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Senator Jeff Klein and Community Join Forces to Raise Money for Victims of the Abruzzo Earthquake

BRONX, NY. Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) teamed up with the Morris Park Community Association and the Generoso Pope Foundation to raise money for victims of the Abruzzo earthquake which killed nearly 300 people, displacing 28,000 others into tent villages and other temporary shelters.

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Tighten Up The Gun Laws

When Jiverly Wong obtained a pistol permit in 1997, it was the first and last time he had to prove he was fit to possess a handgun.

The permit was good for the rest of his life — a life that ended when a clearly disturbed Wong went on a shooting rampage April 3 in a Binghamton immigration center, killing 13 people, then himself.

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Sen. Marchi's Death Marks End of an Era for Staten Island

Staten Island Advance

Posted by rmccormi April 26, 2009

Former GOP state Sen. John Marchi, 87, the "Father of Secession" and one of the longest-serving lawmakers in United States history, died on Saturday while vacationing with his family in Lucca, Italy.

Sen. Marchi died of complications of pneumonia, according to his daughter Aline Balbas.

 

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Statement from Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith

“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I learned of the passing of Senator John Marchi, a man who served his district and this state with great distinction for 50 years. During his remarkable half century of service in the Senate, Senator Marchi served at various times as Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Vice President Pro Tempore, and Chairman of the Senate Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee, among other positions. He was one of the longest serving legislators in the country at the time he retired in 2006.

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DEM MOVES CONFOUND LANZA

http://blog.silive.com/politics/2009/04/strictly_political_for_april_2.html

Strictly Political for April 26, 2009

DEM MOVES CONFOUND LANZA

What are Albany Democrats thinking?

That's what state GOP Sen. Andy Lanza (R-Staten Island) is wondering these days.

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Senator Lanza and Staten Island’s Elected Officials Demand Tax Relief

Senator Andrew Lanza, Assemblyman Lou Tobacco, Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro, and City Council Members Vincent Ignizio and James Oddo today held a press conference to call for real tax relief to help Staten Island’s overtaxed, overburdened middle-class families and small businesses, saying the state’s “Tax Freedom Day” needs to arrive much sooner.

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Senator Seward Meets With Tompkins County Students

Students from the Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES New Visions Program visited Albany on Tuesday and met with state Sens. James L. Seward, R-51st Dist., and George Winner, R-53rd Dist.

High school seniors from schools throughout Tompkins and Seneca counties met with the senators to discuss their program, which focuses on environmental and agricultural sciences.

"These students, who are all on their way to college next year, are our next generation of leaders," Seward said. "I appreciate hearing their thoughts on the environment, the economy and other current issues."

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