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Senate Passes Michelle and Jordan's Law

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to increase penalties for unlawful high-speed car racing which has caused numerous accidents across the state, including the deaths of a 17-year-old Staten Island girl and a 5-year-old Queens boy. Michelle and Jordan’s Law (S.2938A)  is sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island) and stems from tragic crashes involving suspected drag racing at excessive speeds.

January 19, 2012
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Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Governor's Budget Proposal

I am very encouraged that the Governor has again proposed a budget that closes the deficit by reducing spending and without increasing taxes or fees, and includes plans for job creation, property tax relief and other reforms to make sure tax dollars are spent wisely. These are long held priorities of the Senate Republican conference.   The Governor has advanced a number of innovative reforms and made it clear that we need to reform Medicaid and the pension system to ease these costly burdens on local governments and property taxpayers. 

January 17, 2012
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Senate Passes Iran Divestment Legislation

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to the Iran Divestment Act, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.  The bill would prohibit companies that provide goods, services or credit worth $20 million or more to Iran's energy industry from entering into or renewing state and local government contracts. 

January 9, 2012
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Senate to Act on Iran Divestment Legislation Monday

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced that the Senate is expected to pass the Iran Divestment Act of 2012 during the Senate session on Monday, January 9th. “When I introduced this bill last fall, I said the Senate would take it up very early in the 2012 session and we are keeping that commitment,” Senator Skelos said.  “The Senate’s swift action shows how important it is that we stand together to condemn tyrannical governments like Iran which sponsor terrorism, have attempted to acquire nuclear weapons and threaten U.S. allies like Israel, as Iran has repeatedly done.  I applaud Speaker Silver for taking the lead on this effort and moving it forward in the Assembly.”

January 6, 2012
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Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos

Archbishop Timothy Dolan is an inspiring spiritual leader who has devoted his life to the Catholic Church and to improving the lives of New Yorkers of all faiths.  His elevation to Cardinal is a well deserved recognition of his faith, service and leadership.  He is a good friend and I look forward to working with him as he continues his outstanding service to the Catholic Church.

January 6, 2012
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Senator Skelos' Prepared Remarks at the State of the State

I want to thank Governor Cuomo for the invitation to speak to you today.

Governor, you have been a leader, an innovator, and a friend.  Thank you for that.

It is a pleasure to again share this stage with Lieutenant Governor Duffy,  Speaker Silver,  Comptroller DiNapoli and Attorney General Schneiderman.

And it’s nice to see Chief Judge Lippman and the members of the Court of Appeals.

Happy New Year to you and to all my colleagues and to members of the public from across the state.

And a special thank you to Archbishop Demetrios and Rabbi Romm for being with us today.

January 4, 2012
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Tax Cuts and Property Tax Cap Highlight New Laws That Take Effect January 1, 2012

Middle class tax cuts that will reduce tax rates for millions of hardworking taxpayers and the two-percent property tax cap highlight new state laws that will go into effect on January 1, 2012. The recently enacted tax cuts will reduce tax rates on middle class taxpayers to their lowest levels in more than 50 years (Chapter 55, L.2011). About 4.4 million middle class taxpayers will receive a total of  $690 million in personal income tax relief.  A tax relief measure for manufacturers that will help them expand and create new jobs will also take effect next year, beginning January 1, 2012, as will provisions for flood relief and recovery, and the implementation of inflation adjustments to reduce personal income taxes. 

December 16, 2011
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Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on the Creation of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics

"Today's creation of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics is another step forward in restoring the public's trust in state government. While the vast majority of people enter public service for all the right reasons, this bipartisan commission will ensure that every legislator continues to be accountable to the people they work for. I am confident that former Senator Rath, Justice Covello and George Weismann will do outstanding work alongside Chairwoman DiFiore and the other representatives of this commission."

December 12, 2011
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Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on MTA Payroll Tax Repeal

"The MTA payroll tax has been an enormous burden on businesses and today we are lifting that burden. More than 290,000 small businesses will now have a greater opportunity to invest in their businesses and invest in creating new jobs. I want to thank the members of the Senate Republican Conference, especially Senator Lee Zeldin, for keeping up the pressure to repeal this job-killing tax; and I thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership and for signing this measure into law."

December 12, 2011
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Senate Passes $3.3 Billion Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan

The New York State Senate today passed the Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan that will reduce taxes for millions of hardworking, middle-class taxpayers to their lowest levels in more than half a century.  In addition, the comprehensive plan will help strengthen our economy and create new jobs by eliminating the job-killing MTA payroll tax for more than 78 percent of the small employers that pay the tax.  The plan will provide a total of more than $3.3 billion in tax relief to individuals and businesses.

