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Greater Bay Ridge 4th of July Picnic

Free Admission for Music, sprinklers, Face Painters, Games, Prizes, Rides and More!

7 Live bands including Frankie Marra and His Band, Out of the Blue, The Ridge, The High Tides, Blues Circus, Windsor Terrors, and The Groove.

Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Sausage, Drinks, Snacks, Ice Cream and more will be available for purchase.

For more information call 718-238-6044.

July 4, 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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State Senator Rubén Díaz to the Media: Please Quote Me Correctly

June 21, 2011

Press Release

For Immediate Release

State Senator Rubén Díaz to the Media: Please Quote Me Correctly

 

Albany, New York- State Senator Rubén Díaz released the following statement:

“I am amazed at how quickly I have been misquoted in the press regarding the issue of gay marriage.

 

“The press took one phrase from my comment and as a result it has appeared in this morning’s newspapers completely out of context.

 

“For the sake of accuracy, this is what I said:

 

June 21, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill Calling for MTA Forensic Audit

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S4637)  co-sponsored by Senator David Carluucci (D-Rockland/Orange) that would commence a forensic audit of the public authority.

Under the legislation, the audit, which would be the first true top-to-bottom review of the MTA, would be conducted by an independent outside auditing firm and be paid for by the authority.

June 21, 2011
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Senate Passes Legislation that will Eliminate the MTA Payroll Tax

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S5596A) co-sponsored by Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) that will repeal the job killing MTA Payroll Tax.

“This is a job killing onerous tax that never should have been implemented,”  Senator Carlucci said.  “New York State needs to become much more business friendly, incentivizing businesses to open and operate here rather than chasing them out of state with oppressive taxes.  Eliminating this ill conceived tax will provide some relief to our overburdened small business owners.”

This legislation will phase out the MTA payroll tax, eventually eliminating it completely.  The phase out schedule is as follows:

June 21, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Presents the Skaneateles Boys Soccer Team with a Resolution Honoring their State Championship

Senator DeFrancisco Presents the Skaneateles Boys Soccer Team with a Resolution Honoring their State Championship

June 20, 2011
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Capitol Report with Senator John DeFrancisco, 6/17/11

Senator DeFrancisco talks about passing numerous bills in the last days of session including the Gold Alert, Pharmacy Co-Payments, Health & Fitness,  DNA Expansion Bill,  Rainy Day Cap, and the Veterans' Hall of Fame

June 20, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR PARTICIPATING IN ANIMAL FIGHTING

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today announced legislation that he co-sponsored (S3237-A) to increase penalties for those who have knowingly participated in animal fighting passed the New York State Senate. 

“The criminal organization and participation in the cruel activity of animal fighting unfortunately still takes place in New York State despite the penalties currently associated with it,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “This legislation would strengthen the current laws against animal fighting and ensure that anyone attending an animal fight would face tougher penalties. Without spectators, there would be no animal fighting.”

June 20, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO ALLOW PRIVATE AIR AMBULANCE SERVICES TO OFFER MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Patricia Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton),  that would allow private air ambulance services to offer membership subscriptions to private air ambulance services.  This proposal would help ensure the continuation of air ambulance services in rural areas of New York State.

 

June 20, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill to Incentivize Repowering/Development at Port Jefferson Power Plant.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said a bill to provide an incentive for the remediation of the Port Jefferson power plant  and to create development of a new, state of the art facility on the site  passed the New York State Senate today.

“This bill would encourage the development of a new or repowered facility in the Village of Port Jefferson to replace the existing plant and restore it with a modern, efficient power source,” Senator LaValle said, adding “we want to encourage competition and reliable, clean, low-cost energy that will benefit all Long Islanders.”

June 20, 2011
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SENATE-APPROVED BILL WOULD ALLOW LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO ‘PIGGY-BACK’ ON PROCUREMENT CONTRACTS

The New York State Senate today approved legislation (S.5525B), sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury), that would allow local governments to cooperatively purchase, or piggy-back, on contracts already approved for other government agencies, including those of other states or the federal government.

