New York State Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon (R, Nassau), Senate Majority Co-Leader Dean G. Skelos (R, Rockville Centre) and Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) today called on state health, emergency services, and homeland security officials to immediately develop a comprehensive plan to address New York’s readiness to combat the Ebola virus. They were joined by Victor F. Politi, M.D., FACP, FACEP, President and Chief Executive Officer of the NuHealth System/Nassau Health Care Corporation, and Nassau County Health Commissioner Lawrence E. Eisenstein, MD, FACP, at a press conference held at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow.
You may be entitled to some of the over $12 billion in unclaimed funds in New York State.
For your protection, banks, insurance companies, utilities, investment companies and many other businesses are required by State law to surrender inactive accounts to the State. These accounts are known as "lost," "abandoned," or "unclaimed" funds.
While great strides have been made in the early detection and treatment of breast cancer -- and many women diagnosed with the disease are living long, healthy lives -- the fight against this deadly disease is far from over.
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women are encouraged to consult with their health care providers to learn more about the disease, discuss their concerns, and develop an appropriate plan for breast cancer screening -- because early detection can save lives.
It’s hard to believe that 13 years have passed since nearly 3,000 lives were tragically cut short.
Please join me in taking a moment today to remember and honor the lives of all those who were taken from us, the brave heroes who helped save lives, and the men and women still working to protect us. Now, more than ever, we must continue to demonstrate that we remain the strongest, most compassionate, and most resilient nation in the world.
Nothing can destroy the American spirit. May God bring comfort to the families of the victims of 9/11, and may he always bless the United States of America.
Today we celebrate Women’s Equality Day. It provides an excellent opportunity for us to commemorate the past achievements of so many who worked for equality, while also highlighting the ongoing efforts to further women’s rights.
New York State has a long, proud tradition of leading the way with women’s rights. Starting with the Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, advocates such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, devoted decades of hard work to ensure that women’s voices could be heard.
Total Chamber Spending Nearly $7 Million Under Budget; Offers Sharp Contrast to Previous Free-Spending Democrat Majority
Senate Republicans have delivered big budget savings to hard-working New York taxpayers over the last year - - bringing total chamber spending in at nearly $7 million under budget.
The figures were released today as part of the Senate’s most recent public Expenditure Report, which details all aspects of actual spending within the chamber for the six-month period from October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.
“Our responsible leadership of the New York State Senate continues to be very beneficial to hard-working taxpayers and their families. Since 2011, we’ve made a conscious effort to do more with less and placed increased scrutiny on all of our expenditures. As a result, we’re spending less and returning to taxpayers more of their hard-earned money,” Senate Republican Leader Dean G. Skelos said.
Accelerates Tax Relief, Rebuilds Infrastructure to Create Jobs, Helps Schools; Rolls Back Economic Damage Caused by Senate Democrats
Senate Republicans today launched a bold and far-reaching plan to invest over $3 billion from the BNP Paribas bank settlement, return money to hardworking taxpayers and keep New York State moving forward. This comprehensive and fiscally responsible budgeting approach will accelerate planned tax cuts to give New Yorkers the relief they need and deserve as soon as possible, make key infrastructure investments to create new jobs across the state and provide historic assistance to local schools and property taxpayers.
The Senate Republican's plan, which follows the recent announcement of two major credit rating upgrades for the state, is designed to further strengthen New York's overall fiscal integrity. Given the one-time, non-recurring nature of the settlement funds, the plan avoids wasteful, new and recurring expenditures. Instead, the plan makes long-term investments in New York's infrastructure, while also prudently accelerating scheduled tax reductions and spending commitments.
The New York State Senate today passed a comprehensive package of bills to address the growing heroin and opioid crisis. The measures target prevention, treatment, and enforcement issues raised during extensive testimony provided by dozens of experts, parents, and concerned New Yorkers at the 18 forums held by the Senate Majority Coalition’s Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. Senate Majority Co-Leader Dean Skelos said, “The comprehensive approach of the measures in this package will help ensure treatment for those affected by heroin and opioid addiction, prevent the spread of drug use, and give law enforcement the tools they need to get heroin and opioids off our streets.
