Dean G. Skelos' News items

Senator Skelos Secures Funding For The Oceanside Counseling Center

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (9th Senate District) recently announced that he secured $5,000 in the 2008-09 State Budget for the Oceanside Counseling Center to help fund expenses associated with the services and equipment for the center.

July 24, 2008
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Senator Skelos & Assemblyman Barra Announce $100,000 For Malverne School District

State Senator Dean G. Skelos (9th Senate District) and Assemblyman Bob Barra (14th Assembly District) announced today that $100,000 in state funds has been secured for the Malverne Union Free School District. Senator Skelos and Assemblyman Barra stated that the funds will help fund technology upgrades including new computers, science lab work stations, and programs to teach students how to better utilize technology services and the internet.

July 23, 2008
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Senator Skelos Secures $25,000 For West Hempstead Community Support Association

State Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (9th Senate District) recently announced that he secured $25,000 in state funding for the West Hempstead Community Support Association’s Hempstead Avenue Revitalization Project (HARP).

This funding will help pay for improvements to the infrastructure and aesthetics along Hempstead Avenue including traffic flow, roadway drainage, handicap accessibility, refurbishments of Halls Pond and the town parking lot, as well as the planting of over 100 trees.

July 21, 2008
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Senate Bill Cracks Down on Staged Violence on the Internet

My colleagues and I in the Senate have passed legislation designed to crack down on the alarming trend of recording criminal acts of violence with the intent of distributing them on the Internet for entertainment purposes. The legislation comes in response to an increasing number of violent attacks orchestrated and recorded by individuals who want to post the videos on Internet sharing sites, such as YouTube.com and MySpace.com.

July 7, 2008
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Senate Passes Bills to Help Veterans and Military Members

The New York State Senate passed several bills to provide greater benefits and protections to New York's military personnel. The legislation includes measures to provide better access to health and mental health services, employment opportunities, support for the families of New York's service members, and ways to commemorate and honor those who serve our state and nation. "Our veterans and their families have made so many sacrifices for us all," said Senator Vincent L. Leibell (R-C-I, Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs.

July 7, 2008
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Senate Passes Bill Aimed at Keeping Young Drivers Safe and Alert

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S.8124), sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island), that would limit the number of non-family member passengers under the age of twenty-one who can ride in a car when the driver holds a class DJ or class MJ learners permit or license. According to the National Traffic Safety Administration, traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for persons ages 15 to 20. In fact, more than 7,000 teens die annually in traffic crashes.

June 25, 2008
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Skelos And Local Officials Tour Willow Pond

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) was joined by Mayor Mark Weiss of Hewlett Harbor, Mayor Steve Kaufman of Hewlett Bay Park, and Deputy Mayor Leonard Oppenheimer of Hewlett Harbor, to view the newly revitalized Willow Pond. Senator Skelos was secured $75,000 in State funds for the recently completed revitalization project.

June 16, 2008
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Senate Passes Sex Offender Notification Bill

The New York State Senate Deputy Majority LeaderDean G.Skelos (R-Rockville Centre),today announced the Senate's passage oflegislation to require the State’s Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) to post critical information regarding every registered sex offender in New York State, and provide immediate, email notification to local residents when a sex offender moves into a specific community. This bill is part of the Senate Majority’s comprehensive effort to combat dangerous sexual predators, and keep children and families safe.

May 20, 2008
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Senator Skelos And Attorney General Cuomo To Hold Hearing On Long Island

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) today announced that he, along with Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo and members of the Senate and Assembly, will hold a public hearing on employment arrangements at Long Island school districts as part of a statewide investigation into pension fraud in New York’s school districts, local governments, and special districts.  The hearing at SUNY Farmingdale on Thursday, May 22, 2008 from 10 am to 12 pm.

May 20, 2008
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Skelos Conducts Virtual Town Hall Meeting

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) recently held a virtual town hall meeting to provide an opportunity for residents of the Ninth Senatorial District to interact with Senator Skelos through a chat-room style format, and the response was incredible. "With the new state budget just being enacted, this is a great time for my first virtual town hall meeting," said Senator Skelos. "I was thrilled to see so many people participate and really enjoyed 'chatting' on the issues that are important to them."

