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January 7, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS HONORS FRANKLIN SQUARE’S NEWEST EAGLE SCOUT

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently honored Ryan Goldberg of Franklin Square for attaining the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. Senator Martins, along with Assemblyman Ed Ra, attended the Court of Honor to personally congratulate Ryan, a member of Boy Scout Troop 93, on earning scouting’s highest honor.

January 7, 2015
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New Laws Take Effect in 2015

The arrival of the New Year meant that a number of new laws took effect in New York State on January 1st.  

New laws include:

January 7, 2015
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My Wishes and Prayers in 2015 for my Friends, Colleagues and Foes

What You Should Know By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz 32nd Senatorial District 718-991-3161 My Wishes and Prayers in 2015 for my Friends, Colleagues and Foes In this first week of the New Year, I would like to express my wishes, prayers and desires for my friends and foes for 2015. You should know that some of my wishes and prayers will be very hard to achieve but nevertheless, there's nothing wrong with dreaming - even if those dreams might never come true. My first wish is for Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver: that they be left alone by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. As I said before, this may be a more difficult prayer to be answered. 

January 7, 2015
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Let’s Make Students’ DREAMs Reality

As reported by the Daily News:

By State Senator Jose Peralta and State Comproller Thomas DiNapoli:

There is an injustice that needs to be corrected in our state’s Tuition Assistance Program. Currently, the program does not provide assistance to all the young men and women who need it, because it does not accept applications from undocumented students who were brought into this country at a young age.

New York State’s proposed DREAM Act would right this wrong and make the Tuition Assistance Program available to undocumented students across the state. As the new legislative session starts tomorrow, the governor and the state Legislature should swiftly enact this legislation.

New York was one of the first states in the nation to offer in-state tuition rates to undocumented students. We have always been a destination for ambitious and hardworking people in search of opportunity. We can help New York remain a destination of opportunity by expanding the Tuition Assistance Program and extending assistance to undocumented students.

For full article, click here.

January 6, 2015
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O'Mara will continue Senate offices in Elmira, Bath and Albany in 2015

Elmira, N.Y., January 6—To help kick off the new year in New York State government, which officially begins tomorrow at the Capitol, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today announced 2015 contact information for his district offices in Elmira and Bath, and his Albany office.

O’Mara is beginning his third consecutive, two-year term representing the state’s 58th Senate District encompassing all of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties, and a part of Tompkins County (the city and town of Ithaca, and the towns of Enfield, Newfield and Ulysses).  

January 6, 2015
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Looking Ahead: Lowering Taxes, Creating Jobs, and Investing in Infrastructure

Taxes in New York are too high, and as a result, New York is losing people, businesses, and good paying jobs to other states with lower taxes and better economic climates. Although we have taken significant steps to cut taxes and make New York more business friendly, there is still a great deal of work to be done.

We all know someone who has lost his or her job as the result of a business closure or the decision to move the company to a more business friendly state. It's a story that repeats itself time and time again-- and must be rewritten. Families are leaving the State instead of building their futures here.

January 6, 2015
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Lake Shore Fire District Swearing In Ceremony

I was honored to help swear in new District Officers and Volunteer Firefighters of the Lake Shore Fire District in the Town of Greece. We are truly grateful for the service these dedicated men and women provide in keeping our community safe by volunteering their time and support to the Lake Shore Fire District. 

January 6, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS: HOMELESS VETERANS ASSISTANCE FUND AMONG NEW LAWS FOR 2015

Measures to Create Jobs, Protect Seniors and Individuals With Disabilities, and Safeguard Minors Among Other New Laws for 2015

     A law authored by Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) to help homeless veterans is among the new laws for 2015.

January 6, 2015
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Senator Nozzolio Recognizes Dave Saunders as "Firefighter of the Week"

Senator Mike Nozzolio has announced this week’s nomination for his Facebook "Firefighter of the Week" recognition: Dave Saunders of the Varick Fire Department. Congratulations Dave and thank you for your service and dedication to Geneva and the surrounding communities!

Click the below link to view the gallery and to learn more about Dave and previous nominees, and their service as volunteer firefighters:

http://a.pgtb.me/hHsRnG

January 6, 2015
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Funeral services being held in Manhattan this morning for former New York Governor Mario Cuomo

Former, three-term New York Governor Mario Cuomo will be laid to rest today. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Governor Andrew Cuomo and the entire Cuomo family.

Funeral services are being held, beginning at 11:00 a.m., at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Manhattan.

A livestream of today's funeral will be available here.

January 6, 2015
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Historic Swearing In of Yonkers first Democratic, African-American City Judge

(Yonkers - January 2nd) Senator Stewart-Cousins was honored to attend the swearing in of Yonkers first Democratic African-American City Judge, the Honorable Evan Inlaw (left). The Hon. Bruce E. Tolbert, (right), was Yonkers first African-American Republican City Judge, and now serves as a State Supreme Court Justice, and Yonkers first African-American City Councilwoman, Symra Brandon, who is currently the Yonkers Democratic City Chairwoman.

January 6, 2015
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STATEMENT FROM CO-DEANS OF WNY DELEGATION

The Western New York Delegation roundtable discussion has been postponed until further notice due to officials at the N.Y.S. Thruway Authority declining an invitation to participate.  The Thruway Authority had previously confirmed its attendance. 

 

Senator Michael Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, co-deans of the Western New York State Legislative Delegation, have issued the following statement:

 

January 6, 2015
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Senator Ken LaValle on the passing of Governor Mario Cuomo

 

 “The first Italian-American Governor of New York, Mario Cuomo and I shared a heritage.  As Senator, I maintained a good working relationship with Mario over the 12 years he served as Governor.  We spoke often with many of the calls emanating from our homes.  Mario was bright, erudite and a strong advocate for his beliefs.  A captivating speaker, he forcefully represented his position even when it was politically unpopular.  We worked side-by-side on preserving the Pine Barrens, shuttering the Shoreham Nuclear Plant, and improving education.  A well respected leader and a dedicated public servant; his contributions to New York will be missed.

January 5, 2015
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Ortt receives oath of office at North Tonawanda's historic Riviera Theatre

“I know there will be challenges ahead. I am excited to meet those challenges together. I believe we need leaders in Albany who will continue to stand up for the people of Niagara, Orleans, and Monroe County - the farmer, the small businessman, the veteran, the student, and the family. We need someone who will stand up to an increasingly out of touch and sometimes out of control state governor and say 'no.' But we also need someone who is both courageous and pragmatic enough to work across partisan divides for solutions to our state’s most pressing problems. I have every intention of being that leader, that senator. With your help and with God’s, we can ensure the future, one day at a time, will be brighter than the past.”

January 5, 2015
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Senator-Elect Sue Serino Officially Sworn Into Office

Hyde Park, NY—Numerous supporters, family members and local officials gathered today at The Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library & Home in Hyde Park to witness the swearing in of newly elected State Senator Sue Serino (R-Hyde Park). Senator Serino was elected to serve the people of the 41st Senate District in a decisive victory in November. She is the first woman elected to represent the district in the State Senate.

January 5, 2015
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The Daily News: Gallivan outlines Wyoming issues in supervisors' talk

Posted: Monday, January 5, 2015 3:03 am

January 5, 2015
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