Serrano Sends Letter To High School Principals

The following is a letter sent by Senator Serrano and Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito to high schools principals in their respective districts.Dear Principal:

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Padavan Honors Pauline Chu as 2008 "Woman of Distinction"

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) honored Pauline Chu, President of the Chinese American Parents Association, as a 2008 “Woman of Distinction” during an award ceremony at the State Capital on Tuesday June 3rd. 

The prestigious award honors women throughout New York state for service to their community and their personal and professional excellence. Women of Distinction honorees come from all walks of life and are recognized for their courage, integrity and perseverance in improving the lives of New Yorkers. 

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Senator Hassell-Thompson Reminds Dad To Get His "Yearly Tune Up"

This Father’s Day, women should start a conversation to help Dad get checked

State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today urged New York women to help the men in their lives take better care of themselves, especially by encouraging them to speak with their physicians about prostate cancer. Between the demands of work, caring for loved ones, and the upkeep of homes and cars, many men put off getting an annual checkup, she noted.

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Senate Votes To Protect Herkimer Police, Corrections Off

The New York State Senate has passed legislation, cosponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Oneonta), that would establish the death penalty for criminals who kill correction officers and other law enforcement personnel. Seward said the measure would protect Herkimer police and correction officers.

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Senate Votes To Suspend Gas Taxes

Albany, N.Y., May 7-- State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) voted today in favor of legislation to suspend the state's gas taxes between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The Senate approved the "gas tax holiday" legislation by a vote of 46 to 15.

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Saland Bill To Amend Open Meetings Law Ready To Go To The Governor

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced his bill, S.1599, which would award costs and reasonable attorney's fees in matters related to violations of the Open Meetings Law, has passed the Senate. The bill passed the Assembly yesterday.

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Senate Passes Padavan's Anit-Graffiti Legislation

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that the State Senate has passed his legislation that would significantly increase criminal penalties for graffiti related offenses.

The legislation (S.7072) amends the state Penal Law by establishing the new criminal offense of making graffiti in the second degree. This new offense would be classified as a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison or a fine.

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Sen. Alesi Selects County Clerk As "Woman Of Distinction"

    Senator Jim Alesi (R-Perinton) announced today that Monroe County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo has been selected as a 2008 "Woman of Distinction." County Clerk Dinolfo was honored at a ceremony on June 3rd at the State Capitol in Albany.

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NYS Senate Passes Special Missing Person Registry Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady), that would create a specialized missing persons registry to help law enforcement locate individuals with autism, Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia in the event they go missing.

Similar to the Operation Safe Child program, this registry would have participants and/or their families fill out a simple registration form that asks for identifying markings and a photo.

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