SENATOR VOLKER ANNOUNCES SENTENCING FIX TO THE “DRUG DEALER PROTECTION ACT” (AKA… THE ROCKEFELLER DRUG LAW REFORM)

(Depew, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I-, Depew)  today announced that the State Senate passed legislation that will fix a sentencing loophole in the lenient Rockefeller Drug Law Reforms recently passed by the Senate Democrats and enacted into law by Governor Paterson.

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Sen. Foley Calls on Gov. Paterson to Eliminate License Plate Fee

Sen. Brian X. Foley was joined by members of the Long Island/Upstate Caucus of the Senate Majority in calling for Gov. Paterson to eliminate the license plate re-issuance fee.

Below is the letter sent to Gov. Paterson by Sen. Foley and the rest of the Long Island/Upstate Senate Majority Caucus:

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BROADCAST BOARD RELEASES REPORT, RECOMMENDS TRANSFORMATION OF LEGISLATIVE BROADCASTS INTO INDEPENDENT STATE GOVERNMENTAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS CHANNEL

Effective in January, Existing Legislative Broadcasts to Include all Legislative Hearings and Additional Enhancements

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Senate Elections Committee Holds New York City Hearing On Proposals To Improve Election Law, Review 2009 Election

(New York, NY) Thursday, the Senate Elections Committee heard testimony on proposals intended to continue to explore and improve the voting process and procedures in New York. The hearing addressed the effectiveness of election administration during the 2009 election cycle, the pilot program for optical scan voting machines and proposals to eliminate wasteful and expensive primary runoffs. 

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Sen. Foley, Supervisor Nolan Announce Winning Design for Brentwood Spray Park, as Chosen by Local Students

State Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) and Islip Town Supervisor Phil Nolan announced the winning design for a spray park to be built in Brentwood, as chosen by students in the Brentwood School District.

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Solutions for Upstate

The issues facing our great State are vast. Our solutions must be firm and comprehensive. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, I will continue to oppose any effort to balance the budget on the backs of Upstate taxpayers just as I opposed the 2009-2010 State budget last April. I have been working hard to address the great issues that are impacting New York, especially those with the greatest consequences for our region:

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SENATOR LAVALLE COMMENTS ON AMENDMENT TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE LAW

Last month, Senator LaValle and his Senate Republican colleagues called for the repeal of a recent change in criminal law, dubbed “Khadafy’s Law” by the New York Daily News.   The measure amended the medical parole provision, providing a loophole that allowed convicted murderers, rapists, and sex criminals to be freed from prison.

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Petition Drives Home Point - New License Plates Not Required

ONEONTA, 11/12/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that more than 7,500 people have signed his online petition against a new state mandate that will require every New Yorker to purchase a new license plate in April whether he needs one or not, at a cost of $25 per vehicle. 

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