The New York State Senate today passed the Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan that will reduce taxes for millions of hardworking, middle-class taxpayers to their lowest levels in more than half a century. In addition, the comprehensive plan will help strengthen our economy and create new jobs by eliminating the job-killing MTA payroll tax for more than 78 percent of the small employers that pay the tax. The plan will provide a total of more than $3.3 billion in tax relief to individuals and businesses.
The Holiday's are a time for us to reflect and give thanks for what we have even during difficult times. We can be thankful for good friendships, loving families, or even a single moment that may have benefited our lives or the lives of others. With so much to be thankful for, we should not forget those who are less fortunate than us or who may have fallen on hard times. There are people within our community who are in need of help, especially during the holiday season, and together we can make a difference.
As always, Senate Republicans stand ready to work with the Governor and Assembly to ensure the State’s budget is structurally balanced. Shortly after we complete a full review of the Budget Division’s mid-year report we will release our own estimates.
Discussions Focus on Business Growth & Job Creation
The first annual Unidad Latina conference held in New York City this weekend was an enormous success that brought together hundreds of people from the Hispanic community in New York, including leaders from business, education, health care and government to discuss ways to promote economic growth and job creation. The conference was organized by the New York State Senate and the Hispanic Federation.
For decades, Long Island’s economy was dependent on the aerospace industry until it crumbled and our economy recessed. Rather than bemoan the loss of jobs and people, many of us envisioned a stronger economy built on high-tech and biotech industries using Long Island’s wealth of scientific and entrepreneurial talent. Now, Nassau and Suffolk counties are home to many growing companies and thousands of new jobs.
It’s hard to believe that 10 years have passed since the September 11th terrorist attacks. Like you, I remember where I was on that crisp and clear morning, how we frantically called our friends and family who worked in Lower Manhattan, and how we all watched in horror as the towers fell.
More than 3,000 people died on September 11th, many of whom lived within my Senate district and in the districts of my neighboring Senate colleagues. I attended two to three funerals a day in the weeks following those horrific attacks, and I will never forget the strength and courage of the families of those who perished.
Senator Dean Skelos is pictured with Governor Andrew Cuomo, Rockville Centre Mayor Francis Murray and the heroic 9/11 First Responders from Rockville Centre during the unveiling of the "New York Remembers" Exhibit at the Rockville Centre Recreation Centre.
With Hurricane Irene upon us, please take a moment to review the website of the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management where Nassau County residents can get a host of local information, such as hurricane evacuation routes and shelters and important contact phone numbers: http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/OEM/hurricane/prepare.html.
In addition, here’s a list of important contact numbers you may wish to print out and keep on hand:
Nassau County Office of Emergency Management: 516-573-0636
Nassau County Red Cross: 516-747-3500
LIPA: 1-800-490-0075 (to report downed power lines or electrical emergency)
The approval of a new five-year contract by CSEA is victory for all New Yorkers. I applaud Governor Cuomo, CSEA President Danny Donohue and the members of CSEA for achieving a deal that will save taxpayers $73 million this fiscal year, and will help ensure a balanced state budget, avert layoffs and maintain vital state services.
Senator Skelos and Senator Larkin are pictured next to the Purple Heart Monument during a tour of the Purple Heart Hall of Honor last week. The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor commemorates the extraordinary sacrifices of America's servicemen and servicewomen who were killed or wounded in combat. The mission of the Hall of Honor is to collect and preserve the stories of Purple Heart recipients from all branches of service and across generations to ensure that all recipients are represented.
In the wake of Caylee Anthony’s tragic murder case and the murder of eight-year-old Leiby Kletzky in Brooklyn, legislation has been introduced in the New York State Senate that would make sweeping, comprehensive changes to the state’s child protection laws to help protect children from cruel and repeated abuse.