December 7, 2011
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Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos

"This year, working in a bipartisan manner, we've accomplished some very important things for the people of this State - - including eliminating a $10 billion deficit, bringing spending under control and capping property taxes," Majority Leader Skelos said. "This comprehensive plan will reduce the tax rate for middle class families to their lowest levels in more than fifty years, create thousands of new private sector jobs, and begin to turn our economy around.

December 6, 2011
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Senate Issues Mid-Year Economic and Revenue Report

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and Senate Finance Committee Chairman John A. DeFrancisco today released a mid-year economic and revenue forecast for New York State. A copy of the report can be found at the Senate website, www.nysenate.gov. “This year, the Legislature and Governor worked together to close a deficit that was more than three times the size of next year’s projected deficit, and we did so without raising taxes,” Senator Skelos said.  “Senate Republicans are prepared to manage next year’s budget in the same fiscally responsible manner while we focus on promoting economic growth and creating new jobs.” 

November 18, 2011
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Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos

As always, Senate Republicans stand ready to work with the Governor and Assembly to ensure the State’s budget is structurally balanced. Shortly after we complete a full review of the Budget Division’s mid-year report we will release our own estimates.    

Senate Republicans continue to believe that it is both possible and necessary to manage next year’s budget much like we did this year, when the Legislature and Governor eliminated a much larger deficit without raising taxes.   Our top priorities must be promoting the growth of businesses, increasing jobs, and building a stronger economy.

November 14, 2011
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Senator Skelos Announces Support for Iran Divestment Legislation

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced he will sponsor legislation known as the Iran Divestment Act of 2012 - - recently introduced by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver - - and will move for Senate passage of the bill early next year.

November 3, 2011
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Hundreds Attend Unidad Latina Conference Hosted by State Senate and Hispanic Federation

The first annual Unidad Latina conference held in New York City this weekend was an enormous success that brought together hundreds of people from the Hispanic community in New York, including leaders from business, education, health care and government to discuss ways to promote economic growth and job creation.  The conference was organized by the New York State Senate and the Hispanic Federation.

October 24, 2011
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New York State Senate and the Hispanic Federation to hold Unidad Latina Conference to focus on economic opportunities for the Hispanic community

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos announced today that the Senate and the Hispanic Federation will conduct a two-day economic conference this week, entitled “Unidad Latina,” to discuss ways to increase economic opportunities for the growing Hispanic community in New York.  The conference will be held on October 21st and 22nd at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan.

October 20, 2011
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Senator Skelos' Statement on the Rebuilding of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

“Today is a very historic day for the members of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and the entire Greek American community. As the grandson of Greek immigrants, I have worked for years to ensure that this church was rebuilt, and thanks to Archbishop Demetrios, Governor Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg and countless others, we have finally achieved that reality. Rebuilding St. Nicholas Church at Ground Zero will stand as a strong and hopeful symbol to the world of the revitalization of New York and a fitting reminder of the spiritual journey we have taken together since 9/11.”

October 14, 2011
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Senator Skelos' Statement on Expedited Approval for Tappan Zee Bridge Project

"I applaud the federal government for expediting approval of this important project, which will create tens of thousands of jobs and protect thousands of commuters as they make their way across the Tappan Zee every day. As Senator Fuschillo and I have made clear since we toured the Tappan Zee Bridge with County Executive Astorino in July, rebuilding this bridge and investing in our infrastructure must continue to be a priority. I commend Governor Cuomo and Senator Fuschillo, the Chairman of the Senate's Transportation Committee, for their leadership on this critical project, and look forward to working together with all parties until it is complete."

October 11, 2011
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Senator Skelos' Statement on Tappan Zee Bridge Project

“I urge the federal government to expedite approval for this important project which will create tens of thousands of jobs. Major investments in infrastructure are exactly what New York needs to jumpstart our economy and restore safety to heavily traveled bridges and other arteries. I commend Governor Cuomo and Senator Fuschillo, the Chairman of the Senate's Transportation Committee, for their leadership on this critical project.”

October 10, 2011
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Senator Skelos' Statement on $4.4 Billion Computer Chip Technology Investment

Although we have more to do to ensure that every New Yorker who wants a job can find one, today's announcement is further proof that New York is once again open for business. This multibillion dollar investment in New York's economy will help us create and retain thousands of good jobs, and spur even more economic growth across the State.

September 27, 2011
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