2010 Priorities

New York government's financial future, short and long term, will dominate the legislative agenda in 2010.  No. 1 on the list, of course, must be to keep addressing the state’s immediate fiscal crisis.  That much we know. 

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Senate Passes Leandra's Law

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that the Senate has passed Leandra’s Law, the nation’s strongest DWI law by a unanimous bipartisan vote. The legislation, co-sponsored by Padavan, is the largest increase of criminal penalties for DWI convictions and includes the expansion of measures aimed at preventing drunk driving incidences throughout the state.

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Join the Fight- Help Build A Stronger NY

Now more than ever we need to dramatically reform our state government. That is why, I have introduced a comprehensive plan that will institute the necessary changes and help make our state government function more effectively. My “Blueprint for A Stronger NY” will instill the highest level of fiscal responsibility, accountability and transparency in our state government.

Highlights of the "Blueprint For A Stronger New York" include:

ADDABBO BRINGS FREE FINANCIAL LECTURE TO HIS DISTRICT WITH CUNY'S BUSINESS EXPERT JOYCE MOY


New York State Senate Member

Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.

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Testimony from Dec. 17 Public Hearing on Budget Reform

On Dec. 17, 2009, the Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform held a public hearing in Manhattan on improving transparency, forecasting and flexibilty in New York State's budget process. The Select Committee heard oral testimony from eight experts on state budgeting issues and received written testimony from two others.

Below are links for the written testimony some experts submitted to the Select Committee for the public hearing. The Select Committee's staff will issue a report detailing key findings and conclusions from information gathered during the event.

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Public hearing transcript

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Testimony from E.J. McMahn of the Empire Center for New York State Policy

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Testimony from George Sweeting of the City of New York Independent Budget Office

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Testimoony from Sally Robinson of the League of Women Voters of New York State

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Testimony from Blair Horner of the New York State Public Interest Research Group

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Testimony from Stephen Acquario of the New York State Association of Counties

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Testimony from Carol O'Cleireacain of the Brookings Institution

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Testimony from Elizabeth Lyman of Citizens Budget Commission

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Senator Johnson Announces Emergency Preparedness Classes

Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), and the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management announce free basic training classes for volunteers who want to join to the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).  

More than 1,000 Nassau County residents are already members of the CERT program, which educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response and recovery skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

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Senators Saland and Fuschillo Introduce Legislation Banning Sale of Drop-Side Cribs in NYS -- Suffocation Deaths of New York State Infants Prompts Call for Proposed Law

State Senator Stephen M. Saland (R-I-C Poughkeepsie), Ranking Member of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee and Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) have introduced legislation to ban the sale of drop-side cribs in New York State, which have caused the suffocation deaths of at least two New York infants, and 11 infant fatalities nationwide. 

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A more difficult sell

By dayelin roman droman@poststar.com | Posted: Thursday, December 24, 2009 2:35 pm

BOLTON -- Andrew Genovese wants to sell his parents' condo but the state Health Department stands in the way.

The condo at The Sagamore resort sits off the main hotel building among a string of privately owned units.

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