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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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Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on CSEA Contract Approval

The approval of a new five-year contract by CSEA is a victory for all New Yorkers. I applaud Governor Cuomo, CSEA President Danny Donohue and the members of CSEA for achieving a deal that will save taxpayers $73 million this fiscal year, and will help ensure a balanced state budget, avert layoffs and maintain vital state services.  

August 16, 2011
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Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos

It is a very sad day for all New Yorkers as we mourn a great statesman and leader, Governor Hugh Carey, who brought the state and the city back from the financial abyss in the 1970’s. He will be remembered as a man of courage who put partisan politics aside and made the tough decisions needed to get New York’s fiscal house back on sound footing. Governor Carey’s message during that crisis of financial discipline and living within our means still resonates to this day.

August 7, 2011
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Senate Introduces "Protect Our Children Act"

In the wake of Caylee Anthony’s tragic murder case and the murder of eight-year-old Leiby Kletzky in Brooklyn, legislation has been introduced in the New York State Senate that would make sweeping, comprehensive changes to the state’s child protection laws to help protect children from cruel and repeated abuse. The bill, called the “Protect Our Children Act” (S.5862), is sponsored by Senators Mark Grisanti (R, North Buffalo), Stephen Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island), Greg Ball (R-C, Pawling) and Charles Fuschillo (R, Merrick). 

July 21, 2011
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Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Tax Report

Today’s report by Comptroller DiNapoli, showing that tax collections for the first quarter of the State’s Fiscal Year have far outpaced recent estimates, is encouraging, and we must continue to monitor this situation over the next six months. 

July 20, 2011
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Historic Property Tax Cap Becomes Law

The New York State Senate today announced enactment of an historic property tax relief law that caps the growth of local property taxes.

 

The Governor signed the law passed by the Senate on June 24, 2011, and sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos. The law caps school and local government taxes to less than two percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is lower. The new law also includes $127 million in mandate relief savings to local governments, in addition to the creation of a Mandate Relief Council to identify and repeal unsound, unduly burdensome laws and regulations.

 

June 30, 2011
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Summary of 2011 Senate Legislative Action

2011-2012 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

June 27, 2011
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Senate Passes Historic Property Tax Cap Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed historic property tax relief legislation that enacts a cap on the growth of local property taxes. The bill (S.5856), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, will cap school and local government taxes to less than two percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is lower. Mandate relief is also included, with $127 million in savings to local governments, in addition to the creation of a Mandate Relief Council to identify and repeal unsound, unduly burdensome laws and regulations.

June 24, 2011
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Senate Passes NY-SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to establish the NY-SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant program that includes capital funds for investments in economic expansion and job creation at the four SUNY University Centers, as well as a predictable and rational plan for SUNY tuition that will allow students and families to plan for tuition costs. The bill (S.5855) represents a three-way agreement among the Governor, Senate and Assembly.

June 24, 2011
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Statement from Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Same Sex Marriage Legislation

After many hours of deliberation and discussion over the past several weeks among the members, it has been decided that same sex marriage legislation will be brought to the full Senate for an up or down vote.   The entire Senate Republican Conference was insistent that amendments be made to the Governor’s original bill in order to protect the rights of religious institutions and not-for-profits  with religious affiliations.  I appreciate the Governor’s cooperation in working with us to address these important issues and concerns. As I have said many times, this is a very difficult issue and it will be a vote of conscience for every member of the Senate.

June 24, 2011
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Senator Fuschillo and Assemblyman Morelle Announce Agreement On Landmark Autism Insurance Reform

State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R, Merrick) and Assemblyman Joseph D. Morelle (D, Rochester) today announced an agreement between the Legislature and the Governor’s office in support of legislation to enable individuals with autism spectrum disorders to receive insurance coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment. The bill (S.4005-B) would save tens of thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses spent by families caring for individuals with autism and address insurance companies’ refusal to cover costs for autism treatments and therapies.

June 23, 2011
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Senate Passes Landmark "Power NY" Legislation

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to the “Power NY Act” to secure the state’s energy future by expanding the availability of affordable, clean and reliable electricity, while also creating jobs and boosting the economy.  Power NY (S.5844), sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), has three main components: it reauthorizes and modernizes the licensing process for major electric generating facilities (also known as Article X), provides incentives to consumers for energy efficiency investments, and explores the potential for additional solar power generation in the state.

June 22, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill to Facilitate Early Detection of Breast Cancer

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to provide stronger preventative health care for women.  The bill (S.1883A), sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), requires insurance companies to cover the cost of supplemental screening for women who have dense breast tissue or who are at greater risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer.

June 22, 2011
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Senate Gives Final Legislative Passage to NYRA Call Center Bill

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative approval to a measure that keeps jobs in New York by requiring racing and wagering call centers to be located in-state. The bill (S.4876), sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island), arises following a recent decision by the New York Racing Association (NYRA) to locate it’s pari-mutel wagering call centers in Oregon.

June 21, 2011
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Senate Gives Final Legislative Passage to Juvenile "Sexting" and "Cyberbullying" Prevention Bill

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill (S.5253B) to divert youth to an education program addressing the sending of nude or obscene photographs through electronic technologies, also known as “sexting,” as well as conduct that constitutes “cyberbullying.”  The bill, entitled the “Cyber-Crime Youth Rescue Act,” sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-C-I, Garden City), requires the development of an educational program about the numerous perils of sexting and cyberbullying. The program provides an option other than a permanent criminal record for juveniles deemed eligible by a court.    

June 21, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill to Lower Counties' Public Defense Costs

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to help counties save money in providing public defense services to individuals who cannot afford an attorney.  The legislation (S5474) would exempt legal aid societies from having to pay a fee to search DMV records in public defense cases. This exemption would provide savings to the counties who fund the services provided by legal aid societies.

June 21, 2011
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