Issues: Miscellaneous

Senator Farley Participates in Old Forge St. Patrick's Day Parade

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I had a great time celebrating in Old Forge on Friday in that town’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. I met a lot of lovely people, including Herkimer County’s own Olympian Erin Hamlin. She was the Grand Marshall of the parade and it was wonderful to hear her talk about becoming a bronze medalist in the women’s luge category a few weeks ago. New Yorker’s can be proud of her and her accomplishments!

March 17, 2014
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SENATOR BALL HONORS SEVEN PATTERSON CUB SCOUTS AT MOVING UP CEREMONY

Patterson, N.Y. – 03/17/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) joined boys from Cub Scout WEBELO Den #8, from Patterson Pack #133 at their blue and gold ceremony on Saturday afternoon at the Patterson Firehouse.

The purpose of the Blue and Gold Ceremony was to formally recognize the seven young men that will be advancing as Boy Scouts.

March 17, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS HONORS PORT WASHINGTON BOY SCOUTS FOR EARNING SCOUTING’S HIGHEST AWARD

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislative resolutions he sponsored honoring three Port Washington residents for attaining the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. 

     The legislative resolutions honored Matthew Canigiani, Carl Finkbeiner, and Arjuna Lal on earning Scouting’s highest honor. Matthew, Carl, and Arjuna are all members of Boy Scout Troop 241 in Port Washington. With passage of the resolutions, Matthew, Carl, and Arjuna’s achievements will forever be part of the official record of the New York State Senate.

March 17, 2014
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Zeta Phi Beta Gamma Xi Zeta Chapter 51st Annual Scholarship Luncheon

Senator Stewart-Cousins stopped by the Zeta Phi Beta Gamma Xi Zeta Chapter 51st Annual Scholarship Luncheon on Saturday, March 15th in Tarrytown, NY to congratulate the recepient of the Zeta Phi Beta Gamma Xi Zeta scholarships this year -- all of whom are in the picture with her above.

March 17, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 17, 2014 ~ 'A toast to farming's future'

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, "A toast to farming's future"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the March 16th Corning Leader] 

March 17, 2014
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Senator Espaillat Continues to Fight for the NY DREAM Act

By a margin of only two votes, the Senate has failed to pass the DREAM Act, that would have given young undocumented New Yorkers the chance to attend college, pursue a career, and make their parents proud.

March 17, 2014
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Information and Resources for Victims of East Harlem Building Explosion and Collapse

(East Harlem, NY)- As the El Barrio community continues to recover from last week's horrific explosion and building collapse, it is important to keep in mind the growing number of people in need who were affected by this tragedy.

Along with my colleagues in government from East Harlem, my District Office, located at 157 E. 104th Street, will be accepting donations of clothing and canned goods for the victims and their families. In addition to my office, you can make donations to any of these locations listed below.  

The victims of this tragedy remain in our thoughts and prayers. I am confident that El Barrio as a community will continue to come together with the common purpose of  support, healing and rebuilding.  

March 17, 2014
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Senator Nozzolio Fights to Secure Funding to Reimburse Cayuga and Seneca Counties

Senate Budget Resolution Reimburses Counties for Unpaid Indian Property Taxes

March 16, 2014
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Ranzenhofer hosts State Budget Forum in Monroe County

Senator Ranzenhofer hosted a State Budget Forum in Monroe County on March 15th.  More than 70 residents had an opportunity to let their voice be heard on the 2014 State Budget and other issues impacting the community.  Click here to review specific details of the Executive Budget, stay up-to-date on new developmenmts, and share your input on the budget plan.

March 15, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS: SENATE BUDGET RESOLUTION WOULD CUT TAXES, INCREASE SCHOOL AID, AND DELIVER MANDATE RELIEF TO SCHOOLS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) announced that the recently approved 2014-15 Senate budget resolution would balance the budget without raising taxes or fees, deliver tax relief to families and businesses, and increase state education aid to local school districts. The resolution includes several measures aimed at delivering permanent mandate relief to schools, local governments, and special districts. 

