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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 The bill (S.1071), sponsored by Senator Tom Libous, will ensure that the dedicated fund, originally enacted in 1991, will go towards rebuilding, replacing and reconditioning highways and bridges to improve the safety of drivers who travel them.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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SENATE PASSES BILL TO REQUIRE IMMEDIATE INVESTIGATION BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OF ABUSE IN STATE FACILITIES

Measure Provides Timely Notification to Law Enforcement of Abuse of Children in Residential Care

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie), that would modify current reporting procedures involving the abuse of children in residential care.  

 

May 8, 2012
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SENATE RENEWS CALL FOR ASSEMBLY TO PASS MEASURES TO FIGHT AUTO INSURANCE FRAUD

New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, Senate Insurance Committee Chairman Senator James L. Seward and Senator Martin Golden today joined law enforcement, insurance advocates, business groups, and victims to press for the Assembly’s passage of three auto insurance fraud prevention bills before the end of this year’s legislative session. Auto insurance fraud costs New Yorkers more than $1 billion a year and has led to injuries - even death - for innocent victims. 

 

May 8, 2012
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STATEMENT BY SENATE MAJORITY LEADER DEAN SKELOS

I am gratified that the Court of Appeals has unanimously ruled that the Senate's reapportionment plan is fair and complies with the State Constitution. 

Today's decision by the State's highest court upholds the addition of a 63rd Senate seat, consistent with the requirements of the State Constitution.  It was the Senate Democrats who wrongly dragged us into court and wasted taxpayer money pursuing this matter. 

This ruling comes on the heels of the Obama administration’s decision to preclear our reapportionment plan, after determining it complied with Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Finally, I am grateful that the Court of Appeals heard this important case on an expedited basis.

May 3, 2012
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SENATE PASSES SEX ABUSE PREVENTION BILLS

Measures Increase Penalties, Enhance Community Notification and Protection

The New York State Senate today passed a package of eight bills to prevent sexual predators from obtaining access to potential victims and help law enforcement and communities keep track of their whereabouts. The bills will help increase the amount of information available about convicted sex offenders and seeks to prevent them from obtaining access to vulnerable individuals.

May 1, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO CRIMINALIZE SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to criminalize the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana. The bill (S.6694), sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport),  would also criminalize the sale and possession of hallucinogenic chemicals deceptively called “bath salts.” 

April 30, 2012
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STATEMENT BY SENATE MAJORITY LEADER DEAN SKELOS

Published reports show the vast majority of school districts throughout New York are presenting budgets to voters that fall within the 2 percent property tax cap adopted by the Legislature and signed by the Governor.  This is good news for taxpayers.

Passage of a school property tax cap which finally slams the door on massive tax increases that middle-class families could not afford was a long-held priority of the Senate Republican conference.  In fact, the Senate approved the very first property tax cap bill in 2008. 

I am pleased that we have successfully worked with Governor Cuomo and the Assembly to produce two budgets that reduced state spending, and enacted a property tax cap that helps taxpayers and moves our state forward.   

April 26, 2012
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SENATE CELEBRATES WEST POINT DAY AT THE CAPITOL

Legislation Would Help Veterans Get Jobs

The New York State Senate today welcomed cadets and staff from the United States Military Academy at West Point as part of an annual day of recognition. In honor of the celebration, the Senate passed several bills focusing on helping veterans obtain jobs and protect their rights. 

April 26, 2012
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