Staten Island – State Senator Andrew J. Lanza (R-I, Staten Island) reminds Staten Islanders that tomorrow is "EITC Awareness Day".

According to the IRS, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable credit for people who work but do not earn high incomes. It helps eligible taxpayers to lower their taxes or receive refunds. New York State and New York City also have local versions of the EITC.

In spite of the extensive awareness campaigns by the IRS and its partners, millions of taxpayers still do not claim their EITC, according to the IRS.


Senator George Onorato Recently Sent The Following Letter To The State Health Department Regarding The Fate Of St. John's Hospital And Mary Immaculate Hospital In Queens:

January 23, 2009

Honorable Richard F. Daines, MDCommissionerNew York State Department Of HealthCorning Tower, Empire State PlazaAlbany, NY  12237

Dear Commissioner Daines:


Senator Fuschillo: MTA Payroll Tax Would Hurt Local Business

New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. today announced that he opposes a payroll tax on New York businesses proposed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to bail it out of its financial troubles.


Senator Flanagan Named to Key Education Role

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), who has long been regarded as an expert on the state budget and a fighter for Long Island education, was recently selected to serve as the Ranking Republican Member of the Senate Standing Committee on Education.

The selection, which was announced by Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, will expand Senator Flanagan’s ability to fight for Long Island’s fair share of education aid.  In his new role, Senator Flanagan will lead the Republican members of the committee and work to protect Long Island children and taxpayers.


Statement From State Senator Kevin Parker On The Appointment Of Kirsten Gillibrand As Senator

" I congratulate Kirsten Gillibrand on her appointment to serve as Senator from New York State," said Senator Kevin Parker. "Rep. Gillbrand holds a great reputation and is a dedicated public servant. Governor Paterson's pick of Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand is a step forward for leading our state into the right direction as she brings with her a strong record of hard work and dedication."


565th tractor fitted with rollover protection system

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) announces that it has fitted the 565th tractor with a rollover protection system (ROPS) through its rebate program, now entering its third year.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,412 workers on farms died from tractor overturns between 1992 and 2005.

NYCAMH's efforts have saved hundreds of New York farmers from potential injury and death.


Seward Comments On Stimulus Package And State Budget

ALBANY, 01/27/09 – State Senator James L. Seward (R-I-C/Oneonta) today joined other members of the Senate Republican Conference to discuss the federal stimulus package and the state budget. Following the media conference Senator Seward issued the following statement.

“The federal stimulus package can be an enormous shot in the arm for all New Yorkers and our budget, but only if we use the money wisely.


Senate Majority Leader Smith Visits Binghamton, Discusses Economic Development With Area Leaders

State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith and Senator David J. Valesky will visit the City of Binghamton on Wednesday to meet with local leaders and discuss economic development. It is the fourth Upstate city Senator Smith has visited since being elected as leader of the Senate earlier this month. Joining them are Binghamton Mayor Matthew Ryan, Broome County Executive Barbara Fiala, and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo.

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