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Senate Passes Term Limits for State Legislative Leadership

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would set into law eight-year term limits for leadership positions in the Senate and Assembly. The measure (S2722B), sponsored by Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-I, Rome), is consistent with what is already in place in Senate rules and also limits the number of consecutive years a legislator can serve as a committee chair or party leader.

March 2, 2015
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Senate Coalition Announces Passage of Bills to Close Dangerous Loopholes in Sex Offender Laws

The New York State Senate today passed nine bills to close dangerous loopholes in the laws protecting children and communities from sexual predators. The measures would address critical issues raised by a recent Court of Appeals ruling that prevents local governments from enacting laws restricting sex offenders, as well as the safety concerns highlighted in a recent Senate Coalition joint investigation and report.

February 26, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation Targeting Cyber Terrorism

The New York State Senate today passed four bills to crack down on cyber terrorism and its rapidly expanding threat to the state’s security and finances.

February 25, 2015
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Senate Coalition Leads Effort To Keep Our Children From Sex Offenders

After devastating New York State Court of Appeals ruling in Nassau, State Senate Coalition will act on a series of bills to strengthen protections for children against sex offenders

February 22, 2015
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Senator Skelos Appoints Senator Serino the New Chair of Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases

New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos today named Senator Sue Serino (R-C-I, Hyde Park) as the new chair of the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases.

February 18, 2015
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Senate Majority Calls for Ending the GEA School Budget Cuts this Year

At a press conference in Albany today, the New York State Senate Majority outlined their plan to abolish the notorious Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and its devastating impact on state funding to public schools.

February 10, 2015
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Senator Skelos Appoints Three New Co-Chairs to Lead Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction

New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced the appointment of three new Co-Chairs to lead the Senate’s bipartisan Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. Senators Terrence Murphy (R-C-I-Green-SCC, Yorktown), George A. Amedore, Jr. (R-C-I, Rotterdam), and Robert Ortt (R, North Tonawanda) will continue to examine the issues facing communities in the wake of increased heroin abuse.

February 5, 2015
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Senate Holds First Hearing on Police Safety and Public Protection in New York City

The New York State Senate today held the first in a series of public hearings to provide a thorough review of issues affecting the safety of law enforcement and the public in New York City. The hearing was jointly convened by four Senate committees to address serious concerns raised by the shooting deaths of two NYPD Officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, in addition to other recent attacks and hostility directed at law enforcement.

February 4, 2015
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Statement from Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos

"My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of the terrible Metro North tragedy that occurred last night in Westchester County.  I have been in touch with Senator Murphy, whose district includes Valhalla, and have communicated our desire to help in any way possible.  We will continue to monitor the situation in the days and weeks ahead, and hope the upcoming investigation can shed light on exactly what happened and how we can prevent a similar incident from taking place again.  As a State, we must do more to ensure the safety of commuters who rely every day on this critical mode of transportation in New York City and its surrounding suburbs."

February 4, 2015
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Senate Passes the Criminal Street Gang Act

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to reduce gang violence and protect communities throughout the state.

February 2, 2015
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Senate Passes Package of Bills to Toughen Penalties for Sex Offenders

The New York State Senate Majority Coalition today announced the passage of a package of legislation that would help keep communities safer from sexual predators. The seven bills would help prevent the most dangerous offenders from having contact with children and college students, require more stringent residency reporting requirements for the sex offender registry, strengthen penalties for those who help sex offenders evade registration requirements, and create a public awareness program to educate schools, community groups, and clergy on issues related to sex offenders.  

January 26, 2015
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News From The Senate Republican Majority

Temporary President of the New York State Senate and Majority Leader Dean G.

January 22, 2015
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Senate Passes Education Investment Tax Credit to Give Parents More Options In Their Child's Education

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that helps give parents more choice in the education of their child.

January 21, 2015
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Senate Passes Women's Equality Package

In its first legislative act of 2015, the New York State Senate today approved a comprehensive Women’s Equality Agenda that would enhance the rights of women and protect those who are most vulnerable to abuse and discrimination.

January 12, 2015
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Statement From Senate Co-Leader Dean Skelos

My thoughts and prayers are with Governor Cuomo and his family as they mourn the loss of his father Mario, a former three-term New York Governor and leading voice of the Democratic Party.

Mario Cuomo was a legendary figure in New York politics who chose public service for all the right reasons. He could have run for President or been appointed to the Supreme Court, but he chose to stay and serve the people of New York.

Mario Cuomo used his gift for oratory to speak about his beliefs and ideals with great passion and, in doing so, made a significant impact on the political history of our state and nation.

January 1, 2015
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Senate to Hold Joint Committee Hearings in January About Police Safety and Public Protection

The New York State Senate will hold a series of public hearings convened by four Senate committees starting in early January to examine police safety and public protection in New York City and throughout the state.  The hearings will review serious safety concerns raised by the shooting deaths of two NYPD Officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, in addition to other recent attacks and hostility directed at law enforcement.

December 29, 2014
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New Laws to Help Veterans, Protect Kids & Create Jobs Taking Effect 01/01/2015

Measures to help veterans find employment and housing are among the highlights of new state laws that will take effect on January 1, 2015.  Other laws that take effect on New Year’s Day will: reduce the tax burden on businesses; provide tax credits to employers that hire people with developmental disabilities; allow banks to freeze credit records of minors to prevent identity theft; protect people in adult care facilities; encourage music and theatrical productions in upstate New York; and expand opportunities to finance end-of-life care.  

December 19, 2014
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Governor Signs Hannon Bill to Promote Access & Coverage for Women's Health Care Services

Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau) announces his legislation to educate the public on women’s health initiatives was signed into law (Chapter 342) by the Governor.  The new law requires the NYS Department of Health to establish an up-to-date website devoted solely to women’s health, including information on the 22 preventive services now covered with no cost to patients under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).

September 4, 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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Senate Gives Final Passage to Brownfield Cleanup Program Extension

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to a bill that extends a program to clean up potentially contaminated sites and put them back to productive use.

June 20, 2014
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