Dean G. Skelos' Press releases

SENATE PASSES EDUCATION INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT TO GIVE PARENTS MORE OPTIONS IN THEIR CHILD’S EDUCATION

Measure Provides New Tax Incentives to Offer Parents More Educational Choices

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that helps give parents more choice in the education of their child. The Education Investment Tax Credit (S1976), sponsored by Senators Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and Simcha Felder (D, Brooklyn), creates new tax incentives for contributing to a child’s education, encourages investment in schools, and provides parents with more options in finding educational opportunities.

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said, “The Education Investment Tax Credit would give new educational options to parents and help schools and students succeed. This measure will continue to be a priority of our conference during state budget negotiations.” 

January 22, 2015
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2015-2016 EXECUTIVE BUDGET PROPOSAL INFORMATION

Governor Andrew Cuomo has just unveiled his new Executive Budget Proposal for the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year.  

This year, the Members of the State Senate are again looking forward to negotiating a soundly balanced, on-time State Budget that keeps our State moving forward, and that reflects the priorities and aspirations of all New Yorkers.  

January 21, 2015
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THE TIME IS ALWAYS RIGHT TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT

This Monday, we honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an American hero who helped lead the civil rights movement and devoted his life to the fight for justice and equality.

Dr. King forcefully and eloquently shared his dream for our country, and helped inspire a nation to grow, change and move forward for a brighter future.

January 16, 2015
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STATEMENT FROM SENATE MAJORITY LEADER DEAN SKELOS

Senate Republicans have a long history of fighting for property tax relief for hardworking homeowners and their families.  We created the original STAR school property tax relief program, led the fight for passage of the two-percent property tax cap, and initiated the STAR rebate check program, which was eliminated by Democrats in 2009.

While we look forward to discussing the specifics of Governor Cuomo's proposal when he unveils his entire Executive Budget, it is essential that any enacted property tax relief plan ensures all middle-income families in every region of the state receive property tax relief.

January 15, 2015
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SENATE PASSES WOMEN’S EQUALITY PACKAGE

Historic Measures Would Protect and Enhance Women's Rights in the Empire State

 

In its first legislative act of 2015, the New York State Senate today approved a comprehensive Women’s Equality Agenda that would enhance the rights of women and protect those who are most vulnerable to abuse and discrimination. These historic women’s measures are a top priority of the Senate Coalition and were passed unanimously on the first day the Senate began voting on legislation this session. 

The comprehensive package of eight bills would: stop human trafficking; ensure equal pay for equal work; combat sexual harassment in the workplace; end gender discrimination in employment, housing and credit decisions; make reasonable work accommodations available for pregnant women; and provide stronger protections for domestic violence victims.

January 12, 2015
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Hire a Veteran Tax Credit

Starting this year, businesses can receive a tax credit for hiring and employing a qualified veteran. The credit is equal to 10 percent of the total amount of wages paid to the qualified veteran during their first full year of employment. If the veteran is disabled, the credit amount is increased to 15 percent. The credit is capped at $5,000 per veteran or $15,000 per disabled veteran. Any unused credit may be carried forward to the following three years.

January 12, 2015
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Important New Laws Taking Effect January 1, 2015

As we rapidly approach the New Year, I just wanted to touch base to let you know that a number of new laws will be taking effect on January 1, 2015.   These include:

Hire a Veteran Tax Credit – Starting next year, businesses can receive a tax credit for hiring and employing a qualified veteran. The credit is equal to 10 percent of the total amount of wages paid to the qualified veteran during their first full year of employment. If the veteran is disabled, the credit amount is increased to 15 percent. The credit is capped at $5,000 per veteran or $15,000 per disabled veteran. Any unused credit may be carried forward to the following three years. 

December 30, 2014
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STATE SENATE TO HOLD JOINT COMMITTEE HEARINGS IN JANUARY ABOUT POLICE SAFETY AND PUBLIC PROTECTION

Hearings Will Focus on Serious Safety Concerns Raised By the Shooting Deaths of Two New York City Police Officers

The New York State Senate will hold a series of public hearings convened by four Senate committees starting in early January to examine police safety and public protection in New York City and throughout the state. The hearings will review serious safety concerns raised by the shooting deaths of two NYPD Officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, in addition to other recent attacks and hostility directed at law enforcement.

Senate Co-Leader Dean G. Skelos said, “Police officers have an extraordinarily difficult and dangerous job to do and it's incumbent upon both the City and the State to give these individuals the support they need and ensure they are always treated like the first-class professionals we know them to be. By convening these important hearings, the State Senate is sending a clear and convincing signal that police officers should have every tool they need to promote public safety and protect and defend themselves.”

December 29, 2014
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SENATORS SKELOS, HANNON AND MARTINS CALL FOR A COMPREHENSIVE EBOLA RESPONSE PLAN

 

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. 

October 15, 2014
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NEW YORK STATE MAY OWE YOU MONEY!

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.

October 6, 2014
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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 

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.

October 2, 2014
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Senator Skelos Delivering Tax Relief

 

Delivering Tax Relief To You

With so many hardworking families having a challenging time making ends meet, I have consistently made family tax relief one of my top priorities. 

That is why I am pleased to inform you about some of the new tax relief measures I’ve championed that will soon be helping local families throughout our region. 

September 26, 2014
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Remembering September 11th

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.

September 10, 2014
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National Women’s Equality Day

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.

August 26, 2014
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SENATE REPUBLICANS DELIVER BIG BUDGET SAVINGS TO HARD-WORKING NY TAXPAYERS, NEW EXPENDITURE REPORT SHOWS

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.

July 31, 2014
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SENATE REPUBLICANS LAUNCH BOLD PLAN TO INVEST OVER $3 BILLION BNP BANK SETTLEMENT TO KEEP STATE MOVING FORWARD

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.

July 7, 2014
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Senate Passes Comprehensive Package to Address Statewide Heroin and Opioid Crisis

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.

June 18, 2014
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SENATE PASSES WOMEN’S EQUALITY MEASURES

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.

 

June 18, 2014
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SENATE PASSES WOMEN’S EQUALITY LEGISLATION

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.”

June 16, 2014
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STATEMENT FROM NEW YORK STATE SENATE CO-LEADER DEAN SKELOS

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.

June 13, 2014
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