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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 30, 2014 ~ 'Beware of a tick near you'

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, "Beware of a tick near you"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the June 29th Corning Leader

 

June 30, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL RANKED, AGAIN, AS NEW YORK’S MOST INDEPENDENT REPUBLICAN SENATOR

Albany, NY – 06/29/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has been ranked as New York’s most “Independent Republican Senator” by the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). According to NYPIRG, a student-directed research organization, Senator Ball displayed the most independent voting record of his Republican colleagues in the 2014 legislative session.

June 29, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins To Be Guest On Inside City Hall & Capital Tonight

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on Inside City Hall tonight airing at 7:00 PM & 10:00 PMfollowed by Capital Tonight airing at 8:00 PM & 11:30 PM.

WHAT: Interview on Inside City Hall & Interview on Capital Tonight

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Friday, June 27, 2014

June 27, 2014
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Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz to Hold Monday Morning Prayer Vigil at Bronx Criminal Court

For Immediate Release

June 26, 2014

By Senator Ruben Diaz

Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz to Hold Monday Morning Prayer Vigil at Bronx Criminal Court

Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) and the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization will hold a prayer vigil on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 9AM at the Bronx Hall of Justice located at 265 East 161st Street in the Bronx, where criminal defendant Nanic Aidasani will appear in Court. Criminal charges of second-degree rape have been brought against Mr. Aidasani, a licensed practicing nurse who worked at the Manhattanville Rehabilitation & HealthCare Center in Riverdale. The victim is an elderly woman who suffers from dementia.

June 27, 2014
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Comprehensive Plan Announced to Accelerate the Development of Atlantic Yards Project and Ensure Timely Delivery of Public Benefits

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a comprehensive plan to accelerate the development of Atlantic Yards, including a fast tracked timeline for delivery of affordable housing. The new plan will shorten the completion timeframe to build 2,250 affordable apartments by ten years, from 2035 to 2025. Additionally, the deal will create a board, the Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation, to provide input on development, housing, and community impact throughout the completion of the project.

The City of New York, through its Housing Development Corporation (HDC), will provide financial support to ensure the delivery of two 100 percent affordable housing buildings, totaling at least 590 units, and construction will begin by December 2014.

June 27, 2014
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COMMUNITY ATTENDS SENATOR GIPSON AND CAPE HEROIN PREVENTION PANEL AND NARCAN TRAINING

For Immediate Release: June 27, 2014 Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

COMMUNITY ATTENDS SENATOR GIPSON AND CAPE HEROIN PREVENTION PANEL AND NARCAN TRAINING

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Over 200 community members attended a Heroin Prevention Panel and Narcan Training hosted by New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) and the Council on Addiction Prevention & Education of Dutchess County, Inc. (CAPE) and sponsored by Health Quest last evening, June 26, 2014, at Dutchess Community College’s James & Betty Hall Theatre.

June 27, 2014
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SENATOR GOLDEN STRIVES TO MAKE NEW YORK STATE A LEADER IN MEDICAL RESEARCH

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), the Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation & Entrepreneurship, today has issued the following statement praising colleagues in the Senate for passage of S. 6555 and calling on the State Assembly to advance this legislation in the future.

 

June 27, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter

Albany, NY -  Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on The Capitol Pressroom this morning at 11:30 AM.

WHAT: Interview on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Friday, June 27, 2014, at 11:30 AM.

June 27, 2014
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NO ONE LIKES A COPY CAT

What You Should Know

Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District

718-991-3161

NO ONE LIKES A COPY CAT

You should know that until today, I have been unaware of anyone else in the entire world – except for me – who has held an Abrazo-titled event. “Abrazo” is the Spanish word for “hug” or “embrace.” Although I never trademarked the term “Abrazo Boricua in New York,” it is my creation. So, you might imagine my surprise to see a flier announcing that the Hispanic Federation is going to host an “Abrazo Hispano” event right here in New York City on July 1st. As soon as I saw this, I thought to myself: what a bunch of copycats!

June 27, 2014
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June 28, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS & WESTBURY COMMUNITY CELEBRATE 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF ROBERT BACON CHILDREN’S LIBRARY

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) recently joined with the Westbury community to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Robert Bacon Children’s Library. 

     The library, which first opened its doors on June 24, 1924, was a gift to the Westbury community by the Bacon family in memory of Colonel Robert Bacon, the Secretary of State and Ambassador to France under President Theodore Roosevelt. In 1965, the Library was incorporated as part of the Westbury Library.

June 26, 2014
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2014 Senate Session Highlights

Open this attachment to view a detailed report of the highlights of the 2014 Senate Session.

June 26, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS & TOWN OF NORTH HEMPSTEAD HONOR STATE CHAMPION MANHASSET GIRLS LACROSSE TEAM

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) and the Town of North Hempstead recently joined together to honor the Manhasset High School Girls Lacrosse Team on capturing the New York State Class B State Championship. 

     The Indians finished the season with 19 wins, including victories over Wantagh High School in the Nassau County Championship and Sayville High School in the Long Island Championship. The team captured the State Championship with an 11-7 win over Victor Senior High School. 

June 26, 2014
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Free Fishing Weekend in NYS Slated

This weekend (June 28th-29th) New Yorkers may fish for free without a license in any of the state's 7,500 lakes and ponds or 50,000 miles of rivers and streams. In addition, there are a number of free events and fishing clinics taking place across the state to encourage New Yorkers to enjoy the great outdoors. For more information, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89821.html

June 26, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS HELPS OPEN WILLISTON PARK LIBRARY’S NEW CHILDREN’S ROOM

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) helped officially rededicate the new children’s room at the Williston Park Public Library. Senator Martins secured state funding to enable the library to undertake the community improvement project.

     Senator Martins (right) and Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar (left) views the “crayon kiosk,” which contains iPads loaded with educational technology for children. The kiosk is part of the newly renovated children’s room at the Williston Park Library.

June 25, 2014
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