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SENATE PASSES BILLS RECOMMENDED BY HEROIN TASK FORCE: Measures Will Help Address Growing Heroin and Opioid Use in New York

 

The New York State Senate today passed 23 bills to address issues surrounding the increase in heroin and opioid abuse, addiction, and related crimes in New York. The bills are part of a comprehensive legislative package proposed by the bipartisan New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction in a report released in May.

 

The bill package passed today begins the legislative response laid out in the report to prevent drug abuse and overdoses; increase the availability and efficacy of addiction treatment; and enhance the tools provided to law enforcement to keep heroin off the streets.

June 9, 2014
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SENATOR SKELOS' FREE CHILD ID PROGRAM

On Friday, June 13, 2014, I will be hosting a Free Child I.D. Program in partnership with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. This free program, available to Nassau County children of all ages, will take place from 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. at the Rockville Centre Public Library, located at 221 North Village Avenue in Rockville Centre.  

June 13, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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SENATE RESOLUTION COMMEMORATES 70th ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY INVASION

 

The New York State Senate today honored World War II veterans today by adopting  a resolution that commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Allied Army invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, a defining day in world history that marked the beginning of the liberation of Europe and the eventual end of World War II; as well as passing a package of legislation to benefit veterans, and men and women in active military duty.

June 2, 2014
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SENATOR SKELOS' FREE LEGAL SERVICES PROGRAM

This Wednesday, June 4,  I will be sponsoring a free mobile legal help center in partnership with the New York Legal Assistance Group from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.at the Henry Waldinger Memorial Library located at 60 Verona Place in Valley Stream.NYLAG will be providing free services for this event relating to:-Storm Recovery Issues-Foreclosure Issues

June 4, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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SENATE’S JOINT TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION RELEASES REPORT AND LEGISLATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS

The New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction today released a report summarizing the findings of statewide forums held to examine the issues surrounding the increase in drug abuse, addiction and drug related crimes in New York. The report includes a comprehensive package of bills recommended for action this legislative session that target prevention, treatment, and enforcement issues raised during extensive testimony provided by dozens of experts, parents, and concerned New Yorkers. 

 

May 28, 2014
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Honoring Our Heroes this Memorial Day

Although Memorial Day may be a time where we enjoy quality time with friends and family, we must never forget that those privileges have been fought for and defended by countless heroes, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice.

Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day was first recognized right here in New York State in 1873.  It is fitting that this great tradition began here, due to the long and proud history of New Yorker’s fighting to protect the freedoms of our country.  In fact, more New Yorkers have served in the Armed Forces than any other state.

Without them and their selfless dedication, none of what we are so lucky to have in America would be possible.

May 23, 2014
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Senator Skelos attends the State of New York Police Officers Memorial Service

Each day men and women throughout New York State put on their uniforms in order to protect and serve our communities. Earlier this month it was an honor to pay respect to those individuals who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty at the State of New York Police Officers Memorial. Although they are no longer with us, their names and legacies will live on for generations to come.

May 21, 2014
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Senator Skelos' Free Community Blood Pressure Screening

I am pleased to announce that I will be hosting a FREE Community Blood Pressure Screening in partnership with South Nassau Communities Hospital on Thursday, May 22, 2014.

May 22, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Helping Our Heroes: New Law Assists Service Disabled Vets

As your Senator, I have always worked together in a bipartisan way to provide support for New York State's courageous veterans.   That's why I am pleased to report that an important new proposal to help New York’s Service Disabled Veterans pursue successful new business ventures has just been signed into law.

