Krueger Unveils Right-of-First-Refusal Legislation To Protect Tenants

New York—In an on-going effort to protect Mitchell-Lama and Project-Based Section 8 affordable housing units, State Senator Liz Krueger today unveiled a bill to give existing tenants a "right-of-first-refusal" should the owner of their development choose to leave these affordable housing programs, and sell the building at market-rate.

Mitchell-Lama and Section 8 affordable housing units are found throughout New York State, including NYC, Buffalo, Albany, Rochester, Syracuse, Westchester and Nassau Counties.


Senator Steve Saland Announces That The Senate Has Passed His Bill To Establish Nutrition Guidelines For School Districts

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie), today announced passage of legislation, S.5892, to develop statewide nutrition standards for all food and beverages sold to students during the school day. The Children's Healthy Access to Meals Program (CHAMP) directs the Commissioner of Education to collaborate with the Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture and Markets to develop statewide nutritional standards for elementary and secondary schools by December 31, 2007.


Senate To Act On Legislation To Crack Down On Video Game Violence

The New York State Senate today will act on legislation, sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island), that would take steps to crack down on video game violence, and combat and reduce children’s exposure to violent and inappropriate materials within these games.The bill (S.5888) would establish the Advisory Council on Interactive Media and Youth Violence to review the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) rating system and its effectiveness, and recommend additional steps that can be taken to curb children’s access and exposure to such "adult-only" mate


Senator Morahan Announces Local Winners In Statewide Environmental Contest

At an awards ceremonyat the state Capitol in Albany, New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R,C,I, New City) presented awards to students from Rockland County schools selected in a statewide competition for developing creative environmental awareness projects. The New York State Senate's 16th Annual "I-MA-GREEN-Nation" competition pitted students from Grades One through Eight against their peers at other schools for presentation of innovative and creative ideas for solving the problems of solid waste reduction and/or encouraging recycling.


Senate Passes Death Penalty Bill For The Murder Of Police, Peace Or Corrections Officer

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced New York State Senate passage of legislation that would establish the death penalty for criminals who kill police officers. The Senate action coincided with National Police Week (May 13-19, 2007.)

"Too many law enforcement officers are being killed while honoring their commitment to protect and serve this state -- and many more are injured and wounded in the line of duty. We can no longer sit back and watch ruthless murderers take the lives of police officers.


Senator Volker Announces Assistance To Western New York Dairy Farmers

(ALBANY, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) announced today announced that the western New York dairy farmers will receive financial aid made available in the adopted 2007-08 New York State Budget, via the New York State Dairy Assistance Program. The purpose of the fund

is to make up for record low dairy prices during the 2006 calendar year.

"Agriculture continues to be a pivotal segment of our state’s economic fabric, and we must continue to do all that we can to nurture, grow and support their positive impact to our region and state," said Senator Dale M. Volker.


Sen. Alesi To Chair Reform Committee On Joint Conference Committees

Senator Jim Alesi (R-Perinton) today announced that he has been appointed to chair the newly formed Senate Committee on Joint Conference Committees. This committee will work with the Assembly to reach agreement on important pieces of legislation that are currently stalled in the committee process. Senator Alesi will hold this post in addition to his duties as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business.

Historically, conference committees are rarely, if ever used.


NYC OTB President Ray Casey To Speak At Senate Racing, Gaming And Wagering Committee Meeting May 21, 2007

Media Advisory

To: All media outlets From: Senator Bill Larkin Date: 5-18-07 Re: Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee Meeting


Senator Bill Larkin announces there will be a meeting of the Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering on Monday, May 21, 2007 at 11:30 am in Room 123 of the Capitol Building in Albany, NY.


Bonacic: Senate Advances Economic Development Plan

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) said the Senate has unveiled a comprehensive economic development plan targeting the lagging economy of upstate New York. The ten point plan will spur job creation and revitalize communities throughout upstate.

"Revitalizing our region’s economy and creating new economic opportunities for New Yorkers is a top priority," stated Senator Bonacic.

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