Nozzolio: We Must Provide For Families Affected By Autism

Last year, over 250 people attended a summit meeting that I convened to discuss the very complex issue of autism. Many of the parents and providers that attended the meeting traveled hours to participate in the discussion that day.

Parents told me about their struggles - not just to meet the needs of their autistic child but the needs of their other children, their spouses, and their professional lives. Divorce rates are high among families with a child diagnosed with autism and issues of child care and after-school care present huge obstacles for these families.

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Senate Oks Id Theft Insurance

The state senate has approved legislation that would authorize identity theft insurance in New York State, Insurance Committee Chairman Sen. James L. Seward said today. Senate bill 2397-a authorizes the sale of identity theft insurance on a group basis.

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Padavan Unveils Strong Reforms For State Parole System

 New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) and his Senate Majority colleagues today unveiled comprehensive legislation that will strengthen New York State’s Parole Laws by restricting the release of dangerous violent felons. The sweeping legislative package also protects and strengthens victim’s rights and provides for increased transparency in the parole process.

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Seward: Stop Skyrocketing Increase In Parole Of Thugs

Senator James L. Seward joined members of the New York State Senate Majority Conference and the family of fallen New York City Police Officer Harry Ryman to announce the introduction of comprehensive legislation that will dramatically strengthen the state’s parole laws to help restrict the release of potentially dangerous violent felons.

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Gloversville Pta Association To Honor Senator Farley

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) will be on hand as the Gloversville Central Council Parent Teacher Association hosts its annual Founders' Day dinner at Vincenza's Banquet House, Gloversville, on Tuesday, February 5th.

As part of the night's festivities, Senator Farley will be presented the Community Service Award as a "thank you" for his continued support of the community of Gloversville and the Gloversville Enlarged School District.

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A Budget Of Broken Promises

Governor Spitzer has made a number of promises to New Yorkers during his first 13 months in office. Let's see how his proposed budget matches up.

The promise: "I will not raise taxes – you can take that to the bank." In his 2008 State of the State the governor said: "We need lower taxes, strong infrastructure, great places to live and above all great jobs." In his State of Upstate speech he promised his budget "will not raise taxes."

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Press Advisory

Antoine M. Thompson, NYS Senator, 60th District will host a Community Leaders & Stakeholders Breakfast Meeting on Grand Island to discuss area residents concerns and to give updates of current events.

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Governor Signs Padavan's "Lawn Litter Law" Implementing Legislaiton Into Law

 New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that Governor Spitzer has signed the implementing legislation for his popular “Lawn Litter” Law. The original legislation establishing the “Lawn Litter” Law was approved by the Governor during the summer.

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Legal Services Of The Hudson Valley And The Legal Aid Society Of Rockland County To Receive State Grant

State Senator Thomas Morahan announced today that Legal Services of the Hudson Valley and the Legal Aid Society of Rockland County have been awarded $145,725, aggregately, through the RFP process instituted by the New York State Office of Court Administration.  The award is part of $3 million of new funding secured in 2007 for civil legal services.   

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