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IN THE NEWS - Staten Island Advance: Lanza, Cusick: Staten Island is 'close' to a Verrazano-Narrows Bridge discount deal

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The legislative session ended in Albany over the weekend without a deal for a toll break on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

But Staten Island negotiators haven't given up hope -- yet.

June 25, 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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IN THE NEWS - Staten Island Advance: Officials press MTA to restore 2010 cuts, including Staten Island bus service

With $40 million more in the MTA's coffers than anticipated, a coalition of elected officials is calling on the agency to restore service cuts made three years ago -- including cuts that have an impact on Staten Island commuters.

"We believe this money can and should be used to maintain and increase service," a group of 42 lawmakers at the city and state level, plus candidates for mayor, wrote in a letter to MTA leadership.

June 4, 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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SENATOR ANDREW LANZA DEBATES HIS LEGISLATION WHICH WOULD PROHIBIT FUNDING FOR FEDERAL TERRORISM TRIALS IN NY CIVIL COURTS

This week the Senate gave passage to  Senate Bill S.2142, sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza, which would prohibit New York State, or its local governments, from funding any civilian trials of enemy combatants for acts of terrorism in federal courts located in New York.

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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Play It Forward NY Anti-Bully Awareness Walk

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 Rain or Shine

10am-2pm

Clove Lakes Park

Meet in front of the Stonehenge Building (Clove Rd and Cheshire Pl)

See attached flyer for details.

 

June 2, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Committee Meeting: Cities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cities Senator Andrew Lanza, Chair 12:30 PM, Thursday, May 30, 2013 Room 916 LOB

May 30, 12:30 PM - 12:37 PM
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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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Judge Michael J. Brennan

Judge Michael J. Brennan is a native Staten Islander, having been born and raised in the town of West Brighton, where is still resides. He attended P.S. 18 and Curtis High School, where he is a member of the school’s Hall of Fame, and received a BA in Political Sciencefrom St. Peter’s College, Jersey City, New Jersey.

May 20, 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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