Issues: Miscellaneous

SENATOR GOLDEN TO CITY RESIDENTS: YOUR TAXES ARE TOO DAMN HIGH

Albany, NY - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I) today voted against renewing several taxes affecting New York City residents, including portions of the New York City Sales Tax, and the NYC Personal Income Tax. Despite approval by the New York State Legislature, Senator Golden’s “No” vote signifies his belief that New York City's taxing of middle class families is unsustainable.

 

 

 

June 24, 2014
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The 2014 Legislative Session

The NYS Senate Republican Conference:GIVING ALL NEW YORKERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED

Over the past four years, the Senate Republican Conference has worked together in a bi-partisan way to give all New Yorkers the opportunity to succeed. For information regarding this year's legislative session, please view the pdf attached:

June 23, 2014
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Movin on Up!

     I’m a big fan of old TV shows. So I know I’m dating myself when I ask if you remember the lyrics to Movin on Up, the theme song to The Jeffersons? Especially the part that goes:

     Now we're up in the big leagues,

     Gettin' our turn at bat.

     As long as we live, it's you and me baby,

    There ain't nothin’ wrong with that.

June 23, 2014
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Senator Skelos Nominates Eugene "Mickey" Clark to New York State Veterans Hall of Fame

This year I had the honor of nominating Rockville Centre resident, Sergeant Eugene “Mickey” Clark to the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame.  Mickey has an exemplary military record and has demonstrated a true and unwavering commitment to his community and his country. I thank Mickey and all those in our armed forces for all that they do to protect our rights. To read Sgt. Clark’s biography, please click the link:  http://www.nysenate.gov/story/eugene-mickey-clark

June 23, 2014
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ANOTHER SESSION OF MAKING STRIDES AT THE STATE CAPITOL

 

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

Just recently, my colleagues and I wrapped up the 2014 Legislative Session in Albany.  As State Senator, my top priority is creating more opportunities for the people who live in our region and I’m pleased to report that in the past several months, we have made significant strides towards doing just that. 

One of the biggest parts of creating more opportunities in Central and Northern New York is working to grow jobs and boost our economy. Here’s a roundup of some of our recent efforts that will help the people and businesses of our region succeed:

June 23, 2014
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SENATOR DIANE SAVINO ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF THE COMPASSIONATE CARE ACT IN THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE

SENATOR DIANE SAVINO ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF THE COMPASSIONATE CARE ACT IN THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE

 

ALBANY, NY -- Today, Senator Diane Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn), sponsor of the Compassionate Care Act (S.7923 / A.6357), joined with members of the New York State Senate in voting overwhelmingly to establish a safe and regulated medical marijuana program in New York State. The Senate vote comes one day after a three-way agreement was struck between Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders, making New York the 23rd state in the nation that now will operate such a program.

 

June 23, 2014
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SENATOR ANDREW LANZA ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO FIGHT ILLEGAL IVORY AND RHINOCEROS HORN TRADE

Tougher penalties and increased limitations to crack down on illegal purchases and sales

Senator Andrew Lanza today announced the passage of legislation to restrict the market for ivory articles and rhinoceros horns. The legislation prohibits transactions involving these materials with very limited exceptions and increases the criminal and civil penalties for individuals who violate this law. 

June 23, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 23, 2014 ~ 'Summer project No. 1: the reading list'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..." 

This week, "Summer project No. 1: the reading list"

June 23, 2014
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For Now, I Will Defer to Viverito

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District, Bronx County, New York

Tel. 718-991-3161

 

For Now, I Will Defer to Viverito

You should know that a lot has happened since the morning of Thursday, June 19, 2014, when I sent out a press release titled: "Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz, NY Hispanic Clergy Organization, and Members of the Community Are Disgusted by Recent Firings at El Diario la Prensa." For example, on Thursday afternoon, I was happy to see that the NY Guild at El Diaro posted the following tweet:

NYGuild at El Diario @eldiarionyguild

June 23, 2014
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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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