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Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Responds to Grieving Parents Plea for 3PM Press Conference

For Immediate Release

June 23, 2014

By: Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz

Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Responds to Grieving Parents Plea for 3PM Press Conference

Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) is responding to a plea by the parents of the two young teens who drowned in the Bronx River last week to join them at a press conference to be held at the site of the drowning in Starlight Park on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM, the same time that the fatal accident occurred. The New York Hispanic Clergy Organization's Rev. Joel Bauza will also be joining the parents.

June 23, 2014
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Grand Re-Opening for Reflections Hair Design

Clarence, NY- Senator Ranzenhofer joins Reflections Hair Design owner Debbie Michnik for a grand re-opening ceremony for their Sheridan Drive location.

June 23, 2014
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Emergency Preparedness Information From Senator Flanagan

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION : IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS AND WEB SITES

Click on the name of the organization to visit the web site

Red Cross Hurricane Safety Guide

New York State Aware Prepare Web Site - Tips from NYS

 New York State Division of Homeland Security

June 22, 2014
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In the News: Red-light Cameras Win Approval in Rochester, Westchester (Source: Poughkeepsie Journal)

Source: Poughkeepsie Journal

Yonkers and Rochester on Friday had their red-light camera pilot programs extended for five years, and Mount Vernon and New Rochelle will be able to add them.

The approvals from the state Legislature came in the final hours of the legislative session, which ended Friday evening. The bills will now head to Cuomo's desk for approval.

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, said her city wanted the bill extended.

June 22, 2014
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Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins 2014 Session Closing Remarks

Thank you Mr. President.

Thank You Senator Skelos and Senator Klein.

Thank you to Governor Cuomo for his vision and leadership in helping move this state forward.

And thank you to our partners in the other Legislative House, especially Speaker Silver who has been a true friend and a real progressive leader.

I would also like to take a moment to thank staff on both sides of the aisle. The work you have put in over the last 2 years has been invaluable. Thank you for all your hard work.

As we wrap up our 2 year term, I think about all we have experienced.

June 21, 2014
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Summary of 2014 Senate Legislative Action

2014-2015 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

 

The New York State 2014-15 state budget clearly reflects the Senate Republican Conference’s key goal of working together in a bipartisan way to give everyone the opportunity to succeed. The budget delivers on priorities outlined by the Senate Republicans including: more than $1.1 billion in additional aid to schools that is distributed fairly across the state; additional property tax relief for hardworking families; increased funding to help young New Yorkers afford college; tax cuts to help businesses create new job opportunities; and comprehensive ethics and election reforms.

 

June 20, 2014
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STATEMENT ON 2014 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Since the 2014 Legislative Session began in January, I've been focused on achieving results that make for a better New York for all who call our state home. By working together, across the political aisle, we have made great strides towards several of my top priorities, including creating jobs, cutting red tape, lowering taxes, improving our schools and fostering new opportunities for people across our state. 

June 20, 2014
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Statement from Senator O'Mara on the 2014 legislative session

Albany, N.Y., June 20— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today released the following statement on the 2014 legislative session:

June 20, 2014
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Senator Montgomery Announces Passage of New York's Compassionate Care Act

Senator Montgomery announced passage of legislation to establish a medical marijuana program in New York State. The legislation includes provisions to ensure medical marijuana is reserved only for patients with serious conditions and is dispensed and administered by the appropriate state agencies to ensure that the program cannot be abused.

Senator Montgomery is a co-sponsor of the legislation, which was passed by both the Senate and Assembly on June 20, 2014.

The bill passed by the State Legislature and supported by Governor Cuomo will:

• Establish a certification and registry process for physicians to administer medical marijuana;

• Put in place a process for patients to obtain, and manufacturers to dispense, medical marijuana;

June 20, 2014
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SENATOR BALL HELPS PASS PACKAGE OF BILLS ADDRESSING STATEWIDE HEROIN EPIDEMIC

Albany, N.Y. – 06/20/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson) joined his colleagues in the New York State Senate to pass a package of bills this week that addresses the growing heroin and opioid crisis. The legislation targets prevention, treatment and enforcement issues related to the drugs.

In March 2014, Senator Greg Ball was appointed to the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The bipartisan task force, chaired by Senator Phil Boyle (R-C-I, Suffolk County), examined the issues and solicited input from experts and other stakeholders about addiction prevention and treatment options, the rise in heroin and opioid use, and the potential for drug-related crimes and other negative community impacts.

