Breastfeeding Mothers' Bill of Rights Passes Senate

(Albany, NY) Just days after new research from the Women’s Health Initiative, a long-term study of 140,000 women, indicated clear health benefits relating to breastfeeding for the mother and newborn, the New York State Senate has passed the Breastfeeding Mothers’ Bill of Rights (S1107A).

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GREENWAY EXPANSION READY TO BE MADE PERMANENT

The Hudson River Valley Greenway has proven to be a positive influence in the region.  It has encouraged better local planning and provided funds for beautification around the region.

When the Greenway was created, it excluded communities in the Catskill State Park.  In 2006, I wrote the legislation - which became law to allow those communities in Ulster County to participate, regardless of whether or not they are in the Catskill Park.

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Senate At Work; Hundreds Of Bills Passed

Economic Development & Job Creation Initiatives Mark Legislative Session

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Rules Reform: A New Day Dawns in State Senate

For the past five weeks, I have had individuals across Central New York tell me that the time has come for real and significant reforms.  To each, I have said simply, I agree.   For the past five years, I have been advocating for a more open, responsive and responsible state Senate, one that empowers individuals members of the Senate, ends the tyranny of Senate leadership and puts the people back in charge of this chamber.   

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Bloomberg Unleashes On The Senate Dems

 

 

Using some of his strongest language to date, Mayor Bloomberg gave the Senate Democrats

 

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Senate At Work; Hundreds Of Bills Passed

Economic Development & Job Creation Initiatives Mark Legislative Session

(Albany, NY) After passing unprecedented rules reforms that fundamentally change the operation of the State Senate and open up the legislative process, the New York State Senate continued today to advance economic development and job growth initiatives. Action was taken today on hundreds of bills that benefit local municipalities and strengthen programs that will lead to the revitalization of communities across the state. 

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7/16/2009: Senate Passes S. 4938 (Huntley)

S. 4938  HUNTLEY   Same as A.

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7/16/2009: Senate Passes S. 5930 (Huntley)

S. 5930-A  HUNTLEY   Same as A. 8972-A  Weisenberg  HUNTLEY Add SS16.30 & 31.32, Ment Hyg L Relates to reporting of suspected abuse of adults in certain residential care facilities licensed or operated by the state; creates a hotline for reporting of suspected abuse.

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Stimulus Setback

A couple of months ago I made a plea for genuine oversight of the federal stimulus dollars flowing into our state.  While the governor’s office did enact a few minor measures, real checks and balances have not been instituted.

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Towleroad: NY State Senator Tom Duane Gives Gripping, Angry Speech on AIDS

At around 3 am last night, New York State Senator Tom Duane, who is gay and HIV-positive, delivered a mesmerizing, emotional 21-minute speech on the Senate floor at the end of a marathon session in favor of a bill preventing people living with HIV or AIDS and receiving public assistance from having to pay more than 30 percent of their monthly income on rent.

The bill passed by a vote of 52 to 1. But not after Duane reminded people of the horrors of the early 80's:

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