Dean G. Skelos' Press releases

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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SENATE PASSES RESOLUTION HONORING THE LIFE OF BILLS OWNER RALPH WILSON JR.

The New York State Senate passed a resolution today honoring the life of Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr., who passed away this week.

As an original owner in the American Football League (AFL), Wilson founded the Buffalo Bills franchise in 1959.  Over the next 50-plus years, Wilson was one of the most influential men in professional football and played a vital role in some of the most important events in pro-football history, including the NFL-AFL merger.  Wilson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

March 27, 2014
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO HELP PREVENT OVERDOSE DEATHS BY INCREASING ACCESS TO NALOXONE

Measure Gives More People Access to Antidote That Prevents Accidental Overdose Deaths from Heroin and Other Opioids

 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to help save lives by increasing access to a highly effective antidote for accidental drug overdose known as Naloxone or Narcan. The bill (S6477B), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R, Nassau County), allows authorized health care professionals to issue non-patient specific orders for Naloxone to certified training programs and pharmacies, which could then distribute the Naloxone kits and instruct how to properly administer it. If timely administered, Naloxone can prevent an overdose death.

 

March 27, 2014
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SENATE PASSES BILL FOR STATE CONTRACT SET-ASIDE FOR DISABLED VETERANS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S6865), sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, to facilitate the awarding of state contracts to disabled veterans. 

 

The  bill will create a six percent state contract set-aside for service-connected disabled- veteran owned small businesses. The “Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act” will ensure New York State’s service-connected disabled veterans are better able to compete for millions of dollars in state contracts. 

 

March 24, 2014
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SENATE MAJORITY COALITION ANNOUNCES JOINT TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION

Panel Will Develop Recommendations to Prevent and Treat Addiction and Its Related Crimes

 

Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein today announced the creation of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to examine the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.

 

March 17, 2014
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SENATE PASSES BILL REFORMING THE BOARD OF REGENTS SELECTION PROCESS

New, More Equitable Process Would Distribute Appointments Among Governor, Senate and Assembly

 

The New York Senate this week passed legislation to dramatically reform the selection process for the state Board of Regents to better reflect the population of the entire state. The bill (S2031A), sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), establishes a more equitable and balanced appointment process for the selection of the Board of Regents, who are charged with setting education policy in New York. 

 

March 14, 2014
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Standing Up for Our Kids

On behalf of the thousands of frustrated parents, students and teachers that I represent, I've just voted against confirmation of the four Board of Regents candidates that were nominated by the State Assembly.  

The roll-out of Common Core has been profoundly flawed, and the State Education Department and Board of Regents are responsible for this mess. 

March 11, 2014
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SENATOR SKELOS ASKS FOR LOCAL NOMINATIONS FOR VETERANS HALL OF FAME

Senate Majority Coalition Leader Dean Skelos today invited local residents to nominate veterans from their community whose service on behalf of our nation designates worthy of induction to the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame.

This on-line Hall of Fame is designed to pay tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complemented by their service to the community.

“The Senate takes this opportunity to honor the brave men and women who serve our nation and protect our freedom as members of the military, said Senator Skelos.  “The Senate Veterans Hall of Fame pays tribute to all who serve, but also singles out for special recognition those whose sacrifices and service have helped make our nation and our community better places to live.”

March 11, 2014
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SENATOR SKELOS INVITES NOMINEES FOR 2014 "WOMEN OF DISTINCTION"

Annual Program Honors Women's Contributions to Our Community 

In honor of Women’s History Month, Senator Skelos today invited local residents to nominate friends, coworkers and neighborhood leaders whose outstanding work on behalf of our communities makes them deserving of special recognition by the State Senate as a New York "Woman of Distinction."

The Senate will honor distinguished woman from our area and throughout the state at an Albany reception to be held in May, where each honoree's photograph and biography will become part of a special exhibit proclaiming the special contributions of exemplary New York women.

