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Hurricane Preparedness Information

 

With Hurricane Irene upon us, please take a moment to review the  website of the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management where Nassau County residents can get a host of local information, such as hurricane evacuation routes and shelters and important contact phone numbers: http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/OEM/hurricane/prepare.html.

 

In addition, here’s a list of important contact numbers you may wish to print out and keep  on hand: 

 

Nassau County Office of Emergency Management: 516-573-0636

Nassau County Red Cross: 516-747-3500

LIPA: 1-800-490-0075 (to report downed power lines or electrical emergency)

August 27, 2011
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Share Your Ideas For A Stronger Economy

 

New York is facing one of the most significant economic challenges in recent history. That’s why – in partnership with Governor Andrew Cuomo – we took decisive action during this year’s Legislative Session to help revitalize our economy and create new job opportunities here in New York State. 

 

Taken together, these changes and reforms represent one of the boldest job-creation plans New York State has enacted in decades. That’s good news – especially in terms of our efforts to create new jobs here right on Long Island.  But more needs to be done.  As we continue to work to strengthen New York’s economy, I would like to find out your opinion on a few key items that will be discussed in the coming months. 

 

August 16, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATE MAJORITY LEADER DEAN SKELOS

The approval of a new five-year contract by CSEA is victory for all New Yorkers. I applaud Governor Cuomo, CSEA President Danny Donohue and the members of CSEA for achieving a deal that will save taxpayers $73 million this fiscal year, and will help ensure a balanced state budget, avert layoffs and maintain vital state services.  

August 16, 2011
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PURPLE HEART HALL OF HONOR

 

Senator Skelos and Senator Larkin are pictured next to the Purple Heart Monument during a tour of the Purple Heart Hall of Honor last week.  The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor commemorates the extraordinary sacrifices of America's servicemen and servicewomen who were killed or wounded in combat. The mission of the Hall of Honor is to collect and preserve the stories of Purple Heart recipients from all branches of service and across generations to ensure that all recipients are represented.

 

August 8, 2011
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SENATE INTRODUCES “PROTECT OUR CHILDREN ACT”

New Bill  Protects Kids & Punishes Predators

In the wake of Caylee Anthony’s tragic murder case and the murder of eight-year-old Leiby Kletzky in Brooklyn, legislation has been introduced in the New York State Senate that would make sweeping, comprehensive changes to the state’s child protection laws to help protect children from cruel and repeated abuse.  

July 21, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATE MAJORITY LEADER DEAN SKELOS

Today’s report by Comptroller DiNapoli, showing that tax collections for the first quarter of the State’s Fiscal Year have far outpaced recent estimates, is encouraging, and we must continue to monitor this situation over the next six months. 

If this positive trend continues, the Governor and State Legislature should focus on cutting taxes so businesses across the state can use the resulting savings to create new jobs, grow their companies and invest in New York. 

This year’s state budget, a responsible spending plan that eliminated a $10 billion deficit without raising taxes, was widely recognized as the first step in showing job-creators that New York was once again open for business.  

July 20, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATE MAJORITY LEADER DEAN SKELOS

Hydraulic fracturing is an important issue that has raised hopes for a stronger economy as well as concerns about its impact on the environment.  For Upstate, especially the Southern Tier, safe drilling for natural gas has the potential to create thousands of new jobs and millions of dollars in economic investment, as well as provide a new source of revenue for localities.  

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has been conducting a lengthy, deliberate and thorough review of the possible environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing. DEC has heard from the public, from advocates and from scientists and geologists.  

June 30, 2011
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SENATE MAJORITY LEADER SKELOS, GOVERNOR CUOMO AND ASSEMBLY SPEAKER SILVER ANNOUNCE HISTORIC PASSAGE OF MAJOR LEGISLATION

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced passage of legislation that address many of New York's most pressing and longstanding issues, including the greatest expansion of rent regulations in 40 years and the first ever cap on property taxes in the state.

