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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #28: What To Do With An Extra $4.2 Billion

Recently, a French bank named BNP Paribas admitted laundering $190 billion through financial institutions in our state. The money was originating in Sudan and Iran, two countries blacklisted by ours for their support of terrorist organizations.

The bank is paying a huge fine - $8.9 billion – for its crimes. Our state is receiving $3.6 billion from the settlement. It’s one of five financial settlements that will, together, bring in $4.2 billion in unexpected revenue in the 2015 fiscal year.

August 7, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $75,000 TO FIGHT GOOSE BAY WEEDS

Funding Will Help Clear the Bay for Outdoor Recreation

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $75,000 in special funding to combat invasive weeds on Goose Bay; a top tourist and fishing destination in the North Country.

June 30, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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Griffo, Brindisi Announce $600K Grant for Griffiss International Airport

ROME – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi jointly announced today that the state has awarded $600,000 to Griffiss International Airport to cover a portion of Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR)’s start-up operating costs.

The Federal Aviation Administration recently selected Griffiss International Airport as one of six national sites for drone aircraft development. The airport has teamed with NUAIR, an alliance of 40 private, academic and military institutions, to lead research and testing to determine how drone aircraft can be integrated into the national airspace.

February 28, 2014
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO STATEMENT ON TSA’S DECISION TO ABANDON PROPOSAL ALLOWING KNIVES ON AIRPLANES

“The Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) decision to abandon its proposal allowing small knives to be carried onboard airplanes is welcome news for every airline passenger and flight crew throughout the nation.

I strongly opposed this proposal because of the potential safety risks it posed to both passengers and flight crews, concerns which were shared by officials, organizations, and residents from across the country. A knife, regardless of whether the blade is under or over 2.36 inches, is a potential weapon that can be used to kill, injure, or threaten. Placed in the hands of a criminal or terrorist in a crowded airplane, it becomes a very real safety threat to both passengers and the flight crew.

June 5, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO SUPPORTS “AVIATION JOBS ACT” TO HELP CREATE JOBS AND PROMOTE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Legislation would make New York’s aviation industry more competitive with neighboring states

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, is cosponsoring legislation to help create jobs and promote economic development by making New York’s aviation industry more competitive with other neighboring states.

May 1, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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Urging FAA to Choose Long Island MacArthur Airport For New NextGen Air Traffic Control Facility

Senator Owen H. Johnson joined with other elected officials in urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to choose Long Island MacArthur Airport (LIMA) as the new home for its NextGen air traffic control facility.  Senator Owen H. Johnson said:  “It is vitally important to the Long Island economy that we fight to bring the new consolidated Air Traffic Control site to MacArthur Airport in Suffolk County where 950 highly technical and well paid aviation personnel can remain employed.  Additionally, the development of the NextGen air traffic facility will bring an additional 1,000 construction jobs to Long Islanders who desperately need them.”

July 20, 2012
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