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Senate Passes 2015-16 State Budget That Creates a Brighter Future for New York

The New York State Senate today passed a $142 billion 2015-16 State Budget that reflects the Senate’s commitment to strengthening the economy, increasing education funding by $1.4 billion to $23.5 billion and substantially restoring Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) cuts, reducing the tax burden on New Yorkers, and creating a brighter future for communities across the state. 

March 31, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill Requiring Prompt Delivery of State Tax Refunds

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S1782), sponsored by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset), that would ensure timely payment of state income tax refunds.

March 25, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill Legalizing Mixed Martial Arts in New York

The New York State Senate today passed legislation for the sixth consecutive year to legalize and regulate mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions in New York, removing a 1997 statewide ban on the sport.

March 24, 2015
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Senate Passes Measures to Protect New York's Motorists

The New York State Senate today passed four measures to keep New York’s roadways safe.

March 23, 2015
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Senator Skelos Announces the Creation of New Task Force on Workforce Development

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced the creation of the Senate Task Force on Workforce Development and appointed Senators Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) and George A. Amedore, Jr. (R-C-I, Rotterdam) as Co-Chairs.

March 20, 2015
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Senate Passes "Sunshine Week" Bill to Increase Public Access to Legislative Proceedings

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would require both houses to implement the Senate’s policy of making state legislative proceedings more open and transparent.

March 18, 2015
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Senate Hosts Fourth Annual Fort Drum Day

The New York State Senate today hosted the fourth annual 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day recognition event in the Senate Chamber.

March 17, 2015
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Statement From Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Assembly Passage of Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation

I commend Speaker Heastie for bringing long-stalled, anti-human trafficking legislation to the floor of the State Assembly as a standalone bill, as Senate Republicans have been calling on the Assembly to do for the better part of two years now.

By doing so, the Speaker has signaled the importance of putting progress ahead of politics, and shown that this Legislature can work together to get a result on issues important to the women of this state.

March 17, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation to Prohibit Sex Offenders From Living in Community Residences With Individuals With Developmental Disabilities

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would prohibit registered sex offenders from living with individuals with developmental disabilities in community residences operated or licensed by the state. The bill (S2885), sponsored by Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), strengthens current protections and helps ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities are living in a safe environment.

March 16, 2015
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Bill Expediting Investigations of Missing Children

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation that would expedite access to critical information in missing child cases. The bill (S3520A), sponsored by Senator George A. Amedore, Jr.

March 16, 2015
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Senate Passes the "Brighter Future" Budget Plan

The New York State Senate today passed the “Brighter Future” budget plan that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, extends historic opportunities to students and makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure to create good-paying jobs.

March 12, 2015
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Senate Passes Measures to Prevent Drug Use in New York Communities

The New York State Senate today passed two drug prevention bills to combat the spread of methamphetamine use in New York and to stop parks and playgrounds from being used by drug dealers.Bill (

March 9, 2015
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Senator Skelos Announces the Creation of New Task Force on the Delivery of Social Services in New York City

New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced the creation of the Task Force on the Delivery of Social Services in New York City.

March 4, 2015
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Senate Republicans Continue Commitment to Support New York's Farmers

Senator Patty Ritchie, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and members of the Senate Republican Conference today unveiled their new “Grown in New York” multi-part plan to help meet consumers’ demands for locally-grown food, support local farmers in their efforts to provide quality, fresh food, and strengthen rural communities.Senator Patty Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton)

March 4, 2015
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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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