Issues: Miscellaneous

First-Time Home Buyer Bill Signed Into Law

Assemblyman Robert K. Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) and Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I-Port Jefferson) today announced that legislation they sponsored to allow municipalities to continue the tax exemption for first-time home buyers of newly constructed homes has been signed into law.

“Young, working families have a very hard time trying to meet the costs associated with the purchase of their first home. This legislation will make it easier for families to move from renter to homeowner,” said Sweeney.

“Owning a home is still the American dream,” said Senator LaValle. “This measure will help ease the financial strain in making that dream a reality by providing a real property tax exemption for first-time home buyers.”

June 9, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN AND BROOKLYN FAMILY TO MARK 17TH ANNIVERSARY OF UNSOLVED HIT AND RUN

FAMILY CONTINUES TO SEEK JUSTICE FOR LIVES LOST

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) will join Michael McLear and family members, for a press conference tomorrow, Friday, June 10, 2011, at 12:00 p.m., at the corner of 92nd Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway in Brooklyn, asking for the public’s help in an effort to finally resolve the case that led to the death of his mother, Donna and his sister, Michelle, 17 years ago.

Donna Blanchard and Michelle Blanchard were killed at this corner in a hit and run by a driver of a box truck on June 7, 1994. This week, marks the 17th Anniversary of their death. Donna was 43 years old and Michelle was 4 years old at the time of their death.

June 10, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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LaValle And Thiele Announce New Legislation Increasing Veteran Property Tax Exemptions

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF-Sag Harbor) were joined today by Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst to announce the introduction of new State Legislation which would allow municipalities to increase the maximumproperty tax exemptions under the alternative veteran’s exemptions.

A.8186/S.5597 would further amend the Real Property Tax Law by providing exemptions to veterans which more appropriately reflect the recent rise in real property values. Under the proposed legislation the new cap for wartime veterans would increase from $54,000 to $75,000; from $36,000 to $50,000 for combat veterans; and, from $180,000 to $250,000 for disabled veterans.

June 9, 2011
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Senator Klein introduces bill to help stop tire rim theft

Vehicle Identification Numbers would aid law enforcement in tracking stolen wheels

 

June 9, 2011
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Klein Bill To Make Graffiti Vandals Clean Up Their Blight Passes Chamber

Legislation by Senator Jeffery D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester), that would mandate convicted graffiti vandals to participate in clean-up programs as part of their sentence recently passed the State Senate.

June 8, 2011
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Senator Carlucci: Saving Taxpayer Dollars and Reducing Waste

The State Senate passed legislation (S4818A) sponsored by Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) that will reduce state expenditures by eliminating requirements to provide free hard copies of the State Register to city, village and town clerks as well as state agencies and legislators.

 

The State Register is a booklet that lists rulemaking actions and other public notices and is updated weekly.  A free online version of the registry has been available since 2003.  Entities will be allowed to opt out of receiving a hard copy, but no entity wishing to receive the hard copy will be denied.

 

June 8, 2011
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Brooklyn Drivers Being Ripped Off By Organized Crime

RAMPANT AUTO INSURANCE FRAUD PERPETRATED BY ORGANIZED CRIME – SIGNIFICANTLY HIKING THE PREMIUMS OF BROOKLYN DRIVERS – WILL BE THE SUBJECT OF A NEWS CONFERENCE FEATURING STATE SENATOR MARTY GOLDEN (R-BROOKLYN) AND MEMBERS OF NEW YORKERS STAND AGAINST INSURANCE FRAUD (NYSAIF) ON THURSDAY, JUNE 9TH AT 1:00 IN FRONT OF SENATOR GOLDEN’S DISTRICT OFFICE.

NEW YORKERS PAY 53% MORE FOR AUTO INSURANCE THAN DRIVERS ACROSS AMERICA ON AVERAGE LARGELY DUE TO THE “NO FAULT INSURANCE” FRAUD CRISIS.

THE NEWS CONFERENCE WILL CALL FOR PASSAGE OF THE “FRAUD TAX BILL” TO CRACK DOWN ON ORGANIZED CRIMINALS DRIVING UP NEW YORK INSURANCE COSTS. THE BILL HAS THE SUPPORT OF LEADING NEW YORK STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS.

