Andrew J Lanza's Press releases

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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SENATE REPUBLICANS UNVEIL FAMILY TAX RELIEF ACT

Plan Would Increase Tax Credits to Help Struggling Middle Class Families, 

Restore STAR Property Tax Rebate Checks for Millions of New Yorkers

The Senate Republican Conference recently unveiled the Family Tax Relief Act, a package of tax relief and reform measures designed to provide a major economic boost to New York’s struggling middle class families.  

March 20, 2013
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SENATE REPUBLICANS ACT TO RESTORE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS CUT FROM WOMEN’S HEALTH PROGRAMS IN GOVERNOR’S BUDGET

Adelphi University Breast Cancer Program and Funding for Rape Crisis Centers among Those Targeted for Reduction

Senate Republicans today announced they would restore millions of dollars for important women’s health programs - - including initiatives to help women overcome the trauma of rape, eating disorders and breast cancer- - that were targeted for reduction as part of the Governor’s Executive Budget.

Approximately $8 million in cuts in these areas were rejected as part of the Senate’s one-house budget plan, which was expected to be acted on later today.

March 19, 2013
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FREE LEGAL HELP AVAILABLE TO SANDY VICTIMS AT SENATOR LANZA’S OFFICE EVERY THURSDAY

Senator Lanza is partnering with the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) to help victims of Hurricane Sandy deal with a range of legal issues. NYLAG will send one attorney to Senator Lanza’s district office, located at 3845 Richmond Ave., every Thursday, beginning March 21, 2013. An appointment is required and can be made during the hours of 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. by calling Senator Lanza’s office at 718-984-4073.

March 15, 2013
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SENATE BILL TARGETS PRESCRIPTION BLACK MARKET

The New York State Senate acted on legislation that would crack down on the growing black market in non-controlled prescription drugs which puts patients at risk and rips off taxpayers through Medicaid fraud.  Legislation (S.2942) cosponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza makes it a crime to fraudulently prescribe, buy, and sell these types of medications.

March 14, 2013
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FEMA helpline offers many services to Sandy survivors in New York

Hurricane Sandy survivors who have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance can take advantage of the many services available through the FEMA helpline, 800-621-3362 (Voice, 7-1-1/Relay) or (TTY) 800-462-7585.

Survivors can check the status of their applications, update contact information, and learn how their insurance affects FEMA assistance.

March 13, 2013
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IN THE NEWS - Staten Island Advance: Verrazano toll relief is a victory for Staten Island

For as long as anyone around here can remember, Staten Islanders have complained about the across-the-board hardship caused by high bridge tolls.

March 12, 2013
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DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS ANNOUNCES PROGRAM TO OFFER FREE CONSULTATIONS FOR PROPERTY OWNERS AND DESIGN PROFESSIONALS RECONSTRUCTING SANDY-AFFECTED BUILDINGS

Free Design Consultations Will Accelerate Project Approval Process for Affected Homeowners

Meetings Will Ensure New Flood Recommendations Are Properly Incorporated So Newly Constructed Buildings Are More Resistant to Flooding in the Hardest-Hit Areas

The NYC Department of Buildings today announced a new program to offer free design consultations to property owners and design professionals who are planning to reconstruct buildings damaged by Hurricane Sandy. 

March 11, 2013
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Department of Labor Report Highlights Progress in NY

A report issued today by the State Department of Labor highlights the steady, bipartisan progress we’ve made with Governor Cuomo in controlling spending and taxes, creating new private sector jobs and turning New York’s economy around.                                              

March 8, 2013
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HOUSING RECOVERY FORUM - March 16, 2013

COME SPEAK TO EXPERTS ABOUT:

Flood Insurance

Home Disaster Loans

NYC Affordable Housing Programs

Changes to Flood Maps

Elevating Your Home

Building Code Compliance

Working with Architects

Hazard Mitigation

Mold Removal

Legal Services

March 16th New Dorp High School 12pm–6pm 465 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island

For more information open the attached document. To register, please visit: www.nyc.gov/housingforum

@NYCHousingRecov

 

March 6, 2013
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Resources, Grants & Loans for Businesses Recovering From Hurricane Sandy; SBA Deadline Extended till March 29th

Hurricane Sandy Business Recovery Services

The new registration deadline for SBA disaster loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration in New York is March 29, 2013: http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/loans-grants/small-business-loans/disaster-loans

New York City, including the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYEDC) is coordinating a set of services to help New York businesses in recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy: http://www.nyc.gov/html/sbs/nycbiz/html/home/Hurricane%20Sandy%20Recover...

March 5, 2013
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO KEEP DANGEROUS CRIMINALS OFF SCHOOL BUSES

Measure Prohibits People Convicted of Serious Crimes from Being Bus Monitors Also Prevents Individuals Convicted of Leandra’s Law from Driving School Buses

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to protect children by preventing people who have been convicted of crimes involving children, sexual-based offenses, and drug offenses from being a school bus monitor. The bill (S883), cosponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza, also updates existing laws to include Leandra’s Law convictions in disqualifying a person from being a school bus driver for five years after conviction.

March 5, 2013
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