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SENATOR LANZA HIGHLIGHTS LANDMARK NEW LAW TO PREVENT PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

Senator Andrew Lanza, Assemblyman Michael Cusick and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman were joined by Island officials and community leaders at Delco Drugs on Staten Island to celebrate the implementation of a key component of New York State’s innovative program for preventing prescription drug abuse.

September 4, 2013
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Registration Deadline for September 11th Victim Compensation Fund: October 3, 2011

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (Fund) is approaching an important deadline. Anyone who knew or had reason to know of physical harm or illness resulting from the 9/11 attacks before October 3, 2011 is required to register by October 3, 2013.

August 28, 2013
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Green Challenge: Richmond County Savings Foundation Awarding up to $100,000 in Grants on Staten Island

The Richmond County Savings Foundation will be awarding grants to NFP's on Staten Island who engage in Green Initiatives that improve the environment. The total pool of grants will be $100,000. The deadline to apply is Dec. 1st. For program requirements and eligibility click here or download the flyer.

August 28, 2013
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SENATOR LANZA, ASSEMBLYMAN CUSICK & A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN HIGHLIGHT INNOVATIVE PROGRAM TO PREVENT PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

Beginning Today, Doctors Must Check Patients’ Narcotic Prescription Histories Before Writing Or Refilling A Prescription

Lanza, Cusick & Schneiderman: I-STOP Is A National Model For Fighting The Epidemic Of Prescription Drug Abuse Plaguing Our Communities

August 27, 2013
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CONSUMER ALERT: SENATOR LANZA WARNS NEW YORKERS ABOUT THE GROWING TREND OF CHILD-IDENTITY THEFT

Senator Andrew Lanza today alerted parents, guardians and young adults about a growing trend of child identity theft. These victims may not discover their identities have been stolen until they begin applying for loans, credit card accounts, or renting their first apartment.Child identify theft is often a crime that is not realized until years later after damage has already been done to a stolen identity. New Yorkers need to be aware of this growing trend and be proactive in their efforts to protect their children’s identities and personal information.

August 23, 2013
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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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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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