Issues: Miscellaneous

SENATE PASSES BILL TO BAN SALVIA DIVINORUM

In an effort to keep drugs out of the hands of New York State’s youth, the New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), to ban the sale of the legal hallucinogen salvia divinorum.  

January 24, 2012
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Last day to vote online -- Hammondsport (Steuben County) tied for the lead in race for 'Coolest Small Town in America 2012' designation -- keep showing your support

Hammondsport, N.Y., January 31—On the final day of voting in Budget Travel magazine’s online competition to decide the “Coolest Small Town in America 2012,” Hammondsport (Steuben County) is tied for the lead.

Early this morning, Hammondsport and Beaufort, North Carolina had each gathered 34.9% of the vote.

January 24, 2012
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INFORMATION ON THE 2012-13 STATE BUDGET

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo has just unveiled his new Executive Budget Proposal -- marking the beginning of the State Budget negotiation and adoption process for the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year.  

January 24, 2012
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SENATOR ANDREW LANZA VOTES TO TOUGHEN LAWS FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

The New York State Senate passed legislation this week that creates new penalties for individuals supervising another driver while also under the influence of drugs or alcohol, also known as Abbagail’s Law (S.164C).   The bill, cosponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza, is named after eight-year-old Abbagail Buzard, who died in a car accident caused by an inexperienced driver who was supervised by a parent under the influence of alcohol.

January 24, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN VOTES TO TOUGHEN LAWS FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

Albany - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) yesterday afternoon, voted to support legislation in the New York State Senate that creates new penalties for individuals supervising another driver while also under the influence of drugs or alcohol, also known as Abbagail’s Law (S.164C). The bill, sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), is named after eight-year-old Abbagail Buzard, who died in a car accident caused by an inexperienced driver who was supervised by a parent under the influence of alcohol.

January 24, 2012
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Senator Gianaris speaks at Long Island City High School

Senator Gianaris speaking at Long Island City High School about the Department of Education's plans for restructuring

January 24, 2012
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Senator Serrano Supports TWU Local 100!

Senator Serrano joined TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen, TWU Local 100 transit workers, and elected officials for a press conference to discuss contract negotiations for 38,000 transit workers, between the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and TWU Local 100. TWU Local 100’s contract expired on Monday, January 23, and the MTA has been unable to negotiate a fair contract with TWU Local 100. “Every day New Yorkers rely on the New York City subway and bus transportation system to get to where they need to go,” said Senator Serrano. “It's unacceptable that 38,000 transit workers are currently working without any benefits, and I hope that the MTA and TWU Local 100 are able to promptly reach an agreement for a fair contract.”

January 24, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO TOUGHEN LAWS FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that creates new penalties for individuals supervising another driver while also under the influence of drugs or alcohol, also known as Abbagail’s Law (S.164C).   The bill, sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), is named after eight-year-old Abbagail Buzard, who died in a car accident caused by an inexperienced driver who was supervised by a parent under the influence of alcohol.

 

January 23, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO CREATE FELONY CHARGES FOR WRONG-WAY AND RECKLESS DRIVERS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to create felony charges for wrong-way and other reckless drivers. 

 

“Wrong-way drivers have caused tragedies and endangered lives on our roadways; it has to stop.  Creating felony charges for wrong-way and reckless drivers will give law enforcement another tool to prosecute these individuals and get them off the roads,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.

 

January 23, 2012
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SENATE PASSES MARCELLINO’S LEGISLATION REQUIRING NOTIFICATION

Requires businesses that make PILOTs to provide prior notice of challenge to assessment      

January 23, 2012
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O'Mara poll: Is Cuomo budget plan headed in right direction?

Albany, N.Y., January 23—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Elmira) is giving residents of his 53rd Senate District an opportunity to weigh in on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2012-2013 proposed state budget through a new “quick poll” on his website.

January 23, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO AND ASSEMBLYMAN MCDONOUGH JOIN WANTAGH FOOTBALL CLUB IN HONORING JIMMY ERRANTE

State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Assemblyman David McDonough (R-North Merrick) recently joined with the Wantagh Football Club to honor one of the organization’s outstanding young athletes at its annual awards luncheon.

Thirteen year old Jimmy Errante was awarded the Wantagh Football Club’s Senator Fuschillo Award, which is given to a football player who has been in the program from his first day of eligibility and who serves as a role model and leader for his fellow athletes both on and off the field. 

January 23, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of January 22, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..."

January 23, 2012
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Watch today's legislative budget hearing live beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The Legislature's fiscal committees -- the Senate Finance Committee and the Assembly Ways and Means Committee -- have started a series of joint legislative hearings, 13 in all, on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2012-2013 proposed state budget.

Today's hearing will examine the governor's proposals for aid to localities and general government operations.

January 23, 2012
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Senator Golden's Office is Open

Good afternoon. I hope that you are enjoying our first snow fall of the winter. I wanted to let you know that my office will be open today until 4 pm today for any snow related concerns. I will also have snow removal assistance available for seniors or the disabled. Please do not hesitate to call on my staff and I at 718-238-6044.

January 21, 2012
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Senator Zeldin: Executive Budget Falls Short on Education Funding For Long Island Schools

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Senator Jack Martins and Senator Lee Zeldin today stated that the recent proposed executive budget which calls for a 4% increase in state aid to education does not provide Long Island schools with their fair share.

In the recently announced executive budget, Nassau and Suffolk Counties receive a disproportionate share of state education aid. Long Island is home to approximately 17 percent of the state’s students. However, out of the over $19.7 billion in state education aid appropriated for school districts statewide under the executive budget, aid to Long Island falls short.

January 20, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending January 22nd, 2012

In this week's issue, a review of the Governor's 2012-2013 Executive Budget Address and how to have your voice heard, visiting with seniors at School of the Arts, and some of the events taking place around the district in the week ahead.

January 20, 2012
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A slap on the wrist for illegal millions?

The Queens Chronicle investigates the alleged prixe-fixing scheme employed by Morgan Stanley and KeySpan that overcharged New Yorkers for electrictity while garnering Morgan Stanley and KeySpan $21.6 million. Senator Gianaris believes that the Department of Justice's recommended fine of $4.8 million is inadequate.

A price-fixing scheme allegedly concocted by Morgan Stanley and KeySpan, and involving Astoria Generating Co., may have overcharged New Yorkers for electricity while garnering Morgan Stanley and KeySpan millions, according to published reports and two area politicians outraged at the scheme: Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) and state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria).

January 20, 2012
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