Real Reform Comes To Albany

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NY Government Merger Bill Draws Criticism

The Daily Mail

By Susan Campriello

CATSKILL — State legislators representing Greene County agreed that consolidation of municipal governments and services could alleviate property tax increases, but hope certain changes can be made to the bill before it is sent to Gov. David A. Paterson for signature.

The New N.Y. Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act passed a June 1 state Senate vote of 46-16.

It passed a June 3 vote in the state Assembly of 118-26.

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Senator Flanagan Discusses the Issues with Local Students

            Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited the members of the William Sidney Mount Elementary School Student Government to discuss his role as a state senator.  The visit, which was arranged by the club’s advisors Ms. Stefanie Baldante and Ms.

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The Sotomayor Effect

Ever since President Barack Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor for a seat on the Supreme Court, Jewish leaders have been speculating about how the appointment of this Bronx-raised Hispanic woman will affect the relationship between the Jewish and Hispanic communities.

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Albany’s Madhouse

Feature article in The New York Times 

By the time the dysfunctional body that passes for a Legislature in New York State gets through the 2009 session, calling someone an Albany reformer will be an insult. In a display of chutzpah that startled even old political hands, the Senate Republicans and two of the least-reputable Democrats in a deeply disreputable place brazenly declared themselves to be a reform coalition and staged a palace coup against the Democratic majority.

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Statement from New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz

New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) will stand by the Senate Democratic Conference and will not be joining his fellow “Amigo” Senators Pedro Espada and Hiram Monserrate in the new bipartisan coalition.

Senator Diaz stated:

 “I will not join with them because I do not trust billionaire Tom Golisano, who reminds me of the opportunists in the South Bronx who abandoned my neighborhood when The Bronx was allegedly burning. 

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NYS Senator Eric Adams Holds Press Conference at Site of Shooting Death of Police Officer Omar Edwards to Display Two vehicles Equipped with New Technology to Allow 360 Degree Panoramic recording of All Police Incidents

NYS Senator Eric Adams responds to the shooting death of Officer Omar Edwards in East Harlem.  He will be joined by Protect-All Security Products to demonstrate two vehicles equipped with new technology that makes a panoramic 360 degree recording to chronicle episodes involving the police.  The system can be installed in police patrol cars to record all activity surrounding the entire vehicle.     

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State Senator Calls for Cameras in NYPD Cars

NEW YORK (1010 WINS)  -- A New York State Senator called for the installation of video surveillance cameras in NYPD police cars.

1010 WINS AUDIO: Glenn Schuck reports - CLICK HERE!

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SENATOR FUSCHILLO OFFERS INFORMATION TO PARENTS ABOUT KEEPING THEIR CHILDREN SAFE WHILE USING THE INTERNET

State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. today informed parents about information his office has available to protect children from Internet sexual predators.

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