Dean G. Skelos' Press releases

SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROVIDE MORE OVERSIGHT OF LIPA RATE HIKES

Measure Would Require Greater Scrutiny of Cost Increases to Customers

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.2581) to increase accountability and reduce unregulated rate increases by the Long Island Power Authority. The bill, sponsored by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), addresses costly rate hikes of more than 30 percent since 2001 by requiring state Public Service Commission notification and review of certain rate increases of more than 2.5 percent. 

 

“Long Islanders pay among the highest utility rates in the country,” Senator LaValle said. “Accountability and transparency are critically important to protect ratepayers.”

 

April 4, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO TOUGHEN LAWS FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

 

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.164C) to create new penalties for individuals supervising another driver while also under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Abbagail’s Law, sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), is named after an eight-year-old girl who died in a car accident caused by an inexperienced driver who was supervised by a parent under the influence of alcohol.

 

April 4, 2011
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MTA, NASSAU COUNTY, STATE SENATE ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT TO SAVE LONG ISLAND BUS SERVICE

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Nassau County and State Senate Republicans, lead by Senator Charles Fuschillo (R, Merrick) and Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), today announced an agreement to stave off proposed cuts to Long Island Bus that would have affected more than half of the bus routes in Nassau County.

 

April 1, 2011
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Keeping the Commitment - Information on the 2011-12 State Budget

The New York State Senate has completed passage of the 2011-12 state budget one day prior to the April 1st budget deadline.  The budget, which has now received final approval by the Assembly, achieves the critically important goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.

To learn more about the State's new fiscally responsible budget plan, I encourage you to review the documents below. 

April 1, 2011
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SENATE ACTS TO PROTECT CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FROM ABUSE

Bills Propose Stronger Orders of Protection, Penalties For Sexual Assault of Children

The New York State Senate today passed a legislative package that would strengthen penalties and provide additional protections for children and families who are victims of domestic or sexual abuse. The proposals build upon the Senate’s commitment to supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, preventing abuse from continuing, and ensuring appropriate penalties for criminals who prey upon the state’s most vulnerable populations.

 

March 30, 2011
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SENATE APPROVES BILL TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR RECKLESS DRIVING

Proposal Gives New Tools To Prosecute Wrong-Way Driving, Other Dangerous Actions

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.3452) to help make roads safer by strengthening penalties for reckless driving and creating a new crime of aggravated reckless driving. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R, Merrick), would prevent car accidents and enhance prosecution of individuals charged with dangerous driving behavior, especially when incidents involve people who are drunk or high and drive on roads in the wrong direction.

March 29, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATE MAJORITY LEADER DEAN SKELOS ON THREE-WAY BUDGET AGREEMENT

"This budget agreement keeps our Senate Republican commitment to reduce spending, cut taxes and empower the private sector to create jobs, and will begin to put New York on the path to fiscal recovery. By working together to reach consensus on a responsible spending plan that eliminates a $10 billion deficit without raising taxes, we have tightened our belt and protected middle-class families in every region of this State. I am particularly pleased with Governor Cuomo's commitment to making UB2020 a reality, which will bring jobs and hope to Western New York, as well as improvements to the other university centers, which are important priorities of our Senate Republican conference.

March 27, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON AUTO INSURANCE FRAUD

Bill Sets Tough Penalties for Staging Car Accidents

The New York State Senate today passed a bill that would prevent insurance fraud by making it a felony to intentionally cause a vehicle collision. The legislation, sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I, Oneonta), targets criminals who capitalize on vulnerable motorists in attempts to profit from insurance claims.

March 22, 2011
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SENATE CELEBRATES SUNSHINE WEEK BY INTRODUCING SWEEPING BUDGET REFORM PROPOSAL

Creates Independent Budgeting Entity and Requires Better Fiscal Planning

The New York State Senate Majority introduced comprehensive budget reform legislation this week that would create a non-partisan budget office and require the adoption of multi-year financial plans based on sound accounting practices. The bill, introduced during national Sunshine Week, would significantly enhance independence and accountability in the budget process. 

