Issues: Miscellaneous

SENATE PASSES BILL TO GIVE MORE ADOPTED NEW YORKERS ACCESS TO VALUABLE INFORMATION

The New York State Senate today passed a bill enabling people who were adopted in New York but born in other states to participate in the New York State Adoption Registry. The bill (S.5145), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R, Rockville Centre) gives adoptees born in other states the same ability to access information as eligible New York-born adoptees. 

 

June 13, 2011
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SENATE PASSES “BUY FROM THE BACKYARD” ACT TO BOOST LOCAL AGRICULTURAL PURCHASES

The New York State Senate today passed the “Buy From the Backyard Act” to promote the purchase of food grown or produced locally. The bill (S.2468), sponsored by Senator Thomas Libous (R-C-I, Binghamton), requires state agencies with food contracts to buy at least 20 percent of their food from New York sources.

 

“If every household in New York spent just $15 per week on local food, we could pump $5.5 billion into New York State’s economy,” Senator Tom Libous said. “And that’s just households. This bill will help state agencies join in supporting our farmers and stimulating the economy. We're investing taxpayer dollars right back into our state."

June 13, 2011
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SENATE PASSES CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT AWARENESS ACT

The New York State Senate today passed the Concussion Management Awareness Act, sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R, C, I, - Garden City), Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, that would direct the State Health and Education Departments to adopt rules and regulations for the treatment and monitoring of students with mild traumatic brain injuries.

 

“The number of children each year who suffer brain injuries, such as concussions, is alarming,” Senator Hannon said. “New York needs legislation to outline rules and regulations for the treatment and monitoring of students with mild traumatic brain injuries, and that’s exactly what my legislation provides.”

 

June 13, 2011
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SENATE PASSES PUBLIC INTEGRITY REFORM ACT OF 2011

The New York State Senate today passed major ethics reform legislation, entitled the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011.  The measure, which is sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, represents a three-way agreement with the Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo, and is a significant step toward restoring the public’s trust in government.  

 

June 13, 2011
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SENATOR SKELOS ATTENDS KULANU FAIR

Senator Dean Skelos, pictured enjoying the Kulanu Fair this past Sunday, congratulated Lawrence students Ellen Liebenthal and Sam Sussman for volunteering their time and collecting food donations for the Kosher Food Pantry.  The pantry, located at 1012 Central Ave in Woodmere, is a service of The JCC of the Greater Five Towns and is supported by The Five Towns Community Chest.

 

June 12, 2011
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Senator Young recognizes the Randolph Central School Cardinal's Volleyball team for State Championship

 

Senator Young recognized the Randolph Central School Cardinal's Volleyball team achievement as the 2010 New York State Public High School Athletic Association's Class D Champions by presenting them with a New York State Legislative Resolution. This was the team's third State title in seven years, winning in 2004 and 2005. Additionally, the team were the runners-up in 2007.

June 10, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN AND BROOKLYN FAMILY ASK FOR PUBLIC’S HELP TO SOLVE HIT AND RUN IN THE WAKE OF 17TH ANNIVERSARY

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today joined Michael McLeer and family members, at a press conference, at the corner of 92nd Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway in Brooklyn, asking for the public’s help in an effort to finally resolve the case that led to the death of Donna Blanchard and her daughter Michelle, 17 years ago.

Donna and Michelle were killed at this corner in a hit and run by a driver of a box truck on June 7, 1994. This week, marks the 17th Anniversary of their death. Donna was 43 years old and Michelle was 4 years old at the time of their death. Senator Golden, as a member of the New York City Council, renamed the street corner, Donna and Michelle Blanchard Plaza”, at 92nd Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway in their memory in 2001.

June 10, 2011
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Celebrating the Lewiston Garden Club

Senator George Maziarz and Assemblyman John Ceretto met this morning with the members of the Lewiston Garden Club.  The Club is busy getting ready for the Lewiston Garden Fest on June 25 and 26.

June 10, 2011
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Senator Farley Greets Lincoln Elementary

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting students from Lincoln Elementary School, Scotia-Glenville Central School District, on June 7th when they visited the Capitol and learned about New York State government. Students from Mr. Krogh’s and Ms.

