Dean G. Skelos' News items

State, County And Town Announce Empire Zone In Nassau County

“The Empire Zone program has proven to be an excellent tool for creating and maintaining jobs across New York State and will be an important economic development tool for Nassau County as well,” said Senator Michael Balboni.“The establishment of a Senate initiated Empire Zone in Nassau County will provide great opportunities for new jobs, business expansion and a boost for local economic development,” said Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr.Empire State Development Chairman Charles A.

January 5, 2006

Skelos And Long Island State Senate Delegation Unveil Property Tax Relief Plan

Senator Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and Long Island’s State Senate Delegation today met at the Levittown home of Mike and Donna Normandia and their two children to announce a new proposal to help alleviate the burden placed on LI’s property taxpayers.

January 3, 2006

Local, State And Federal Officials Work To Remedy Storm Damaged Shoreline

Murray and Cullin have also been working with Senator Dean Skelos to coordinate State Department of Environmental Conservation involvement and to secure state and local funding for a portion of the Army Corps' project. “Beach erosion and the damage caused by severe storms are an impending threat to homeowners in Point Lookout,” said Senator Skelos. “It is critically-important that we move forward with these two targeted projects that restore Point Lookout’s beachfront and provide additional protection for the area. By continuing to work together, we will ensure that all

December 28, 2005

No Reason To Wait For Feds; Assembly Must Act To Keep Sex Offenders On Registry Now!

During the next five years, 5,365 level two and 46 level three sex offenders are scheduled to leave the Sex Offender Registry. In addition, 4,231 level one offenders would be removed from the registry without any judicial review.

December 16, 2005

Senator Skelos Announces A $15,000 Grant For The Rosa Lee Young Childhood Center

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) today presented a $15,000 grant to the Rosa Lee Young Childhood Center located in Rockville Centre."By offering affordable child care for working families, the Rosa Lee Young Childhood Center provides an important service to the community," said Senator Skelos.

December 9, 2005

Skelos Presents Rockville Centre Veteran With Honor

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) today presentedRockville Centre resident Daniel J. Brandi with a plaque honoring his induction intothe New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame.

December 9, 2005

Skelos Reminds Homeowners To Apply For Their Star Savings

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) today urged all homeowners who are not benefiting from the state’s School Tax Relief ("STAR") program to file an application by January 2, 2006."Through the STAR program, all homeowners can save money on their property taxes," said Senator Skelos.

December 8, 2005

Skelos Selects Rockville Centre Resident Daniel Brandi For New York State Senate Veterans Hall Of Fame

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.

November 7, 2005

Skelos Announces Funding For New $4.3 Million Valley Stream Train Station

Valley Stream was erected in 1880 on the heels of the LIRR’s inaugural service to the station in 1879. The current building, constructed during the grade elimination project of 1933, has served LIRR customers well for over 70 years. I am thrilled that this new station building will continue that tradition for generations to come.”“This is an exciting announcement for the Village of Valley Stream,” said Assemblyman Bob Barra. “For years, this station has been an eyesore in our community.

October 27, 2005

Skelos To Hold Third Golden Gathering Senior Health Fair On Friday, October 21st

Town of Hempstead Senior Centers

Community Senior Centers

Rockville Centre Leonard Sandel Sr. Center50 S.

October 11, 2005

Skelos Provides Information About Hurricane Relief And Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Katrina and its ensuing devastation focused the world’s attention on Louisiana, Mississippi and the entire Gulf Coast region. To date, Long Islanders have been among the most generous when it comes to donating time and money to help their fellow Americans in crisis.Now, Hurricane Rita threatens to inflict even more harm on this region.

September 23, 2005

Sweeney And Skelos Announce Medicaid Fraud Investigation To Be Conducted By U.s. Dept. Of Health & Human Services Inspector General's Office In New York State

The Office of the Inspector General at HHS has outlined a timeline for the review of the state MFCU. They anticipate beginning the review by mid to late October and completing the evaluation and analysis by early next year.#####

August 31, 2005

Skelos Unveils Plan To Boost Prosecution Of Medicaid Fraud

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) today announced new legislation designed to increase the prosecution of Medicaid fraud. The Skelos bill will provide local district attorneys with information about Medicaid fraud committed within their county and enable the district attorney’s office and the county to retain a portion of any Medicaid fraud dollars recovered.

August 2, 2005

Long Island Veterans Back Plan From Skelos And Long Island Senate Delegation To Build A "hall Of Fame"

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), SenatorCaesar Trunzo and the rest ofLong Island’s state Senate delegation today received a major push in their effort to create a New York Veterans Hall of Fame, as hundreds of Long Island veterans rallied in support of the plan at the American Airpower Museum, in Farmingdale.SenatorSkelossaid, "New Yorkers from Teddy Roosevelt to Colin Powell, and from the battlefields of Long Island to Baghdad, have shown extraordinary valor and courage in defense of freedom.

July 5, 2005

Senator Skelos Appointed To Bipartisan High Speed Rail Task Force

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) was appointed to a new State Senate Task Force on High Speed Rail created by Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno (R-Brunswick).

June 29, 2005

Skelos And Weisenberg Pass Bills Providing Payments For The Long Beach School District & Lido-point Lookout Fire District

May 12, 2005, Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford requested that Senator Skelos and Assemblyman Weisenberg introduce this legislation “so [the school and fire districts] may continue to be entitled to these county funds.”#####

June 28, 2005

Senate And Assembly Pass Skelos' Legislation To Ban Mercury In Vaccines

The New York Senate and Assembly have each passed legislation (S.2707-C), sponsored by Senator Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Center) that would prohibit the administration of any vaccine containing more than a trace amount of mercury to children under the age of three or pregnant women.Thimerosal, which contains a form of mercury, has been used in vaccines for years as a preservative to help prevent life-threatening bacterial contamination.

June 24, 2005

Skelos And Senate Press For Assembly Action On Sex Offender Legislation

Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and members of the Senate Majority Conference today called on the Assembly to act on legislation approved by the Senate to strengthen Megan’s Law and the state’s Sex Offender Registry to protect the public from sexual predators.Senators were joined at a Capitol news conference today by Mark Lunsford of Florida. Lunsford’s nine year old daughter Jessica was killed by a convicted sex offender in Florida earlier this year.

June 24, 2005

Skelos Announces Passage Of New Law Authorizing Direct Wine Shipments

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) today announced the passage of legislation authorizing the direct shipment of wine into and out of New York State. The bill reflects a three way agreement between the Senate, the Governor and the Assembly."For several years, I have been working to enable Long Island wineries to ship their products to customers in other states," said Senator Skelos.

June 24, 2005
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