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SENATE PASSES JOB CREATION & TAXPAYER PROTECTION ACT

The New York State Senate today passed the Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011, a three-part plan to encourage the creation of new private sector jobs and ensure fiscal responsibility, including the enactment of a two percent state spending cap and requiring a two-thirds “super majority” vote to increase taxes.

“The people have spoken loud and clear that they want the state to cut spending, stop runaway tax increases and get off businesses’ backs and out of their wallets so they can create new jobs,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said.  “Today, the Senate is sending a clear signal that we share those priorities by making these bills the first ones we act on in the 2011 session. 

January 19, 2011
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Senator Montgomery & Brooklyn Omega Pay Tribute To Dr. King

Senator Montgomery at a basketball tournament organized by the Brothers of the Alpha Upsilon Chapter “Brooklyn Omega,” that combines sports with social responsibility. All the men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, an historically black fraternal organization, are college educated and a great role model for the young men who competed at MS 113 in Fort Greene.  Among them is Robert Cornegy, an elected Democratic State Committee Representative. The fraternity promotes social and cultural program that help to uplift communities.

January 18, 2011
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NYS Senator Eric Adams Joins His Conference Colleagues To Introduce A Comprehensive 22-Point Bipartisan Rules Reform Package

NYS Senator Eric Adams and his conference colleagues have introduced a 22-point rules reform package for independent redistricting, ethics reform, and budget reform. The conference called on the sixty-two members of the State Senate to unite to adopt a sweeping rules reform resolution to consolidate and protect historic reforms passed in 2009 and include additional proposals to create a more fair and accountable legislative body.

January 18, 2011
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The Journal News: Yonkers Residents Urged to Relinquish Fear at MLK Event

By Ernie Garcia

YONKERS — Biblical lepers were examples of self-liberation at the Nepperhan Community Center's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day event on Monday.

The Rev. H. Beecher Hicks Jr. of the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington urged about 300 attendees at the Warburton Avenue center's 25th annual breakfast to let go of the hurt from past injustices and reach for any goal they desire...

The Nepperhan event, which drew most of the city's elected officials, also honored state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins; Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow: Ken Jenkins, chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators ; and Yonkers Councilwoman Patricia McDow with the Drum Major for Justice Award for their efforts to improve the city...

January 18, 2011
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SENATOR DÍAZ CALLS ON GOVERNOR CUOMO TO SUPPORT BILL BANNING LEGISLATORS’ OUTSIDE INCOME

PRESS RELEASEJanuary 18, 2011FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SENATOR DÍAZ CALLS ON GOVERNOR CUOMO TO SUPPORT BILL BANNING LEGISLATORS’ OUTSIDE INCOME

Albany, New York – State Senator Rubén Díaz (D-Bronx) today called on Governor Cuomo to support a bill that he has reintroduced that would ban legislators from engaging in any outside paid activity during the legislators’ term of office (S.284).

January 18, 2011
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Nepperhan Community Center Honors Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

(Westchester, NY)- Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District- D/I/WF)  was honored this morning by the Nepperhan Community Center at their 25th Silver Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast with the Drum Major for Justice Award. The Senator joined Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow, Westchester County Board Chairman Ken Jenkins, and Yonkers City Councilwoman Pat McDow as honorees at the annual celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Community Center.

January 18, 2011
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SENATOR MARTY GOLDEN SWORN IN TO SERVE FIFTH TERM IN STATE SENATE

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District) was sworn in to serve his fifth term in the New York State Senate at a ceremony held on Thursday, January 13, 2011, at Intermediate School 228, 228 Avenue S, corner of West 5th Street, in Brooklyn.

Judge Vincent Del Giudice, Justice of the Supreme Court, administered the oath of office. The ceremony was attended by more than 300 people including Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assemblymembers Nicole Malliotakis and Alec Brook-Krasny, and City Councilmen Vincent Gentile and David Greenfield. The ceremony featured music by the I.S. 228 David A. Boody Jazz Band and Chorus, a performance by the I.S. 228 Asian Dance Troop and a musical presentation by the I.S. 228 David A. Boody Chamber Music.

January 18, 2011
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Senator Lee Zeldin Honors Dr. Martin Luther King

In honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I share the following quote from Dr. King's Lincoln Memorial Address on August 28, 1963:

"Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline."

I am very proud of all your support and proud to be your new State Senator. Let Dr. King's words inspire our efforts each and every day. Our cause may change with time, but Dr. King's words should never be forgotten.

January 17, 2011
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New York State Remembers the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For more information on how New York State is paying tribute to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., please visit the New York State Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday Memorial Observance website.

January 16, 2011
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Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day In Our Area

On Monday, January 17th, we will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. There are a number of events around the area to commemorate this day. Click here to see events taking place. Events start on Friday, January 14th and continue through the holiday on Monday.

January 14, 2011
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NYS Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For more information on how New York State is honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., please visit the New York State Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday Memorial Observance web site.

January 14, 2011
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Community Connection for Week Ending January 14, 2011

Here is Senator Robach's Community Connection for the week ending Friday, January 14th, 2011. You can view a full-screen version by clicking on the link below.

January 14, 2011
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Mobile Office Hours-Wantagh

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that he will be holding mobile office hours in Wantagh on Thursday, February 17th. All residents are invited to participate in the program, which will be held at the Wantagh Library, located at 3285 Park Avenue, from 1-3 pm.

February 17, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Martins Huddles with Floral Park School Superintendent on State Aid Issues

Holding true to his promise of having an open door to the Village of Floral Park, Senator Jack Martins hosted Floral Park Bellerose School Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Lynn Pombonyo, at the State Capitol this past Tuesday to discuss State Aid issues impacting the school district. The meeting was held with Senator Martins, top State Senate budget staff and education funding experts. The meeting was the very first with a school district by the new Senate budget team and Martins. “This is just the first of several get-togethers I will be having with budget experts on state aid issues with schools, hospitals and institutions in the 7th Senate district. There are a lot of challenges we face with the State budget process.

January 14, 2011
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