Senator Saland's Legislation To Provide For Testing Of Private Wells Passes Senate

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that the "Private Well Testing Act" (S.7921B), he authored, which would help protect the public from dangerous well contaminants passed the Senate.

The legislation would encourage the testing of more private wells, notify residents of potentially contaminated areas, and provide prospective buyers with greater disclosure on the water quality of a private well.

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SENATOR KRUEGER PRAISES ELIMINATION OF STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON SEXUAL ASSAULT

Albany, NY—State Senator Liz Krueger praised the State Legislature today after both houses voted to eliminate the statute of limitations regarding the prosecution of rape and other sexual assaults. The legislation also extends the statute of limitations on civil actions brought by individuals against a criminal offender.

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Skelos Negotiates Agreement On Comprehensive Medicaid Fraud Legislation

The New York State Senate and Assembly have reached agreement onthe toughest, most comprehensive plan to combat Medicaid fraud in the United States. Written and negotiated by Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos(R, Rockville Centre), thecompromise is the product ofa joint legislative conference committee between both houses of the Legislature. Itfights fraud and abuse at every step of the process, from billing and pre-payment review to investigation, civil recovery and criminal prosecution of Medicaid thieves."Medicaid fraud steals from everyone in New York State.

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Legislature Approving Key Elements Of Winner's 'Rural New York Agenda'

Albany, N.Y.-- Key elements of a "Rural New York Agenda" advanced by State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) earlier this year, including a proposal to expand broadband services in rural regions, have been approved by both houses of the Legislature and will be delivered to Governor George E. Pataki to be signed into law.

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Legislature Okays Cortland Health Care Bill

A bill approved by the state legislature and now bound for the governor's desk will permit Cortland Memorial Nursing Facility to expand its adult day health care program by up to 16 slots if the facility is unable to accommodate individuals awaiting placement. The facility is currently at its maximum 24 spaces. Senate bill 7979 has been approved by both the senate and the assembly.

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Senate Passes Tough Bill To Crack Down On Possession Of A Single Illegal Firearm

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), that would make it a felony, and require jail time, for possession of a single illegal loaded firearm."By elevating the penalty for the possession of an illegal firearm, and ensuring those found guilty face jail time instead of probation, this bill will help to eliminate illegal guns off of New York's streets," Senator Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), a former New York City Police Officer said.

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Flanagan And Englebright Fight To Protect Three Village And Smithtown School Property Taxpayers

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Steven Englebright (4th Assembly District) announced the passage of legislation that would protect the financial interests of residents surrounding Stony Brook University.

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Senator Golden Offers $1000 Reward To Help Find Brooklyn Flag Burners

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C, Marine Park) today is offering a $1000 reward for anyone who has information that will lead to the arrest of the vandals who burned American flags on eight homes in the Marine Park section of Brooklyn.Senator Marty Golden stated, "As we approach the celebration of our Nation’s independence this July 4th, some vandal has defied our freedoms, our rights and our liberties by setting fire to the American Flag.

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Senator Johnson Protects Ocean Resources

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on the Long Island Marine District, announced that his legislation to create the New York Ocean and Great Lakes Ecosystem Conservation Act has passed the Senate. The bill (S. 8380) would ensure the coordination of the state’s programs, institutions and activities which affect the protection, conservation and restoration of New York's coastal ecosystems.

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Bonacic: Senate Takes Nyri's Power Away

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.8349a) sponsored by State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), which strips NYRI’s ability to use eminent domain under State Law."NYRI has promised their actions will raise our energy rates. It is absurd that our State policy would be to allow NYRI to raise our rates, scar our environment, and take our property. The Senate has now rejected that possibility. New Yorkers are already paying too much for energy.

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