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Senator Skelos & Governor Cuomo Annouce New York State to Provide Funding for Flood Barriers and Improve Storm Resiliency of Long Beach Industrial District

On Sunday, November 10, Senator Skelos joined with Governor Cuomo in Long Beach to announce that New York State is committing to fund an approximately $13 million project to provide more than 6,000 feet of flood barriers for the Long Beach industrial district. The industrial district was flooded in the storm surge brought on by Superstorm Sandy, which damaged the city’s key infrastructure facilities and resulted in the loss of essential services to the community.

November 12, 2013
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Honoring Our Military on Veterans Day

This Monday, it is important that we remember the great sacrifices that our military personnel have given to our nation. There is no greater service a citizen can give to their country than to place their life on the line so that our freedoms and democratic principles remain intact. 

Click here to watch my Veterans Day Video Tribute.

As your Senator, I am always looking for positive, meaningful ways to show how much we value the service of New York State's heroic veterans. Below are just a few examples of important initiatives and opportunities that help us honor and support these courageous men and women.  

November 9, 2013
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HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

For many families in our community, Halloween is a fun time for children to dress up in costumes and go trick-or-treating. 

But it's also a good time to stress safety to our kids.  Here's a few simple tips from the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help make sure the evening goes smoothly:     

S Stick to the plan:  Parents should know exactly what streets and neighborhoods their kids will be visiting, and kids should not venture to other areas.

A Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

F Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

October 30, 2013
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ROCKVILLE CENTRE CUB SCOUTS TROOP PACK 31, DEN 6

Senator Skelos is pictured meeting with the second half of Rockville Centre Cub Scout Troop, Pack 31, Den 6, who stopped by his District Office on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, to speak with the Senator about out how State Government functions as they attempt to fulfill the requirements for earning the Citizenship Merit Badge.

October 30, 2013
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A VISIT FROM ROCKVILLE CENTRE CUB SCOUTS TROOP PACK 31, DEN 6

Senator Skelos is pictured meeting with Rockville Centre Cub Scout Troop, Pack 31, Den 6, who stopped by his District Office on Thursday, October 24, 2013, to speak with the Senator about out how State Government functions as they attempt to fulfill the requirements for earning the Citizenship Merit Badge.

October 25, 2013
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Senator Skelos attends Michael Valente Lodge #2667 OSIA 20th Annual Scholarship Brunch

Senator Skelos is pictured at the Michael Valente Lodge #2667 OSIA 20th Annual Scholarship Brunch this past Sunday, October 20, 2013.

October 21, 2013
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Senator Skelos Attends the First Annual Guido M. Cirenza Memorial Bocce Ball Tournament

Senator Dean Skelos is pictured at the First Annual Guido M. Cirenza Memorial Bocce Ball Tournament with Ed Fare, Mayor of Valley Stream and Virginia Clavin-Higgins, Trustee.

October 21, 2013
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STATEMENT FROM SENATE CO-LEADER DEAN SKELOS

Regardless of how the Courts ultimately rule on its constitutionality, this much is clear: The MTA payroll tax imposed by Senate Democrats is an onerous and unfair job-killing tax that never should have been enacted in the first place.

The MTA payroll tax was put in place over our objections in 2009, when every Senate Republican voted against it and every Senate Democrat voted for it. The payroll tax magnified the impact of a national economic recession in New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley, and made it even more difficult for young people to find a job. 

October 10, 2013
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SENATE MAJORITY COALITION ANNOUNCES TASK FORCE ON LYME & TICK-BORNE DISEASES

Panel To Develop Recommendations for A State Action Plan To Increase Prevention, Improve Treatment and Diagnosis

Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein today announced the creation of the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases to examine state and federal efforts to combat the continued spread of these diseases and make recommendations for a plan to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment.  

The task force will be co-chaired by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-C-I, Garden City), Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, Senator David Carlucci (D, Rockland/Westchester), Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) and Senator Elizabeth Little (R-C-I, Queensbury).

October 7, 2013
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BOY SCOUT TROOP #332 COMMUNION BREAKFAST & EAGLE COURT OF HONOR CEREMONY

Senator Dean Skelos is pictured this past Sunday, October 6th, 2013, with Daniel B. Kaiser and Anthony J. Capellupo, Jr. of Boy Scout Troop #332 at their Communion Breakfast & Eagle Court of Honor. 

