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SENATE ACTS TO CREATE NEW PANEL TO SUPPORT AGING VETERANS

Measure Seeks To Improve State Consideration of Issues Facing Vets

 

The New York State Senate today approved legislation to help older veterans by creating an advisory committee that specifically assists state officials in addressing important veterans issues. New York has the second highest veteran population in the United States and bill S.3337, sponsored by Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), focuses on improving the care and state support available to aging veterans by creating a panel of gerontology and veterans’ issue experts.

 

May 16, 2011
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SENATE PASSES “ADOPT-A-PARK” PROGRAM

Bill Would Facilitate Volunteer-Driven Park Improvement Projects and Beautification

 

The New York State Senate today passed the “Adopt-a-Park” bill, which allows the state and municipalities to work together to develop agreements with volunteers to beautify parklands. Bill S.2686A, sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R, North Buffalo), would assist local governments in continuing to provide communities with safe and enjoyable public spaces by allowing volunteer groups to provide services to enhance and maintain parks.

 

May 16, 2011
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SENATOR SKELOS IS PICTURED SPEAKING AT THE STATE OF NEW YORK POLICE OFFICERS MEMORIAL REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY

Senator Skelos is pictured speaking at the State of New York Police Officers Memorial Remembrance Ceremony on May 10, 2011, honoring 15 police officers who died in the line of duty or from 9/11-related illnesses. Their names were added to the State Police Officers Memorial at the Empire State Plaza.

May 11, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATE MAJORITY LEADER DEAN SKELOS

Today, Governor Cuomo begins a statewide tour in support of his legislation to enact a hard property tax cap in New York.  The Governor is right - - soaring property taxes are driving middle-class families out of their homes and forcing businesses to flee the state.   

That’s why the State Senate overwhelmingly passed the Governor’s property tax cap bill earlier this year, and why we’re working so hard to provide New Yorkers with meaningful relief.  If the Assembly leadership is serious about controlling property taxes, they will join us in passing the Governor’s bill.

May 10, 2011
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SENATE PASSES MEASURE TO BOOST INVESTMENT IN CONSUMER-GENERATED RENEWABLE ENERGY

Farms, Schools, and Businesses Could Receive Credit for Off-Site Power Production

The New York State Senate today passed a bill that builds upon existing net metering laws to allow certain electricity customer-generators to receive credit for off-site energy production. The legislation (S.3407A) is sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) enables small producers to plan for their long-term energy use and would increase participation in alternative energy investment.

 

May 9, 2011
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SENATE PASSES MICHELLE AND JORDAN’S LAW

Increases Penalties For Participating in Illegal High-speed Vehicle Races

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to increase penalties for unlawful high-speed car racing which has caused numerous accidents across the state, including the deaths of a 17-year-old Staten Island girl and a 5-year-old Queens boy. Michelle and Jordan’s Law (S.2938A)  is sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island) and stems from tragic crashes involving suspected drag racing at excessive speeds.

 

May 9, 2011
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SENATE ACTS TO MAKE ROADS SAFER, HELP RESIDENTS OBTAIN STAR TAX BENEFITS

Bills Passed to Prosecute Dangerous Drivers and Assist Seniors Who Miss Tax Deadlines

The New York State Senate today passed 18 bills that covered a variety of topics including the strengthening of penalties and prohibitions for dangerous driving, as well as helping certain property owners receive the STAR tax exemption benefits for which they are eligible. 

 

Dangerous Driving

 

May 3, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATE MAJORITY LEADER DEAN SKELOS

       The welcome news that the military forces of the United States killedterrorist leader Osama bin Laden hopefully brings a measure of peace andclosure to thousands of New Yorkers, including many of my constituents, wholost loved ones, neighbors and friends on September 11th.  Their lives willnever be the same because of bin Laden’s actions, but after almost tenyears, justice has finally been done.

       I commend the President for taking decisive action and I want tothank the men and women of our armed forces who have tirelessly pursued binLaden for almost a decade, as well as all Americans serving overseas, whoare putting their lives in danger in the name of freedom.

May 2, 2011
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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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