COPS Secure Our Schools (SOS)

The COPS Office is accepting applications for the 2009 COPS Secure Our Schools Program (SOS). This grant program provides funding to local governments to assist with the development of school safety resources.

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Mohawk Valley Library System Honors Senator Hugh Farley

The Mohawk Valley Library System honored State Senator Hugh Farley for his advocacy and support of libraries at the system’s 50th annual dinner on May 7, 2009. 

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Democrats also asking for more transparency in stimulus spending (Legislative Gazette)

By KATRINA KIELTYKALegislative Gazette Staff Writer

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Mon, May 11, 2009

Elected officials at the state and city level, along with government watchdog groups, called on Gov. David A. Paterson last Tuesday to take steps necessary to ensure transparency in the allocation and spending of federal stimulus money.

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Senate Announces Economic Development Task Force, Partners With Business To Initiate New Program That Will Create Jobs

(Albany, NY)-The New York State Senate on Monday will announce the formation of an economic development task force made up of 29 business and community leaders from across the state charged with developing a new incentivization program that will better attract companies to New York State and encourage businesses to generate jobs.  

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Senate Elections Committee Holds Hearing Introducing Proposals to Update and Reform the State's Poll Site Accessibility and Absentee Ballot Laws

Monday, the Elections Committee held the first of two hearings this month dedicated to soliciting public comment on a number of proposals to update and reform the state’s poll site accessibility and absentee ballot laws, and poll site operations. The May hearings in Albany (May 11) and Syracuse (May 14) are the second set in a series of five that will continue in June, September and November. Future topics include: campaign finance reform; Board of Elections oversight; additional election reform laws; and oversight of the November elections.  

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Legislative Gazette: Real housewife lobbies for greener food packaging

By ANNA HELHOSKILegislative Gazette Staff WriterMon, May 11, 2009

A reality television celebrity accompanied three teenage girls to Albany last Tuesday to meet with legislators and advocate for a bill that would prohibit the use of plastic foam in food service.

Jill Zarin of the Bravo network's "The Real Housewives of New York City," along with her daughter Allyson Shapiro and two other New York high school girls, is advocating for a bill (S.747-a/A.706-a) that would enact the Food Service Waste Reduction Act.

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New York Post: GOVS IS. BOAT FERRY SILLY BUY

 By RICH CALDER

May 10, 2009 --

State pols have launched an investigation into a Governors Island redevelopment team's $500,000 purchase of an aging ferry with taxpayer dollars that was recently sold off on eBay for just $23,600 because it was so dilapidated it was not worth fixing.

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