Senator Andrew Lanza Honored By The College Of Staten Island

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.

March 3, 2008

Lanza Named Chairman Of The Senate Civil Service And Pensions Committee

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.

March 3, 2008

Lanza Sponsors Legislation To Restrict The Sale Of Dogs Born On Puppy Mills

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.

March 3, 2008

Lanza And Tobacco Take Action To Strengthen New York's Parole Laws

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.

February 6, 2008

Time To Stop The Massive Increase In Violent Criminal Parole Release Rates

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.

February 6, 2008

Lanza Introduces Legislation Requiring Random Steroid Testing Of H.s. Athletes

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.

January 23, 2008

Charleston Bus Depot Project Approved

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.

January 22, 2008

Airline Passengers' Bill Of Rights Law Takes Effect

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.

January 10, 2008

Driver’s Licenses For Illegal Aliens?

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.

January 1, 2008

Sex Offender Registry: Learn if a sex offender is living in your neighborhood!

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.

January 1, 2008

Regifting For A Good Cause

Throughout the year we will all be receiving that certain gift that we either will never use or already have. If we don’t spend hours on that return line this gift will sit in a closet or a drawer until it is finally thrown out when we do our spring cleaning. Senator Lanza has joined with Where to Turn to give you another option. Donate your unwanted gift and we will make sure it gets to someone who could use it.

December 11, 2007

Staten Island To Receive Judicial Independence

Governor Spitzer yesterday signed into law legislation sponsored by Senator Andrewand Assemblyman Michael Cusick which willcreate the Thirteenth Judicial District consisting of Richmond County. Currently, Staten Island is part of New York State’s Second Judicial District, comprised of both Richmond County (Staten Island) and Kings County (Brooklyn). This separation from Brooklyn is the culmination of a decades-long quest for democracy and fairness in the election of judges on Staten Island.

December 6, 2007

Senator Lanza To Host Medicare Rights Forum

Senator Andrew Lanza along with the Medicare Rights Center will be hosting a Medicare Rights forum and information session. Anyone requesting more information or interested in attending should call Senator Lanza's office at 718-984-4073. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Continental breakfast will be available. Seating is limited.Who: State Senator Andrew J.

December 3, 2007

Staten Island Legislators Team Up To Reduce Home Heating Costs This Winter

With the cost of home heating this winter expected to reach record high levels due to rising energy costs, Senator Andrew Lanza (24th District), Assemblyman Lou Tobacco (62nd District) and City Councilman Vincent Ignizio (51st District) are calling on the New

York City Council to pass legislation that would eliminate the tax on home heating fuel.

November 30, 2007

Senator Andrew Lanza, Congressman Vito Fossella And Assemblyman Louis Tobacco Call The MTA’s Art Project “fiscally Irresponsible”

Staten Island – State Senator Andrew J. Lanza (24th District), Congressman Vito Fossella (13th District NY) and Assemblyman Louis Tobacco (62nd District) called the MTA’s plan to commission four art projects at subway stations on the new 2nd Avenue line in Manhattan "fiscally irresponsible".

November 29, 2007

MTA Ordered To Present Solutions For Traffic Nightmare On The V-n Bridge

On November 5, 2007, Senator AndrewLanza, Congressman Vito Fossella, City Councilmen Vincent Ignizio (R-South Shore) and James Oddo (R-Mid-Island/Brooklyn), and Assemblyman Lou Tobacco filed a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to stop the Verrazano Bridge construction project. Yesterday, a Staten Island judge told the Metropolitan Transit Auhtourity yesterday that it has three weeks to fork over information that could help end the traffic torment caused by construction on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

November 28, 2007

Please Join Us For Senator Andrew Lanza’s Annual Senior Information Day

Who: State Senator Andrew J. Lanza


What: Annual Senior Information Day

Where: C.Y.O. Community Center

Mt. Loretto6581 Hylan BoulevardStaten Island, NY 10309

When: Friday, November 9, 2007, 10 am – 2 pm


State Senator Andrew J. Lanza will host his Annual Senior Citizen Information Day, Friday, November 9, 2007 from 10 am to 2 pm, at the C.Y.O. Community Center located on the grounds of Mt. Loretto, 6581 Hylan Boulevard.

November 7, 2007

Staten Island Receives First Red Cross Disaster Supplies Container

State Senator Andrew Lanza today joined with theAmerican Red Cross in Greater New York (ARC/GNY), Staten Island Director Suzanne Lutz, representatives from Richmond County Savings Foundation, the Staten Island Foundation, Consolidated Edison, New York Container Terminal and the Department of Education to unveill the first Red Cross disaster supplies container in New York City at Petrides School (715 Ocean Terrace). The container is storing emergency materials for residents in the Sunnyside section of Staten Island.

November 5, 2007

State Senator Andrew Lanza Says No To A Toll Hike On Staten Island Bridges

Staten Island – State Senator Andrew J. Lanza (24th District) announced today that he is opposed to the proposed toll hikes by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the Outerbridge Crossing, Goethals Bridge and Bayonne Bridge. He also opposes the elimination of the discount for E-ZPass users.

Senator Lanza released the following statement:

"Raising the tolls on the three bridges to New Jersey is just one more insult to the injury that Staten Islanders endure.

November 1, 2007

Local Food Drives

If you would like to donate to local food drives, you may ship or drop items off at my district office located at:

3845 Richmond Ave., Suite 2AStaten Island, NY 10312

Project Hospitality is requesting the following items before December 10th:

Canned sweet potatoes


Corn bread mix

Canned vegetables & fruit


Canned cranberries






Toys for children



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October 31, 2007