Joint Legislative General Budget Conference Committee To Consider Budget Framework Agreement

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, (R,C,I, New City) who chairs one of the ten joint legislative budget conference committees announced that intensive discussions over the last few days has resulted in several areas of possible agreement between the legislative and executive branches of government. Areas of agreement will be discussed at the Joint Legislative General Budget Conference today for consideration and action.

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Senator Flanagan Announces Signing Of Workers' Compensation Legislation

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate district) today announced that historic new legislation to reform workers’ compensation insurance has been signed into law, resulting in increased benefits for injured workers and reduced costs for businesses in New York State."This historic workers’ compensation reform law provides much-needed financial assistance for injured workers and substantially reduces the financial burden on businesses", said Senator Flanagan.

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Senate Okays Otsego Tax Bill

The New York State Senate has approved legislation filed by State Senator James L. Seward that would provide Otsego County with explicit authorization to issue refunds to taxpayers for the county's overbilling of 2007 property taxes. Senate bill 3415 was passed March 28. "The county board has asked for the legislation, and the state senate has complied with the board's request for specific home rule legislation that would grant them the authority to issue refunds," Senator Seward said.

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Johnson Applauds Grannis Confirmation By Senate Environmental Conservation Committee

ALBANY – Senator Craig M. Johnson applauded today's vote by the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee to confirm Alexander “Pete” Grannis' nomination for Commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Johnson, (D-Port Washington),  the Ranking Member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, called Grannis “the right choice to lead this critically important agency at this critically important time.”

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Senate Passes Legislation To Impose Stiffer Penalties For Attacks On Elderly New Yorkers

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.3684), cosponsored by Senator Larkin, to impose tougher penalties for physical assaults on senior citizens. The legislation was announced earlier this month at a Capitol news conference following the vicious attacks on Rose Morat, a 101-year-old Queens woman who was mugged on her way to church, and 85-year-old Solange Elizee, who was mugged and beaten just a half hour later by the same attacker.

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Senator Fuschillo: Legislation To Impose Stiffer Penalties For Attacks On Elderly New Yorkers Passes State Senate

State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. announced that the New York State Senate approved legislation (S.3684) today to impose tougher penalties for physical assaults on senior citizens. Senator Fuschillo is a co-sponsor of the legislation which was introduced earlier this month following the vicious attacks on Rose Morat, a 101-year-old Queens woman who was mugged on her way to church, and 85-year-old Solange Elizee, who was mugged and beaten just a half hour later by the same attacker.

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LIZ KRUEGER HONORED FOR HER COMMITMENT TO WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

Senator Krueger Awarded the Family Planning Advocates of New York Margaret Sanger Award at Ceremony Featuring Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm Smith, Sex in the City Actress Cynthia Nixon

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Senate Oks Health Ins Mandate Bill

The state senate has approved legislation sponsored by Sen. James L. Seward (R-C-I/Milford) that would create a state panel to review proposed health insurance mandated benefits to analyze their costs and impact on the cost of health insurance. Senate bill 3020 was approved by the senate unanimously."Almost three million New Yorkers do not have health insurance, and for others, its rapidly escalating cost is putting affordable health coverage out of reach," Seward said.

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Senator Parker Urges HMOs To Help Close The Healthcare Gap In New York's Underserved Communities

Brooklyn lawmaker noted that Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) profits nearly doubled between 2001 and 2005, from $672 million to $1.3 billion, while HMO payment reimbursements decreased. At the same time, HMO premiums increased dramatically, outpacing increases in medical payments by more than $1 billion.“By using just a fraction of HMO’s record profits, we can invest in affordable health care options for working families and others currently falling through the health care safety net,” said Senator Parker.

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Senator Lanza Annouces Passage Of 'granny's Law'

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.3684) to impose tougher penalties for physical assaults on senior citizens. The legislation was announced earlier this month at a Capitol news conference following the vicious attacks on Rose Morat, a 101-year-old Queens woman who was mugged on her way to church, and 85-year-old Solange Elizee, who was mugged and beaten just a half hour later by the same attacker.

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