Padavan Urges Legislative Colleagues To Restore Cuts to Home Care

As New York rapidly reaches the April 1st deadline for the enactment of the 2009-2010 State Budget, New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) today called upon his fellow state legislative colleagues to eliminate the cuts and proposals detrimental to home health care.

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Senator Golden to Host Women's History Month Awards Celebration

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden recently hosted an event in conjunction with the national celebration of Women’s History Month.

Senator Golden honored Eddie Bellochino, Girl Scout Leader, St. Frances Cabrini, Sylvia LaCerra, Former Principal of P.S. 200 and member of Community Education Council

District 20, Alice Lee, Assistant Principal of Public School 105, Police Officer Susan Porcello, N.Y.P.D., 68th Precinct and Janice Yang, Asian Community Outreach Department at

Maimonides Medical Center.

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Senator Duane Appoints Soffel, Bearden To Key NYS Senate Health Committee Posts

New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane (D, WFP-Manhattan), chair of the Senate Health Committee, today announced his appointment of Denise Soffel as Health Committee Executive Director and Roger Bearden as Health Committee Counsel effective March 9, 2009.

Soffel comes to her new position from the National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ), where she worked as the Health Policy Coordinator, developing and implementing policy advocacy strategy to improve and strengthen public health insurance programs.

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Addressing Upper West Side Helicoptor Traffic

Dear Upper West Side Neighbor:

As State elected officials representing the Upper West Side of Manhattan, we write in response to recent complaints regarding increased helicopter traffic over the neighborhood. In fact, some constituents have noted that helicopters pass overhead as often as twice every minute, disrupting their lives and contaminating the environment with noise pollution.

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Area Lawmakers Announce Library Grants

     State lawmakers Senator Betty Little and Assemblymembers Janet Duprey, Tony Jordan and Teresa Sayward today announced a series of grants awarded to libraries throughout the North Country.

     The library construction grants are made available through a $14 million capital fund approved last year as part of the 2008-09 state budget.  More than 40 percent of the approximately 1,000 public library buildings throughout New York are over 60 years old.

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Over 1,000 taxpayers join Senator Fuschillo in calling on Governor Paterson to give Long Island its fair share of education aid

Over 1,000 taxpayers, students, and community leaders braved strong winds and cold temperatures at an education & taxpayer rally in Farmingdale to join with State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8 th  Senate District) in calling on Governor Paterson to give Long Island’s schools their fair share of state education aid. Members of the State’s Senate and Assembly delegation, along with local education, business, and labor leaders, also joined in calling for Long Island’s fair share.

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Padavan Introduces "Career Criminal Crackdown" Legislation

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) re-introduced legislation today in the state Senate that would significantly increase criminal penalities for chronic repeat criminal offenders in New York State. The legislation known as the “Career Criminal” bill will once again be a key criminal justice initiative for Senator Padavan during the 2009 Legislative Session.   

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Temporary Committee on Rules Reform Submitted Testimonies

Syracuse:Friday, February 6, 2009Syracuse Common Council Chambers231 Washington StreetSyracuse, New York 13202

Click for Syracuse Testimony

Albany:Tuesday, February 10, 200910 AM - 1 PMState Capitol Hearing Room AAlbany, New York 12247

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Robach: Dr. Berk, CEO of University of Rochechester Medical Center, Speaks to Upstate Caucus on Graduate Medical Education

Governor’s Plan to Redistribute G.M.E Funding Will Cripple Upstate Hospitals, Greatly Reduce Upstate Physicians, and Negatively Impact the Economy

Dr. Bradford Berk, CEO of URMC, spoke urgently to a joint Legislative Upstate Caucus today about the Governor’s proposal to redistribute Graduate Medical Education (GME) funding from the Professional Education Pool to fund a new Indigent Care Pool.  This transfer is expected to negatively impact Strong Memorial Hospital and Highland Hospital by nearly $12 million in the 2009-2010 state fiscal year.

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Robach: CEO of University of Rochester Medical Center Speaks to Upstate Caucus

Governor’s Plan to Redistribute G.M.E Funding Will CrippleUpstate Hospitals, Greatly Reduce Upstate Physicians, and Negatively Impact the Economy

Dr. Bradford Berk, CEO of URMC, spoke urgently to a joint Legislative Upstate Caucus today about the Governor’s proposal to redistribute Graduate Medical Education (GME) funding from the Professional Education Pool to fund a new Indigent Care Pool.  This transfer is expected to negatively impact Strong Memorial Hospital and Highland Hospital by nearly $12 million in the 2009-2010 state fiscal year.

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