Issues: Miscellaneous

SENATE PASSES PACKAGE OF SEX CRIMES BILLS

Legislation would keep children safer, increase penalties for criminals

The New York State Senate today passed a series of bills increasing penalties for people convicted of sex crimes against children.

The Senate passed legislation (S1541A), sponsored by Senator Majority Leader Dean Skelos, that would increase criminal penalties for sexual contact between a child and a person in a position of trust, which includes any adult responsible for supervision of children when they are not with their parents. 

March 5, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN LEADS NEW YORK STATE EFFORT TO PUNISH ACTS OF CHILD PROSTITUTION

Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is announcing that the New York State Senate today passed legislation (S. 1991) that would establish the crime of promotion of child prostitution by a parent or guardian.

 

“In New York State, there have been several high profile cases where parents exploited their children,” said Senator Golden. “Violating the trust between parent and child is an inexcusable offense and those that do so need to be held accountable. This bill puts teeth into the paper tiger, ensuring those that exploit our children receive justice.”

March 5, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN SUPPORTS SENATE LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN FROM ACTS OF SEXUAL OFFENSE

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), today is announcing that two bills he has co-sponsored in the New York State Senate, introduced to better protect our children against sexual crimes, were approved today.

S. 1541A establishes criminal penalties for sexual contact between a minor and a person in a position of trust in the first, second and third degrees. Currently, there are no additional penalties for sexual contact with a minor in such instances.

March 5, 2012
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Senator Grisanti-sponsored bill requiring one NYPA trustee be from Niagara County approved

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) sponsored and passed a bill that is designed to change the makeup of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to include a resident of Niagara County.  The Bill, co-sponsored by Senator Maziarz, amends the public authorities’ law to provide that the NYPA Board of Trustees appointed by the Governor with the approval of the Senate must contain one trustee who is from Niagara County and one who is from St. Lawrence County.  Presently, there are seven trustees appointed by the Governor for terms of up to five years and not one is from Niagara County. 

March 5, 2012
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith Recognizes March as Women’s History Month

  

Senator Malcolm A. Smith Recognizes March as Women’s History MonthNational Women’s History Month has been officially celebrated in the month of March since 1987.

March 5, 2012
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Help Those Affected By the Recent Tornadoes

Recent tornadoes have caused extensive damage throughout the heartland of America. Five states (Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Alabama & Georgia) have reported deaths, totaling at least 38 victims.

Many local governments and voluntary agencies are providing shelter for disaster survivors displaced by the storms, but the road to recovery will be a long one and further assistance is always welcome.

For those seeking a way to help out our fellow Americans in this time of need, I have provided a list below of some non-profit agencies and the different ways one can contribute.

By Texting:

March 5, 2012
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Statement from State Senator Jose M. Serrano Re: Funding for Libraries

"Today I had the privilege of joining Senator Hugh Farley, Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, for a Roundtable on the funding of Public Libraries in New York State. Although the Governor's proposed budget slated a 4 percent increase for education, libraries are not included in that increase, despite being extremely important educational facilities on which the people of New York depend.

March 5, 2012
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Help Those Affected By the Recent Tornadoes

Recent tornadoes have caused extensive damage throughout the heartland of America.  Five states (Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Alabama & Georgia) have reported deaths, totaling at least 38 victims.  

Many local governments and voluntary agencies are providing shelter for disaster survivors displaced by the storms, but the road to recovery will be a long one and further assistance is always welcome. 

For those seeking a way to help out our fellow Americans in this time of need, I have provided a list below of some non-profit agencies and the different ways one can contribute.

By Texting: 

March 5, 2012
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LOHUD: MONEY FOR PEEKSKILL AMERICAN LEGION

 

Posted by: Mike Risinit

The Peekskill American Legion received an $18,000 state grant this weekend to help fix the foundation of its post on McKinley Street in the city and complete other repairs.

March 5, 2012
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Join the Fight to Protect Long Island’s Drinking Water

Dear Friends, Like many of you, I have concerns about the potential environmental impact of hydraulic-fracturing or hydro-fracking.

Hydro-fracking involves injecting water and sand along with chemicals into rock formations at high pressure to fracture the shale and release the natural gas trapped within it. The resulting flow back of liquid slurry is a dangerous mixture of chemicals that could, if not handled properly, contaminate the underground water supplies of nearby communities. The process has not been approved in New York and is currently a source of debate, much of it centering on that liquid slurry.

