Negotiations on a range of issues important to the people of New York State remain ongoing and are moving in a positive direction toward a resolution. As discussions continue through the weekend, the Assembly and Senate have agreed to pass – and the Governor has agreed to sign – a five day extender of New York City’s rent regulations that will codify into law important safeguards for more than two million tenants.
(Albany, NY) - On Monday, June 15th, the New York State Senate passed Senator José M. Serrano's bill, S5813, which authorizes the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) Board of Directors to continue to provide grants to not-for-profit organizations that provide services to the Roosevelt Island community.
Legislation to save the Swinging Sixties Senior and Small World Day Care centers from shuttering after more than 40 years in operation, passed the upper house this week. Having passed the Senate 61 -1, S. 2631 was returned to the Assembly. From there it must be submitted to Governor Andrew Cuomo for approval.
Having passed the Assembly the week before, the legislation authorizing the Empire State Development Corporation to acquire the property at the corner of 211 Ainslie Street in Williamsburg, is a signature away from becoming law.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to help stop the spread of Lyme disease across the state. The three bills are part of the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases’ continuing efforts to promote best practices for reducing public exposure to ticks, as well as identifying and responding to Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections.
Building on the $1.4 billion school aid increase that was the centerpiece of the 2015-16 state budget approved in March, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and his colleagues in the Senate Republican conference acted to further protect students and their schools by passing common-sense education reforms that will empower parents and teachers, restore local control, and aggressively address the problems caused by an overemphasis on standardized testing.
Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his Senate colleagues to pass legislation (S240), sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (7th Senate District), that would help protect children who become trapped inside an overheated car. Under the legislation, Good Samaritans who forcibly enter a car to rescue a child locked inside are immune from liability.
This legislation would allow an individual to legally break a window or forcibly enter a parked car without liability if there is a reasonable belief that these actions would assist a child under the age of eight years old who would suffer harm if not immediately removed from the vehicle.
school aid increase that was the centerpiece of the 2015-16 state budget approved in March, Senate Republicans recently passed common-sense education reforms that will empower parents and teachers, restore local control, and aggressively address the problems caused by an overemphasis on standardized testing.
The legislation (S5954) directs the State Education Department (SED) to release test questions and the corresponding correct answers to teachers by June 1st of the same school year. Doing so will encourage greater transparency and accountability, and ensure that the standardized tests are a learning tool, not just a data collection device.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed a sweeping package of 10 bills to protect vulnerable senior citizens from predatory financial schemes and physical and emotional abuse. The legislation would create a statewide elder abuse reporting system and increase public awareness of elder mistreatment, facilitate the prosecution of individuals who endanger the welfare of seniors, and help ensure adequate care for the elderly in long-term care facilities.
(Central Park, NY)- Senator Serrano marched in the 58th Annual Puerto Rican Day parade, which takes place along 5th Avenue in Manhattan. The parade is widely attended by hundreds of thousands of people of all nationalities and celebrates the history and culture of Puerto Rico.
Today, Sunday, June 14th, is Flag Day. Many communities and schools have been hosting events honoring the American flag this past week. I had the pleasure of participating in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Flag Day parade last Thursday with my dear friends Charles and Pat Merriam, who were the Grand Marshals.