Clear Majority of Voters Across NY State Continue to Embrace Bipartisan Coalition Governing Model in State Senate

According to a Siena Poll released this morning, a clear majority from all parties and from all regions of New York believe that the new bipartisan leadership structure in the Senate, in which the Senate's IDC and Republican conference share control over the chamber, will help the Senate conduct its business more effectively.

January 17, 2013

Senator Skelos Unveils Tough Plan to Crack Down on Illegal Guns and Criminals Who Use Guns

Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced a package of tough, commonsense gun safety measures to eliminate the sale and possession of illegal guns and increase penalties for people who use guns to commit crimes. Statistics show illegal guns are used in the vast majority of gun crimes in New York State.   The proposals come in the wake of horrific recent incidents including the tragic school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut; the ambush and killing of two volunteer firefighters in Webster, New York; the shooting incidents that injured three NYPD officers just two days ago; and the cold-blooded killing of a Nassau County police officer and a motorist last October.

January 5, 2013

Senator Skelos and Senator Young Call for Stronger, Permanent Kendra's Law

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and Senator Catharine Young (R-C-I, Olean) today said that enacting a stronger, permanent Kendra’s Law must be a priority for the 2013 session, and should be included in any legislative agreement on gun safety.   Their call comes in the wake of the tragic school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, and two fatal incidents of people being pushed in front of New York City subway trains, allegedly by people with histories of mental illness.

January 4, 2013

Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery Meets on Long Island

The New York State Senate’s Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery today visited communities on Long Island to tour storm damage and speak with local officials, business leaders, and individuals about the progress and challenges of the ongoing recovery efforts. Today’s meeting focused on Hurricane Sandy’s impacts in Nassau and Suffolk counties and included tours of Freeport, Island Park, and Oceanside to view the extensive storm damage and recovery efforts. This was the second meeting of the Bipartisan Senate Task Force for Hurricane Sandy Recovery, which first met on December 10, 2012, in the Rockaways in Queens.

January 3, 2013

Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Hurricane Sandy Relief

The failure of Congress to act on the federal assistance legislation to help the millions of people impacted by Hurricane Sandy is absolutely unconscionable.   People in my district and throughout the region continue to struggle to put their lives back together.  Business owners are working to get back on their feet and everyone is trying to restore a sense of normalcy. By walking away from the aid bill, the House leadership has turned their backs on New Yorkers in their time of need.  Without action to provide federal aid, rebuilding homes and businesses and repairing vital infrastructure becomes even more of an uphill battle.

January 2, 2013

Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on New Jobs Report

The unemployment data released today proves that our efforts to make New York more economically competitive are working. According to the state Labor Department, New York added 83,500 new private sector jobs this year and the state’s unemployment rate dropped in November. Over the past two years, the Senate partnered with Governor Cuomo to reduce business taxes, put the brakes on rising property taxes and provide strategic economic investments across our state to encourage job creation and business growth.   Our bipartisan efforts are paying off, but there is still more work to be done. At 8.3 percent, New York’s unemployment rate is still higher than the national average (7.7 percent).  

December 20, 2012

Laws Taking Effect on January 1, 2013

A new sales tax exemption designed to encourage solar energy use and a law to provide new protections for domestic violence victims highlight the list of new state laws that take effect on January 1, 2013.  Other measures that take effect on New Years Day include laws that help craft brewers distribute their products, prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, and authorize new ways for colleges to provide health insurance for students.

December 19, 2012

Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos

I commend Governor Cuomo for taking action to prevent a 45 percent toll hike on trucks that use the New York State Thruway.  This massive proposed increase, which was opposed by Senate Republicans, would have negatively impacted small businesses throughout New York and hurt our efforts to grow the economy.

If we are going to continue the progress we’ve made over the last two years, we’ll need to do it without raising taxes and fees, or increasing the cost of doing business.  This is great news for businesses and taxpayers.


December 17, 2012

Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos

There simply aren’t words that can express the sadness and shock of the senseless tragedy that took place this morning in Newtown, Connecticut.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims of this heinous attack that has brought such heartbreak and grief to people in Connecticut and across the country.

December 14, 2012

Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos

I join all New Yorkers in wishing Senator Steve Saland the best as he completes a 32-year career in the State Legislature, the last 22 as a distinguished member of the New York State Senate.  Steve is a highly-respected lawmaker and a dear friend.

This chamber will miss Steve Saland’s clear and steady voice, most notably in the areas of criminal justice and victim’s rights.  Steve was the author of more than 350 laws, and he has been a fierce advocate for the victims of domestic violence and child abuse. 

