Padavan Strongly Opposes Expansion Of Gambling In Governor's Executive Budget

 New York Senator Frank Padavan (Queens), the New York State Legislature’s leading opponent of gambling, strongly opposes the massive increase in gambling provisions in the 2008-09 Executive Budget. The Governor’s proposed spending plan for the upcoming state fiscal year, starting on April 1, calls for a privatization plan of the NYS Lottery, video lottery terminals (VLT’s) at nearby Belmont Racetrack and the expansion of Quick Draw.

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Statement By Senator Craig M. Johnson

"The governor's proposed education budget, if enacted, would have a detrimental and long-lasting impact on Long Island's schools and would put further financial strain on taxpayers that are already at the breaking point. While New York State is facing some large and very real financial difficulties, it is unconscionable to demand our children bear this burden. As this budget simply cannot be supported in this current form, I am eager to begin the negotiation process to raise education funding to levels that Long Island families need and our children deserve."

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Eitc Can Help You Keep More Money In Your Pocket

The EITC is a special federal tax benefit that was created to assist low- and moderate-income workers. This tax credit has not only helped to reduce taxes for those who qualify, but may even result in a tax refund.

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Senator Johnson Visits Children's Centers New Home In Bay Shore

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently met with officials of the Adults and Children With Learning and Developmental Disabilities, Inc.’s (ACLD) Kramer Learning Center at the grounds of their soon-to-be new facility on Greenwood Road in Bay Shore. The new facility -- "The Children’s Center for Learning and Recreation at Bay Shore" will be located on the grounds of the former Mark Country Day School property.

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Over 40 Groups To Participate In Senator Farley's Healthy Heart Day

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) announced over 40 health providers, government agencies and non-profit organizations are participating in his fifth annual Healthy Heart Day, slated for Thursday, Feb. 14th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Riverfront Center in Amsterdam.

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Woodlawn Aarp Welcomes Klein

BRONX-Today, Senator Kleinvisited his Woodlawn constituents at the local AARP where he spoke about his recent initiatives to keep distressed homeowners effected by the sub-prime crisis out of foreclosure. The Senator also spoke about his efforts to strengthen national security by divesting the New York State pension fund from companies that conduct business with terror sponsoring states: Iran, Syria, North Korea, and Sudan. The Senator also took questions and addressed local concerns.

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Spitzer's Budget Plan A Start

State Senator John Bonacic released the following statement in relation to Governor Spitzer’s 2008/2009 State Budget proposal:

"Generally speaking, I believe the Governor is continuing his efforts to address issues he sees as important to improve the quality of life of New Yorkers. However, there are a variety of budget priorities important to our region that I will be focusing on during the 2008/2009 budget negotiations. They are as follows:

PROPERTY TAX REFORM

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Senator Flanagan Reminds Homeowners To Apply For Star Program

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is urging all homeowners to sign up for the School Tax Relief (STAR) program prior to the upcoming March 1st deadline. Homeowners who have not yet signed up for the STAR program, which is available to all homeowners, can apply with their town assessor’s office."The STAR program delivers millions in tax relief to Long Island homeowners every year and I hope that everyone takes advantage of this program prior to the deadline.

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Free Mlk Concert Hosted By State Senator Kevin Parker A Huge Success In Brooklyn

Brooklyn, NY – A 101-year-old grandmother was among a diverse group of constituents who read Dr. King’s "I Have A Dream" Speech at a special tribute on Monday that was hosted by State Senator Kevin Parker (D-21). More than two thousand patrons attended the "Shared Dream" concert at Brooklyn College which celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On what would have been his 79th birthday.

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