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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Summary of 2012 Legislative Action

2012-2013 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

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: 

STATE SPENDING GROWTH HELD UNDER TWO PERCENT

 

June 21, 2012
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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
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Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Teacher Evaluation Legislation

Today, the State Senate will take up and pass the Governor’s teacher evaluation disclosure bill.  After reviewing this legislation, our Republican conference believes that it represents a fair compromise between a parent’s right to know and some level of confidentiality for teachers as we implement this new evaluation system.                         

June 21, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Surprise Medical Bills

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to reduce costly and unexpected medical charges to health insurance consumers. The bill (S7745), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau) establishes consumer protections to prevent surprise medical bills and ensures consumers have adequate access to necessary services.

June 20, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Reform New York's Care of People with Special Needs and Disabilities

Legislation Creates the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs to Prevent, Investigate and Prosecute Abuse and Neglect of Vulnerable New Yorkers

June 20, 2012
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Senate Approves Bill to Prevent Spread of Invasive Species

The State Senate today gave final legislative approval to a bill (S.6826a) sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury) that would restrict the sale, possession and importation of invasive species in an effort to combat a growing environmental and costly problem throughout New York.  

June 19, 2012
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Senate Passes Legislation Prohibiting the Viewing of Child Pornography

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S7742) sponsored by Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), that would make the viewing of child pornography a felony crime. The bill is part of a three-way agreement with the Senate, Assembly and Governor Cuomo to amend current state law to make a person guilty of a crime when the person knowingly accesses child pornography with the intent to view.

June 19, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Social Services Workers From Assault

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), to enhance the criminal penalties for assaulting employees of a county social services district while in performance of their duties.  The bill (S7720) represents a three-way agreement with the Governor and Assembly.

June 19, 2012
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Major Enhancement to Breast Cancer Prevention Passes Senate

In a major victory in his three-year battle to enhance women’s ability to protect themselves against breast cancer, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that legislation (6769B) he sponsored to assist in the fight against breast cancer has passed the Senate and is expected to pass in the Assembly.  The legislation will provide women with dense breasts the information they need to make decisions regarding their health care.

June 19, 2012
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Senate Passes 'Alix's Law'

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.7577-A), sponsored by Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), that would hold drunk drivers accountable for leaving the scene of an accident involving their vehicle without investigating it themselves and reporting it to law enforcement.  

June 19, 2012
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Libous Welfare Reform Bill Passes Senate

The New York State Senate today passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” to protect public assistance for welfare recipients from being used to purchase cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or for casino gambling.  Unlike Food Stamps purchases, cash assistance purchases are currently permitted under New York State law.

June 19, 2012
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Senate Approves Grisanti Bill to Offer Asbestos Removal Tax Credit

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S6524A), sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R-North Buffalo), that will provide an asbestos removal tax credit to encourage the cleanup of old, unsafe properties, and spur investment throughout the State.

June 18, 2012
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