Senator David Carlucci today unveiled a legislative package designed to preserve, promote and grow farming in New York State.
“It is not only essential that we work to actively promote our family farms, but that we also seek ways to make sure they continue to grow and prosper,” said Senator David Carlucci, (D-Rockland/ Orange), said. “This package of legislation will provide the tools needed to support our farmers, promote locally grown agricultural products and preserve our valuable farm land.”
The personal income tax surcharge is dead. It died at the end of March, when the Legislature approved a new state budget that did not extend it; a position supported by Senate Republicans and by Governor Cuomo.
I know I speak for my conference, for our constituents and for millions of taxpayers in this state who believe that cutting taxes to help businesses create jobs and help families make ends meet is the real moral imperative. Senate Republicans will not support any renewed efforts by the Assembly Democrats to extend the PIT surcharge.
State Senator Lee M. Zeldin recently welcomed Joe Destefano, a Commissioner of the Medford Fire District (Above, Left) and Don Corkery, a Commissioner of the Sayville Fire District (Above, Right) to Albany on May 16. They are pictured with Senator Zeldin on the Senate floor underneath the historic Chamber clock.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said the Senate has passed an important bill (S.2903B) requiring boat operators, regardless of age, who have been convicted of boating while intoxicated (BWI) to take a boating safety course before operating a boat again.
“Long Island’s peak boating season is fast approaching,” LaValle said. “Educating those who have been convicted of BWI, may prevent future tragedies,” LaValle said.
The state already requires those age 21 and over and who are convicted of boating while intoxicated to obtain a boating safety certificate before operating a vehicle. The bill passed today expands upon that law by requiring those under 21 and convicted of an alcohol-related boating offense to obtain a certificate as well.
Albany- New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio honored Palmyra-Macedon High School seniors Craig and Owen Scott for each winning the New York State Division II wrestling championship in their respective weight classes. Craig won the championship in the 171-pound division and Owen won for the 160-pound division, the second consecutive state title for both wrestlers.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Jim Alesi (R-C- I, Perinton), that would enable public and private academic and research libraries in New York State to create an information infrastructure unequaled in the world.
Known as ARIA, the Academic Research Information Access Act (S.3736-A), leverages the state’s public and private higher education sector – arguably the largest and most diverse in the nation – to facilitate collaboration and efficiencies by providing for the voluntary pooling of assets in order to obtain access to high-end electronic, peer-reviewed, information resources such as journals, serials, and databases.
Waverly Ave Bridge over Long Island Expressway to be named the Grace Peshkur Memorial Bridge
Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), announced today Senate passage of S.4385A, a bill to name the Waverly Ave Bridge over Long Island Expressway after Grace Peshkur.
Grace Peshkur of Holtsville, passed away exactly two years ago on May 17, 2009 at the age of seven. She had suffered from Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a connective tissue disease causing blisters in the skin and mucosal membranes. EB sufferers resemble burn victims but their wounds never heal.
Registry would help law enforcement track violent offenders after release from prison
The New York State Senate today passed Brittany’s Law (S.3645B), a bill that would establish a statewide violent felony offender registry by requiring offenders to register with the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services upon release from prison. The law is intended to increase the safety of all New Yorkers by providing access to the list of convicted violent offenders.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting students from Ed Lent’s Northville Central School fourth grade class on May 17th when they traveled to Albany to tour the Capitol. Students on the tour included Austin Akey, Trey Ausfeld, Moriah Boyd, Daniella Brown, Keith Buyce, Joseph Carnevale, MacKenzie Cramer, Adeline Crosby, Michael Dickey, Alex Flickinger, Breanna Godfrey, Joey Grega, Jessica Miller, Carina Oare, Cody Payne, Alyssa Quillan, Nate Reidell, John Sira, Ryan Snell and Breanna Strouse.
Senator Greg Ball, Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and multiple Senate Commitee members called upon House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to stop the proposed gutting of federal homeland security grant funding from $2.2 billion this year to $1 billion next year.