Senator Montgomery greets incoming NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott during the April 12, 2011, meeting of the Senate Education Committee of which Montgomery is a member. Praising Mr. Walcott for his commitment to children and their parents, Senator Montgomery said that she and her colleagues look forward to working with him. Mr. Walcott's appointment is awaiting final approval from the State Department of Education.
There’s a new bill in the state legislature that loosely mirrors the controversial federal DREAM Act that died in Congress last year. One big difference: This bill does not provide a path to citizenship. It would, however, give young people brought to the U-S illegally by their parents a chance to earn a college degree, access to financial aid for college, the ability to work legally in New York, health care, and – here’s the big one – a driver’s license. That didn’t work so well for Eliot Spitzer, as you’ll recall.
To explain more about this potentially controversial measure is one of its sponsors, Liz Benjamin was joined by Democratic Senator Dan Squadron.
Senator Maziarz met with a group of Civil War reenactors in Albany today, the 150th anniversary of the bombing of Fort Sumter to highlight a proclamation “to congratulate and commend the New York State Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee and other recognized statewide historic organizations for their initiative and public service in volunteering to advance the observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in the State of New York.”
On Saturday, April 9th, Senator Robach had the opportunity to attend a celebration at the Main Street Armory in honor of Tartan Day. More than 500 people attend this year's event which featured live Scottish music throughout the day with eight bands performing. A special congratulations to Andrew McKay, who was presented the Rochester Scot of Year award.
Senator Jack M. Martins will be holding mobile office hours on Thursday, April 14 from 4-6 p.m. at the Manhasset Public Library, 30 Onderdonk Avenue in Manhasset. Mobile office hours in a way to bring the district office into communities for the convenience of constituents.
Albany, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced today that he has been appointed as one of five senators who will serve on the joint, bipartisan Legislative Commission on the Development of Rural Resources.
O’Mara’s appointment was made by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.
State Would Be Required to Pay Tax Refunds Within 30 Days of A Return Being Filed
The New York State Senate today passed legislation to help speed up the delivery of tax refunds owed to taxpayers by the state. The bill (S.2631), sponsored by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset), addresses excessive delays of up to two months from when taxpayers file their return to when they may actually see the refund from the state Department of Taxation and Finance.
Albany – Senator Roy McDonald announced that the Senate Mental Health Committee approved two nominations, one for the Commissioner of the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and for the Chairman on the Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, on Monday April 11, 2011.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today said his bill permitting Suffolk County to refund penalties and interest associated with non-payment of real property taxes where a customary payment-due notice was not provided has passed the New York State Senate.
CALLS FOR ADDITIONAL PICKUP AND INCREASED ENFORCEMENT
Brooklyn - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is urging the Department of Sanitation to maintain litter baskets on busy street corners in his district and urging additional basket pickups and increased enforcement so to prevent illegal residential dumping at these corners.
Senator Golden has sent a letter to BK 10 Sanitation Supervisor urging continued cooperation and joint efforts so to keep our streets clean. The text of the letter is below.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle announced today the availability of Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) dollars to help local municipalities with road repairs.
The Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) was established by the Legislature in 1981 to assist localities in financing the construction, reconstruction, or improvement of local highways, bridges, highway-railroad crossings, and/or other local facilities.
“I know this money will help many cash-strapped municipalities with repairs to the pock-marked and pot-holed roads that have erupted as a result of the harsh winter, “ LaValle said.
Albany, N.Y., April 7—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced today that residents of his 53rd Senate District can now view a new, online “Legislative Report” -- a 15-minute interview highlighting legislative actions in Albany and their impact on the region.
“I try to encourage as much input as possible from my constituents, and I also like to give them opportunities to hear my own views and thoughts on current issues being debated in Albany and having an impact throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions,” said O’Mara.
The first installment of O’Mara’s “Legislative Report” can currently be viewed on his Senate website. During this week’s interview, O’Mara discusses:
The New York State Senate is scheduled today to adopt resolutions acknowledging the championship seasons of three Suffolk basketball teams -- Port Jefferson, Center Moriches and Mattituck -- for each team’s respective outstanding accomplishments and championship season according to State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), the sponsor of the resolutions. The regularly scheduled Senate session begins at 3 PM. The reading and adoption of resolutions is webcast at: http://www.livestream.com/nysenate.