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Senate Passes Measure Providing Greater Property Tax Relief for Seniors

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S1074), sponsored by Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), that would increase the maximum income eligibility levels for real property tax exemptions for seniors for the first time since 1994. This measure would allow more senior citizens to receive increased relief from their local real property taxes.

May 28, 2015
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Senate Passes the "Protect Our Children Act" and Other Measures to Prevent Child Abuse

The New York State Senate today passed crucial measures to help protect the most vulnerable children from abuse, maltreatment, and exploitation. The three bills create new crimes and strengthen penalties to stop future abuse, address the use of the Internet in promoting child sexual abuse, and build upon existing laws preventing female genital mutilation.

May 28, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Criminals from Evading Supervision

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S2305), sponsored by Senator Patricia Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton), to protect the public from criminals who try to evade supervision by tampering with electronic monit

May 27, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Property Tax Increases Due to Costly State Mandates

The New York State Senate today passed a bill to help control property tax increases by preventing large unfunded mandates from affecting municipal and school district budgets.

May 27, 2015
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Senate Passes Bills to Strengthen Penalties for Crimes Against Firefighters and Retired Police

The New York State Senate today passed two bills to protect the first responders and law enforcement professionals who protect our communities.

May 20, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill Expanding Access to Education for Adult Learners in New York

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would expand the literacy and other educational opportunities available to adult learners in order to help them succeed.

May 20, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation to Honor and Help Veterans in New York

The New York State Senate today passed 14 measures dedicated to improving the lives of veterans and honoring them for their exceptional service. The Senate today also celebrated the achievements of veterans from across the state during the Senate’s annual Veterans’ Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

May 19, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill Making Property Tax Cap Permanent

The New York State Senate today acted on one of its top end-of-session priorities by passing legislation to make the property tax cap permanent.

May 19, 2015
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Senate Passes Measure to Prohibit Registered Sex Offenders from Holding School Leadership Positions

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S4153), sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), that would prevent registered sex offenders from obtaining leadership positions within schools

May 18, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Create a Registry of Violent Offenders

The New York State Senate today approved The Domestic Violence Protection Act –Brittany’s Law, a bill that would increase the safety and awareness of communities by increasing access to information about convicted violent felons.

May 18, 2015
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Senate Passes Bills to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

The New York State Senate today passed two measures to strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence and children at risk of abuse.

May 13, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation Allowing Customers to Bring Dogs Into Outdoor Dining Areas

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S4327), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R, Nassau), that would change the state health law to allow food service establishments to offer their customers the abili

May 13, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Continue Helping Ground Zero Workers Suffering From September 11th Related Health Issues

The New York State Senate today passed a bill to continue the September 11th Worker Protection Task Force Act for another five years and help those who have been afflicted with a disability as a result of working at the World Trade Center and other sites.

May 13, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Help Stop Prescription Drug Abuse By Preventing the Theft and Sale of Blank Prescription Forms

The New York State Senate today passed a measure to help stop illegal prescription drugs from entering the black market when criminals steal and sell blank prescription forms.

May 12, 2015
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Senate Passes Measures to Protect Children

The New York State Senate today passed four bills to promote the safety and well-being of children and families.

May 12, 2015
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Senate Passes Bills to Strengthen Laws for Reckless and Irresponsible Driving

The New York State Senate today passed four measures that would keep our roads safe by holding drivers accountable for reckless and irresponsible actions.

May 12, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Help Prevent Environmental Crimes

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would make it a criminal offense for those who intentionally or recklessly damage the environment while committing another crime.

April 28, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill Targeting Professional Shoplifters and Other Organized Retail Criminals

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S3822) sponsored by Senator Michael Venditto (R-C-I, Massapequa) to crack down on criminals who try to avoid harsher penalties by committing retail thefts in multiple counties. The bill would allow any county in the state to prosecute someone who participates in a pattern of organized retail theft when at least one of the offenses occurs in a neighboring county.

April 27, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Create a New iCenter to Promote Innovative and Effective State Technology

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would help save money and encourage public-private partnerships by increasing the effectiveness of state government technology.

April 23, 2015
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