Montgomery Law Lifts Discretionary Ban on Occupational Licenses for People Released From Prison

September 10, 2008 (Albany, NY): New Yorkers will no longer be arbitrarily denied a license to barber or practice cosmetology because they spent time in prison under a new law authored by State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn).

The law (Chapter 469), which is sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Michael Benjamin (D-Bronx), prohibits licensing agencies from disqualifying someone from licensure as a barber or cosmetologist solely on the basis of a criminal conviction.

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Senator Saland Announces Grants For Dutchess County Libraries

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C Poughkeepsie), Chairman of the New York State Senate Education Committee, today announced that he has secured close to $190,000 for technology and capital improvement grants for Dutchess County libraries.

Among the libraries receiving technology grants through the additional funding secured by Senator Saland are:

Blodgett Memorial Library                      $9,310 Clinton Community Library                     $8,342 East Fishkill Community Library            $11,591 Greater Poughkeepsie Library District   $18,676

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Senator Saland Announces Grants For Columbia County Libraries

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C Poughkeepsie), Chairman of the New York State Senate Education Committee, today announced that he has secured more than $200,000 for technology and capital improvement grants for Columbia County libraries. Among the libraries receiving technology grants through the additional funding secured by Senator Saland are: Chatham Public Library $9,141 Germantown Library $8,042 North Chatham Free Library $7,869 Philmont Public Library $7,961 Valatie Free Library $7,996

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Lanza Continues His Fight To Bring Gas Relief To New Yorkers

Senator Andrew Lanza (R – Staten Island) today continued his fight to bring gas relief to New Yorkers by introducing legislation that would reduce taxes on gasoline sales. Senate Bill S.8758 reduces the Petroleum Business Tax and State Sales Tax on qualified motor fuel and diesel motor fuel by half.

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Sampson Veterans Cemetery Becomes Reality: State Land Transferred To Seneca County

Waterloo – State Senator Michael Nozzolio joined state and county officials today for the official transfer of a parcel of land in Sampson State Park from the State of New York to Seneca County. The 162-acre plot of land in the Park will be the site of the new Sampson Veterans Cemetery.

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Senator Larkin Secures $25 K Grant For Washingtonville Schools

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has secured a $25,000 grant for the Washingtonville School District.

The grant will help the district to purchase an electronic fingerprinting system and for a camera and badge printer component for its new electronic entry door swipe system.

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Senator Smith, State Department Of Transportation Announce $59.3 Million Project To Commence In Queens

State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith will be joined by New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Astrid C. Glynn and community leaders to unveil plans for the construction project scheduled to begin this week. The project is expected to be completed by December 2010. The construction is among several that has taken place throughout the borough to improve New York's roadways and will include pavement enhancement, as well as, painting and bridge deck replacement for almost a dozen local bridges. 

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Dongan Hills Company Loses Transportation Contract

After 17 years of serving Staten Island's disabled community a local company is losing its transportation contract with the city. NY1's Bree Driscoll filed the following story.

Richard Salomone's office is covered with awards from local organizations honoring him for his work with the disabled community. He has been running RJR Paratransit for the last 17 years. The Dongan Hills Company is the main provider for Access-A-Ride services on Staten Island aiding more than 25,000 residents a month.

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Dryden Fire Dept Gets Senate Lift

DRYDEN, 9/5/08 -- At the Neptune Hose Fire Company in Dryden on Thursday, State Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C-Oneonta) announced $ 100,000 in capital funding for the fire department's expansion and renovation of its firehouse. Seward spoke to more than 42 members of the department. He was introduced by President William Ackroyd. 

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