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Senate Passes Measures to Support and Help Volunteer Firefighters and Other Emergency Responders

The New York State Senate today passed four bills that recognize the daily sacrifice and courage of volunteer firefighters and other emergency responders by offering them additional tax credits and education benefits.Legislation (

June 9, 2015
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Senate Passes Bills to Combat Heroin Crisis and Enhance Treatment Options for Opioid Abuse

The New York State Senate today passed a package of bills to help decrease heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids. The measures are being put forth by the Senate’s Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, co-chaired by Senators Robert Ortt (R-C-I, North Tonawanda), George A. Amedore, Jr.

June 9, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Ban Sale of Powdered Alcohol

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S1757A), sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo (R-C-I, Rome), that would prohibit the sale of any powdered or crystalline alcohol product in the state. 

June 8, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Help Support Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients and Their Caregivers

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to help assist and support individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

June 8, 2015
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Senate Heroin Task Force Chairs Announce Action to be Taken on Bills to Fight New York's Heroin Crisis

The New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction co-chairs today announced that the Senate will soon be acting on its first flight of bills to help decrease heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids. Senator George A. Amedore, Jr.

June 3, 2015
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Senate Holds Annual Animal Advocacy Day Event and Passes Legislation to Protect Animals

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to further protect animals and people from harm and cruelty as part of the Legislature’s annual Animal Advocacy Day.

June 3, 2015
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Senate Passes Measure to Fight Medicaid Fraud

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S3019), sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R-C-I, Olean), that would create a financial incentive for counties to further investigate and prosecute Medicaid frau

June 1, 2015
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Senate Passes Bills to Improve Information Available About Sexual Predators

The New York State Senate today passed a package of bills to provide increased monitoring of convicted sex offenders and improve access to important information to better notify employers, schools, and concerned members of the community. A bill (

June 1, 2015
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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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