Letter to the Editor (Long Island Advance): Environment Protect

This year’s state budget required lawmakers to make difficult decisions in a year when the state faced an historic deficit. Thankfully, the Legislature reaffirmed New York’s commitment to protect our land, air and water, and support programs that benefit local governments and the economy by allocating $222 million to the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). Long Island legislators, including Bob Sweeney and Brian X.

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Efforts to protect electric consumers are thwarted in Albany

 The Senate Republican Conference today proposed an amendment to legislation (S.3099) that would require the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to post a public notice on their website and www.powertochooseny.com at least ninety days prior to any rate changes, and notify their customers about the posting.

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Serrano Says No Time to Waste on Housing

Senator Serrano calls for the repeal of vacancy decontrol at a housing rally on the West Side of Manhattan

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Parker Congratulates Borough President-elect Ruben Diaz, Jr.

"I congratulate my colleague and friend upon his election as Bronx Borough President."

"Ruben is a bright and thoughtful leader, a persistent advocate for smart solutions in these difficult times. As Borough President he will serve those who need government the most, ensure access to critically needed services, and will continue the effort to improve the quality of life in all of the communities in the Bronx."

"We will miss Ruben in Albany, but I wish him the best in his continuing career of service to his constituents and his community."

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Approval Predicted for Medical Marijuana

Buffalo News: Approval predicted for medical marijuana
State legislators likelyto act this session
By Tom Precious
NEWS ALBANY BUREAU

ALBANY — Long-stalled efforts to permit the medicinal use of marijuana in this state appear to have a good chance of passage before lawmakers end their session in June. It would make New York the 15th state to legalize the drug for medical reasons.

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Senator Kevin Parker unveils Historic Rules Reform Report

Temporary Committee on Rules & Reform takes first significant steps toward reversing 40 years of dysfunction

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Senate announces Hearings on Campaign Finance Reform

Public financing and other proposals to be taken up at five hearings statewide

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SENATE PASSES BILL TO STRENGTHEN OPEN MEETINGS LAW

 

State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce the passage of S. 3453, which strengthens the Open Meetings Law by affording the courts additional enforcement remedies for violations of the law.

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