Senator Andrew Lanza was today named a member of the Senate Task Force on Port Security. This important task force was created to investigate issues related to the security of New York’s ports and the maritime transportation system.
The task force was initially created in 2006 to review the controversial take over of several U.S. shipping ports by a foreign company based in the United Arab Emirates.
Senator Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) introduced legislation today to require the Department of Education in the City of New York to provide school bus service for students in grades kindergarten through six who live one-half mile or more away from their school.
Currently, only young students (5-7 year olds) in grades K-2 are subject to the New York City Board of Education bussing distance requirement of one-half mile or more.
Senator Andrew Lanza (R - Staten Island) is cosponsoring legislation that will increase the income levels for eligible participants in the elderly pharmaceutical insurance coverage (EPIC) program to $42,000 for single individuals and $65,000 for married couples.
The EPIC program, which offers prescription drug assistance, has helped many senior citizens who face high pharmaceuticals costs but do not qualify for Medicaid. Although this program has been very successful, there are still many seniors who are unable to afford pharmaceuticals essential to their health.
Senator Andrew Lanza (R - Staten Island) was today appointed as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Ethics. This key appointment will allow the Senator to take the lead in advancing important reform legislation in the Senate. Senator Lanza requested to head this committee in order to begin the important task of making government work better for the people.
A comprehensive budget reform package introduced in the Senate today is the first step towards increasing transparency and accountability in the budget process. The package includes legislation requiring that every dollar spent in the State budget be lined out, a constitutional amendment ensuring that the Executive Budget addresses only fiscal matters, and a bill that would improve timeliness, reduce deficits and close budget gaps.
Senator Andrew Lanza (R - Staten Island) said, "As a new member of the Legislature I am proud to be a part of this historic change to the budget process.
Senator Andrew Lanza (R - Staten Island) introduced legislation today that would create the Thirteenth Judicial District consisting of Richmond County. Currently, Staten Island is part of New York State’s Second Judicial District, comprised of both Richmond County (Staten Island) and Kings County (Brooklyn).
Under the current law, judicial nominations for State Supreme Court are determined at Judicial Nominating Conventions of individual political parties. The number of delegates from each party and county corresponds to the population of that county.
This afternoon, Senator Andrew Lanza (R, I - Staten Island) attended Governor Eliot Spitzer’s State of the State message during a joint session of the New York State Legislature."Governor Spitzer has outlined some bold initiatives that the Senate has been fighting to implement over the years. I look forward to helping our new Governor implement these needed reforms, invest in education and health care, create quality jobs and provide much needed property tax relief to help the residents of Staten Island," said Senator Lanza.
SENATOR LANZA, ASSEMBLYMAN TOBACCO AND THE FAMILY OF SLAIN POLICE OFFICER HARRY RYMAN CALL ON GOVERNOR SPITZER TO BACK AWAY FROM HIS ALLEGED deal to give cop killers, arsonists, rapists and other felons new parole hearings
Senator Andrew Lanza and Assemblyman Lou Tobacco stood with the family of slain police officer Harry Ryman in front of the 122nd Police Precinct to call on Governor Spitzer to back away from his alleged deal to give cop killers, arsonists, rapists and other felons new parole hearings.