Tassel turning—SUNY Fredonia celebrates in style

By THOMAS SCHWARTZ

The OBSERVER

Posted May 17, 2009

Approximately 1,300 students crossed the stage in Steele Hall on the SUNY Fredonia University Campus Saturday, as President Dennis L. Hefner conferred Fredonia's 2009 undergraduate and graduate degree candidates amid cheers of celebration and accomplishment.

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A Free Medicines Program for Newly Unemployed Americans

Pfizer Inc. announced that it will launch an innovative program to help eligible unemployed Americans and their families who have lost their health insurance maintain access to their Pfizer medicines at no cost. 

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SENATOR YOUNG URGING SUMMER READING

ALBANY, NY -- Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) wants students to have fun reading and keep learning this summer by participating in the 2009 New York Statewide Summer Reading Program.

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SENATOR OPPENHEIMER VOTES TO PROVIDE NEW YORKERS 13 WEEKS OF EXTENDED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

Bill is Expected to Head to the Floor for Vote by Full Senate This Week

 Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, voted to approve legislation (S. 4110-A) that would permit New York to receive more than $600 million in federal stimulus funds for unemployment assistance.  As part of this bill, an additional 13 weeks of extended unemployment benefits will be provided to New Yorkers already receiving aid, while additional funding will be made available for benefits to newly unemployed workers.

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Media Advisory: Senate Holds Hearing on Corporate Franchise and Bank Tax Reform

For Immediate Release:  May 15, 2009Contact: Travis Proulx (W) 518.455.2415 (C) 518.729.8013

SENATE HOLDS HEARING ON CORPORATE FRANCHISE & BANK TAX REFORMTax Policy Experts, Progressive Taxation Advocates, Wall Street Leaders to Testify

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Testimony from April 30 public hearing of New York State's business taxes

On April 30, 2009, the Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform held a public hearing in Rochester to weigh the fairness of New York State's Corporate Franchise Tax and the effectivess of its tax expenditures. The Select Committee heard oral testimony from six experts and collected written testimony from several other interested parties.

Below are links for the public hearing transcript and testimony that was submitted to the Select Committee. The Select Committee's staff will issue a report detailing the key findings and conclusions from the testimony.

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Transcript of April 30 public hearing

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Testimony from Ken Pokalsky of the Business Council of New York State

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Handout from Ken Pokalksky off the Business Council of New York State

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Handout from Ken Pokalsky of the Business Council of New York State

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Testimony from Jon Greenbaum of Metro Justice of Rochester

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Testimony from Judy Seil of the Monroe County Industrial Development Agency

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Testimony from Christopher Weist of the Rochester Business Alliance

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Testimony from Christopher Koetzle of the Support Services Alliance

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Testimony from Brian Sampson of Unshackle UPstate

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SENATOR FUSCHILLO TEACHES LINDENHURST 4TH & 5TH GRADERS TO SAY “NO” TO TOBACCO

Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo shows 4th and 5th graders at William Rall Elementary School that some of the same chemicals found in ant & roach spray are also found in cigarettes.

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Post-Session Press Availability Regarding Mayoral Control

At the conclusion of session today, the Senate Majority Conference will meet to discuss the Majority Leader’s draft proposal outlining the framework for mayoral control legislation.  Immediately following the discussion, State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith will hold a brief press availability. WHEN: Monday, May 18, 2009 @ approximately 5 PM WHERE: Capitol, Room 328    

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