Issues: Miscellaneous

Forum/Town Hall: Senator Ball's Women Of Distinction Hall of Fame

 

***Friday, March 30th at 6 p.m.***

Brewster, N.Y. – (3/26/12) – Over the past several months, Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) has traveled to towns, villages and cities within his district to accept nominations for his district wide Women Of Distinction Hall of Fame.

March 30, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Senator Peralta to Republicans: Vote Your Conscience on Microstamping

As promoted on the websites of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action and the Shooters Committee on Political Education--or S.C.O.P.E.--today is the Third Annual Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day, sponsored by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association

State Senator Jose Peralta marked the occasion by calling on Senate Republicans to put his microstamping bill to a vote.  He issued this statement:

March 20, 2012
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MILAN SELECTS LIFE LONG VOLUNTEER AS WOMAN OF DISTINCTION

Milan, N.Y. – (3/19/12) – During the Monday night’s town hall meeting the town of Milan selected Ann Mancini as their nomination for Senator Greg Ball’s (R, C – Patterson) Women of Distinction Hall of Fame.

March 20, 2012
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Senator Klein to MPAA: Let Teens See Teen Bullying Documentary

 

Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester), called upon the Motion Picture Association of America to reverse its decision to give a “R” rating to teen cyberbullying documentary, “Bully.”

March 20, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR ROBBERIES WITH FAKE EXPLOSIVES

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would increase penalties for criminals who attempt robberies with devices appearing to be bombs or explosives. The bill (S. 720A), which was developed in collaboration with law enforcement, is sponsored by Senator Joe Robach. It would elevate the criminal charge from third degree to first or second degree robbery.

 

“It doesn’t make any sense that there are stronger penalties when a criminal robs someone with a fake gun than with a fake bomb,” said Senator Robach. “This bill recognizes that inequity and equalizes the charge and punishment.”

 

March 19, 2012
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SENATE PASSES “BUY FROM THE BACKYARD” ACT TO BOOST LOCAL AGRICULTURAL PURCHASES

The New York State Senate today passed the “Buy From the Backyard Act” to promote the purchase of food grown or produced locally. The bill (S.2468), sponsored by Senator Thomas Libous (R-C-I, Binghamton), requires state agencies with food contracts to buy at least 20 percent of their food from New York sources.

 

“If every household in New York spent just $15 per week on local food, we could pump $5.5 billion into New York State’s economy,” Senator Libous said. “And that’s just households. This bill will help state agencies join in supporting our farmers and stimulating the economy. We’re investing taxpayer dollars right back into our state."

March 19, 2012
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SENATE PASSES MEASURES TO REDUCE PESTICIDE WASTE

Bills Would Help Lessen Use of Some Pesticides and Prevent Unnecessary Disposal

 

The New York State Senate today passed two bills that would reduce the amount of pesticides that are unnecessarily released into the environment. The bills, sponsored by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset) and Senator Mark Grisanti (R, North Buffalo), have environmental and economic benefits by reducing the amount of pesticides needing to be applied or disposed of as hazardous waste.

 

March 19, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO MEETS WITH MERRICK SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS IN ALBANY

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently welcomed three members of the Merrick Board of Education to the State Capitol in Albany. 

March 19, 2012
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Senator John Bonacic Meets with Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan

Senator John Bonacic visited with Cardinal Dolan recently in Albany. They’re pictured sharing a good laugh.“The new Cardinal is awesome and I look forward to working with him in the future,” said Senator John Bonacic.

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March 19, 2012
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Grading the Redistricting Amendment

Politicker wrote an editorial about Professor Gerry Benjamin, expert on the mechanisms of government, and the C- grade he gave to the new Redistricting Amendment.

Professor Gerry Benjamin, an expert on the mechanisms of government at State University of New York at New Paltz, was asked by Citizens’ Committee for an Effective Constitution to take a look at Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature’s much-touted redistricting amendment and grade it point-by-point against what a truly independent amendment would look like.

 

Unsurprisingly, he found it wanting. He gave the amendment a ‘C-’ overall on an ‘A’ through ‘F’ scale.

 

March 19, 2012
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Senator Maziarz's Weekly Update on "Your Voice"

Senator Maziarz discusses Nik Wallenda's tightrope walk across Niagara Falls and recent energy initiatives taking place in Western New York.

March 19, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Cutting Through the Baloney

This past week saw the state legislature, Senate and Assembly, work with the Governor to pass significant legislation and reforms in what is being hailed as a week of momentous initiative. Unfortunately, no matter how much was positively accomplished, there will always be special interests that focus on the negatives and attempt to diminish the accomplishments as insufficient to their cause.

March 19, 2012
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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District, Bronx County, New York

Tel. 718-991-3161

 

Senator Dean Skelos ate all of the candy…..He’s got #63.

In the latest negotiations for the New York State Senate district lines, Senator Dean Skelos has proven himself to be the smartest one of all.

March 19, 2012
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Senator Gianaris Explains Vote Against S.2601

This video shows Senator Gianaris voting against a bill that does not allow residents from power plant-heavy areas, such as western Queens, to become trustees of the New York Power Authorities Board of Trustees.

Watch the video here.

March 19, 2012
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SENATOR ADDABBO’S STATEMENT ON BREAKDOWN IN TRANSPARENCY AND GOOD GOVERNMENT IN SENATE LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Queens, NY, March 19, 2012NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., released the following statement following the critical Senate legislative session last week:  

March 19, 2012
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Honoring Penfield Volunteer Ambulance Members

The Penfield Volunteer Emergency Ambulance Service hosted its annual awards banquet on Saturday.

March 19, 2012
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DAILY SOMERS: BALL HOLDS BUSING FORM AT SOMERS JFK HIGH SCHOOL

 

by Katherine Pacchiana

SOMERS, N.Y. – Over 400 people packed the auditorium at Kennedy Catholic High School (JFK) on Thursday evening when Sen. Greg Ball held a discussion on the threat to repeal the state law requiring private school students to be bused at taxpayers’ expense.

March 19, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of March 19, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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..."

March 19, 2012
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