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Expedited Federal Disaster Declaration

Andrew M. Cuomo - Governor
Governor Cuomo Requests Expedited Federal Major Disaster Declaration for New York State

Printer-friendly version Albany, NY (August 30, 2011)

August 30, 2011
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Senator Carlucci: Assisting Residents and Businesses Recover from Hurricane Irene

(Nanuet, NY)  Hurricane Irene has left approximately 48,000 residents in our area without power and caused extensive damage to homes and businesses.  Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) has been touring Rockland and Orange counties and will continue to do so over the next 24-48 hours with local government officials and business owners to determine how the state can help with recovery both in the immediate and long terms. 

“My priority over the next several days is to ensure that residents and businesses receive the assistance they require to recover from the damaging effects of Hurricane Irene,”  Senator Carlucci said. 

Senator Carlucci offers the following advice to home and business owners who have suffered damage from Hurricane Irene:

August 29, 2011
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Prepare before the storm!

If anyone in your home uses life support equipment such as an apnea monitor or oxygen concentrator, contact Orange and Rockland before the storm.

Stock up on food, water and if necessary, prescriptions.

Charge your cell phone.  Store the numbers to report flooding or power outages in your phone.

Learn how to manually open and close your garage door.

Fill your tank.

Bring in lawn furniture, children’s toys and other large, loose objects.

Stay home during the storm.  Leave the road clear for emergency vehicles.

Stay clear of and report downed power lines to the Utility company.

 Important numbers:

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Fema.gov

1-800-621-3362

 

August 26, 2011
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Senator Carlucci Creating Jobs Through the NYS Film Production Tax Credit Program

(Greenwood Lake, NY) Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) met with Rob Reiner to discuss the production of a film Reiner is producing in Greenwood Lake and the benefits of production in New York State, in particular the New York State Film Production Tax Credit Program. 

“The New York State Film Production Tax Credit Program was developed to incentivize film producers to come to New York State to shoot their movies, and it is working,”  Senator Carlucci said.  “I am pleased that Rob Reiner has chosen Greenwood Lake to produce his latest film because it is creating local jobs and boosting the economy in the community.  When films are produced here, local businesses win.“

August 25, 2011
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Senator Carlucci Protecting New Yorkers from Unexpected Out-Of Network Charges

 

Nathan Rothstein, 14, was bitten by a dog and needed to be seen in an emergency room.  His parents, Debra and Jeffrey took him to an in-network hospital where they were told Nathan’s wounds were too deep and a plastic surgeon needed to be called in.  The surgeon who was on call that day was an out-of-network doctor, but the Rothsteins were not informed of that until they went to his office to have the bandages removed and were handed a bill.

According to the New York State Insurance Department, hospitals are not required to inform patients if they are going to be treated by an out-of-network physician. 

August 18, 2011
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Creating Jobs, Protecting the Environment and Saving Money

 

(Suffern, NY) In an effort to help homeowners and businesses save money on their energy costs, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) informed residents of how  to make energy efficiency upgrades in their homes or businesses with no out of pocket expense.

“The Power NY Act of 2011 will enhance the Green Jobs program by incentivizing homeowners to upgrade their homes without taking any money out of their pocket, this will save families money, create jobs and protect our environment,” Senator Carlucci said.

After the audit the contractor explains what improvements can be made and develops a proposal detailing all of their recommendations, including associated costs and energy savings estimates. 

July 21, 2011
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Preliminary Report regarding hydrofracking posted to DEC's website

Below please find the letter I sent to Commissioner Martens regarding hydrofracking.  The Department of Environmental Conservation posted the preliminary report regarding hydrofracking today.  There will be a public comment period soon and I encourage all New Yorkers to review the report and make your concerns known.  Please go to http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/75370.html to review the report.

July 10, 2011

Dear Commissioner Martens,

I appreciate the Department of Environmental Conservation’s hard work in thoroughly looking at the safety of hydraulic fracturing in New York State.  However, I do not agree with the state’s consideration at this time to potentially lift the moratorium on high volume horizontal drilling.

July 8, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill Calling for MTA Forensic Audit

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S4637)  co-sponsored by Senator David Carluucci (D-Rockland/Orange) that would commence a forensic audit of the public authority.

Under the legislation, the audit, which would be the first true top-to-bottom review of the MTA, would be conducted by an independent outside auditing firm and be paid for by the authority.

June 21, 2011
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Senate Passes Legislation that will Eliminate the MTA Payroll Tax

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S5596A) co-sponsored by Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) that will repeal the job killing MTA Payroll Tax.

