SENATOR LAVALLE SUPPORTS STATEWIDE SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Senator Kenneth P.

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Rural Resources Commission Introduces Legislative Agenda

ALBANY (May 12, 2009)—The bipartisan Legislative Commission on Rural Resources has introduced its legislation for the 2009 session, with 12 bills sponsored in the Senate and Assembly intended to benefit the State’s rural communities.

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State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz To Hold Public Hearing on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Home Delivered Meals

New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) will chair a Senate Committee on Aging Public Hearing on Thursday, May 14, at 250 Broadway, NYC, 19th Floor at 1:00 p.m. The hearing will accept oral and written testimony from the public regarding S.3340 (Diaz, et al), which seeks to fully fund the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for Home Delivered Meals for senior citizens.

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SENATORS LAUNCH PUSH FOR STRONGER RENT LAWS

NYS Senator Eric Adams states: “New York State government has had power over New York City rent laws since 1971. This had resulted in a dramatic weakening of rent regulations. In 1997, for example, Republican Governor George Pataki and a Republican-controlled State Senate capitulated to heavy landlord lobbying and campaign contributions and enacted vacancy decontrol, a method used to deregulate rent stabilized apartments. Tens of thousands of affordable rent regulated apartments have become expensive market rentals.

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Senator Serrano Pushes for Stronger Rent Laws

Sixteen Senators Stand with Advocates and Call for Action before End of Session Albany – Sixteen State Senators stood today with rent regulated and Mitchell-Lama tenant allies to launch a full court press to pass stronger rent laws before the current legislative session ends in June. 

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Horseraceinsider.com: Racing’s Problems the Same All Over (5/8/09)

"...Fortunately, elected officials from many counties around New York State attended the Gaming and Wagering meeting and most had vested interests in racing’s well being and didn’t appreciate Medenica’s remarks.

The Racing and Wagering Committee is chaired by Sen. Eric Adams, who apparently gets it about racing’s contributions to the state. He doesn’t believe any one segment of the gaming industry brings down another..." (Written by John Pricci)

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Change Needed In Volunteer Firefighter Driver Requirements

ALBANY, 05/12/09-- New York State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) is calling for a change in the vehicle and traffic law to allow volunteer emergency responders to operate fire trucks and other emergency vehicles without having to get commercial drivers’ licenses (CDL).

A little known 2005 amendment requires first responders to have CDLs to drive fire trucks except in the case of an emergency.  The requirement means firefighters can drive to the scene of an emergency, but not back to the station.  They are also unable to drive to training sessions or even in community parades.

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BONACIC SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR WOMEN OF DISTINCTION AWARD

 State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope), today announced that nominations are being sought for the Senate’s 12th Annual Women of Distinction Awards.  Nominations are due by May 28, 2009 and can be faxed to the Senator’s office (845) 344-3328.

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