Serrano Says Repeal Vacancy Decontrol

Senator Serrano urged greater protection for the city's rent-regulated apartments at a major housing rally on Tuesday evening. Under weakened state law, affordable units are lost to the unfettered market when monthly rent hits $2,000 per month. The process, known as high rent / vacancy decontrol, has claimed more than 50,000 units in the past three years. Serrano and several Senate colleagues signed a pledge to repeal decontrol. 

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Local Courts Receive Grants

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that several Justice Courts in Delaware County have been awarded funding grants under the State's Justice Court Assistance Program."I am pleased to announce this funding as it will assist our localities while preventing increases in property taxes," stated Senator Bonacic. "These courts are funded by the towns and villages they serve and taxpayers cannot afford higher tax bills."

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State Senate Democrats Launch Statewide Budget Forums

With New York state facing the biggest budget crisis in a generation, Senate Democrats will convene a series of local forums around the state to get input and advice from officials, institutions and organizations whose interests are at stake.

Forums will focus on the key budget areas of health, education, higher education, and social services, and will include public input on proposals for budget savings submitted by Governor Paterson and budget priorities for the coming year.

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NYS Senator Eric Adams Partners With Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes And The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center (chcmc)

TO HOLD A TOWN HALL FORUM TO DISCUSS RE-ENTRY INTO THE COMMUNITY PROGRAMS FOR FORMERLY INCARCERATED INDIVIDUALS

NYS Senator Eric Adams (D, Brooklyn) hosts a community forum with Kings County DA Charles Hynes and the CHCMC to explore re-entry programs for previously incarcerated persons. Under the auspices of ComALERT (Community And Law Enforcement Resources Together), a program engineered to function as a bridge between the community and formerly incarcerated individuals, returning persons can make a successful transition from prison to community.

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Senator Smith Announces Committee Chairmanships

(Albany, NY) Senator Malcolm A. Smith today announced Committee Chairmanships.

"Each of the senators I'm appointing today brings a breadth of experience and expertise that will help plot a new course for the State Senate and reform the way business is done in Albany," said Senator Smith. "I am pleased to work side by side with such talented and dedicated public servants in the new Senate Majority."

Senator Bill Stachowski will serve as Deputy Majority Leader for Legislative Operations.

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Aubertine To Join Senate Leadership Team

Senator eager tobringpersonalexperience to new role aschairman of Ag Committee

WATERTOWN (December 8, 2008)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine said today that he is excited about his opportunity to serve in a key position within the new Senate leadership team as chairman of the Agriculture Committee.

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Public Hearing On Flexible School Week To Be Held In Albany

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie), Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, today announced he will conduct a public hearing on whether New York State should give public schools the flexibility to change to a four day school week or other type of flexible schedule.

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State Senate Democratic Leader To Announce Committee Assignments

Senator Malcolm Smith (D - Queens) will hold news conference to announce committee chairmanships for the new Senate Majority. Senator Smith will be joined by members of his Conference.

DATE:          Monday, December 8, 2008TIME:           11:15 AMLOCATION: Room 315, CAPITOL                    Albany, NY

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NYS Senator Eric Adams Holds A Press Conference

IN THE WAKE OF THE PLAXICO BURRESS SHOOTING INCIDENT TO ANNOUNCE INTRODUCTION OF A BILL THAT REQUIRES DOCTORS AND HOSPITALS TO NOTIFY NYPD WITHIN ONE HOUR OF THEIR DIAGNOSIS OF ANY GUNSHOT WOUND

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