SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES TAX RELIEF LEGISLATION

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the State Senate recently passed seven bills that would provide tax relief to businesses, expand exemptions from the job-killing MTA payroll tax, encourage historic preservation projects, reduce energy taxes, protect forestland, and provide tax benefits to disabled veterans, as well as teachers who purchase school supplies.

The bills approved by the Senate included:

Expanding the Historic Preservation Tax Credit

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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO BOOST LOCAL AGRICULTURAL PURCHASES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed the “Buy From the Backyard Act” to promote the purchase of locally grown and produced food. The bill (S978) would require that state agencies allocate 20 percent of their total contracts for food from within New York State.

The bill expands upon an existing law, which creates a program that encourages the purchase of local food products by state agencies. Mental health facilities, prisons, universities and state institutions that have food contracts would need at least 20 percent of the purchases to be grown, produced, harvested or processed in New York State.

The bill has been sent to the Assembly.

 

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Senator Serrano Meets with Advocates from Compassionate Care NY

(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano met with advocates from Compassionate Care NY, who traveled to Albany in support of the passage of medical marijuana. Compassionate Care NY is a group of patients, providers and organizations advocating in support of legalizing medical marijuana in New York State for the thousands of people suffering from serious illnesses. 

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Senator Serrano's Park Legislation Passes State Senate

(Albany, NY) - On Tuesday, June 10th, the New York State Senate passed Senator José M. Serrano's bill S5600, which limits the ability of municipalities to sell off parkland without following established procedures--including the replacement of any public parkland that is taken away from the public. 

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Senator Serrano Celebrates the 56th Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade

(New York, NY)- Senator Serrano and his father Congressman José E. Serrano proudly marched with other elected officials, community leaders, union members and thousands of other joyful revelers at this year's National Puerto Rican Day Parade. Around 10,000 individuals lined up to march up Fifth Avenue beginning at 44th street and ending on 79th.

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Senate Honors 70th Anniversary of D-Day Invasion

The New York State Senate honored World War II veterans by adopting  a resolution that commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Allied Army invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, a defining day in world history that marked the beginning of the liberation of Europe and the eventual end of World War II.

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Raising the Wage: New York’s One-Size-Fits-All Wage Standard

By Lolita Avila

As the 2014 state legislative session winds down, the Senate Democratic Conference is making the case for a local minimum wage option. On Monday, June 2, the Democratic Conference released a detailed report showcasing the financial benefits of allowing local governments the ability to adjust wages to an appropriate regional standard.  Senators who support the bill, including Senator Martin Malavé Dilan, would like to stop the endless penny-pinching, make-ends-meet cycle for New York’s minimum wage workforce. They called upon the Senate Republican/IDC coalition to help push the legislation through as soon as possible.

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Senator Dilan, Conference Colleagues: The Case for Local Minimum Wage

Included Report  Details Benefits of Minimum Wage Increases to New York’s Diverse Economies

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan recently joined with members of the Senate Democratic Conference to urge passage of legislation that would authorize localities to establish a minimum wage tailored to the state’s unique regional economies.

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