Dean G. Skelos' News items

Skelos Meets With Senior Softball Team That Restored Local Ball Field

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) met with the "Boys of Summer" senior softball team to view the newly cleaned ball field at Hempstead Lake State Park. Through the efforts of the team’s organizer, Bob Simmons, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation restored the neglected softball field at Hempstead Lake State Park.After meeting with the group Senator Skelos said, "The field looks great. These are talented ballplayers and a great group of guys.

December 5, 2007
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Skelos Urges Parents To Check Video Game Ratings

United States. Established in 1994, the Entertainment Software Rating Board is a non-profit, self-regulatory body that applies and enforces ratings, advertising guidelines and online privacy principles adopted by the video game industry.#####

November 26, 2007
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Long Island Senate Majority Delegation And Long Island Housing Partnership Highlight Affordable Housing Program

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and Long Island’s Senate Majority Delegation, the Long Island Housing Partnership ("LIHP") and BAE Systems located in Greenlawn today held a press conference in Huntington Station with BAE Systems employee Cindy Howard who is one of the first new homeowners who received downpayment assistance though the Senate Majority Delegation’s Homeownership and Economic Stabilization for Long Island Program ("HELP").Senator Skelos said, "The HELP program is quickly becoming a tremendous s

November 2, 2007
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Skelos, Murray And Darcy Announce $680,000 In Funding To Beautify The Woodmere Central Business District

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Town Councilman Jim Darcy today announced $680,000 in funding to beautify Woodmere’s central business district.

October 31, 2007
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Senator Skelos, Assemblyman Barra, Lirr President Helena Williams And Mayor Curran Announce New High Security Fencing For Lynbrook

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and Assemblyman Bob Barra (R-Lynbrook), announced that in response to the recent tree trimming campaign in Lynbrook, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) has agreed to install high security fencing along Sunrise Highway between Ocean Avenue and Denton Avenue."With the removal of the trees and lower lying vegetation along the tracks an unsafe condition was created allowing unobstructed access to the track.

October 29, 2007
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Senate Passes Bill To Prohibit Drivers Licenses For Illegal Aliens

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), along with his colleagues in the New York State Senate, today passed legislation that would stop Governor Spitzer’s plan to issue drivers licenses to illegal aliens by requiring a social security number or proof of authorized presence in the United States to obtain a New York State drivers license or non-driver identification card.The legislation, Senate Bill 6484, the Senate passed today is sponsored by Senator Frank Padavan (Queens).

October 25, 2007
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Skelos, Hannon And Alfano Announce Support For Vlts At Belmont Park

New York State Senators Dean G. Skelos (R–9th Senate District) and Kemp Hannon (R–6th Senate District) and Assemblyman Tom Alfano (R–21st Assembly District) today held a press conference at Gotham Avenue Elementary School in Elmont to announce their support for the introduction of video lottery terminals ("VLTs") at Belmont Park racetrack."This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to revitalize Belmont Park and invest in Elmont and the surrounding communities," said Senator Skelos.

October 25, 2007
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Long Island State Senate Majority Delegation Urges MTA To Withdraw Fare Increase Plan

Long Island’s New York State Senate Majority Delegation today urged the Metropolitan Transportation Authority ("MTA") to withdraw its plan to raise fares and tolls in 2008, 2010 and every two years thereafter.As signed by Senators Dean Skelos, Owen Johnson, Kenneth LaValle, Caesar Trunzo, John Flanagan, Kemp Hannon, Carl Marcellino and Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., the Delegation sent a letter to the MTA Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Elliot G.

October 11, 2007
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Important Information For Seniors Attending Senator Skelos' Fifth Annual Golden Gathering Senior Health Fair

Senator Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) today announced a relaxation in the flu shot policy for seniors attending his Golden Gathering Senior Health Fair on October 19th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rockville Centre Senior Center.Working with South Nassau Communities Hospital and Nassau University Medical Center, Senator Skelos annually provides more than 1,000 free flu shots to seniors who attend the Golden Gathering.

