In response to two deadly accidents caused by suspected drag racing in New York State in just one day, members of the New York State Senate Task Force on Critical Choices have introduced legislation to increase penalties for illegal drag racing.
New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that the State Senate has passed his legislation that would extend the current property tax abatement for cooperative apartments and condominiums in the City of New York for a period of four years until 2012. The City and State originally created the property tax abatement program in 1996.
The legislation passed the Senate with unanimous bipartisan support and now awaits action in the State Assembly where it is sponsored by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced the Governor has signed into law his bill, S. 2452, to strengthen domestic violence laws. The new law creates the crime of preventing a person from communicating a request for emergency assistance by intentionally disabling or removing communication sending equipment such as a telephone or teletypewriter device (TTY). The new crime is considered criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor.
New York State Senator Frank Padavan (R-Queens) and Assemblyman Mark Weprin (D-Little Neck) announced today that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will expand its Access-A-Ride bus transportation service for seniors and disabled bus riders into previously unserved destinations in Nassau County from Queens.
The State Senate Democratic Conference will hold a news conference to demand passage of bipartisan foreclosure moratorium legislation to help combat the subprime mortgage crisis. The Conference will also call for immediate assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure as well as tougher laws to protect consumers from predatory mortgage lending practices. WHO: Bertha Lewis, ACORN President; Kristin Brown, Empire Justice Center Director of Legislative Advocacy; The Legal Aid Society
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C, 22nd District) is applauding Mayor Bloomberg’s announcement that ferry service at the 58th Street Pier in Brooklyn will resume operation to lower Manhattan effective Monday, May 12th. New York Water Taxi will again operate the service at $6.00 each way, with discounts available and free parking on the 58th Street Pier.
Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo welcomes Steven Priestley of Baldwin to the State Capitol in Albany. Priestley is a member of the Siena College Men’s Basketball Team which captured the 2008 Metro Atlantic Athl