March 1, 2014
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Senator Skelos' Pet Food Drive Challenge

As an animal lover, it is my pleasure to take part in the Pet Food Drive Challenge in partnership with Long Island Cares. Throughout the month of March, I will be collecting food and necessary items for all animals, which will allow for more pets to stay at home with their families and keep them out of shelters. The most needed items are:

February 28, 2014
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SENATE FORECASTS $353 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL STATE REVENUES

Senate Republican Leader Dean G. Skelos and Senate Independent Democrat Conference Leader Jeff Klein today released a revenue forecast by the Senate Finance Committee that estimates additional General Fund revenues above the Executive’s projection.  The Senate report projects revenues of $265 million more than the Executive’s estimate for Fiscal Year 2015, and $88 million more for the remainder of state fiscal year 2014. 

 

The revenue projection, based on an economic forecast by the Senate’s nationally recognized fiscal consultants IHS Global Insight, shows that the total two-year General Fund revenue surplus is $353 million. 

 

February 26, 2014
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Black History Month in the State of New York - February 2014

Resolution J3307-2013

 

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim February 2014 as Black History Month in the State of New York

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim February 2014 as Black History Month in the State of New York

February 4, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Welfare Cards from Buying Tobacco, Alcohol and Being Used at Liquor Stores, Casinos and Strip Clubs

The New York Senate today passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” sponsored by Senator Tom Libous, which would prohibit welfare benefits from being used to purchase alcohol and tobacco, or to be used at liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs in New York.

“Public Assistance should not be spent at liquor stores, casinos or strip clubs, but under New York State Law, it’s legal. We need to stop this abuse,” said Libous. “Every welfare dollar spent at the liquor store is money that could be going to help families get back on their feet.” 

Parts of Libous’ Public Assistance Integrity Act were also added to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget Proposal. The provisions added would make it illegal to use EBT Cards at liquor stores, strip clubs and casinos. 

February 4, 2014
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Senate Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein, and Senate Education Chair John Flanagan Call for Delay of Common Core and Sharing of Student Privacy Data

Senators Skelos, Klein and Flanagan issued the following statement:

We continue to support the goals of an improved education curriculum that increases standards and ensures that students are college and career ready.

However, after having spent months listening to parents, teachers, administrators and educational professionals at public hearings conducted throughout New York State, it is our belief that while the implementation of Common Core Learning Standards may have been well intended, it has been poorly executed.  

February 4, 2014
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SKELOS, KLEIN, SILVER ANNOUNCE JOINT LEGISLATIVE BUDGET SCHEDULE

Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leaders Dean G. Skelos and Jeff Klein and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced an agreement on a joint legislative budget schedule that sets deadlines that will lead to the adoption of a fourth consecutive early state budget.

 

“This schedule will result in passage of an early state budget for the fourth consecutive year.  We will work through the process of reviewing the Governor’s proposal, holding public hearings, listening to our constituents, and conducting conference committee negotiations, and will adopt a fiscally responsible budget that provides tax relief for the middle-class, grows our economy and creates opportunity for all New Yorkers,” Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leader Dean Skelos said.

 

January 31, 2014
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HAVE A DREAM, CHANGE THE WORLD

This Monday, we pay tribute to 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.

January 17, 2014
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Senate Majority Coalition Issues Report on Regulatory Reform

REPORT IDENTIFIES OVER 2,000 STATE RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT WARRANT REFORM OR REVIEW

ALBANY – The New York State Senate Majority Coalition issued a comprehensive report today that sheds light on New York State’s notoriously dense regulatory structure and identifies 2,219 specific rules, regulations and practices that put New York’s businesses at a competitive disadvantage.

The report is the product of surveys, meetings, community outreach and the input of over 100 business owners, advocacy organizations and individuals that participated in one of nine industry-specific public forums conducted throughout the State.

January 14, 2014
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Senator Skelos' Cold Weather Tips

To stay safe during this bout of cold weather, please think about the following tips compiled by our friends at the Red Cross:

-Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing body heat.

January 7, 2014
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Your Opinion Counts!

The 2014 Legislative Session kicks off in January with the Governor's annual State of the State message. Governor Cuomo will outline his priorities to the Legislature and to all New Yorkers and, in the months that follow, I will work with my colleagues on initiatives that we identify as being important to the future of our state and betterment of our communities.

Your willingness to complete this legislative questionnaire will help me develop a better understanding of the views of residents of the 9th Senate District. Your responses and information will remain confidential. 

Thank you.

January 6, 2014
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