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WIVB-TV: Copper thefts on the rise across Western New York

Throughout western New York, Judge Richard Kloch says, “copper theft is on the rise, markedly and alarmingly.”

From idle air conditioners to to live wires, thieves are risking their lives throughout the region. They’re stealing copper to make some green. Judge Kloch says enough is enough.

“To people in front of me, if you’re going to plea to a copper theft, you’re going to jail. Plain and simple. You steal copper, you plead guilty, I’m going to have to put you in jail.”

Research shows these crimes have become crimes of opportunity. Lockport Police Chief Lawrence Eggert says any home or business may be vulnerable.

May 8, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO & ASSEMBLYMAN McDONOUGH CONGRATULATE “KEEP A-MERRICK-A BEAUTIFUL” CONTEST WINNERS

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Assemblyman David McDonough (R-North Merrick) recently visited Fayette Elementary School to congratulate the winners of the annual “Keep A-Merrick-a Beautiful” environmental poster and essay contest.

     The “Keep A-Merrick-A Beautiful” contest is a yearly event for schoolchildren in grades K-8 in Merrick and North Merrick elementary and middle schools which helps students learn about the importance of keeping their community and environment clean.

     “Each of the students did a great job raising awareness about protecting our environment. I’m pleased to congratulate all of them on submitting such outstanding entries,” said Senator Fuschillo.

May 7, 2012
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THE PATCH: HOME FROM WAR WITH TBI, VET BATTLES DUI RAP

 

By Tom Bartley

An Iraq combat veteran returns to Peekskill City Court Monday facing a tough choice: plead guilty to driving under the influence of drugs, ending a protracted, costly round of appearances, or demand a trial, which could leave him in legal limbo for another year or more. What separates Alexander A. Lazos from other DUI defendants, at least for now, is his likely defense.

May 7, 2012
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Senate Democratic Conference Pushes for Equitable Disbursement of Aid

After Senate Republicans Ignore Hundreds of School Districts the Senate Democratic Conference Proposes Legislation to Provide $25 Million in Aid to Schools Throughout all of New York State

(Albany, NY) – Senator Neil D. Breslin (D – Delmar) and his Senate Democratic Conference colleagues today brought a resolution to the Senate floor to provide $5 million in aid to schools.

Last Tuesday, late in the evening, the Republican Majority brought a resolution to the floor that provided almost $10 million to school districts only in Republican districts, without giving Democratic Senators an opportunity to read it before calling for a vote. “All students need the best possible education, not just those in Republican districts,” explained Senator Breslin.

May 7, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO JOINS MASSAPEQUA RESIDENTS IN CALLING FOR CHILD SAFETY ZONE TO PROTECT STUDENTS

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently joined with members of the Massapequa community at a rally calling on the State Department of Transportation to designate Sunrise Highway as a school safety zone to protect students.

     Senator Fuschillo, who has been working with community members to get the Department to designate the area a school safety zone, informed residents at the rally that he recently received a letter from the State Department of Education supporting the school safety zone designation.

May 7, 2012
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CHAIRMAN BALL TOURS THORNWOOD FIRE DEPARTMENT

 

Thornwood, N.Y. – (5/5/12) Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) the Chairman of Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs toured the Thornwood Fire Department this past Saturday. Chief Rich Benkwitt gave Senator Ball the tour after the Thornwood Fire District Annual Inspection Ceremony.

May 7, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates Opening Day with the Camillus Little League Baseball Team

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with members of the Camillus Little League baseball team.  He also helped kick off the season with the Camillus Little League softball team. 

May 7, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco At Camillus Little League Baseball Game

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco threw out the first pitch on opening day of the Camillus Little League baseball season.

 

May 7, 2012
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Senator Parker with the Advocacy Academy a program sponsored by the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College

Senator Parker with participants and supporters of the Advocacy Academy, a program sponsored by the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College. Also pictured with the group is Senator Velmanette Montgomery.

Academy participants, who are comprised of faith and community based organization leaders, came to Albany as part of their 16 week-learning experience in advocating for their groups and the issues that are important to them. Among other things, the Advocacy Academy offered practical instruction on how to impact government policies through effective interaction with elected officials and governmental agencies.

May 7, 2012
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Senator Kevin Parker Interviews Commissioner Jerome Hauer - NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

State Senator Kevin Parker (D-21) Interviews Commissioner Jerome Hauer- NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES)

May 1, 2012

Discussion Topics:

History of the DHSES, Emergency Preparedness including Natural Disasters and Counter-terrorism, Community Involvement in Homeland Security

 

About the DHSES

http://www.dhses.ny.gov/

May 7, 2012
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SENATOR BALL RECEIVES THE MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD

 

Newburgh, N.Y. – (5/5/12) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) was honored by the members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) with a  Special Recognition Award at their yearly convention this Saturday at the Ramada Hotel in Newburgh, New York.

May 7, 2012
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SENATOR GREG BALL HOSTS BBQ TO RALLY SUPPORT FOR PAWLING SENIOR PROGRAM

 

Pawling, N.Y. – (5/3/12) – In 2010, due to lack of participation , the Dutchess County Office of the Aging closed the Pawling Nutrition Program. On Thursday Senator Greg Ball (Patterson – R.C) hosted a BBQ to organize seniors that are interested in re-opening the vital program.

May 7, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO CONGRATULATES MERRICK RESIDENT ON APPOINTMENT TO STATEWIDE ADVISORY BOARD ON TOBACCO PREVENTION

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently congratulated Merrick resident Dr. Donald Teplitz on being appointed to the Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Advisory Board. Dr. Teplitz was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos at the recommendation of Senator Fuschillo.

     The Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Advisory Board advises the New York State Commissioner of Health on tobacco use prevention and control issues, including methods to prevent and reduce tobacco use in the state.

May 7, 2012
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CARMEL RESIDENT ACHIEVES HIGHEST RANKING IN BOY SCOUTS

 

Carmel, N.Y. – (5/6/12) Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) presented Frank Sicignano of Carmel with a New York State Senate Proclamation for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout at Drew Methodist Church in Carmel, NY.

May 7, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of May 7, 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, “Meth, again”

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the May 7th Corning Leader]

May 7, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN ISSUES ALERT TO RESIDENTS REGARDING SUSPICIOUS ATTEMPTS TO COMMIT ACTS OF FRAUD IN BROOKLYN

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is alerting local residents to two scam attempts brought to his attention which sought to obtain personal information for the purposes of fraud.

 

One resident yesterday reported a phone call from someone claiming to work for the Kings County Clerk’s Office threatening that failure to provide personal information would result in the termination of their Social Security benefits. Personal information requested included a marriage license, and when the local resident refused to give information, the person left a telephone number to return the call which was affiliated with the County Clerk’s office.

 

May 7, 2012
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