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NEW YORK STATE SENATE PASSED 2012-13 BUDGET

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March 30, 2012
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Community Connection For Week Ending April 1, 2012

In this week's Community Connection: Reducing Taxes in New York, Upcoming Events around the community in the week ahead, and looking back at the Soy Unica Soy Latina Rally last weekend. Click on the link below to download this week's edition in full-screen view.

March 30, 2012
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March 30, 2012
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Senator John Bonacic on Sales Tax Relief

Senator John Bonacic discusses the MTA Payroll Tax Repeal and State Sales Tax Exemption for Clothing and Footwear.

March 30, 2012
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VOLUNTEERS TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE

Brooklyn- Community residents who have proven to be extraordinary community residents dedicated to special events, events and organizations, will be honored at the 2012 Volunteer Appreciation Night hosted by Senator Marty Golden on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Bay Ridge Manor, located at 476-76th Street.

More than 150 volunteers will be honored with New York State Senate Certificates honoring them for their efforts. Many of the volunteers have supported community events including the annual Easter Egg Hunts, the Halloween Walk, the 4th of July Picnic , the Christmas Tree Lightings and the Summer Concerts in the Parks.

Members of the media are welcome to attend.

March 30, 2012
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ADDABBO AND AVELLA TEAM WITH LANZA TO RESTORE SCHOOL BUS SERVICE CUTS

Albany, NY, Friday, March 30, 2012 – Yesterday, bipartisan legislation (S.6027), supported by State Senators Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) and Tony Avella (D-Bayside) successfully passed the State Senate.

March 30, 2012
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March 30, 2012
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Greek Community Celebrates 191 Years Of Freedom

The Queens Gazette wrote an article about the 74th annual Greek Independence Day Parade. Senator Gianaris attended the event and was happy to see colleagues and community members participate in the celebration.

On March 25, the Greek Independence Day Parade was held along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The theme of the 74th annual parade was “Solidarity with Greece”.

 

The parade was organized by the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York who has dedicated its resources in promoting support and solidarity for Greece, which has suffered through an economic crisis.

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March 30, 2012
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EASTER EGG HUNTS IN BROOKLYN THIS WEEKEND

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), in conjunction with local community organizations, will host two Easter Egg Hunts this weekend.

 

An Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Saturday, March 31, 2012, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., at Dyker Park located at 13th Avenue and 86th Street. The event is being co-sponsored by Congressman Michael Grimm, the 13th Avenue Merchants and the Dyker Heights Civic Association.

 

An Easter Egg Hunt is also scheduled for Sunday, April 1, 2012, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. in Marine Park, entrance at Fillmore Avenue and Madison Place

 

The Easter Egg hunt events include games, music, activities and prizes for the children.

 

Members of the media are invited and welcome to attend.

March 30, 2012
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LEWISBORO LEDGER: VASI, GAGLIARDI TO BE HONORED TODAY

 

Lewisboro’s Receiver of Taxes and former deputy supervisor Joann Vasi and former Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps president and South Salem postal worker Laurie Gagliardi will be honored with a Woman of Distinction Award at a ceremony at 6 on Friday, March 30, at the Putnam County Emergency Services Building in Carmel. Ms. Gagliardi’s recognition will be posthumous.

March 30, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN RESTORES SCHOOL BUS SERVICE FOR 7TH AND 8TH GRADE STUDENTS

Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing the passage of legislation (S. 6027-B/A8683-B), which he co-sponsored, that would allow the City of New York to restore the yellow school bus service to 7th and 8th grade school children. The bill was approved today by both the State Senate and the State Assembly.

 

Senator Golden stated, “The passage of this bill is a tremendous victory for all school children, families and educators, of the City of New York. We have changed the law to make it again possible for 7th and 8th grade students to travel by school bus to and from school. This was an important thing to do to support our families and to ensure the safety of our students.”

 

March 30, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that gives judges the ability to consider well-established risk factors in determining bail or recognizance in domestic violence cases so that a victim and their family can be further protected from an assailant. 

 

The bill (S.1414A), sponsored by Senator Stephen Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), would allow the history of violence or threats of violence, prior orders of protection, and the accused’s access to guns to be considered by a judge, potentially affecting their release conditions and sparing many victims and their children additional harm or even death.

 

March 29, 2012
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ATTENTION SHOPPERS: TAX-FREE CLOTHING SALES RETURN

Starting Sunday, No State Sales Tax on Clothing Purchases Up to $110

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that, starting Sunday, shoppers will no longer pay state sales tax on clothing purchases up to $110.

March 29, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO GIVES ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT UP CLOSE LOOK AT LEGISLATIVE PROCESS IN ACTION

        Photo caption: Roosevelt High School Senior Imani Watson joins Senator Fuschillo in the Senate Chambers during her “shadowing” experience as part of the “Students Inside Albany” Conference.

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently welcomed Roosevelt High School Senior Imani Watson to the State Capitol in Albany.

March 29, 2012
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Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on 2012-13 State Budget

Governor Cuomo released the following announcement on March 27, 2012:

The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.

March 29, 2012
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New Sales Tax Exemption Starts April 1, 2012

The New York State Tax Department announced this week to consumers and businesses that beginning April 1, 2012 items of clothing and footwear sold for less than $110 will be exempt from the state's 4% sales and use tax. (Through March 31, 2012, such items up to $55 are exempt.)

The exemption, per item sold, also applies to most fabric, thread, yarn, buttons, hooks, zippers, and similar items used to create or repair the type of clothing now exempt.

While the state sales tax exemption applies to items of clothing and footwear worn on the body, not all similar items qualify. For example, jewelry, watches, and like items remain taxable; the same is true for equipment such as tool belts, hard hats, and for sport, bicycle and motorcycle helmets.

March 29, 2012
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