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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Saturday, April 27 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The event runs from 10:00am until 2:00pm. If you have unwanted prescription drugs or over-the-counter medicines, this is a great opportunity to safely discard them.

April 27, 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, Tuesday, April 23, 2013 Room 916 LOB

April 23, 12:30 PM - 12:45 PM
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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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Earth Day 2013 Poster Contest: District 24

Dear Students,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.   This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 24th Senatorial District.

Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state.  I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2013 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

Taylor O'Brien

April 15, 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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Sandy Recovery Fair Hosted by FEMA

Open the attached flyer for details.

April 6, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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HELP SANDY VICTIMS GO TO PROM

On Saturday, April 6, 2013, from 12-3pm, New Dorp High School, along with Where to Turn, The Giving Circle and Danielle's Cleaners, will be hosting a special prom event for high school and middle school students impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  Where to Turn has collected over 750 prom dresses that have been dry cleaned by Danielle's Cleaners to distribute to these students.  They have also received donations of accessories (shoes, pocketbooks, etc) and special discounts for services (limo's, hair, makeup and tuxedo rentals).

April 6, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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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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