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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Senate Passes Several Bills Sponsored by Senator Valesky

ALBANY, N.Y.—The New York State Senate today passed several pieces of legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida). Action was taken 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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Senate Passes Ban On Texting While Driving

(Albany, NY)- Today, the New York State Senate passed S3619A/Dilan,  legislation that will make New York’s roads and highways safer by, among other provisions, banning the practice of texting and using other electronic devices while driving. In addition to the texting ban, the legislation includes a number of important provisions that will make the roadways safer by implementing sensible requirements for young drivers, including:

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More On Senate Rules Reforms

 

Last evening, the New York State Senate passed an historic resolution that calls for a sweeping slate of new and significant reforms that changes the way the Senate functions. Those reforms to the Rules of the Senate include term limits on leadership positions, equal staffing allocation for all 62 Senators and increased public access to information and data produced by the Senate.

 

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Skelos: Pass Mayoral Control In The Spirit Of 'Love'

The Republicans are calling on Gov. David Paterson, Sen. Malcolm Smith, Sen. John Sampson, Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. - any Democrat, really - to exert some power over the Senate Democrats and bring the Assembly mayoral control bill up for a vote.

Here's Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos calling for the bill to at least be allowed out onto the floor, where supporters insist there are sufficient GOP votes to pass it, "in the spirit of reform, transparency, openness and love that existed last night" when the Senate approved the rules resolution.

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STATE SENATE PASSES SWEEPING LEGISLATIVE REFORMS

I’m very pleased that the Senate has passed the most significant, sweeping legislative reforms in its history. The beneficiaries of those changes are the people of this state. As result, the Senate will be more open, transparent and accountable.

Each and every member of the Senate will now be empowered by these reforms. Every Senator will be treated fairly and given equitable resources to ensure they can effectively represent their constituents.

The days of legislative leaders dominating everything that happens in Albany is over.

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Long Island Press: Foley Looks to Assist Veterans Facing Foreclosure

By Lindsay Christ

July 15, 2009

Senator Brian X. Foley (D-Blue Point) announced to a small group of veterans outside American Legion Post 269 in Patchogue that he was waiting on Governor David Paterson to sign his veteran’s foreclosure bill, which has earned a significant amount of bipartisan support.

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SENATOR LARKIN ANNOUNCES $200,000 GRANT TO BE AWARDED TO INDEPENDENT LIVING, INC. OF NEWBURGH

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that Independent Living, Inc.

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