactively cancel policies taken out by people who commit auto fraud. These criminals often take out policies and pay for them with bad checks or stolen credit cards just before they stage accidents. Under current law, insurance companies cannot cancel the policy and policyholders wind up paying for it through higher premiums. This bill would take that burden off honest consumers and therefore lower the insurance rates.

March 24, 2014
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Mary M. Gooley Hemophilia Center Visits Albany

I was pleased to host the Mary M. Gooley Hemophilia Center at my office at the State Capitol today. Thank you for all you do those dealing with Hemophilia and other bleeding disorders in our community. 

March 24, 2014
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Senator Skelos' Free Community Prostate Cancer Screening Program

Senator Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), in conjunction with South Nassau Communities Hospital, will be sponsoring a free community prostate cancer screening program on Tuesday, April 22 in Hewlett. 

April 22, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Senator Skelos welcomes Timothy Cardinal Dolan to the State Capitol

I had the pleasure of welcoming my good friend, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, to Albany last week. We had a great discussion on many issues. I thank him for his constant support and friendship.

March 24, 2014
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East Sea/Sea of Japan Bill Online Petition

I support Sen. Stavisky's And Assemblyman Braunstein's bill, S6570 to require all new textbooks approved for use in the state that refer to the Sea of Japan indicate that it is also be known as the "East Sea".

March 24, 2014
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SENATOR ANDREW LANZA HIGHLIGHTS "BRIDGE TO SUCCESS" LOAN PROGRAM FOR MINORITY AND WOMEN CONTRACTORS

Short-Term Loans Now Available Through Participating Lenders

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Senator Andrew Lanza today announced the launch of the Bridge to Success loan program, now available through participating lenders committing at least $20 million to expand access to short-term bridge loans for Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs). The program will provide qualified MWBEs with the short-term resources they need to participate in up to $1 billion in contracting opportunities with New York State.

March 24, 2014
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WEEKLY LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: SENATOR AVELLA AND SENATE COLLEAGUES PASS SERIES OF LEGISLATION INCREASING PUBLIC SAFETY AND TRANSPARENCY IN GOVERNMENT

(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – State Senator Tony Avella is the co-sponsor of seven bills (S1443, S4322, S1905, S3046, S1516A, S1480, S2455) which have passed the Senate in the last ten days. This legislative series would address a number of issues within New York State, including transparency in government and protections for public safety. 

March 24, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Attends Wallkill's St. Patrick's Day Parade

Here is the Senator with (l to r), Adrian M. DeWitt, III; Dennis O'Mara; Archie Reid; and Roger Rascoe.

March 24, 2014
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