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Senator Lanza To Introduce Bill Ensuring Only Citizens And Legal Residents Receive NYS Drivers License

Today, Senator Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) announced he would introduce legislation to make sure only citizens of the United States and legal residents receive a valid New York State Drivers License issued by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.

“This bill is a necessary measure to stop an ill-advised order from Governor Spitzer that could jeopardize the safety and security of New Yorkers,” said Senator Lanza.

September 28, 2007

Senator Lanza And Assemblyman Tobacco Call Upon New York To Cut All State Aid To Columbia University

In light of Columbia University’s decision to welcome Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a self proclaimed enemy of the United States, Columbia University should not receive financial aid from the taxpayers of New York. This year, Columbia University received $3.1 million under the Aid for Independent Colleges and Universities program, also known as Bundy Aid.

September 24, 2007

State Senator Andrew Lanza To Host An Open House Thursday At His District Office

In addition to Senator Lanza and his staff, agencies and organizations that will be available include the Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Buildings, Department of Transportation, Department of Parks, Department of Finance, the Mayor’s Office, MTA and NYC Transit, Access-A-Ride, NYPD, Department of Education, Health Plus, Con Edison, The Staten Island Free Lighting Corporation, Where to Turn, and the American Red Cross

Staten Island – On Thursday, September 20, 2007 from 11 am to 7 pm State Senator Andrew J.

September 18, 2007

“Get Ready 2007,” Senator Lanza Announces Hurricane Preparedness Initiative


Senator Andrew Lanza (Staten Island) today announced a partnership with the American Red Cross, South Beach Civic CERT, Pathmark, Stop & Shop, Shop Rite and Waldbaum’s to help educate residents on how to prepare their homes should a hurricane strike our area. As we enter the peak of the 2007 hurricane season, the group met at New York City’s only disaster response supply trailer at the Michael J. Petrides Educational Complex. The Petrides School is one of five hurricane evacuation centers on Staten Island.

September 5, 2007

Lanza's Burden Of Proof Bill Signed Into Law

Senate bill S.5972-A, sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R - Staten Island) has been signed into law by Governor Elliot Spitzer as chapter number 583 of the laws of 2007. The bill places the burden of proof in an impartial hearing about services to children with disabilities on the school district or state agency responsible for providing education.

A 2005 Supreme Court decision, Schaffer v. Weast, declared that in the absence of state law, the burden of proof in an impartial hearing about education for students with disabilities is on the party that files the complaint.

August 22, 2007

Vicious Attack On Staten Island Senior Demands Immediate Action By State Assembly

On Monday, July 30, 2007, a Staten Island senior was viciously attacked in her Port Richmond home. According to an article in the Daily News today, Sarah Dowtin, 70, was in her home at 5:15 p.m. when Julio Caesar Lainez, 41, broke in and attacked her. He punched her savagely, breaking three of her ribs, he then tied her up with an electrical cord from the TV, attempted to rape her and threatened to kill her.

August 3, 2007

Lanza Secures Funding For Memorial

A memorial honoring American and allied troops of World War II, who served on Anzio Beachhead, Italy, was unveiled yesterday at the Boy Scout Camp Pouch in the Sea View section of Staten Island. The monument, surrounded by about 10 miniature American flags and between a large American flag and POW flag, joins three other memorials in the Until We Meet Again Garden. The Staten Island monument, memorializing the more than 70,000 casualties at Anzio Beachhead, was funded by then Councilman Andrew Lanza's grant.

July 23, 2007

Senate To Convene July 16 For Special Session

The New York State Senate will convene a special session on Monday, July 16 to deal with the real unfinished business and to address the priorities that truly matter to Staten Islanders, including increased property tax relief, job creation and economic development, the death penalty for criminals who kill police officers and other important issues.

July 13, 2007

Senator Lanza Announces Vital Agreement With Hhc For Staten Island

The New York State Senate has passed legislation, S.3443, sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R - Staten Island), which would require the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation to spend a minimum of 10% of its budget on acute care and emergency room facilities in each borough.

The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation Act was adopted in 1969 to deliver care and treatment to those physically and mentally ill, and to promote the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the City of New York. HHC currently has at least 20 facilities under its jurisdiction.

