Dean G. Skelos' Press releases

SENATE PASSES BILL TO KEEP DANGEROUS CRIMINALS OFF SCHOOL BUSES

Measure Prohibits People Convicted of Serious Crimes from Being Bus MonitorsAlso Prevents Individuals Convicted of Leandra’s Law from Driving School Buses

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to protect children by preventing people who have been convicted of crimes involving children, sexual-based offenses, and drug offenses from being a school bus monitor. The bill (S883), sponsored by Senator John Bonacic (R,C,I-Mount Hope), also updates existing laws to include Leandra’s Law convictions in disqualifying a person from being a school bus driver for five years after conviction.

March 4, 2013
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SENATE REPUBLICANS UNVEIL FAMILY TAX RELIEF ACT

 

Plan Would Increase Tax Credits to Help Struggling Middle Class Families, 

Restore STAR Property Tax Rebate Checks for Millions of New Yorkers

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference today unveiled the Family Tax Relief Act, a package of tax relief and reform measures designed to provide a major economic boost to New York’s struggling middle class families.  

The Senate Republican plan would increase tax breaks that have not kept pace with inflation, and, in some instances, haven’t been adjusted for more than 25 years.  The plan also restores the STAR property tax rebate check program to provide real and direct relief to millions of New Yorkers who pay some of the highest property taxes in the country.

March 4, 2013
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SENATE FORECASTS $242 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL STATE REVENUES

Funds Should Be Used For Tax Relief or State Reserves – Not New Spending

Senate Republican Leader Dean G. Skelos and Senate Independent 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, of $126 million in 2013-14, and  $116 million more than the Executive’s estimate for state fiscal year 2012-13.

February 28, 2013
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SENATOR SKELOS ANNOUNCES DFS MEDIATION PROGRAM FOR DISPUTED OR DENIED INSURANCE CLAIMS FOR STORM SANDY HOMEOWNERS

Voluntary mediation offers speedy resolution when insurers and homeowners can’t agree

Senator Skelos today announced that the Department of Financial Services has established a voluntary mediation process for homeowners disputing their insurance claims or dissatisfied with denials of their claims arising from Storm Sandy.

February 25, 2013
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Avoid Unfair Pricing at the Pump and Save Money on Fuel

As gas prices continue to climb across the nation, we need to make sure that New Yorkers are not getting ripped off by unfair pricing at the pumps.

February 25, 2013
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Senate Republicans Call For Immediate Audit of State's Medicaid Program, Announce Senate Roundtable to Investigate Allegations of "Complacent" OMIG

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and the Senate Republican Conference today called for an immediate independent audit of New York State’s Medicaid program and announced a forthcoming joint roundtable meeting of the Senate Health and Investigations Committees to investigate allegations of complacency and inaction by the state Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG).

February 22, 2013
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Statement from Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos

I am disappointed that Governor Cuomo did not remove the 18-a energy tax when he submitted his 21-day amendments to the Executive Budget, as recommended on numerous occasions by Senate Republicans.  The business community has said that this onerous tax costs New York's businesses and families $509 million annually and will hurt our efforts to create jobs and revitalize the state's economy.  

February 13, 2013
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SENATE PASSES BILLS TO PROMOTE BUS PASSENGER SAFETY

Legislation Would Prevent Sex Offenders from Becoming Bus Drivers & Strengthen Penalties for Passing Stopped School Buses

 

The New York State Senate today passed two bills that would enhance the safety of bus passengers by preventing registered sex offenders from becoming bus drivers and increasing penalties for passing a stopped school bus.

February 11, 2013
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SENATE PASSES “TIFFANY’S LAW”

Bill Links Convictions for Operating Different Vehicles While Intoxicated

 

The New York State Senate today passed “Tiffany’s Law”, sponsored by Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-C-I, Syracuse). The bill (S.1790) would require all prior convictions of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, whether it be an automobile (DWI), snowmobile (SWI), or all-terrain vehicle, to be considered during sentencing of a subsequent Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) conviction. In turn, any person convicted of BWI would have that charge considered during any subsequent DWI, SWI or ATV offense.

February 11, 2013
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SENATE PASSES BILLS TO PROMOTE BUS PASSENGER SAFETY

Legislation Would Prevent Sex Offenders from Becoming Bus Drivers and Strengthen Penalties for Passing Stopped School Buses

February 11, 2013
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SNOWSTORM ASSISTANCE NUMBERS

 

With a major snowstorm predicted to impact our area begninning today, below are contact numbers where you can get storm-related information or services. You may wish to print this out and keep it on hand during the storm.

