SENATOR LAVALLE DEFENDS POSITION ON GAY MARRIAGE

“At the present time, society is equally divided on the issue of gay marriage,” said Senator Kenneth P. LaValle.

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Senator Adams' statement regarding the NYC OTB filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy

Statement of NYS Senator Eric Adams

New York City Off Track Betting Corporation has been running an unsustainable financial deficit, and it has filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy as a necessary step towards its continuance as a viable entity.  As Chairman of the NYS Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering, I endorse the petition as the best available alternative to a cessation of NYC OTB operations. 

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Senators Addabbo, Krueger and Perkins To Call For End Of Costly Run Off Elections; Putting Millions Back Into Vital City Services

This year, less than three percent of New York City residents voted in runoff elections. The cost to taxpayers: $15 million. This expensive and outdated process should be done away with, freeing up millions of dollars that could be better spent on vital city services.

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Senator Savino Secures Funds to Send Local Youth Football Champs to National Championships

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Senator Savino Secures Funds to Send Local Youth Football Champs to National Championships

Community joins in effort to support the Staten Island Hurricanes

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Senator Hassell-Thompson Says "It's Time To Talk"

On December 3, 2009 Americans nationwide will be participating in It's Time To Talk Day, a day dedicated to speaking about issues that are literally life and death ----domestic abuse and teen dating abuse.  Here’s an alarming statistic:  1 in 2 teens report that they have been personally victimized by controlling behaviors from a

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STATEMENT FROM SEN. YOUNG ON DEFICIT REDUCTION PLAN

           “I entirely agreed with the Governor that tough decisions had to be made.  We had to take action to address the budget crisis before the state runs out of money, but in many ways, I was disappointed by the bill that was put on the floor.  

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Senator Savino Gives Impassioned Speech In Favor of Marriage Equality For New York

(Albany)-Wednesday, December 2, in a speech to legislators, Senator Diane Savino expressed her views on the significance of voting in favor of marriage equality for the state of New York.  "I hope that we are going to make that history here today. I hope that we are going to take that step forward to continue the promise of Thomas Jefferson” said Senator Savino “We have nothing to fear from love and commitment."Please click on the link for the video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCFFxidhcy0&feature=player_embedded

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The New York Times: From the Floor and the Heart, Senators Make an Issue Personal

December 3, 2009

By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM

ALBANY — Ruth Hassell-Thompson was a young girl decades ago when her older brother, a gay man, vanished from her deeply religious family, moving away to escape their disapproving father.

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