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SENATE PASSES "NEW JOBS-NY" JOB CREATION PLAN

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.  

May 30, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO CLOSE LOOPHOLE IN “SON OF SAM” LAW

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.

May 30, 2012
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SENATOR SKELOS INDUCTS SERGEANT FRANK S. NARO INTO VETERANS' HALL OF FAME

Aerial Technical Sergeant Frank S. Naro of Rockville Centre has an exemplary military record and has demonstrated a true and unwavering commitment to his country.

May 23, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN LEANDRA’S LAW

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.

 

May 22, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO KEEP VIOLENT REPEAT OFFENDERS IN PRISON

 

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.

 

May 22, 2012
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SENATE PASSES “MARK’S LAW”

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.

 

May 22, 2012
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SENATE UNVEILS “NEW JOBS-NY” JOB CREATION PLAN

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.

May 22, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BRIDGE REFORM ACT

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. 

 

May 21, 2012
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SENATOR SKELOS HONORS IDA D’ANGELO AS 2012 WOMAN OF DISTINCTION

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.” 

May 16, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON COLLEGE HAZING

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.”

 

May 16, 2012
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SENATE PASSES PROTECTION OF PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS ACT

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.

 

May 16, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION WHICH MAKES VIEWING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY A FELONY

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.

 

May 15, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO HELP DISABLED VETERANS

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.

 

May 15, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE INMATES TO MAKE MEDICAL COPAYMENTS

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. 

May 14, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT TEENS FROM SEXUAL PREDATORS AT SCHOOLS

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.

May 14, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT REMAINS OF CRIME VICTIMS

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.

May 14, 2012
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SENATOR DEAN SKELOS AND SENATOR JACK MARTINS MEET WITH 2012 3-ON-3 TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE IN ELMONT

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.

May 14, 2012
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SENATOR SKELOS JOINS THE 2ND ANNUAL LONG ISLAND BREAST CANCER AWARENESS SUMMIT AS THIS YEARS' KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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.

May 11, 2012
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SENATE TO ACT NEXT WEEK ON PROTECTION OF PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS ACT

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced that the Senate will act next week on legislation to reform and strengthen protections for more than one million state residents with special needs who are served by facilities and programs operated, licensed and certified by State agencies.

May 9, 2012
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SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO IRAN DIVESTMENT ACT EXPANSION

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to an expansion of the Iran Divestment Act.  The bill (S.6462), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, includes state and local public authorities, the State University of New York, and the City University of New York among the governmental entities prohibited from entering into new or renewed contracts with companies that provide goods, services or credit worth $20 million or more to Iran's energy.

May 9, 2012
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