April 14, 2008
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State Legislature Passes Libel Terrorism Protection Act

Albany, NY (March 31, 2008) – The New York State Legislature today unanimously passed the “Libel Terrorism Protection Act” (S.6687/A.9652), sponsored by Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Queens) and Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre). When signed into law by Governor David Paterson, this legislation will protect American authors and journalists from foreign lawsuits that infringe on their First Amendment rights.

April 2, 2008
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Taxpayers & Senators Rally To Restore Governors Cuts To Long Island Education

The threat of bad weather didn’t stop taxpayers from voicing their opposition to Governor Spitzer’s cuts to Long Island school districts. At an Education and Taxpayer Rally in Farmingdale, hundreds of taxpayers, educators, students, and business and labor leaders partnered with Long Island’s Senate Majority Delegation to call upon Governor Spitzer to restore the funding he cut to Long Island schools in his proposed education budget.

March 3, 2008
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Alfano And Skelos Honor Elmont's Soccer Star Ahkeel Rodney At State Capitol

At the State Capitol, Ahkeel Rodney walked the halls with Senator Dean Skelos, Assemblyman Tom Alfano, his parents, brother Shaquille, Principal John Capozzi, Board of Education Member Aubrey Phillips, Supt Warren Meierdiercks and Laura Rivera.

February 27, 2008
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Jones Inlet Dredging And Point Lookout Beach Restoration Commences

New York State Senate Deputy Majority LeaderDean G.Skelos, Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, Congressman Peter King and Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray joined with dozens of Point Lookout residents to kick off the dredging of the sand-clogged Jones Inlet and the restoration of the storm-ravaged shoreline at Point Lookout beaches. Also present at the event were Councilwoman Angie Cullin, Legislator Denise Ford, Point Lookout Civic Association President Herb Abbe and Colonel Aniello L. Tortora, New York District Commander and District Engineer, US Army Corps of Engineers.

January 16, 2008
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Sen. Skelos And Assemb. Lancman Propose New Law Protecting American Authors

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Queens) today announced the introduction of the “Libel Terrorism Protection Act” (S.6687/A.9652) on the front steps of The New York Public Library. The legislationwill protect American authors and journalists from foreign lawsuits that infringe on their First Amendment rights.

January 14, 2008
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Senators Skelos And Fuschillo Announce $500,000 In State Funding For South Nassau Hospital

State Senators Dean G. Skelos (9th Senate District) and Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) today announced $500,000 in state funding for South Nassau Communities Hospital to expand its cardiac catheterization program. Once completed, the new 32,000 square foot cardiology suite will feature 3 cardiac catheterization labs, an electrophysiology lab, and a minor procedure room. In addition, there will also be several examination rooms, preparatory/recovery rooms, and a family waiting area.

January 2, 2008
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Skelos And Senate Racing Committee Hold Hearing On The Future Of Belmont Park

At the request of Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), Senator Bill Larkin (R-Cornwall-on-Hudson) and the State Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering held its second of three public hearings to examine the future of the State Racing Franchise at the Elmont Library.

January 2, 2008
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Skelos Joins State Officials To Announce New Law Protecting Commuters

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Queens), Long Island Rail Road ("LIRR") President Helena Williams and Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Michael Balboni today announced a new law protecting individuals who report suspicious behavior relating to a crime or an act of terrorism from lawsuits.

January 2, 2008
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Skelos, Alfano And Community Leaders Call On Spitzer To Support Vlts At Belmont

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-9th Senate District) and Assemblyman Tom Alfano (R-21st Assembly District) today held a press conference in Elmont with numerous community leaders calling upon Governor Spitzer to support the introduction of video lottery terminals (“VLTs”) at Belmont Park racetrack as part of the state thoroughbred racing franchise.

January 2, 2008
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