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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of August 8, 2011

Many Albany observers agree that it's already been a pivotal year in New York State government. But the challenges have never been greater and there's a heavy workload still facing the State Legislature.  Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."

August 9, 2011
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ANIMAL FIGHTING BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today announced legislation that he co-sponsored (S3237-A), to increase penalties for those who have knowingly participated in animal fighting, was signed into law and will take effect in 30 days.

“The criminal organization and participation in the cruel activity of animal fighting unfortunately still takes place in New York State despite the penalties associated with it,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “This new law strengthens the current laws against animal fighting by ensuring that anyone who attends an animal fight will face tougher penalties. I commend Governor Cuomo for signing this bill into law.”

August 9, 2011
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September 11, 2011 A Day to Remember

1:00 P.M. You are invited to join Councilman Gentile to help display commemorative posters along the bike path. Each poster was handmade by a local student and honors a 9/11 victim. Meet at the 69th Street Pier for instructions.

4:30 P.M. Join Councilman Gentile at John Paul Jones “Cannon Ball” Park for a memorial ceremony featuring live music. (101st St & 4th Ave)

5:30 P.M. Immediately following the ceremony, join in a solemn procession along the bike path, sponsored by The Shore Road Parks Conservancy. We will all walk together and view the names of the 9/11 victims. The procession will end at the 69th Street pier. (No banners allowed in the procession)

September 11, 1:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO JOINS LOCAL OFFICIALS AND RESIDENTS IN ANNOUNCING WITHDRAWAL OF AQUA’S APPLICATION FOR 150 FOOT WATER TOWER IN WANTAGH

           Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today joined with Supervisor Kate Murray, Councilwoman Angie Cullin, and other local leaders and residents in announcing that Aqua is abandoning its plan to build a 150 foot water tower in Wantagh.

August 8, 2011
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LaValle Urges Towns and School Districts to Opt-In on First Time Home Buyers Law.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle has written to town supervisors and school superintendents urging participation in the First Time Home-Buyers program which has been extended until 2016 under legislation sponsored by LaValle and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier this summer. LaValle pledged to seek extension of the law during his 2010 campaign.

August 8, 2011
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LaValle Urges Towns and School Districts to Opt-In on First Time Home Buyers Law.

LaValle Urges Towns and School Districts to Opt-In on First Time Home Buyers Law.New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle has written to town supervisors and school superintendents urging participation in the First Time Home-Buyers program which has been extended until 2016 under legislation sponsored by LaValle and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier this summer. LaValle pledged to seek extension of the law during his 2010 campaign.

August 8, 2011
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CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY RIFLE BILL PASSED

OLEAN- Chautauqua joined 36 other upstate counties in allowing rifle hunting for big game deer and bear, when Governor Cuomo signed the legislation recently.

August 8, 2011
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ADDABBO AND ATTORNEYS BRADY & MARSHAK TO CO-SPONSOR THE ANNUAL ARNIE MIG MEMORIAL CONCERT IN HOWARD BEACH

Queens NY, August 7, 2011NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo,  Jr. will co-sponsor, along with local elder law attorneys Brady & Marshak, an outdoor summer concert of swing music on Thursday, August 25 from 7-9 PM, at PS 232, 84th Street between 149th and 151st Avenues, Howard Beach.  Admission is free.  The event is rain or shine; in case of bad weather, the event will move indoors to the school auditorium.

August 8, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

More to Do

I love those local history books that show what our neighborhoods used to be like. I enjoy contrasting photos of wide open spaces, dirt roads and potato farms to where today stand shopping malls, highways, and supermarkets. It’s fascinating because this super-development actually didn’t begin that long ago. It was only after World War II, when our servicemen settled here with their families that Long Island’s population boom began.

August 8, 2011
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STATEN ISLAND FOOD TRUCK SUMMERFEST 2011 - Returning in August & Sept


A variety of food trucks will be located at the Midland Beach Turtle Circle from 12PM to 8PM on the following dates:

 

8/5, 8/6 and 8/7

8/19, 8/20 and 8/21

8/26, 8/27 and 8/28

9/2, 9/3, 9/4 and 9/5

(NO TRUCKS THE WEEKEND OF 8/12 – 8/14)

 

The flyer for Summerfest is attached.

August 8, 2011
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Statement From State Senator Jose R. Peralta On The Passing of Gov. Hugh Carey

“A great New Yorker has passed.  I extend my condolences to Governor Hugh Carey’s loved ones. For his leadership, courage and determination in the midst of the fiscal crisis, New York will forever be in Governor Carey’s debt.” 

August 8, 2011
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LOHUD: PART OF ROUTE 119 RENAMED TO HONOR LATE WHITE PLAINS DETECTIVE MICHAEL PERRY

 

Written by Richard Liebson

WHITE PLAINS — A section of Route 119 between the Westchester County Center and Main Street has been renamed Detective Michael Perry Memorial Highway in honor of the city police officer who died from a heart attack after chasing and capturing a larceny suspect last year.

August 7, 2011
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New York State Senator Malcolm A. Smith Calls For Formal Investigation Into Peninsula Hospital Center Closure

New York State Senator Malcolm A. Smith and other elected officials joined outraged community, civic and local residents in a press conference to announce a formal investigation into the imminent closure of Peninsula Hospital Center.

August 7, 2011
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Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos

It is a very sad day for all New Yorkers as we mourn a great statesman and leader, Governor Hugh Carey, who brought the state and the city back from the financial abyss in the 1970’s. He will be remembered as a man of courage who put partisan politics aside and made the tough decisions needed to get New York’s fiscal house back on sound footing. Governor Carey’s message during that crisis of financial discipline and living within our means still resonates to this day.

August 7, 2011
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THE EXAMINER: WHITE PLAINS HIGHWAY NAMED AFTER FALLEN OFFICER

by Andrew Vitelli

A portion of Route 119 in White Plains will soon be renamed the “Detective Michael Perry Memorial Highway,” as legislation to honor the police officer and Yorktown resident who died in the line of duty last year was signed into law Thursday by Governor Cuomo.

August 7, 2011
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THE PATCH: GOV. CUOMO SIGNS BILL TO DESIGNATE DETECTIVE MICHAEL PERRY MEMORIAL HIGHWAY

By Plamena Pesheva

The legislation was sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) and Assemblyman Robert Castelli (R, C – Goldens Bridge) to honor fallen White Plains police officer Michael Perry, who died in the line of duty.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill on Thursday that designated a portion of Route 119 in White Plains as the Detective Michael Perry Memorial Highway.

August 7, 2011
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Montgomery Applauds Enactment of "Power NY Act of 2011"

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law this week an omnibus energy package that encourages new investments in electric generating facilities across New York and creates the nation's first statewide "on-bill" recovery program to increase energy efficiency for homeowners and businesses.

Senator Montgomery is a sponsor of the new Power NY Act of 2011 that will create thousands of jobs and set New York on a course of reliable, cleaner energy while strengthening environmental protections.

August 6, 2011
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ADDABBO BRINGS SELF-DEFENSE CLASS TO MIDDLE VILLAGE SENIORS

Queens, NY, August 5, 2011 – On Tuesday, August 2, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., brought a self-defense class to Middle Village led by a local woman trained in martial arts, part of a series of demonstrations he is co-sponsoring with her at senior centers around his district this summer.

August 5, 2011
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