In an effort to remove New York’s distinction of being one of the few states that does not provide tools to law enforcement and courts to fight the activities and recruitment of gangs, Senator Andrew Lanza and Assemblyman Peter Rivera, were joined by teachers and members of the law enforcement community to call for passage of legislation sponsored to combat the spreading impact of gang violence.
Senator Andrew Lanza today announced a plan to double the size of direct property tax rebate checks for senior citizen homeowners. The Senate is introducing a bill that would return about $200 million to senior citizens. Funds for the increased senior rebate checks would come from higher-than-projected State revenues realized at end of the 2006-07 state fiscal year.
In observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, members of the New York State Senate Majority Conference today passed a comprehensive package of legislation aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence.
Senate action on the legislation was announced at a Capitol news conference where members of the Senate Majority were joined by Mrs. New York State 2007 Lori Donaudy of Smithtown, Long Island. A former victim of domestic abuse, Lori’s platform as Mrs.
Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island) and members of the Senate Majority Conference today called for a crackdown on violent video games and announced the introduction of legislation to combat and reduce children’s exposure to violent and inappropriate materials within these games.
Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno today also announced the appointment of Senator Lanza as Chairman of the Senate Task Force on Youth Violence and the Entertainment Industry.
Senator Lanza joined with legislative leaders to announce the introduction of landmark legislation to protect students and their families from exploitation by conflicts of interest in the student-loan industry. The bill makes New York the first state to offer a solution to the student-loan scandal that has affected millions.
The Senate today passed Jonathan’s Law, a bill cosponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza, that would ensure parents and guardians have access to records pertaining to allegations and investigations of mistreatment of children in residential care facilities. The legislation was introduced after the tragic death in February of 13-year-old Jonathan Carey, an autistic teen who lived at the state-run O.D.
Senator Andrew Lanza and Assemblyman Louis R. Tobaccoannounced yesterday they'll sponsor a bill newly proposed by District Attorney Daniel Donovan to require global positioning system devices be issued along with every order of protection. If a defendant comes close enough to a victim to violate the judge's order, it'll set off a beeper, which will make a call to 911. Defendants required to wear the bracelet also would be forced to pay the $4-a-day cost to lease the equipment.
Senator Andrew Lanza (R - Staten Island) has introduced legislation, (S.4053), that would make Internet impersonation a crime under New York State’s penal law.
Recently, with the frequent use of the Internet by persons of all ages, impersonation has become an increasingly large problem. Many cases have been identified where perpetrators gain access into another persons account and pose as them through the use of online communications. "Their intentions can range from harassment to identity theft.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.3684) to impose tougher penalties for physical assaults on senior citizens. The legislation was announced earlier this month at a Capitol news conference following the vicious attacks on Rose Morat, a 101-year-old Queens woman who was mugged on her way to church, and 85-year-old Solange Elizee, who was mugged and beaten just a half hour later by the same attacker.
I wanted to let you know that I voted for the Senate budget bill which provides more tax relief than the budgets proposed by the Governor and the Assembly. It is the only budget that rejects more than $800 million in new and increased taxes and fees on business proposed by the Governor. It is the only budget plan that cuts taxes on businesses to create new jobs and strengthen our economy and help small businesses succeed and grow in New York.
I know that the tax burden on Staten Island families and businesses is too high.
Senator Lanza voted yesterday to reject massive health care cuts proposed by Governor Spitzer in his Executive Budget. These cuts, unanimously supported by the Senate Minority, would have taken more than $1.2 billion from hospitals and nursing homes across the State.
The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to landmark legislation that creates new ethics and lobbying reforms in state government. The legislation (S.2876), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno, and Senate Ethics Committee Chairman Andrew Lanza, represents an agreement reached earlier this year between the Legislature and the Executive.
Senator Andrew Lanza (R - Staten Island) was today named a member of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.
"Being appointed a member of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities will allow me to work on legislation and funding issues to assist those most in need," Senator Andrew Lanza said. "I am committed to helping children develop and reach their full potential, and promoting health and well-being among people of all ages with disabilities.
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.
One of the most pressing issues facing all New Yorkers is increasing property taxes. For many, it is the defining factor that contributes to their exodus from our City and State. Now more than ever we need to enact a common sense plan that takes an aggressive stance and puts an end to out of control property tax increases.