June 10, 2011
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Senator Farley Greets Students from Lincoln Elementary

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting students from Lincoln Elementary School, Scotia-Glenville Central School District, on June 7th when they visited the Capitol and learned about New York State government. Students from Mr. Krogh’s and Ms.

June 10, 2011
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Community Connection for June 12, 2011

Click the link below to view this week's Community Connection in full-screen. In this week's issue, the Senate passes legislation sponsored by Senator Robach, Rocin' the Beach at Ontario Beach Park, and a busy week of events coming up around the district highlighted by the Xerox Rochester Jazz Festival.

June 10, 2011
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SENATOR LANZA ANNOUNCE 'I FISH NY' FREE FISHING CLINICS SUMMER 2011

 

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (NYSDEC) I FISH NY program will be offering free fishing clinics for all New Yorkers during this summer.

 


June 25, 2011: Raritan Bay Festival at Conference House Park, Staten Island, Noon - 5:00 pm

July 13, 2011: Fishing w/ Senior Citizens at Baisley Pond Park, Queens, 9:00am - 12:00pm

June 10, 2011
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO CONGRATULATES STATE ROAD ELEMENTARY STUDENTS ON WINNING EARTH DAY POSTER CONTEST

State Senator Mike Nozzolio today congratulated four students from the State Road Elementary School in Webster for being selected as winners in the New York State Senate 2011 Earth Day Poster Contest.  Third graders Jack Hoctor, Brennen Albert, Joel Farmen and Siraj Clark had their winning artwork displayed at the State Capitol as part of a special exhibit to raise awareness of recycling and waste reduction.

June 10, 2011
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Senator Farley Salutes Edinburg Common School

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting students from Tom Moore’s Edinburg Common School sixth grade class on June 6th in Albany when they came to the Capitol for a tour. Senator Farley discussed the history of the Capitol building and how New York State government works. Students on the trip included Michael Darling, Jordon Wadsworth, Joshua Sitterly, Marleigh Frasier, Jaclyn Van Nostrand, Shelby Walton and Helen Klass. Chaperones included Tiffany Frasier and Amanda Edwards.

June 10, 2011
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First-Time Home Buyer Bill Signed Into Law

Assemblyman Robert K. Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) and Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I-Port Jefferson) today announced that legislation they sponsored to allow municipalities to continue the tax exemption for first-time home buyers of newly constructed homes has been signed into law.

“Young, working families have a very hard time trying to meet the costs associated with the purchase of their first home. This legislation will make it easier for families to move from renter to homeowner,” said Sweeney.

“Owning a home is still the American dream,” said Senator LaValle. “This measure will help ease the financial strain in making that dream a reality by providing a real property tax exemption for first-time home buyers.”

June 9, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN AND BROOKLYN FAMILY TO MARK 17TH ANNIVERSARY OF UNSOLVED HIT AND RUN

FAMILY CONTINUES TO SEEK JUSTICE FOR LIVES LOST

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) will join Michael McLear and family members, for a press conference tomorrow, Friday, June 10, 2011, at 12:00 p.m., at the corner of 92nd Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway in Brooklyn, asking for the public’s help in an effort to finally resolve the case that led to the death of his mother, Donna and his sister, Michelle, 17 years ago.

Donna Blanchard and Michelle Blanchard were killed at this corner in a hit and run by a driver of a box truck on June 7, 1994. This week, marks the 17th Anniversary of their death. Donna was 43 years old and Michelle was 4 years old at the time of their death.

June 10, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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LaValle And Thiele Announce New Legislation Increasing Veteran Property Tax Exemptions

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF-Sag Harbor) were joined today by Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst to announce the introduction of new State Legislation which would allow municipalities to increase the maximumproperty tax exemptions under the alternative veteran’s exemptions.

A.8186/S.5597 would further amend the Real Property Tax Law by providing exemptions to veterans which more appropriately reflect the recent rise in real property values. Under the proposed legislation the new cap for wartime veterans would increase from $54,000 to $75,000; from $36,000 to $50,000 for combat veterans; and, from $180,000 to $250,000 for disabled veterans.

June 9, 2011
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