March 16, 2011
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STATE SENATE PASSES RESPONSIBLE BUDGET THAT REDUCES SPENDING, INVESTS IN NEW YORK’S PRIORITIES AND INCLUDES NO NEW TAXES

Spending Plan Will Serve As Roadmap to an on-time Budget

The New York State Senate today passed  its budget resolution - - a fiscally sound plan that reduces spending, rejects tax increases and makes responsible investments in New York’s future. 

The Senate budget largely mirrors the priorities outlined in Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget and will serve as a real roadmap to the enactment of a responsible, on-time budget.

March 15, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO SUPPORT VETERANS

Bills Would Protect The Rights and Legacies of Service Men and Women

  The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would significantly enhance the protection of property, rights and services available to current and former military personnel. The seven bills would build upon the Senate’s ongoing commitment to increase support for veterans and their families. 

March 15, 2011
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SENATE PASSES INDEPENDENT REDISTRICTING PLAN

Measure Would Reform Process To Draw District Lines In A Fair, Non-partisan Manner

The New York State Senate today passed a constitutional amendment, sponsored by Senator John Bonacic (R-C-I, Mount Hope), that would significantly reform the process by which new legislative and congressional district lines are determined.  The amendment would create an independent,  non-partisan apportionment commission, as called for in the NY Uprising pledge.

March 15, 2011
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Senator Skelos Meets with Local Veterans from Nassau County

Earlier today, Senator Skelos met with local veterans from Nassau County to discuss issues such as what can be done to help homeless veterans, the Cold War Program, and the Flag Etiquette Program in schools. 

March 14, 2011
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Senate Passes Legislation to Limit Protests at Military Funerals

 “The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act”

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.3901), sponsored by Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I- Shirley), that would limit protests at military funerals.  Called “The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act,” the proposed law is named for an Iraq War Veteran who lost his life in combat in 2006.

March 14, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO REPEAL ANTI-JOB IDA TAX

Bill Mirrors Proposal in Executive Budget

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.2682), sponsored by Senator Mike Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), to repeal a burdensome tax on local economic development agencies that hinders job growth and economic investment. The tax, first enacted in 2009, provides a direct obstacle to the ability of Industrial Development Agencies and Authorities (IDAs) to invest in new projects, support local businesses and create jobs.

March 9, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO CREATE “RECHARGE NY” POWER PROGRAM

Bill Would Establish New, Permanent Low-Cost Power Program to Create & Retain Jobs

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.3164), sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), to create a new, permanent program called “Recharge NY,” that would provide low-cost power to help businesses create and retain jobs.

March 9, 2011
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Senator Skelos Wants Your Opinion

 

Senator Skelos would like to get your opinion on a few important issues regarding the New York State budget.

Please take a few seconds to answer the following three questions.

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March 7, 2011
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Valley Stream & Hewlett Students Meet With Senator Skelos During Visit to Albany for Arts Day

Senator Skelos had the opportunity to speak with William Bertiz, a 5th grade student from Valley Stream and Adanaya Kay-Njemanze, a student at Hewlett Elementary School, during their visit to the State Capitol for Arts Day on March 2, 2011. 

March 3, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO STRENGTHEN VOTING PROCESS FOR MILITARY VOTERS

Measure has Governor’s backing and is set to become law

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative approval today to legislation (S.3500) sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, to ensure that special elections in New York State provide more time for military absentee ballots to be mailed and counted. 

March 3, 2011
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SENATE PASSES UB 2020 LEGISLATION

Bill Supports Strategic Plan To Create Jobs in Western New York

The New York State Senate today passed “UB 2020”  legislation, sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (North Buffalo),  that supports the University at Buffalo’s strategic plan to encourage economic growth and create jobs in Western New York.  The bill benefits students, families and the economy of the entire region.

March 3, 2011
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