Issues: Miscellaneous

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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SENATOR GOLDEN, ASSEMBLYMAN BROOK-KRASNY, ANNOUNCE STATE LEGISLATURE’S PASSAGE OF BILL TO PROHIBIT SALE OF HOOKAHS, WATER PIPES AND SHISHA TO MINORS

Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and Assemblyman Alec Brook Krasny (D-Brooklyn) are announcing legislation passed by both houses of the New York State Legislature, S. 4269-A/A.6037-A, that amends the public health law to prohibit the sale of hookahs, water pipes and shisha to minors. The lawmakers introduced this legislation in response to concerns from parents of their Brooklyn districts.

The bill, which will now be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his consideration to become New York State Law, would prohibit the sale of tobacco products, herbal cigarettes, shishas, rolling paper or smoking paraphernalia to those 18 and younger.

June 24, 2011
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Senate Approves Montgomery-Sponsored Legislation to Increase Transparency on Albany’s Spending Practices

Montgomery Bill Sheds Light on Government SpendingSenate Approves Montgomery-Sponsored Legislation to Increase Transparency on Albany’s Spending Practices

To ensure public money is spent wisely, Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) passed legislation (S.372-A/A.7993-A) requiring state offices and agencies to report and justify how taxpayer dollars are spent.  Increasing transparency, accountability and openness of state spending allows the public to hold Albany accountable to the taxpayers’ needs.

June 24, 2011
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Community Connection for Week Ending June 26th

In this week's community connection, the Senate passes landmark autism insurance reform, Newsweek recognizes two high schools in the district, and upcoming events around the district this week.

As always, you can download a full-screen version by clicking the link below.

June 24, 2011
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SENATOR MIKE NOZZOLIO COMMUNITY BASEBALL NIGHTS

New York State Senator Michael F. Nozzolio invites you to the following "Mike Nozzolio Baseball Nights" in your community:

Geneva Red Wings vs. HornellMonday, July 18th - 7pm at McDonough Park

June 24, 2011
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Joins Thousands at Tarrytown Street Fair

Senator Stewart-Cousins joined thousands of residents and visitors at the annual Tarrytown Street Fair on Main Street. The all day family affair featured vendors from Westchester County and beyond selling food, clothing and other products.

June 24, 2011
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Celebrating Summer at Eileen Fisher LAB

Senator Stewart-Cousins attended the Summer Celebration at the Eileen Fisher LAB Store in Irvington. Located at the Eileen Fisher corporate headquarters, the LAB Store offers four categories of women's clothing; current designs, recent designs, samples and recycled clothing. All proceeds of sales from the recycled clothing are directed to charities that help women and girls

June 24, 2011
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Remembering Helen Auerbach of Yonkers

Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke at a memorial service in remembrance of Yonkers activist Helen Auerbach, who passed away in March. Ms. Auerbach was a founding mother of My Sister’s Place – a Westchester based organization that works with victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. A tireless advocate for social justice and peace, Ms. Auerbach was active in the Westchester People’s Action Coalition, the Yonkers Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and was co-founder of the Yonkers Chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality. She also worked for decades at Leake and Watts Children’s Home in Yonkers. At the memorial, held at the Community Unitarian Church in White Plains, friends and family shared their memories of how Helen Auerbach touched their lives and the lives of others. Senator Stewart-Cousins recalled Ms. Auerbach’s magnetic spirit and smile adding that she always admired Ms. Auerbach’s efforts to effect change in the local community and around the world. At the end of her speech, the Senator presented a proclamation from the New York State Senate to Ms. Auerbach’s son.

June 24, 2011
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New York Premiere of "More to Live For" at Irvington Town Hall Theatre

Senator Stewart-Cousins attended the New York premiere of the film "More to Live For" at the Irvington Town Hall theatre. The documentary- film tells the stories of three individuals struck by leukemia, and details their struggles to find the vital bone marrow matches that would save their lives. The subjects of the film were all talented and ambitious men with no obvious connection to each other. They were the late Michael Brecker, a longtime resident of Hastings who was one of the most influential tenor saxophonists of all time; James Chippendale, who owns a company that insures musical performances and large-scale events; and Seun Adebiyi, who hopes to become the first Nigerian to compete in the winter Olympics. The film was directed by Noah Hutton, of Irvington, and produced by Susan Brecker, wife of Michael and longtime resident of Hastings. The Senator had the opportunity to meet Mr. Hutton and Ms. Brecker as well as one of the subjects of the film, Mr. Adebiyi. She is pictured here with Mr. Hutton (left) and Mr. Adebiyi (middle).

June 24, 2011
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