Upstate Democratic Senators Call For Immediate Release of $120 Million for Upstate Economic Development, $40 Million for Upstate Agribusiness and $30 Million in City by City Funds

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) called on Governor Paterson to immediately release $120 million to spur development in upstate New York. A letter, co-authored by Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith and the Upstate Democratic Caucus, was sent to Governor Paterson urging the immediate release of the $120 million for Upstate New York.

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SENATE PASSES LARKIN BILL TO GIVE TOWN OF CHESTER BREAK FROM LIBRARY TAXES

The State Senate has passed legislation (S.647-A) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to remove a portion of the Town of Chester from the Albert Wisner Memorial Public Library District, leaving that part of the Town of Chester under the Town of Chester Public Library service area.

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El Fracaso del Sistema Escolar

El Fracaso del Sistema Escolar

Bill Perkins / Representa Distrito 30 de Manhattan. | 2009-05-20 | El Diario NY

La palabra oficial del Departamento de Educación (DOE) de la Ciudad de Nueva York es que la ciudad está viviendo un milagro en el área de educación gracias al control ejercido por el alcalde hacia las escuelas. Pero la verdadera realidad no es la misma que el DOE celebra tanto.

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Statement From Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Regarding the Attempted Bombing of Riverdale Jewish Center

“Late last night I was informed that the FBI, NYPD and Homeland Security foiled a plot to detonate a bomb at the Riverdale Jewish Center. I wish to extend my sincere appreciation for their extraordinary work in preventing what would have been a devastating attack.   Freedom to worship is a fundamental right that should never be put in jeopardy. Any threat to that basic right is a threat to us all and must never be tolerated. Our commitment to ensuring the safety for all houses of worship is absolute.  

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Op-Ed On The Military Commissions

Please be sure to check out an op-ed I wrote with Sen. Eric Adams for CBS News about the Obama administration's decision to revive the military commissions to prosecute Guantanamo detainees. We believe the time has come to end, not mend, this substandard judicial system.

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Seward Joins Veterans For Reissuance of Purple Heart Stamp

COOPERSTOWN, 05/21/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined local veterans to launch the reissuance of the Purple Heart Stamp.

“As we approach Memorial Day it is important to remember those who have sacrificed so much for their country,” said Senator Seward.  “The reissuance of the Purple Heart Stamp is one way we can honor those service members killed or wounded in service of our nation. 

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Protesters decry proliferating illegal hotels: Elected officials, housing advocates and labor reps will rally Thursday evening in Hell’s Kitchen

By Lisa Fickenscher

The number of illegal hotels in the city has grown 20% over the past 12 months and a group of elected officials, housing advocates and labor representatives plan to protest the proliferation Thursday at a rally.

The 280 illegal hotels in New York City are not only depleting the supply of affordable housing units, they are siphoning away business from legitimate hotels, said Jackie Del Valle, director of organizing at Housing Conservation Coordinators, a nonprofit that represents low-income tenants.

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Dueling gay marriage rallies draw thousands

By Duncan Osborne and Paul Schindler

In an event that generously mixed politics and religion, thousands of opponents of marriage equality for same-sex couples rallied outside of the East Side office of Governor David Paterson on Sun., May 17, calling on the State Senate and God to stop the advance of gay marriage in New York.

“The day will come when the hand of God shall use these people to take him out, out, out,” said the Rev. Miguel Rivera, president of the National Coalition of Latino Ministers, referring to Paterson’s political future.

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SENATE DEMOCRATS BLOCK BILL TO TOUGHEN SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY

Senate Democrats today defeated a common-sense bill that would elevate criminal penalties for convicted sex offenders that fail to register every year with the Division of Criminal Justice Services’ sex offender registry.  Under the Republican bill, the penalty for failure to register would be raise from a misdemeanor to a class D felony.

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