Statement From Senator Dale M. Volker On Governor Spitzer's Proposal To Allow Illegal Immigrants N.y.s. Drivers Licenses

(DEPEW, NY) Today’s edict by Governor Spitzer providing New York State Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Aliens is problematic, a complete disregard for homeland security, and should be a concern for all New Yorkers.

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Statement From Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith On Albany County District Attorney David Soares' Report

Albany County District Attorney David Soares' report is welcome news to New Yorkers. This should put an end to the Republican inquiry into the Governor and his staff.

Now is the time to put political animosities to rest, break through the fog of inaction that has consumed the Capitol in recent months, and move forward with important legislative priorities like paid family leave and economic development reforms.

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Senator Morahan Announces NYS Homeland Security Grants

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that Rockland County will be receiving two grants from the NYS Office of Homeland Security for homeland security initiatives and terrorism prevention. "I want to thank New York State Homeland Security Secretary Michael Balboni for responding to the public safety concerns of the law enforcement community," said Senator Morahan. The Senator was joined by Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoefin making the funding announcement.

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9/21/2007: Owner Still Mopping Up Mess From Contractor

The process of trying to reopen a Curves Gym that was shuttered by the NYC Department of Buildings last July hasn’t been easy. The department told the owner of the Springfield Gardens gym, Shauwana Dill-Darby, that the certificate of occupancy was invalid because the contractor she hired allegedly forged an engineer’s signature on the documents used for its acquisition. According to Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown, the contractor, Satroghaun Singh, repeated the practice on nearly 300 other documents related to building plans in Queens.

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Senator Johnson Voices Continued Opposition To The Litrim Freight Project

“First off, I would like to thank the DOT for responding to my request to extend the comment period of the LITRIM project beyond the original July deadline.

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Senator Johnson Recognizes Island Drafting & Technical Institute

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, was recently joined by Assemblyman Robert Sweeney and Senator Charles Fuschillo in presenting a New York State Legislative Resolution to the Island Drafting and Technical Institute in Amityville. The Institute, which is one of the oldest career colleges on Long Island, recently celebrated 50 years of service to the community.

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Senator Johnson Welcomes TII Network Technologies To Edgewood

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently joined officials from TII Network Technologies and other elected officials in cutting the ribbon at the company’s new 25,000 square-foot headquarters at the Heartland Center in Edgewood near the Deer Park Train Station. TII is a leader in developing and manufacturing advanced network technology solutions for the telecommunications industry.

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Senate Democrats Hold Hearing Urging Passage Of Paid Family Leave Law

Members of the New York State Senate Democratic Conference today held a hearing on legislation that would allow workers up to 12 weeks of paid leave from employment in the event of a family health emergency.

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Linking What We Grow With What We Eat

When I talk to farmers in Central New York about the prospects of selling more of their products to consumers downstate, many tell me how hard it is to break into those markets. It is true, and there are many reasons for this, not the least of which being the lack of a distribution infrastructure. Yet, when I speak to my Senate colleagues from the New York City area, they tell me their constituents are eager to buy New York grown food and farm products. These consumers want New York products for health and environmental reasons, among others.

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Expanding Health Coverage To Uninsured Children

There are more than 400,000 children in New York state that do not have health insurance. To put that number in perspective, that is equal to the entire population of Onondaga County, including the City of Syracuse and the well populated suburban towns of Cicero, Manlius and Clay. It is an astounding number. These uninsured children live in all regions of the state and come from diverse backgrounds. Many of these children are urban poor. Others are from rural communities, including farming families that have few places to turn for health coverage.

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