“This is a job killing onerous tax that never should have been implemented,”  Senator Carlucci said.  “New York State needs to become much more business friendly, incentivizing businesses to open and operate here rather than chasing them out of state with oppressive taxes.  Eliminating this ill conceived tax will provide some relief to our overburdened small business owners.”

This legislation will phase out the MTA payroll tax, eventually eliminating it completely.  The phase out schedule is as follows:

June 21, 2011
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Senator Carlucci: Saving Taxpayer Dollars and Reducing Waste

The State Senate passed legislation (S4818A) sponsored by Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) that will reduce state expenditures by eliminating requirements to provide free hard copies of the State Register to city, village and town clerks as well as state agencies and legislators.

 

The State Register is a booklet that lists rulemaking actions and other public notices and is updated weekly.  A free online version of the registry has been available since 2003.  Entities will be allowed to opt out of receiving a hard copy, but no entity wishing to receive the hard copy will be denied.

 

June 8, 2011
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Three Way Ethics Reform Package Agreement

“I am pleased that a three way agreement has been reached on an ethics reform package.  Tough ethics regulations are essential to restoring public trust in our state government.  This package includes many of the measures in the ethics reform proposal that I put forth earlier this year including an Independent Joint Commission on Ethics, expanded disclosure requirements to avoid conflicts of interest and stripping public pensions from those who violate the public’s trust.  I appreciate the efforts of Governor Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Silver, and look forward to these vital reforms being implemented at lo

June 6, 2011
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Free Screening of the Documentary Gasland

Please join Senator David Carlucci for a free screening of the powerful documentary Gasland on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 7:00pm at the Nyack Center, Nyack, New York.

May 26, 2011
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Senator Carlucci Hosted Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon

On Saturday May 21 Senator David Carlucci hosted the Orange and Rockland County Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon, to pay tribute to women leaders who have made extraordinary contributions in their professions or their communities at the Crowne Plaza in Suffern.

“Each of our honorees were chosen because they possess special spirit and compassion, going above and beyond what is expected of them,”  Senator Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) said. “I wanted to extend my deepest gratitude with this award ceremony to thank them for everything they do for our community.  It is people like them who make our community such a great place to live, and set an example that we all strive to live up to.”

May 23, 2011
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Preserve, Promote, Grow: Senator Carlucci Unveils Package To Strengthen NY Farms

Senator David Carlucci today unveiled a legislative package designed to preserve, promote and grow farming in New York State.

“It is not only essential that we work to actively promote our family farms, but that we also seek ways to make sure they continue to grow and prosper,” said Senator David Carlucci, (D-Rockland/ Orange), said. “This package of legislation will provide the tools needed to support our farmers, promote locally grown agricultural products and preserve our valuable farm land.”

May 18, 2011
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Senators Carlucci, Maziarz, Ball and Parker Hold Hearing on Nuclear Power Contingency Plans: Live Link

 

  I am  hosting a hearing focusing on the safety of New York’s nuclear power plants and their contingency plans in the event of a natural disaster as well as the importance of Grid reliability.  To watch now click here:

http://www.nysenate.gov/event/2011/may/12/examine-contingency-plans-indian-point-power-plant-case-natural-disaster-well-asse

May 12, 2011
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Report Shows $391 Million Positive Impact for Marriage Equality

Senator David Carlucci and the Independent Democratic Conference today reaffirmed its support for marriage equality and released a report showing that New York State stands to generate some $391 million in increased economic activity, revenue, and savings during the three years after it is made law.

The IDC released their report, “For Love or Money?: The Economic Impact of Marriage Equality in New York,” while standing with advocates and constituents who are pushing to make marriage equality a reality in New York.

May 10, 2011
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Senator Carlucci Hosts Screening of the Film Gasland

 Senator David Carlucci on Friday, May 6th hosted a screening of the documentary Gasland by filmmaker Josh Fox who was asked to lease his land for hydrofracking.  The film follows his travels exposing the dangers and hazards related to gas drilling.

Over 60 people attended this important event to inform the public about the potential dangers of hydrofracking. 

May 9, 2011
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Preserve, Promote and Grow Local Farms

(Congers, NY) Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) announced today important legislation that will preserve, promote and grow New York’s local farms. The Senator was joined by farmers, members of the agriculture community and renowned Chef Peter Kelly at the Dr. Davies Farm in Congers.

“Preserving New York’s farmland and promoting our fine agricultural products is a top priority,” Senator Carlucci said. “While New York farmers have risen to meet the many challenges they face in a globalized agricultural economy, they can still use the help that New York State can provide. The package of bills I have introduced will preserve farmland, promote the importance of locally grown produce and grow local farms throughout the State.”

April 15, 2011
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