Issues: Miscellaneous

Senate Passes Bill to Incentivize Repowering/Development at Port Jefferson Power Plant.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said a bill to provide an incentive for the remediation of the Port Jefferson power plant  and to create development of a new, state of the art facility on the site  passed the New York State Senate today.

“This bill would encourage the development of a new or repowered facility in the Village of Port Jefferson to replace the existing plant and restore it with a modern, efficient power source,” Senator LaValle said, adding “we want to encourage competition and reliable, clean, low-cost energy that will benefit all Long Islanders.”

June 20, 2011
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SENATE-APPROVED BILL WOULD ALLOW LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO ‘PIGGY-BACK’ ON PROCUREMENT CONTRACTS

The New York State Senate today approved legislation (S.5525B), sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury), that would allow local governments to cooperatively purchase, or piggy-back, on contracts already approved for other government agencies, including those of other states or the federal government.

 

The same terms and conditions of a contract already awarded would apply and there is a provision in the legislation to ensure that competitive bidding standards consistent with state law must have been used.  

 

June 20, 2011
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SENATE GIVES FINAL LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL TO “GOOD SAMARITAN” LAW

Bill Would Help Reduce the Potential for Fatalities From Drug Overdoses

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill that would help reduce the potential for fatalities caused by drug overdoses. The bill (S.4454B), sponsored by Senator John DeFrancisco (R-C-I, Syracuse), is known as a “good Samaritan” measure because it limits the use of evidence of illicit activity when an individual seeks treatment for someone experiencing an accidental drug overdose. 

 

June 20, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH FIXED SCHOOL TAX RATE FOR SENIORS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), that would establish a fixed real property school tax rate for seniors who are eligible for the enhanced STAR exemption, providing much needed tax relief to hundreds of thousands of seniors throughout New York State. 

 

June 20, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE: RIVER HOSPITAL TO BENEFIT FROM SENATE-PASSED BILL

Long-delayed change in payment rules could help preserve health care in the Thousand Islands

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced Senate passage of a bill she cosponsored that helps secure the future of rural hospitals like River Hospital in Alexandria Bay, and Clifton Fine Hospital in Star Lake.

The bill, S.5431-A, will require the state to pay rural “critical access hospitals” for their actual costs of providing services, instead of relying on reimbursement formulas that currently leave the facilities shortchanged.

June 20, 2011
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Blankenbush, Ritchie, Fort Drum Representatives Ask Lieutenant Governor Duffy to Locate Air Med Service at Drum

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush, Senator Patty Ritchie and representatives from Fort Drum today met with Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy and New York State Police representatives to make the case for locating an Air Medical Services helicopter at Fort Drum. The meeting was arranged by the governor’s office at the request of Assemblyman Blankenbush.  The meeting came just hours before the Senate was expected to pass Senator Ritchie's bill S.4712, legislation that will cut red tape to help recruit a commercial air ambulance service to Northern New York to provide the north country with another option in its efforts to provide an medical air evacuation service to the region.

June 20, 2011
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LaValle Bill Capping Seniors' School Taxes Passes Senate

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said his bill capping school taxes for eligible senior citizens older than 70 years of age has passed the New York State Senate and will now go to the Assembly.

This bill amends the real property tax law by establishing a fixed real property school tax rate for persons 70 years of age or over who meet the requirements for the enhanced STAR exemption. Under the bill, residential real property owned and occupied by individuals who are 70 years of age or over; or by husband and wife, one of whom is seventy years of age or over and meets each of the requirements for the enhanced STAR exemption, will be eligible for a fixed real property school tax rate.

June 20, 2011
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SENATE APPROVES BILL TO STRENGTHEN DUE PROCESS PROVISION OF MEDICAID LAW

The State Senate today approved legislation (S.3184), sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury), to ensure appropriate due process protections for providers and recipients of Medicaid who come under the scrutiny of the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG).

 

The legislation adds to the law which created the OMIG in 2007, to assure fairness and procedural clarity when audits are conducted.

 

June 20, 2011
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June 21, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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LaValle Co-Sponsored Bill, Prescription Freedom of Choice Passes Senate 60 – 2, Provides Drugs May Be Purchased at Local Pharmacy Rather by Mail order.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said today that a bill he co-sponsored that provides freedom of choice to consumers who have coverage for prescribed drugs as part of their health insurance has passed the Senate and will now go to the Governor for his signature.

 The bill, S3510, allows consumers to purchase prescription drugs from their local pharmacy despite an insurance company policy mandating a purchase from a specific mail order pharmacy.

“This legislation provides consumers with a choice,” Senator LaValle said, “as well as increased safety.”

June 20, 2011
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LaValle Co-Sponsored Bill, Prescription Freedom of Choice Passes Senate 60 – 2, Provides Drugs May Be Purchased at Local Pharmacy Rather by Mail order.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said today that a bill he co-sponsored that provides freedom of choice to consumers who have coverage for prescribed drugs as part of their health insurance has passed the Senate and will now go to the Governor for his signature.

The bill, S3510, allows consumers to purchase prescription drugs from their local pharmacy despite an insurance company policy mandating a purchase from a specific mail order pharmacy.

“This legislation provides consumers with a choice,” Senator LaValle said, “as well as increased safety.”

June 20, 2011
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SENATE PASSES “COMPLETE STREETS” LEGISLATION

The New York State Senate today passed the “Complete Streets” legislation which would help make roadways safer for all who use them. The bill (S.5411A), by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) requires state, county, and local transportation agencies to consider roadway design features that increase the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.

 

June 20, 2011
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Senate Passes “Complete Streets” Legislation

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) said the Senate today passed the “Complete Streets” legislation which would help make roadways safer for all who use them. The bill (S.5411A), requires state, county, and local transportation agencies to consider roadway design features that increase the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. The bill unanimously passed the Senate.

June 20, 2011
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SENATE PASSES FUSCHILLO BILL TO HELP CHILDREN WITH NON-AMBULATORY PARENTS

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate recently approved legislation he sponsors to help children with non-ambulatory parents. The legislation (S595) would give school districts the authority to provide transportation for these children even if they live below the transportation mileage limit.  

June 20, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN APPLAUDS LEGISLATURE ON PASSAGE OF A UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT

Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District) issued the following statement regarding the passage of S5706-2011, a bill to authorize the City of New York to allow for a United Nations development district:

 

“I applaud my colleagues for taking this necessary action in order to continue to improve the economy of our great city. This project will spark our city with crucial economic activity, and the creation of much needed jobs. As well, we will bring additional tax revenue for our City and our State, helping to balance future budgets."

 

 

June 20, 2011
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A visit to the Senate chamber

Senator George Maziarz welcomes (from left) Emily Reid, Hannah Hagerty, Elizabeth Reid, and Meredith Reid to the Senate chamber.

June 20, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of June 20, 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 20, 2011
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Legislative Report with Senator John Bonacic

Senator John Bonacic discusses End of Session negotians; the Governor's Ethics Legislation, his Wawarsing Flood Bill, the MTA Payroll Tax repeal legislation and his "Move Over" Bill.

June 20, 2011
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'Jimmer Mania' Comes to New York's State Capitol

     State Senator Betty Little and Assemblywoman Teresa Sawyard welcome Brigham Young University basketball star and Glens Falls native Jimmer Fredette to the State Capitol in Albany on Friday, June 17, 2011.

June 17, 2011
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