Issues: Miscellaneous

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge New Lower Level Ramp Opens

MTA Bridges and Tunnels today opened the first new ramp added to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge since the bridge’s original 1960s construction. The new, two-lane lower level connector ramp from the Staten Island Expressway heading to Brooklyn is part of the $50 million toll plaza improvement project.

 

“The new lower level connector ramp will immediately improve traffic flow through the busy I-278 corridor by accommodating more traffic from the Staten Island Expressway,” said MTA Bridges and Tunnels Engineer Project Manager Piv Lim. “We expect motorists will notice this positive change right away.”

 

June 17, 2014
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American Red Cross Move In Assistance Program Application Deadline July 1, 2014

This is the weekly reminder that the American Red Cross Move-In Assistance Program (MIAP) will be winding down over the next few months.

 

The program was established in December 2012 and has served as a bridge for thousands of families that needed financial assistance to relocate from hotels to sustainable housing, move out of state or complete repairs on their Sandy-damaged homes. As of May 28, 2014 the program has provided more than $26 million to more than 4,300 households. Because we expect that the program’s funding will soon be depleted, we are implementing the wind down process outlined below.

 

July 1, 2014 deadline for submitting completed Move-In Assistance Program applications

June 17, 2014
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Join Senator José M. Serrano at his District Office Open House

Senator Serrano's District Office recently moved to a new location in East Harlem. To help familiarize his constituents with our new space, he is hosting an open house for the community. Our open house will be a great opportunity to visit our new office and meet with Senator Serrano and his staff, while learning more about issues he is working on! All are invited, but please RSVP if you plan on attending.

 

June 26, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Senator Farley Chats With Skano Elementary School at the Capitol

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting fourth grade students from Skano Elementary School, Shenendehowa Central School District, on June 12th when they came to Albany to tour the Capitol. Also pictured is Assemblyman James Tedisco.

June 17, 2014
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Senator Farley Chats With Miss Delaney's Skano Elementary School Class

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting fourth grade students from Skano Elementary School, Shenendehowa Central School District, on June 12th when they came to Albany to tour the Capitol. Also pictured is Assemblyman James Tedisco.

June 17, 2014
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Senator Farley Visits With Mr. Brown's Class from Skano Elementary

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting fourth grade students from Skano Elementary School, Shenendehowa Central School District, on June 12th when they came to Albany to tour the Capitol. Also pictured is Assemblyman James Tedisco.

June 17, 2014
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Senator Farley Salutes Mrs. Britz's Class from Skano Elementary

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting fourth grade students from Skano Elementary School, Shenendehowa Central School District, on June 12th when they came to Albany to tour the Capitol. Also pictured is Assemblyman James Tedisco.

June 17, 2014
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SENATE PASSES 5 BILLS AUTHORED BY SENATOR ANDREW LANZA

SENATE PASSES 5 BILLS AUTHORED BY SENATOR ANDREW LANZA 

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to the following bills sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza:

 

S 3599  LANZA   Same as A 906  Weprin (MS)  

Public Authorities Law

Limits New York City water board's authority to increase rates charged

 

S 3965-A  LANZA   Same as A 4999-A  Lentol  

Penal Law

June 16, 2014
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO RELIEVE SERVICE DISABLED VETERANS OF PROPERTY TAXES IN NYS

Albany, N.Y. – 06/16/2014 – The New York State Senate passed two pieces of legislation last week that will lessen the property tax burden for service-connected disabled veterans. The first bill, S6563A was passed last Tuesday, followed by S6541A, which passed Thursday.

June 16, 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, June 16, 2014, airing at 8:00 PM & 11:30 PM.

June 16, 2014
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Two Bills Sponsored by Senator Ruben Diaz Pass in the Senate

Two Bills Sponsored by Senator Ruben Diaz Pass in the Senate

Two significant pieces of legislation, Senate Bill 383 and Senate Bill 20, sponsored by New York State Senator Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) have passed today in the Senate.

S383 prohibits the use of lottery funds for any purpose other than education and prohibits co-mingling with funds for other purposes. This bill passed 56 Ayes, 0 Nays.

S20 establishes the crime of patronizing a prostitute in a school zone and including daycare facilities within the definition of a school zone. This bill passed 54 Ayes, 2 Nays.

June 16, 2014
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SENATOR BALL’S FAREWELL DINNER SET FOR JUNE 24TH TO BENEFIT LOCAL DISABLED VETERAN

Brewster, NY – 06/16/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, will be hosting a farewell pasta dinner next week at the Mahopac Firehouse. The event will be open to the public, and will be a fundraiser for Vietnam War Veteran Dan Flanagin’s home renovations.

June 16, 2014
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STATE SENATOR GIPSON URGES ACTION ON LYME IN FINAL WEEK OF SESSION

For Immediate Release: June 16, 2014 Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

STATE SENATOR GIPSON URGES ACTION ON LYME IN FINAL WEEK OF SESSION

ALBANY, NYNew York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) today issued the following statement continuing to urge his colleagues in the State Senate to take action during the final week of legislative session to help those suffering from the growing Lyme disease and tick-borne illness crisis facing New York State communities.

June 16, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Sponsors Second Annual Electronics Recycling Event

On June 14, 2014, Senator John A. DeFrancisco sponsored his second annual electronics recycling event, which was free to the public. Hundreds of residents dropped off their old televisions, computers and various other electronics during the event held at Time Warner Cable on Fair Lakes Road in East Syracuse. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Alice Kim from TWC.  

Proceeds from the recyling of these items will benefit a local organization that was formed by a group of caring children to purchases flags and flowers for Veterans Park in East Syracuse.  The event was made possible by community partners: Time Warner Cable, Bruin Recyling, and Flags and Flowers for the Veterans. 

June 16, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Tours Time Warner Cable's New Technical Training Facility

Senator John A. DeFrancisco toured Time Warner Cable's new training facility on Davis Road in Clay on June 13, 2014.  The training center, which is designed like an actual home, will provide technicians with real life learning experiences.  Senator DeFrancisco also spoke during the ribbon cutting ceremony.  

June 16, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 16, 2014 ~ 'The politics of heroin?'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..." 

This week, "The politics of heroin?"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the June 15th Corning Leader] 

June 16, 2014
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June 29, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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SENATE PASSES WOMEN’S EQUALITY LEGISLATION

Bills Approved To Prevent Discrimination Based on Family Status; Stop Housing Discrimination Against Domestic Violence Victims; and Ensure Equal Pay for Women

The New York State Senate today passed three bills – all part of the Senate’s Women’s Equality Agenda – that would prevent employment discrimination against people with families, stop housing discrimination against victims of domestic violence, and ensure women receive equal pay for equal work

Senate Majority Co-Leader Dean G. Skelos said, “The Senate continues to make progress on bills designed to further protect and enhance women's rights in the Empire State. The bills approved by the Senate today to ensure equal pay and stop discrimination in housing and employment are key provisions of the New York State Senate Women's Equality Agenda, a series of measures that will empower women and break down barriers that perpetuate violence, discrimination and inequality based on gender. We passed these bills last year and urge the Assembly to pass them immediately.”

June 16, 2014
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RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY KICKS OFF CONSTRUCTION ON LOCAL VIETNAM VETERAN’S HOME

Pawling, N.Y. – 06/14/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, held a ribbon cutting ceremony today to kick off construction on local Vietnam veteran Dan Flanigan’s home.

June 14, 2014
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