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Senator Patty Ritchie visits with Con Elliott

Senator Patty Ritchie visits with North Country sports legend Con Elliott at Rick Carlisle Day in Ogdensburg.

July 6, 2011
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The Rockets Red Glare

Queens Gazette wrote about the Astoria Independence Day celebration and Senator Gianaris' participation in the festive evening.

The skies above the East River as seen from Astoria Park lit up as more than 20,000 people gathered in awe on June 30 to celebrate America’s birthday. The fireworks, provided by the Grucci Family, went off at 9:15 p.m., lighting up the skies between the Hell Gate Bridge and Robert F. Kennedy Triborough Bridge.

The fireworks display came after the Astoria Symphony Orchestra performed in front of a crowd on the Astoria Park Lawn. The lawn was filled with people sitting and standing as children blew bubbles and played with glow-in-the-dark swords sold by vendors.

July 6, 2011
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Mobile Office

Coming to Your Neighborhood 

August 4, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Mobile Office

Coming to Your Neighborhood 

August 3, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Mobile Office

Coming to Your Neighborhood 

August 3, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Coming to Your Neighborhood

August 3, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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LaValle Outraged at Latest Taxpayer Abuse, To Introduce Legislation to Mitigate Actions by Outgoing School Boards.

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.

“My legislation, “ Senator LaValle said, “will prevent these outrageous and unconscionable abuses of taxpayer dollars  by requiring a supermajority vote by a board hoping to quickly push through the hiring of a school superintendent.”

July 5, 2011
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'Chicas Card' Bill Passes In Senate, Assembly

State Senator Jose R. Peralta’s bill targeting the distribution of pimps’ business cards along a stretch of more than 40 blocks of Roosevelt Avenue was passed by the Senate and Assembly.   

(See 'Chica' Cards Fold; Escort Ads Soon Prohibited,  New York Daily News.)

July 5, 2011
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Senate Passes Stronger Rent Regulations

Senator Malcolm A. Smith Addresses Affordable Housing Crisis Through Extension

and Expansion of Rent Laws

July 5, 2011
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Buffalo News - Measure Would Take Ipecac Off Store Shelves

The Buffalo News

By Anne Neville

Published: July 5, 2011, 12:00 AM

A new bill that will make it more difficult for people with eating disorders to buy a compound that induces vomiting has passed both houses of the State Legislature and awaits the signature of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

The bill, which will require that syrup of ipecac be taken off open shelves and kept behind a counter, was co-sponsored by Assemblyman Sam Hoyt and Sen. Patrick Gallivan.

July 5, 2011
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The 2011 session concludes, but legislative work goes on

The start of summer has so far been a season of victory laps for the Cuomo administration.  In the wake of a 2011 legislative session that’s received many positive reviews, the governor and key members of his cabinet have been out and about across New York State touting this year’s achievements.

July 5, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN ANNOUNCES EXPRESS BUS SERVICE TO BE RESTORED AND ACCESS-A-RIDE TAXI VOUCHER PROGRAM TO BE EXPANDED TO LIVERY CABS IN BROOKLYN FOR SENIORS AND THE DISABLED

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), this morning announced that negotiations orchestrated through his leadership within the State Senate, have resulted in the return of Uptown/Downtown express bus service on the X27/X37 and the X28/X38 routes serving the Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach and Bensonhurst communities. The service will be restored on Tuesday, July 5, 2011.

July 5, 2011
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On a roll against graffiti with see-through gates

The Daily News quoted Senator Gianaris in a story on the new roll-down gates required for storefronts, an initiative led by Councilmember Vallone.

Solid, rolldown security gates around the city may become a thing of the past - but not overnight.

A new city law, sponsored by Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), went into effect last Friday and will require that all new rolldown gates must provide at least 70% visibility through the storefront window.

But business owners who currently have solid metal gates will have until 2026 to replace those with the higher-visibility ones.

July 5, 2011
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Text of Senator Jose R. Peralta's Remarks To Have Been Delivered In Explaining Vote For Marriage Equality

"The eyes of history and a higher power are upon us here today. Let them see that the time has finally arrived when the State of New York recognizes a loving commitment between two men or two women. Let them see that the day has come when common sense and human decency are the law in New York. And let them see that we are men and women of integrity and fairness. For if they see these things from us, they will look favorably on this chamber’s actions today. Just as my children will look back when they’re older and be proud of their father. On this, the most important vote of my career to this point, perhaps the most important vote I will ever make, I say yes."

July 5, 2011
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July 14, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO TO HOST EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS SEMINAR ON JULY 27th

            With Long Island in the middle of hurricane season, New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is inviting local residents to an emergency preparedness seminar he is sponsoring on July 27th.  

July 5, 2011
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July 5, 2011
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OSWEGO COUNTY FAIR PARADE

I marched in the Oswego County Fair parade on Independence weekend. Great to see the folks!

 

July 5, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of July 4, 2011

Many Albany observers agree that it's already been a pivotal year in New York State government. But the challenges have never been greater and there's a heavy workload still facing the State Legislature.  Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."

July 5, 2011
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