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Statement From Senator Andrew Lanza Regarding U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Decision to Approve Zohydro ER

As the debate over the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of Zohydro ER, a powerful extended-release painkiller, continues to grow, Senator Andrew J. Lanza speaks out against the decision by asking Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman for his continued support in fighting the growing painkiller abuse epidemic that is facing New York.

Today, Senator Lanza is urging AG Schneiderman to join Attorneys General from at least 28 other states  in asking the Food and Drug Administration to reconsider its approval of the powerful painkiller.

February 28, 2014
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Senator Andrew Lanza Seeks Local Nominations For Veterans' Hall Of Fame

Senator Andrew Lanza announced today that he’s seeking nominations for the New York State Senate’s “Veterans' Hall of Fame,” an online tribute to the military and civilian lives of distinguished veterans from across New York State.“So many veterans served our nation courageously and honorably, and then returned home to lift the lives of our local communities.  The Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame is just one more way to give a local veteran a well-deserved and well-earned expression of our gratitude and admiration,” said Lanza. 

February 28, 2014
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March 20, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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SENATOR LANZA ANNOUNCES ADP TO ESTABLISH TECHNOLOGY 'INNOVATION LAB' IN NEW YORK CITY AND CREATE MORE THAN 100 NEW JOBS

ADP Also Commits To Participating In Program Similar To ‘Pathways in Technology Early College High School’ (P-Tech) To Mentor And Guide Young Students

February 20, 2014
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Support the Empire State's Olympians as they compete in Sochi!

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi are in full swing, and as we follow the Games and root for our country’s athletes, I wanted to let you know that there many New Yorkers that are participating.

Overall, 18 athletes from New York State are competing in the Winter Olympics:

(Name, Hometown, Sport)

Lowell Bailey, Lake Placid, Men’s Biathlon  

Dustin Brown, Ithaca, Men’s Ice Hockey  

Tim Burke, Paul Smiths, Men’s Biathlon  

February 18, 2014
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2014 LOVE YOUR BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM - Applications Now Available (Deadline Feb. 20th)

The 2014 Love Your Block grant program and applications are now available. 

Love Your Block is an initiative of NYC Service in partnership with Citizens Committee for New York City that provides a unique opportunity for City resident groups to transform and improve their communities through local action while leveraging City services.  Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded for block beautification projects that utilize City services from NYC Parks, NYC Department of Transportation, and the NYC Department of Sanitation. In addition to the cash grant and City services, winning groups receive project planning and community building assistance, as well as support with local media coverage for the project.

The Love Your Block application deadline is February 20th 2014.

February 14, 2014
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Statement From Senator Andrew Lanza Regarding DOE's Decision to Keep Schools Open Today

When the School's Chancellor decided to open schools this morning, Senator Andrew Lanza sent the following statement to the Mayor's office:

February 13, 2014
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Senator Lanza Urges Constituents to Use IRS Free File for Online Tax Assistance & E-Filing

Taxpayers Making $58,000 or Less Can Visit www.IRS.gov/freefile to Prepare and E-File Federal Tax Returns with Free Software & Step-by-Step Help

Senator Andrew Lanza today encouraged constituents to take advantage of free tax preparation services available through the Free File program. Every taxpayer with a 2013 Adjusted Gross Income of $58,000 or less may visit www.IRS.gov/freefile to prepare, complete and e-file their federal tax returns at no cost.

February 12, 2014
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SCAM ALERT: How the ‘one ring scam' can cost you money

When your phone rings and you miss the call, do you call back to see who it was?

Con artists know a lot of us will do that, and they're using this curiosity factor to cram unauthorized charges onto people's phone bills.

The Better Business Bureau recently issued a fraud alert for the "one ring scam" after being contacted by people all across the country. Here's how it works.

The scammers use automatic dialers to randomly call phone numbers. After the first ring, they disconnect. The bad guys hope you'll see that number in your missed call log and be curious enough to return it.

Make that call and they've got you.

February 10, 2014
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GOVERNOR CUOMO AND SENATOR LANZA ANNOUNCE RELIEF FOR STATEN ISLAND TOLL PAYERS

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Senator Andrew Lanza today announced an agreement to fund significant toll relief for Staten Island residents and commercial vehicles using the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The toll relief lowers the effective cost of crossing the bridge to $5.50 for Staten Island residents in non-commercial vehicles, and also reduces tolls by 20 percent for commercial vehicles which make more than 10 trips over the bridge per month.