Completes Passage of Women’s Equality Agenda, Calls On Assembly To Act
The New York State Senate today completed action on all of the measures that make up its Women’s Equality Agenda. Three bills passed by the Senate would stop sexual harassment at work, allow for the recovery of attorney’s fees by victims of gender discrimination, and enable domestic violence victims to obtain orders of protection electronically.
Bills Approved To Prevent Discrimination Based on Family Status; Stop Housing Discrimination Against Domestic Violence Victims; and Ensure Equal Pay for Women
The New York State Senate today passed three bills – all part of the Senate’s Women’s Equality Agenda – that would prevent employment discrimination against people with families, stop housing discrimination against victims of domestic violence, and ensure women receive equal pay for equal work
Senate Majority Co-Leader Dean G. Skelos said, “The Senate continues to make progress on bills designed to further protect and enhance women's rights in the Empire State. The bills approved by the Senate today to ensure equal pay and stop discrimination in housing and employment are key provisions of the New York State Senate Women's Equality Agenda, a series of measures that will empower women and break down barriers that perpetuate violence, discrimination and inequality based on gender. We passed these bills last year and urge the Assembly to pass them immediately.”
Calling on the Assembly to Pass Full Senate Anti-Heroin Package
New York State is in the midst of an alarming heroin epidemic that demands a swift and overwhelming legislative response. Led by Senator Phil Boyle, our bipartisan Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction held 18 hearings throughout the state, consulted with experts, listened to the parents of innocent victims and advanced a series of thoughtful recommendations. We passed those recommendations earlier this week with broad bipartisan support.
The New York State Senate unanimously passed legislation today, sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-C-I, Garden City), Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, that would require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with pregnancy-related medical conditions.
The New York State Senate today unanimously passed legislation to save lives by preventing the exploitation of children and adults who are victims of human trafficking. The Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act (S5879B), sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I-C, Staten Island), toughens penalties against those who buy and sell young women, men and children and reduces the stigma defendants may face when they are victims of the massive $32 billion sex trafficking industry.
The New York State Senate today passed seven bills that would provide tax relief to businesses, expand exemptions from the job-killing MTA payroll tax, encourage historic preservation projects, reduce energy taxes, protect forestland, and provide tax benefits to disabled veterans, as well as teachers who purchase school supplies.
“Providing additional tax relief to encourage job creation is an end-of-session priority for Senate Republicans,” Senate Co-Leader Dean Skelos said. “The measures we passed today build on the major tax relief initiatives Senate Republicans successfully fought for in the state budget to help make small businesses and manufacturers more competitive.”
The New York State Senate today passed 23 bills to address issues surrounding the increase in heroin and opioid abuse, addiction, and related crimes in New York. The bills are part of a comprehensive legislative package proposed by the bipartisan New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction in a report released in May.
The bill package passed today begins the legislative response laid out in the report to prevent drug abuse and overdoses; increase the availability and efficacy of addiction treatment; and enhance the tools provided to law enforcement to keep heroin off the streets.
The New York State Senate today honored World War II veterans today by adopting a resolution that commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Allied Army invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, a defining day in world history that marked the beginning of the liberation of Europe and the eventual end of World War II; as well as passing a package of legislation to benefit veterans, and men and women in active military duty.
The New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction today released a report summarizing the findings of statewide forums held to examine the issues surrounding the increase in drug abuse, addiction and drug related crimes in New York. The report includes a comprehensive package of bills recommended for action this legislative session that target prevention, treatment, and enforcement issues raised during extensive testimony provided by dozens of experts, parents, and concerned New Yorkers.
Although Memorial Day may be a time where we enjoy quality time with friends and family, we must never forget that those privileges have been fought for and defended by countless heroes, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice.
Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day was first recognized right here in New York State in 1873. It is fitting that this great tradition began here, due to the long and proud history of New Yorker’s fighting to protect the freedoms of our country. In fact, more New Yorkers have served in the Armed Forces than any other state.
Without them and their selfless dedication, none of what we are so lucky to have in America would be possible.
As your Senator, I have always worked together in a bipartisan way to provide support for New York State's courageous veterans. That's why I am pleased to report that an important new proposal to help New York’s Service Disabled Veterans pursue successful new business ventures has just been signed into law.