AP: NY Senate confusion sidelines gay marriage

By VALERIE BAUMAN |Associated Press Writer

ALBANY, N.Y. - The paralyzing fight for control of the New York Senate has sidelined the movement for same-sex marriage indefinitely.

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Statement By Senate President Malcolm A. Smith

“It is with great personal sadness that myself and millions of other fans learned this evening of the passing of Michael Jackson. It is always a tragedy to lose someone at such a young age, but it is particularly difficult when children lose a parent like this. Michael transcended race and genre in his music, and brought joy to millions through his art. His contributions to the music and entertainment industry are immeasurable, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and fans across the globe at this time.”

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Samuel Gompers High School Denies Student to Participate at Graduation Ceremony

On Friday, June 26, 2009 at 8:30 AM, New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz’s office will join at a press conference with the family of Bianca Torres, a Samuel Gompers High School Senior student outside her school located at 455 Southern Boulevard in The Bronx.

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A Letter to My Community Regarding the Proposed Rezoning of Carroll Gardens and the Columbia Waterfront Area

June 25, 2009

 

Dear Community Member:

As you may know, I do not just represent this neighborhood in the State Senate; I live here too. As a resident and a representative, I continue to support a comprehensive, contextual rezoning of the entire community, from the Gowanus Canal to the water. A rezoning is a vital component of a broader strategy to preserve the unique nature of the community and protect its character from irresponsible, non-contextual development.

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Supporting Lower Manhattan Businesses

I am proud to sponsor an initiative, along with Speaker Sheldon Silver, that will reduce the cost of doing business in Lower Manhattan.  The Commercial Rent Tax Exemption makes certain existing and new commercial leases eligible for reduced rent, and the New York State Sales Tax Exemption helps Lower Manhattan businesses purchase equipment for their offices--but both incentives are about to expire.

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Statement Regarding Thursday's Extraordinary Session

“Unlike the Senate Republicans today, Senate Democrats will fulfill their constitutional duty and attend the extraordinary session tomorrow at 3 PM despite concerns our Conference has raised about the constitutionality of the special session,” said Austin Shafran, spokesman for Senate President Malcolm A. Smith.

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Statement from Senator Martin Malavé Dilan

“Realizing that any action taken in these Extraordinary Sessions called by Governor Paterson are moot, my Senate Colleagues and I will remain adjourned  until such action is warranted.

Myself and Senate Democrats are more than willing to work with both Senate Republicans and the Governor, but only until such time as we have a legitimate forum and cause to legislate.

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