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Senator Lanza Announces Bill to Improve New York State's Preparation and Response for Disaster Emergencies

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.

 

July 23, 2013
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SENATOR LANZA URGES NEW YORKERS TO CONSERVE ENERGY USE DURING HEAT WAVE

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.

July 19, 2013
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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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SUMMER SAFETY INFORMATION - Staying Safe During Hot Summer Days

On hot summer days, be on the lookout for symptoms of heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn and heat rash. The following information can be used to protect you, your family and your neighbors.

STAYING SAFE DURING HOT SUMMER DAYSBe on the lookout for symptoms of heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn and heat rash. Anyone is susceptible to heat-stress, but those who are at greatest risk include: 

July 8, 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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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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