December 13, 2012

Statement by Senator Dean Skelos on Reelection as Senate Republican Leader

I am honored that the members of our Senate Republican Conference have voted unanimously today to reelect me as their leader.  I appreciate their support and confidence, and look forward to being a strong voice for their priorities. By partnering with Governor Cuomo and the Independent Democratic Conference, Senate Republicans have delivered the bipartisan results New Yorkers need and deserve, including two early budgets that reduced spending, enactment of a two percent property tax cap, middle-class income tax relief and an end to Albany dysfunction.  

December 11, 2012

New York State Senators Announce Bipartisan Task Force for Hurricane Sandy Recovery

As New York State begins large-scale rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Independent Democratic Conference Leader Senator Jeffrey D. Klein and Republican Conference Leader Senator Dean G. Skelos announced the formation of a bipartisan Senate task force charged with undertaking some of the recovery’s biggest challenges. As federal and state aid begins to materialize, task force members will play a pivotal role in developing the short and long-term plans that will help these communities get back on their feet. Each task force member represents one of New York State’s hardest hit areas and is thus uniquely qualified to pinpoint those neighborhoods and businesses that are most in need.

December 10, 2012

Independent Democratic Conference, Senate Republicans Announce Creation of Historic Bipartisan Partnership

Senator Dean G. Skelos, leader of the Senate Republican Conference, and Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, today joined together to announce an historic bipartisan partnership to continue the tremendous progress that has been achieved over the past two years in New York State.  This new bipartisan governing coalition guarantees a fiscally responsible, fully functional Senate that will continue to produce positive results for all New Yorkers.      

December 4, 2012

Senate and Hispanic Federation to Hold Second Annual Unidad Latina Conference

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced that the Senate and the Hispanic Federation will conduct the second annual Unidad Latina event this week. Unidad Latina is a two-day conference designed to help increase economic opportunities for the growing Hispanic community in New York. It is being held on September 28 and 29 at the Hilton New York in Manhattan.


September 27, 2012

Remembering September 11th

Dear Fellow New Yorker:

Like so many New Yorkers, I clearly remember where I was on that crisp, clear morning of September 11th, 2001.

And while more than a decade has now passed, the memory of that tragic day is still fresh in our minds. The sorrow and the pain that we felt are still with us.

More than 3,000 people died on September 11th, many of whom lived within my Senate district and in the districts of my neighboring Senate colleagues. I attended two to three funerals a day in the weeks following those horrific attacks, and I will never forget the strength and courage of the families of those who perished. Their loss is felt every day, but never more so than on this day.

September 11, 2012

Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on S&P Rating Upgrade

Today's news that the rating agency Standard and Poor's has upgraded the State's credit outlook is a positive sign for New York, and more good news for hard-working, middle-class taxpayers.   Working with Governor Cuomo, Senate Republicans have enacted two early budgets that reduced spending, achieved structural balance without raising taxes and made responsible investments that will help the private sector create new jobs.   While we have more work to do, it's clear that New York - - two years removed from the Senate Democrats approving $14 billion in new taxes and fees and spending billions more than taxpayers could afford - - is on the way back.

August 27, 2012

Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Business Council Voters' Guide

The Business Council's 2012 voters guide shows that Senate Republicans have been working successfully with Governor Cuomo to control spending, cut taxes and lay the foundation to create thousands of new jobs in New York.    These scores highlight the importance of a Senate Republican majority in moving this state forward, and is further proof that, if given the opportunity, Senate Democrats would increase spending, raise taxes, place obstacles in front of businesses and roll back all of the progress we've made over the last 19 months.


August 21, 2012

Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos

The actions taken by Governor Cuomo to crack down on synthetic marijuana and bath salts are a good step towards preventing the sale and possession of these very dangerous drugs.  However, we need to go even further to stop the scourge of these terrible drugs that are causing deaths and acts of violence. That’s why I am calling on the state Assembly to pass the Senate’s bill (S6694) to impose felony-level penalties for the sale and possession of bath salts and synthetic marijuana.

August 7, 2012

Summary of 2012 Legislative Action


For the second consecutive year, the New York State Senate completed an early passage of the state budget. The 2012-13 state budget achieved the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.  

Highlights include: 



June 21, 2012

Senate Gives Final Passage to Sewage Spill Notification Bill

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill that increases the amount of information available to the public when discharges of untreated or partially treated sewage to the state’s waterways could affect public health. The Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act (S6268D), sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R, North Buffalo), would require prompt notification of such sewage discharges so that the public has the information they need to make decisions about water based recreation like swimming, boating, and fishing.

June 21, 2012