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STAR Registration Fact Sheet

New legislation requires all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption to register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years.

This is part of a new initiative to protect New Yorkers against inappropriate or fraudulent STAR exemptions.

 

Who must register?

Resident homeowners who currently receive the Basic STAR exemption must register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years.

August 21, 2013
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IN THE NEWS: Staten Island Advance: D-Day near for prescription drug addicts on Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- If you're a pill addict, it's time to get help now, since it's going to be much harder to get your fix from a doctor's prescription in just a few days time.

Aug. 27 is D-Day on a statewide database program designed to help physicians and pharmacies spot doctor-shoppers at a glance, so good luck hopping from medical office to medical office to stock up on multiple scripts for the pills you desperately crave.

August 20, 2013
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Good News for Animal Lovers: New Laws Give Pet Owners More Rights & Take Aim at Unscrupulous Pet Dealers

As an animal lover, Senator Lanza knows first-hand that there’s something truly special about the bond between a family and their pets.

But too many times, New Yorkers have brought a new pet home to become part of the family, only to discover that the animal has a serious medical condition.  That is why Lanza was pleased to support the expanded “Pet Lemon Law.” 

August 20, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Expands Sandy Buyout Zone in Oakwood Beach After Letter from Sens. Lanza and Savino

From the Staten Island Advance:

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The Cuomo administration has enhanced the home buyout zone in a portion of Oakwood Beach ravaged by superstorm Sandy.

About 120 homes on the periphery of Fox Beach were added by the state, bringing to 300 the number of homes eligible for a buyout, with a potential expansion to 510 homes.

The area, which borders city, state and federally-owned land, includes Riga Street, Merkel Place and Delwit Avenue, which were initially left out of the enhanced buyout area outlined by the state.

The homes are now eligible for a pre-storm value buyout, along with a 10 percent incentive if the homeowners remain residents of Staten Island.

August 20, 2013
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TURKEY UPDATE:

The USDA has responded to my office. Unfortunately the birds were destroyed the same day that they were collected. My office will now look into whether we can implement a better process to avoid what has happened here. Once again it is very frustrating to know that over the last several years we have provided the DEC with relocation options that would not have cost the taxpayers any money.

August 14, 2013
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Senator Lanza Statement on Stay of Execution for Staten Island Turkeys

Many of you may be aware of the ongoing issue regarding the wild turkeys inhabiting parts of Staten Island. Over the last two days I have been trying to achieve a stay of execution because I believe a wholesale slaughter is the wrong result. I recognize that these turkeys have become a nuisance to some, however, I do not approve of the decision made by the DEC, the South Beach Psychiatric Center and United States Department of Agriculture to capture the turkeys and send them to slaughter. I have advocated for a good management program for this population for many years now.

August 14, 2013
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NEW LAW AUTHORED BY SENATOR LANZA WILL PROVIDE PROPERTY TAX RELIEF TO HOMEOWNERS IMPACTED BY HURRICANE SANDY

Governor Cuomo has signed into law a bill authored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island), that will help homeowners in New York City recover from Hurricane Sandy. The bill (Chap. 250 of the laws of 2013) provides real property tax relief to New York City residents whose homes were severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy. 

August 9, 2013
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Legislation Authored by Assemblyman Cusick and Senator Lanza Aids the Disabled Community

Disabled Advocates State-Wide in Support of the Legislation

August 7, 2013
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SENATOR LANZA COMMEMORATES OUR VETS ON PURPLE HEART DAY

August 7th is designated as Purple Heart Day in New York State, marking today as the 231st anniv

August 7, 2013
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SIGN UP TO RECEIVE IMPORTANT EMAIL UPDATES FROM SENATOR LANZA

Click here to sign up for email updates from Senator Andrew Lanza on important issues facing Staten Island 

August 6, 2013
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STATEN ISLAND NEWBORN IN NEED OF O-BLOOD & PLATELETS

Staten Island twins Joseph and Ryan Perrotta were born to SI PI Inspector Joseph Perrotta and his wife Kristie on July 3, 2013. At birth Joseph weighed 4 lbs. 5oz; Ryan 1 lb. 10 oz. After 5 days Joseph was able to go home but Ryan remained in the NICU, facing several challenges. He not only has a partially collapsed lung, but also fluid on the lung.

