Issues: Miscellaneous

A visit to the Senate chamber

Senator George Maziarz welcomes (from left) Emily Reid, Hannah Hagerty, Elizabeth Reid, and Meredith Reid to the Senate chamber.

June 20, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of June 20, 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 20, 2011
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Legislative Report with Senator John Bonacic

Senator John Bonacic discusses End of Session negotians; the Governor's Ethics Legislation, his Wawarsing Flood Bill, the MTA Payroll Tax repeal legislation and his "Move Over" Bill.

June 20, 2011
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'Jimmer Mania' Comes to New York's State Capitol

     State Senator Betty Little and Assemblywoman Teresa Sawyard welcome Brigham Young University basketball star and Glens Falls native Jimmer Fredette to the State Capitol in Albany on Friday, June 17, 2011.

June 17, 2011
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Senate Gives Final Legislative Approval To Bills Limiting Military Funeral Protests

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) said the Senate gave final legislative approval on Thursday June 16 to two measures that offer additional buffers and restrictions for protests or demonstrations seeking to disrupt military funerals, burials or memorial services. The bills balance the constitutional right of free speech with the ability of families to respectfully mourn the individuals who gave their lives in service to our country.

June 17, 2011
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SENATE PASSES SCHOOL BUS MANDATE RELIEF ACT

The New York State Senate today passed the “School Bus Mandate Relief Act” (S.4434A) to provide schools with budget savings by allowing boards of education to reduce the number of seats provided for student transportation if the seats aren’t being used by students. The measure, sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) is expected to save school districts millions of dollars.

 

June 17, 2011
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SENATE GIVES FINAL LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL FOR LANDMARK AUTISM INSURANCE REFORM

The New York State Senate today approved legislation to enable individuals with autism spectrum disorders to receive insurance coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment. The bill (S.4005A), sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R, Merrick), would save tens of thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses spent by families caring for individuals with autism and address insurance companies’ refusal to cover costs for autism treatments and therapies.

 

Autism Spectrum Disorders affect individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 1 in 110 children, including 1 in 70 boys, are currently affected with autism. 

 

June 17, 2011
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO APPLAUDS CONFIRMATION OF HOWARD MILSTEIN AS THRUWAY AUTHORITY CHAIRMAN

New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio strongly supported and applauded the confirmation of Howard Milstein as the Chairman of the New York State Thruway Authority earlier this week. Senator Nozzolio serves on the Senate Transportation and Senate Finance Committees, which both unanimously approved Mr. Milstein’s nomination.

June 17, 2011
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Community Connection for June 19, 2011

Here is the Community Connection for the week ending Sunday, June 19th. In this week's issue, the State Legislature approves tougher laws against protests at military funerals, wrapping up American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in Greece, and the some of the upcoming events in the district this week. Happy Father's Day to all the dads!

June 17, 2011
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LaValle/Sweeney: Carman’s River Watershed Protection Passes Senate and Assembly, Will Add 1,000 Acres to Central Pine Barrens Area.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) said today that his legislation to protect the Carmans River watershed and add approximately 1,000 acres of land to the Central Pine Barrens area has passed the New York State Senate by a vote of 60 – 0 and the Assembly 140-0.

June 17, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT COMMUNITIES FROM SEX OFFENDERS

Albany- The New York State Senate, this week, passed additional restrictions for sex offenders to help protect children and families. The four bills strengthen the penalties for not registering as a sex offender or following other post-release conditions, expand the current registry to include certain criminals serving sentences after committing a sex offense as a result of mental disease or defect, and prevent sex offenders from preying upon mental health workers and patrons in library settings.

June 17, 2011
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SENATE GIVES FINAL LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL TO BILLS LIMITING MILITARY FUNERAL PROTESTS

Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) joined his colleagues in the New York State Senate yesterday in giving final legislative approval to two measures that offer additional buffers and restrictions for protests or demonstrations seeking to disrupt military funerals, burials or memorial services. The bills balance the constitutional right of free speech with the ability of families to respectfully mourn the individuals who gave their lives in service to our country.

June 17, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN & COLLEAGUES APPLAUD FINAL PASSAGE OF “GOLD ALERT”

System Would Help Find Missing and Vulnerable Adults

Albany - State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), the former Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, joined his colleagues in the New York State Senate in giving final passage of legislation that expands an existing alert system to help locate missing vulnerable adults. The “Gold Alert” bill (S.3293B), sponsored by Senator John A/ DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse), creates a system to help authorities get proper notifications, coordinate resources, and investigate incidents where individuals, such as those with illnesses or disabilities, go missing.

June 17, 2011
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Mayor Bloomberg: Worse for Gay Marriage than Me

June 17, 2011

For Immediate Release

 

Mayor Bloomberg: Worse for Gay Marriage than Me

New York State Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz (D-Bronx) has released the following statement:

 

"New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been spending a lot of time and money in Albany to show how much he wants New York’s marriage laws redefined.

 

If we want to document the facts, one of the biggest impediments to same sex marriage rights in New York has been by Mayor Bloomberg.

 

June 17, 2011
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STATEN ISLAND DELEGATION ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF PHRAGMITES FIRE PREVENTION BILL

Bill Will Empower Property Owners to Protect Themselves & Neighbors

               The New York State Senate and Assembly passed legislation that will help protect the residents of Staten Island from phragmites fueled fires.

June 17, 2011
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Senate Increases Penalties for DWI Recidivists

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said  today that the Senate passed a measure on June 16 that imposes mandatory jail time for individuals who choose to drive again under the influence of drugs or alcohol after having been previously convicted of such a crime. The bill (S.2597) is intended to increase the penalties for multiple DWI offenders.

“It is critical to the safety of motorists that we do our best to ensure that those who endanger the lives of others are kept off the road,” said Senator LaValle.  “This measure will protect the public from drunk drivers by giving law enforcement additional tools to effectively prosecute recidivist drunk drivers.”

Under the measure:

June 17, 2011
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Manhattan Times: Senator Espaillat recalls life under Trujillo

Fifty Years After His Death, Does Trujillo Still Matter?

By John Gutierrez

June 07, 2011

Santiago de los Caballeros is the Dominican Republic’s “second-city” and it was here that a soon-to-be seven-year-old boy named Adriano Espaillat learned that Trujillo had died. Looking back, Espaillat, now a New York State Senator, still remembers the planes that would fly over his town dropping propaganda leaflets extolling Trujillo.

June 17, 2011
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