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Senator Carlucci and OMH’s Nathan S. Kline Institute (NKI) Promote Innovative Research Initiative in Rockland County to Study Debilitating Mental Health Illnesses

ORANGEBURG, NY– New York State Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester), Chairman of the New York State Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee, today joined with researchers of the New York State Office of Mental Health’s Nathan Kline Institute to highlight its latest research initiative towards finding cures for debilitating mental illness.

August 8, 2013
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Statement by Senator David Carlucci on the Hudson River Boating Tragedy

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families of those involved in this devastating boating tragedy. Every New Yorker has been affected by this unimaginable loss.  

"While there is nothing we can do to change the course of events that transpired over this past weekend, we have an obligation to do everything in our power to try to prevent similar tragedies from occurring.  It is clear that more education and public awareness is sorely needed. Mandatory boat safety education will go along way toward informing boat operators and their passengers about the importance of safe operating procedures on New York's waterways. 

July 29, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR CARLUCCI REGARDING THE REVIEW BY THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION INTO UNITED WATER'S DESALINATION PROJECT

“The state Public Service Commission will finally have a real opportunity to reexamine their initial case findings to see if a long-term water supply project is truly needed for Rockland County.  Since the proposed plan began, new information that would impact the county's water supply has been discovered, not to mention that there has never been a comprehensive study done on the cost effectiveness and alternatives to this plan.  While the cost of this project has more than doubled, consumers remain concerned over this project's final price tag. 

July 19, 2013
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GOVERNOR SIGNS GALEF/CARLUCCI BILL BANNING SMOKING IN PLAYGROUNDS

Law prohibits smokers from exposing children to this harmful behavior 

(July 12, 2013) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and Senator David Carlucci are pleased to announce the Governor’s approval of legislation meant to protect our state’s youth.  The newly signed law (A.4205/S1643-Chapter 102 of the Laws of New York 2013) will prohibit smoking at public playgrounds where children under twelve are present during the hours between sunrise and sunset.  This legislation would not prevent local municipalities from enacting or applying more rigorous anti-smoking policies.

July 12, 2013
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Senator Carlucci Applauds the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) for Bringing Regional Centers of Excellence to Rockland County

Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester), Chairman of the Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee, today offered praise upon the release of the long-awaited OMH Regional Centers of Excellence plan that continues its mission of de-institutionalizing care for people with mental illnesses.  The plan reforms existing bureaucracy and provides better community-based care and services as a more holistic approach. 

July 11, 2013
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Senator Carlucci Announces Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Workshop

NEW CITY  – Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) will host a Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Workshop to offer residents tips on how to conserve energy and save money on their homes.  The workshop will be held in collaboration with the Association for Energy Affordability, Inc.  Experts will discuss a number of ways in which homeowners can conduct energy audits, learn about its environmental benefits, green building design and construction, and more. 

July 9, 2013
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Senator Carlucci Calls on the Public Service Commission to Reject Costly Rate Hike Proposal by United Water

NEW CITY  – Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) today joined with Rockland residents to urge the state Public Service Commission (PSC) to formally reject United Water’s latest rate hike proposal dealt to its customers.   If allowed to proceed, by next June, this would saddle an average family of four with an annual increase of $144 dollars per year on their water bill.  This means that a family can see their total water bill payment skyrocket to an astonishing $880.71 annually.

July 8, 2013
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Carlucci, Galef Urge Governor Cuomo to Sign Comprehensive Boating Safety Package into Law

OSSINING, NYSenator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester), Assemblywoman Sandy Galef(D-Westchester/Putnam), and other state and local officials today joined forces to urge the Governor to sign their legislation that will fundamentally change the way boating safety is implemented in New York State.  With summer finally here, the two state legislators were able to pass their bill through both chambers of the state legislature last week.  The effort is designed to educate individuals who currently do not possess boating knowledge to help prevent tragedies from unfolding, as was the case last summer in Long Island and along the Hudson River.

June 27, 2013
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Statement by Senator Carlucci on Senate Passage of Legislation Authorizing Rockland County Deficit Financing Bond

 

"Today, the Senate passed legislation that begins the process of putting Rockland County’s finances back on the right track.  This home-rule legislation gives the necessary approval for the County to help finance its accumulated $96 million dollar deficit over a ten-year period. 

