Dean G. Skelos' Press releases

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos Announces $4.98 million in state aid for Long Beach Medical Center through the HEAL NY Program

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos recently announced that Long Beach Medical Center has been awarded $4.98 million in state funding through the HEAL 21 program administered through the New York State Department of Health.

July 26, 2012
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Senator Skelos Announces $10,000 in State Aid to the Peninsula Public Library

Senator Dean Skelos today announced that he has secured funding in the amount of $10,000 in bullet aid for the Peninsula Library. This funding will help the Peninsula Library continue to provide excellent programs and services to the Five Towns community.  

July 20, 2012
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Senator Skelos Announces $10,000 in State Aid to the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library

Senator Dean Skelos today announced that he has secured funding in the amount of $10,000 for the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library. This funding will help the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library continue to provide excellent programs and services to the Five Towns community.  

July 20, 2012
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SENATOR SKELOS ANNOUNCES FINAL PASSAGE OF SEWAGE SPILL NOTIFICATION BILL

Sewage Pollution Right To Know Act Protects Public Health by Increasing Awareness of Water Conditions

            New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R, Rockville Centre) today announced the final legislative passage of a bill that increases the amount of information available to the public when discharges of untreated or partially treated sewage to the state’s waterways could affect public health. The Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act (S6268D) would require prompt notification of such sewage discharges so the public has the information they need to make decisions about swimming, boating, and fishing. 

June 21, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO REFORM NEW YORK’S CARE OF PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS AND DISABILITIES

Legislation Creates the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs to Prevent, Investigateand Prosecute Abuse and Neglect of Vulnerable New Yorkers

The New York State Senate today passed sweeping legislation that will transform how New Yorkers with special needs and disabilities are protected. The bill (S7749) sponsored by Senator Roy McDonald (R-C-I, Saratoga) is part of a three-way agreement between the Senate, Assembly and Governor Cuomo to establish the strongest standards and practices in the nation for protecting individuals in state operated, certified or licensed facilities and programs.

June 20, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION PROHIBITING THE VIEWING OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Bill Closes Loophole Created by Recent Court of Appeals Ruling

 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S7742) sponsored by Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), that would make the viewing of child pornography a felony crime. The bill is part of a three-way agreement with the Senate, Assembly and Governor Cuomo to amend current state law to make a person guilty of a crime when the person knowingly accesses child pornography with the intent to view. 

June 19, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILLS TO GROW CRAFT BREWING INDUSTRY IN NEW YORK

The state Senate today passed three bills to help grow and expand the craft beer industry in New York State.  The bills, which represent a three-way agreement among the Senate, Assembly and Governor Cuomo, will protect an important tax benefit for small breweries that produce beer in New York, create a Farm Brewery license that will allow craft brewers to expand their operations through opening restaurants or selling new products and will exempt breweries that produce small batches of beer from paying an annual State Liquor Authority fee.

June 18, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PREVENT CYBERBULLYING

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), that would provide further protections and procedures for students who are bullied or cyberbullied. The legislation clarifies and expands the Dignity for All Students Act, an anti-cyberbullying law enacted in 2010 and creates guidelines for local school districts to develop policies and procedures to address the problem.

June 18, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO HELP BREAST CANCER PATIENTS RECOVER FROM A PARTIAL MASTECTOMY

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would help some breast cancer patients by requiring insurance companies to cover reconstruction for partial mastectomies. 

June 18, 2012
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STATEMENT BY SENATE MAJORITY LEADER DEAN SKELOS

A new report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce showing that New York has jumped 11 spots in the rankings of top states for growth, productivity and livability is proof positive that the Governor and Senate Republicans are making progress in turning New York around.

Over the last 18 months, we’ve brought spending under control, slammed the door on tax increases that make it more difficult for businesses and families, and laid a solid foundation to create thousands of new jobs.  

We’ve reduced middle class taxes, enacted a property tax cap and approved Recharge NY.  Under our leadership, Albany is no longer a hindrance to small businesses and innovators, it’s a partner for economic progress.

June 15, 2012
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SENATOR SKELOS ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF IN-SCHOOL CPR TRAINING BILL

Measure Requires High Schools to Include CPR Education

 

New York State Senator Dean G. Skelos (R, Rockville Centre) today announced the passage of a bill (S2491A) that would help educate students about basic Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) skills. Adding CPR training as part of a high school student's health curriculum would increase awareness of important life-saving techniques and could ultimately save lives.