March 14, 2014
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Boy Scout Troop 77 Visits

I had the pleasure of meeting with Boy Scouts Luke Basler, Graham Trolley, Marshall Ireland and Nash Dickason from Boy Scout Troop 77 in Brighton. They had some great questions for me about my job in the State Senate and the inner-workings of State Government, and were able to receive a Merit Badge for it! Great job guys, keep up the good work and dedication to scouting!

March 14, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL ISSUES STATEMENT ON BOARD OF REGENTS VOTE

Albany, N.Y. – 03/14/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), issued the following statement on the recent Board of Regents vote.

“I have received countless phone calls, emails, letters and faxes from parents, teachers, students and community members that are very concerned about the Common Core standards. Let’s be very clear, the Board of Regents played a direct role in the implementation of this uncommon disaster. The New York State Legislature had a unique opportunity to vote against the incumbents that are partly responsible for this disaster. I am disappointed that the Assembly Majority chose party politics over our education system and ultimately our children. It is my hope that the Board of Regents will listen to our parents, students and educators to make the appropriate changes to fix Common Core and get our education system on the right track. Education is not about teaching to the test and it should never become a one size fits all endeavor,” said Senator Greg Ball.

March 14, 2014
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SENATE PASSES BILL REFORMING THE BOARD OF REGENTS SELECTION PROCESS

New, More Equitable Process Would Distribute Appointments Among Governor, Senate and Assembly

 

The New York Senate this week passed legislation to dramatically reform the selection process for the state Board of Regents to better reflect the population of the entire state. The bill (S2031A), sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), establishes a more equitable and balanced appointment process for the selection of the Board of Regents, who are charged with setting education policy in New York. 

 

March 14, 2014
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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - March 13

Senator Ranzenhofer explains his vote against confirming four candidates for the Board of Regents, and updates constituents on the Senate's Budget Plan and the flawed roll-out of Common Core by the State Education Department and Board Regents.

March 14, 2014
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St. Kateri Students Meet Senator Farley

Students from St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Schenectady visited Senator Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) in Albany on March 12th and took a tour of the Capitol. Students in Mrs. Munks’ fifth grade class that were on the tour included Celine Anyaegbunam, Ayanna Belton, Natavia Black, Emily Chotkowski, Grace Cleary, Adia Corbin, Rogeh Erian, Giovanna Lott, Mariam Mohammed, Aryanna Mugits, Madeline Peeney, Kaillyn Pierre, Noreyelle Smalls, Jarell Spotts, Anthony Zaccaria, Tony Banks, Rodney Parker, Julie Palumbo, Tyree Currie.

March 14, 2014
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Senator Farley Greets Kateri School Students

Students from St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Schenectady visited Senator Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) in Albany on March 12th and took a tour of the Capitol. Students in Miss Knightes’ fourth grade class that were on the tour included Catherine Bholasigh, Karieam Brown, Paolo Coppola, Mackenzie Elston, Hayden Engert, Angelo Fuda, Alyssa Gangaram, Jacob Hall, Tayvon Jackson, Jennifer Kay, Kristana Loft, Yasmine Manmohan, Promise Mitchell, Rania Mohammed, Tyree Parker, Talia Powell, Jason Scutt, Billy Siddons, Justin Shivrattan, Amir Stallworth, Annie Thomas and Haley Streicher.

 

March 14, 2014
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LOHUD: BALL: BAD ACTORS ON BOTH SIDES

Let’s end the policy through press release and begin the hard work of uniting both communities by properly addressing the issue, without needlessly creating greater divisions. Let it be clear, Mount Vernon is equally responsible for the toxic environment that was unfortunately created. Yet unlike Mahopac, Mount Vernon has yet to take action to hold their fan base and students accountable.

March 13, 2014
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