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Photo Of The Week

Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D- St. Albans) was joined by Congressman Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica), Senator Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica), Executive Director and Founder of Youth and Tennis Academy Bill Briggs, Tennis Legend John McEnroe, Parks Department Queens Borough Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski, Senator Tony Avella (D-Bayside), Councilman Ruben Wills (D- Jamaica), President of Southern Queens Park Association Roger Scotland and District Leader Jackie Boyce at the Youth and Tennis Academy ribbon cutting ceremony for their new indoor junior tennis facility.

March 16, 2011
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Senator LaValle Welcomes National Champion Rocky Point Cheerleaders

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) and Assemblyman Dan Losquadro (R,C-Shoreham) welcomed the Rocky Point High School Varsity Cheerleading Team to the state Capitol and presented the team with a proclamation on the steps of the Million Dollar Staircase for their extraordinary achievements.  In February, the team won the National Championship in the Universal Cheerleaders Association’s Medium Varsity Division in Orlando, Florida. 

March 16, 2011
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SENATE CELEBRATES SUNSHINE WEEK BY INTRODUCING SWEEPING BUDGET REFORM PROPOSAL

Creates Independent Budgeting Entity and Requires Better Fiscal Planning

The New York State Senate Majority introduced comprehensive budget reform legislation this week that would create a non-partisan budget office and require the adoption of multi-year financial plans based on sound accounting practices. The bill, introduced during national Sunshine Week, would significantly enhance independence and accountability in the budget process. 

March 16, 2011
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IDC Calls for End to Deferral of Key Upstate Development Program

Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit to Leverage $461 M in Upstate Investment; Create 1,600+ Jobs

The Independent Democratic Conference today called for the full reinstatement of an economic development program that would create more than $460 million in private investment and more than 1,600 good-paying jobs in Upstate New York.

March 16, 2011
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Senator Martins' Legislative Report From Albany

Watch Senator Martins' latest Legislative Report from Albany, where he talks about what is going on in the Senate and in the 7th Senate District.

March 16, 2011
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Tremendous Volunteer Effort Supports Fairville Fire Department’s Fundraising

Senator Mike Nozzolio recently stopped by the Fairville Fire Department to support their annual Lenten Friday night dinners. This is the 20th year that the Department has coordinated the event. Volunteers sell approximately 1,400 dinners each Friday. Pictured with Senator Mike Nozzolio is Fairville Fire Chief Rich Jordan.

March 16, 2011
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Senator Montgomery Votes Down Senate Republican's Budget Resolution, Faults Proposal for Dismissing Juvenile Justice Reform

Dear Constituents and Juvenile Justice Advocates:

The Republican-controlled Senate and the Assembly have each submitted their budget bills, which accept and reject portions of the Governor’s recommended State spending plan for FY 2011-12.

While I was pleased by many of the funding restorations contained in the Senate’s budget resolution, I voted against the proposal because it hurts our children -- our young people who are on the road to ruin because we, as a State, are not acting responsibly to reform New York’s juvenile justice system.

March 16, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN CALLS ON STATE LEGISLATURE TO ACT ON LEGISLATION REINSTATING THE DEATH PENALTY FOR COP KILLERS IN NEW YORK

Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District), a former New York City Police Officer, today hosted a news conference in the State Capitol, calling for the Assembly and Senate to act on legislation he has introduced (S. 645) that would reinstate the death penalty for those who intentionally kill police officers, peace officers or an employee of the Department of Correctional Services in New York State.

Senator Golden’s call for action follows the recent in-the-line-of-duty deaths of New York City Police Officer Alain Schaberger and Poughkeepsie Police Detective John Falcone. Senator Golden was joined by Senator Greg Ball (R-C, 40th District) at the press conference along with other members of the Senate Republican Conference.

March 16, 2011
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HOW YOU CAN HELP THE VICTIMS OF EARTHQUAKE & TSUNAMI IN JAPAN

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. 

March 16, 2011
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How You Can Help

The thoughts and prayers of all New Yorkers go out to the Japanese people in the wake of this devastating tragedy.  The people of New York have a long and proud tradition of providing aid and relief to those in need, and communities across our state are now pulling together to lend a helping hand during this time of crisis.

March 16, 2011
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Senator Nozzolio Honors Ms. Wheelchair New York Michelle Fridley

Albany- Continuing his efforts to support individuals with disabilities, State Senator Mike Nozzolio recently met with Michelle Fridley of Canandaigua, who was named Ms. Wheelchair New York for her advocacy on behalf of disabled citizens living independently in their communities. Senator Nozzolio authored a special legislative resolution honoring Michelle for winning the Ms. Wheelchair New York pageant and participating in the national pageant in Michigan. Michelle visited the State Capital with other local representatives of the Center for Disability Rights, of which she is an active member.

March 16, 2011
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Senator Gallivan meets with Archbishop Timothy Dolan

Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Senator Thomas O'Mara, and Senator Patrick Gallivan

March 15, 2011
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Senator Lee M. Zeldin Announces First Phase of MTA Payroll Tax Repeal and Full Repeal of the Saltwater Fishing License in Senate Budget Resolution

Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) welcomed passage of today’s Senate Budget Resolution as an important first step in restoring New York’s economy and achieving several of the important initiatives for Long Islanders that he has been fighting for since taking office in January.

“I made clear from the beginning of the Budget process that I would not support any new taxes or fees,” said Senator Zeldin. “Today’s Senate Budget Resolution remains faithful to this commitment by avoiding any tax and fee increases while providing the foundation for a fiscally responsible on-time budget.

March 15, 2011
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Earthquake and Tsunami Relief for Japan

The thoughts and prayers of all New Yorkers go out to the Japanese people in the wake of this devastating tragedy.  The people of New York have a long and proud tradition of providing aid and relief to those in need, and communities across our state are now pulling together to lend a helping hand during this time of crisis.

March 15, 2011
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