Issues: Miscellaneous

The New Zeal

July 18, 2011

For Immediate Release

New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) released the following statement in response to the Alliance Defense Fund Memo for New York Municipal Clerks who are responsible for issuing marriage licenses. Their Memo addresses the right of clerks and other employees to request an accommodation for their sincerely held religious beliefs concerning the issuance of marriage licenses to same sex couples:

July 18, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO HELPS RESIDENTS “SHED THE MEDS”

Over 500 Pounds of Expired and Unwanted Medications Collected for Safe Disposal 

July 16, 2011
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Senator Farley Notes Civil War Exhibits

As the United States of America commemorates the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) says a new exhibit at the State Capitol focuses on the New York flags that were flown during the Civil War.

Located on the second floor of the Capitol in Albany, there are eight flags on display, Senator Farley said. Called "1861: Banners for Glory," the flags will be on display through June 2012. The flags have undergone restorations by staff from the New York State Military Museum. "Viewing these flags helps bring history to life," Senator Farley said. "This display is not only for Civil War enthusiasts but also a great educational opportunity for those visiting the Capitol as part of a family outing."

July 15, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS LAW PROHIBITING THE SALE OF HOOKAHS, SMOKING PARAPHERNALIA, AND SHISHA TO MINORS

New Legislation Bans Sale of Hookahs, Shisha, and Water Pipes to Individuals Under 18

 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed a new law that prohibits the sale of shisha and certain types of smoking paraphernalia to minors. Under this law, businesses offering these products for sale may only sell to individuals who are at least eighteen years of age with proper identification.

 

July 15, 2011
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Senator Breslin Announces New Traffic Safety Law in Effect to Strengthen Enforcement of Texting-While-Driving

(Albany, NY) Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Delmar) and the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.998B) earlier this year aiming to make roads safer for citizens across the state by strengthening penalties for those who violate traffic safety law. The legislation, which increases texting while driving to a primary offense, was signed on July 12 by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo – taking effect immediately as state law.

July 15, 2011
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Taming Lame Ducks

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) said today the abuse of taxpayers by two outgoing school boards has prompted him to introduce legislation that would require a lame duck  school board to have a supermajority vote in order to approve a contract for a new superintendent when the hiring occurs between the annual May vote and the annual reorganizational meeting of a local school board. Assemblyman Dan Losquadro (R,C  -Shoreham) will sponsor the legislation in the Assembly.

July 15, 2011
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WELLSVILLE WOMAN WITH ALS HONORED FOR ADVOCACY

OLEAN – Debra Quinn of Wellsville proves everyday that Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, doesn't have to affect the mind, the spirit or the determination to make the most of one's talents in helping others who also have this disease.

July 15, 2011
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WELLSVILLE WOMAN WITH ALS HONORED FOR ADVOCACY

OLEAN – Debra Quinn of Wellsville proves everyday that Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, doesn't have to affect the mind, the spirit or the determination to make the most of one's talents in helping others who also have this disease.

July 15, 2011
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WELLSVILLE WOMAN WITH ALS HONORED FOR ADVOCACY

OLEAN – Debra Quinn of Wellsville proves everyday that Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, doesn't have to affect the mind, the spirit or the determination to make the most of one's talents in helping others who also have this disease.

July 15, 2011
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Community Connection for Week Ending July 17, 2011

In this week's Community Connection:

Senator Robach announces his 'Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive'
Monroe Litho honored for Green Business practices
Events coming up around the district this week

 

Click on the link below to view this week's issue in full-screen.

July 15, 2011
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STATEMENT FROM NYS SENATOR MALCOLM A. SMITH ON ATTACKS IN MUMBAI

 “ I have the pleasure and honor of representing Indian Americans throughout Southeast Queens. I have traveled to India several times and I offer the citizens of India and Indian Americans around the world my deepest sympathy.  Mumbai is the financial capital of India, just like New York is the financial capital of the world. I trust that India will be guided by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi to heal.

July 14, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO UPDATES RESIDENTS ON PUBLIC PROTECTIONS APPROVED BY SENATE THIS YEAR

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently updated residents about legislative actions taken during the 2011 legislative session to improve public protections. Senator Fuschillo sponsored the legislation in the Senate.  

July 14, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO INVITES FAMILIES TO PARTICIPATE IN HIS SUMMERTIME READING PROGRAM

New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is inviting local families to participate in his annual Summertime Reading Program. 

July 14, 2011
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SENATORS FOR SALE

PRESS RELEASE

July 14, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SENATORS FOR SALE

By Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz

It appears that State Senators Stephen Saland, Mark Grisanti, James Alesi and Roy McDonald sold their votes to the Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg for $10,300 each.

At least this is the impression and feeling everyone is getting by reading the city newspapers that two weeks after their vote, Mayor Bloomberg, who previously declared his intentions to support and help finance any senator who would vote in favor of gay marriage and complied with his edict, sent a check to each one of them for the maximum amount allowed by law.

July 14, 2011
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Downtown Express: Trial points to need for new policies

With the culmination of the Deutsche Bank trial last week, in which all three defendants were found “not guilty,” there is a movement to reopen the case so that a tragedy such as the one that, in 2007, took the lives of NYC firefighters Joseph Graffagnino Jr. and Robert Beddia, will never happen again.

Last summer the New York State legislature passed a bill, sponsored by Sen. Daniel Squadron and supported by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, that established a task force to address the problems that may have led to the incident. When the fire broke out, firefighters did not have architectural plans for the building and essentially went into the blaze blindfolded. Once inside, they confronted a nightmarish labyrinth of sealed plywood hatches and thick plastic sheeting.

In Squadron’s own words, “In any privately-owned or city-owned building, firefighters and first responders can be sure that if the rules were followed, everything will be consistent. In state-and public-authority owned buildings, they can’t be sure of that.”

July 14, 2011
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