Dean G. Skelos' Press releases

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 19, 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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SENATE PASSES BILL TO END PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE: Legislation Requires Reasonable Accommodations For Pregnant Employees

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.

June 12, 2014
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SENATE PASSES BILL PREVENTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND GIVING GREATER PROTECTION TO TRAFFICKED VICTIMS

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.

June 12, 2014
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SENATE PASSES TAX RELIEF LEGISLATION: Bills Would Encourage Business Growth and Job Creation

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.”

June 10, 2014
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SENATE PASSES BILLS RECOMMENDED BY HEROIN TASK FORCE: Measures Will Help Address Growing Heroin and Opioid Use in New York

 

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.

June 9, 2014
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SENATE RESOLUTION COMMEMORATES 70th ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY INVASION

 

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.

June 2, 2014
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SENATE’S JOINT TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION RELEASES REPORT AND LEGISLATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS

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. 

 

May 28, 2014
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Honoring Our Heroes this Memorial Day

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.

May 23, 2014
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Helping Our Heroes: New Law Assists Service Disabled Vets

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.

May 13, 2014
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Women’s Health Week: New York State is Leading the Way

This week is national Women's Health Week, and that makes it a great time to highlight how the new State Budget for 2014-15 will help to ensure quality health care for women and families throughout New York. The new State Budget includes: 

May 12, 2014
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EARTH DAY / ARBOR DAY 2014

Since the very first Earth Day back in 1970, we have marked April 22nd as a day to celebrate the importance of our natural environment, and to rededicate ourselves to ensuring clean air and water, open spaces, and green, healthy communities.   

April 22, 2014
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STATEMENT FROM NYS SENATE CO-LEADER DEAN G. SKELOS

Today’s report from the Tax Foundation detailing positive changes to the state’s overall tax climate, especially when it comes to reducing the tax burden for businesses, shows we’re making real progress in making New York a more attractive place to create jobs and grow for the future.

 

I’m particularly pleased that many of the reforms that were included in this year’s enacted budget, which form the basis for our improved ranking, were ideas Senate Republicans have been advocating for years.  By reducing costs for businesses and making New York more competitive, we can create new jobs and keep our young people here to settle and raise their families.  

 

April 15, 2014
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2014-15 New York State Budget

The State Senate has completed final adoption of the New York State Budget for the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year. 

This marks the fourth consecutive year that the State Senate has successfully passed an on-time budget that achieves our key goals of controlling spending, reducing the tax burden on families, and increasing opportunities for all New Yorkers. 

April 1, 2014
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JOINT STATEMENT FROM NYS SENATE CO-LEADER DEAN G. SKELOS AND STATE SENATOR MARTY GOLDEN

We agree with Assemblyman Moya that the Dream Act should not be coupled with a proposal to create an Education Investment Tax Credit.  The two items should stand separately and be judged on their merits.

Last week, legislation to approve the Dream Act was defeated on the floor of the Senate, but both co-leaders of the chamber believed it deserved a vote. 

Like Cardinal Dolan, we support the Education Investment Tax Credit because it would create bright new educational opportunities for countless New Yorkers, including immigrants and the poor.  We should move swiftly to get it done.

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March 27, 2014
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