Dean G. Skelos' News items

Skelos Announces Availability Of Presidential Memorial Certificates Honoring Deceased Veterans

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) today announced the availability of Presidential Memorial Certificates for families of deceased veterans.

April 18, 2005

State Senate And State Assembly Pass Skelos Initiative Requiring Updated Photographs Of Registered Sex Offenders

Through the first on-time New York State Budget in 21 years, both houses of the State Legislature passed an initiative requiring registered sex offenders to have updated photographs taken for New York State’s Sex Offender Registry. Previously, the New York State Senate has passed similar legislation authored by Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre)."Given the passage of time, it is inevitable that the appearance of the sex offender will change from the time that their pictures were initially taken," said Senator Skelos.

April 15, 2005

Weisenberg And Skelos Announce State Grant To Begin Cleanup Of Long Beach Brownfields

Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) and Senator Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) secured a $65,000 state grant to complete a study required to begin remediating a 140-acre parcel located along Reynolds Channel in the City of Long Beach. The funds also support site assessments necessary to determine the extent of the contamination.

April 15, 2005

Skelos And Morelle Announce Passage Of Legislation To Spur Investment In New York

The enactment of a Single Sales Factor will save businesses $130 million when fully implemented.

Single Sales Factor Example

In order to determine the New York State corporate franchise tax liability of companies that conduct a business in multiple states, a formula was created to allocate income according to three factors: sales, payroll and property.

A company is required to calculate the New York State

April 4, 2005

Skelos And Long Island State Senate Delegation Support Plan To Provide Public With More Information Before School Budget Votes

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) today joined the members of Long Island’s State Senate delegation to support a proposal designed to ensure greater accountability in school district budgeting. As written by Senator Kenneth P.

March 11, 2005

Long Island Mall Operator Agrees To Pay Fine And Adhere To Gift Card Law Authored By Skelos And Fuschillo

On March 1, 2004, Simon Property Group, Inc. agreed to pay $125,000 in penalties and costs and comply with New York State’s new gift card law to settle a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Eliot Spitzer at the behest of the law’s authors Senator Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick).The nation’s largest shopping mail chain, Simon Property Group, Inc.

March 7, 2005

Nassau County's State Senators Call Upon Governor Pataki To Appeal New York City School Funding Order

Nassau County’s New York State Senate Delegation, including Senators Dean G. Skelos, Michael A.L. Balboni, Kemp Hannon, Carl L. Marcellino and Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., today held a press conference at the State Supreme Court Building in Mineola encouraging Governor George Pataki to appeal the order entered Monday by State Supreme Court (New York County) Justice Leland DeGrasse in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit.

February 18, 2005

Skelos And Clavin Call For Improvements At Valley Stream Train Station

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin today stood at the crumbling, debris strewn and pigeon infested Valley Stream Railroad Station to urge new capital investments and maintenance efforts to improve conditions for local commuters and beautify the community.

February 14, 2005

Spitzer Files Lawsuit Against Operator Of Roosevelt Field Mall In Response To Skelos And Fuschillo's Request

In a letter dated December 20th, 2004, State Senators Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) requested that New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer enforce a state ban on the assessment of certain gift card fees against the operator of Roosevelt Field Mall—Simon Property Group.As authored by Senators Skelos and Fuschillo, the state ban prohibits the assessment of dormancy fees within the first 12 months of a gift card’s issuance and provides other disclosures/protections to gift card purchasers.

February 4, 2005

Skelos Provides Homeowners With Tips To Save Money This Winter

Given the harsh winter weather conditions affecting Long Island, New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) today encouraged local families to take steps to reduce their energy bills and protect themselves from the cold."This winter, the snow and sub-freezing temperatures on Long Island have driven up home heating bills and created hazardous conditions," said Senator Skelos. "Through the HEAP program, New York State helps alleviate the financial burden high heating bills impose on seniors and working families.

January 28, 2005

Skelos Announces That Federal Tax Deduction To Tsunami Relief Will Apply In New York State

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) recently announced that the new federal law allowing taxpayers to deduct any donations to tsunami relief efforts in Southeast Asia through January 31, 2005 on their 2004 federal tax returns will also apply to residents filing 2004 New York State tax returns."The devastation and human loss brought on by the tsunami in Southeast Asia have deeply touched all of our lives," said Senator Skelos.

January 21, 2005

Skelos And Weisenberg Join Effort To Enhance Funding For Adult Homes

Senator Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) joined with the Empire State Association of Adult Homes and Assisted Living Facilities to call for an $11 per day increase and yearly cost of living adjustments in the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) rate for adult home residents in the 2005-06 State Budget.In 2004, four adult homes in the City of Long Beach closed. The loss of these facilities—Ambassador Manor, Brighton Home for Adults, King David and Atlantic—eliminated 688 beds for local seniors.

January 17, 2005

Skelos And Fuschillo Request Attorney General Investigation Of Simon Group For Violating New Gift Card Law

Dear Attorney General Spitzer:We respectfully request that you review, on behalf of the consumers of New York State, the legality of the "monthly fee" being charged to consumers who purchase Simon Visa gift cards.

January 3, 2005
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