Senate Issues Report On Drivers’ License Plan

The New York State Senate Majority Task Force on Immigration has released a comprehensive report on Governor Spitzer’s plan to grant drivers' licenses to illegal aliens. The report, "Fiasco: The Governor’s Plan to Grant Illegal Aliens Driver’s Licenses in New York State" is the first legislative report that provides a detailed analysis of the withdrawn plan and its potential impact on New York State.


Senator Larkin Reminds Residents About Applying For Your 2007 Middle Class Star Rebate

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today reminded Basic STAR recipients of Orange and Ulster Counties that they must apply to the New York State Department of Taxation & Finance in order to receive their STAR property tax rebate check for the 2007-08 school tax year.

The Tax Department will be mailing application packets to Basic STAR homeowners in Ulster County the week of September 10th; and Orange County residents will start receiving their packets the week of September 17th.


Senate Democrats Urge Majority Leader Joe Bruno To Sway GOP-Ally Bush From Regulations Jeopardizing Health Care For 60,000 New York Kids

State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) and members of the Senate Democratic Conference today condemned new Bush administration guidelines thwarting state legislation to extend health care coverage to thousands of uninsured New York children.


Useful Government Links

Dear Friend:Gift cards are an extremely popular holiday present for loved ones, friends, and coworkers. However, before you buy a gift card this holiday season, you need to be aware of your rights under New York State gift card laws.New York State’s gift card laws protect the value of gift cards from being diminished by hidden fees. The laws also require companies to inform consumers if any terms and conditions apply to the gift card, including expiration dates, fees, and whether a replacement card will be issued if the card is lost, stolen, or destroyed.



Senator Fuschillo Invites Senior Citizens To Visit His Golden Gathering On October 18th

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) invites local senior citizens to attend his annual Golden Gathering, which will take place on Thursday, October 18th at the Freeport Recreation Center, which is located on 130 East Merrick Road in Freeport.


Senator Nozzolio Announces Improvements At Casey Park In Auburn

Auburn— Stressing the importance of providing recreational opportunities for Auburn’s youths and residents, New York State Senator Michael Nozzolio today announced a list of improvements to be made at Casey Park. The improvements will be paid for through a $200,000 state grant that Senator Nozzolio secured for the City of Auburn in March.Senator Nozzolio delivered the funding in March to reline Casey Park pool, allowing the pool to re-open for the summer.


Senate Committee On Racing, Gaming And Wagering To Hold Public Hearing On Spitzer’s Recommendations For The Future Of The State Racing Franchise

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering will conduct its first of three public hearings on the future of the state racing franchise.


Spitzer Cabinet Member And Senator Bonacic Visit Economic Development Sites In Ulster County

Governor Spitzer’s top economic development representative - Empire State Development Chairman Patrick Foye and State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), met with local officials and visited key properties in Ulster County yesterday. Foye is the "downstate" Chairman of Empire State Development. Ulster County falls into the "downstate" region. Governor Spitzer has split economic development by region and has a separate Chairman for the upstate New York area.

Bonacic and Foye visited business facilities in Ellenville and also in the Town of Ulster.


Senator Larkin Brings $30,000 In State Grants To City Of Newburgh

In his efforts to obtain state funding for special projects in the City of Newburgh, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has successfully secured $30,000 in grants for the City to help promote local heritage projects.

Larkin was able to secure a $20,000 grant for the City to purchase a trolley so that it can continue to offer free guided tours of many of Newburgh’s historic sites for residents and visitors to enjoy. Currently, the City is renting a trolley for this purpose.


Senator Steve Saland And Assemblyman Marc Molinaro Announce Funding For The Columbia County Fair

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) and Assemblyman Marc Molinaro (R,I,C Tivoli) have announced that they have secured funding in the 2007-2008 State Budget for improvements at the Columbia County Fair.

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