Advocating for Faster, More Efficient Graffiti Removal in New York City

New Council Legislation Will Allow Faster, More Efficient Graffiti Clean Up in the City

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SENATOR LAVALLE ENCOURAGES AWARENESS TO MTA PAYROLL TAX

Senator LaValle would like to remind businesses and self-employed individuals of the MTA Payroll Tax that was part of the bailout plan passed by Governor Paterson and the Democrat Senate and Assembly.  While the Senate Republicans strongly opposed the measure, it was signed into law and will cost Suffolk County employers .34 per

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GOVERNOR SIGNS BONACIC LEGISLATION EXPANDING SCENIC BYWAY

Legislation sponsored by State Senator John Bonacic and Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, to expand the Shawangunk Mountain Scenic Byway, has been signed into law by Governor David Paterson.

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SENATOR YOUNG INVITES COMMUNITY TO FUNDRAISER FOR WOUNDED SOLDIER

ALBANY – Expecting sunny skies and great weather, Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C – Olean) and Frank Higgins, event chairman, are encouraging communit

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SENATOR GRIFFO LOOKS TO ELIMINATE ASSESSMENT FEE

Griffo Pushes Measure to Repeal Utility Fee

UTICA - State Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-I-C, Rome) today called for action on a bill he has co-sponsored to wipe out a six-fold increase in a fee tacked on to customers’ utility bills.

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Unemployment Benefits Crisis Looms

Feature article in Courier-Life Publications

By Aaron Short

Brooklyn’s unemployment numbers for the first half of the year are discouraging %u2013 over 10 percent of the population %u2013 and state labor workers warn that a crisis could be coming if unemployment benefits are not extended.

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State looking at several measures to reform Albany

Feature article in Courier-Life Publications

By Stephen Witt

While not quite the new sheriff of Albany, recently elected State Senator Daniel Squadron is beginning to make an impact on possible reforms in Albany.

The freshman lawmaker who was elected last year representing parts of lower Manhattan along withBrooklyn Heights and Carroll Gardens has introduced several bills that have longtime Albany watchdog groups wagging their tail.

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Seward Applauds RESTORE-NY Awards

ALBANY, 9/2/09  --  State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today applauded funding for area projects through the RESTORE-NY program, an initiative developed in 2006 with the intent to rehabilitate and refurbish buildings in communities across the state.

“The funding will help provide a needed boost to the region and important community projects,” Seward said. “Governor Pataki and the legislature came up with the concept so that we could direct state dollars to downtown areas in particular in order to help local communities restore  buildings and return them to usefulness. The result will be improved communities and a broader tax base.”

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