SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL REFORMING THE BOARD OF REGENTS SELECTION PROCESS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reported he and his colleagues in the New York Senate this week passed legislation to dramatically reform the selection process for the state Board of Regents to better reflect the population of the entire state. The bill (S2031A) establishes a more equitable and balanced appointment process for the selection of the Board of Regents, who are charged with setting education policy in New York.

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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO TOUGHEN CARJACKING PENALTIES WHEN A CHILD IS INSIDE THE VEHICLE

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate this last week passed legislation that would increase criminal penalties for carjacking when a child under the age of 16 is present in the vehicle. The bill (S1905), would make it a class B felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

Last year, a woman and her 10-year-old daughter were abducted in a carjacking in the Syracuse suburb of Clay, Onondaga County. The mother was fatally stabbed, and the child escaped the vehicle, after being raped. In July, David J. Renz pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and predatory sexual assault against a child.

The bill was sent to the Assembly.

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Joint Budget Subcommittee Scheduled for March 17th

The Joint Budget Subcommittee Schedule has been slated for Monday, March 17th, starting at 12:30 p.m. in Hearing Room B. It is the following:

 

Cycle A – 1:30 PM

 

Public Protection/Criminal Justice/Judiciary – Hearing Room A

 

Mental Hygiene – Hearing Room B

 

Higher Education – Hearing Room C

 

 

 

Cycle B – 2:00 PM

 

Environment/Agriculture/Housing – Hearing Room A

 

Transportation – Hearing Room B

 

Human Services/Labor – Hearing Room C

 

 

 

Cycle C – 2:30 PM

 

Economic Development – Hearing Room A

 

Health – Hearing Room B

 

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Resolution in City Council Calls for Support of State E-Bike Bill

New York City Council Member Rafael Espinal introduced a resolution in the council calling for support of Senator Dilan’s bill to legalize electric-assisted bicycles.S.390, introduced by Senator Dilan and carried by Assemblymember Gantt, would amend the State Vehicle and Traffic law to include electric assisted bicycles in the definition of bicycles and thus permit their use.

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Senator Serrano Meets with Students from Manhattan Country School

(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano met with 7th and 8th grade students from the Manhattan Country School, who traveled to Albany to discuss current education policies. The students spoke with the Senator about the School to Prison Pipeline, a term used to refer to the current trend of the criminalization of students in schools, which often leads to them ending up in the juvenile justice system. The students discussed ways to put an end to this disturbing pattern that disproportionally affects minority students.

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Camera Enforcement of B44 Buss Lanes to Begin March 17

The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced that camera enforcement of the bus only lanes of the B44 Select Bus Service will beginning Monday, March 17.Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. unauthorized passenger vehicles within dedicated bus lanes on the B44 route will be cited for unauthorized travel in the lanes and fined $115.

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Senator Serrano Reacts to Tragic East Harlem Building Explosion

Statement from Senator Serrano Regarding Today's Building Explosion 

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GCEF Awards First Round of Small Grants

Attorney General Schneiderman, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Martens and Senator Dilan announced the first series of grants to be awarded through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF).

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Senator John DeFrancisco and Hall Of Fame Boxing Coach Ray Rinaldi To Duke It Out In The Ring for a Good Cause

At the first-of-its kind fundraising dinner at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Liverpool, on April 26th, at 6:00pm, State Senator John A.

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NY lawmakers want money for pedestrians, cyclists

ALBANY, N.Y. — A group of New York senators is seeking $20 million in funding for bicycles and pedestrian safety as well as infrastructure to be included in the coming fiscal year.

A letter circulated by Sen. Martin Malave Dilan asks the Senate leadership to include the money in the Senate's budget bill due next week.

Parks and Trails New York, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign and the New York Bicycling Coalition have been urging lawmakers to add funding for bicyclist and pedestrian infrastructure to the budget.

According to the letter signed by 20 senators, a federal transportation law cut the state's money for bicycle and pedestrian projects by $12 million a year.

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