March 5, 2012
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Blood Drive- Freeport

   Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that he is partnering with Assemblyman David McDonough (R-North Merrick), Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Angie Cullin, and the American Red Cross in sponsoring a blood drive on March 29th.

     The blood drive will be held at the Freeport Recreation Center, located at 130 East Merrick Road in Freeport, from 1 pm to 7 pm on Thursday, March 29th.

March 29, 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO, ASSEMBLYMAN MCDONOUGH, COUNCILWOMAN CULLIN & AMERICAN RED CROSS TO SPONSOR BLOOD DRIVE ON MARCH 29TH

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that he is partnering with Assemblyman David McDonough (R-North Merrick), Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Angie Cullin, and the American Red Cross in sponsoring a blood drive on March 29th.

     The blood drive will be held at the Freeport Recreation Center, located at 130 East Merrick Road in Freeport, from 1 pm to 7 pm on Thursday, March 29th.

March 5, 2012
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DAILY MT. KISCO: SEN. BALL PUSHES LATEST MTA TAX REPEAL BILLS

 

by Alex Birsh

BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. — The Bedford Hills train station held the sight of Sen. Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) and Sen. Lee Zeldin (R, C, I – Shirley) at the podium to publicly push their newest bills that they are trying to get passed in the New York Senate and Assembly, which would exempt municipal governments, schools and libraries from the MTA Payroll Tax that was partially repealed in December.

March 5, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of March 5, 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 5, 2012
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Town of Freedom Celebrates 200th Anniversary

At the December Town Board meeting for the Town of Freedom, Senator Catharine Young presented an official state Senate Resolution that commemorates the 200th Anniversary of the Town to Town Supervisor Barbara George. Although not officially recognized as a Town until 1820 by decree of the State Legislature, the first residents of Freedom came in December of 1811. The Town held a Bicentennial Celebration back in August that included opening of a time capsule, a parade, and fireworks.

March 2, 2012
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Sinclairville 76ers

Senator Catharine Young joined federal and county officials at a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate renovations made to the Sinclairville Firehall and Senior Center. The “Sinclairville 76ers” provide hot meals to 177 seniors at the Center, and deliver thousands of meals annually to homebound frail elderly. A $310,297 federal grant that was awarded through the state Housing Trust Fund brought the facility into compliance with the state building code. Nutrition Services such as those at the Sinclairville Center are the largest program administered by the state Office for the Aging. Locally, many dedicated individuals deliver services.

March 2, 2012
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Yorkshire Volunteer Fire Deparment Annual Installation Banquet 2.18.12

Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – 57th District) presented Yorkshire Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bob Mann (left) and Department President Jennifer Barber (seated) with a Senate Proclamation honoring the department on its 100th anniversary during its annual installation banquet on Saturday, February 18 at the Delevan Training Center.

March 2, 2012
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Leadership Allegany Graduating Class of 2012

Leadership Allegany, an initiative that works to create civic leaders, honored its second graduating class during a dinner at Moonwink’s Restaurant in Cuba, NY on Friday, February 18. Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – 57th District) presented the keynote speech, recognizing the graduates, local organizations and program supporters. The Leadership Allegany Graduating Class of 2012 includes (front row left to right): Darlene Roloson, Andrea Mott-Hollamby, Trina LaFleur, Gina Kocsis, Norma Kerling and Pam Witter, director of development at Houghton College and Leadership Allegany coordinator.

March 2, 2012
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Allegany Engine Company's Annual Dinner Dance

During Allegany Engine Company’s annual dinner dance on Saturday, January 14, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – 57th District) commended Allegany Fire Department President Jim Wilson (center) and Allegany Fire Department Chief Rick Stady (right) for the service provided by the department, particularly in incidents on Union Street on September 22, 2011 and on Mediterranean Avenue on October 30, 2011. Senator Young also honored the Village of Allegany’s Department of Public Works Crew for its assistance in the incident on Union Street. Members of the Fire Department recognized Senator Young for her outstanding commitment to the Allegany Fire Department and Allegany Rescue/EMS.

March 2, 2012
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