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A Message From Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos

To All New Yorkers,

 

Welcome to the official web site of the New York State Senate. The new year of 2011 brings important changes and challenges to our State government, and to the State of New York as a whole. 

The members of  the State Senate will be working closely with our new Governor Andrew Cuomo and the members of the New York State Assembly to meet the significant challenges that lie ahead.

The people’s priorities must be our priorities.  That means balancing the state budget, closing the deficit, easing the burden on taxpayers, and doing everything we can to strengthen our economy and create private sector jobs.

January 4, 2011
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January 4, 2011
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Martin Luther King, Jr. 2011 Greetings

­­On January 17, 2011, we celebrate the life and legacy of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.  I extend warm greetings to my African-American brothers and sisters and all people of good will who follow Dr. King's example.

It has been over forty years since Dr. King was taken from us, so quickly and so violently. Yet, the manner in which he left us is not what I wish to dwell on today. Rather, I believe it is important to reflect on the lessons he left us, the lessons of his life and the lessons of his legacy.

January 4, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO VISITS WINTHROP-UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL TO “EXTEND THE HOLIDAYS” FOR CHILDREN IN HAGEDORN PEDIATRIC INPATIENT CENTER

Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo helps one of Winthrop's child patients pick out a toy from the over 1,500 he delivered to the hospital as part of his annual "Extend the Holidays" toy drive. 

January 4, 2011
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO'S 2011 CALENDAR

Click here to download Senator Nozzolio's 2011 calendar for your personal use:

January 4, 2011
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B'klyn moves to clean up pollution from Cruise Ship Terminal at Pier 12

Picture 12,000 cars idling on a block — and you’ll have some idea what it’s like near the Brooklyn waterfront when a single cruise ship is in port, experts say.

So local lawmakers and activist gathered today in Red Hook to call on the city, state and Carnival Cruise lines to finally cut a deal to bring clear-air "shore power technology" to the Brooklyn Cruise Ship Terminal on Pier 12.

"It’s time to stop choking Brooklyn," said state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn).

"Cruise ships idling at port force Brooklynites to breathe in dirty, dangerous diesel fumes. Putting an end to it is long overdue."

January 4, 2011
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Cruise ships docked at Red Hook terminal are 'choking Brooklyn,' community leaders say

BY Erin Durkin

Cruise ships docked in Brooklyn are spewing tons of noxious fumes into the air, and a fix is bogged down in two years of bureaucratic nonsense, officials and community leaders complained Monday.

"We can smell that diesel wafting over the neighborhood," state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn) said. "It's time for the cruise ship terminal to stop choking Brooklyn."

Cruise ships that dock at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook have to run on diesel because there's no way for them to plug into the electric grid.

January 4, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO APPLAUDS STATE COMPTROLLER’S REPORT ON LIPA’S HANDLING OF HURRICANE EARL

New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) applauded a report recently issued by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli on LIPA’s response to Hurricane Earl, which cost LIPA ratepayers an estimated $33 million. Senator Fuschillo requested the review last September following reports on the cost of LIPA’s response to the storm, which missed most of Long Island and caused only minimal damage.

January 3, 2011
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Senator Díaz introduces and re-introduces 101 Pieces of Legislation

PRESS RELEASEJanuary 3, 2011FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAs you may know, the 2011-2012 Senate Session commences this Wednesday, January 5. Before session begins, I would like to present to you the 101 pieces of legislation that I have previously introduced and have re-introduced for the new legislative session.I call on my Republican colleagues to carefully consider these bills to ensure their swift passage.2011 Both Houses Bills, Prime Sponsored For: DíazSearch Results Count = 101Bill No.     S58    DIAZ -- Enacts the "behavioral health and long-term care act"

January 3, 2011
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Redistricting Goals And Criteria

Various state and local jurisdictions, in an effort to reform redistricting and to make it more accountable, have been considering new goals, methods and criteria that would result in a more transparent redistricting process and one that uses honest and objective criteria. While several states have pursued redistricting reform via the legislative process, others have considered independent commissions. California’s new commission is one major example of a recent reform.Goals and criteria being considered include:

January 3, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO INFORMS RESIDENTS ABOUT NEW LAWS FOR 2011

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is informing residents about some of the new laws which took effect on January 1st. The new laws include new measures to protect first responders, greater protections for consumers when redeeming rebates, and safeguards to protect seriously ill individuals from having their treatment coverage dropped by their insurance company.

January 3, 2011
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ADDABBO: LET’S GET TO WORK FOR 2011

Queens, NY, January 3, 2011 – With holiday season over, State Senator Joseph Addabbo says it’s time to focus on restoring faith back to the residents that their state government will be responsive to their concerns.

January 3, 2011
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A NEW YEAR FOR NEW YORK STATE: CRITICAL STEPS NEEDED FOR ECONOMIC RENEWAL OF THE EMPIRE STATE

New York State is facing the most difficult of times. Every single day, New York is losing businesses and jobs to more job-friendly states. The new year, new Governor and new Senate Leadership in our State government brings with it real opportunity for change. It's time to take firm and decisive action to turn our State around.

The states that encourage business and job growth will be the states that will succeed in the next decade. I am committed to making the changes necessary to change the direction of our State and to renew hope and prosperity for all New Yorkers. My immediate priorities for New York State in 2011 are:

CUT SPENDING:

January 3, 2011
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Three King's Day Celebration

I'd like to invite you all to bring your children - ages 1 through 9 - to join us on Saturday, January 8th at 12noon for our Three Kings Celebration at PS 5 located on 149th Street and Jackson Avenue. The first 500 children who attend will receive a backpack filled with school supplies and a toy.on Saturday

January 8, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Zeldin Announces Senate Office Opening

State Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C, I – Shirley) announced the opening of his District Office, located at the State Office Building in Hauppauge.  “I’m proud to say we’ve hit the ground running,” said Senator Zeldin.  “My staff and I have been meeting with constituents and organizations since shortly after Election Day in order to ensure a seamless, uninterrupted transition.”The district office phone number is 631-360-3356.  Email is zeldin@nysenate.gov.  the fax number is 631-360-3269. Mailing address is State Senator Lee M. Zeldin, NYS Office Building, Hauppauge, NY 11788.  Office hours are 9 AM to 5 PM.

January 3, 2011
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Senator Golden's Oath of Office

Swearing In Ceremony

of

Martin J. Golden

to the New York State Senate

Thursday, January 13, 2011

6:30 p.m.

Oath of Office Administered by Kings County Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Giudice

Refreshments to follow

Intermediate School 228

228 Avenue S

Brooklyn, New York 11223

For additional information, please contact (718) 233-2537.

January 13, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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January 3, 2011
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South Nassau Communities Hospital Holiday Gift Giving Program

Thanks to the generosity of the people of the 9th Senate District, we were able to collect hundreds of toys that will brighten the Holidays for many children. A special thanks to all of the individuals and schools who graciously donated toys and clothing, and also to South Nassau Communities Hospital for making all of this possible! From left, Joe Lamantia, Executive Vice President & COO; Tricia Santaniello, RN, Pediatrics; Lynn Bert, RN, Nurse Manager, Pediatrics; Joseph A. Quagliata, President & CEO; Robin Grass, RN, Director, Community Education; Senator Dean Skelos.

January 3, 2011
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