Senator Hassell-Thompson Invites Qualified Applicants To Take NYPD Entrance Exam

State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today encouraged qualified Bronx and Westchester County residents to sign up for October’s New York Police Department Entrance Examination. The deadline to apply for the free examination is September 15.

"There are few people in the world, let alone America, who do not know the letters ‘N-Y-P-D,’" said Senator Hassell-Thompson. "Based on its long history of service and heroism, the New York Police Department is widely recognized as the world’s premier crime-fighting force.


Hagaman Home Safety Day Slated For Saturday

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) is teaming up with the Hagaman Volunteer Fire Department to host a Home Safety Day on Saturday, June 30th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the fire department, located at 126 South Pawling Street, Hagaman.


This event is being held in conjunction with the fire department's annual car and bike show. A time line of events includes:

* 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., registration and parking of vehicles for the car and bike show

* 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., car and bike show, with prizes awarded at 3 p.m.


Legislature Approves Operation Of Finger Lakes Wine Center

Albany, N.Y.-- The New York State Legislature has given final legislative approval to legislation sponsored bySenator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira)to authorize the licensing and operation of the Finger Lakes Wine Center in Ithaca."The wine industry is a mainstay of the culture and economy of the Finger Lakes. Anything we can do to further promote it and help it grow is a good investment for the future success of our region.


State Senate Acts To Save Schenectady Free Clinic

The State Senate has unanimously passed a special budget amendment (S.6063) to appropriate $350,000 for the Schenectady Free Clinic. The legislation would restore State funding which was unexpectedly withdrawn by Governor Spitzer earlier this year.

"The Free Clinic is a national model in successfully delivering cost-effective patient-centered health care," said State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady), sponsor of the legislation. "I'm pleased that the Senate has acted to save the Clinic."

The Clinic was created by legislation authored by Senator Farley in 2002.


Senator Serrano Opposes Legislation Requiring Fingerprinting Food Stamp Recipients

Senator José M. Serrano (D-Bronx/Manhattan) voted against legislation (S.6274) that would require all persons 18 years and older in a household applying for or receiving food stamp benefits to submit to fingerprinting. "The idea of fingerprinting recipients will have a devastating effect on our most vulnerable population, New Yorkers who are already leery of participating in government programs," said Senator Serrano. "I have championed efforts to eliminate fraud in our social services programs, including the Food Stamp Program.


Senator Flanagan Calls For Additional Funds To Protect Environment

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced final passage of legislation to increasing funding levels for important environmental projects. The legislation, which has passed both the Senate and the Assembly, will increase total funding for the New York State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to $300 million by 2009. The New York State Legislature created the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) in 1993 to provide a reliable, dedicated source of funding for a variety of key environmental programs in NYS.


Golden Joins Senate In Passing Bill To Combat Camcorder Pirates That Rip-off Film Industry, New York Families

The New York State Senate last night passed legislation (S.1263-B), sponsored by Senator Dale Volker (R-C-I, Depew), to impose stiff new penalties on video pirates who use recording devices in movie theaters.Video piracy has a massive $3.5 billion economic impact on the nation’s movie industry, as well as a direct economic impact on the thousands of New Yorkers employed by the filmmaking industry.


Senator Saland Announces Passage Of Bill To Ensure Access For The Disabled In Public Accommodations

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced passage of his bill (S.5670B) to protect against discrimination on the basis of disability in the area of public accommodations.

"While the federal Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990, New York State has lead the nation for many years in ensuring that accommodations are made for people with disabilities so they can enjoy many of the same programs, services and activities which able-bodied people take for granted," said Senator Saland.


Serrano Celebrates Puerto Rican Day Parade

Senator Serrano celebrated a weekend of Puerto Rican culture, taking part in the 116th Street Block Festival and Puerto Rican Day Parade. "The 116th Street Festival is a fabulous display of the culture and commerce available in East Harlem," said the Senator. "Visitors from around the world come not just to enjoy the neighborhood, but really appreciate the history that runs beneath." The next day, he marched in the Puerto Rican Day Parade along with his father, Congressman Jose E. Serrano (pictured above). "The parade is a mesmerizing event," said the Senator.


Senator Saland Announces Passage Of Bill To Help Parents Of Special Education Students Find Services

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced Senate passage of his bill, S.6275, which requires Chairs of Committees on Special Education to provide the parents of a child with a disability with a list of programs and services available to the child.

Committees on Special Education (CSE) and Committees on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) are primarily charged with identifying, evaluating, and making recommendations regarding the appropriate educational placement of children with disabilities.

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