February 8, 2013
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Senate Republicans Call on Governor To Remove Utility Tax Surcharge Extension From Executive Budget

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference were joined today by leaders of statewide business organizations to urge Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget. The 18-a surcharge, which has increased utility bills for every ratepayer in the state, is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014. The Governor’s proposed five-year extension would cost businesses and consumers a total of almost $3 billion.

February 5, 2013
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SENATE BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE ON HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY RELEASES PRELIMINARY REPORT OUTLINING RECOMMENDATIONS ON STORM RELIEF, CONTINGENCY PLANNING, AND DISASTER MITIGATION

After touring New York’s hardest hit areas and hosting stakeholder roundtables across the NYC metro area, the Bipartisan Task Force issued its first report with 10 preliminary recommendations to aid recovery efforts and assist in future disaster planning

Less than three months after Senate Co-Leaders Jeffrey D. Klein and Dean G. Skelos launched the New York State Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy recovery, the Task Force has released its preliminary report and recommendations on Sandy relief and storm planning. The preliminary report and recommendations come after Task Force members toured storm damaged communities across the New York City Metro Area, including Freeport, Island Park, Oceanside, The Rockaways, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Hudson Valley. 

February 5, 2013
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Statement from Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos

With the passing of Ed Koch, New York has lost one of its true larger-than-life political leaders. He had a passion for public service, and an outsized personality to match.

As a Congressman, Mayor and political commentator, Ed Koch brought enthusiasm to everything he did, and he never stopped fighting for the causes he believed in. 

All those who knew or worked with Ed Koch, or were fortunate enough to meet him, understand today that he'll be sorely missed by the people of New York.

February 1, 2013
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HOUSING AND INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE EXTENSION FOR HURRICANE SANDY VICTIMS

Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program Extended in NY for an Additional 14 Days; Individual Assistance Program Extended 30 days

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the request of the State of New York, has approved a 14-day extension to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program and a 30-day extension for the Individual Assistance (IA) program.  

January 25, 2013
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Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program Extended in NY for an Additional 14 Days

Senator Skelos announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the request of the State of New York, has approved a 14-day extension to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, which allows eligible survivors from Hurricane Sandy who cannot return to their homes to stay in participating hotels or motels.

January 11, 2013
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Senator Skelos Unveils Tough Plan to Crack Down on Illegal Guns and Criminals Who Use Guns

Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced a package of tough, commonsense gun safety measures to eliminate the sale and possession of illegal guns and increase penalties for people who use guns to commit crimes. Statistics show illegal guns are used in the vast majority of gun crimes in New York State.  The proposals come in the wake of horrific recent incidents including the tragic school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut; the ambush and killing of two volunteer firefighters in Webster, New York; the shooting incidents that injured three NYPD officers just two days ago; and the cold-blooded killing of a Nassau County police officer and a motorist last October.

January 6, 2013
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SENATOR SKELOS AND SENATOR YOUNG CALL FOR STRONGER, PERMANENT KENDRA’S LAW

In Wake of Tragic Deaths, Law Regarding Treatment of Mentally Ill Must Be Improved 

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and Senator Catharine Young (R-C-I, Olean) today said that enacting a stronger, permanent Kendra’s Law must be a priority for the 2013 session, and should be included in any legislative agreement on gun safety.  

Their call comes in the wake of the tragic school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, and two fatal incidents of people being pushed in front of New York City subway trains, allegedly by people with histories of mental illness.

“The Senate is committed to acting on legislation as soon as possible to strengthen Kendra’s Law and make it permanent,” Senator Skelos said.  “We are seeing more and more horrific stories about what can happen when someone with a severe mental illness, who poses a danger to themselves and others, doesn’t receive the proper treatment.  Not only should this issue be a part of our discussions related to gun safety, but it must be part of any three-way agreement on laws to increase public safety and prevent the kind of senseless violence and death we’ve seen in the past month.”

January 4, 2013
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SENATE BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE FOR HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY MEETS ON LONG ISLAND

 

 

The New York State Senate’s Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery today visited communities on Long Island to tour storm damage and speak with local officials, business leaders, and individuals about the progress and challenges of the ongoing recovery efforts. 

Today’s meeting focused on Hurricane Sandy’s impacts in Nassau and Suffolk counties and included tours of Freeport, Island Park, and Oceanside to view the extensive storm damage and recovery efforts. This was the second meeting of the Bipartisan Senate Task Force for Hurricane Sandy Recovery, which first met on December 10, 2012, in the Rockaways in Queens. 

January 3, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATE MAJORITY LEADER DEAN SKELOS

The failure of Congress to act on the federal assistance legislation to help the millions of people impacted by Hurricane Sandy is absolutely unconscionable. 

People in my district and throughout the region continue to struggle to put their lives back together. Business owners are working to get back on their feet and everyone is trying to restore a sense of normalcy.

January 2, 2013
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