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. 


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.


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

S. 4938  HUNTLEY   Same as A.


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.


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:



(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). 


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.


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:


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.



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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