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New Laws Take Effect to Provide Business Tax Cuts and Family Tax Relief

Senator Andrew Lanza today announced new laws that take effect on January 1st to provide small businesses and families with much-needed tax relief.

Hundreds of thousands of small businesses and manufacturers in New York will see a reduction in their state taxes as a result of new tax cuts. Over the next three years, these cuts will save small businesses $140 million that they can use to reinvest in their businesses, to grow and create new jobs.

December 30, 2013
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BUSINESS TAX CUTS, FAMILY TAX RELIEF, HEALTH CARE MEASURES AMONG NEW LAWS THAT TAKE EFFECT JANUARY 1, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of small businesses and manufacturers in New York will see a reduction in their state taxes as a result of new tax cuts that take effect on January 1, 2014.  In addition, tax relief for hardworking, middle class families, new health care protections, legal casino gaming, and the START-UP NY economic development program are among the new state laws that take effect on New Year’s Day.

December 20, 2013
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Consumer Alert: Protect Against Identity Theft During Holiday Shopping Season

A consumer alert has been issued to urge New Yorkers to protect themselves against identity theft during the busy holiday shopping season when that risk is especially high. During the final shopping rush, consumers should keep a close eye out to help make sure they do not end up the victim of identity theft.

As part of the consumer alert, the Department of Financial Services (DFS) released the following “Top 5 Tips” for protecting against identity theft: 

1. Safeguard Your Personal Information, Online and Off. 

· Install a firewall and virus protection on your home computer to prevent hackers from obtaining personal identification and financial data from your hard drive or when you’re using the internet. 

December 19, 2013
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SENATOR ANDREW LANZA URGES NEW YORKERS TO DONATE COATS IN RESPONSE TO NY CARES DONATION SHORTAGE

MTA and Port Authority to provide additional donation locations

Senator Andrew Lanza today urged New Yorkers to donate coats in response to the NY Cares donation shortage. NY Cares has received 97,000 requests for coats but has only gotten 8,500 donations to date. Their goal is 100,000.

December 17, 2013
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PETITION TO REMOVE AMERICAN ATHEISTS’ HATEFUL TIMES SQUARE ADVERTISEMENT SAYING ‘NOBODY’ NEEDS ‘CHRIST DURING CHRISTMAS’

SENATOR ANDREW LANZA DENOUNCES AMERICAN ATHEISTS’ HATEFUL TIMES SQUARE ADVERTISEMENT SAYING ‘NOBODY’ NEEDS ‘CHRIST DURING CHRISTMAS’ Just as millions of Americans are preparing to celebrate Christmas, a secular activist group, American Atheists, unveiled its latest anti-Christmas ad in Times Square which asks, "Who needs Christ during Christmas? “ and answers with “Nobody ". The group declares that "Christmas is better without Christ."The digital, lighted billboard measures 40 feet by 40 feet. The group's 15-second ad is running three times every hour and will be shown over 1,000 times in Times Square before Christmas. The group will also unveil three billboards with the same message at Penn Station.

December 13, 2013
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SENATOR ANDREW LANZA SECURES MILLIONS IN FUNDING FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS ON STATEN ISLAND

Staten Island will receive millions of dollars in economic development funding for a number of projects as part of round three of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, Senator Lanza announced today. The city received a total of $57.4 million through the project. 

December 13, 2013
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SENATOR LANZA ANNOUCES FREE BUSINESS SUPPORT AND RESOURCES TO HELP EMPLOYERS GROW STATEWIDE

Senator Andrew Lanza today annouced the launch of a streamlined, multi-agency initiative offering free business services to help employers overcome obstacles and grow their businesses in New York. The State expanded theNewNY.com website with a new section that consolidates all the resources ava

December 13, 2013
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SENATOR ANDREW LANZA ANNOUNCES UPCOMING TAX CREDIT FOR EMPLOYERS HIRING POST-9/11 VETERANS

Employers incentivized to hire post-9/11 veterans and help reduce high unemployment rates among this population

Senator Andrew Lanza today highlighted a $74 million tax credit encouraging employers to hire New York’s post-9/11 veterans who are currently not employed.

December 12, 2013
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Join the Women's Equality Campaign

Working Together We Can Make History

New York stands at the doorstep of achieving historic new laws that will end human trafficking, guarantee equal pay for equal work, protect the victims of domestic violence, and stamp out sexual harassment wherever it exists.

