Brewster, N.Y. – (08/05/11) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) stopped by the Town of Patterson Recreation Center today to present a $100,000 check to the center to be used toward air conditioning and flooring upgrades. The money, secured by Senator Ball through a state grant, will allow the center to move forward on badly needed infrastructure upgrades.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) enjoys music at the Fulton County Office for the Aging picnic with Maureen Phillips, member of the Perth Senior Center, and Assemblyman Marc Bulter. The picnic was held on Aug. 4th in Gloversville and over 400 seniors attended the day affair.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I-59th District) announced today that legislation permitting sportsmen to use rifles when hunting big game in Wyoming County has become law. The bill (S. 2385) passed the Senate in March with unanimous support and was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo late Wednesday night.
“Hunting large game by rifle is legally practiced across much of New York but until now has been unavailable to Wyoming County’s sportsmen. This law ensures that Wyoming County will continue to be a top destination for hunters and outdoor enthusiast, bolstering the County’s economy and enhancing its growing tourism industry,” Gallivan said.
Senator Owen H. Johnson assisted in the ribbon cutting at the Fresnel Lens Building Grand Opening Ceremony on July 22, 2011. Members of the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society and the National Park Service were among those who joined in the celebration. The Fresnel Lens Building is now the home of the First Order Fresnel Lens; a beacon that guided mariners into New York Harbor. For many European immigrants, the Fire Island Light was their first sight of land upon arrival to America.
Michael Perry Memorial Highway Becomes Law in New York State
Brewster, N.Y. – (08/04/11) – A bill honoring a Hudson Valley hero who died in the line of duty is now on the books in New York State. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed the Ball, Castelli Michael Perry Memorial Highway bill (S1477A/A1427A). The legislation, sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) and Assemblyman Robert Castelli (R, C – Goldens Bridge), designates State Route 119 in Westchester County as the Michael Perry Memorial Highway.
For the protection of motorists, night time travel lane closures of Montauk Highway/NY Route 27A, between NY Route 231 and NY Route 109 in the Town of Babylon, Suffolk County, will begin Tuesday night, July 26, 2011 and continue weekdays for approximately five weeks. The closures will take place between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. each night, Sunday through Thursday, weather permitting. No street parking is permitted during this construction work. This operation also includes a small section of NY Route 231 just north of Montauk Highway. Utilizing lane shifts, a single travel lane in each direction will remain open, but motorists are strongly urged to use alternate routes or they will experience delays.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said today that legislation he introduced in the New York State Senate and passed both houses of the legislature has been signed into law by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The new law closes a major loophole in New York’s animal fighting laws that currently allows some dogfighters and cockfighters to escape punishment by masquerading as spectators.
“Causing animals to fight and betting on the outcome is inhumane,” said Senator LaValle. "This new law will provide law enforcement and prosecutors with a stronger tool with which to combat these terrible acts."
Governor Cuomo today announced that Senator Carl L. Marcellino and Assemblyman Steve Englebright, chairmen of the Senate and Assembly Governor Operations Committee, will join the Governor's task force to investigate the executive and administrator compensation levels at not-for-profits that receive taxpayer support from the state.
State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R,C,I- Shirley) today applauded the decision by Governor Andrew Cuomo to launch a probe of non-profit executive compensation in light of recent news stories of widespread abuse.
“Governor Cuomo’s probe of non-profit executive compensation is timely and necessary,” said Senator Zeldin. “It is almost daily now that we read in the papers new accounts of widespread abuse by non-profit executives.”
Senator Zeldin, who released a statement this past Monday calling for legislative action on this issue in 2012, was very pleased to learn of the Governor’s probe.
Patchogue, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) held his first Mobile Office “Hamlet Day” on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at the Patchogue- Medford Library. Dozens of residents from the Patchogue area turned out to meet with Senator Zeldin to share their concerns and questions regarding issues facing their local community and New York State.
Senator Zeldin (above left) is pictured here speaking with the Gallaghers (above right) of East Patchogue.