The first grade class at Public School 3, from Staten Island, New York, have just finished reading the book Flat Stanley, by Jeff Brown. In the story, Stanley is flattened, but not hurt, by a bulliten board while he is sleeping. His parents take advantage of his flattened condition and mail him, in an envelope, to California, to visit a friend.
The New York State Senate today gave final passage to Senate Bill S.6472 sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R - Staten Island). This legislation designates March 29 every year henceforth as Vietnam Veterans' Day in the State of New York to recognize the sacrifices of our Vietnam War Veterans.
Fighting proposed tax increases and working for more tax relief is one of Senator Lanza’s top priorities. The Senate Majority’s budget provides meaningful property tax relief, contains no new or increased taxes or fees, and advances approximately $300 million in across the board spending cuts to reduce waste and increase government efficiency.
The New York State Senate today passed a comprehensive plan, cosponsored by Senator Lanza, that would enact aggressive measures to protect children from the dangers posed by Internet predators, child pornography and child sexual abuse.
The "Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Act of 2008" (S.6747) is based upon recommendations made in a report released by the Senate Majority Task Force on Critical Choices entitled, "Protecting Children in the Internet Age."
New State budget meets the needs of Staten Islanders
The 2008-09 State budget presented us with many challenges. The challenges of our long term economic health, the challenges of educating our children, and the challenges of ensuring access to health care. These are challenges that the residents of Staten Island face every day.
Staten Island, NY – Despite new laws on the books, continual removal efforts, and clear statements of accountability from law enforcement, the graffiti problem on Staten Island continues to worsen, with some locations growing markedly worse. On Saturday February 23, 2008 at 10:00 a.m., in front of the now shuttered Boulder Creek Restaurant at 1821 Richmond Avenue, New York State Senator Andrew J. Lanza and New York City Council Minority Leader James S.
New York State Senator Andrew Lanza was honored by the College of Staten Island for his enthusiasm, and his $100,000 support, of the Discovery Institute’s Teaching Scholars program, which provides 200 teaching scholars to 23 public schools on Staten Island.
The innovative program is designed to provide teacher support in the public schoolroom, as well as give CSI students the opportunity to see the world of education in action, whether they are planning to become teachers, or have never given teaching a thought as a career goal.
Senator Andrew Lanza (R - Staten Island) was today named Chairman of the Senate Civil Service and Pensions Committee. This key appointment will allow the Senator to take the lead in advancing important pension legislation and civil service issues which affect state and local government employees.
Senator Andrew Lanza (R - Staten Island) has introduced legislation, Senate Bill 5608, that would restrict pet dealers and others from purchasing or receiving any puppy bred, sold or transferred by a puppy mill. The bill also places a 75 dog limit on businesses that sell puppies to pet stores.
Senator Andrew Lanza (R - Staten Island) and Assemblyman Lou Tobacco (R - South Shore) have authored legislation which will strengthen provisions of the law pertaining to impact statements given at parole hearings by victims and family members. Under current law, it is only required that statements given by crime victims and family members be heard by one member of the parole board, while convicts plead their cases before all three members of the parole board.
Senator Lanza joined members of the New York State Senate Majority Conference and the family of fallen New York City Police Officer Harry Ryman to announce the introduction of comprehensive legislation that will dramatically strengthen the State’s parole laws to help restrict the release of potentially dangerous violent felons.
Senator Andrew Lanza (R - Staten Island) has introduced legislation which would require random steroid screenings of high school athletes. The legislation, which mirrors a bill that has passed in the Texas Legislature, will require athletes to agree not to use illegal steroids and submit to random testing if selected.
The last hurdle has been cleared for the construction of the long-awaited Charleston Bus Depot project on Staten Island. The funding amendment, which will provide $39.3 million dollars to fully fund the project, met no objection from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Capital Program Review Board and was finalized on Monday.
Senator Lanza worked closely with Senator Dean Skelos, the Senate’s representative to the MTA Capital Program Review Board, to inform him of the importance of the project to Staten Islanders.
Last year, I supported the "Airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights" legislation in the State Senate to provide passengers stranded on airplanes at New York airports with certain basic amenities to make their wait more tolerable.
The legislation is now law and is effective as of January 1, 2008.
As your state senator, it is one of my duties to make sure you and your loved ones are as safe and secure as possible. That’s why I find the Governor’s decision to allow illegal aliens to easily obtain drivers licenses so concerning.
SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY: Learn if a sex offender is living in your neighborhood!
New Yorkers now have the ability to find out if any high or moderate risk sex offenders live in their neighborhood by simply doing a search on the Registry’s website.
There are currently over 31,000 convicted sex offenders listed on the State’s Sex Offender Registry. Parents, teachers, grandparents and caregivers should have the ability to know if a sex offender is living near their children so they can take the necessary precautions to protect them.