Saland Responds To Governors Deficit Reduction Plan

Today Governor Paterson released his Deficit Reduction Plan to address the State’s burgeoning deficit. I am prepared to work with the Governor and deal with this issue head on. We are faced with an unprecedented fiscal challenge and how we address it will affect the State’s economic future.

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A Veteran's Day Message From Senator Malcolm Smith

"Today is a somber day for all Americans, as we pay homage to the men and women whose dedicated service to our nation has enabled generations of Americans to live in freedom. There is no greater service, no greater sacrifice than those our Veterans have made throughout American history. Their bravery and their patriotism mark them as our best citizens.

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Statement From NYS Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz

To clear the air and avoid any misunderstandings, there is a commitment – a handshake commitment - between Senator-elect Espada, Senator Kruger, Senator-elect Monserrate, and myself that we will not do anything until we meet Tuesday, November 11, 2008, and that any decision will be made public by the four of us after said meeting.

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NYS Senate Veterans Hall Of Fame

Elmira, N.Y., September 18--State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) paid tribute today to Robert Laskaris, a highly decorated combat veteran and well-known figure in Chemung County veterans’ affairs, by inducting him into the New York State Senate’s online Veterans Hall of Fame.

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Klein Hosts 2nd Annual Veterans' Day Breakfast

Senator Jeff Klein welcomed over 200 guests to his 2nd Annual Veterans' Day Breakfast at Villa Barone Manor in the Bronx. Veterans and their families from throughout the 34th senate district joined together to honor Kenneth Champlin, of the Throggs Neck Memorial Post and Grand Marshall of the Throggs Neck Veterans' Day Parade, as well as three deceased servicemen. The PS 14, John Calandra Chorus and SUNY Maritime Color Guard were also in attendence.

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Serrano Press Release On Alleged Hate Crime On Long Island

New York, NY - State Senator José M. Serrano mourned the loss of Long Island resident Marcello Lucero, originally from Ecuador, who died this past Saturday night. He was allegedly stabbed to death by a group of teenagers in search of an Hispanic victim.

"This is extremely painful news. If Mr. Lucero was the victim of a murderous hate crime, we must do all we can to look within, and readjust the moral compass of our state," said the Senator.

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Serrano On Passing Of Councilmember Philip Reed

East Harlem, NY - State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today mourned the loss of former City Councilmember Philip Reed, calling him a dauntless civil servant who will be dearly missed by colleagues and constituents alike.

"I was fortunate to serve with Phil on the City Council. He was an elected official who opened doors and opened minds," said Serrano.

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Senator Serrano Responds To City's Proposed Five-year Capital Education Plan

Bronx, NY - State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Bronx/Manhattan) today praised the Department of Education for including a Highbridge middle school in its Proposed Five Year Capital Plan. But the Senator, a long-time advocate for the middle school, expressed some concern regarding the proposed capacity needs listed in the plan.

"The real heroes are the residents," said Serrano, a member of the Senate Education Committee. "You'd be hard-pressed to find a more engaged and hard-working group of parents in this city."

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Statement From State Senator Kevin Parker

On the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States of America

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Staten Island's Incumbents In State Senate Cruise To Victory

Staten Island AdvanceThe night's largest margin of victory was enjoyed by State Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn), who scored 78 percent of the vote.

Democrats may have seized the state Senate last night, ending four decades of Republican rule, but when it came to the local races, it was a mixed bag that went to the incumbents.

Senators Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) and Diane Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn) held onto their seats with landslide victories in their respective races.

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