The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S6079A), sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), that would exempt libraries from the paying the MTA payroll tax. Repealing the tax would save libraries in the downstate MTA region $1.3 million annually.
“When the MTA payroll tax is applied to the payrolls of entities such as school districts and libraries, it is being paid by our taxpayers. In this economic climate, we need to ease the burden on our taxpayers,” Senator Martins said. “This measure will eliminate a cost that was unfairly placed on our libraries, which serve as centers for our communities.”
The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to legislation (S6972), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-C-I, Garden City), Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, that would make it easier for New Yorkers to register online to become an organ donor.
"I continually stress the importance of becoming a donor because donating an organ is saving a life," Senator Hannon said. "This bill would make the process of registering for organ donation online more convenient by allowing donors to receive electronic confirmation of their registration and amend or revoke their registration online.”
The New York State Senate today passed the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan. The Senate’s comprehensive plan will help create thousands of new private sector jobs by delivering tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers, reducing energy costs, and enacting major fiscal reforms to make New York State more economically competitive.
Measure Prevents Criminals From Profiting From Their Crimes
The New York State Senate today passed legislation that closes a loophole in the “Son of Sam” law to further restrict a criminal’s ability to profit from their crimes. The bill (S.4393A), sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), corrects a longstanding flaw in the state’s existing “Son of Sam” law by preventing all criminals, regardless of their final plea or conviction, from commercially exploiting their crime.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) to strengthen Leandra’s Law. The legislation would ensure that offenders comply with the provision of the law requiring them to use ignition interlocks.
Measure Prompted by Murder of Utica Woman by Career Rapist on Parole
The New York State Senate today passed legislation to require certain violent felons to serve their maximum prison term if there is evidence that their release would pose an imminent threat to society. The bill (S.6020A), sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo (R-C, Rome), would help protect the public by keeping repeat offenders off the streets and limit “good behavior” and other rewards from reducing the time spent in prison.
Bill Would Make Killing an Emergency First Responder First Degree Murder
The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.4717B), sponsored by Senator Patricia Ritchie (R-C, Huevelton) to make the killing of emergency first responders first degree murder, punishable by the stiffest penalty allowed by law - life without parole.
Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference today continued their strong focus on job creation and economic growth by announcing that the Senate will pass legislation next week to implement the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan. The Senate’s comprehensive plan will help create thousands of new private sector jobs by delivering tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers, reducing energy costs, and enacting major fiscal reforms to make New York State more economically competitive.
Legislation will ensure funding goes directly to road and bridge repair
The New York State Senate today passed the Bridge and Road Investment and Dedicated Fund Guaranteed Enforcement Reform Act, also known as the BRIDGE Reform Act. The bill (S.1071), sponsored by Senator Tom Libous, will ensure that the dedicated fund, originally enacted in 1991, will go towards rebuilding, replacing and reconditioning highways and bridges to improve the safety of drivers who travel them.
Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) recently honored Ida D’Angelo, community leader from Valley Stream, as his 2012 Woman of Distinction. Ida was honored with other notable women from across the state on May 15, 2012 at a reception in Albany.
“I am proud to honor Ida D’Angelo as my 2012 Woman of Distinction,” said Senator Skelos. “Ida is a pillar within the community of Valley Stream and has worked tirelessly over the past 50 years to help others and to improve the quality of life for all residents of our community.”
The New York State Senate today passed legislation to prevent the tragic injuries and deaths that can occur due to hazing at colleges and universities. The bill (S.1937), sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), would help cut down on hazing by strengthening a college or university’s enforcement authority and increasing awareness of the consequences of hazing, underage drinking, and illegal drug use.
“Hazing can create physical as well as emotional scars that may last a lifetime,” Senator LaValle said. “There is nothing ‘good-natured’ about hazing and it cannot be tolerated on our college and university campuses.”
The New York State Senate today passed the Protection of People With Special Needs Act, which reforms and strengthens protections for more than one million state residents with special needs. The bill (S.7400), sponsored by Senator Roy McDonald (R-C-I, Saratoga), will enhance the safeguards for children and adults who are particularly vulnerable to abuse and neglect and receive care from New York’s human service agencies and programs.
Bill closes loophole after Court of Appeals ruling that it is not a crime
The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.7407), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), that would make the viewing of child pornography a felony crime. The bill amends current state law to say that a person is guilty of a crime when the person knowingly accesses child pornography with the intent to view.
The legislation comes after a state Court of Appeals ruling earlier this month that said viewing child pornography on the Internet is not a crime. This legislation closes that loophole.
Bill Would Provide a Preference in State Contracts for Disabled Veterans
The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.2423), sponsored by Senator Gregory R. Ball (R-C, Pawling), that would give greater access to state contracts to veterans who were disabled during their service.
This bill would codify for New York an identical and highly successful program adopted for federal contracting. Given the increase in the number of veterans and disabled veterans due to recent overseas conflicts, this bill would provide a small measure of recognition that this group of selfless men and women deserve.
The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.476), sponsored by Senator Michael Nozzolio (R-C, Fayette), that would protect the taxpayers of New York State by requiring state and county correctional facility inmates to make copayments for health care visits the same policy that is in place in the federal prison system and two-thirds of the states.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would make it a crime for school employees to engage in sexual activity with students, including those who are older than New York’s legal age of consent.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), that would close a loophole in the state health law that gave a Western New York man who killed his wife the sole rights to her remains.In 2009, Constance Shepherd of Tonawanda was brutally murdered by her husband, Stephen Shepherd. Her family fought to gain control of her remains to ensure a proper funeral and burial.
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Senator Jack Martins met with the 2012 3-on-3 Tournament Committee at First Church of God in Elmont this past Saturday. Over 200 committee members attended the session. The tournament is the largest community event in Elmont history outside the Belmont Stakes. Senator Skelos and Senator Martins sponsor the tournament which entails 3-on-3 Basketball, 7-on-7 football, slam dunk contest, soccer, 3 point shoot out and many more events. The tournament is in its 9th year and boasts an attendance of nearly 5,000 players, residents and fans who come out for an Elmont community day of fun.
I had the distinct pleasure of being the key note speaker at today’s 2nd Annual Long Island Breast Cancer Awareness Summit. A staggering 1 in 9 women on Long Island will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. The summit offeredattendees, including many breast cancer survivors, a chance to learn about the latest innovations and medical discoveries in breast cancer treatment.