Insightful Commentary From the Buffalo News on Power Rate Hikes

N.Y. Power Authority surplus will go to state, not customers

article by Donn Esmonde

http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/columns/story/616238.html

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Senator Fuschillo congratulates Award winning science student from Kennedy High School

State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) recently visited Kennedy High School in Bellmore to congratulate Elissa Driggin for being chosen as a semifinalist in the annual nationwide Intel Science Talent Search competition.

The Intel Science Talent Search is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition.  Participants come from all across the country, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to compete in the program. Elissa was among only 300 students nationwide who were selected as semi-finalists.

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Statement by Senator Bonacic On the Indictment of Former Senate Majority Leader

“This is a sad day for Senator Bruno and his family.  The indictment and alleged behavior of Senator Bruno was only possible, however because of the near dictatorial power enjoyed by Legislative Leaders in New York State.”

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Senator Maziarz Celebrates Liberty Day at Oak Orchard Elementary School

State Senator George Maziarz, Assemblyman Steve Hawley, and Congressman Chris Lee’s representative Nick Langworthy joined 150 fourth grade social studies students at Oak Orchard Elementary School in Medina for the Medina Lions Club sponsored Liberty Day Project.  The purpose of the project is to bring representatives from each branch of government into the classroom to teach students about the United States Constitution.

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Grants to Improve Upstate Health Care

ALBANY, 03/23/09 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a number of physicians, hospitals, and health care facilities in the 51st district will receive funding under New York State’s Doctors Across New York program.

Under the program $15.6 million in funding is provided to offer loan forgiveness, grants and enhanced reimbursement to encourage new primary care and specialist physicians to practice in underserved areas.

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What's Happened to Budget Reform?

Albany, N.Y., March 23–With just over one week to go until the April 1 deadline to adopt a new state budget, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) wants to know how area residents feel about a budget adoption process that’s been noteworthy for its absence of public negotiating sessions.

Winner recently said that state leaders are ignoring key elements of the state’s Budget Reform Act of 2007, which established legal guidelines and timetables for the appointment of joint legislative budget conference committees to conduct public budget negotiations.

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Seward and State Pay Tribute to Oneonta Student

ONEONTA, 03/23/09 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today presented Oneonta Middle School student Charlotte McKane with a legislative resolution honoring her as a recipient of the 2009 Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

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'KARI ANN GORMAN ACT' INTRODUCED BY SENATOR MAZIARZ

Senator George Maziarz has introduced legislation requiring that New York State schools add dating-violence education to their health curriculum (A.819/S.2537). The measure was prompted by the July 2008 murder of 18-year-old Kari Ann Gorman of Wilson, N.Y. Gorman was shot and killed by her boyfriend of eight months.

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Senator Nozzolio Honors Port Gibson Firefighters

Port Gibson – New York State Senator Michael Nozzolio recently recognized Firefighters Ken Rice and Steven Kemp of the Port Gibson Volunteer Fire Department for their bravery and life saving efforts. The firemen received the Firematic Award for 2008.

Senator Nozzolio also recognized Fire Police Captain Larry Scott for receiving a Life Membership Award and over 45 years of service.

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Senator Recognizes Local Firefighters of the Year

Port Gibson- State Senator Mike Nozzolio recently recognized Doug Wilcox and Pauline DeCook as recipients of the Port Gibson Fire Department’s 2008 Firefighter of the Year Award.

Pictured from left to right are: 1st Asst. Chief Lee Sanders; 2nd Asst. Chief Doug Wilcox, President and Captain John Wood; Senator Michael Nozzolio; Secretary Pauline and her husband and Chief Scott De Cook.

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