Senator Hassell-Thompson Applauds State Sales Tax Exemption On Clothing And Footwear

State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) reported that New Yorkers will no longer have to pay the State sales tax on purchases of clothing and footwear $110 or less, as of April 1 of this year. On that date, New York joined Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont in exempting clothing from the sales tax base.

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Senator Farley Highlights The Importance Of Volunteering

April is a time when we celebrate our communities and the people who selflessly work to improve them. National Volunteer Week is April 23rd through the 29th and a perfect time to stress the importance of volunteering.

Over the past years, we've been hearing about the decline of volunteers in our society.

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Staten Island Pols Call For Limits On Rapid Refund Lenders

New York—Senator Diane Savino and Assembly member John Lavelle announced today legislation that will outlaw the predatory practices of those offering rapid tax refunds, otherwise know as rapid anticipation loans (RALs).In recent years, “rapid refunds,” have been aggressively marketed to low-income taxpayers, especially those who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit, with the promise of a quick return.

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Senator Nozzolio Announces Career Connections 2006

Port Byron– Citing the critical importance of educating students on a wide range of potential career opportunities, New York State Senator Michael F. Nozzolio (R-Fayette) today announced that he is partnering with Port Byron Central Schools to sponsor “Career Connections 2006.” The career exploration program for Port Byron Students and several other surrounding schools will be held on Thursday, April 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Dana L.

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Senator Dilan Reminds Us April Is Organ Donation Month

www.health.state.ny.us.Anyone can enroll as a donor. Medical history and age do not automatically prevent an individual from donating - the suitability of a donor is not determined until the potential donor’s time of death. “There are approximately 300 new transplant candidates added to waiting lists every month. Shortages continue and individuals are left with no alternatives other than waiting and hoping for a match. By designating April as organ donation month, everyone has an opportunity to consider becoming a donor.

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Senator Nozzolio Launches An On-line Petition In Support Of The Buffalo Bills

Albany- Citing the very important role the Buffalo Bills organization plays to the fabric and culture of communities throughout New York State, Senator Nozzolio has started an on-line petition to allow constituents an opportunity to show their support for keeping the Buffalo Bills in Western New York. Recently Ralph Wilson, owner of the Bills, has expressed his concerns about the changes in sharing revenue among NFL teams which could jeopardize the likelihood of the Bills remaining in Buffalo.

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Senator Flanagan Sponsors Ban Of Hallucinogenic Drug

In an effort to protect the youth of Long Island, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that legislation he sponsored that would ban the sale of Salvia Divinorum has successfully passed the New York State Senate. This drug, which has been reported to have the hallucinogenic effects of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), is legally available over the Internet and in stores without age restrictions.Salvia Divinorum, also known as Diviner’s Sage, Sister Salvia, Ska Maria Pastora or simply salvia, is a psychoactive plant from the mint family.

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Senator Farley Announces $300,000 Grant For Bellevue Woman's Hospital's Nationally-recognized Prenatal Incentive Program

State Senator Hugh T. Farley is proud to announce that he was able to secure a $300,000 grant through the New York State Senate to aid Bellevue Woman's Hospital in their commitment to healthy babies, for its national-award winning Before Your Baby Basics program. The program's creator, Deborah Chesky, was awarded the national "Eleanor Clark Award for Innovative Programs in Patient Care" in Houston, Texas. It is estimated that this program has saved the New York State Medicaid system approximately $1.3 million.

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Senator Robach Urges Assembly To Pass Partial Tax Exemption On Gasoline

Senator Joe Robach today called on his colleagues in the State Assembly to pass Assembly Bill A10289 (Reilly) which provides a partial tax exemption on motor fuel and diesel motor fuel. Specifically, this legislation would cap the sales tax on gasoline at a taxable value of $2 per gallon.

The Senate’s version of the bill, S5968, sponsored by Senator Robach, passed the State Senate on January 31, 2006 and was delivered to the State Assembly on that day.

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