Dean G. Skelos' Press releases

STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

 

The Port Authority should immediately remove the roadblocks that have prevented the rebuilding of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Christian Church, that was crushed by the falling South Tower on September 11th.  The rebuilding of this beloved neighborhood church has not gone forward because the Port Authority has reneged on a deal that was agreed to by then-Governor George Pataki in 2004.

 

I applaud Governor Pataki for focusing attention rebuilding on St. Nicholas near Ground Zero.  It is a project that can foster unity and good will and stand as a symbol of rebirth for Lower Manhattan, in contrast to the proposed Mosque that has generated division and controversy.

August 24, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

Governor Paterson Should Allow Rebuilding of Greek Orthodox Church at Ground Zero

Paterson Focuses on Mosque, But Stalls Christian Church Project 

 

Governor Paterson is anxious to broker a deal for the construction of a Mosque, yet he has abruptly turned his back on a long-standing deal to rebuild the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Christian Church,  the only church destroyed at Ground Zero on September 11th.  

 

August 19, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

 

One moment Nancy Pelosi talks about upholding freedom of religion, the next she says people who exercise their freedom of speech to protest construction of a Mosque near Ground Zero should be investigated.  This issue is not about religious freedom, it’s about what’s right and what’s wrong. There is no need for an  investigation  -- the Mosque is overwhelmingly opposed by the majority of people in the state, and throughout the country. Most importantly, it is opposed by the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives on 9/11. 

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August 19, 2010
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Senator Skelos and Assemblyman Weisenberg Announce Environmental Protection Funds Released for Study of Pollution in Western Bays

 

Senator Dean Skelos (R- Rockville Centre) and Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) announced today that $596,902 in state funds has been released to fund a pollution study of the Western Bays of Long Island.

 

Senator Skelos and Assemblyman Weisenberg secured money from the Environmental Protection Fund’s Open Space Account.  The money will pay for a Total Maximum Daily Load Study of the Western Bay Quality Monitoring System.   The study will be conducted by SUNY Stony Brook.

 

August 13, 2010
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New York State May Owe YOU Money!

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August 4, 2010
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SENATE REPUBLICANS PROVIDE VOTES TO PASS PROPERTY TAX CAP

 

Legislation Could Not Have Passed Without Republican Votes

 

 

Senate Republicans today unanimously supported legislation to enact a property tax cap, leading the way for its passage despite a lack of support from a quarter of the members of the Senate Democratic Conference. 

 

August 4, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

Today, Senate Democrats finished voting on a budget that raises taxes by nearly $4 billion when fully implemented, including approval of new income taxes, business taxes and reinstatement of the sales tax on clothing.   It continues a disturbing trend that began when Democrats took control of the Senate last year and raised taxes by more than $10 billion, including elimination of the STAR rebate check and enactment of the MTA payroll tax.  

Over the last two years, Democrats have raised taxes on the average New York family by $5500.

 

August 4, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

I said last week, after the extraordinary session that was called by the Governor, that Senate Republicans were prepared to vote in favor of several bills but were never given the opportunity to do so.  

 

We support the property tax cap bill, the Power for Jobs extension, the elimination of the State sales tax on low-sulfur heating fuel and the Governor’s proposed budget contingency plan dealing with federal FMAP assistance.  Those bills are before us again today and we should take them up without further delay.

 

August 3, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

The special session was a complete and total waste of taxpayer dollars, but it didn’t have to be that way.  The Democrats that control the agenda in the Senate and Assembly missed an opportunity to complete some important unfinished business.

 

Senate Republicans would have unanimously voted in favor of several of the Governor’s bills that he sent up for consideration at the special session, but were not taken up by either house.  

 

July 30, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

By taking credit for staying alive in Race to the Top Two, Senate Democrats – aka ‘the Enemies of Reform,’ are hoping taxpayers will forget how their failure to support important education reforms cost us $830 million in Round One.

 

Joining 18 other states as finalists for more federal aid is good news, but it won’t overshadow the facts that taxes and spending will be going up even more, school property tax bills are being prepared without a state budget in place, and the budget will soon be the latest in history.

 

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July 27, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

The whole budget process has been a failure of leadership by the Governor, Senator Sampson and Speaker Silver.  They had no problem passing bills to increase spending, but now they are going home without passing a bill to pay for it.  This is Democrat-controlled government at its worst. This disastrous budget was negotiated by the Democrats behind closed doors, they refused to negotiate in public or in a bipartisan manner, they passed it in piecemeal fashion and now they are leaving without finishing the job.  

 

July 1, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

By increasing spending with no way to pay for it, Democrats have created an unbalanced budget that includes no relief for property taxpayers and continues to cut the STAR property tax relief program by millions of dollars.  

 

This budget does nothing to create jobs.  In fact, Democrats voted to eliminate half a billion dollars in job creation tax credits that will jeopardize thousands of jobs, especially upstate.

 

June 29, 2010
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STATEMENT FROM SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

After all their talk about property tax relief, Senate Democrats cut the STAR program, rejected the property tax cap and ignored mandate relief.  With their actions today, they have broken their promise to the taxpayers and once again saddled them with spending they cannot afford.

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June 29, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

 

With every passing day,  there are more signs that the Democrats plan on raising more taxes.  There was another private leaders meeting today that did not include myself or Assembly Republican leader Kolb. After the meeting, Governor Paterson confirmed that he, Speaker Silver and Senator Sampson discussed increasing sales taxes and other “revenue options,” which is just another way of saying more taxes. Taxpayers better watch their wallets.

 

June 23, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

As the Assembly debates the latest spending bills negotiated behind closed doors, the Democrats continue to make plans to raise taxes to pay for that spending. 

 

June 18, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

Since the Governor proposed his Executive Budget five months ago, Senate Republicans have consistently said that we will not support a budget that includes more taxes, fees and borrowing because we are listening to the people of this state who have simply had enough and don’t want to pay any more.  

 

June 17, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

The Democrats and Governor Paterson have been talking about shutting down government for the past week and appear to want that to happen.  They went behind closed doors, negotiated a budget extender in secret and now apparently, cannot produce the votes to pass it. 

 

June 14, 2010
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SENATOR SKELOS UNVEILS NEW ON-LINE “CUT IT OUT!” INITIATIVE -- EMPOWERING TAXPAYERS IN EFFORT TO HELP CUT WASTEFUL SPENDING

 

New Interactive Resource Allows Public to Vote on Cutting Wasteful Spending Items

June 7, 2010
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