Weekend Train Service Disrupted August 25 -27

I have been informed by the Long Island Rail Road that weekend service on the LIRR's Main Line between Mineola and Hicksville will be disrupted from 1:05 AM, Saturday, August 25 through 12:45 AM, Monday, August 27, to accommodate work on the New York State Department of Transportation Roslyn Road Grade Crossing Elimination Project.

Service changes will affect customers using the Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma Branches with connecting service revisions for Oyster Bay, Far Rockaway and West Hempstead Branc

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Lanza's Burden Of Proof Bill Signed Into Law

Senate bill S.5972-A, sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R - Staten Island) has been signed into law by Governor Elliot Spitzer as chapter number 583 of the laws of 2007. The bill places the burden of proof in an impartial hearing about services to children with disabilities on the school district or state agency responsible for providing education.

A 2005 Supreme Court decision, Schaffer v. Weast, declared that in the absence of state law, the burden of proof in an impartial hearing about education for students with disabilities is on the party that files the complaint.

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Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith To Appear On NY1

State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) will appear on NY1's newscast tonight to discuss allegations that Roger Stone directed politically motivated threats at Governor Eliot Spitzer's father. Other topics may include the Senate Investigations Committee hearings and proposed legislation. The interview is scheduled to air tonight at 7 p.m.

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Johnson Secures Public Comment Extension On Freight-rail Project

www.longislandintermodal.com.

Comments can be mailed to:

The LITRIM Project TeamNYS Department of TransportationRegion 10 Long Island250 Veterans Memorial HighwayHauppauge, NY 11788Project Identifi

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Senator Johnson Opposes Third Track

There has been a lot of chatter lately regarding the MTA's proposed Third Track expansion.

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Statement By Senator Marty Golden On Deutsche Bank Building Fire

"As we mourn the loss of two of New York's bravest, the citizens of New York deserve answers from Governor Spitzer and LMDC Chair Avi Schick. The bottom line is that the Deutsche Bank building and this deconstruction project are LMDC responsibilities, and it is both unfortunate and outrageous that more wasn't done to ensure the safety of this work site and the people on it. The more we learn about the safety hazards present throughout this work site, the more it becomes clear that it was a ticking time bomb just waiting to go off.

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Senator Malcolm A. Smith Applauds $354 Million Transportation Grant

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith today praised the U.S. Department of Transportation's decision to award $354 million to New York City to help fight the City's traffic congestion problem."This funding gives us an opportunity to examine ways to relieve congestion not just in Midtown Manhattan, but throughout the City," Senator Smith said. "This is a great first step in ensuring a healthier future for New York City residents."The Queens lawmaker noted that he is among 25 Senate Democrats who represent New York City and its suburbs.

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Senator Montgomery Lauds New Congestion Pricing Bill Citizens To Have Input In The Plan

SENATOR MONTGOMERY LAUDS NEW CONGESTION PRICING BILL Citizens To Have Input In The Plan

I am happy to report to everyone who wrote and called my office that the Legislature passed a Congestion Pricing Bill which was signed into law by the Governor (S6432 / A9362). The new law sets a schedule and benchmarks to be met and ensures broad public and Citywide input into the final plan. By next January, the Legislature expects to receive a final plan for implementation.

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Nozzolio Announces $20,000 Grant For Village Of Port Byron

Auburn—State Senator Michael Nozzolio announced today that the Village of Port Byron is the recipient of a $20,000 grant to help facilitate several energy-efficiency projects at the Municipal Building, the Department of Public Works, the Fire House and the Wastewater Treatment Plant. “All of the buildings and plants will undergo retrofitted lighting improvements that will save the Village 25 percent a year in electric bills,” Senator Nozzolio said.

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Senate Democrats Hear Predatory Lending Horror Stories

20% of, or 28,000, sub-prime mortgage loans originated in 2005, are headed for foreclosure, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester)), and Assemblyman Carl Heastie lead the fifth of several state-wide hearings on predatory lending practices in New York.

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