May 13, 2014
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SENATOR SKELOS' FREE LEGAL SERVICES PROGRAM

This Friday, May 16, I will be sponsoring a free mobile legal help center in partnership with the New York Legal Assistance Group from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.at the Long Beach Martin Luther King Center located at 615 Riverside Blvd in Long Beach.NYLAG will be providing free services for this event relating to:-Storm Recovery Issues-Foreclosure Issues

May 16, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Women’s Health Week: New York State is Leading the Way

This week is national Women's Health Week, and that makes it a great time to highlight how the new State Budget for 2014-15 will help to ensure quality health care for women and families throughout New York. The new State Budget includes: 

May 12, 2014
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EARTH DAY / ARBOR DAY 2014

Since the very first Earth Day back in 1970, we have marked April 22nd as a day to celebrate the importance of our natural environment, and to rededicate ourselves to ensuring clean air and water, open spaces, and green, healthy communities.   

April 22, 2014
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EARTH DAY 2014 POSTER CONTEST: DISTRICT 9

Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 9th Senatorial District.

Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

Kennedy HunterGrade 2Forest Road School

April 17, 2014
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STATEMENT FROM NYS SENATE CO-LEADER DEAN G. SKELOS

Today’s report from the Tax Foundation detailing positive changes to the state’s overall tax climate, especially when it comes to reducing the tax burden for businesses, shows we’re making real progress in making New York a more attractive place to create jobs and grow for the future.

 

I’m particularly pleased that many of the reforms that were included in this year’s enacted budget, which form the basis for our improved ranking, were ideas Senate Republicans have been advocating for years.  By reducing costs for businesses and making New York more competitive, we can create new jobs and keep our young people here to settle and raise their families.  

 

April 15, 2014
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2014-15 New York State Budget

The State Senate has completed final adoption of the New York State Budget for the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year. 

This marks the fourth consecutive year that the State Senate has successfully passed an on-time budget that achieves our key goals of controlling spending, reducing the tax burden on families, and increasing opportunities for all New Yorkers. 

April 1, 2014
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Senate Republican Leader Dean G. Skelos Budget Statement

I’m happy to report that the state senate just finished passing a fiscally responsible, on-time state budget.  Working in a bi-partisan manner, this budget provides property tax relief to middle-class families, provides $1 billion in additional aid to schools, including over $600 million to close the Gap Elimination Adjustment, and provides a strong foundation to create jobs and provide every New Yorker with the opportunities they need to be successful. Please take a brief minute to watch my remarks on this years budget.  

March 31, 2014
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SENATE PASSES RESOLUTION HONORING THE LIFE OF BILLS OWNER RALPH WILSON JR.

The New York State Senate passed a resolution today honoring the life of Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr., who passed away this week.

As an original owner in the American Football League (AFL), Wilson founded the Buffalo Bills franchise in 1959.  Over the next 50-plus years, Wilson was one of the most influential men in professional football and played a vital role in some of the most important events in pro-football history, including the NFL-AFL merger.  Wilson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

March 27, 2014
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO HELP PREVENT OVERDOSE DEATHS BY INCREASING ACCESS TO NALOXONE

Measure Gives More People Access to Antidote That Prevents Accidental Overdose Deaths from Heroin and Other Opioids

 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to help save lives by increasing access to a highly effective antidote for accidental drug overdose known as Naloxone or Narcan. The bill (S6477B), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R, Nassau County), allows authorized health care professionals to issue non-patient specific orders for Naloxone to certified training programs and pharmacies, which could then distribute the Naloxone kits and instruct how to properly administer it. If timely administered, Naloxone can prevent an overdose death.

 

March 27, 2014
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SENATE PASSES BILL FOR STATE CONTRACT SET-ASIDE FOR DISABLED VETERANS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S6865), sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, to facilitate the awarding of state contracts to disabled veterans. 

 

The  bill will create a six percent state contract set-aside for service-connected disabled- veteran owned small businesses. The “Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act” will ensure New York State’s service-connected disabled veterans are better able to compete for millions of dollars in state contracts. 

 

March 24, 2014
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Senator Skelos' Free Community Prostate Cancer Screening Program

Senator Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), in conjunction with South Nassau Communities Hospital, will be sponsoring a free community prostate cancer screening program on Tuesday, April 22 in Hewlett. 

April 22, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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