Senator Golden Honors Environmental Contest Winners At P.s. 222

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C, Brooklyn) recently visited Public School 222, where both the first and third grade were winners in the 16th annual “I*MA*GREEN*NATION” Contest, a statewidecompetition that encourages student awareness of environmental issues. The P.S.

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Senate Democrats Provide Near Unanimous Support For Returning Cameras To The Courtroom

Calling it a victory for transparency in government, State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) applauded passage of legislation that would return cameras to New York State’s courtrooms for the first time since 1997. Senator Smith said that passage of this legislation had been long overdue, noting that a State committee recommended that audio-visual coverage be allowed permanently, as did a New York State Bar Association committee in 2001.

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KRUEGER CALLS ON BRUNO TO ALLOW FULL SENATE DEBATE AND VOTE ON ENVIRONMENTAL "SUPER BILLS" BEFORE SESSION ENDS

Environmental Super Bills Have the Support of a Majority of Senators

New York—Citing support from a majority of the members of the State Senate for the environmental Super Bills, State Senator Liz Krueger today urged Republican Majority Leader Joe Bruno to stop blocking these bills from debate, and allow a full vote on the floor of the Senate. The Majority Leader has unilateral control over what legislation comes to the floor, and has allowed these environmental bills to languish in the Environmental Conservation committee -- most for numerous legislative sessions.

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Winner Makes Pitch To Assembly Committees For Rural Empire Zone Reform

Albany, N.Y.-- In public testimonyyesterday at an Assembly public hearing on reforming New York’s Empire Zone program, State Senator George H. Winner, Jr.

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Senate Approves Fuschillo Bill Providing Tax Credits To Ny Businesses That Install Alternative Energy And Fuel Cell Electric Systems

The New York State Senate today approved legislation (S.1634), sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. that would provide tax credits to New York businesses that install alternative energy and electric systems. The tax credit would help offset purchase and installation costs for businesses that install solar energy system equipment and/or fuel cell electric generating equipment.

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Senate Minority Introduces Reforms To Brownfields Clean-up Program

Senate Democrats today introduced a comprehensive bill (S.6177) to provide incentives for Brownfields redevelopment on condition that businesses create quality jobs or provide affordable housing opportunities. The legislation also strives for a regional-based approach in Brownfield reuse plans, encompassing local community needs and wants.A Brownfield is an abandoned or underused industrial or commercial site that is environmentally contaminated.Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A.

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Bonacic: Senate Criticizes Power Line Hearing Location

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that members of the Senate Majority voiced their opposition to a Department of Energy hearing on the designation of a National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors (NIETC) being held in Rochester today.

The designation of a NIETC would allow for large portions of upstate land to be set aside for construction of a massive power line, such as the one proposed by New York Regional Interconnect.

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Senator Flanagan Sponsors Property Tax Overhaul To Provide Relief To Homeowners

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed major property tax reform legislation that will alter the property tax structure throughout New York State and provide needed relief for residents. The main component of this legislative package is the possibility of the complete elimination of residential school property taxes in school districts that vote to phase out property taxes over five years, with revenue replaced with additional State funding.

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Senator Steve Saland Announces Passage Of Major Property Tax Relief Bill

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced the Senate has passed an omnibus real property tax relief bill, S.6119, which combines a number of initiatives he authored as well as other measures designed to reform the State’s property tax system.

"Tax payers have been calling for relief from the crushing burden of property taxes," said Senator Saland. "Reforming our property tax system, especially school property taxes, is a necessity.

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