Inducts Three Women into Historic Women of Distinction Exhibit
ALBANY – To celebrate Women’s History Month, the New York State Senate today announced an exhibit honoring historic New York women whose achievements in arts, science, government, military, labor, education, and social reform has earned them recognition as Women of Distinction.
This exhibit includes three new honorees: America’s first trained nurse Linda Richards of Potsdam, (1841-1930), women’s advocate Mary Wiltsie Fuller of Troy and the Glens Falls area (1862-1943) and the first African-American female doctor in New York, and the third in the nation Susan Smith McKenney Steward (1847-1918) of Brooklyn.
The Independent Democratic Conference today released a plan to streamline New York's patchwork Inspector General system and further empower the State Inspector General to be the top watchdog of New York's bureaucracy.
This proposal, which would eliminate overlapping and duplicative layers of state government and consolidate what are often competing operations, would result in $37 million in savings.
The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.2682), sponsored by Senator Mike Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), to repeal a burdensome tax on local economic development agencies that hinders job growth and economic investment. The tax, first enacted in 2009, provides a direct obstacle to the ability of Industrial Development Agencies and Authorities (IDAs) to invest in new projects, support local businesses and create jobs.
Recently I had the pleasure to recognize recipients of the 2011 Webster Police 1000 Club "Making a Difference" Awards. The award honors students in the Webster School District who have made a positive impact on their community.
Pictured left to right are: Gerald Pickering, Webster Police Chief; Senator Mike Nozzolio; Sean Walsh, President of the Webster 1000 Club; Julie Anderson, Webster Schroeder; Mark Johns, NYS Assembly; Corey Shaw, Webster Schroeder; Peter Elder, Mayor of the Village of Webster; Rachael Whitmire, Webster Christian; Melody Marshall, Webster Christian; and Ron Nesbitt, Supervisor of the Town of Webster.
With shocking new video evidence revealing continued violence in New York’s juvenile centers, state lawmakers are calling on Governor Cuomo to fire Office of Children and Family Services Commissioner (OCFS) Gladys Carrion.
Security video footage, unveiled by former state Commission of Correction’s employee Eileen Carpenter at a recent press conference in Albany, showed graphic images of residents violently assaulting each other and staff in the state’s four juvenile secure centers.
"I commend Ms. Carpenter’s courage for coming forward and exposing the truth about the violence that continues under Commissioner Carrion. This video confirms the chaos that has been created by her irresponsible policies," said Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C - Olean).
Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz to Governor Andrew Cuomo: Your Priorities are Out of Line with the Urgencies of the Day
New York State Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz (D-Bronx) has issued the following statement in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s meeting today to strategize about how to legalize homosexual marriage in New York State:
Albany, NY- State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) recently met with students from Briarcliffe College located in Patchogue, NY. The college students visited Albany as part of their annual lobby day. Pictured here(left to right) are: Shomari Dias, Simone McCroy, Senator Zeldin, Kathy Genua, Dean of Student Affairs, Edward Martinez, Director of Student Life, Chris Myrtel, Angela Pannullo.
At a recent meeting of the Senate Education Committee, Senator Montgomery spoke out against the Last In, First Out (LIFO) bill (S.3501), which attempts to leverage the state’s current fiscal crisis to eliminate the seniority and tenure rights of all New Year City educators. Moreover, the bill is a blatant attempt at union busting, demonstrating a clear and dangerous disregard for the rights of educators that have been negotiated and defined through collective bargaining.
(New York, NY) – Members of the New York State Senate Puerto Rican/Latino Caucus have selected Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) to chair the caucus. Sen. Espaillat was nominated by the previous chair, Senator Ruben Diaz, and chosen unanimously as the new chair.
New York State Senator Patty Ritchie visited with Ogdensburg Bishop Terry LaValley during his visit to Albany on Tuesday.Bishop LaValley oversees the Roman Catholic diocese of Ogdensburg which stretches from the shores of Lake Ontario to the shores of Lake Champlain, stretching along New York State's border with Canada. Bishop LaValley was one of over 1,000 Roman Catholics from across New York State who visited the state legislature with the New York State Catholic Conference to talk about issues affecting Catholic schools and the New York's Catholics.Senator Ritchie's 48th senate district includes Jefferson and a portion of St. Lawrence County that is included in Bishop LaValley's diocese.Catholics at the Capitol is an annual event.