Issues: Miscellaneous

Times Union- Bill to make oil shippers, terminals prove cleanup cash heads to the wire at Capitol

A state lawmaker from Albany is making another bid to require companies that ship or store Bakken crude oil or tar sands oil — like the railroads and two terminals at the Port of Albany — to put up financial guarantees to cover the multimillion-dollar costs of dealing with spills, fires or explosions.

June 10, 2015
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SENATOR GOLDEN LEADS PASSAGE LEGISLATION TO PROTECT FIRST RESPONDERS

Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a former New York City Police Officer, today is announcing that a series of bills he introduced to create better protections for law enforcement officers and emergency medical service personnel, have been approved by the New York State Senate this afternoon.

Senate Bill 4133 creates a new crime for the aggravated assault of a police or peace officer when a person is aided by two or more persons at a protest. This amendment to the penal law would ensure further protection for officers tasked with monitoring demonstrations and would punish those who use a means of peaceful protest as an opportunity to assault police or peace officers. (A. 6249, Weprin).

June 9, 2015
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GOLDEN STATEMENT ON STATE SENATE APPROVAL OF ASIAN LUNAR NEW YEAR AS A PUBLIC SCHOOL HOLIDAY

Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement following the approval of the New York State Senate of legislation he introduced, S. 4648, that establishes the Asian Lunar New Year day as a school holiday for New York City public schools, or in communities with an Asian population of 7.5% or more:

June 9, 2015
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO WELCOMES MRS. NEW YORK TO CAPITOL

Senator Mike Nozzolio welcomed Jessica Lahr, the reigning Mrs. New York, to the State Capitol today.  Senator Nozzolio presented Jessica with an official New York State Legislative Resolution congratulating her upon being crowned Mrs. New York America.  Jessica will compete in the national 2015 Mrs. America pageant later this year.

Jessica lives in Geneva with her husband Chad and their two sons Colby and Max.  She is an active member of the community and volunteers her to several local charities, including the Ronald McDonald House, the American Cancer Society, and the Red Cross.

June 9, 2015
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SENATOR GOLDEN LEADS PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION DESIGNED TO ASSIST IN OFFSETTING FUTURE TOLL INCREASES

Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member of the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Capital Review Board, today is announcing passage of legislation he introduced, S. 691A, that can prevent the future need to increase transit tolls and fares.

The bill would exempt the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the New York City Transit Authority, and the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority from bond issuance fees, notes or other financial obligations. Currently, bonds issued by the MTA are subject to the bond issuance charge imposed by the Public Authorities Law section 2976. Last year, the MTA paid bond issuance charges of $16.8 million, and estimates are an annual savings of $20 million per year in the immediate future.

June 9, 2015
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SENATOR GOLDEN ADVANCES LEGISLATION TO MAKE NEW YORK ROADWAYS SAFER

Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a former New York City Police Officer, today is announcing that the New York State Senate has adopted two bills that he introduced, S. 1108 and S. 1452, designed to create safer roadways throughout the State for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

Senate Bill 1108 would increase the penalties for leaving the scene of an accident when a death, injury or damage of property occurs. The bill would deter drivers from leaving injured victims on the road, facilitate police investigations and enable timely chemical testing of a driver if warranted.

June 9, 2015
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Senator Ken LaValle’s Bill To Combat “Brain Drain” Passes Senate

The Legislation enables certain localities to establish housing plans using “smart growth” principals to help young adults stay

June 9, 2015
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“New York Gun Owners Finally Have Some Reason For Optimism”

Legislation sponsored by Senator Young passed with bi-partisan support to restore rights of lawful gun owners

 

ALBANY – Lauding several common sense SAFE Act reforms co-sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) that were passed by the state Senate yesterday as a “meaningful step in the right direction,” the National Rifle Association (NRA) is calling on the state Assembly to take action.

 

June 9, 2015
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Senator Farley Salutes Sawyer

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) is pleased to announce the passage of a Senate Resolution honoring the local teen Sawyer Fredericks for representing upstate New York on “The Voice” television show recently.

“What a terrific young man,” Senator Farley said. “I am pleased that he won the high-profiled contest, but am also proud of him coming back to the region and saying ‘thank you’ to the communities that supported him throughout the process.”

Sixteen-year-old Sawyer performed at Saratoga Performing Arts Center last weekend and was in Fulton County’s Northville on June 4th at local businesses meeting fans.

Sawyer and his mother, Kirsten Fredericks, were on hand during the resolution vote at the Capitol this afternoon.

