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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of June 27, 2011

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  That's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout 2011, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."

June 27, 2011
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ADDABBO SUPPORTS HEALTH INSURANCE AND BENEFITS MEASURE FOR RETIREES OF NYC OFF-TRACK BETTING CORPORATION

Bill Restores Health Insurance Benefits; Passes Both Houses of Legislature and Awaits Governor’s Decision to Make Law

 

June 27, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Nothing worth doing is ever easy…

Sometimes, writing a weekly column about state government is more challenging than others. There are complex issues not easily addressed in so few words yet are of vital importance to my constituents. This is unquestionably one of those subjects.

This past week, together with Governor Cuomo and the Assembly, the NY State Senate passed an historical and long-overdue tax cap. While New Yorkers will finally get the tax-relief we deserve some very real problems have come along with it. Most pressing among these are public employee pensions.

June 27, 2011
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Summary of 2011 Senate Legislative Action

2011-2012 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

June 27, 2011
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Senate Passes Historic Property Tax Cap Legislation

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) said the Senate passed historic property tax relief legislation that enacts a cap on the growth of local property taxes. that will bring relief to long suffering tax payers. The Governor signed the bill into law Friday night (06/24).

“I have long been an advocate of a tax cap,” Senator LaValle said, “and the time has come for us to implement this law.”

June 27, 2011
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Women of Distinction Part 2

Women of Distinction Part 2

June 27, 2011
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Women of Distinction Part 1

Women of Distinction Part 1

June 27, 2011
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Senator Rivera Celebrates Passing of Marriage Equality

Albany, NY - On Friday, June 24, 2011, State Senator Gustavo Rivera joined 32 of his colleagues in the New York State Senate in voting for marriage equality. Senator Rivera issued the following statement in response to marriage equality passing 33 to 29:

June 27, 2011
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Senator Saland's Statement on Marriage Equality

 

In 2009 when the marriage equality bill came before the Senate for a vote, I struggled with the decision.  This is an issue which a great many have a deep and passionate interest, both those for marriage quality and those who support the traditional view of marriage.  In part, the difficulty in arriving at my decision is that I respect and understand the views coming from both sides of the issue.

June 25, 2011
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SENATE MAJORITY LEADER SKELOS, GOVERNOR CUOMO AND ASSEMBLY SPEAKER SILVER ANNOUNCE HISTORIC PASSAGE OF MAJOR LEGISLATION

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced passage of legislation that address many of New York's most pressing and longstanding issues, including the greatest expansion of rent regulations in 40 years and the first ever cap on property taxes in the state.

June 25, 2011
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Statement on Passage of Marriage Equality

The New York State Legislature approved an historic marriage equality bill that will allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in the State of New York. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF- 35th District), who voted in favor of the bill, released this statement:

"This is an historic day for New Yorkers. As the world watched, the legislature took a stand and declared that discrimination is not acceptable in any form to any person or group. Tomorrow, same sex couples will wake up knowing that this government recognizes them as equal citizens of New York and they can take comfort in the fact that their right to a civil marriage in New York State will be granted.

"Civil marriage is a relationship sanctioned and licensed by the State and it provides protections, rights, responsibilities, obligations and benefits that gay couples have the same right to enjoy as different sex couples. It is important to note that this bill includes strong religious exemptions to respect the beliefs of clergy and religious organizations.

"I was proud to support marriage equality because loving and willing gay couples deserve the freedom to get married. Once again, New York has shown itself to be a leader in advancing the cause of freedom and equality to all people"

June 24, 2011
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Statement From Senator Lee M. Zeldin RE: Same Sex Marriage

“Tonight, the New York State Senate voted 33 to 29 to legalize same sex marriage in New York.  While my position opposing same sex marriage has never wavered, it has been a position that I have often thought about and reflected on. 

June 24, 2011
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Senator O'Mara statement on the 2011 legislative session

Albany, N.Y., June 24—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement today on the conclusion of the Legislature’s 2011 regular session, his first as a state senator:

June 24, 2011
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SENATE PASSES HISTORIC PROPERTY TAX CAP LEGISLATION

Bill Also Provides for Mandate Relief

 

The New York State Senate today passed historic property tax relief legislation that enacts a cap on the growth of local property taxes. 

June 24, 2011
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SENATE PASSES NY-SUNY 2020 CHALLENGE GRANT LEGISLATION

Legislation To Spur Investments In SUNY Expansion & Job Creation

June 24, 2011
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Statement from Senator Carlucci on the Passage of Property Tax Cap and Mandate Relief

 

“Tonight we passed a property tax cap bill that will help ease the burden on New Yorkers who  have been crushed by the highest property taxes in the nation.  I have been adamant we must have a mandate relief package along with a property tax cap to give municipalities and school districts the tools that they need to live under a cap.  The bill we passed tonight includes many of the mandate relief proposals that I have put forward that will assist municipalities and school districts to continue to provide the vital services New Yorkers rely on.”

 

June 24, 2011
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Senate Passes "Complete Streets" Legislation

The State Senate passed this week the “Complete Streets” legislation, which would help make roadways safer for all who use them.

June 24, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATE MAJORITY LEADER DEAN SKELOS

After many hours of deliberation and discussion over the past several weeks among the members, it has been decided that same sex marriage legislation will be brought to the full Senate for an up or down vote.  

June 24, 2011
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