February 6, 2014
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Senator Lanza Calls for Delay of Common Core and Sharing of Student Privacy Data

Senator Lanza, Senate Co-Leaders Skelos & Klein and Education Chair Flanagan issued the following statement:

We continue to support the goals of an improved education curriculum that increases standards and ensures that students are college and career ready.

However, after having spent months listening to parents, teachers, administrators and educational professionals at public hearings conducted throughout New York State, it is our belief that while the implementation of Common Core Learning Standards may have been well intended, it has been poorly executed.  

February 6, 2014
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Senator Lanza Announces Legislation to Protect Taxpayers from Outrageous Welfare Abuses

Senate Passes Public Assistance Integrity Act to Prevent Welfare Cards from being used to buy tobacco & alcohol; and from being used at liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs

February 4, 2014
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SENATOR ANDREW LANZA ANNOUNCES PROGRESS ON STATE'S EFFORTS TO CRACK DOWN ON PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

New System Results in Significant Expansion of Practitioner-Driven Safety ChecksProgram’s Success Detailed at Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the 2014-2015 Health and Medicaid Executive Budget Proposal

February 3, 2014
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SENATOR LANZA ANNOUNCES NEW YORK STATE POLICE TO PARTICIPATE IN STATEWIDE STOP-DWI, TEXTING-WHILE-DRIVING CRACKDOWN FOR SUPER BOWL WEEKEND

Crackdown on Impaired and Distracted  Driving Runs Jan 31st – Feb 3rd and Will Make New York Safer

January 30, 2014
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SENATOR ANDREW LANZA, ASSEMBLYMAN MICHAEL CUSICK AND RICHMOND COUNTY D.A. DAN DONOVAN CALL ON NYS DEPT. OF HEALTH TO CLOSE DOCTOR-SHOPPING LOOPHOLES

Senator Andrew Lanza, Assemblyman Michael Cusick and Richmond County D.A. Dan Donovan today called on the NYS Dept. of Health to crack down on interstate ‘doctor shopping’ and overprescribing in New York State. In a joint letter to State Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav R. Shah, the elected officials argued that entering into collective information-sharing agreements with surrounding states and monitoring their controlled substance prescription activity would help to identify those who have been traveling across state lines in order to illicitly obtain multiple prescriptions for narcotic pain-killers.

January 28, 2014
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2014-2015 EXECUTIVE BUDGET PROPOSAL INFORMATION

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled his new Executive Budget Proposal for the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year. 

January 23, 2014
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SENATOR LANZA ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN OVERSIGHT OF PET DEALERS IN NEW YORK STATE

Senator Andrew Lanza today annouced a new law that will help protect the health and safety of dogs and cats across New York State by authorizing local governments to adopt more stringent laws to regulate pet dealers. 

January 17, 2014
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SENATOR LANZA SUPPORTS NY "JOBS FOR HEROES" PROGRAM TO ASSIST DISABLED VETERANS

Last year, Senator Andrew Lanza voted for the NY Jobs For Heroes Program, a plan that would create a state contract preference for service-connected disabled veteran-owned small businesses in New York State. The Senate-approved legislation mirrors the highly successful federal program that is presently established for a contract set aside. 

Currently, nearly 40 other states are successfully using this program. Unfortunately, the bill was not addressed in the New York State Assembly.

Providing this earned opportunity to our heroes is commonsense. That is why Lanza was enthused by the Governor’s support of this plan in his recent State of the State Address. 

January 16, 2014
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SENATOR LANZA ENCOURAGES NEW YORKERS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF CREDIT PROTECTION FOR TARGET SHOPPERS

Senator Andrew Lanza today encouraged New Yorkers to take advantage of the free credit monitoring and identity theft protections now available in the wake of the Target security breach.

January 14, 2014
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Governor Cuomo, Senator Lanza & Assemblywoman Paulin Applauded For Protecting Sex Trafficked Minors

Groundbreaking New Law Ensures Sexually Exploited Children Receive Services 

New York State is a National Leader in the Fight to End Human Trafficking

January 13, 2014
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