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August 7, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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IN THE NEWS: Staten Island Advance Editorial - For want of a school bus . . .

If you snatch relatively safe yellow school bus service away from schoolchildren, even 13-year-olds, they are going to be more at risk getting to and from school on their own. The Bloomberg administration and the city Department of Education dispute this simple statement mightily, but it stands to reason. The truth of it was made starkly clear June 28 when a seventh-grader racing to catch a city bus after the final day of classes at the Staten Island School for Civic Leadership on Goethals Road North was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer truck. Aniya Williams, 13, was one of thousands seventh- and eighth-graders - most of them on Staten Island - who were denied the variances that had allowed them to get yellow school bus transportation before this school year.

July 6, 2011
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IN THE NEWS: Staten Island Advance - Bill to restore yellow bus service passes state Senate

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A bill to amend the state education law to mandate that the city Department of Education provide yellow school bus transportation to children in grades three through eight who live more than one mile from school passed the state Senate in the waning days of the Legislature last week. But it awaits action in the Assembly Education Committee, which could come if state lawmakers reconvene in a special session, possibly later in the summer. The Bloomberg administration yanked yellow bus service for seventh- and eighth-graders at the start of the school year last fall to save an estimated $2.1 million annually. Education officials argued that middle-school students citywide were old enough to take public transportation.

June 29, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LANZA’S BILL TO FORCE HHC TO MEET ITS OBLIGATION IN PROVIDING ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR HEALTH CARE SERVICES ON STATEN ISLAND

The New York State Senate has passed legislation, S.2471, sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza and Assemblyman Michael Cusick, which would require the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation to spend a minimum of ten percent of its budget on acute care and emergency room facilities in each borough.

June 24, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LANZA’S BILL TO RESTORE YELLOW SCHOOL BUS SERVICE TO STATEN ISLAND’S STUDENTS

The State Senate recently passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (Senate bill S.2328), which would require the Department of Education to provide yellow school bus transportation for students in New York City.

 

June 24, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LANZA'S BILL TO ENABLE COVERAGE FOR ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY


The New York State Senate passed a bill to potentially save chemotherapy patients thousands of dollars in pharmaceutical costs by ensuring that chemotherapy treatment, no matter how administered, is covered equally by insurance companies. The bill (S.3988), sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-C, Staten Island), would help patients by enabling oral chemotherapy – a treatment in pill form - to be covered by insurance as a chemotherapy treatment.

“There is absolutely no reason why life-saving medicines should be covered differently simply because of the way they are administered,” said Senator Lanza. “This bill is about keeping up with the times and the changing face of medicine.”

June 22, 2011
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SENATOR LANZA NOMINATES STATEN ISLAND VETERAN JORDAN CZERNIAWSKI TO THE NYS SENATE VETERANS’ HALL OF FAME

Senator Andrew Lanza recently honored Jordan Czerniawski as his 2011 inductee to the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame at a special ceremony in Albany Tuesday.  Czerniawski, a Korean War Vet and family man, passed away in December of 2010. His wife, Phyllis, accepted the honor on his behalf.

June 20, 2011
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STATEN ISLAND DELEGATION ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF PHRAGMITES FIRE PREVENTION BILL

Bill Will Empower Property Owners to Protect Themselves & Neighbors

               The New York State Senate and Assembly passed legislation that will help protect the residents of Staten Island from phragmites fueled fires.

June 17, 2011
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LANZA SPONSORS PRESCRIPTION DRUG BILL TO FIGHT ABUSE & ADDICTION

Lanza Partners With Assemblyman Cusick, DA Dan Donovan & Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to Target Prescription Drug Addiction – Part Of National Movement to Address America’s Prescription Drug Crisis 

June 15, 2011
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SENATOR LANZA ANNOUNCE 'I FISH NY' FREE FISHING CLINICS SUMMER 2011

 

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (NYSDEC) I FISH NY program will be offering free fishing clinics for all New Yorkers during this summer.

 


June 25, 2011: Raritan Bay Festival at Conference House Park, Staten Island, Noon - 5:00 pm

July 13, 2011: Fishing w/ Senior Citizens at Baisley Pond Park, Queens, 9:00am - 12:00pm

June 10, 2011
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IN THE NEWS - The Wall Street Journal - NY bill would reduce costs on oral chemotherapy

ALBANY, N.Y. — Megan Bonstein says modern health care has provided her oral chemotherapy in a pill to fight her leukemia, but modern health insurance has failed her.

"Ten years ago, that was a very grim diagnosis," the 26-year-old Columbia University social work major said of her cancer, leukemia. But advances since then — and since her own diagnosis in early 2009 — like oral chemotherapy have worked. For many cancer patients, the pill form provides a way to trade hospital intravenous treatments, hair loss and nausea for a dose taken in their own home, on their own schedule.

June 10, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL REQUIRING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR BUS DRIVERS

Bill Addresses Recent Incidents of Dangerous Bus Drivers with a History of Criminal Driving Convictions

 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, cosponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza, that would help ensure bus safety and crack down on so-called “terror” bus drivers. The bill requires bus drivers to submit to a criminal history check. The legislation aims to improve safety for bus passengers following a string of bus crashes caused by dangerous bus drivers with a history of criminal driving convictions.

June 8, 2011
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SENATOR ANDREW LANZA TO HOST 4th ANNUAL TEACHER RECOGNITION DAY

Senator Andrew Lanza will honor teachers from across Richmond County at the College of Staten Island this Friday at his 4th annual Teacher Recognition Day.

June 3, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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SENATE PASSES ANTI-BULLYING LEGISLATION

Includes Protections Against Cyber-Bullying and Helps Empower Schools To Intervene

The New York State Senate today passed comprehensive anti-bullying legislation to help put an end to this destructive activity that often interferes with a student’s education and emotional well-being. The bill (S.4921), cosponsored by Senator Lanza, would help prevent cyber-bullying as well as conventional bullying on school grounds to create safer learning environments for children.

June 2, 2011
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Staten Island Advance Editorial: Justice on judges

It's hard to believe that it has been four years since the state Legislature finally gave Staten Island its own, separate judicial district after decades of rejecting calls for this borough's judicial independence.    Of course, partisan politics factored heavily into that steadfast refusal. Leaders of the Democratic-controlled Assembly preferred it that Staten Island was an appendage of Brooklyn's 2nd Judicial District because Brooklynites invariably elect judicial candidates nominated by the Democratic Party.    But in 2007, the Assembly finally relented and passed a bill creating the 13th Judicial District.

May 27, 2011
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IN THE NEWS: STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE - Put city under tax cap, Island electeds urge

With a property tax cap for homeowners across the state - except for New York City homeowners - taking center stage in Albany, members of the borough's delegation pointed to legislation they advanced earlier this year, co-sponsored by state Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) and Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Mid-Island). It would cap the yearly growth of property taxes at either 2 percent or the level of the Consumer Price Index, whichever is less. Also from Lanza and Ms. Malliotakis is legislation calling for an independent audit of Metropolitan Transportation Authority finances. "The MTA consistently deals with a deficit of its own creation and consistently comes to the taxpayers with their hands out," said Lanza.

May 27, 2011
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