Issues: Miscellaneous

School Tax Relief Program (STAR) Application Deadline March 1, 2011

Senator Owen H. Johnson wants to remind you that the deadline for New York State’s School Tax Relief Program (STAR) is March 1, 2011.   STAR is a tax relief program that lowers property taxes for owner-occupied primary residences.  There are two levels of STAR benefits: Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR.

Basic STAR is available to residents who own and live in their own 1- ,2- , or 3-family house, condominium, or cooperative apartment and earn less than $500,000 a year.  There is no age limit for Basic STAR.  For qualifying homeowners, Basic STAR exempts the first $30,000 of the full value of a home from school taxes. Once you are approved for Basic STAR, you need not reapply each year unless you move to a new primary residence.

January 25, 2011
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Peralta ascends Democrats' Senate leadership ranks

Times Ledger

Freshman senator named to fifth-highest post as Democratic whip, co-chair of campaign committe

In the nearly one year that Jose Peralta has been a state senator representing western Queens, his star has surely risen.

Peralta was selected as one of four co-chairmen in charge of making sure Democrats recapture the Senate in 2012 and was chosen by Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson (D-Brooklyn) as Democratic whip – the fifth-highest leadership position among Democrats.

On top of the two posts, Peralta was also named the ranking member of the Senate Labor Committee by Sampson.

January 25, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN ANNOUNCES CITY TRIBUTE TO AMERICAN HERO FROM BROOKLYN RESTORED

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member of the State Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Military and Veteran Affairs, is announcing that through his efforts, a plaque posthumously honoring United States Army Private First Class Armond Cutinella, has been restored.

January 25, 2011
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January 25, 2011
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ADDABBO: “DON’T LET THE BEDBUGS BITE!”

Senator and Assemblyman Mike Miller Sponsor Free Seminar with Experts on How to Prevent or

Eliminate the Growing Menace 

January 25, 2011
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Senator Carlucci Urges New Approach to Help Our Children

Senator Carlucci Urges New Approach

to Help Our Children

 

(Albany, NY) Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland) released a report, compiled by the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), which has found that the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has increased overtime costs and a drastic spike in worker's compensation claims, despite the number of children under OCFS supervision having decreased.

 

January 24, 2011
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January 24, 2011
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State Sen. Daniel Squadron Tells Fellow Jets Fans To Keep Hope Alive

January 24, 2011 4:58 PM

NY Daily News

By Celeste Katz

The Jets break their fans' hearts year after year, but here's a snippet of a column state Sen. Dan Squadron wrote for ESPN's website today on how staying faithful to Gang Green has helped him learn how to keep hope alive, even when it's been crushed under a pile of Steelers jerseys -- or stalled in Albany gridlock.

"To be a Jets fan is to be a believer. It’s to ignore the conventional wisdom or the odds, even

January 24, 2011
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Troop 152 Welcomes Newest Eagle Scouts

Recently, Senator Robach attended an Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony for Troop 152 in Brighton. Two members of the troop received their Eagle Scout badge, William J. Devos and Nicholas Sirotenko. Both are pictured with Senator Robach.

January 24, 2011
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COMUNICADO DE PRENSA

24 de Enero de 2011

PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA

El Martes, 4 de Febrero de 1999, cuatro policías balearón un joven Africano de nombre Amadou Diallo.

Esto sucedió en el edificio número 1157 de la avenida Wheeler, aquí en el Condado de Bronx. Los cuatro policías le dispararón 41 balazos de los cuales 19 impactarón al joven Africano.

En aquella ocasión, los policías reclamarón defensa propia diciendo que Amadou Diallo se metio las manos en el bolsillo y ellos creyeron que lo que saco fue una pistola cuando en realidad Amadou Diallo lo que saco fue su cartera de bolsillo.

January 24, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  Here at the start of the 2011 legislative session, that's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout the year ahead, 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..."

January 24, 2011
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CHATTERTON STUDENTS HELP SENATOR FUSCHILLO “EXTEND THE HOLIDAYS” FOR CHILDREN IN WINTHROP HOSPITAL

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently visited Chatterton Elementary School in Merrick to thank students for participating in his annual “Extend the Holidays” toy drive.

January 24, 2011
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Senator Maziarz recognizes long-serving volunteer firefighter

Senator George Maziarz and Assemblyman John Ceretto congratulate John Linkowski for being the oldest member of Lewiston No. 2 Volunteer Fire Company at the company's 69th annual installation dinner.

January 24, 2011
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Senator Ball Opens District Office

Ball: Together as a team, we can accomplish great things. BREWSTER, NY (1/22/2011) – At a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, joined by dozens of constituents and local officials throughout Senate District 40, Senator Greg Ball officially opened the State Senate District 40 Office. “This is a great community that we live in. It could be better if New York State Government would get out of the way,” Ball said.

January 24, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With South High School Students

Even with snow falling on Friday morning, January 21, students from the Great Neck School District still made it to class and Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) made it to Great Neck South High School to discuss the students’ aspirations for the future.Prior to going to Great Neck South High School, Senator Martins held a roundtable discussion with Great Neck School Superintendent Dr. Tom Dolan, Great Neck Board of Education Vice-President Fran Langsner, Trustee Don Ashkenase, Trustee Susan Miner-Healy and John Powell from the business office.The Great Neck School officials and Senator Martins spoke about the quality of the Great Neck Schools. “The achievement is high. The students do extremely well,” said Dr.

January 24, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With Great Neck School Officials, South High School Students

Even with snow falling on Friday morning, January 21, students from the Great Neck School District still made it to class and Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) made it to Great Neck South High School to discuss the students’ aspirations for the future.Prior to going to Great Neck South High School, Senator Martins held a roundtable discussion with Great Neck School Superintendent Dr. Tom Dolan, Great Neck Board of Education Vice-President Fran Langsner, Trustee Don Ashkenase, Trustee Susan Miner-Healy and John Powell from the business office.The Great Neck School officials and Senator Martins spoke about the quality of the Great Neck Schools. “The achievement is high. The students do extremely well,” said Dr.

January 24, 2011
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith Pushes For HSR Jobs, Encourages GE to Build HSR Locomotive in New York

(St. Albans, NY)-Senator Malcolm A. Smith is calling on General Electric (GE) to bring more jobs to New York. GE recently signed a letter of intent with China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corporation Limited (CSR) to manufacture high- and medium-speed electric multiple unit trains in the United States.

January 23, 2011
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