Dean G. Skelos' News items

Skelos Promotes Importance Of Reading To Young Children In Lynbrook

On April 7th, Senator Skelos read to children at the Davison Avenue School in Lynbrook. The week of April 3rd through the 7th was designated by the National Association for the Education of Young Children as "Week of the Young Child." This year’s theme was "Build better futures for all children."

April 26, 2006
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Skelos Promotes Importance Of Reading To Young Children In Rockville Centre

On April 7th, Senator Skelos read to children at the Rockville Centre Head Start program. The week of April 3rd through the 7th was designated by the National Association for the Education of Young Children as "Week of the Young Child." This year’s theme was "Build better futures for all children."

April 26, 2006
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Skelos Announces Successful Effort To Expand Eligibility For Low-cost Sonyma Mortgages On Long Island

February 27, 2006.Following Senator Skelos’ request, the IRS issued new regulations increasing the maximum purchase price on Long Island for SONYMA mortgages to $429,610 (90% of Long Island’s median home value). Under federal law, SONYMA’s purchase price limit cannot exceed 90% of the region’s median home price. This figure rises to $525,090 for homes located in “target” areas and higher for multi-family homes.

April 19, 2006
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Skelos Welcomes Rabbi And Cadets To The Capitol On West Point Day

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) welcomed Rabbi (Major) Carlos C. Huerta, Chaplain of the United States Military Academy at West Point, to the Senate chamber on the designation of Wednesday April 5, 2006 being West Point Day. Each year the New York State Senate and Assembly commemorate the establishment of the United States Military Academy at West Point by an act of Congress, on March 16, 1802.

April 10, 2006
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Skelos And Barra Meet With Students From Valley Stream's South High School

Senator Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and Assemblyman Bob Barra (R-Lynbrook) were joined by Todd Holly, Band Director, and the Valley Stream South High School Symphonic Band in Albany on Thursday, March 30. The students were at the Capitol for a performance in honor of March being Music In Our Schools Month at the South Concourse of the Empire State Plaza. The band received a tour of the State Capitol and spoke with Senator Skelos and Assemblyman Barra on the Assembly steps outside of the Assembly Chamber.

April 10, 2006
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Skelos Announces State School Aid Increase For Nassau County And Property Tax Relief Package

SKELOS ANNOUNCES STATE SCHOOL AID INCREASE FOR NASSAU COUNTY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF PACKAGEBudget Contains Education Tax Credit and Eliminates State Sales Tax on ClothingNew York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G.

April 5, 2006
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Weisenberg And Skelos Pass Resolutions For Long Beach Middle School's Chamber Orchestra And Jazz Band

WEISENBERG AND SKELOS PASS RESOLUTIONS FOR LONG BEACH MIDDLE SCHOOL’S CHAMBER ORCHESTRA AND JAZZ BANDAt the State Capitol, Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) and Senator Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) met with students and teachers from the Long Beach Middle School on Tuesday, March 28. The Legislators passed joint resolutions honoring Ms. Jacqueline Scher for her exceptional work with the Chamber Orchestra and Ms.

March 30, 2006
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New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) today announced the selection of Rockville Centre resident Daniel J. Brandi to the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame.

March 27, 2006
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Skelos Meets With South Hempstead Resident Who Heads State Music Association

Senator Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) attended a performance hosted by the New York State School Music Association ("NYSSMA"). The performance featured the All State Instrumental and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. The performance kicked off "Music in Our Schools Month." Senator Skelos was met by NYSSMA President and South Hempstead resident James Cassara and other NYSSMA officials.

March 16, 2006
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Senate Passes Skelos' Historic Plan To Fight Medicaid Fraud

The New York State Senatetoday passedthe toughest, most comprehensive plan to combat Medicaid fraud in the United States. The Medicaid Fraud Prevention and Recovery Reform Act of 2006 (S.6872-A, Senator Dean Skelos, R-Rockville Centre) is a 10-point plan that would fight fraud and abuse at every step of the process, from billing and pre-payment review to investigation, civil recovery and criminal prosecution of Medicaid thieves."Medicaid fraud steals from everyone in New York State.

March 15, 2006
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Skelos Announces Passage Of Senate Budget Plan

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G.

March 15, 2006
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Li State Senate Delegation, Northrop Grumman And Lift Announce New State Homeland Security Center Of Excellence

Long Island’s New York State Senate Delegation, Northrop Grumman Corporation and the Long Island Forum for Technology ("LIFT") today announced a new, $190 million New York State Center for Innovation and Excellence in Homeland Security in Bethpage. Construction of the 65,000 sq. ft. facility will be funded through a $21.1 million grant secured by Long Island’s State Senate Delegation and the Center is expected to create 9,800 jobs and establish Long Island as the national leader in homeland security research.At today’s announcement, Senators Dean G.

March 10, 2006
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Skelos Proposes Historic Plan To Fight Medicaid Fraud

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) today unveiled the toughest, most comprehensive plan to combat Medicaid fraud in the United States. The Medicaid Fraud Prevention and Recovery Reform Act of 2006 is a 10-point plan that would fight fraud and abuse at every step of the process, from billing and pre-payment review to investigation, civil recovery and criminal prosecution of Medicaid thieves.

March 9, 2006
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Skelos Meets With Students From The Hebrew Academy Of The Five Towns And Rockaway

Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns & Rockaway (HAFTR) on Tuesday, February 14.

March 9, 2006
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Skelos Announces 2006 "cadet Appointment Program" For Suny Maritime College

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) has announced he is seeking applicants for the State University of New York Maritime College's "Cadet Appointment Program" for fall 2006. Senator Skelos will nominate two qualified high school seniors for an opportunity to receive a state-funded four-year scholarship to the college."For more than a century, SUNY Maritime has trained the leaders of tomorrow," said Senator Skelos.

February 13, 2006
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Senator Skelos Joins With The Burke Family On The 1st Day In Their New Home And Calls For A Stand Against Racism

On the first day in their new home, the Burke Family and friends were greeted by Senator Dean Skelos as they take a stand against racism and are welcomed to the community. Senator Skelosbrought a house gift and provided lunch for their friends and family who will be helping unloadthe moving truck."The hate-filled graffiti that was painted on the Burke's house was horrible, but this disgusting event brought the community together," said Senator Skelos. "This type of bigotry resonates close to home for me.

February 13, 2006
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Skelos Meets With Mentoring Partnership Of Long Island And Local Residents

On January 24th, Senator Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) met with representatives from the Mentoring Partnership of Long Island at his office in the State Capitol.

February 9, 2006
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Senator Skelos Visits Life House In Cedarhurst

New York State Senator Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) visited the LIFE House located in Cedarhurst to see the facility and recognize the wonderful accomplishments which the learning center has made. Senator Skelos, a long time supporter of Labor & Industry For Education (LIFE), has a special affection for children with special needs. Over the past several years he has secured grants from the New York State Education Department for LIFE programs that services at-risk youth.

February 7, 2006
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Skelos Invites Students To Join In Environmental Competition

State Senator Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) today encouraged local students to participate in the 15th Annual "I*MA*GREEN*NATION" Celebration, a statewide competition that encourages student awareness of pressing environmental issues that affect the global, national and local community.

February 6, 2006
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Skelos Holds Senate Hearing On Medicaid Fraud At Hofstra

New York State’s Medicaid system at Hofstra University.

February 3, 2006
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