The New York State Senate has passed legislation, S.3443, sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R - Staten Island), which would require the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation to spend a minimum of 10% of its budget on acute care and emergency room facilities in each borough.
The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation Act was adopted in 1969 to deliver care and treatment to those physically and mentally ill, and to promote the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the City of New York. HHC currently has at least 20 facilities under its jurisdiction.
Today both houses of the New York State Legislature will give passage to legislation that will create the thirteenth judicial district consisting of the county of Richmond. The legislation, S.1325-B, sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza and Assemblyman Michael Cusick, will give Richmond County equal footing in the selection of justices to the State's Supreme Court.
Nominations for State Supreme Court justices are elected in a process which reflects the population of each county that comprises a judicial district. This process was deemed unconstitutional in the case of Lopez-Torres v.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation, S.3574, sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza, that would exempt military personnel serving in combat zones from paying New York State Personal Income Tax.
America’s military personnel serving in combat zones put their lives on the line to protect our nation’s freedoms. This legislation would exempt these men and women from paying New York State personal income taxes. These brave individuals, serving in foreign lands for extended periods of time away from their families, make enormous sacrifices so we may enjoy peace and prosperity.
The New York State Senate passed legislation (S.5766-A), cosponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R - Staten Island), that provides one, two and three-family homeowners, and cooperative and condominium owners who live in their homes with a $400 property tax rebate.
This measure, proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, required action by the New York State Legislature and passed both houses on Thursday, June 7. The $400 rebate will put $250 million back into the pockets of hardworking City homeowners who have sacrificed the most in recent years.
Nominated by State Senator Andrew Lanza for extraordinary contributions to her community and the State of New York, Linda Manfredi ofStaten Islandwas chosen to be recognized among the outstanding women across New York State at the 2007 "Women of Distinction" ceremony held today in Albany. The program is sponsored by the New York State Senate.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R - Staten Island), to create 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).
Under current law, judicial nominations for State Supreme Court are determined at Judicial Conventions. Delegates to these conventions are elected in a process which reflects the county’s population.
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The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.424) that would mandate chemical tests for operators of public vessels to determine if alcohol or drugs are a factor in accidents where serious injury, death or disappearance occurs, or when serious damage to the vessel or another vessel occurs.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.5892) to establish nutrition guidelines for school districts to follow in order to provide students with healthy food choices. The Childhood Healthy Access to Meals Program (CHAMP) will provide children with more nutritious foods at school in an effort to reduce the growing crisis of childhood obesity and other children’s health issues.
"Statistics show that childhood obesity has become a public health crisis," Senator Andrew Lanza said.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island), that would take steps to crack down on video game violence, and combat and reduce children’s exposure to violent and inappropriate materials within these games.
The bill (S.5888) would establish the Advisory Council on Interactive Media and Youth Violence to review the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) rating system and its effectiveness, and recommend additional steps that can be taken to curb children’s access and exposure to such "adult-only" material.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.584) that would expand the State’s DNA database to include samples from every person convicted of a crime. The bill will also improve the methods for collection and preservation of DNA evidence and extend the statute of limitations for cases based on DNA evidence.
"The DNA databank is a powerful tool that law enforcement can use to prosecute criminals and protect victims," Senator Andrew Lanza said.
As law enforcement officers from across the State converge on Albany for the annual Remembrance Ceremony at the New York State Police Officers Memorial, members of the Senate Majority today renewed their call for legislation, sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), to establish the death penalty for criminals who kill police officers.
The legislation to establish the death penalty for cop killers, S.319, was approved by the State Senate on May 14, 2007.
Senator Andrew J. Lanza (Staten Island) today honored more than 30 outstanding teachers at an awards ceremony celebrating ‘2007 Teacher Appreciation Week’ in Staten Island to highlight the educational contributions to their schools and communities.
"Our teachers deserve special recognition for the role they play in educating and preparing our children for the future," said Senator Lanza, who is a member of the Senate’s Education Committee.
A new online video game called ‘V-Tech Rampage’ has recently been released and is modeled after the tragic events that occurred at Virginia Tech University in April. The goal of the game is to carry out the events of the day, killing students and then yourself.
With four police officers shot in New York in the last two weeks, including three in the last 24 hours,Senator Lanza voted in favor of a bill that would reinstate New York’s death penalty law.
"The recent shootings of State Police officers in Delaware County highlight the need to enact policies that deter criminals from killing the officers who serve to protect us," Senator Andrew Lanza said. "Our law enforcement officials put their lives on the line every day for all of us, and some make the ultimate sacrifice.
In an effort to remove New York’s distinction of being one of the few states that does not provide tools to law enforcement and courts to fight the activities and recruitment of gangs, Senator Andrew Lanza and Assemblyman Peter Rivera, were joined by teachers and members of the law enforcement community to call for passage of legislation sponsored to combat the spreading impact of gang violence.
The New York State Senatehas passedlegislation (S.5755) that would move New York State’s primary by one week from September 11, 2007 to September 18, 2007.
"It is critically important that we reserve September 11th as a day when the world looks back and remembers the many heroes who lost their lives." said SenatorLanza. "The New York State primaries are an important symbol of the democratic process which was attacked on that horrible day.
Senator Andrew Lanza today announced a plan to double the size of direct property tax rebate checks for senior citizen homeowners. The Senate is introducing a bill that would return about $200 million to senior citizens. Funds for the increased senior rebate checks would come from higher-than-projected State revenues realized at end of the 2006-07 state fiscal year.
In observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, members of the New York State Senate Majority Conference today passed a comprehensive package of legislation aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence.
Senate action on the legislation was announced at a Capitol news conference where members of the Senate Majority were joined by Mrs. New York State 2007 Lori Donaudy of Smithtown, Long Island. A former victim of domestic abuse, Lori’s platform as Mrs.