Reform Rules Approved By Senate

ALBANY, 06/08/09 -- New rules were adopted to reform the operation of the senate to ensure that legislative and administrative processes are more fair, equitable and democratic.

Under the new senate rules adopted today, more power is given to individual members; the committee process has been strengthened; greater debate and consideration of legislation will be allowed and resources among the members of both majority and minority parties will be equalized.

File: 
New Senate Rules.pdf

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Drug Laws Worry Lawmakers

The Daily Star

By Jake Palmateer

A state law that took effect Monday allows some convicted felons to have criminal records hidden from prospective employers, including school districts, day-care centers and nursing homes.

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SENATOR LAVALLE RECEIVES HONORARY DOCTOR OF LAWS

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Flora Leamer to be Honored as a "Woman of Distinction" in Statewide Event on Wednesday

Senator Ranzenhofer today announced that Flora Leamer of Clarence and Akron has been selected as a 2009 New York State Women of Distinction.

“I am proud to honor Flora as a Woman of Distinction and even prouder of her dedication and service to the communities of Akron and Clarence throughout the years,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

Leamer will be honored Wednesday, June 10 at a reception in Albany, where her photograph and biography will be displayed in a special public exhibit. 

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Ranzenhofer Joins Bipartisan Coalition; Enacts landmark reform to create open, transparent government

Albany, NY – Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer joined a bipartisan coalition to lead the New York State Senate into an era of reform yesterday.  The coalition, composed of  the entire reform-minded Republican conference and a number of reform-minded Democrats, enacted numerous reforms and brought an end to five months of dysfunction and failure.

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Seward Hails New Senate Leadership Coalition

ALBANY, 06/08/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) is hailing a historic new bipartisan leadership coalition, elected today to bring reform to the state senate.

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STATEMENT BY SENATOR PEDRO ESPADA, JR.

Statement by State Sen. Pedro Espada, Jr. (DEMOCRAT-Bronx) I am honored to accept the Office of President Pro Tempore of the New York State Senate. I have taken these actions on behalf of the people I represent in the 33rd district in the Bronx and the nearly 20 million residents of New York State. Let me first make it clear that I remain a staunch, reform Democrat. I have not switched parties.  

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Statement From Austin Shafran, Press Secretary For Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith

“This was an illegal and unlawful attempt to gain control of the Senate and reverse the will of the people who voted for a Democratic Majority. Nothing has changed, Senator Malcolm A. Smith remains the duly elected Temporary President and Majority Leader.  The real Senate Majority is anxious to get back to governing, and will take immediate steps to get us back to work.”

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