Senate passes Espada Bill That Continues Financing of Affordable Housing in the Bronx and Other Boroughs

from State Sen. Pedro Espada, Jr. (D-Bronx), Chairman, Senate Standing Committee on Housing, Construction and Community DevelopmentPress Contact:Steve Mangione914-403-4072 (cellular)FOR IMMEDISTE RELEASE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2009Senate Passes Espada Bill That Continues Financing of Affordable Housing in the Bronx and Other Boroughs

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Senate Passes Bill to Ease Government Consolidation

By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE, The New York Times - June 4, 2009

ALBANY — The Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would make it easier to cut or consolidate layers of local government in New York, a measure that supporters hailed as a significant step toward relieving tax burdens across the state.

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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO COSPONSORS BILL TO PROMOTE LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONSOLIDATION

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today announced that a bill (S5661) he cosponsored, to empower citizens and local officials to significantly reduce the size and cost of local government, has passed the New York State Senate. The legislation was first initiated by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

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6/03/2009: Senate Passes S. 3146-A (Huntley)

S. 3146-A  HUNTLEY   Same as A. 7116-A  Rivera P  HUNTLEY, HASSELL-THOMPSON, MONSERRATE, MONTGOMERY, PERKINS, STAVISKY Amd S3, Chap 667 of 2006; add S7.43, amd S5.07, Ment Hyg L; add S483-f, Soc Serv L Amends chapter 667 of the laws of 2006 relating to providing for the establishment of a children's mental health plan, in relation to eliminating certain provisions provided therein; and amends the mental hygiene law and the social services law, in relation to implementing the children's plan. 

File: 
S. 3146A.pdf

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Editorial: Vote on Gay Marriage

The New York Times:
Editorial-Vote on Gay Marriage

 

Six states have now made it legal for same-sex couples to marry. New York is not one of them. Gov. David Paterson wants the state to guarantee that right, and the protections that come with it, and the Assembly approved legislation legalizing same-sex marriage last month. Malcolm Smith, the leader of the State Senate, insists that he, too, favors marriage for gay couples, but he won’t let a bill go to the floor unless he’s privately lined up enough votes.

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Crain's: Third attempt looms to develop Pier 40

By Theresa Agovino

Last year, Related Cos. sought a 49-year lease and opted not to pursue developing the site when it became clear that the change wasn’t forthcoming.

However, many community advocates objected to the size and scope of Related’s proposal which included a home for Cirque du Soleil and the Tribeca Film Festival. Some state legislators' aides said there's a fear that changing the law would encourage large developments that they deem inappropriate for the park.

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SENATOR GOLDEN URGES BROOKLYN RESIDENTS TO ATTEND HEALTHY LIVING FORUM

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is encouraging Brooklyn residents to attend a Healthy Living Forum on Saturday, June 27, 2009 at Brooklyn College from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Jefferson-Williams Lounge on the 4th Floor of the Brooklyn College Student Center, Campus Road and East 27th Street.

 

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Statement from Senator Ranzenhofer Regarding UB 2020

“As a graduate from the University at Buffalo, I am proud that the Senate passed the UB 2020 Flexibility and Economic Growth Act which represents another step towards UB 2020, a plan that allows students to compete in a 21st century global economy and jump starts an economic engine in Western New York.  This legislation not only makes UB more competitive with other national research universities, but could create up to 10,000 jobs in Western New York.  I call on the State Assembly to immediately pass this bill."

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Senate Legislation Sponsored by Senator Dilan Allows Emergency Responders to Quickly Remove Disabled Vehicles from Roadways

(Albany, NY)—Today legislation sponsored by Senator Martin Malavé Dilan, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, passed the Senate, making an emergency responders job easier when it comes to clearing accident debris.

Senate bill, S5174, brings New York in line with similar provisions in other states that relieves police officers, emergency responders and those who act pursuant to their direction, such as tow truck operators, from liability when removing vehicles and accident debris from highways.

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