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IN THE NEWS: Staten Island Advance - Bill to restore yellow bus service passes state Senate

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A bill to amend the state education law to mandate that the city Department of Education provide yellow school bus transportation to children in grades three through eight who live more than one mile from school passed the state Senate in the waning days of the Legislature last week. But it awaits action in the Assembly Education Committee, which could come if state lawmakers reconvene in a special session, possibly later in the summer. The Bloomberg administration yanked yellow bus service for seventh- and eighth-graders at the start of the school year last fall to save an estimated $2.1 million annually. Education officials argued that middle-school students citywide were old enough to take public transportation.

June 29, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO INVITES RESIDENTS TO “SHED THEIR MEDS” ON JULY 16TH

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is once again partnering with the Nassau County Police Department to offer a "Shed the Meds" program where residents can safely dispose of their expired or unused medications.  

June 28, 2011
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Senator Montgomery Addresses Affordable Housing Crisis Through Extension and Expansion of Rent Laws

 In an effort to preserve New York’s stock of affordable housing and protect over 2.5 million tenants in New York City and the surrounding counties, Senator Montgomery announced that the State Senate passed a four-year extension and expansion of rent regulations. The legislation marks the first time in almost 30 years that rent laws have been strengthened to provide greater protections for tenants.

June 28, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR ADDABBO ON THE MAYOR'S TAXI PLAN

Queens, NY, June 28, 2011NYS  Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens), released the following statement on the mayor’s Taxi Plan:
     

June 28, 2011
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Senator Ruben Diaz Says Christians Need to Organize Better Against Gay Marriage

NEW YORK - Bronx state Senator Ruben Diaz, the lone Democrat to vote against landmark the gay marriage bill in New York, reflected on the defeat Monday, saying Christians need to organize better against gay marriage and support candidates who share their values.

Diaz, one of the 29 senators who voted "no" on the gay marriage legislation, is known as one of the most vocal opponents against the bill. He held a massive rally against the bill weeks before it was introduced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to the state Legislature. When the bill was introduced for a vote Friday, he was also the only senator to speak against the bill on the floor.

June 28, 2011
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GOLDEN, MALLIOTAKIS CALL FOR ACTION ON ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH

 

Senator Martin Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-Brooklyn, Staten Island) recently joined the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association at Ground Zero calling for immediate action regarding the reconstruction of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in lower Manhattan. The pair urged the Port Authority, Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to make the issue a top priority as St. Nicholas was the only house of worship to be destroyed in the horrific attacks on September 11, 2001.

 

June 27, 2011
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GOLDEN, MALLIOTAKIS CALL FOR ACTION ON ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH

 

Senator Martin Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-Brooklyn, Staten Island) recently joined the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association at Ground Zero calling for immediate action regarding the reconstruction of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in lower Manhattan. The pair urged the Port Authority, Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to make the issue a top priority as St. Nicholas was the only house of worship to be destroyed in the horrific attacks on September 11, 2001.

 

June 27, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of June 27, 2011

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  That's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout 2011, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."

June 27, 2011
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ADDABBO SUPPORTS HEALTH INSURANCE AND BENEFITS MEASURE FOR RETIREES OF NYC OFF-TRACK BETTING CORPORATION

Bill Restores Health Insurance Benefits; Passes Both Houses of Legislature and Awaits Governor’s Decision to Make Law

 

June 27, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Nothing worth doing is ever easy…

Sometimes, writing a weekly column about state government is more challenging than others. There are complex issues not easily addressed in so few words yet are of vital importance to my constituents. This is unquestionably one of those subjects.

This past week, together with Governor Cuomo and the Assembly, the NY State Senate passed an historical and long-overdue tax cap. While New Yorkers will finally get the tax-relief we deserve some very real problems have come along with it. Most pressing among these are public employee pensions.

June 27, 2011
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Summary of 2011 Senate Legislative Action

2011-2012 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

June 27, 2011
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Senate Passes Historic Property Tax Cap Legislation

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) said the Senate passed historic property tax relief legislation that enacts a cap on the growth of local property taxes. that will bring relief to long suffering tax payers. The Governor signed the bill into law Friday night (06/24).

“I have long been an advocate of a tax cap,” Senator LaValle said, “and the time has come for us to implement this law.”

June 27, 2011
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Women of Distinction Part 2

Women of Distinction Part 2

June 27, 2011
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Women of Distinction Part 1

Women of Distinction Part 1

June 27, 2011
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Senator Rivera Celebrates Passing of Marriage Equality

Albany, NY - On Friday, June 24, 2011, State Senator Gustavo Rivera joined 32 of his colleagues in the New York State Senate in voting for marriage equality. Senator Rivera issued the following statement in response to marriage equality passing 33 to 29:

June 27, 2011
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Senator Saland's Statement on Marriage Equality

 

In 2009 when the marriage equality bill came before the Senate for a vote, I struggled with the decision.  This is an issue which a great many have a deep and passionate interest, both those for marriage quality and those who support the traditional view of marriage.  In part, the difficulty in arriving at my decision is that I respect and understand the views coming from both sides of the issue.

June 25, 2011
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