New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today co-sponsored and voted for a bill (S.998B) that will make it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses and prevent tragic accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting.
The bill would make text messaging while driving a primary violation rather than a secondary violation. Under the current law, a driver can only be cited for texting-while-driving if another violation, such as speeding, is also being cited.
Federal data shows 16,000 deaths nationwide due to texting while driving.
Bills Passed to Prosecute Dangerous Drivers and Assist Seniors Who Miss Tax Deadlines
The New York State Senate today passed 18 bills that covered a variety of topics including the strengthening of penalties and prohibitions for dangerous driving, as well as helping certain property owners receive the STAR tax exemption benefits for which they are eligible.
Senator Nozzolio welcomed members of the Gananda High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team to Albany where he hosted a ceremony honoring their undefeated basketball season and Class C New York State Championship. Here, Senator Nozzolio congratulates Team Captains Audrey Allen, Shannon McGinnis, Julia Pagano and Melissa Reeves, and Coach Tony Morabito.
The Independent Democratic Conference today urged a prohibition on doctors and other healthcare professionals wearing neck ties, jewelry and other items that studies indicate are carriers for potentially deadly hospital-borne infections.
Albany- New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio, joined by Assemblyman Bob Oaks, welcomed members of the Gananda High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team to Albany where he hosted a ceremony honoring their undefeated season and Class C New York State Championship Award.
Ontario - Senator Mike Nozzolio recently continued his longstanding commitment for business expansion and job growth as he spoke during the Optimax groundbreaking ceremony. The $4 million addition will create 50 new high-quality manufacturing jobs at the Wayne County precision optics facility.
Pictured left to right are: Senator Mike Nozzolio; Assemblyman Bob Oaks; Rick Plympton, CEO of Optimax Systems; He Rong Ming, President of Shanghai Micro Electronics Equipment; Mike Mandina, President of Optimax; Jim Hoffman, Chairman of Wayne County Board of Supervisors; Peg Churchill, Executive Director of Wayne County Economic Development Corporation; Robert Kelsch, Supervisor of the Town of Ontario; and Bob McNary, Finger Lakes Regional Director of Empire State Development.
"Yom HaShoah takes on greater significance each year, as fewer survivors of the horrors perpetrated more than 65 years ago remain with us. It becomes increasingly incumbent upon us to recall the wicked depths to which mankind plummeted and the noble heights of which we are capable. And it is in that way, in the learning and re-learning of the lesson, that we do justice by the memories of the innocent victims and the survivors of the Holocaust, and all those who courageously risked their own lives to save them."
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Senator Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) recently visited Baldwin High School to congratulate the Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team on winning the Long Island Class AA championship.
Senator Klein commemorated New York Botanical Gardens 120th Anniversary with a resolution adopted by the New York State Senate declaring April 28th New York Botanical Garden Day. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the new azalea garden.
First Full Time Senate Office In Oswego In Decades
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the opening of her district office in the Oswego County Office Building.
“I am very pleased to announce the opening of the first full-time Senate office in decades to serve the people of Oswego County,” Senator Ritchie said. “Thanks to the assistance of the members of the Oswego County Legislature, my constituents will be able to get the assistance they need from state government at a convenient location on the 1st floor of the county government building.”
It’s has been an historic past few months in New York State with the passing of this state budget. We kept our commitment to balancing the state’s budget without raising taxes or fees and have taken a significant step toward genuine, long-term fiscal health. However, our work is far from done. We must continue to explore options to ease the tax burden on our residents and business owners.
Standing up for the rights of tenants to organize, the New York State Senate passed legislation to eliminate the financial burden to tenants who want to conduct meetings in public housing, announced Senator Velmanette Montgomery, a sponsor of the bill.
The legislation (S.3114) bans the imposition of a fee currently placed on tenants wishing to hold a group meeting. Under the bill, tenants would have access to a location owned by the authority which has been set aside as an area of common use for all tenants, including any community or social room.