Issues: Miscellaneous

Senator Greg Ball to tour Indian Point Power Plant and Public Hearing to follow

Albany, NY (April 5, 2011) –Senator Greg Ball (R, C, 40th District –Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess) will tour the Indian Point Power Facility on April 14th at 9:00am.  Following the tour, Senator Ball will share his findings at a public hearing held at Stony Point Community Center.

April 5, 2011
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SENATOR SMITH APPLAUDS GOVERNOR CUOMO'S LEADERSHIP ON HIGH-SPEED RAIL FUNDING

Senator Malcolm A. Smith (13th Senate District, St.

April 4, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROVIDE MORE OVERSIGHT OF LIPA RATE HIKES

Measure Would Require Greater Scrutiny of Cost Increases to Customers

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.2581) to increase accountability and reduce unregulated rate increases by the Long Island Power Authority. The bill, sponsored by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), addresses costly rate hikes of more than 30 percent since 2001 by requiring state Public Service Commission notification and review of certain rate increases of more than 2.5 percent. 

 

“Long Islanders pay among the highest utility rates in the country,” Senator LaValle said. “Accountability and transparency are critically important to protect ratepayers.”

 

April 4, 2011
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Senate Puerto Rican/Latino Caucus Applauds Nomination of Cesar Perales as NY Secretary of State

Members of the Caucus include Senators Adriano Espaillat (chair), Gustavo Rivera (vice-chair), Ruben Diaz, Martin Dilan, Jose Peralta, and Jose Serrano.

 (New York, NY) – The Puerto Rican/Latino Caucus of the New York State Senate released the following statement in support of Cesar Perales’ nomination as New York’s next secretary of state.

April 4, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN LEADS PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO PUNISH THE CRIMINAL USE OF PUBLIC RECORDS IN NEW YORK

Bill Would Protect Against Criminal Activity Including Identity Theft

Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a former New York City Police Officer, today led New York State Senate passage of legislation he has sponsored,

S. 2168, that seeks to make it a crime when public records are used for the purposes of advancing criminal activity in the State of New York.

The legislation amends the New York State Penal Law and makes it a Class E felony so to set a framework to prevent abuse of the Freedom of Information Law. Additionally, this bill would provide the necessary provisions so to prosecute the misuse of government documentation obtained through such requests for the purposes of committing a crime.

April 4, 2011
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Meritorious Achievement For Distinguished Scout

Waterloo - Senator Mike Nozzolio recently presented LaVerne Sessler III with a special New York State Resolution commemorating his achievement in earning the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout, the highest and most prestigious honor in Scouting. The formal Resolution was adopted in the New York State Senate on March 29, 2011.

Pictured with his Mom and Dad left to right are: Lisa Sessler; Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, LaVerne Sessler III, Senator Mike Nozzolio; and Vern Sessler.

 

April 4, 2011
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Senator Martins To Hold Mobile Office Hours

Senator Jack M. Martins has announced he will be holding mobile office hours to bring government services directly to residents in their own communities.

Senator Martins will be holding mobile office hours in New Hyde Park on Thursday, April 7 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hillside Public Library, 155 Lakeville Road and then again in Manhasset on Thursday, April 14 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Manhasset Public Library, 30 Onderdonk Avenue.

Residents who need assistance with government services, have questions about government programs, or would like to express concerns about a particular issue can come and share them with Senator Martins' office in a one-on-one setting. No appointments are necessary.

April 7, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Listen to Senator Nozzolio on WGVA's Finger Lakes Morning News

Recently, Senator Nozzolio visited "Finger Lakes Morning News" on WGVA 1240 to discuss the 2011-12 State Budget and the upcoming opening of the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery with host Ted Baker.

Listen to the full interview here at the Finger Lakes News Radio website.

April 4, 2011
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NEW STATE BUDGET REDUCES SPENDING, CUTS TAXES AND CREATES JOBS

The new State Budget agreement keeps my commitment to reduce spending, cut taxes and empower the private sector to create jobs.

The spending plan actually reduces year-to-year spending by $3.5 billion, cuts the bureaucratic trims state expenditures by 10 percent and will begin to put New York on the road to fiscal recovery.

