Andrew J Lanza's Press releases

Coming This Weekend: Your Chance to be a Hero

As Americans watched last week's horrific events unfold in Boston, we all witnessed countless acts of courage and selflessness. 

We saw first responders, medical personnel, and law enforcement acting with great strength and real compassion during a time of crisis. 
We saw neighbors helping neighbors.
We saw "ordinary" people doing truly extraordinary things. 

April 26, 2013
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SENATE PASSES PACKAGE OF BILLS TO TOUGHEN PENALTIES FOR SEX CRIMES

The New York State Senate has passed a package of bills cracking down on rapists and sex offenders by creating new crimes and increasing penalties. 

Legislation (S.1459) cosponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza ensures significantly longer prison sentences for serial rapists. Under current law, it is possible for a judge to issue concurrent sentences for multiple counts arising from separate and distinct acts of rape. The legislation would require consecutive prison sentences for each separate count of first-degree rape when an individual is convicted of multiple counts, keeping dangerous felons off the streets for as long as possible.  

April 18, 2013
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SENATOR ANDREW LANZA ANNOUNCES COLLEGIATE SCHOLARSHIPS

Senator Andrew Lanza (24th District) announced today that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is now accepting applications for $1,500 scholarships to be awarded June 10th at their Annual Legislative Conference Day. Scholarship winners must be present to receive their awards.

Given the high costs of college, Senator Lanza recommends that Staten Island students apply to the Conference for these prestigious scholarships for the chance to secure extra help with education expenses.

April 18, 2013
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Earth Day and Arbor Day -- Plant a Tree!

Superstorm Sandy ravaged trees and greenery around our homes and neighborhoods, and we’re just beginning to see the long term damage some trees and shrubs suffered.

Thousands upon thousands of trees were lost on Staten Island, but we now have a chance to restore what was lost. Staten Island’s trees and shrubs help reduce storm water runoff, prevent soil erosion, provide habitat and shade, beautify the landscape and protect our bays and harbors.

This year, April 22 is Earth Day and April 26 is Arbor Day -- the perfect time to plant a tree to replace one that was lost. 

April 17, 2013
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SENATE PASSES ‘ALIX’S LAW’

Bill Would Make it Illegal for Driver to Leave Scene After Vehicle Hits Any Object

The New York State Senate today passed “Alix’s Law”, sponsored by Senators Patrick Gallivan and Andrew J. Lanza, to close a legal loophole and hold intoxicated drivers accountable for leaving the scene of an accident.

The legislation (S1698A) responds to a drunk driving accident that killed a teenage girl in Amherst, Erie County. On July 8, 2011, 18-year-old Alix Rice was killed by a drunk driver as she road home on her longboard. The driver argued that he was not aware he had hit a person and he was acquitted on the felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident.

April 16, 2013
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Senator Lanza Announces Top Ten Consumer Frauds Of 2012

Internet And Credit Issues Were Top Frauds Reported To NY A.G.’s Office

Senator Lanza Provides Tips To New Yorkers

Senator Andrew Lanza today pointed to the list of the top ten consumer fraud complaints received by the Attorney General’s Office in 2012 and offered tips on how to avoid them in the future. 

April 11, 2013
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April 10, 2013
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See If You Are Entitled To New York State Unclaimed Funds

You may be entitled to some of the over $8 billion in unclaimed funds in New York State. A simple internet search is all it takes to see if you are eligible. 

Why does New York State have unclaimed funds?

April 10, 2013
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SENATOR LANZA ENCOURAGES NEW YORKERS TO USE FREE TAX ASSISTANCE AT OVER 400 STATEWIDE LOCATIONS

Free Tax Help for Eligible Residents as Filing Deadline of April 15 Approaches

Senator Andrew Lanza today joined Governor Cuomo, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), New York State agencies and numerous local organizations statewide to encourage low and middle-income taxpayers to take advantage of free services to prepare and file their income taxes as the filing deadline of April 15th approaches. 

April 1, 2013
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2013-14 BUDGET DELIVERS TAX RELIEF FOR BUSINESSES AND FAMILIES

Budget Includes Senate Republican Proposals For Tax Relief To Create Jobs & To Help Middle Class Families; Keeps State Spending Growth Below 2% Again 

The New York State Senate today concluded its passage of the 2013-14 state budget that delivers on priorities outlined by the Senate Republican Conference to provide much-needed tax relief for middle-class families, help businesses create jobs, and, for the third consecutive year, the budget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent with the local spending cap that applies to school districts and local governments.

March 28, 2013
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SENATOR LANZA ANNOUNCES STRONGER PENALTIES FOR DISTRACTED DRIVING INCLUDED IN STATE BUDGET

Senator Andrew Lanza announced that the state budget will include higher penalties for distracted driving. 

March 27, 2013
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Budget Update: Fighting for Middle Class Families

Work is now well underway to try and enact an on-time State Budget by the April 1st deadline. 

With this in mind, I wanted to take this opportunity to reinforce my key budget priorities for 2013:

* Providing major tax savings for families through my Family Tax Relief Act;

March 26, 2013
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SENATOR LANZA DETAILS MORE THAN $375 MILLION IN CHILD TAX CREDITS AVAILABLE TO NEW YORK FAMILIES

More than 1 million middle class families across New York State will benefit from a child tax credit that will be enacted as part of the 2013-2014 Budget, Senator Lanza announced today.

As part of the agreement reached by the Governor, the Senate, and the Assembly, families with incomes between $40,000 and $300,000 will be eligible to receive a new child tax credit of $350 per-year for three years. The credit, which will be delivered as a check, will begin in 2014.

The information below details how many families in New York City will benefit from the child tax credit.

Supplemental Child Tax Credit Savings 

March 22, 2013
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SENATE CITIES COMMITTEE REPORTS PROPERTY TAX RELIEF BILL TO HELP HOMEOWNERS IMPACTED BY HURRICANE SANDY

The New York State Senate Standing Committee on Cities, Chaired by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island), has reported legislation to help homeowners in New York City recover from Hurricane Sandy. The bill (S.3702) sponsored by Senators Andrew Lanza and Martin Golden provides real property tax relief to New York City residents whose homes were severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy. 

March 21, 2013
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