Andrew J Lanza's Press releases

HEAT ADVISORY ISSUED AS HIGH TEMPERATURES AND HUMIDITY EXPECTED ACROSS THE STATE THIS WEEK

High heat and humidity expected across the State this week

As temperatures are forecasted to climb into the 90s over the next week, Senator Andrew Lanza today offered Staten Islanders the following advice to safely battle the excessive heat.

July 15, 2013
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Halloween in July for New Dorp Beach Residents Affected by Hurricane Sandy

The New Dorp Beach Civic AssociationYouth Activities Committee will be hosting Halloween in July for those many children in New Dorp Beach who were not able to trick or treat this year because of Hurricane Sandy. Please help give them back that opportunity. Face painting and 'Halloween' bags will be provided. The children will trick or treat together in the neighborhood at participating homes. Below is a link of a pumpkin image. If you will be participating, you must print out the pumpkin and place it on your door the day of the event. We need the community to participate in order to make this successful for the kids. If you are going to be involved, please let Kelly know by July 18, 2013.

July 11, 2013
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Wishing you a Happy 4th of July!

Dear Neighbors:

With the Fourth of July just a few days away, I wanted to extend my greetings for a safe and happy holiday to you and your family. 

On July 4th, we celebrate the birth of our Nation. Since 1776, when the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, people from around the world have left their homelands to come to America for freedom and opportunity. As we gather with family and friends for barbecues and picnics, baseball games, music and fireworks, let’s take a minute to remember our history, heritage and to appreciate those who have fought for life, liberty and freedom. 

July 2, 2013
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SENATE PASSES COMPREHENSIVE HURRICANE SANDY LEGISLATION

Bills Offer Relief to Businesses, Homeowners, Local Governments, and Schools;Increase Disaster Preparedness; and Remove Obstacles to Recovery

The New York State Senate passed a comprehensive legislative package that provides relief to people and communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy, aids rebuilding efforts, and increases disaster preparedness. The 22 bills will be integral to providing needed financial assistance to homeowners, businesses, local governments, school districts, and others still recovering from the storm, and give those responsible for disaster response the tools they need to be more effective and efficient.

June 28, 2013
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SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL TO PROTECT OPWDD FROM FUNDING CUTS

The New York State Senate gave final passage to legislation (S4777D), sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza and Senator Martin Golden, that would protect providers of services for the developmentally disabled from state funding cuts.

The legislation would appropriate up to $90 million, or as much as is needed, to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to protect providers from funding reductions if recommended savings measures falls short of projections.

June 27, 2013
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT PET OWNERS

The New York State Senate today passed a bill that would allow consumers more protections when purchasing a pet. The bill (S.3723B), cosponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza, would provide consumers with more information about the origins of their pet, and more protections should their pet become ill, under what is known as the “pet lemon law.”

June 11, 2013
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Elevator Constructors Recruit Apprentices

The International Union of Elevator Constructors JATC Local #1 will conduct a recruitment through June 14, 2013 for 50 Elevator-Escalator Constructor and Modernizer apprentices, State Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera announced today.

June 10, 2013
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SENATE APPROVES BILL TO STRENGTHEN DISTRACTED DRIVING PENALTIES FOR NEW DRIVERS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation cosponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza to increase the safety of roads and drivers by strengthening penalties for teens and other new drivers who text or talk on a cell phone while driving. The bill (S5656), which was submitted as a Governor’s program bill, requires the suspension of licenses for newly licensed drivers if they commit distracted driving offenses. 

June 6, 2013
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SENATE PASSES MEASURE TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR SELLING DRUGS IN PARKS OR ON PLAYGROUNDS

The New York State Senate today passed a bill increasing penalties for people who sell drugs in playgrounds and parks. The bill (S.2173A), cosponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza, would further protect kids and their families from the dangers of people who prey on children.

