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LYNBROOK & LONG BEACH STUDENTS SHADOW SENATOR SKELOS DURING VISIT TO STATE CAPITOL

Senator Skelos is pictured with Kevin Dugan of Lynbrook & Alexa Salazar of Long Beach who had the opportunity to shadow the Senator during their visit to Albany for the Students Inside Albany Conference, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation. 

 

April 19, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LAUREN’S LAW TO INCREASE ORGAN DONATION

Bill Would Create a New Model for Participation in Organ and Tissue Donation Programs

In honor of National Donate Life Month, the New York State Senate was joined by 11-year-old heart transplant survivor Lauren Shields today and passed life saving legislation to significantly increase organ and tissue donation. Lauren’s Law (S.3885), sponsored by Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange), would increase the number of eligible and willing organ donors by requiring driver’s license applicants to specifically indicate their donation decision.

April 13, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILLS TO HELP TAXPAYERS

State Would Be Required to Pay Tax Refunds Within 30 Days of A Return Being Filed

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to help speed up the delivery of tax refunds owed to taxpayers by the state. The bill (S.2631), sponsored by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset), addresses excessive delays of up to two months from when taxpayers file their return to when they may actually see the refund from the state Department of Taxation and Finance.

 

April 12, 2011
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SENATE & ASSEMBLY REPUBLICANS, BUSINESS COMMUNITY STEP UP PRESSURE ON ASSEMBLY MAJORITY TO PASS PROPERTY TAX BILL

 

Enactment of Property Tax Cap Must Be Top Priority This Session

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and representatives of business organizations today urged the Assembly Majority to act on a meaningful property tax cap bill.  The Senate overwhelmingly passed Governor Cuomo’s property tax cap legislation with bipartisan support earlier this year.

 

April 12, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM ABUSE

Bill Includes Camp Directors As Mandated Reporters of Child Abuse

The New York State Senate today passed a measure requiring camp directors to report suspected child abuse regardless of the location where abuse may have occurred. With many parents now beginning to think about summer camps, the bill (S.3777A), sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) would protect children and facilitate the detection of abuse by camp staff.

 

April 11, 2011
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West Point Day at the State Capitol

Senator Skelos is pictured with Cadet Colin James Hennessy of Lynbrook & Cadet Jeffrey Jeau Jang of Woodmere on West Point Day at the State Capitol. 

April 7, 2011
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SENATE CELEBRATES NEW YORK’S SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN

Bills Create Opportunities for Honoring, Remembering and Informing Veterans

The New York State Senate today focused on the important contributions of current and former service men and women by passing three measures to honor and remember their legacies, as well as help them stay informed of the benefits and services available to them. The Senators were joined by a contingent of visitors from the United States Military Academy for what is known as West Point Day at the Capitol.

 

April 6, 2011
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SENATE PASSES ANTI-CRIME PACKAGE

Bills Strengthen Penalties for Sex Offenders, Bank Robberies and Home Invasions 

The New York State Senate today passed several anti-crime bills to strengthen penalties and create new charges for offenses relating to sexual abuse, bank robberies, home invasions and driving irresponsibly. The measures will help deter criminals, hold violators accountable and create safer communities throughout the state.

 

April 5, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROVIDE MORE OVERSIGHT OF LIPA RATE HIKES

Measure Would Require Greater Scrutiny of Cost Increases to Customers

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.2581) to increase accountability and reduce unregulated rate increases by the Long Island Power Authority. The bill, sponsored by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), addresses costly rate hikes of more than 30 percent since 2001 by requiring state Public Service Commission notification and review of certain rate increases of more than 2.5 percent. 

 

“Long Islanders pay among the highest utility rates in the country,” Senator LaValle said. “Accountability and transparency are critically important to protect ratepayers.”

 

April 4, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO TOUGHEN LAWS FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

 

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.164C) to create new penalties for individuals supervising another driver while also under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Abbagail’s Law, sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), is named after an eight-year-old girl who died in a car accident caused by an inexperienced driver who was supervised by a parent under the influence of alcohol.