October 7, 2013
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SENATOR SKELOS ATTENDS THE NASSAU COUNTY AMERICAN LEGION'S ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST

Senator Dean Skleos is pictured this past Sunday, October 6, 2013, with members of the Malverne Post American Legion at the Nassau County American Legion's Annual Legislative Breakfast held at Williston Post #144. 

October 7, 2013
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SENATOR SKELOS ATTENDS LONG BEACH HIBERNIAN DAY PARADE

Senator Dean Skelos is pictured along with other elected officials at the Long Beach Hibernian Day Parade this past Saturday, October 5, 2013.

October 7, 2013
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STATEMENT FROM SENATE CO-LEADER DEAN SKELOS

I commend Governor Cuomo for joining Senate Republicans in making tax cuts for middle class families and businesses a top priority.  New Yorkers are overtaxed at all levels of government.  For years, Senate Republicans have been the strongest advocates for cutting taxes to create jobs, help families make ends meet, and make New York State more competitive.

 

In fact, we’ve been conducting statewide public hearings, led by Senators John DeFrancisco and Carl Marcellino, on the most effective ways to reduce property taxes, simplify the state’s tax code, lower broad based taxes and help businesses create jobs. The hearings conclude this week and our members have already received many strong recommendations.  We are eager to share this information with the Governor.

October 2, 2013
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SENATE CELEBRATES A SUCCESSFUL 2013 UNIDAD LATINA CONFERENCE

College Scholarships Awarded to Young Leaders, Informative Workshops Among the Highlights of the Two-Day Event   

 

The New York State Senate today celebrated the conclusion of the third annual Unidad Latina conference, which brought hundreds of community, business, and elected leaders together to help increase economic opportunities for the growing Hispanic community in New York State. The conference was held on September 27th and 28th, 2013, in Manhattan.

October 1, 2013
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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  While great strides have been made in the fight against this deadly disease, there is still a long way to go: over 40,000 women (and 400 men) die annually of breast cancer. 

Mammograms remain an effective tool in the diagnosis of breast cancer. Now, thanks to a law enacted last year by the State Senate and Governor Cuomo, patients must be notified in writing if an initial screening indicates that they have dense breast tissue.  The law requires that women be provided with an explanation of how dense breast tissue can present additional challenges for cancer detection efforts, followed by a discussion about the possible need for additional screenings.

October 1, 2013
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New Law Cracks Down on Over-the-Counter Teen Drug Abuse

When they are misused by teenagers, over-the-counter drugs can be just as dangerous as more notorious narcotics.  

To combat the growing problem of teens using Dextromethorphan (DXM) to get high, I've voted to enact a new law will prohibit pharmacies and stores from selling DXM to any person under the age of 18 unless they have a prescription.

September 30, 2013
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Hispanic Heritage Month / Unidad Latina

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the rich histories, cultures and contributions of our nation's Hispanic American citizens.  The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15th and ending on October 15th.

September 26, 2013
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L.I. COUNCIL ON ALCOHOLISM & DRUG DEPENDENCE (LICADD) HONORS SENATOR SKELOS AT ANNUAL GOLF OUTING

I am extremely grateful for being selected as this year’s honoree of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) 33rd Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational.  I would like to thank Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, Jeffery Capazzi, and all the great people at LICADD for this notable distinction and for the incredible work that they do each and every day on behalf of the entire Long Island community. 

September 25, 2013
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Senator Dean G. Skelos attends Long Island Association Breakfast with Guest Speaker Congressman Peter T. King

Discussed many of the challenging issues facing not only local businesses on Long Island but also New York and the country with Long Island Congressman Peter King and Long Island Associations Kevin Law and Kirk Kordeleski earlier this morning.

September 24, 2013
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KidPix Free Photo ID Program: Thursday, September 26, 2013 3pm-6pm

On Thursday, September 26, 2013, I will be hosting a Free Child I.D. Program in partnership with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. This free program, available to Nassau County children of all ages, will take place from 3pm - 6pm at the Malverne Public Library, located at 61 St. Thomas Place in Malverne.

September 26, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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