SENATE MAJORITY LEADER PEDRO ESPADA, JR. ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF NEW SCHOOL GOVERNANCE REFORM PACKAGE

            "The new school governance reform package will hold New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accountable for the performance of the city's public school system, but equally and most important it will allow greater parental involvement in their children's education, increased curriculum oversight and strengthened role of superintendents, and decision-making input at the school level by principals and parents on such issues as academic programs, transportation, school safety and nutrition,” Majority Leader Espada said: “It will a

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Statement From Senate President Malcolm A. Smith, Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr., And Democratic Conference Leader John L. Sampson Re: Confirmation of Judge Sotomayor To The U.S. Supreme Court

“We congratulate Judge Sonia Sotomayor on her historic appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court and commend President Obama for his exceptional choice. Prior to her appointment, Judge Sotomayor earned an extraordinary reputation as a fair and brilliant jurist committed to upholding the law and dedicated to the greater ideals upon which our country was founded.  

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SENATOR GOLDEN AND AMERICAN ITALIAN CANCER FOUNDATION TO HOST FREE MAMMOGRAM SCREENINGS FOR WOMEN OF THE COMMUNITY

 

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is announcing his plans to host free mammography screenings in conjunction with the American Italian Cancer Foundation in Septmeber at both of his district offices.

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Senate Passes Padavan's NYC School Governance Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator Frank Padavan (S.5887) that extends and improves mayoral control of New York City schools. The legislation now goes to Governor Paterson where he is expected to sign it into law before the start of the school year.   

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DEMOCRATS’ DISASTROUS BUDGET CONTINUES TO PILE ON MORE TAXES AND FEES

Drivers Licenses & Registrations to Increase 25% on September 1st

 Every New Yorker that drives a car, a truck, a motorcycle, an ATV, or a boat will be paying more as the latest round of massive tax and fee hikes approved by Assembly and Senate Democrats in Albany takes effect next month.  This time their target is motor vehicle fees, most of which will go up 25 percent for virtually every type of vehicle New Yorkers use every day.

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SAFETY ENHANCEMENTS AT BELT PARKWAY’S 4TH AVENUE ENTRANCE


Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C, Brooklyn) is announcing that the Department of Transportation has responded to his request to study the safety of the entrance to the Belt Parkway at 4th Avenue, and has already installed "quik curbs" and additional signage is set to be installed next week.

 

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Senator Flanagan Announces New Health Care Laws

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that Governor David Paterson has signed two new laws that will help make health insurance more accessible for New York residents.  Senator Flanagan supported and voted for both of these measures duri

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Senator Farley Criticizes Upcoming DMV Fee Increase

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) criticizes, and warns constituents of, the new Department of Motor Vehicles fee increases that were included in Governor Paterson's budget and are scheduled to start September 1st.

"New York State drivers licenses and registrations will increase by 25 percent, and this will definitely hurt our upstate families who rely on vehicles to get to work, doctor's appointments and other necessary engagements. I strongly urge Governor Paterson to reconsider these hikes when we reconvene later this year to discuss budget issues."

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Senate Passes Groundbreaking Legislation To Modernize New York's Court System

ALBANY -- Bringing innovation to New York's court system, the Senate passed a bill today that makes permanent the successful e-filing program. The legislation, S.6003, sponsored by Sen. Eric T. Schneiderman (D-Manhattan/Bronx), modernizes the court filing process by allowing more civil cases to be filed electronically. The legislation is supported by the Chief Administrative Judge of New York State Ann Pfau.

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