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Senate Passes Property Tax Rebate

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.

June 7, 2007
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New York State Senate Honors Linda Manfredi of Staten Island as "Woman of Distinction"

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.

June 5, 2007
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Senate Passes Bill To Create Independent Judicial District For Richmond County

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.

June 5, 2007
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Senator Lanza Introduces 'burden Of Proof' Legislation

Click here to view NY1 New's report. Parents, Lawmakers Want School Districts To Bear Burden Of Proof Families of special needs children are dealing with a new burden. As NY1's Shawna Ryan reports, families and lawmakers on Staten Island are fighting to put the burden of proof for creating sufficient Individual Education Plans back onto school districts. Jackie Tripodi is the proud mother of twins. Her daughter Danielle is a typical 14 year old.

June 3, 2007
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Senate Passes Bill Requiring Mandatory Chemical Tests For Public Vessel Operators

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.

May 29, 2007
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Senate Passes Healthy Schools Legislation

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.

May 21, 2007
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Senate Passes Lanza's Bill To Crack Down On Video Game Violence

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.

May 21, 2007
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Senate Passes Bill Expanding And Enhancing Dna Database

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.

May 21, 2007
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Senator Lanza Joins Law Enforcement Officers In Renewing Call To Pass Death Penalty Legislation For Cop Killers

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.

May 21, 2007
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Senator Lanza Honors Extraordinary Local Teachers

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.

May 20, 2007
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Senator Lanza Condemns Outrageous Exploitation Of Virginia Tech Massacre

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.

May 16, 2007
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Senator Lanza Votes In Favor Of The Death Penalty For Cop Killers

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.

May 14, 2007
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Senatator Lanza Votes To Move Primary Election Date

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.

May 7, 2007
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Senator Lanza Joins With Police Associations And Lawmakers To Demand Assembly Action On Bill That Will Criminalize Gang Activities In And Around Schools

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.

May 7, 2007
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Senator Lanza's Plan Would Double Senior Citizen Property Tax Rebates

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.

May 2, 2007
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Senate Calls On Governor, Assembly To Enact Death Penalty Bill

With four police officers shot in New York in the last two weeks, including three in the last 24 hours, Senate Majority Leader Joseph L.

April 24, 2007
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Senator Lanza Announces Passage Of Domestic Violence Package

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.

April 24, 2007
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Senator Lanza Urges Crackdown On Video Game Violence

Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island) and members of the Senate Majority Conference today called for a crackdown on violent video games and announced the introduction of legislation to combat and reduce children’s exposure to violent and inappropriate materials within these games.

Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno today also announced the appointment of Senator Lanza as Chairman of the Senate Task Force on Youth Violence and the Entertainment Industry.

April 18, 2007
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Senator Lanza Announces Passes Of Jonathan's Law

The Senate today passed Jonathan’s Law, a bill cosponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza, that would ensure parents and guardians have access to records pertaining to allegations and investigations of mistreatment of children in residential care facilities. The legislation was introduced after the tragic death in February of 13-year-old Jonathan Carey, an autistic teen who lived at the state-run O.D.

April 17, 2007
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Senator Lanza Announces Landmark Legislation

Senator Lanza joined with legislative leaders to announce the introduction of landmark legislation to protect students and their families from exploitation by conflicts of interest in the student-loan industry. The bill makes New York the first state to offer a solution to the student-loan scandal that has affected millions.

April 17, 2007
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