Senator Steve Saland Announces Passage Of Bill To Protect Special Education Students

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced passage of his bill, S.4018, which requires prospective employees of publicly funded special education schools to be fingerprinted and subjected to a criminal history background check.

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Larkin Plan Would Allow Small Businesses To Purchase Healthy Ny And Save 5-7% On Health Insurance Costs

The State Senate has passed legislation (S.205) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to allow small business owners to purchase the Healthy New York insurance product even if they already offer their employees health insurance.

The bill would permit owners of a sole proprietorship or a small business to purchase both individual and family insurance policies for their employees under the Healthy New York insurance program.

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Senate Passes Larkin Bill To Expand Shawangunk Wine Trail

Legislation sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to expand the routes on the Shawangunk Wine Trail was today passed by the State Senate.

According to the bill (S.4293), the length of the Shawangunk Wine Trail would be extended to create the "Shawangunk East Wine Trail" which will include Route 94 from the Village of Washingtonville eastbound to U.S. Route 9-W, then northbound on U.S. Route 9-W to Routes 44-55 in Highland and then westbound on Routes 44-55 to the intersection with Route 208 in Gardiner.

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Senator Fuschillo And District Attorney Spota Urge Assembly Passage Of Law To Raise Penalties For People Who Drive Drunk With A Child In The Car

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) and Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas J. Spota today called for Assembly action on a proposal to establish tougher penalties for people who drive drunk with a child in the car. Senator Fuschillo (Merrick) said, "A child in a car driven by a drunk driver is basically a defenseless hostage in a dangerous situation. Children can’t take away the keys and drive themselves, nor can they take a cab home.

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Millions Approved To Build And Renovate Affordable Housing In New York State

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that a total of $14 million in affordable housing financing and grants was approved for the Hudson Valley by the boards of the New York State Housing Finance Agency (HFA) and Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC).

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Senator Fuschillo’s Legislation To Protect Consumers Who Make Internet Purchases Approved By Senate

State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. announced today that the Senate approved legislation that he sponsors that would protect online consumers who have merchandise shipped. The measure extends consumer protections already in law for purchases made through the mail and by telephone to purchases that consumers make on the Internet.

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Senators Duane And Krueger Call For Moratorium On Mitchell-lama And Affordable Housing Buyouts

With New York State losing affordable housing at an alarming rate, State Senators Thomas K. Duane (D, WFP-Manhattan) and Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) today called for immediate passage of their legislation, S6120, which would mandate a moratorium on Mitchell-Lama and other affordable housing buyouts, as well as create a temporary state commission to evaluate the loss of existing units in these affordable housing programs.

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Senate Majority Unveils Comprehensive Plan To Overhaul Property Tax System In New York State

Senator Thomas P. MorahanannouncedSenate passage of major property tax reform legislation that could result in the complete elimination of residential school property taxes in school districts that vote to phase out property taxes over five years, with revenue replaced with additional State funding. "Escalating school property taxes continues to be one of the most significant concerns of the residents of my district. For over a year I have held fact-finding meetings on school property tax reform.

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SENATORS DUANE AND KRUEGER CALL FOR MORATORIUM ON MITCHELL-LAMA & AFFORDABLE HOUSING BUYOUTS

TENANTS, COOPERATORS, AND ADVOCATES JOIN IN CALL FOR TEMPORARY STATE COMMISSION TO STEM LOSS OF HOUSING PROGRAMS FOR MODERATE- AND LOW- INCOME FAMILIES

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Senator Flanagan And Assemblyman Raia Welcome Flat Stanley To Albany

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Andrew Raia (9th Assembly District) recently welcomed Flat Stanley to Albany as part of a class project of kindergartner Gretchen Mack of St. Paul’s Lutheran School. The two legislators provided Flat Stanley with a tour of the State Capitol and took him into both chambers of the New York State Legislature.Gretchen Mack sent Flat Stanley to Albany after reading the book "Flat Stanley" in her kindergarten class.

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