Serrano Climbs Aboard to Save the M15

On Friday morning Senator Serrano was proactive in his opposition to the proposed service cuts for one of the most heavily used bus lines in the country. During the 7 am rush hour, Serrano, his staff, and the Transport Workers Union boarded buses on Second Avenue, and handed out literature encouraging citizens to speak out against the planned cuts on the M15 bus.  The MTA is proposing to remove 9 buses from the M15 route, which operates between Second Avenue and South Ferry.


Statement by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery On The Federal Investigation of Four New York Juvenile Detention Facilities







In the wake of a federal investigation into the administration and oversight of four secure juvenile detention facilities in New York, I am angered as well as saddened by the inhumane treatment of troubled youth, many of whom are living with mental illnesses.


Return To Albany

  In short order I will join my colleagues in state government and return to Albany for a special legislative session.  The agenda, most likely, will be limited to a few housekeeping matters and one extremely difficult bookkeeping task – how to close a $2.1 billion dollar budget gap.

 There are no simple answers to this complex financial problem and a brief special session is merely providing a band-aid to a gushing wound.  Sound, fundamental policy shifts are needed if we are going to stem the bleeding and make a long term recovery.


Westbury Times: Controversial Billboard on Cherry Lane Trellis Removed

Written by Victoria Caruso-Davis


The controversial Celleno & Barnes billboard located on the Cherry Lane trellis was removed Aug. 20.

Last month, Senator Craig Johnson joined with Carle Place residents to oppose the advertisement on the grounds that it was a “disruptive eyesore” that distracted drivers, slowed traffic and was out of sync with the character of a residential community.


Senator Savino Sponsors Back to School Blast

(Staten Island)- More than 800 Staten Islanders lined up in front of the Cromwell Center, in Tompkinsville, Staten Island, on Wednesday, September 2, 20009, for an annual back to school giveaway organized by Senator Diane Savino.  The event, called the “Back to School Blast” , featured  free school supplies, free health screenings, healthy snacks, face painting, giveaways, as well as school and college-related information.


Letter from Senators Valesky and Johnson Urging Comptroller to Pull State Pension Funds From U.K. Companies with Libyan Ties

State Senators David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and Craig M. Johnson (D-Nassau), incensed over the release and subsequent “hero’s welcome” received by the terrorist convicted of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombings, sent a letter Aug. 26, 2009 to NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli urging him to divest state pension funds from any United Kingdom-based companies that conduct business with Libya. 



US District Court Opinion Affirms Senator Nozzolio’s Legislation

New York State Senator Michael Nozzolio praised United States District Court Justice Carol Amon for issuing an important decision reaffirming the validity of Senator Nozzolio’s legislation that requires sales taxes be collected on all cigarettes sold to non-Native Americans by Indian-owned businesses.


Major Economic Development Initiative Is One of Seven Valesky Bills Signed into Law This Week

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Businesses that have found it difficult to navigate state regulations or find available funding will now have a place to go for help, thanks to one of seven bills sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that were signed into law yesterday.

The legislation (S3076) creates regional “one-stop” economic development centers where business owners can learn about state programs that benefit their businesses and receive help in navigating sometimes complicated federal, state and local regulations, including licensing and permitting.

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