 

April 4, 2011
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MTA, NASSAU COUNTY, STATE SENATE ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT TO SAVE LONG ISLAND BUS SERVICE

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Nassau County and State Senate Republicans, lead by Senator Charles Fuschillo (R, Merrick) and Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), today announced an agreement to stave off proposed cuts to Long Island Bus that would have affected more than half of the bus routes in Nassau County.

 

April 1, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATE MAJORITY LEADER DEAN SKELOS ON THREE-WAY BUDGET AGREEMENT

"This budget agreement keeps our Senate Republican commitment to reduce spending, cut taxes and empower the private sector to create jobs, and will begin to put New York on the path to fiscal recovery. By working together to reach consensus on a responsible spending plan that eliminates a $10 billion deficit without raising taxes, we have tightened our belt and protected middle-class families in every region of this State. I am particularly pleased with Governor Cuomo's commitment to making UB2020 a reality, which will bring jobs and hope to Western New York, as well as improvements to the other university centers, which are important priorities of our Senate Republican conference.

March 27, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON AUTO INSURANCE FRAUD

Bill Sets Tough Penalties for Staging Car Accidents

The New York State Senate today passed a bill that would prevent insurance fraud by making it a felony to intentionally cause a vehicle collision. The legislation, sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I, Oneonta), targets criminals who capitalize on vulnerable motorists in attempts to profit from insurance claims.

March 22, 2011
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SENATE CELEBRATES SUNSHINE WEEK BY INTRODUCING SWEEPING BUDGET REFORM PROPOSAL

Creates Independent Budgeting Entity and Requires Better Fiscal Planning

The New York State Senate Majority introduced comprehensive budget reform legislation this week that would create a non-partisan budget office and require the adoption of multi-year financial plans based on sound accounting practices. The bill, introduced during national Sunshine Week, would significantly enhance independence and accountability in the budget process. 

March 16, 2011
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STATE SENATE PASSES RESPONSIBLE BUDGET THAT REDUCES SPENDING, INVESTS IN NEW YORK’S PRIORITIES AND INCLUDES NO NEW TAXES

Spending Plan Will Serve As Roadmap to an on-time Budget

The New York State Senate today passed  its budget resolution - - a fiscally sound plan that reduces spending, rejects tax increases and makes responsible investments in New York’s future. 

The Senate budget largely mirrors the priorities outlined in Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget and will serve as a real roadmap to the enactment of a responsible, on-time budget.

March 15, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO SUPPORT VETERANS

Bills Would Protect The Rights and Legacies of Service Men and Women

  The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would significantly enhance the protection of property, rights and services available to current and former military personnel. The seven bills would build upon the Senate’s ongoing commitment to increase support for veterans and their families. 

March 15, 2011
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SENATE PASSES INDEPENDENT REDISTRICTING PLAN

Measure Would Reform Process To Draw District Lines In A Fair, Non-partisan Manner

The New York State Senate today passed a constitutional amendment, sponsored by Senator John Bonacic (R-C-I, Mount Hope), that would significantly reform the process by which new legislative and congressional district lines are determined.  The amendment would create an independent,  non-partisan apportionment commission, as called for in the NY Uprising pledge.

March 15, 2011
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Senate Passes Legislation to Limit Protests at Military Funerals

 “The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act”

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.3901), sponsored by Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I- Shirley), that would limit protests at military funerals.  Called “The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act,” the proposed law is named for an Iraq War Veteran who lost his life in combat in 2006.

March 14, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO REPEAL ANTI-JOB IDA TAX

Bill Mirrors Proposal in Executive Budget

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.2682), sponsored by Senator Mike Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), to repeal a burdensome tax on local economic development agencies that hinders job growth and economic investment. The tax, first enacted in 2009, provides a direct obstacle to the ability of Industrial Development Agencies and Authorities (IDAs) to invest in new projects, support local businesses and create jobs.

March 9, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO CREATE “RECHARGE NY” POWER PROGRAM

Bill Would Establish New, Permanent Low-Cost Power Program to Create & Retain Jobs

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.3164), sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), to create a new, permanent program called “Recharge NY,” that would provide low-cost power to help businesses create and retain jobs.

March 9, 2011
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