It closes a $10 billion deficit without raising taxes or borrowing. It contains structural reforms to government, including a 2-year cap on Medicaid and education to ensure we continue to live within our means. In fact, next year’s projected budget deficit has already been reduced from $15 billion to a more manageable $2 billion - - less than one percent of the overall budget.

April 4, 2011
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Keeping the Commitment - Information on the 2011-12 State Budget

The New York State Senate has completed passage of the 2011-12 state budget one day prior to the April 1st budget deadline.  The budget, which has now received final approval by the Assembly, achieves the critically important goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.

To learn more about the State's new fiscally responsible budget plan, I encourage you to review the documents below. 

April 4, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN INVITES CHILDREN AND FAMILIES TO HUNT FOR EASTER EGGS IN OUR PARKS

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), along with the Southwest Brooklyn Parks Task Force and the Community Emergency Response Team, today are announcing plans to host two Easter Egg Hunts, for the children and families of the community, in both Marine Park and McKinley Park.

 

The Easter Egg Hunts are scheduled for:

 

Saturday, April 16, 2011, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Marine Park, Fillmore Avenue at Marine Parkway

 

Saturday, April 23, 2011, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

McKinley Park, 75th Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway

 

April 4, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO TOUGHEN LAWS FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

 

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

 

April 4, 2011
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GOLDEN, MALLIOTAKIS SPONSOR BILL TO AID IN CAPTURE OF CRIMINALS THAT ATTACK LAW ENFORCEMENT

Legislation would establish alert system to bring offenders to Justice

 

Senator Martin Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-Brooklyn, Staten Island) are sponsoring legislation that would establish a Blue Alert System to aid in the apprehension of criminals that kill or wound law enforcement. Similar to the Amber Alert used for missing children, Blue Alert would instantly spread word when a fugitive is on the run after committing such a heinous crime.

 

April 4, 2011
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Rep. Grimm & Brooklyn Leaders Fight to Keep the Corps at Fort Hamilton

Oppose the Army Corps of Engineers’ plans to leave Brooklyn for Manhattan

 

BROOKLYN, NY – Today, Representative Michael G. Grimm (R,C-Brooklyn/SI) is joined by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz (D-Brooklyn), elected Brooklyn officials, community leaders, and the Fort Hamilton Citizens Action Committee (FHCAC) in opposition to the Army Corps of Engineers’ proposal to move the headquarters of its North Atlantic Division (NAD) from Fort Hamilton Army Base to Manhattan. The NAD headquarters have been at Brooklyn’s Fort Hamilton since 1998. Moving them now will add unnecessary costs to taxpayers and could make the base more susceptible to closure under the next round of Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) decisions.

 

April 4, 2011
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SENATE APPROVES BILL TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR RECKLESS DRIVING

Proposal Gives New Tools To Prosecute Wrong-Way Driving, Other Dangerous Actions

 

State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) joined the New York State Senate yesterday in passage of a bill (S.3452) to help make roads safer by strengthening penalties for reckless driving and creating a new crime of aggravated reckless driving. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R, Merrick), would prevent car accidents and enhance prosecution of individuals charged with dangerous driving behavior, especially when incidents involve people who are drunk or high and drive on roads in the wrong direction.

 

April 4, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's column "From the Capitol..." for the week of April 4th

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  That's one thing most Albany observers agree on, and we've already seen it with the recent adoption of this year's state budget.  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..."

April 4, 2011
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BROOKLYN LAWMAKERS LEAD FUNDRAISING EFFORT TO KEEP BROOKLYN MEMORIAL DAY PARADE MARCHING THIS YEAR

GRIMM, GOLDEN AND MALLIOTAKIS DONATE $2500 TO PARADE

Brooklyn- Congressman Michael Grimm (R-C, NY 13th District), State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C, 60th District) today announced a combined donation of $2500 to support the 2011 Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade. The legislators are making the donation in response to the fundraising challenges parade organizers are facing this year.

April 4, 2011
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THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE TO WELCOME ATTENDEES TO THE 24th ANNUAL SOMOS SPRING CONFERENCE

Senate Chamber to Host SUNY and CUNY Students During Mock Senate Session

April 4, 2011
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