Issues: Miscellaneous

Senator Gianaris Visited Local Businesses After Two Fatal Car Crashes

The Western Queens Gazette wrote about the Senator's visit to businesses near the site of two fatal car crashes off of the Queensboro Bridge. Senator Gianaris reassured the business owners that he would use all his power to make sure that the Department of Transportation improve safety along this dangerous stretch of road.

On April 7, state Senator Mike Gianaris visited the café that narrowly missed being hit by the cars that exited off the Queensboro Bridge off-ramp in Long Island City. He met with some of the employees of Tozt to assure them of his efforts toward making the area safe and accident free.

April 13, 2011
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Senator Breslin: Lauren’s Law Passes the Senate / Bill Will Increase Likelihood of Life Saving Organ Donations

(Albany, NY) New York is one step closer to getting a boost in the number of life saving organ donors listed on the New York State Organ and Tissue Registry, Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Delmar) has announced. The State Senate has passed Lauren’s Law, legislation (S.3885) making it mandatory for individuals who apply for a New York State Drivers License to complete the section of the application as it pertains to the organ donor registry.

Often overlooked now, this legislation requires applicants to check the box for either “yes” or “not at this time” under the organ donor registry section of the application. If an applicant forgets, which is often the case, a clerk will remind them of the need to complete that section of their application.

April 13, 2011
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Cut-A-Thon for a Great Cause

Shear Ego International School has partnered with Alternatives for Battered Women to promote Domestic Violence Awareness. See the graphic above to read about a Cut-A-Thon taking place from Friday April 22 through Friday April 29th and how you can take part in this great event.

April 13, 2011
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New York's not all big cities

The joint, bipartisan Legislative Commission on Rural Resources has long been noted as a voice of rural New York within the state Legislature.

That's important at a time when New York government has become increasingly dominated by urban-oriented, mostly downstate legislative leaders.    

April 13, 2011
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Delivering the Innvocation

Senator Montgomery thanks Reverend Carol Warner Ligons for delivering the innvocation at the start of the April 11 Senate Session. Reverend Warner Ligons is the President of the National Association Women of the Church of God and the sister of Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson.

April 13, 2011
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Lauren's Law Passes the State Senate

(Albany, NY) The New York State Senate passed Lauren’s Law (S3885a), sponsored by Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) that will prohibit a driver's license application from being processed unless the organ donation section is filled out. Applicants would have to check a box stating “yes,” or “not at this time.” There currently is an organ donation section on the application, but it is not required to be filled out.

This change would increase organ donation in New York, which ranked last in the country for the number of new donors.

Passing Lauren’s Law today has very special meaning to heart transplant survivor Lauren Shields, the namesake of the bill as it is also her eleventh birthday.

April 13, 2011
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Senator Malcolm Smith Urges Advocacy During Autism Awareness Month

Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Hollis) is urging New Yorkers to learn more about autism and its effects on children and their families, as well as what can be done to help the cause.  Since the 1970s, April has been designated by the National Autism Society as National Autism Awareness Month in order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism. Only recently, however, has autism become a national focus as rates have skyrocketed. “Autism affects millions of families across the country. By raising awareness about this disease we increase the ability of parents and caregivers to properly identify the signs of autism and give these children the proper attention they deserve.

April 13, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LAUREN’S LAW TO INCREASE ORGAN DONATION

Bill Would Create a New Model for Participation in Organ and Tissue Donation Programs

In honor of National Donate Life Month, the New York State Senate was joined by 11-year-old heart transplant survivor Lauren Shields today and passed life saving legislation to significantly increase organ and tissue donation. Lauren’s Law (S.3885), sponsored by Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange), would increase the number of eligible and willing organ donors by requiring driver’s license applicants to specifically indicate their donation decision.

April 13, 2011
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Giving an Albany Welcome to New Schools Chancellor

 

Senator Montgomery greets incoming NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott during the April 12, 2011, meeting of the Senate Education Committee of which Montgomery is a member. Praising Mr. Walcott for his commitment to children and their parents, Senator Montgomery said that she and her colleagues look forward to working with him. Mr. Walcott's appointment is awaiting final approval from the State Department of Education.

April 13, 2011
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Senator Squadron joins Liz Benjamin on Capital Tonight to discuss immigration, rent reform, census results and other topics.

YNN Capitol Tonight

By Liz Benjamin

March 25, 2011

There’s a new bill in the state legislature that loosely mirrors the controversial federal DREAM Act that died in Congress last year. One big difference: This bill does not provide a path to citizenship. It would, however, give young people brought to the U-S illegally by their parents a chance to earn a college degree, access to financial aid for college, the ability to work legally in New York, health care, and – here’s the big one – a driver’s license. That didn’t work so well for Eliot Spitzer, as you’ll recall.

To explain more about this potentially controversial measure is one of its sponsors, Liz Benjamin was joined by Democratic Senator Dan Squadron.

April 13, 2011
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Remembering the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War

Senator Maziarz met with a group of Civil War reenactors in Albany today, the 150th anniversary of the bombing of Fort Sumter to highlight a proclamation “to congratulate and commend the New York State Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee and other recognized statewide historic organizations for their initiative and public service in volunteering to advance the observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in the State of New York.”

April 13, 2011
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Tartan Day 2011 Celebration

On Saturday, April 9th, Senator Robach had the opportunity to attend a celebration at the Main Street Armory in honor of Tartan Day. More than 500 people attend this year's event which featured live Scottish music throughout the day with eight bands performing. A special congratulations to Andrew McKay, who was presented the Rochester Scot of Year award.

April 13, 2011
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Legislative Report

April 11, 2011 -- Senator Marcellino talks about Taxes, Distracted Driving Legislation

April 13, 2011
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Mobile Office Hours at the Manhasset Library

Senator Jack M. Martins will be holding mobile office hours on Thursday, April 14 from 4-6 p.m. at the Manhasset Public Library, 30 Onderdonk Avenue in Manhasset. Mobile office hours in a way to bring the district office into communities for the convenience of constituents. 

April 14, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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O'Mara appointed to Rural Resources Commission

Albany, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced today that he has been appointed as one of five senators who will serve on the joint, bipartisan Legislative Commission on the Development of Rural Resources.

O’Mara’s appointment was made by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.

April 13, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILLS TO HELP TAXPAYERS

State Would Be Required to Pay Tax Refunds Within 30 Days of A Return Being Filed

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to help speed up the delivery of tax refunds owed to taxpayers by the state. The bill (S.2631), sponsored by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset), addresses excessive delays of up to two months from when taxpayers file their return to when they may actually see the refund from the state Department of Taxation and Finance.

 

April 12, 2011
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