October 11, 2007
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Skelos And Senate Racing Committee Hold Hearing On The Future Of Belmont Park At Elmont Memorial Library

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.This second hearing focused on issues related to the impact of awarding the State Racing Franchise on communities surrounding Belmont Park.

October 2, 2007
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Senator Skelos, Assemblyman Lanceman And Lirr Announce Law Protecting Commuters Who Report Suspicious Activity

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."Since the evil, terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, we have encouraged people on airplanes, in buildings and aboard our subways and commuter trains to report anything they deem suspicious," said Senator Skelos.

September 26, 2007
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Skelos Pipeline Security Bill Signed Into Law

John F. Kennedy Airport terror plot where fuel storage tanks and pipelines at JFK were targeted by terrorists.“Throughout New York State, underground fuel lines transporting highly-combustible materials, like natural gas, jet fuel and petroleum, pass beneath our communities,” said Senator Skelos.  “The jet fu

September 10, 2007
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Sweeney & Skelos Announce Federal Audit Of NYS Department Of Health’s Medicaid Fraud Prevention Program

R-Clifton Park) and New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) today announced that, at their request, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has decided to conduct a Program Integrity Review of the New York State Department of Health’s Office of Medicaid Management.

July 30, 2007
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Skelos And Leading Environmental Groups Urge Action On Legislation Encourage Purchase Of Hybrid And Other Fuel Efficient Vehicles

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and representatives from leading state environmental advocacy organizations today urged the State Assembly to pass legislation that would provide a sales tax exemption for hybrid, fuel cell and other fuel efficient vehicles."This legislation is an important first step toward reducing our dependence on foreign oil and protecting our environment," said Senator Skelos.

July 12, 2007
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Skelos, Weisenberg, Murray And Ford Announce New Law Directing State To Dredge Jones Inlet And Restore Point Lookout Beaches

Senator Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach), Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford today announced that Governor Spitzer signed legislation into law specifically directing the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ("DEC") to complete the proposed dredging of Jones Inlet and deposit the resulting 700,000 cubic yards of sand on the severely-eroded beaches in Point Lookout."This is great news for the boaters who use Jones Inlet and residents of Point Lookout," said Senator Skelos.

July 10, 2007
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Legislation Directing State To Dredge Jones Inlet And Restore Point Lookout Beaches Passes Legislature

June 14, 2007, it confirmed that “the Corps stands ready to execute the agreement and initiate the three month contracting process leading to physical work commencement in October 2007.”Governor Spitzer has 10 days from the date it is sent to his office for consideration to sign or veto the bill.#####

June 21, 2007
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Skelos, Weisenberg And Murray Meet With Point Lookout Residents To Discuss Beach Replenishment

Long Beach Barrier Island is my top priority,” said Assemblyman Weisenberg. “I will continue to do everything in my power to get this project done.”Typically, the federal government provides 90%, or more, of the funding necessary for these projects, with the state and local governments responsible for the balance. While Congressman Peter King inserted $4.1 million for the Jones Inlet dredging project in the U.S. House of Representatives’ budget proposal, the U.S.

June 20, 2007
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Skelos Honors 5 Towns Public And Non-public School Teacher As His 2007 Woman Of Distinction

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) today announced Mrs. Rebecca Isseroff as his 2007 New York State "Woman of Distinction" at the New York State Senate’s 10th Annual "Women of Distinction" ceremony in Albany. Rebecca Isseroff teaches Chemistry at Lawrence High School, Rambam Mesivta High School, Stella K. Abraham High School and the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns."I am extremely proud to honor Rebecca as my 2007 Woman of Distinction," said Senator Skelos.

June 11, 2007
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Senate Passes Tax Exemption For Hybrid And High Mile-per-gallon Vehicles

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and the state’s leading environmental advocacy organizations applauded the Senate’s passage of legislation providing tax incentives for the purchase of hybrid and high mile-per-gallon vehicles and called for immediate action in the State Assembly."This legislation is an important first step toward reducing our dependence on foreign oil and protecting our environment," said Senator Skelos.

June 6, 2007
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