June 21, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator David Carlucci, Chair 10:00 AM, Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Room 124 CAP

June 19, 10:00 AM - 10:25 AM
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Statement by Senator Carlucci on Senate Passage of Bill to Restore $90 Million Dollars Towards OPWDD Providers

"Today, the New York State Senate scored a decisive win for all New Yorkers and offered further proof that we can never put a price tag on our most vulnerable populations.  As a co-sponsor to this legislation (S4777-D), I believe we have struck the right balance of achieving greater cost savings with the creation of a firm safety net. 

"New York State has made tremendous strides in promoting quality care and essential services to those who need it most.  As we begin to implement this plan, we will be able to guarantee that crucial funding will be allocated to our nonprofit service providers instead of falling on the chopping block. 

June 18, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR DAVID CARLUCCI ON LEGISLATIVE AGREEMENT REACHED TO RESTORE $90 MILLION DOLLARS IN CUTS TO OPWDD PROVIDERS

"I am proud we were able to reach an agreement that will undoubtedly stave off devastating cuts that would negatively impact our most vulnerable populations. As Chairman of the Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee, I have met with countless individuals throughout the state who understand the crushing blow these service cuts would have on our nonprofit service providers who care for the developmentally disabled. 

 

June 16, 2013
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Senator Carlucci Presents Clarkstown South Student Alana Kurtti with $1,500 Scholarship Award

ALBANY – Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) recently awarded a $1,500 scholarship prize to Clarkstown South High School student Alana Kurtti as the winner of this year's Italian-American State Legislators Scholarship Program. 

The New City native stood out from her fellow applicants, boasting an impressive resume that included a 4.56 Grade Point Average (GPA), including her participation in activities outside of the classroom.  She currently serves as Captain of her Varsity Softball Team, President of the Greenhouse Club, and volunteers her time spare time fundraising for Operation Smile and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. 

June 11, 2013
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Senator Carlucci Donates Supplies to Hi-Tor Animal Care Center for First Annual "Sit, Stay, Give" Drive

Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) today visited the Hi-Tor Animal Care Center to provide a charitable contribution of over 100 items to pets in need, including toys, food, cleaning supplies, blankets, and more.  He was greeted by dedicated Hi-Tor staff personnel, enthusiastic animal lovers, and a plethora of cats and dogs awaiting their next loving, adopting owner.

“The response amount of support among animal lovers everywhere was truly incredible, and I look forward to working with Hi-Tor in the ways to help so many animals in need,” said Senator Carlucci.

June 7, 2013
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Senator Carlucci Announces Annual Flag Retirement Program in Celebration of Flag Day

In keeping with annual tradition to commemorate our beloved Stars and Stripes, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) today announced that his office has once again launched a Flag Retirement Program to coincide with the celebration of Flag Day. This is an opportunity for Rockland and Westchester residents to donate any aged, torn, or damaged American flags in their possession to ensure that these flags are retired through an official ceremony.

June 7, 2013
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Senator Carlucci, Lauren Shields Join in New Push to Allow Not-for-Profits to Administer Donate Life Registry in New York

ALBANY, NY – Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) today welcomed back organ donor champion Lauren Shields and advocacy groups to Albany in their latest effort to pass a sweeping overhaul of how the organ donation process is administered in New York State.  In arguing for greater control over the Donate Life Registry for organ, eye, and tissue donation, advocates insist that legislators should support current legislation that would turn over its operation and promotion of the Donate Life Registry to a not-for-profit statewide organization that has experience working in organ donation.  In doing so, this would continue a nationwide trend of other states that already have made the appropriate

June 5, 2013
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Senator Carlucci and Westchester Community College Host Financial Aid Workshop for Students and Parents

OSSINING, NY – Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) and Westchester Community College – SUNY (WCC) invite residents to an informative seminar to hear financial aid specialists discuss how families can plan and afford to pay for college.  The event will also feature experts from the WCC Office of Student Financial Assistance, which will be on hand to answer questions and assist parents and students navigate the maze of funding for higher education.

The event will be held this Thursday, June 6th from 7:00pm – 8:30pm at Westchester Community College Ossining Extension Center, located in the Arcadian Shopping Center, 22 Rockledge Avenue, Ossining.

June 3, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator David Carlucci, Chair 9:30 AM, Wednesday, June 5, 2013 Room 816 LOB

June 5, 9:30 AM - 9:40 AM
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