August 1, 2013
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JAY-J'S LAW WILL TOUGHEN PENALTIES FOR CHILD ABUSERS

Senator Lanza today announced legislation enacting Jay-J’s Law, which allows for tougher penalties against offenders who have been convicted of repeatedly abusing a child.

July 29, 2013
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SENATOR LANZA ANNOUNCES INCREASED FINES FOR DISTRACTED DRIVING VIOLATIONS EFFECTIVE TODAY

Senator Lanza today announced that new and increased fines for distracted driving violations, which includes texting-while-driving or using an electronic handheld device while driving, are effective today. These new fines were passed as part of the 2013-14 State Budget and are part of continuing efforts to prevent distracted driving and make the state’s roads and highways safer for New Yorkers.As of today, for distracted driving violations that occur on or after July 26, 2013, there are new minimum fines and higher maximum fines:

July 26, 2013
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SENATOR LANZA ANNOUNCES "APE'S LAW" TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR KILLING A POLICE ANIMAL

Senator Lanza today announced a new law that will make the killing of a police animal a felony. Specially-trained police animals, particularly dogs and horses, are often put in harm's way when they are relied upon by law enforcement to keep New Yorkers safe. The new law will hold responsible individuals who kill these animals.

July 25, 2013
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Senator Lanza Announces Bill to Improve New York State's Preparation and Response for Disaster Emergencies

Senator Andrew Lanza today applauded Governor Cuomo for signing into law legislation that will help improve New York State’s ability to coordinate preparation and response for disaster emergencies. The new legislation will update current emergency laws, allow the State to accept certain gifts and donations to assist with emergencies, and help implement the NY-Text emergency alert system.

 

July 23, 2013
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SENATOR LANZA URGES NEW YORKERS TO CONSERVE ENERGY USE DURING HEAT WAVE

Near Record Demand for Electricity as Much of the State Swelters in 4th Consecutive Day of 90 Degree-Plus Temperatures

Senator Andrew Lanza today urged New Yorkers to reduce their energy usage during the current heat wave affecting most of the State to help prevent power outages. The heat wave, the longest and worst of the summer, has resulted in near record demand for electricity.

July 19, 2013
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HEAT ADVISORY ISSUED AS HIGH TEMPERATURES AND HUMIDITY EXPECTED ACROSS THE STATE THIS WEEK

High heat and humidity expected across the State this week

As temperatures are forecasted to climb into the 90s over the next week, Senator Andrew Lanza today offered Staten Islanders the following advice to safely battle the excessive heat.

July 15, 2013
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Halloween in July for New Dorp Beach Residents Affected by Hurricane Sandy

The New Dorp Beach Civic AssociationYouth Activities Committee will be hosting Halloween in July for those many children in New Dorp Beach who were not able to trick or treat this year because of Hurricane Sandy. Please help give them back that opportunity. Face painting and 'Halloween' bags will be provided. The children will trick or treat together in the neighborhood at participating homes. Below is a link of a pumpkin image. If you will be participating, you must print out the pumpkin and place it on your door the day of the event. We need the community to participate in order to make this successful for the kids. If you are going to be involved, please let Kelly know by July 18, 2013.

July 11, 2013
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SUMMER SAFETY INFORMATION - Staying Safe During Hot Summer Days

On hot summer days, be on the lookout for symptoms of heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn and heat rash. The following information can be used to protect you, your family and your neighbors.

STAYING SAFE DURING HOT SUMMER DAYSBe on the lookout for symptoms of heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn and heat rash. Anyone is susceptible to heat-stress, but those who are at greatest risk include: 

July 8, 2013
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