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SENATE PASSES LANZA'S BILL TO INCREASE PORT AUTHORITY ACCOUNTABI​LITY

 Legislation Seeks To Reform Organizational Deficiencies

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to ensure theproper functioning of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as anopen, transparent and accountable interstate authority. The bill (S.5878)is named the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Transparency andAccountability Act and is sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, StatenIsland). The Act is part of a bipartisan, bi-state effort designed tocreate a new system of accountability at the Port Authority.

March 15, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO INCREASE PORT AUTHORITY ACCOUNTABILITY

Legislation Seeks To Reform Organizational Deficiencies

 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to ensure the proper functioning of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as an open, transparent and accountable interstate authority. The bill (S.5878) is named the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Transparency and Accountability Act and is sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island). The Act is part of a bipartisan, bi-state effort designed to create a new system of accountability at the Port Authority.

 

March 15, 2012
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All-Crimes DNA Law a Powerful Crimefighting Tool To Help Protect New Yorkers

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) today announced that the State Senate has voted to approve legislation that will implement the largest expansion of the State’s DNA databank since it was first created in 1994. 

The databank expansion, which has been agreed to by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Assembly, will help close thousands of unsolved cases, bring justice to crime victims, and help prevent dangerous criminals from committing additional crimes.

The Senate Republican Majority has led the effort to expand the databank, garnering strong public backing for the proposal through a series of on-line petitions and public events.  Several thousand citizens from communities across the state signed on in support of the measure.

March 15, 2012
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PENSION REFORM PASSES LEGISLATURE

Mandate Relief for Localities an Important Part of Holding the Line on Property Taxes

March 15, 2012
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Statement from Senator David Valesky Regarding Constitutional Amendment, Statute to Create Independent Redistricting Commission

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in enacting long-needed reform to create a system of independent redistricting that would take drawing district lines out of legislators’ hands. The constitutional amendment and accompanying statute passed last night mirrors legislation I sponsor that would enact permanent structural reform of a broken, dysfunctional system, and create an independent commission to draw lines. From now on, an equally balanced commission will be in charge of the process, and it will have to adhere to guidelines with respect to population deviation, preservation of communities of interest and protection of minority voting rights.

 

March 15, 2012
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El Senador Ruben Diaz a Celebrar el Segundo “Abrazo Garifuna en Nueva York”

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15 de Marzo de 2012

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El Senador Ruben Diaz a Celebrar el

Segundo “Abrazo Garifuna en Nueva York”

Bronx, NY – El Senador Rev. Rubén Díaz, junto al Asambleista Marcos Crespo y el Lider Comunal Luis Sepulveda, celebrará el Segundo “Abrazo Garifuna en Nueva York.” Este evento honrara las contribuciones de la comunidad Garifuna-Americana a la Ciudad de Nueva York.

Esta actividad, solamente por invitación, se llevará acabo hoy Jueves, 15 de Marzo de 2012 en el Restaurante Maestros Caterer’s ubicado en el 1703 Bronxdale Avenue, Bronx, New York de 7:00 pm a 12:00 am.

March 15, 2012
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Senator Ritchie with Oswego High School student Kayla Volkomer, a talented young artist whose work is on display at the Capitol.


Senator Ritchie with Oswego High School student Kayla Volkomer, a talented young artist whose work is on display at the Capitol.

March 15, 2012
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Senator Ruben Diaz to celebrate the 2nd “Abrazo Garifuna in New York”

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March 15, 2012

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Senator Ruben Diaz to celebrate the 2nd “Abrazo Garifuna in New York”

Bronx, NY-Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz, in conjunction with New York State Assemblyman Marcos Crespo and Community Leader Mr. Luis Sepulveda, will celebrate the 2nd “Abrazo Garifuna in New York.” This event will honor the contributions of the Garifuna-Americans to the fabric of New York City.

This event, by invitation only, will take place at Maestros Caterer’s located at 1703 Bronxdale Avenue, Bronx, New York, today, Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

March 15, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO, MAJORITY LEADER SKELOS, AND SPEAKER SILVER ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT ON HISTORIC TEACHER EVALUATION LAW

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced an agreement on legislation to put the Governor's new groundbreaking teacher and principal evaluation system into law, firmly establishing New York as a national leader in school accountability.

 

The new evaluation system will provide clear standards and significant guidance to local school districts for implementation of teacher evaluations based on multiple measures of performance including student achievement and rigorous classroom observations. The legislation follows through on New York’s commitment to establish a real and effective teacher evaluations as a condition of the $700 million granted through the federal Race to the Top program.

 

March 14, 2012
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Senator Montgomery Speaks Out Against Privatizing Public Education

During a budget debate on the Senate floor, Senator Montgomery protests the Senate Republican's one-house budget proposal that would allow for-profit businesses and corporations to establish charter schools. The Senator said that "New York's public education system is not for sale."

March 14, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO, MAJORITY LEADER SKELOS, AND SPEAKER SILVER ANNOUNCE LANDMARK AGREEMENT TO BEGIN PROCESS OF AMENDING STATE CONSTITUTION TO ALLOW CASINO GAMING IN NEW YORK

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced a landmark agreement to begin the process of amending the state constitution to allow casino gaming in New York. Legalized casinos have the potential to create thousands of good-paying jobs while keeping the tourism and revenue that accompany gaming here in New York State.

March 14, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO, SENATE MAJORITY LEADER SKELOS, AND ASSEMBLY SPEAKER SILVER ANNOUNCE HISTORIC AGREEMENT ON EXPANSION OF DNA DATABANK

New Law Expands Access to DNA Testing and Discovery for Defendants

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced an historic agreement that will make New York State the first “all crimes DNA” state in the nation, by requiring DNA samples be collected from anyone convicted of a felony or penal law misdemeanor. In addition, the bill also significantly expands defendants' access to DNA testing and comparison both before and after conviction in appropriate circumstances, as well as to discovery after conviction to demonstrate their innocence.

March 14, 2012
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McDonald Named 2012 Legislative Champion by National Alliance on Mental Illness-NYS

Albany - Senator Roy McDonald was recognized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness - New York State as the 2012 Legislative Champion for his work as Chairman of the New York State Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee.

"It's an honor to be recognized by such an outstanding organization that works diligently to help individuals with mental illness and their families. Our job as elected officials is to assist these organizations in their efforts and make sure that individuals are able to come their mental health issues. I'm humbled to recieve this award but must also make sure to note that this is a team effort," said Senator McDonald.

March 14, 2012
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LaValle: Bill Will Forbid Gasoline Retailers From Charging Consumers a Surcharge for Credit Card Use.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) said today that he is introducing legislation in the New York State Senate that would prevent gasoline retailers from charging consumers exorbitant surcharges for using a credit card when purchasing gasoline.

March 14, 2012
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