June 5, 2013
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June 3, 2013
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PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SUMMER SCAMS

Below are some of the most common summer frauds targeting New Yorkers, and tips to protect yourself from abuse. Among the most common summer scams are those related to unsolicited home improvement projects, including paint jobs and weatherproofing. Vacation rental and timeshare fraud are also common scams that target consumers in the summer months. If you believe that you have been victimized by a summer scam contact the Attorney General's Consumer Complaint Hotline at: 800-771-7755 or online at: ag.ny.gov.

HOME IMPROVEMENT SCAMS

The Drive-Bys

May 31, 2013
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SENATE PASSES MEASURE TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR SELLING DRUGS IN PARKS OR ON PLAYGROUNDS

The New York State Senate today passed a bill increasing penalties for people who sell drugs in playgrounds and parks. The bill (S.2173A) would further protect kids and their families from the dangers of people who prey on children.

“People who try to take advantage of our children should be dealt harsher penalties,” said Senator Lanza. “We need to protect kids from the dangers of drug dealers, especially in places where they’re supposed to be safe – schools, parks, and playgrounds. This legislation expands on the work we have done in the past to protect kids from these predators in their schools and will hopefully make playgrounds and parks totally off limits to drug dealers.”

May 30, 2013
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Vacation at NYS Parks this Summer

Dear Neighbor:

New York has some of the most breathtaking outdoor scenery in the nation.  From the peaks of the Adirondacks to the roar of Niagara Falls, our state has a truly unparalleled natural beauty. 

As we head into summer -- and campgrounds across the state are now open -- I encourage you to consider planning a trip to one of our state’s majestic parks.

To start planning your outdoor adventure, check out the 2013 camping guide and click here to find and book your spot at a campground near you this summer. 

May 29, 2013
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SENATOR LANZA WARNS NEW YORKERS TO AVOID SCAMS INVOLVING SANDY STORM DAMAGED CAR SALES

DMV Web Link to National Insurance Crime Bureau Identifies Storm-Damaged Vehicles

May 29, 2013
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NYS DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES MOBILE COMMAND CENTER STATIONED ON STATEN ISLAND 5/24 & 5/25

Trained Staff to Help Sandy Victims with Insurance Assistance on Friday and Saturday on Staten Island

Representatives of the Department of Financial Services (DFS) are being deployed to offer insurance-related help to Staten Islanders on Friday and Saturday.

DFS representatives will be available to help Staten Island residents with insurance-related issues related to storm losses at these locations:

Friday, May 24 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Stop & Shop, 4343 Amboy Rd., Staten Island.

Saturday, May 25 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2600 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island.

Homeowners and business owners may also apply for assistance online at http://nysandyhelp.ny.gov/.

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May 22, 2013
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Senator Andrew Lanza joins the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition, Survivors of Sex Trafficking and Government Leaders to Push Bill to Hold Perpetrators Accountable and Stop Re-victimization

Sex trafficking survivors, their advocates, and government leaders called on New York State legislators to make urgently needed reforms in New York State’s response to human trafficking at a press conference at 10:30 am on Tuesday May 21st in Albany.  Pointing to the dearth of prosecutions of traffickers and buyers in a State the FBI has designated a trafficking hub, especially those who abuse and exploit children for prostitution, speakers will urge the legislature to pass the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act (A.2240/S.2135).

May 21, 2013
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SENATOR LANZA LAUNCHES PETITION TO FIGHT FEDERAL TAX SCHEME Urges New Yorkers to Oppose Washington D.C. Plan to Increase Taxes on New Yorkers by $4,500

 Senator Andrew Lanza today called on fellow New Yorkers to sign his new on-line petition urging the rejection of Federal budget proposals that would cost New York taxpayers billions of dollars annually. The petition to oppose this “Double-Tax Plan” can be found at www.lanza.nysenate.gov.

May 17, 2013
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SENATOR ANDREW LANZA NAMES STATEN ISLAND’S VIENNA PROFETA A NY STATE SENATE "WOMAN OF DISTINCTION"

Annual Program Honors Women's Contributions to Our Community 

Senator Andrew Lanza and members of the New York State Senate honored women from across the state yesterday whose outstanding work on behalf of their communities made them deserving of special recognition by the Senate.

May 8, 2013
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