It’s time for the NY State Assembly to swiftly join us in enacting the "Women's Equality Package" into law.

YOU CAN HELP BY SIGNING THIS ON-LINE PETITION DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE THE STATE ASSEBLY TO TAKE FINAL ACTION ON THE “WOMEN’S EQUALITY PACKAGE” WITHOUT DELAY.

December 12, 2013
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SENATOR LANZA ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF ONLINE DMV SERVICES TO INCLUDE VIEWING LICENSE STATUS AND ORDERING DOCUMENT RENEWALS AND REPLACEMENTS

New MyDMV Options Increase Customer Service and Help Lessen Visits to DMV Offices

Senator Andrew Lanza today announced that the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has expanded its online services, making it easier for New York motorists to quickly and easily view the current status of their driver license and renew or replace a driver license, permit or non-driver ID online through the DMV website.

December 11, 2013
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TOY SAFETY - Latest Information on Recalls and Access to Toy Safety Websites Across the Country

This section includes information from state and federal agencies and independent organizations devoted to toy safety.

December 9, 2013
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Thanksgiving Essays and Contributions

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”

On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.

Sincerely,

December 6, 2013
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SENATOR LANZA AND GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCE APPROVAL OF CONSERVATION PLAN FOR WILLIAM H. POUCH SCOUT CAMP

Vote by Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America Enables State-Negotiated Conservation Plan to Protect Natural Environment on Staten Island

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Senator Andrew J. Lanza today announced the approval of a conservation plan for the William H. Pouch Scout Camp on Staten Island. New York State is providing $6 million through the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) for phases 2 and 3 of the conservation plan. These phases were approved this week by the Board of Directors of the Greater New York Councils (GNYC) of the Boy Scouts of America, which owns the property.

December 5, 2013
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Staten Island Beachfronts Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI)

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks), in partnership with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability (OLTPS), seek responses to this Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) to enhance and re-invigorate the public beachfronts and open spaces on the East and South Shores of Staten Island.

December 3, 2013
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SAFETY TIPS FOR SHOPPING ON BLACK FRIDAY, SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY & CYBER MONDAY

For many people, Thanksgiving officially marks the start of the holiday season. In the weeks to come, our calendars will be filled with parties, family get-togethers and traditions that celebrate this very special time of year.

Whether it’s with turkey and the trimmings or family time and football, it is my hope that while we celebrate we also pause and remember to be grateful for our health, family, friends and other blessings that we feel most thankful for.

November 27, 2013
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IN THE NEWS - DWI CHECKPOINTS FOR THANKSGIVING

Local law enforcement agencies will be setting up sobriety checkpoints to prevent drunk driving this week for Thanksgiving, the state Department of Motor Vehicles announced.

The Special Traffic and Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated warned motorists on Tuesday that local law enforcement agencies will also be cracking down on drivers impaired by prescription and illegal drugs, along with alcohol this week until Dec. 1.

On Nov. 1, a stronger Leandra’s Law went into effect that requires convicted drunk drivers to install an ignition interlock on their vehicle, Gannett’s Ashley Hupfl reports.

November 27, 2013
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THE SECOND ANNUAL TOTTENVILLE COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE AND MENORAH LIGHTING

THE TOTTENVILLE CIVIC ASSOCIATION INVITES YOU TO THE SECOND ANNUAL TOTTENVILLE COMMUNITY 

December 1, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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SENATOR ANDREW LANZA WARNS NEW YORKERS OF ELABORATE TELEPHONE AND EMAIL TAX SCAMS

Senator Andrew Lanza today alerted consumers to phone and email scams from individuals claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. Scammers posing as IRS or Tax Department officials are threatening New Yorkers with fines, deportation , arrest, and other penalties if they do not immediately pay a claim of owed taxes.

November 26, 2013
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SENATOR LANZA ENCOURAGES NEW YORKERS TO USE "PRIDE OF NEW YORK" WEBSITE TO FIND LOCAL FOOD AND BEVERAGE PRODUCTS

Senator Andrew Lanza today encouraged New Yorkers to take advantage of the state’s revamped “Pride of New York” website, located at www.prideofny.com, to search for the best in locally grown and produced New York State food and beverage products this upcoming holiday season.

November 21, 2013
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