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SENATE PASSES 2012-13 BUDGET RESOLUTION

Gallivan: “Senate Plan Cuts Taxes, Reforms Medicaid, Protects Seniors and Schools.”

The New York State Senate voted to approve its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution, continuing its focus on state spending, job creation, and structural reform to government.

The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends less than the Executive Budget. The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.

March 13, 2012
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LaValle Includes Port Jefferson Repowering in Senate Budget Bill

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) said today that he has included language in the Senate’s budget bill that, similar to a bill he passed last year, would provide an incentive for the repowering of old power plants by qualifying the old power plant sites eligible for participation in the State’s brownfield clean-up program.

The Senate’s Budget resolution says:

“The Senate advances legislation to encourage the repowering of aging power plants serving Long Island through providing incentives for such repowering via the Brownfield Cleanup Program …  This measure would protect the property tax base for schools and municipalities for many communities where such plants are sited…”

March 13, 2012
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SENATE ENACTS 2012-13 BUDGET RESOLUTION

The New York State Senate will act today on its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution that controls state spending, avoids new taxes, fees and unfunded mandates and helps create new jobs.

The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends slightly less than the Executive Budget.  The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.

“The Senate’s Budget is a solid, responsible plan that controls spending, cuts taxes, and helps create new jobs,” said Senator Kenneth P. LaValle.

March 13, 2012
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Your Voice with Senator Mark Grisanti

March 12, 2012 — Senator Grisanti discusses job creation, lower energy cost, local projects, hire veteran tax incentive, college tuition, Niagara Falls Air Base, 9/11 Bridge and environmental protection.

March 13, 2012
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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District, Bronx County, New York

Tel. 718-991-3161

“Cursed is the one who trusts in man” (Jeremiah 17:5) … “Let God be true, and every man a liar.” (Romans 3:4)

These biblical passages bring to mind the struggle that the New York Dominican community and their leaders have been engaged in for many years in their efforts to be effective in the political landscape of New York City in this great State of New York.

In this fight, the Puerto Rican leaders have been very helpful and have tried to do everything possible to open doors to help Dominicans.

March 13, 2012
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Free Tax Preparation for low income individuals or families

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ADDABBO SPONSORS DATING VIOLENCE WORKSHOPS FOR TEENS AT TWO LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS ON MARCH 9

Queens, NY, March 12, 2012 -- NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens), a member of the Senate’s Education Committee, sponsored a powerful learning experience on Friday, March 9—two Teen Dating Violence 101 interactive workshops—in the morning at John Adams H.S. in Ozone Park and in the afternoon at Martin Luther H. S. in Maspeth.

March 13, 2012
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SENATOR CATHARINE YOUNG ANNOUNCES ONE-HOUSE BUDGET RESOLUTION PASSES SENATE

ALBANY – The Senate passed a one-house budget resolution today that features initiatives to achieve job creation and economic growth, tax relief, Medicaid reform, and school aid restoration, announced Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean).

The plan keeps spending growth under two percent and is less than what was proposed in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $132.5 billion budget proposal.

“Our priorities reflect the priorities that people have told us they want and need. This plan is fiscally responsible, yet addresses urgent issues in a positive and productive way,” said Senator Young.

Highlights of the resolution include:

March 12, 2012
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Senator Bonacic and Senator Seward host Flood Insurance Roundtable

Senator John Bonacic joined Senator James Seward in a roundtable discussion regarding the administration of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in New York State and to explore ways to ensure adequate flood insurance coverage for homeowners. 

March 12, 2012
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ADDABBO PUSHES BILL TO KEEP RESIDENTS FROM FALLING VICTIM TO “GET RICH QUICK” CONSUMER FRAUDS

Queens, NY, March 12, 2012 --  “If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.”  That’s the word from NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens) as he announced his co-sponsorship of Senate legislation (S.6276) that would require financial institutions to warn New Yorkers about the trap of falling for fraud schemes that require consumers to send out money as a condition of claiming their new riches. 

March 12, 2012
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SENATOR GREG BALL JOINS MAHOPAC BOY SCOUTS FOR ADVANCEMENT CEREMONY

 

Mahopac, N.Y.  – (3/5/12) – On Saturday, March 5th, Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) joined Mahopac Boy Scout Troop 1 at their Pancake Breakfast Court of Honor. The ceremony was held at American Legion Post 1080 in Mahopac. Each Boy Scout that was advanced at the ceremony was also presented a State of New York Senate Proclamation from Senator Ball.

March 12, 2012
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Statement from Senator Valesky Regarding Syracuse Common Council Passage of Land Bank Legislation

I applaud the Common Council for moving legislation forward to create a city/county land bank. As the author of the state law, I am extremely encouraged that Onondaga County and the city of Syracuse will have the opportunity to be one of the first land banks in the state. Vacant and abandoned housing has been a problem in our communities for too long, and the application of this new strategy is a promising solution.

 

March 12, 2012
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Senator Rivera Speaks Out on Post Office Closures, Launches Community Survey of Post Office Usage

Bronx, NY - State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) has spoken out about potential post office closures in the 33rd Senate District and has launched a community survey for residents of the Northwest Bronx, asking members of the community to answer questions about their post office usage. The post offices being considered for closure by the U.S.Post Office are the Botanical Gardens Post Office at 2963 Webster Avenue and Van Cott Post Office at 3102 Decatur Avenue. 
 
"With two post offices being targeted in the same community, I am concerned that if these post offices do close, it will be a burden for the disabled and elderly," said Senator Rivera.

March 12, 2012
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Pol bid to halt cop-tix quotas

The New York Post wrote an article about a new law, proposed by Senator Gianaris, that would outlaw police quotas for arrests and tickets.

Police brass pushing arrest and ticket quotas could find themselves in jail for up to a year under a bill that state Sen. Michael Gianaris plans to introduce tomorrow.

Backed by the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the bill would make it illegal for supervisors to require cops to make a certain number of arrests over a specified period.

Noting that good officers are being punished, Gianaris (D-Queens) said, “This bill would increase the penalties when quotas are used to evaluate performance.”

March 12, 2012
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Democratic State Senator, His District Threatened, Focuses on Party’s Future

The New York Times wrote a piece on Senator Gianaris and the Democrats' efforts to recapture the Senate majority.

Michael N. Gianaris, a Democratic state senator from Astoria, Queens, was in bed at 11:30 one night in January when a reporter called. Republicans were drafting new Senate districts to reflect the 2010 census, and word had leaked of what they had in store for Mr. Gianaris: his neighborhood would be appended to the district of a fellow Democratic senator.

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“One thing I’ve learned being in public service is that feathers must be ruffled if anything’s going to change,”

March 12, 2012
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Sen. O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of March 12, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..."

March 12, 2012
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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District, Bronx County, New York

Tel. 718-991-3161

Americans have a special affection for people who “die with their boots on”. We think of them as folks who never give up, never give in, and keep fighting until the very end.

With the new Congressional district lines yet to be decided, there may be many individuals who will never even get the opportunity to even put their boots on.

March 12, 2012
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