June 20, 2014
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SENATOR GOLDEN STATEMENT ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA LEGISLATION

 

Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement regarding his vote to support Senate Bill 7923 which authorizes medical marijuana in New York State, prohibiting the smoking form, for treatment of certain serious illnesses and diseases.

“This afternoon, I voted to support comprehensive legislation that will provide an option to medical professionals to offer medical marijuana to New York’s most seriously ill, those battling Cancer, HIV/Aids, Multiple Sclerosis, and Epilepsy. This legislation encompasses strong safe guards against the misuse of marijuana, while making a form available through prescriptions from specialized doctors.

 

June 20, 2014
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M.A.S. Swing 15 piece big band will perform music from the Great American Songbook

M.A.S. Swing 15 piece big band will perform music from the Great American Songbook which includes songs by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Benny Goodman and Glenn MillerSunday, June 29, 20142PM-5PMSt Columba Church2245 Kimball StMarine Park, Brooklyn 11234Handicap accessible- parking on premise- large dance floor- casual dressTickets $30.00 per person and includes a luncheon buffet.Please call for reservationsMarie Stack917-841-1617www.mariestack.com

June 20, 2014
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Summer Safety Information

Living on Long Island provides all of us with some great opportunities to enjoy all that the summer season has to offer.  From Jones Beach to the lighthouse in Montauk, we have some of the greatest beaches and recreational areas in the state and I urge you to take advantage of all Long Island has to offer.

As you enjoy the coming months, I wanted to provide you with some important summer safety information to make sure that the summer is as safe as possible.  These easy-to-follow tips from experts are designed to help you prepare for almost any situation and I hope you will take advantage of them.

Please have a safe and enjoyable summer.

June 20, 2014
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Senator Montgomery Meets Montgomery County Resident Grace Rutagengwa, A Survivor of the Rwandan Genocide

Grace Rutagengwa is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide which claimed the lives of her parents and three siblings. As one of her last acts, Grace’s mother hid three year old Grace under her skirt, to protect her from their attackers.

A neighbor – who was named Providence -- found Grace and provided shelter for her until she could be safely transported out of the country, hidden in a large suitcase.

June 20, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL ISSUES STATEMENT ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA

Albany, N.Y. – 06/20/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson) issued the following statement regarding the legalization of medical marijuana in New York State.

June 20, 2014
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Joint Statement on recent news reports of mute swan killings by the State Department of Environmental Conservation in upstate, NY from State Senator Tony Avella and Edita Birnkrant, Campaigns Director, Friends of Animals:

"As the State Senate was passing legislation to halt the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)’s senseless plan to eradicate all wild mute swans in the state by 2025 and declare them a “prohibited species,” we learn that three DEC agents decided to go on a killing spree of these majestic birds in an unmarked boat. To say that this was horrific and inhumane incident is an understatement.

June 20, 2014
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SENATOR GOLDEN COMMENDS SENATE AND ASSEMBLY ACTION TO CREATE A MORE OPEN, TRANSPARENT AND ACCOUNTABLE PORT AUTHORITY

Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a prime sponsor of S. 7721, the “Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Transparency and Accountability Act of 2014” today is hailing passage of this legislation adopted by both the Senate and the Assembly.

 

The legislation would require the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to adhere to the accountability and transparency standards that were imposed on New York State Public Authorities in 2005 and 2009. Additionally, this bill will set a series of agency reforms in place which will govern the Port Authority moving forward.

 

June 20, 2014
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STATE SENATOR GIPSON ANNOUNCES BILL FOR ADDITIONAL FAMILY COURT JUDGE FOR DUTCHESS PASSES LEGISLATURE

For Immediate Release: June 20, 2014 Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

STATE SENATOR GIPSON ANNOUNCES BILL FOR ADDITIONAL FAMILY COURT JUDGE FOR DUTCHESS PASSES LEGISLATURE

ALBANY, NY – State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) announced that the State Senate has passed legislation, S.7883, which will create an additional Family Court Judge position for Dutchess County. The legislation has also passed the Assembly and awaits Governor Cuomo’s signature to become law.

June 20, 2014
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Senator Farley Salutes New York Rangers

State Senate Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting members of the New York Rangers hockey team when they came to the Capitol on June 18th. Representing the team were General Manager Glen Sather, Assistant General Manager Jim Schoenfeld, Derek Stepan, Matin St. Louis and Dominic Moore.

June 20, 2014
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SENATOR AVELLA BROKERS COMPROMISE ON QUEENS PUBLIC LIBRARY BILL

 The bill will aim to strengthen oversight and promote transparency amid recent controversy and clear mismanagement

June 20, 2014
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