Senate Passes Bill Providing Property Tax Breaks For Disabled

The New York State Senate gave final legislative passageto a bill, sponsored by Senator Thomas Morahan, that would provide real property tax relief on properties owned by persons with disabilities on limited incomes.

The bill (S.5734-A) would authorize local governments to increase the maximum income eligibility limit under the Disabled Real Property Tax Exemption program from $24,000 to $26,000, and in one thousand dollar increments annually until 2009, when the income requirement will be $29,000.

Senator Thomas Morahan, chairman of the state Senate Mental Health and Developm

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Senator Saland And Senator Leibell Join Dutchess County Sheriff's Office To Announce Funding Secured

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) and Senator Vincent Leibell (R,C Patterson) was joined today by Sheriff Adrian Anderson and Sgt. Robert Monaco to announce $21,972 in funding that was secured to purchase bulletproof vests for deputies in the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office.

"Every day, law enforcement personnel put their lives on the line to ensure our safety. As part of our obligation to provide public safety, we must do all we can to make sure that law enforcement at all levels has the tools to protect and serve their communities," said Senator Saland.

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Gold Star Mothers Day In Ny

This week, Senator Bill Larkin reports to residents that he is cosponsoring legislation (S.7077) in the State Senate that would establish "Gold Star Mothers' Day" as a day of commemoration in New York State.

"The purpose of this bill is to honor the mothers who have lost a son or daughter in one of our country's wars," said Senator Larkin. "These are the moms whose sons or daughters made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us.

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Singing Toad Fish Infest Brooklyn Neighborhood

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C, Brooklyn) today has written to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation urging an investigation in and around the 69th Street Pier in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, in an effort to determine the origination of a humming sound believed to be caused by a large concentration of Oyster Toadfish.

For more than a year, residents of the area have made unresolved noise complaints to both the offices of Senator Golden and Community Board 10.

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Senator Flanagan Remembers Our Veterans And Salutes Our Current Day Heroes

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined veterans from the Centereach area on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend as they honored those America has lost. Senator Flanagan broke from the parade route to acknowledge a Suffolk County police officer in the parade as reminder that heroes are working to protect our way of life both overseas and here at home."The fine men and women who fought to provide us our way of life, especially those we have lost, must be remembered every day. They sacrificed so we could enjoy all that our great nation has to offer.

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Larkin Proposes Increased Funding For Local Dispute Resolution Centers

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is sponsoring legislation (S.3577) in the Senate to increase state funding for county dispute resolution centers (DRCs) from $20,000 to $40,000.

"Dispute Resolution Centers are non-profit organizations that provide mediation, group facilitation and arbitration on issues involving family, youth, school, housing, and business as an alternative to the traditional court system," explained Senator Larkin. "In addition, DRCs are an important resource for educational training and workshops in our local communities.

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Senator Saland Hosts Consumer Protection Forum In Dutchess County

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) was joined today by Edward T. McLoughlin, Bureau Chief for the Dutchess County District Attorney's Office, and Cindy Connors DeSimone, Upstate New York Outreach Manager for the NYS Consumer Protection Board, at a public forum at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home to discuss the scope of the identity theft problem and steps that can be taken to increase protection.

"Identity theft is a serious crime that has been on the rise for some time now," said Senator Saland.

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Senator Fuschillo Provides Information For Veterans Now At Risk Of Id Theft

In light of the news that 26.5 million veterans are now at risk for identity theft due to the theft of electronic federal records containing their Social Security Numbers and birth dates, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) is urging all veterans to take steps to prevent identity theft. "Identity theft is the number one consumer crime in New York State. As a victim of identity theft myself, I know all too well about the problems it can create.

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Senator Flanagan And Assemblyman Dinapoli Work To Enhance Boater Safety

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Thomas DiNapoli (16th Assembly District) today joined to announce legislation that would increase the penalties for those convicted of boating while intoxicated (BWI). The legislation, which the two lawmakers have sponsored in their respective houses, would bring the current penalties for BWI up to the level of penalties faced by those convicted of drunk driving.

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Seward Announces Ilion C.s. Grant

Senator James L. Seward today announced that Ilion Central School District is in line for a $100,000 senate grant to assist in cushioning the tax impact of its budget on local property taxpayers. "School districts face tremendous pressure with rising fuel costs, health insurance and higher pension contributions," Senator Seward said.

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