Issues: Miscellaneous

SENATE PASSES “I-STOP” TO REDUCE PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

In response to the escalating problem of prescription drug abuse, the state Senate today passed legislation that would make significant changes to the way prescription drugs are distributed and monitored in New York State.  

The bill (S7637), sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island) and Senator Kemp Hannon (R, Nassau), Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, includes “real time” prescription tracking to provide more information to doctors and pharmacists, in an effort to prevent deaths from abuse and overdoses of prescription drugs, particularly painkillers.

June 11, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO OFFERS FREE INTERNET SAFETY BROCHURE FOR FAMILIES

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R – Merrick) is offering a free cyber-safety brochure to help parents keep their children safe and secure while using the Internet. 

     The Internet Safety: What Every Parent Should Know brochure provides information about how parents can utilize parental control tools to help keep their children safe while using the Internet. 

     The brochure also offers a list of “simple rules for online safety” that parents can instruct their children to follow so that they protect themselves when going online. Additionally, the brochure offers tips on ground rules parents can establish with their children before using the Internet. 

June 11, 2012
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Statement from Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson on the Domestic Violence Agreement

“With today’s announcement about an agreement on comprehensive legislation to strengthen New York’s domestic violence laws, our state has taken a positive step in combating this societal epidemic. The Senate Democratic Conference recently held a public forum and has sponsored multiple bills intended to combat domestic violence and provide dignity and greater protection to the victims of this terrible crime. I commend the Governor for his leadership on this important issue and look forward to working with his administration to ensure that all New Yorkers are protected.”

June 11, 2012
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SENATOR BALL TO HOST FREE FISH FRY AT PEEKSKILL JUNETEENTH PARADE

 

Brewster, N.Y. – (6/11/12) – Senator Greg Ball (R,C-Patterson) in cooperation with Legislator John Testa will be hosting a free Fish Fry at the Peekskill 2nd Annual Juneteenth Parade on Saturday, June 16th.

June 11, 2012
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Protect Pedestrians, Drivers At Astoria Intersection

The Queens Gazette wrote an article about malfunctioning lights at a busy intersection in Astoria, which Senator Gianaris has urged the Department of Transportation to fix in order to ensure the safety of pedestrians.

State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. are working to increase safety at a busy intersection in Astoria. Following the recurring failure of all four traffic lights at the 31st Street and Ditmars Boulevard intersection, the three elected officials sent a letter to the Department of Transportation (DOT) requesting an immediate investigation into the functionality of the lights as well as remediation of all problem areas.

 

June 11, 2012
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SENATOR YOUNG ANNOUNCES PROGRESS WITH AID TO LOCAL GRAPE GROWERS

ALBANY – In the wake of devastating weather-related damage to local fruit crops, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) announced significant progress has been made this week with obtaining a federal disaster relief declaration, and with the introduction of a bill to provide tax credits to farmers faced with crop losses.Senator Young organized 22 other Senators to ask Governor Andrew Cuomo’s help for growers across the state whose crops were damaged by freezing temperatures. As a result, Governor Cuomo has sent a letter to the US Department of Agriculture asking for a disaster declaration.

June 11, 2012
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Senator Martins Honored by Met Council

Senator Jack M. Martins was honored by the Met Council during its 36th Annual Legislative Breakfast on Sunday, June 3 with the State Legislative Leadership Award.

Each year, Met Council aids, sustains and empowers 100,000 New Yorkers in need. Met Council is a Jewish organization that serves everyone, fighting poverty through comprehensive social services that treat every individual with dignity and respect.

For more information on Met Council, visit http://www.metcouncil.org.org.

June 11, 2012
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CAPITOL CONFIDENTIAL: BALL, TEDISCO TAP HILLARY CLINTON OF CANINES

 

State Sen. Greg Ball and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco will get some all-star help — two- and four-legged — for the second annual New York State Animal Advocacy Day on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in the well of the Legislative Office Building.

June 11, 2012
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Gianaris to Introduce New York’s Voter Modernization Bill This Week

New America Media did a Question & Answer with Senator Gianaris in advance of his press conference announcing the Voter Empowerment Act of New York.

NAM: What is your national overview of the increasingly heated debate over voter suppression and voting rights at this point in America’s history?

 

June 11, 2012
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LAKELAND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ACHIEVES HIGHEST RANK IN SCOUTING

 

Yorktown Heights, N.Y. – (6/9/12) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) presented David Acevedo of Boy Scout Troop 173 in Yorktown with a New York State Senate Proclamation for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout at St. Patrick’s Parish Center in Yorktown Heights.

June 11, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of June 11, 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..."

This week, “New security for New York"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the June 12, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

June 11, 2012
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SENATOR GREG BALL JOINS RABBI EYTAN HAMMERMAN FOR GRAND OPENING OF THE MAHOPAC FARMERS MARKET AT TEMPLE BETH SHALOM

 

Brewster, N.Y. – (6/10/12) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) was joined by Rabbi Eytan Hammerman for the Grand Opening of the Mahopac Farmers Market at Temple Beth Shalom.

June 11, 2012
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Tell the Assembly: I Want My STAR Rebate

Ritchie Launches Online Petition to Convince Assembly to Vote to Restore Property Tax Relief

State Senator Patty Ritchie is urging homeowners in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties to join her fight to restore STAR ebate checks and help bring relief to overtaxed Central and Northern New Yorkers.

*** CLICK HERE TO TELL THE ASSEMBLY: I WANT MY STAR REBATE!" ***

June 10, 2012
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Senator Serrano Celebrates the 55th Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade

Senator Serrano marched in the 55th Annual Puerto Rican Day parade, which takes place along 5th Avenue in Manhattan. The parade is widely attended by over one million people of all nationalities and celebrates the history and culture of the Puerto Rican people."This annual celebration reminds us all of the trajectory Puerto Ricans have traveled in the United States, particularly New York City," said Senator Serrano. "It is always an honor to march in this parade, embrace our culture and be reminded of the contributions Puerto Ricans have made in New York.

June 10, 2012
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Senator Serrano Co-Sponsors Resource Fair in the Bronx!

Senator Serrano co-sponsored a Meet and Greet Resource Fair at the Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx with Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson. Local community organizations encouraged the community to learn about and utilize all the resources available to them in the areas of education, financial services, social services, healthcare, and housing access.

June 9, 2012
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NEWS 12: “HANNAH’S” LAW’ PASSED BY STATE SENATE

 

(06/08/12) YORKTOWN – A law named after a little girl in Yorktown is one step closer to becoming a reality.

June 8, 2012
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Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church Honored With New York State Legislative Resolution Commemorating 50th Anniversary.

Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District) joined Assemblymen Phil Boyle (8th Assembly District) and Joseph Saladino (12th Assembly District) in presenting a Legislative Resolution to the Rev. Msgr. Vincent Rush to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church in West Babylon.  The presentation took place at the church’s anniversary festivities on April 28, 2012.Established on June 21, 1962, Our Lady of Grace Parish was one of five parishes created by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Center from what had been the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn.

June 8, 2012
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