The Senate Minority Holds Public Hearing On Judicial Diversity

Smith’s first public hearing featured testimony from a varied group of experts, including judges, attorneys, legal scholars, good government groups, law enforcement officials, political party leaders, civil rights organizations and judicial reform advocates.

Among those offering testimony were: The Honorable Ann Pfau, First Deputy Chief Administrative Assistant of the New York State Office of Court Administration; former State Sen. John R. Dunne, vice-chair of the Committee for Modern Courts; John E.

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New York State Winter Travel & Ski Guides Now Available From Senator Fuschillo's Office

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) is informing residents that the 2006-07 New York State Winter Travel & Ski Guide is now available from his office free of charge. "This free guide is the perfect resource for anyone looking to plan a winter getaway," said Senator Fuschillo.

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Golden Testifies At Senate Health Committe In Support Of Victory Memorial Hospital

Albany- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, yesterday testified before the New York State Senate Health Committee hearing in Albany, in opposition to a report of theStateCommission on Health Care Facilitiesin the 21st Century,that recommends that Brooklyn's Victory Memorial Hospital be closed.

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State Funding Available For Public Libraries

The New York State Legislature has provided a one-time budget allocation of $14 million in capital funds for public library construction. Application materials and additional information for this grant program are available on the New York State Library’s web site at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/construc/grants.htm. Please note that that all local libraries must submit all application materials to their library system, which will set the deadline for receipt.

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Seward Announces Community Center Funds

Senator James L. Seward today announced $25,000 in state funding for the City of Cortland's Police Outreach Program, which includes community police services at the East End Community Center. The program is a cooperative effort between the Cortland Police Department and the Cortland Youth Bureau. Its objective is to foster positive relationships between area residents and local law enforcement.

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Senator Valesky On The Berger Commission Report

"I am reviewing the report issued by the Commission and have begun discussing its implications with local health care professionals, including SUNY Upstate Medical University President David Smith and Crouse Hospital CEO and President Paul Kronenberg.""I fully recognize the need to improve and streamline our state’s healthcare system, and that tough decisions must be made to do so.

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Statement From Senator Malcolm A. Smith On World Aids Day

It is important on World AIDS Day to think not just about all those who have had their lives cut short by this disease, but also to consider the devastation AIDS has wrought all across the world. AIDS has killed more than 25 million people since the first case was reported in 1981, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. If we don't take action, another 117-million people will die due to AIDS in the next 25 years. Despite these frightening numbers, only one in 10 infected children who needs treatment is actually receiving it, and two you

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Senator Fuschillo Secures State Funding For Computer Literacy Program In Suffolk County

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) announced today that he secured $20,000 in state grant funding for the Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) of Suffolk, Inc. The funding will help defray the costs of the Center’s computer literacy programs.

"Computer literacy is a vital and necessary skill to have, especially in the workplace," said Senator Fuschillo.

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Senator Golden And Santa Claus To Light Gravesend Community Christmas Tree

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C, Brooklyn) will be host a Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony and holiday celebration in preparation for the upcoming Christmas and holiday season on Monday, December 4, 2006 at 5:30 p.m. At Lady Moody Square Park, at Avenue U and Van Sicklen Street.

The celebration will feature traditional carolers, hot cocoa, candy canes and a special visit from Santa Claus. Local school children have been invited to perform at the event.

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Statement By State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer In Response To The State Commission On Health Care Facilities In The 21st Century's Final Report

Earlier this week, the State Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century, also known as the Berger Commission, issued their recommendations to restructure New York’s hospital and nursing home systems in an effort to cut the state’s massive health care costs. Their proposed plan --18 months in the making -- calls for nine hospitals and seven nursing homes to close, with dozens more recommended for downsizing, merger or restructuring.

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