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LANZA SPONSORS PRESCRIPTION DRUG BILL TO FIGHT ABUSE & ADDICTION

Lanza Partners With Assemblyman Cusick, DA Dan Donovan & Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to Target Prescription Drug Addiction – Part Of National Movement to Address America’s Prescription Drug Crisis 

June 15, 2011
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SENATOR LANZA ANNOUNCE 'I FISH NY' FREE FISHING CLINICS SUMMER 2011

 

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (NYSDEC) I FISH NY program will be offering free fishing clinics for all New Yorkers during this summer.

 


June 25, 2011: Raritan Bay Festival at Conference House Park, Staten Island, Noon - 5:00 pm

July 13, 2011: Fishing w/ Senior Citizens at Baisley Pond Park, Queens, 9:00am - 12:00pm

June 10, 2011
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IN THE NEWS - The Wall Street Journal - NY bill would reduce costs on oral chemotherapy

ALBANY, N.Y. — Megan Bonstein says modern health care has provided her oral chemotherapy in a pill to fight her leukemia, but modern health insurance has failed her.

"Ten years ago, that was a very grim diagnosis," the 26-year-old Columbia University social work major said of her cancer, leukemia. But advances since then — and since her own diagnosis in early 2009 — like oral chemotherapy have worked. For many cancer patients, the pill form provides a way to trade hospital intravenous treatments, hair loss and nausea for a dose taken in their own home, on their own schedule.

June 10, 2011
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Jordan Czerniawski

Jordan Czerniawski, February 12, 1931 – December 10, 2010

A dedicated veterans’ advocate and loving family man.

June 9, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL REQUIRING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR BUS DRIVERS

Bill Addresses Recent Incidents of Dangerous Bus Drivers with a History of Criminal Driving Convictions

 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, cosponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza, that would help ensure bus safety and crack down on so-called “terror” bus drivers. The bill requires bus drivers to submit to a criminal history check. The legislation aims to improve safety for bus passengers following a string of bus crashes caused by dangerous bus drivers with a history of criminal driving convictions.

June 8, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Cities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cities Senator Andrew Lanza, Chair 1:00 PM, Tuesday, June 7, 2011 Room 916 LOB

June 7, 1:00 PM - 1:05 PM
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SENATOR ANDREW LANZA TO HOST 4th ANNUAL TEACHER RECOGNITION DAY

Senator Andrew Lanza will honor teachers from across Richmond County at the College of Staten Island this Friday at his 4th annual Teacher Recognition Day.

June 3, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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SENATE PASSES ANTI-BULLYING LEGISLATION

Includes Protections Against Cyber-Bullying and Helps Empower Schools To Intervene

The New York State Senate today passed comprehensive anti-bullying legislation to help put an end to this destructive activity that often interferes with a student’s education and emotional well-being. The bill (S.4921), cosponsored by Senator Lanza, would help prevent cyber-bullying as well as conventional bullying on school grounds to create safer learning environments for children.

June 2, 2011
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Staten Island Advance Editorial: Justice on judges

It's hard to believe that it has been four years since the state Legislature finally gave Staten Island its own, separate judicial district after decades of rejecting calls for this borough's judicial independence.    Of course, partisan politics factored heavily into that steadfast refusal. Leaders of the Democratic-controlled Assembly preferred it that Staten Island was an appendage of Brooklyn's 2nd Judicial District because Brooklynites invariably elect judicial candidates nominated by the Democratic Party.    But in 2007, the Assembly finally relented and passed a bill creating the 13th Judicial District.

May 27, 2011
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IN THE NEWS: STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE - Put city under tax cap, Island electeds urge

With a property tax cap for homeowners across the state - except for New York City homeowners - taking center stage in Albany, members of the borough's delegation pointed to legislation they advanced earlier this year, co-sponsored by state Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) and Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Mid-Island). It would cap the yearly growth of property taxes at either 2 percent or the level of the Consumer Price Index, whichever is less. Also from Lanza and Ms. Malliotakis is legislation calling for an independent audit of Metropolitan Transportation Authority finances. "The MTA consistently deals with a deficit of its own creation and consistently comes to the taxpayers with their hands out," said Lanza.

May 27, 2011
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Basic Mediation Training Course offered by NYCID this June - TWO free spots in the training will be awarded to SI residents

New York Center for Interpersonal Development (NYCID) is offering a basic 30-hour mediation training course from June 13th though June 16th in New York City. The course is being facilitated by Sequoia Stalder, Esq., Director of Conflict Resolution Services for NYCID.

 

May 27, 2011
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Fleet Week 2011

Saturday* 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. * Ships will be open for public tours with military displays on the pier. At 9 a.m., a special meet-and-greet for Boy and Girl Scout troops will be held. * From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Northeast Navy Pops Ensemble will perform in Tappen Park, Stapleton. * Also, from noon to 5 p.m., the Fleet Week Music Festival will feature live bands.

Sunday* 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. * Ships will be open for public tours with military displays on the pier. * 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: NYC Blood Center blood drive at the pier. * 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal helicopter demonstration. * Noon to 5 p.m., Fleet Week Music Festival.

May 27, 2011
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SENATOR LANZA, ASSEMBLYWOMAN MALLIOTAKIS PUSH FOR AUDIT OF MTA - Legislators call on agency to put their chips on the table in the public eye

Senator Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C, 60th District) recently announced that they are sponsoring legislation calling for an independent audit of the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)’s finances. The pair highlighted developments in recent years that have led to the need for light to be shed on the way that the MTA spends taxpayer money.

May 25, 2011
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SENATE ACTS TO PROTECT CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FROM ABUSE - Bills Propose Stronger Orders of Protection & Penalties For Sexual Assault of Children

The New York State Senate recently passed a legislative package that would strengthen penalties and provide additional protections for children and families who are victims of domestic or sexual abuse. The proposals build upon the Senate’s commitment to supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, preventing abuse from continuing, and ensuring appropriate penalties for criminals who prey upon the state’s most vulnerable populations.

 

May 20, 2011
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IN THE NEWS: Staten Island Advance: Cusick, Lanza pushing for more judges here

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- New York state's empty pocketbook could keep Staten Islanders from getting swifter justice.     State Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) and Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Mid-Island) have introduced legislation that would add six judges to the Island bench over the next three years. But with each judge costing an estimated $1 million in salary and support costs per year, that would add $6 million to an already financially strapped state budget that is predicted to face further deficits in the future. The new legislation would bring the borough's total of elected Supreme Court justices to 10, roughly in line with rule-of-thumb that says counties should have one judge for every 50,000 residents.

May 16, 2011
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Elissa Montanti

A child’s plea for help, asking “God and all merciful people to help me getting prosthetics”, forever changed Elissa Montanti’s thinking, and her life. Those words, written in a 1996 letter by a Bosnian boy, Kenan Malkic, who had stepped on a land mine and lost both arms and one leg, moved American Medical Technician Elissa Montanti into action to help child victims of the 1990’s war in Bosnia & Herzegovina, in the former Yugoslavia.

May 11, 2011
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