Senator Liz Krueger Praises Senate for Passing Expanded Bottle Bill as Part of the Budget

Calls it a Win for the Environmental and Business Communities Albany— An expanded Bottle Bill finally received the New York State Senate’s approval after being bottled up for several years under the Republican controlled State Senate. In the original Bottle Bill, passed in 1982, only carbonated beverages such as soda and beer required a 5 cent deposit.  The new bill will expand the original Bottle Bill to include bottled water.   

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Budget Statement from Senator Serrano on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation (Bilingual Release – Scroll Down for Spanish)

April 2, 2009

Albany, NY - Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today discussed passage of budget items that will harness the power of culture and tourism to revitalize the New York State economy.

NYSCA FUNDING 

"We were able to restore more than $4 million to the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)," said Serrano, the Chair of the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation. Together with additional funding from the federal government, this totals more than $7 million.

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Senator Krueger Praises Senate for Restoring $1.2 Billion to Health Budget and Moving New York Towards Primary & Preventive Care Model

Albany, NY) – Senator Liz Krueger praised the New York State Senate for passing its healthcare budget today and for restoring more than $1.2 billion of the proposed $3.3 billion worth of cuts in the Executive budget.

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Serrano Fights for Arts Funding in our State Budget

Budget Statement from Senator Serrano on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation(Bilingual Release – Scroll Down for Spanish)

April 2, 2009

Albany, NY - Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today discussed passage of budget items that will harness the power of culture and tourism to revitalize the New York State economy.

NYSCA FUNDING 

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Understanding Day Care

It can be a tough balancing act to work full-time and raise a family in New York. That's why finding quality day care is more important than ever.

It is also important to know that your Day Care Center has the correct certifications, such as licensing, which can also be retrieved on the site. You can also find out what their maximum child caring capacity is, and the age group that they are best equipped to serve.

File: 
Pamphlet on types of daycare, and day care safety.

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Senate Passes Legislation to Crack Down on Pension Abuse

Attorney General’s program bill to build on recent passage of Senate Majority’s Taxpayer Empowerment and Accountability (TEA) Plan

The New York State Senate today passed comprehensive legislation (S8699), introduced at the request of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo following discussions involving the Senate and Attorney General’s office, that cracks down on school pension abuses that have forced taxpayers to pick up the rising costs, and increases transparency of school district expenses.

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Yonkers Delegation: Final Budget Increases Aid to Education for Yonkers Schools

Budget avoids funding cuts to Yonkers

The Yonkers State Legislative delegation announced that the final state budget agreement avoids drastic cuts to the Yonkers Public Schools and the City of Yonkers which were originally proposed in the Executive budget.

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Senate Health Chair Thomas K. Duane Announces Agreement On Health Budget

Senator Duane restores over $800 million in health care cuts; saves epic pharmacy coverage, touts preventative health.

Albany, New York – In his first year as chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Senator Thomas K. Duane (D WFP-Manhattan) announced that an agreement has been reached on the health portion of the New York State budget – one of the largest appropriations in the budget.

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and I want to take this opportunity to raise awareness in Rockland and Orange Counties about child abuse and neglect, and encourage individuals and communities to support children and families. Reports of suspected child abuse or maltreatment should be made immediately -- at any time of the day and on any day of the week -- by telephone to the New York Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (sometimes referred to as the State Central Register or SCR). The Child Abuse Hotline Number: 1-800-342-3720

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SENATOR YOUNG FIGHTS TO RESTORE STAR REBATES

ALBANY - Senator Cathy Young (R,I,C-Olean) today fought to restore STAR rebate checks to homeowners through an amendment that was voted down by the Senate Democrats.

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