Issues: Miscellaneous

Memorial Day Unveiling of New Babylon Village Fountain

Little Ava Smith enjoys a cool splash as state and local officials join for the Memorial Day unveiling of the new Babylon Village Fountain in front of the Babylon Historical Preservation Society Museum on Main Street.  The new statue, a replica of one that originally stood in Babylon almost 100 years ago, honors the work of women within the community.Photograph left to right:  Corine DiSomma, Receiver of Taxes, Town of Babylon; Steve Bellone, Supervisor, Town of Babylon; Lindsay P. Henry, Town Councilman, Town of Babylon;  Ava Smith; Wayne Horsley, Suffolk County Legislator; Owen H. Johnson, NY Senator; Angie Carpenter, Suffolk County Treasurer; and Ralph Scordino, Mayor, Babylon Village

June 22, 2011
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Statement by Senator José M. Serrano Re: Marriage Equality Vote

"Today we made history by granting countless committed couples the right to marry. The communities I represent have long been recognized as thriving hubs of social progress, and have a strong commitment to equal rights. This vote is a monumental step in ensuring that laws in our country are not based on hatred and discrimination, but on equality and justice.

June 22, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO FACILITATE EARLY DETECTION OF BREAST CANCER

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to provide stronger preventative health care for women.  The bill (S.1883A), sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), requires insurance companies to cover the cost of supplemental screening for women who have dense breast tissue or who are at greater risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer.

 

June 22, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LANZA'S BILL TO ENABLE COVERAGE FOR ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY


The New York State Senate passed a bill to potentially save chemotherapy patients thousands of dollars in pharmaceutical costs by ensuring that chemotherapy treatment, no matter how administered, is covered equally by insurance companies. The bill (S.3988), sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-C, Staten Island), would help patients by enabling oral chemotherapy – a treatment in pill form - to be covered by insurance as a chemotherapy treatment.

“There is absolutely no reason why life-saving medicines should be covered differently simply because of the way they are administered,” said Senator Lanza. “This bill is about keeping up with the times and the changing face of medicine.”

June 22, 2011
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SENATE GIVES FINAL LEGISLATIVE PASSAGE TO JUVENILE “SEXTING” AND “CYBERBULLYING” PREVENTION BILL

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill (S.5253B) to divert youth to an education program addressing the sending of nude or obscene photographs through electronic technologies, also known as “sexting,” as well as conduct that constitutes “cyberbullying.” 

June 21, 2011
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SENATE PASSES FUSCHILLO BILL TO STOP CRIMINALS FROM ESCAPING JUSTICE THROUGH LEGAL NAME CHANGES

             Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed his legislation to prevent individuals from changing their name to avoid the justice system or their legal obligations.  

June 21, 2011
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A Basketball Legend

Albany, N.Y., June 21—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) joined his Senate colleagues earlier this week to welcome New York State high school basketball legend and Brigham Young University (BYU) star James Taft “Jimmer” Fredette, this year’s Player of the Year in men’s Division I college basketball, to the Senate Chamber in Albany where senators adopted a resolution commemorating Fredette’s basketball career.

June 21, 2011
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LEGISLATURE PASSES SCHNEIDERMAN BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON TAX CHEATS

AG Schneiderman and DA Vance Team Up To Close “Helmsley Loophole” That Let Tax Evaders Off The Hook For Breaking State Laws

Schneiderman: There Must Be One Set Of Rules For Everyone, No More Free Passes For White Collar Criminals

 

June 21, 2011
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Savino Hosts Island’s 1st Juneteenth Celebration of African American Freedom

St. George- State Senator Diane J. Savino (D-I-WF Staten Island) held a Juneteenth celebration at the new Carter Community Center in Stapleton. Juneteenth is a celebration of African American freedom, culture and achievement.

This is the first Juneteenth celebration on Staten Island as an elected official sponsored event. Juneteenth is a celebration commemorating the day many slaves first heard the Emancipation Proclamation for the first time and realized their freedom.

June nineteenth of 1863, slaves in Galveston, Texas were read the emancipation proclamation and word spread rather quickly, plantation to plantation, that they were no longer slaves but free men and women.

June 21, 2011
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RITCHIE BILL EASES COUNTY JAIL CROWDING

Would force state to take inmates now languishing in local jails State Senator Patty Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton) said the Senate today passed a bill she sponsored that would ease local county jail overcrowding by requiring the state to move more quickly in picking up its inmates and placing them back in state prisons.

The bill (S.5498) gives the Department of Correctional Services just 10 days to move parole violators from county lockups to state facilities. Right now, nearly a thousand state parole violators are languishing in county jails—some for months a time—forcing local taxpayers to pick up the tab.

June 21, 2011
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NFL Wide Receiver Visits Albany

On Monday, June 20th, I had the opportunity to meet Syracuse University graduate and New York Giants Wide Receiver David Tyree. Tyree is best known for his catch in Super Bowl XLII which helped the Giants beat the previously undefeated New England Patriots 17-14.

June 21, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN WELCOMES “SENATOR SAMANTHA NAJJAR" FOR A DAY TO ALBANY

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District), this week welcomed the 2011 “State Senator for a Day” contest winner, St. Anselm’s Roman Catholic School 7th Grade student Samantha Najjar, to the State Capitol in Albany. Senator Golden invites the contest winner to visit him in Albany.

Samantha Najjar was selected as the winner of the 2011 Senator For A Day essay contest from more than 30 students who presented their essays before a panel of judges at a ceremony held in May at Public School 204. In her essay, she focused on quality of life such as parking problems in the area, a shortage of both gas stations and grocery stores, as well as the need to help businesses on our local streets through tax incentives.

June 21, 2011
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