'Think Twice' Before Shooting Off Fireworks, Senator Oppenheimer Says

Reminds families that the use of consumer fireworks is illegal in New York State

While Fourth of July festivities and fireworks would seem to go hand in hand,State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today reminded residents that the use of all consumer fireworks is illegal in New York State. The safest way to enjoy fireworks, she said, is through a community event where trained professionals handle them.


Marcellino And Paterson Announce Agreement On Brownfield Reform

Senator Carl L. Marcellino today announced an agreement to reform the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program to better target incentives for the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated sites.


Senator Saland Announces Bill To Crack Down On False Child Abuse Reporting

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that both the Senate and Assembly have passed his bill, S.8615, making it a crime to knowingly report a false claim of child abuse or maltreatment.


State Democrats Strengthen Slaughterhouse Safeguards

(Albany, NY)-June 24, 2008-State Senator John Sabini (D-Queens) announced today that legislation he sponsored to strengthen safeguards against unsanitary slaughterhouses in New York state has passed.


Senator Saland Announces Bill To Study New Method Of Educational Testing

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced Senate passage of his bill, S.8675, which would create the Temporary State Commission on Value Added Assessment in order to examine the potential of value added student assessments as a means of improving educational instruction and accountability.


Work Hard, Play Hardly

Klein Releases Report: How NYC Public School Children Are Denied Adequate Outdoor Play Space

 African American and Latino Students Disproportionately Affected


Statement By Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith On The Retirement Of Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno

ALBANY, NY – June 23, 2008 – “Earlier today I received a personal call from Senator Bruno informing me he will not seek re-election and that it was time to move on with his life. Like many New Yorkers, I am surprised and deeply saddened by the announcement. As I have said publicly on many occasions, Senator Bruno has made a giant contribution to this state and to the Legislature as an institution. I, and my conference, wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”


Seward Announces Local Education Grants

The Herkimer Elementary School Steel Drum Band will have new equipment for their area performances for schools and community organizations, Senator James L. Seward said today.

Seward was at the school to announce a $10,000 senate grant for the purchase of new steel drums for the band. He was joined by Superintendent Carol Zygo and band director James Traglia.


Dr. Debra Karnasiewicz Named New York State Senate Woman Of Distinction

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that Dr. Debra Karnasiewicz of Woodstock in Ulster County has been chosen to be this year’s New York State Senator Woman of Distinction. Dr. Karnasiewicz will be in Albany today to accept the honor at the 11th Annual Senate Woman of Distinction Celebration. The Woman of Distinction Program was created as part of the Senate's Celebration of Women’s History Month.

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