Senators Urge Governor to Sign Authorities Reform Bill

BILL PERKINSChairmanCorporations, Authorities and Commission817 Legislative Office BuildingAlbany, NY 12247(518) 455-2441

 For Immediate Release: For Information Contact:Friday August 21, 2009 Cordell Cleare at (646) 326-6601

Senators Urge Governor to Sign Authorities Reform Bill

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MTA REMOVES BILLBOARD; SENATOR JOHNSON DECLARES VICTORY FOR CARLE PLACE RESIDENTS

 

CARLE PLACE, N.Y. -- A giant commercial billboard that was hung off an MTA-owned train trellis in the middle of a residential neighborhood has been removed following an outcry from residents and the intervention of Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau.)  

“This is a victory for the residents of Carle Place, and in particular the residents of the Cherry Lane neighborhood,” Senator Johnson said. “We banded together and spoke with one voice against this encroachment on the suburban character of this community. We were heard loud and clear.” 

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Benefit in Olean for injured soldier

By Maki Becker BUFFALO NEWS STAFF REPORTER August 21, 2009, 6:43 AM / 0 comments Sylvia Rethmel’s heart fell to the floor when she picked up the phone at 6 a. m. on June 21. It was the Army calling. “Mrs. Rethmel,” they asked the 20-year-old Olean native. “Have you heard from your husband?” Spec. Brandon Rethmel, 22, had been severely injured in a mortar attack on his base in Afghanistan, just two weeks after being deployed. Sylvia Rethmel would later learn that her husband — and father of their year-old daughter Mariah — had been on duty on a guard tower when it was hit by a mortar.

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Legislation Signed Into Law By The Governor

Legislation to provide workers with written notice of their regular and overtime wage rates.  (Signed into law, Chapter 270)

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Legislation Signed Into Law By The Governor

 Legislation to Provide 13 Weeks of Extended Unemployment Benefits for Jobless New Yorkers Approved by State Senate (Signed into law, Chapter 35)

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Legislation Signed Into Law By The Governor

"Legislation to Extend Self-Employment Assistance Program..." (Signed into law Chapter 106)

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Constitutional Makeover

New York state government is in need of a makeover.  While many positive reforms were approved at the end of the last senate session, much work is left undone.  Elected officials must do their part to institute reform, but the public should also play a role.  That’s why I am sponsoring legislation calling for a state constitutional convention.

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