NYS Reviews Proposed State Budget

Senator Serrano Discusses the Importance of Arts and Music Education on “Meet The Leaders”

(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano appeared as  a guest on “Meet the Leaders” and spoke about his priorities for 2015, especially the incredibly urgent call for more arts and music education. Serrano expressed the importance of bringing back arts and music education in schools that have cut or reduced them to provide our children with the best education possible.

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Senator Serrano's February 2015 Off-Site Constituent Services Hours and Locations Schedule

My favorite part of this job is meeting and speaking with my constituents, and with a Senate District as large as ours, we feel it's important to bring our staff out to the various communities we serve.

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Another Record Year for Our Beloved State Parks

Attendance in Parks Increases by 1.9 Million – Exceeds 60 Million for Third Year in a Row 

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Cypress Hills Small Business Services Initiative

Senator Dilan,  Assemblyman Dilan and Councilman Espinal are hosting a small business town hall in conjunction with NYC Small Business Solutions and Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation. Learn how to get your small business started and about new opportunities the city and state is proposing to help grown New York’s small businesses.

Thursday, January 29, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cypress Hill Senior Center, 3208 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY 11208.

Please Contact Hugo Espinal with any Questions or Comments at (718) 573-1726.

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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES PACKAGE OF BILLS TO TOUGHEN PENALTIES FOR SEX OFFENDERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation that would help keep communities safer from sexual predators. The seven bills would help prevent the most dangerous offenders from having contact with children and college students, require more stringent residency reporting requirements for the sex offender registry, strengthen penalties for those who help sex offenders evade registration requirements, and create a public awareness program to educate schools, community groups, and clergy on issues related to sex offenders.

Legislation (S851) would prohibit Level 2 and 3 sex offenders from being placed in temporary and emergency housing or homeless shelters where children are present.

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Governor Releases His Budget Proposals, Legislature Begins to Review

The Governor has now announced his budget and policy proposals, and the Legislature has already begun its review of these initiatives.You can view his State of the State agenda at the following webpage: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/2015_Opportunity_Agenda_Book.pdf

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NYS Legislature Schedules Joint Budget Hearings

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported recently the Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule on the 2015-2016 Executive Budget proposal has been released.

These hearings provide the appropriate legislative committees with public input on the executive budget proposal. The hearings will be available for viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites. The Legislative Channel (on cable systems throughout the state) also will carry the proceedings, which will be preempted when the houses are in session. At the conclusion of the legislative deliberations, the channel will resume televised coverage of the hearings.

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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES WOMEN’S EQUALITY PACKAGE

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that in its first legislative act of 2015, the New York State Senate approved a comprehensive Women’s Equality Agenda that would enhance the rights of women and protect those who are most vulnerable to abuse and discrimination. These historic women’s measures are a top priority of the Senate Coalition and were passed unanimously on the first day the Senate began voting on legislation this session.

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