Dean G. Skelos' Press releases

South Nassau Communities Hospital Holiday Gift Giving Program

Thanks to the generosity of the people of the 9th Senate District, we were able to collect hundreds of toys that will brighten the Holidays for many children. A special thanks to all of the individuals and schools who graciously donated toys and clothing, and also to South Nassau Communities Hospital for making all of this possible! From left, Joe Lamantia, Executive Vice President & COO; Tricia Santaniello, RN, Pediatrics; Lynn Bert, RN, Nurse Manager, Pediatrics; Joseph A. Quagliata, President & CEO; Robin Grass, RN, Director, Community Education; Senator Dean Skelos.

January 3, 2011
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Help Make a Difference This Holiday Season

 

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. 

December 2, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

In two years Senate Democrats increased state spending by $14 billion, passed two unbalanced budgets and drove up the state deficit, now they are leaving Albany without dealing with the fiscal mess they created.  This irresponsible lack of action will only push the state’s budget problems to another day and once again shows their disdain for taxpayers.

 

Governor Paterson called this special session first and foremost to deal with the budget deficit. Unfortunately, the Democrats chose to leave town without bringing any budget cuts to the floor for a vote.

 

November 30, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

 

I am very proud to say that my colleagues in the Senate Republican conference have unanimously voted for me to be the Temporary President and Majority Leader of  the State Senate.

 

I appreciate their support and their trust. Our conference is unified and we are ready to move forward. The election is over and the people want us to get to work and govern.

 

The last two years the taxpayers in this state have been abused – and that has to stop. Everyone has to understand that we must put the taxpayer first.

 

November 29, 2010
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Tips For Safe Holiday Shopping

The following information is provided by the New York State Consumer Protection Board (NYSCPB).

November 24, 2010
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Helping Long Islanders In Need

Below are links that will allow you help those who work so hard to provide for our friends and neighbors:  ISLAND HARVEST SALVATION ARMY of Greater New York UNITED WAY OF LONG ISLAND LONG ISLAND CARES CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME

November 24, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

The Chief Judge’s administrative order will ensure that the remaining legitimate votes are counted promptly and that legal issues are resolved expeditiously so we can put the election behind us and get back to governing.

 

Clearly the Judge agrees with the appeals that I have made, along with Governor-elect Cuomo, that we cannot allow the counting of ballots to needlessly drag on when it would create gridlock and dysfunction.  Senate Democrats have admitted to stalling the process of counting ballots in an effort to delay a result they don’t like, which is a Senate Republican Majority.  

 

November 18, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

 

Senate Republicans share Governor-elect Cuomo’s serious concern that a needless, protracted delay in determining the results of three Senate elections would create gridlock in the Senate, that the ballots must be counted expeditiously and any legitimate legal issues must be resolved as soon as possible. 

 

November 17, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

 

New Yorkers are ready to move past Election Day.  They want us to govern and focus on their priorities.  According to a Siena College poll, the top priorities of New Yorkers are creating jobs, reducing state spending and taxes, and balancing the budget.  Senate Republicans are ready to get to work and get results on these issues. 

 

This year Senate Republicans proposed a job creation plan that would provide a tax credit, which is similar to one enacted by the federal government, that would create thousands of jobs at no cost to the State, and help get people off unemployment. 

 

November 16, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

The Inspector General’s report confirms what I said in February, that the initial award of the Aqueduct VLT contract to AEG reeked of favoritism and was a corrupt a backroom deal.  The disgraceful, criminal conduct of Senate Democrats exposed by the Inspector General makes it clear they were only looking after their own political best interests, not the public’s.

 

In February, I wrote a letter to Senator Sampson asking for a Senate hearing to examine all the Aqueduct bids in public to ensure an open, transparent process. Senator Sampson never wrote back.  Now I know why, because the fix was in and AEG’s winning bid was already wired, bought and paid for through contributions to the Senate Democrats.

 

October 21, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

Today the MTA put the finishing touches on the Senate Democrats’ disastrous bailout plan that has resulted in an almost 20 percent increase in LIRR fares over two years, significant service cuts and the job-killing payroll tax.

 

While infuriated LIRR commuters are reading about what the MTA board approved, they can thank Senate Democrats for voting in unison for a plan that hurts families, businesses, municipalities and not for profits, and didn’t even spare commuters from service cuts or balance the MTA budget.

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October 7, 2010
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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!

You may be entitled to some of the over $10.5 billion in unclaimed funds in New York State. A simple internet search is all it takes to see if you are eligible.  To see if there are unclaimed funds in your name click on the "Search Now" button below:

 

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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