June 25, 2011
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SENATE PASSES HISTORIC PROPERTY TAX CAP LEGISLATION

Bill Also Provides for Mandate Relief

 

The New York State Senate today passed historic property tax relief legislation that enacts a cap on the growth of local property taxes. 

June 24, 2011
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SENATE PASSES NY-SUNY 2020 CHALLENGE GRANT LEGISLATION

Legislation To Spur Investments In SUNY Expansion & Job Creation

June 24, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATE MAJORITY LEADER DEAN SKELOS

After many hours of deliberation and discussion over the past several weeks among the members, it has been decided that same sex marriage legislation will be brought to the full Senate for an up or down vote.  

June 24, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LANDMARK “POWER NY” LEGISLATION

Renews and Enhances Article X, Increases Energy Efficiency Investments and Explores Solar Power Potential

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to the “Power NY Act” to secure the state’s energy future by expanding the availability of affordable, clean and reliable electricity, while also creating jobs and boosting the economy. 

 

June 22, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO FACILITATE EARLY DETECTION OF BREAST CANCER

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to provide stronger preventative health care for women.  The bill (S.1883A), sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), requires insurance companies to cover the cost of supplemental screening for women who have dense breast tissue or who are at greater risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer.

 

June 22, 2011
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SENATE GIVES FINAL LEGISLATIVE PASSAGE TO JUVENILE “SEXTING” AND “CYBERBULLYING” PREVENTION BILL

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill (S.5253B) to divert youth to an education program addressing the sending of nude or obscene photographs through electronic technologies, also known as “sexting,” as well as conduct that constitutes “cyberbullying.” 

June 21, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO ALLOW PRIVATE AIR AMBULANCE SERVICES TO OFFER MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Patricia Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton),  that would allow private air ambulance services to offer membership subscriptions to private air ambulance services.  This proposal would help ensure the continuation of air ambulance services in rural areas of New York State.

 

June 20, 2011
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SENATE-APPROVED BILL WOULD ALLOW LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO ‘PIGGY-BACK’ ON PROCUREMENT CONTRACTS

The New York State Senate today approved legislation (S.5525B), sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury), that would allow local governments to cooperatively purchase, or piggy-back, on contracts already approved for other government agencies, including those of other states or the federal government.

 

The same terms and conditions of a contract already awarded would apply and there is a provision in the legislation to ensure that competitive bidding standards consistent with state law must have been used.  

 

June 20, 2011
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SENATE GIVES FINAL LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL TO “GOOD SAMARITAN” LAW

Bill Would Help Reduce the Potential for Fatalities From Drug Overdoses

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill that would help reduce the potential for fatalities caused by drug overdoses. The bill (S.4454B), sponsored by Senator John DeFrancisco (R-C-I, Syracuse), is known as a “good Samaritan” measure because it limits the use of evidence of illicit activity when an individual seeks treatment for someone experiencing an accidental drug overdose. 

 

June 20, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH FIXED SCHOOL TAX RATE FOR SENIORS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), that would establish a fixed real property school tax rate for seniors who are eligible for the enhanced STAR exemption, providing much needed tax relief to hundreds of thousands of seniors throughout New York State. 

 

June 20, 2011
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SENATE APPROVES BILL TO STRENGTHEN DUE PROCESS PROVISION OF MEDICAID LAW

The State Senate today approved legislation (S.3184), sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury), to ensure appropriate due process protections for providers and recipients of Medicaid who come under the scrutiny of the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG).

 

The legislation adds to the law which created the OMIG in 2007, to assure fairness and procedural clarity when audits are conducted.

 

June 20, 2011
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SENATE PASSES “COMPLETE STREETS” LEGISLATION

The New York State Senate today passed the “Complete Streets” legislation which would help make roadways safer for all who use them. The bill (S.5411A), by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) requires state, county, and local transportation agencies to consider roadway design features that increase the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.

 

June 20, 2011
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