Senator Robach Helps Secure Funding For The Rochester Bioenterprise Center

“Rochester is one of the top communities for higher learning and the University of Rochester remains at the forefront of biotechnology research,” stated Senator Joe Robach, “Converting an existing laboratory building into an incubator for bioscience-related commercial ventures will provide the necessary tool for emerging companies to become the future employers of our community.


Robach Legislation To Adjust Medicaid Rates And Reward Hospitals In New York State For Doing The Right Thing Passes The Legislature

New York State will also benefitfrom this legislation.

Senator Robach said, “Highland Hospital performs a vital mission in our community. They need to receive proper payment for the services they provide so they can reinvest and continue providing high quality health care services to our community.


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Statement By Senator Golden On New Zoning Law To Protect The Dyker Heights Community

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), today issued the following statement on the new zoning laws governing Dyker Heights:

"The City Council’s approval of the new zoning regulations for Dyker Heights will protect the character, the integrity and beauty of Dyker Heights.



Pictured: Chautauqua Opportunities Mike Yerico,Dir. of Housing & Energy Conservation, Roberta Keller, Executive Director, Troy Taylor, Housing Services Manager & Senator Young.



Senator Flanagan Announces Additional Funds To Protect Environment

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that important legislation increasing funding levels for important environmental projects has been signed into law. This new law, which is in effect now, will increase total funding for the New York State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to $300 million by 2009. The New York State Legislature created the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) in 1993 to provide a reliable, dedicated source of funding for a variety of key environmental programs in NYS.


Senator Fuschillo Calls On Governor To Sign First In The Nation Airline Passengers' Bill Of Rights

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today urged Governor Spitzer to sign into law legislation that he sponsored that would establish a first-in-the-nation Airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights to provide passengers stranded on airplanes at New York airports with certain amenities to make their wait more tolerable.


Senate Democratic Task Force Hosts MWBE Roundtable

The Senate Democratic Task Force recently hosted a roundtable discussion on developing a "Fast Track" State certification model for Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs).

The meeting, which was chaired by State Senators Antoine Thompson (D-Buffalo/Niagara Falls) and Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers), brought together lawmakers and MWBE experts from various state agencies and authorities to discuss and examine the issues surrounding local, state and federal certification of MWBEs in order to develop a unified and expedited certification process.


Senator Flanagan Works To Get Litrim Comment Period Extended

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) to announce an extension in the comment period regarding the proposed Long Island Truck Rail Inter Modal Facility (LITRIM). This change, which was made following Senator Flanagan’s formal written request to the NYSDOT, has extended the project’s public comment period 61 days to September 24."Area residents and all interested parties deserve the ability to fully air their concerns and recommendations to the department and to have their voices heard.


Bonacic Urges Assembly To Act On MTA Legislation

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope), in light of reports that the MTA is considering increasing fares, is calling upon the Assembly leadership to pass his legislation, Senate bill 461. The measure requires the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to hold public hearings to justify any proposal to increase rates.

"The public and the users of the services provided by the MTA have a right to know how their hard earned dollars are being spent," stated Senator Bonacic.

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