Martin Tankleff And Other Exonerees And Legal Experts To Testify At New York State Senate Democratic Task Force On Preventing Wrongful Convictions In New York State

This is the second in a series of four forums entitled “Preventing Wrongful Convictions in New York State: Systematic Reforms to Convict the Guilty and Protect the Innocent” to be held across the state by the Senate Democratic Taskforce on Criminal Justice Reform.  At each forum, legislators and the public hear testimony from experts and exonerees on four reform measures—mandatory electronic recording of police interrogations, preservation of DNA evidence, eyewitness identification reforms, and the creation of an Innocence Commission—that h

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Helping To Protect Victims Of Identity Theft

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S.8376-A) that would strengthen New York State’s identity theft laws in a variety of ways, including the enhancement of privacy protection in the work place and programs to aid those who have had their identities stolen. The legislation is part of a three-way agreement announced yesterday among the Governor, Senate and Assembly.

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Helping To Protect Victims Of Identity Theft..

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S.8376-A) that would strengthen New York State’s identity theft laws in a variety of ways, including the enhancement of privacy protection in the work place and programs to aid those who have had their identities stolen. The legislation is part of a three-way agreement announced yesterday among the Governor, Senate and Assembly.

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Senator Dilan Praises Major End-of-session Victories; Says “There Is More To Do”

Brownfields clean-up, foreclosure prevention, and job growth legislation passed

Brooklyn—State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today said “a lot of great work was accomplished in the final days of this legislative session, but there is more to do.” The lawmaker pointed out that brownfields clean-up legislation, a bill to crack down on predatory lenders and help families facing foreclosure stay in their home, and “green” job growth initiatives all passed in the final days.

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Sen. Farley Joins Gov. In Urging Feds To Declare Agricultural Disaster

Governor David A. Paterson today urged the federal government to declare 23 New York counties agricultural disaster areas. In a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer, Governor Paterson requested disaster assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for farms that experienced crop damage from severe hail storms on June 16th.

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Senator Saland Announces Passage Of His Bill To Create Well Water Education Act

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced Senate passage of his bill, S.8641, the Well Water Education Act, which would inform the public of the potential health effects of consuming water that does not meet New York’s drinking water standards, as well as provide information regarding potential contaminants, migration of contamination in groundwater and advise homeowners that well water should be tested regularly by a certified lab.

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Senator Saland Announces Senior Housing Task Force Bill Has Passed Both Houses

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced his bill, S.8670, which will establish a senior housing task force to analyze senior housing options and develop a strategy to improve housing options for senior citizens as they age, has passed both the Senate and the Assembly.

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Senator Young Secures $750,000 In State Funding For Rt. 19 Project

SCIO - Faced with a threat to the motoring public and local communities along Route 19, Senator Catharine Young has secured a $750,000 state grant for the Genesee River Hazard Mitigation Project. The potential loss of life, property and infrastructure and communities along Route 19 in Belfast and Amity prompted Senator Young’s effort to ensure the grant was included in this year’s state budget as it was needed to serve as the match for the federal FEMA grant.

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Bonacic: Senate Puts Forth Bill To Suspend Gasoline Tax

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced that he plans to vote in favor of legislation that eliminates New York State’s gasoline taxes during the summer travel season. Senate bill 7594-A calls for the elimination of the tax from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

"If the State, federal, and local governments all temporarily suspended its taxes, New Yorkers would save 65 cents per gallon at the pump," stated Senator Bonacic. "Any amount of savings is important, especially during difficult economic times."

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