Senator Andrew Lanza today applauded Governor Cuomo for signing into law legislation that will help improve New York State’s ability to coordinate preparation and response for disaster emergencies. The new legislation will update current emergency laws, allow the State to accept certain gifts and donations to assist with emergencies, and help implement the NY-Text emergency alert system.
Near Record Demand for Electricity as Much of the State Swelters in 4th Consecutive Day of 90 Degree-Plus Temperatures
Senator Andrew Lanza today urged New Yorkers to reduce their energy usage during the current heat wave affecting most of the State to help prevent power outages. The heat wave, the longest and worst of the summer, has resulted in near record demand for electricity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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).
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.