Issues: Miscellaneous

SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN LAW ON TEXT MESSAGING WHILE DRIVING

New Law Would Elevate Text Messaging While Driving Violation to a Primary Offense

Assembly Also Expected To Act Today

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.5643) that will make it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses and prevent tragic accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting.  The bill represents an agreement with the State Assembly which is also expected to act on the legislation today.

 

June 14, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL CREATING THE NEW YORK STATE GOVERNOR’S COUNCIL ON PHYSICAL FITNESS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) announced that the New York State Senate today passed his bill (S2856A) that would establish a New York State Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Health. 

“Obesity in children is on the rise. More than 30 percent of children ages six to 11 are overweight, and the numbers are even worse for adolescents,” said Senator DeFrancisco. 

“We need to be proactive about promoting healthy lifestyles to our young people, so that we can reverse the unhealthy trends that cost our nation $117 billion annually in health care expenses,” said Senator DeFrancisco. 

June 14, 2011
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Senator Valesky Honors Albert Paviglianti at Veterans Hall of Fame Ceremony

ALBANY, N.Y.--Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today announced the induction of Albert Paviglianti, of Canastota, into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame in honor of his meritorious service to the nation and his community.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to thank Mr. Paviglianti for his bravery and sacrifice serving our nation in the Marines, and for his continued commitment to the community through his leadership in the American Legion,” Senator Valesky said.

June 14, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO JOINS AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY IN THANKING “TUTORS FOR A CURE” FOR RAISING MONEY TO FIGHT CANCER

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently joined with the American Cancer Society in thanking the three student founders of “Tutors For a Cure” for raising money to help provide services to cancer patients and find a cure for cancer. 

June 14, 2011
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LaValle: Senate Passes Bill to Convey Former Armory Site to Town of Riverhead.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today said the Senate has passed his bill (S-4404) that transfers  5.7 acres of the former New York State Armory to the Town of Riverhead. The bill was passed on June 13. “Riverhead Town’s repurposing of the armory site will enable the Town of Riverhead Police Department and Justice Court to be relocated,” LaValle said “and with it the ability to better serve and protect the public and administer justice.”

June 14, 2011
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SENATOR SKELOS INDUCTS JOHN F. BARRY INTO VETERANS' HALL OF FAME

Colonel Barry of Rockville Centre has an exemplary military record and has demonstrated a true and unwavering commitment to his country.

June 14, 2011
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The Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011 Passes Both Houses

Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange)  joined his colleagues in the Senate and the Assembly today to pass a comprehensive ethics reform package that strengthens oversight of the State Legislature, increases transparency, and helps restore the public's faith in their state government.

The legislation includes many parts of an ethics overhaul package Senator Carlucci proposed earlier this year. These elements include:

June 14, 2011
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Congratulations Javon McCrea, Newark High School Grad, Invited to the USA Basketball Training Camp

Congratulations Javon McCrea, University of Buffalo student athlete and Newark High School graduate, who was invited to the USA Basketball training camp in Colorado Springs. Javon was invited to the USA Basketball men’s training camp in Colorado Springs from June 17-24 and will have the chance at being chosen to participate in a 12-man squad to represent the U.S. at the Championships this summer. Good luck Javon, your hometown community is cheering you on! Read more about Javon from the Finger Lakes Times here: http://bit.ly/kuJjFu

 

Pictured left to right: Javon McCrea and Senator Nozzolio

June 13, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO CONGRATULATES AMITYVILLE RESIDENTS ON THEIR “HISTORIC” HOME

            Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently congratulated Amityville Historical Society members Joe and Barbara Guidice on having their home entered in the National Register of Historic Places. The Guidice’s home is the first property in Amityville to be designated as a historical landmark by the National Register of Historic Places.  

June 13, 2011
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Senator Diane J. Savino's Juneteenth in Recognition of the Emancipation Proclamation

Please join me this Friday, June 17th in celebrating Juneteenth

June 17, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of June 13, 2011

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  That's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout 2011, 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..."

June 13, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO GIVE MORE ADOPTED NEW YORKERS ACCESS TO VALUABLE INFORMATION

The New York State Senate today passed a bill enabling people who were adopted in New York but born in other states to participate in the New York State Adoption Registry. The bill (S.5145), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R, Rockville Centre) gives adoptees born in other states the same ability to access information as eligible New York-born adoptees. 

 

June 13, 2011
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SENATE PASSES “BUY FROM THE BACKYARD” ACT TO BOOST LOCAL AGRICULTURAL PURCHASES

The New York State Senate today passed the “Buy From the Backyard Act” to promote the purchase of food grown or produced locally. The bill (S.2468), sponsored by Senator Thomas Libous (R-C-I, Binghamton), requires state agencies with food contracts to buy at least 20 percent of their food from New York sources.

 

“If every household in New York spent just $15 per week on local food, we could pump $5.5 billion into New York State’s economy,” Senator Tom Libous said. “And that’s just households. This bill will help state agencies join in supporting our farmers and stimulating the economy. We're investing taxpayer dollars right back into our state."

June 13, 2011
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SENATE PASSES CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT AWARENESS ACT

The New York State Senate today passed the Concussion Management Awareness Act, sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R, C, I, - Garden City), Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, that would direct the State Health and Education Departments to adopt rules and regulations for the treatment and monitoring of students with mild traumatic brain injuries.

 

“The number of children each year who suffer brain injuries, such as concussions, is alarming,” Senator Hannon said. “New York needs legislation to outline rules and regulations for the treatment and monitoring of students with mild traumatic brain injuries, and that’s exactly what my legislation provides.”

 

June 13, 2011
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