 

June 9, 2015
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Senate Passes Seward SAFE-Act Reforms

ALBANY, 06/08/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced senate approval of a bill he sponsored that would amend several of the most onerous provisions of the NY-SAFE Act. 

“I voted against the NY-SAFE Act when it was first proposed and have joined law-abiding gun owners in calling for full repeal of this over-reaching, flawed policy ever since it was rushed into law,” said Senator Seward.  “While the political landscape in our state is a deterrent to completely erasing this right-restricting law, I do want to make sure that some of the most burdensome provisions are eliminated, and my legislation helps accomplish that goal.”

Senator Seward’s bill (S.5837) would:

June 9, 2015
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Senator Farley Salutes Shenendehowa Boys Track Team

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of spending time with the members of the Shenendehowa High School Boys Track Team on June 8th when they came to the Capitol. He also presented them with a NYS Senate Resolution congratulating the 4x800m Relay Team and Coach Jason Burlingame upon the occasion of capturing the New York State Championship. He also congratulated Shenendehowa senior Shawn Bleichert for capturing the New York State 55-meter Hurdles Championship. Pictured with Senator Farley and the track team is Senator Marchione.

 

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The resolutions are as follows:

 

Senate Resolution No. 1471

 

June 9, 2015
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RITCHIE NAMED A LEADER AMONG LEGISLATIVE WOMEN

Selected by Colleagues as Officer of Legislature’s Bipartisan ‘Women’s Caucus’

Senator Patty Ritchie has been elected by her colleagues as one of 14 leaders of the Legislature’s bipartisan Women’s Caucus.

June 9, 2015
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Senate Passes Bills to Combat Heroin Crisis and Enhance Treatment Options for Opioid Abuse

The New York State Senate today passed a package of bills to help decrease heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids. The measures are being put forth by the Senate’s Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, co-chaired by Senators Robert Ortt (R-C-I, North Tonawanda), George A. Amedore, Jr. (R-C-I, Rotterdam), and Terrence Murphy (R-C-I, Yorktown), as part of their continuing examination of the issues created by increased heroin abuse that is causing hundreds of deaths in communities across the state.

June 9, 2015
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Senator Krueger's Community Bulletin, June 2015

Sen. Krueger's Community Bulletin for June is available here! It can be downloaded as a PDF file from this page, and is viewable below.

 

 

File: 
June 2015 Community Bulletin

June 9, 2015
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RECYCLING EVENT HOSTED BY ADDABBO AND ASSEMBLYMAN MIKE MILLER HAULS IN 30,000 POUNDS OF PAPER AND ELECTRONICS & ALSO FILLS UP TWO SALVATION ARMY TRUCKS WITH A VARIETY OF REUSABLE HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

Queens, NY (June 8, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. and Assemblymember Mike Miller are pleased to announce that their most recent community recycling event, which was held on April 26th, hauled in more than 30,000 pounds of paper and electronic e-waste from local residents while filling up two entire Salvation Army trucks with a variety of reusable household items. At that Spring recycling event, 24,673 pounds of electronic waste were collected and roughly 7,300 pounds of paper was shredded.

June 9, 2015
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Felder: Zero Tolerance for Passing Stopped School Bus

Senator Felder (D – Brooklyn) joined Senator John Bonacic (R,C,I –  Mt. Hope) to pass legislation to protect school children. Senate Bill S1634 amends the vehicle and traffic law by increasing the penalties for passing a stopped school bus.

“Passing a stopped school bus can, G-d forbid, kill or seriously injure children who may be getting on or off that bus,” said Senator Felder. “We must do everything in our power to ensure the safety of our children.”

June 9, 2015
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The Assembly Might Kill Rent Control as They Killed the Dream Act

What You Should KnowBy Senator Rev Rubén Díaz32nd Senatorial District718-991-3161 The Assembly Might Kill Rent Control as They Killed the Dream Act You should know that even though a majority exists in the New York State Assembly to permit passage of the Parental Choice in Education bill, the Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says the bill won’t get to the floor for a vote unless there is enough support among Democrats alone to back the bill.  

June 9, 2015
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Senator Farley Salutes Flag Day

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) notes that Sunday, June 14th, is Flag Day.

“This day is meant to reflect on the true meaning and history of the American flag. Our forefathers stood up for freedom and liberty, creating the United States of America,” he said. “The flag represents this struggle for independence. Our American flag has long exemplified the spirit of those who lost their lives in battle, as well as those who fought valiantly and survived.”

Senator Farley has paper American Flags available for constituents to obtain for the holiday. For information, call his office at 455-2181. He recently supplied numerous elementary schools with paper flags, and brochures on the history and care of the flag, for their school Flag Day events.

June 9, 2015
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