Padavan Delievers Funding for Little Neck LIRR Station Crossing Noise Reduction Plan

 New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that he has secured up to $1 million for the installation of four quadrant rail crossing gates at the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Little Neck Station. The quiet zone project will be implemented by the LIRR and the New York City Department of Transportation.

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Oneonta Sees Aid Boost

The new state budget will provide both a restoration and an increase for the City of Oneonta , Senator James L. Seward said today. The budget includes a $29.6 million increase in aid for cities to help ease the burden of local property taxes and assist them in meeting the needs of their residents. The increase was part of the public protection and general government budget bills (S.6800-D, S.6806-C) passed by the senate.

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Budget Highlights: Health And Mental Hygiene

SENATE PASSES 2008-09 HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH HYGIENE BUDGET

Restores $168.9 Million to Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Home Care

The New York State Senate passed 2008-09 budget legislation (S.6808-C) that restores $245 million in health care funds, including $168.9 million to hospitals, nursing homes, and home care, to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to quality, affordable health care in their communities.

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Free Tax Prep For Seniors

STATE SENATOR ANDREW LANZA, THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS’ OFFICE OF EMPOWERMENT, THE FOOD BANK OF NYC/FOOD CHANGE AND H&R BLOCK ANNOUNCE FREE TAX PREPARATION FOR SENIORS

Seniors offered free tax preparation services on Staten Island to enable them to receive about $300 as part of the IRS’s economic stimulus package

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Budget Highlights: Public Protection And General Government

SENATE PASSES 2008-09 PUBLIC PROTECTION AND

GENERAL GOVERNMENT BUDGET LEGISLATION

Legislation Keeps Prisons Open; Keeps School Resource Officers in Place

The New York State Senate passed the 2008-09 public protection and general government budget legislation (S.6800-D, S.6806-C) that restores funding to keep four correctional facilities operating, and rejects the proposal in the Executive Budget to remove School Resource Officers from schools across New York State.

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Protecting Our Seniors

Random, predatory violence has grown in America. Last year, Rose Morat, a 101-year-old Queens woman, was brutally attacked and mugged on her way to church. The same attacker went on to beat and mug 85-year-old Solange Elizee just a half an hour later.

Our elderly are particularly vulnerable to attacks from youthful, agile thugs. They often can not and do not fight back.

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Focusing On Property Tax Reform

I have received a volume of mail recently concerning rising assessments, community revaluations, and the effect of inflated home assessments in a down market. Many want to know how the reassessments will affect their property taxes, and why they pay more taxes than a family across the street in a similar home -- but in another town or village.

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Saland Passes Bill To Crack Down Harder On Credit Card Fraud

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that his bill to include theft of credit or debit card numbers within the crime of grand larceny in the fourth degree has passed the Senate.

Senate Bill 4789 provides that if a person steals a credit or debit card number and intends to use it for an illegal purpose, they can be charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. Current law states that to be charged for this crime, a person would have to steal the actual credit or debit card, not just the number.

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Senator Saland: State Budget Increases Aid To Municipalities

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced the 2008-2009 State Budget includes an increase in State aid for cities, towns and villages. Aid and Incentives for Municipalities (AIM) funding is designed to help ease the burden of local property taxes and assist cities, towns and villages in meeting the needs of their residents. Governor Paterson had proposed a 2% reduction in AIM funding. The enacted budget restores that 2% reduction, keeps the proposed increase from the Executive Budget and adds an additional $29.6 million for cities.

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Senate Okays Spending Cap

The past two state budgets have increased state spending dramatically, and last year the governor's proposed budget offered one of the largest increases in state spending in history. In addition, the governor's budget -- which we still have to work from, in spite of his resignation -- has proposed massive tax increases on hardworking New Yorkers to pay for spending hikes. To make matters worse, the assembly majority has recommended a $1.5 billion tax increase.

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