June 9, 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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“Abrazo Boricua” Honrara al Desfile Nacional de Puerto Rico y los Alcaldes de Puerto Rico

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA

8 de Junio de 2011

PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA

 

“Abrazo Boricua” Honrara al Desfile Nacional de Puerto Rico

y los Alcaldes de Puerto Rico

El Senador Rev. Rubén Díaz celebrara un banquete en honor al Desfile Nacional de Puerto Rico y los Alcaldes de Puerto Rico.

Este banquete, “El Abrazo Boricua en New York,” solamente por invitación, se llavará a cabo en el Restaurant Maestros, localizado en el 1703 Bronxdale Avenue en el Condado del Bronx este Jueves, 9 de junio de 8:00 pm a 1:00 am.

June 8, 2011
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“Abrazo Boricua” to Honor The National Puerto Rican Parade and The Mayors of Puerto Rico

PRESS RELEASE

June 8, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

“Abrazo Boricua” to Honor The National Puerto Rican Parade

and The Mayors of Puerto Rico

Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz will be celebrating a pre-parade banquet in honor of the National Puerto Rican Parade and the Mayors of Puerto Rico.

This event, “El Abrazo Boricua in New York, by invitation only, will take place at Maestros Restaurant located at 1703 Bronxdale Avenue, Bronx, New York, on Thursday, June 9th from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am.

June 8, 2011
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Senator Golden's Job Fair

See attached for Job Openings and Agencies.

June 30, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of June 6, 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 8, 2011
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Serrano Thanks Governor Cuomo for Suspending Secure Communities

Tuesday, June 7, 2011Honorable Governor Andrew CuomoGovernor of New YorkState CapitolAlbany, NY 12224Dear Governor Cuomo:It is with great satisfaction that I extend my utmost gratitude for your decision to suspend the federal Secure Communities (S-Comm) program. Immigration reform starts at home, and although it is important to raise awareness and enact proactive policies, we must also curb any unjust practices that are taking placing here in New York. By suspending S-Comm, you have proven your dedication to the safety and well-being of our communities.  

June 7, 2011
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SENATE PASSES INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM

The New York State Senate today passed a constitutional amendment  that would give New Yorkers a more direct role in the legislative process by empowering them to enact and amend laws through initiative and referendum. The bill (S.709), sponsored by Senator Joseph Robach (R-C-I, Rochester), increases the ability of New Yorkers to place an issue on a ballot for a public vote.

 

 “This proposal to establish a process of initiative and referendum in New York State is simply good government,” Senator Robach said. “It is the type of reform that my Senate colleagues and I have consistently fought for and will continue to support so that voters statewide can be given a more direct and effective voice with which to further New York’s democratic process.”

June 7, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH RESULTSNY.GOV WEBSITE

Website Would Increase Accountability of State Government Agencies

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.3657), sponsored by Senator  Joseph Griffo (R-C, Rome) to create a new website, ResultsNY.gov, that would enable the public to review the performance of government programs to see how effectively agencies are spending tax dollars.   People visiting the site could also submit their own suggestions and recommendations on how to stop government waste and reduce State spending. 

 

June 7, 2011
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KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR GETS “SENIOR EXPERIENCE” WORKING IN SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S OFFICE

            Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently invited Kennedy High School Senior Daniel Rabinowitz to spend several weeks working in his district office as part of the School’s “Senior Experience.” 

June 7, 2011
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SENATE PASSES MEASURE TO REDUCE MEDICAID FRAUD

Expands DA’s Ability to Prosecute Medicaid Provider Waste and Abuse

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said he voted for a bill (S.594) that passed the Senate on June 6 that implements a key recommendation of the Senate Republican Task Force on Medicaid Fraud and increases the prosecution of Medicaid waste and abuse while also bringing significant savings to the state and counties.

The legislation helps increase cost recoveries by allowing the state’s Office of Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) to assist local district attorneys in prosecutions of Medicaid provider fraud.

June 7, 2011
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