The New York State Senate has passed a package of bills cracking down on rapists and sex offenders by creating new crimes and increasing penalties.
Legislation (S.1459) cosponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza ensures significantly longer prison sentences for serial rapists. Under current law, it is possible for a judge to issue concurrent sentences for multiple counts arising from separate and distinct acts of rape. The legislation would require consecutive prison sentences for each separate count of first-degree rape when an individual is convicted of multiple counts, keeping dangerous felons off the streets for as long as possible.
Senator Andrew Lanza (24th District) announced today that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is now accepting applications for $1,500 scholarships to be awarded June 10th at their Annual Legislative Conference Day. Scholarship winners must be present to receive their awards.
Given the high costs of college, Senator Lanza recommends that Staten Island students apply to the Conference for these prestigious scholarships for the chance to secure extra help with education expenses.
Superstorm Sandy ravaged trees and greenery around our homes and neighborhoods, and we’re just beginning to see the long term damage some trees and shrubs suffered.
Thousands upon thousands of trees were lost on Staten Island, but we now have a chance to restore what was lost. Staten Island’s trees and shrubs help reduce storm water runoff, prevent soil erosion, provide habitat and shade, beautify the landscape and protect our bays and harbors.
This year, April 22 is Earth Day and April 26 is Arbor Day -- the perfect time to plant a tree to replace one that was lost.
Bill Would Make it Illegal for Driver to Leave Scene After Vehicle Hits Any Object
The New York State Senate today passed “Alix’s Law”, sponsored by Senators Patrick Gallivan and Andrew J. Lanza, to close a legal loophole and hold intoxicated drivers accountable for leaving the scene of an accident.
The legislation (S1698A) responds to a drunk driving accident that killed a teenage girl in Amherst, Erie County. On July 8, 2011, 18-year-old Alix Rice was killed by a drunk driver as she road home on her longboard. The driver argued that he was not aware he had hit a person and he was acquitted on the felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident.
Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 24thSenatorial District.
Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.
I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2013 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:
On Saturday, April 6, 2013, from 12-3pm, New Dorp High School, along with Where to Turn, The Giving Circle and Danielle's Cleaners, will be hosting a special prom event for high school and middle school students impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Where to Turn has collected over 750 prom dresses that have been dry cleaned by Danielle's Cleaners to distribute to these students. They have also received donations of accessories (shoes, pocketbooks, etc) and special discounts for services (limo's, hair, makeup and tuxedo rentals).
Free Tax Help for Eligible Residents as Filing Deadline of April 15 Approaches
Senator Andrew Lanza today joined Governor Cuomo, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), New York State agencies and numerous local organizations statewide to encourage low and middle-income taxpayers to take advantage of free services to prepare and file their income taxes as the filing deadline of April 15th approaches.
Budget Includes Senate Republican Proposals For Tax Relief To Create Jobs & To Help Middle Class Families; Keeps State Spending Growth Below 2% Again
The New York State Senate today concluded its passage of the 2013-14 state budget that delivers on priorities outlined by the Senate Republican Conference to provide much-needed tax relief for middle-class families, help businesses create jobs, and, for the third consecutive year, the budget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent with the local spending cap that applies to school districts and local governments.
One of the most pressing issues facing all New Yorkers is increasing property taxes. For many, it is the defining factor that contributes to their exodus from our City and State. Now more than ever we need to enact a common sense plan that takes an aggressive stance and puts an end to out of control property tax increases.