 

The same terms and conditions of a contract already awarded would apply and there is a provision in the legislation to ensure that competitive bidding standards consistent with state law must have been used.  

 

June 20, 2011
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SENATE GIVES FINAL LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL TO “GOOD SAMARITAN” LAW

Bill Would Help Reduce the Potential for Fatalities From Drug Overdoses

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill that would help reduce the potential for fatalities caused by drug overdoses. The bill (S.4454B), sponsored by Senator John DeFrancisco (R-C-I, Syracuse), is known as a “good Samaritan” measure because it limits the use of evidence of illicit activity when an individual seeks treatment for someone experiencing an accidental drug overdose. 

 

June 20, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH FIXED SCHOOL TAX RATE FOR SENIORS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), that would establish a fixed real property school tax rate for seniors who are eligible for the enhanced STAR exemption, providing much needed tax relief to hundreds of thousands of seniors throughout New York State. 

 

June 20, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE: RIVER HOSPITAL TO BENEFIT FROM SENATE-PASSED BILL

Long-delayed change in payment rules could help preserve health care in the Thousand Islands

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced Senate passage of a bill she cosponsored that helps secure the future of rural hospitals like River Hospital in Alexandria Bay, and Clifton Fine Hospital in Star Lake.

The bill, S.5431-A, will require the state to pay rural “critical access hospitals” for their actual costs of providing services, instead of relying on reimbursement formulas that currently leave the facilities shortchanged.

June 20, 2011
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Blankenbush, Ritchie, Fort Drum Representatives Ask Lieutenant Governor Duffy to Locate Air Med Service at Drum

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush, Senator Patty Ritchie and representatives from Fort Drum today met with Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy and New York State Police representatives to make the case for locating an Air Medical Services helicopter at Fort Drum. The meeting was arranged by the governor’s office at the request of Assemblyman Blankenbush.  The meeting came just hours before the Senate was expected to pass Senator Ritchie's bill S.4712, legislation that will cut red tape to help recruit a commercial air ambulance service to Northern New York to provide the north country with another option in its efforts to provide an medical air evacuation service to the region.

June 20, 2011
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LaValle Bill Capping Seniors' School Taxes Passes Senate

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said his bill capping school taxes for eligible senior citizens older than 70 years of age has passed the New York State Senate and will now go to the Assembly.

This bill amends the real property tax law by establishing a fixed real property school tax rate for persons 70 years of age or over who meet the requirements for the enhanced STAR exemption. Under the bill, residential real property owned and occupied by individuals who are 70 years of age or over; or by husband and wife, one of whom is seventy years of age or over and meets each of the requirements for the enhanced STAR exemption, will be eligible for a fixed real property school tax rate.

June 20, 2011
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SENATE APPROVES BILL TO STRENGTHEN DUE PROCESS PROVISION OF MEDICAID LAW

The State Senate today approved legislation (S.3184), sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury), to ensure appropriate due process protections for providers and recipients of Medicaid who come under the scrutiny of the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG).

 

The legislation adds to the law which created the OMIG in 2007, to assure fairness and procedural clarity when audits are conducted.

 

June 20, 2011
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Bronx Constituent Hours

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June 21, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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LaValle Co-Sponsored Bill, Prescription Freedom of Choice Passes Senate 60 – 2, Provides Drugs May Be Purchased at Local Pharmacy Rather by Mail order.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said today that a bill he co-sponsored that provides freedom of choice to consumers who have coverage for prescribed drugs as part of their health insurance has passed the Senate and will now go to the Governor for his signature.

 The bill, S3510, allows consumers to purchase prescription drugs from their local pharmacy despite an insurance company policy mandating a purchase from a specific mail order pharmacy.

“This legislation provides consumers with a choice,” Senator LaValle said, “as well as increased safety.”

June 20, 2011
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