Statement From Senate President & Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith

“Two hundred and thirty-three years ago, on this day, a band of courageous patriots representing the hearts and minds of the new world gave birth to our nation. Founded upon the sacred principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, an idea was born- one that has lit the world for over two centuries. 

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SENATOR NOZZOLIO SAYS BUDGET WRONG FOR NEW YORK

Massive Federal bailouts. Skyrocketing government spending. Tax hikes through the roof.  Doubling the entire National debt in just 60 days. Growing government at taxpayers' expense.

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"Let's Get on With Reform" by Senator George Winner

When the vote was taken on June 8th to change the leadership of the New York State Senate, it’s important to remember that there was another vote that very same afternoon which, in the end, may turn out to be the most far-reaching action of all in 2009.

It was a vote to guarantee that the Senate leads the way on unprecedented changes to New York’s legislative process.  Let’s get right to the point.  We have taken a vote in favor of Senate rules changes that will, among many other key actions:

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Stay Afloat On New York's Waterways

With summer here and long warm days ahead many people will be headed out on our numerous bodies of water to enjoy a day of boating.  Whether it is a lazy day on a sail boat, an adventure in a canoe or an exhilarating afternoon water skiing there is no better place to enjoy yourself than on the waterways of upstate New York.  Certainly though, many things should be considered before you set out.

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SENATOR GOLDEN’S LAW HAVING MAJOR RESULTS IN NEW YORK

OUT OF STATE PLACEMENT OF CHILDREN DOWN MORE THAN HALF     Albany- Billy’s Law, a law created to reduce placement of children from New York State into out of state facilities, is already working, according to State Senator Marty Golden, the State Senate sponsor of the legislation.  

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Senate Coup Plotters' Hidden Agenda

Tabloids call it a circus, but the lobbyists' goal is to squelch reformsBy Tom Robbins:  The Village Voice

The tabloid version of the Great Senate Stalemate of 2009 goes something like this: Those bozos in the State Senate—who can't be trusted even on a good day to get their lunch orders straight—brought the people's business to a screeching halt over a petty internal dispute about who got to wield the gavel at meetings.

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Governor Allocates $1.5 Million to Concerned for Independent Living

Senator Adams states:

"In early January, I wrote a letter to New York State DHCR in support of an application of Concern For Independent Living for an allocation of low income housing tax credits for a project in my District #20. Today, Governor Paterson has announced that he is providing credits totaling $48 million, designating more than $1.5 million to Concern.      

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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES LOCAL PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AQUA-NEW YORK WATER RATE INCREASE

In response to a letter he sent to the New York State Public Service Commission requesting a local public hearing on the proposed Aqua-New York Water Rate Increase, State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) has been informed by the PSC that a local public hearing will be held on the issue.

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LETTER FROM SEN. YOUNG ON REFORMING ALBANY

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