June 14, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL BANNING OWNERSHIP OF ANIMAL FIGHTING PARAPHERNALIA

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill (S6774A), sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton), which bans people from owning, selling, or manufacturing animal fighting paraphernalia. The Senate took up the bill on New York State Animal Advocacy Day at the Capitol, where legislators and animal advocates network, share ideas, and lobby for stronger anti-cruelty laws. 

June 13, 2012
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SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL PROTECTING CONSUMERS FROM INTRUSIVE TELEMARKETERS

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill that protects New Yorkers from intrusive or unwanted telemarketing practices. The bill (S7567A), sponsored by Senator Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley), regulates all telemarketers who do business in New York, wherever they may be located, and adds new consumer protections from unwelcome prerecorded calls, known as robocalls, from telemarketers.

June 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO IMPROVE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF DOGS AND CATS SOLD BY PET STORES

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill (S7268A), sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R-C, Patterson), that will ensure improved health and safety of pets sold in stores. The Senate took up the bill on New York State Animal Advocacy Day at the Capitol, where legislators and animal advocates network, share ideas, and lobby for stronger anti-cruelty laws. 

 

June 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL ALLOWING BREW-PUB OWNERS TO ALSO OPEN RESTAURANTS

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.7110), sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R, North Buffalo) that would allow a brew-pub owner to also open a restaurant. 

 

“I applaud today’s passage of this legislation to allow an individual to own a license for both manufacturing of alcohol and an alcohol retail license, which will create the opportunity for one owner to operate a restaurant and a brew-pub facility,” said Senator Grisanti. “With brew-pubs springing up across the state, it is counterproductive and anti-business to limit entrepreneurs.”

June 12, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO HONOR FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS

Legislation Also Passed that Allows Volunteer Firefighters to be Absent from Work During States of Emergency

 

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.7458), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R, Rockville Centre) that would ensure the names of firefighters who are killed while performing services in the line of duty be included on the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial.  

June 12, 2012
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SENATE PASSES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGISLATION

Bill Represents Three-Way Agreement

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that will protect victims of domestic violence and establish stronger criminal penalties to punish individuals who commit acts of domestic violence.

 

The bill (S7638), sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), Chairman of the Senate Codes Committee, represents a three-way agreement among the Senate, Governor Cuomo and the Assembly.  It includes several important provisions included in bills that have already passed the Senate this year, such as bail reforms and increased penalties for domestic violence crimes.

June 12, 2012
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SENATE CALLS ON ASSEMBLY TO ACT ON TOP 10 LIST OF TOUGH ANTI-CRIME BILLS

 Assembly Should Vote on Crime Bills Before Ending Session

With two weeks left in the 2012 legislative session, Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), Chairman of the Senate Codes Committee, and Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn) today called on the state Assembly to vote on a “Top 10 List” of tough anti-crime bills that have already passed the Senate this session.

 

“From banning dangerous drugs to preventing drunk driving, from stopping child pornography to cracking down on auto insurance fraud, the Senate has passed many important bills that would prevent crime and punish criminals,” Senator Skelos said.  “Unfortunately, these bills have languished, some of them for years, in the Assembly. All of them should be voted on before we conclude the 2012 session.”

June 12, 2012
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SENATE PASSES “I-STOP” TO REDUCE PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

In response to the escalating problem of prescription drug abuse, the state Senate today passed legislation that would make significant changes to the way prescription drugs are distributed and monitored in New York State.  

The bill (S7637), sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island) and Senator Kemp Hannon (R, Nassau), Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, includes “real time” prescription tracking to provide more information to doctors and pharmacists, in an effort to prevent deaths from abuse and overdoses of prescription drugs, particularly painkillers.

June 11, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO RESTORE STAR PROPERTY TAX REBATE CHECKS

$202 Million in Property Tax Relief For Seniors;$1.2 Billion for Middle Class Families in ’13-14

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), that would restore the STAR property tax rebate program. The bill (S7447) would provide $202 million in property tax relief to senior citizens in the 2012-13 school year and $1.2 billion in property tax relief to middle class families starting in 2013-14.

 

June 6, 2012
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