Senator Bonacic Urges Flood Gauges be Kept Open; Meets With the DEP Officials

State Senator John J. Bonacic met today with DEP Deputy Commissioner Paul Rush to demand that stream gauges in the watershed area be kept open.

The Senator asked the DEP to give him an answer on the gauges later this week.

DEP officials are proposing to close 10 gauges in Sullivan, Orange, and Ulster Counties this year and next.

"Stream gauges are key indicators of the timing and rate of potential flooding. I found the DEP listened to my arguments and I think they have a better understanding of why we need them open," Senator Bonacic said.

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Statement from State Senator Shirley Huntley, Chair of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities

“Today a fatal fire claimed the lives of four mentally disabled patients under the state’s care at Riverview IRA, an upstate facility in Wells, NY.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families affected by this tragedy. I commend the firefighters and the Riverview staff for their efforts in this heartbreaking incident.

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Senator Golden Blasts Javits Center Failure

Senator Martin J. Golden today blasted Governor Paterson’s proposal for the expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Governor Paterson announced a more than 90% reduction from the original plan. The Governor’s new proposal is only a 100,000 square foot expansion, which will include a paltry 40,000 square feet of new exhibition space.

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Senator Fuschillo appears on 2 local TV shows to discuss his opposition to MTA payroll tax proposal

State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) recently appeared as a guest on two local TV shows to discuss his opposition to the proposed MTA payroll tax.

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Saland Announces Energy Grant For Town Of Germantown

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today joined Germantown Supervisor Roy Brown in announcing that the New York State Senate has helped the Town obtain a disbursement of $70,825 from the New York Power Authority Petroleum Overcharge Restitution Fund to help the reduce energy costs at four town buildings.

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News From New York State Senator George Onorato Chairman, Senate Standing Committee on Labor

 STATEMENT BY SENATOR GEORGE ONORATOState Senator George Onorato (D-Queens), the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Labor, made the following statement regarding President Obama’s decision to nominate New York State Department of Labor Commissioner M.

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Serrano at Manhattan College

Senator Jose M. Serrano attended the Community Leader’s Reception at the Smith Auditorium of Manhattan College, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, on Thursday, March 12.

"Manhattan College has been a landmark institution in this community for 156 years. The Community Leader’s reception celebrates the strong relationship this school has built with the public throughout its history," said Senator Serrano, a Manhattan College alumnus.

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GOP Efforts To Reduce Soaring Health Care Costs Squashed By Dems

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) announced today that a pair of Republican-sponsored amendments that would have reduced skyrocketing health care costs in New York were rejected.

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Final State Budget? Bad News for Upstate Region

Albany, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) criticized today an agreed-upon 2009-2010 state budget plan for taxing too much, spending too much, and dashing hopes for any short-term economic turnaround in upstate New York.

“Right out of the box, New York’s Democratic leaders are going to raise your taxes and put your job at risk so they can afford higher government spending,” Winner said.  “It’s even worse than I imagined.” 

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Sun Continues to Shine on Reform Committee: Rules Reform Committee Meeting Webcast

During National Sunshine Week, a national initiative to open a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information, the New York State SenateTemporary Committee on Rules Reform once again webcast of its public meeting and archived the video to its site.

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