June 26, 2007

Staten Island To Declare Judicial Independence

Today both houses of the New York State Legislature will give passage to legislation that will create the thirteenth judicial district consisting of the county of Richmond. The legislation, S.1325-B, sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza and Assemblyman Michael Cusick, will give Richmond County equal footing in the selection of justices to the State's Supreme Court.

Nominations for State Supreme Court justices are elected in a process which reflects the population of each county that comprises a judicial district. This process was deemed unconstitutional in the case of Lopez-Torres v.

June 22, 2007

Senator Lanza Announces New Legislation To Combat Cases Of Teacher-student Sexual Misconduct

Members of the Senate Majority Conference announced legislation that will be advanced to help combat the sexual abuse of students in New York State.

June 19, 2007

Lanza's Legislation Exempting Military Personnel From Personal Income Tax Passes Senate

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, S.3574, sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza, that would exempt military personnel serving in combat zones from paying New York State Personal Income Tax.

America’s military personnel serving in combat zones put their lives on the line to protect our nation’s freedoms. This legislation would exempt these men and women from paying New York State personal income taxes. These brave individuals, serving in foreign lands for extended periods of time away from their families, make enormous sacrifices so we may enjoy peace and prosperity.

June 13, 2007

Senate Passes Property Tax Rebate

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S.5766-A), cosponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R - Staten Island), that provides one, two and three-family homeowners, and cooperative and condominium owners who live in their homes with a $400 property tax rebate.

This measure, proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, required action by the New York State Legislature and passed both houses on Thursday, June 7. The $400 rebate will put $250 million back into the pockets of hardworking City homeowners who have sacrificed the most in recent years.

June 8, 2007

Senate Passes Bill To Create Independent Judicial District For Richmond County

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R - Staten Island), to 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 current law, judicial nominations for State Supreme Court are determined at Judicial Conventions. Delegates to these conventions are elected in a process which reflects the county’s population.

June 6, 2007

New York State Senate Honors Linda Manfredi of Staten Island as "Woman of Distinction"

Nominated by State Senator Andrew Lanza for extraordinary contributions to her community and the State of New York, Linda Manfredi ofStaten Islandwas chosen to be recognized among the outstanding women across New York State at the 2007 "Women of Distinction" ceremony held today in Albany. The program is sponsored by the New York State Senate.

June 6, 2007

Senator Lanza Introduces 'burden Of Proof' Legislation

Click here to view NY1 New's report. Parents, Lawmakers Want School Districts To Bear Burden Of Proof Families of special needs children are dealing with a new burden. As NY1's Shawna Ryan reports, families and lawmakers on Staten Island are fighting to put the burden of proof for creating sufficient Individual Education Plans back onto school districts. Jackie Tripodi is the proud mother of twins. Her daughter Danielle is a typical 14 year old.

June 4, 2007

Senate Passes Bill Requiring Mandatory Chemical Tests For Public Vessel Operators

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.424) that would mandate chemical tests for operators of public vessels to determine if alcohol or drugs are a factor in accidents where serious injury, death or disappearance occurs, or when serious damage to the vessel or another vessel occurs.

May 30, 2007

Senate Passes Healthy Schools Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.5892) to establish nutrition guidelines for school districts to follow in order to provide students with healthy food choices. The Childhood Healthy Access to Meals Program (CHAMP) will provide children with more nutritious foods at school in an effort to reduce the growing crisis of childhood obesity and other children’s health issues.

"Statistics show that childhood obesity has become a public health crisis," Senator Andrew Lanza said.

May 22, 2007

Senate Passes Bill Expanding And Enhancing Dna Database

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.584) that would expand the State’s DNA database to include samples from every person convicted of a crime. The bill will also improve the methods for collection and preservation of DNA evidence and extend the statute of limitations for cases based on DNA evidence.

"The DNA databank is a powerful tool that law enforcement can use to prosecute criminals and protect victims," Senator Andrew Lanza said.

May 22, 2007

Senate Passes Lanza's Bill To Crack Down On Video Game Violence

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island), that would take steps to crack down on video game violence, and combat and reduce children’s exposure to violent and inappropriate materials within these games.

The bill (S.5888) would establish the Advisory Council on Interactive Media and Youth Violence to review the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) rating system and its effectiveness, and recommend additional steps that can be taken to curb children’s access and exposure to such "adult-only" material.

May 22, 2007
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