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Senate Passes Bill to Increase Punishment of Persistent Criminal Offenders

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S3074) today, sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), that would authorize courts to charge criminals with a felony if they are charged with a misdemeanor after three prior

May 7, 2014
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Senate Cracks Down on Hit-and-Run Drivers

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that increases the penalties for leaving the scene of an accident when a death, injury, or damage of property occurs.

May 7, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Award High School Diplomas to Veterans

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S6292) today, sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (North Buffalo), that would make all veterans eligible for “Operation Recognition,” which allows veterans to be awarded a high school degree based on their knowledge and experience gained while in the military.

Operation Recognition, which is a nationwide effort, currently allows honorably discharged veterans of World War II, Korea, and the Vietnam wars, to receive their high school diploma. This legislation would expand eligibility for this program to all military service veterans who served in the United States military and did not complete their education after their term of service.

May 7, 2014
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Senate Approves Bills to Fight Auto Insurance Fraud

The New York State Senate passed legislation today to crack down on criminals and scam artists who commit auto insurance fraud that costs New Yorkers billion of dollars in higher insurance premiums, and has caused serious injuries and death to innocent victims.The bills, sponsored by Senator James Seward (R-C-I, Oneonta), Chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee, and Senate Coalition Co-Leader Dea

May 7, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Boost State Funding for Small Businesses

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to direct more state economic development funding to small businesses so they can become more economically competitive, grow, and create more jobs. The bill (S1530), sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), would require state agencies that award economic development assistance to give preference to small businesses and entrepreneurs because they are most in need of assistance and are significant job creators.

May 7, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Create Website for Women's Health Initiatives

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S3817), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau), that would direct the New York State Department of Health (DOH) to establish an internet website devoted to women's health initiatives. Senator Hannon said, “This legislation will establish an up-to-date, Department of Health website to assist women in understanding the health initiatives and expansion of covered services that have taken effect.  The federal government already has such a website, but New Yorkers should be able to access a similar site which is specific to our State.”

May 7, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill Requiring Blood Testing After Deadly Accidents

The New York State Senate today passed a bill to help police investigate deadly automobile accidents where alcohol may be a factor.

May 5, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill Simplifying Application for Senior Citizens Renewing Enhanced STAR Tax Exemption

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S2937), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau), that would create a shorter, simplified renewal application for senior citizens who already receive an Enhanced STAR tax exemption.  “I’m trying to make the renewal process easier and simpler for the Enhanced STAR, which is for our lower-income senior citizens,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). “For those who are not already enrolled in the State’s automatic renewal program, this bill provides for a simplified renewal application.” 

May 5, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Prohibit Registered Sex Offenders From Operating a School Bus or Passenger Bus

New York State Senate today passed legislation (S1519), sponsored by Senator Carl L.

April 28, 2014
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Senate Bill Creates Harsher Penalties for Methamphetamine Production

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to reduce the number of clandestine methamphetamine laboratories, which pose dangerous threats to public health and safety.

April 28, 2014
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JOINT SENATE TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR FORUMS TO BE HELD STATEWIDE

The New York State Senate Majority Coalition today announced the schedule for the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction.

The forums will be held statewide to solicit input on the rise in the use of heroin and opioids and to develop legislative recommendations for treating and preventing addiction and its consequences. The first forum is being held this Tuesday, April 8, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Van Nostrand Theatre of Suffolk County Community College’s Brentwood Campus, 1001 Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood. Interested members of the public are invited to attend and participate in the discussion. For more information, please call (631) 665-2311. The full schedule is below.

April 4, 2014
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2014-15 Budget Bolsters EPF, Invests in State Parks and Helps Improve Environmental Infrastructure

The New York State Senate today passed a 2014-15 state budget that helps protect and enhance New York’s natural resources and invests in key environmental initiatives that create jobs, increase tourism, and benefit communities throughout the state.

March 31, 2014
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2014-15 State Budget Cuts Taxes to Create New Job Opportunities for All New Yorkers

The 2014-15 State Budget, approved today by the State Senate, includes significant tax relief to businesses to encourage them to grow and create new job opportunities for New Yorkers.  Senator John DeFrancisco (R-C-I, Syracuse), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee,  said: “This is the fourth consecutive state budget that has reduced the tax burden on large and small businesses in an effort to encourage growth and job creation.  This budget includes more tax relief so small businesses and manufacturers can succeed, grow and create new economic opportunities.”

March 31, 2014
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2014-15 Budget Expands Access to Quality Health Care, Increases EPIC for Seniors, Protects Consumers From Surprise Medical Bills

The New York State Senate today passed a 2014-15 state budget that will provide record support for a wide array of lifesaving health care services in communities across the state. Among the provisions in the budget are billions of dollars to ensure quality hospitals and nursing home facilities, funding for women’s and family health initiatives, a significantly expanded EPIC program to help our seniors afford their prescription medications, and new legislation to help eliminate “surprise” out-of-network medical bills.

March 31, 2014
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Senate Passes Education Budget Providing $1.1 Billion Increase in School Aid

The New York State Senate today passed the 2014-15 education budget that will increase school aid by $1.1 billion, bringing total support for public schools to $22.1 billion.  The 2014-15 State Budget distributes school aid fairly and equitably across the state, will help reduce pressure on local property taxpayers, provides additional support for charter schools and for early education programs, and makes important changes to address serious concerns raised about the Common Core program.

March 31, 2014
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2014-2015 State Budget Makes Investments in Higher Education

The New York State Senate today passed the 2014-15 State Budget which includes major investments in New York’s higher education system. Aid includes support for the Tuition Assistance Program, public and private universities, and community colleges across the state.  The budget increases base aid support for community colleges by $75 for each full-time equivalent student, which represents a total increase of $15.1 million for SUNY and CUNY community colleges.

March 31, 2014
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2014-15 Budget Provides Almost $5 Billion in Property Tax Relief

New York’s hardworking families will see substantial property tax relief from the 2014-15 state budget, including a record amount of funding for the STAR program -- $3.4 billion -- and $1.5 billion in relief over the next three years from a new property tax freeze program.

March 31, 2014
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2014-15 State Budget Includes Funding to Promote and Sustain Agriculture and Family Farming in New York State

The New York State Senate today passed a state budget that provides millions to support and strengthen New York State’s leading industry – agriculture. The 2014-2015 state budget includes $8 million in new budget funding, the highest level in six years. Funding will go to farming programs and initiatives, as well as towards research, education, and agriculture promotion throughout New York State. 

March 31, 2014
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2014-15 State Budget Includes Funding to Improve State's Roads, Bridges, and Public Transit

The New York State Senate today passed transportation budget bills that provide critically important funding for roads, bridges, transit.

March 31, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Help Prevent Overdose Deaths by Increasing Access to Naloxone

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to help save lives by increasing access to a highly effective antidote for accidental drug overdose known as Naloxone or Narcan.

March 27, 2014
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