Senator Young Appointed To NYS Council On Food Policy

State Senator Cathy Young (R,I,C - Olean) today announced her appointment to the Statewide Council on Food Policy. The Council was created by Executive Order to coordinate policies to promote Agriculture, Health and Nutrition.The Council will make recommendations to the Governor on state regulations, legislation and budget proposals regarding food policy to ensure a coordinated and comprehensive inter-agency approach to state food policy issues.

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Bonacic Announces Library Grants

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that for the second year in a row, the New York State Legislature has allocated $14 million in capital funds for public library construction in the State Budget.

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Senator Steve Saland Announces That His Bill To Tighten Penalties For Credit Card Fraud Has Passed The Senate

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that his bill to include theft of credit or debit card numbers within the crime of grand larceny in the fourth degree has passed the Senate.

"Credit card thieves continue to become more savvy and creative. In years past when shopping was always done in person in a store, a thief had to actually have a stolen credit card in his possession in order to use it fraudulently," said Senator Saland. "Now that we shop by phone and over the Internet, all we need is a credit or debit card number -- not the actual card -- to shop.

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Bonacic: Senate Approves Economic Development Plan

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) said the Senate has unveiled a comprehensive economic development plan targeting the lagging economy of upstate New York. The ten point plan will spur job creation and revitalize communities north of New York City.

"Revitalizing our region’s economy and creating new opportunities for New Yorkers is a top priority," stated Senator Bonacic.

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Larkin Bill To Assist Goshen Historic Track And The Harness Racing Museum And Hall Of Fame

The State Senate has passed legislation (S.1047-A) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) that would grant the Agricultural and NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund the authority to transfer funds that support the works of the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame and the Goshen Historic Track.

Both of these institutions help to promote the standard-bred horse industry and harness racing in New York State. However, current law is not clear on whether the fund can disburse monies to either of these organizations.

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Senate Passes Larkin Bill To Increase Age Of "juice Bar" Employees

A bill (S.224-B) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has passed the New York State Senate that would make eighteen the minimum age for women to be nude or topless in establishments not controlled by the State Liquor Authority.

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Senate Passes Autism Legislation

Senator Tom Morahan today announced passage of a bill (S. 5078) he sponsored as Chair of the Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee to require the State to develop a comprehensive plan to concentrate on services for those who age with autism in their communities and includes vocational, residential and social needs.

"It is critical that the State recognize that the needs of individuals living with autism will last for the duration of their lives and plan and provide for such needs accordingly.

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Golden Legislation Will Establish A Senior Benefits Card Program To Promote A Healthy Lifestyle For New York's Seniors

Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C, Brooklyn) is today announcing the passage of legislation, S.

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Senate Democrats Propose Overhaul Of 421-a Affordable Housing Program

Albany—State Senator Kevin Parker has joined with the New York State Senate Democratic Caucus and leading housing advocates in efforts to modernize the 421-a tax incentive program for new affordable housing. Senate Democrats are supporting a series of changes to the 421-a program that would end the use of these tax breaks as a ‘hundreds-of-millions dollar giveaway for luxury housing’, to instead be a program that truly creates affordable housing and makes wise use of tax-payer dollars.

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Senator Farley's Office To Participate In Wellness Event On June 2nd

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) will host a table at the Sacandaga North Wellness Day on Saturday, June 2nd, on the lawn at Northville Central School. This event is being held in conjunction with the annual St. Jude's Bike-a-Thon the school hosts.

"I am pleased to be able to participate in this event," Senator Farley said. "With the warmer weather now here, everyone wants to be outdoors. Summer is filled with numerous fun activities.

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