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SENATE PASSES WOMEN’S EQUALITY PACKAGE

Historic Measures Would Protect and Enhance Women's Rights in the Empire State

 

In its first legislative act of 2015, the New York State Senate today approved a comprehensive Women’s Equality Agenda that would enhance the rights of women and protect those who are most vulnerable to abuse and discrimination. These historic women’s measures are a top priority of the Senate Coalition and were passed unanimously on the first day the Senate began voting on legislation this session. 

The comprehensive package of eight bills would: stop human trafficking; ensure equal pay for equal work; combat sexual harassment in the workplace; end gender discrimination in employment, housing and credit decisions; make reasonable work accommodations available for pregnant women; and provide stronger protections for domestic violence victims.

January 12, 2015
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Hire a Veteran Tax Credit

Starting this year, businesses can receive a tax credit for hiring and employing a qualified veteran. The credit is equal to 10 percent of the total amount of wages paid to the qualified veteran during their first full year of employment. If the veteran is disabled, the credit amount is increased to 15 percent. The credit is capped at $5,000 per veteran or $15,000 per disabled veteran. Any unused credit may be carried forward to the following three years.

January 12, 2015
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Important New Laws Taking Effect January 1, 2015

As we rapidly approach the New Year, I just wanted to touch base to let you know that a number of new laws will be taking effect on January 1, 2015.   These include:

Hire a Veteran Tax Credit – Starting next year, businesses can receive a tax credit for hiring and employing a qualified veteran. The credit is equal to 10 percent of the total amount of wages paid to the qualified veteran during their first full year of employment. If the veteran is disabled, the credit amount is increased to 15 percent. The credit is capped at $5,000 per veteran or $15,000 per disabled veteran. Any unused credit may be carried forward to the following three years. 

December 30, 2014
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STATE SENATE TO HOLD JOINT COMMITTEE HEARINGS IN JANUARY ABOUT POLICE SAFETY AND PUBLIC PROTECTION

Hearings Will Focus on Serious Safety Concerns Raised By the Shooting Deaths of Two New York City Police Officers

The New York State Senate will hold a series of public hearings convened by four Senate committees starting in early January to examine police safety and public protection in New York City and throughout the state. The hearings will review serious safety concerns raised by the shooting deaths of two NYPD Officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, in addition to other recent attacks and hostility directed at law enforcement.

Senate Co-Leader Dean G. Skelos said, “Police officers have an extraordinarily difficult and dangerous job to do and it's incumbent upon both the City and the State to give these individuals the support they need and ensure they are always treated like the first-class professionals we know them to be. By convening these important hearings, the State Senate is sending a clear and convincing signal that police officers should have every tool they need to promote public safety and protect and defend themselves.”

December 29, 2014
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THANKSGIVING ESSAYS AND CONTRIBUTIONS

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”

December 2, 2014
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Senator Skelos' Annual Holiday Toy Drive

The holiday's are a time for us to reflect and give thanks for what we have, even during difficult times. With so much to be thankful for, we should not forget those who are less fortunate than us or who may have fallen on hard times. 

December 1, 9:00 AM - December 17, 5:00 PM
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SENATORS SKELOS, HANNON AND MARTINS CALL FOR A COMPREHENSIVE EBOLA RESPONSE PLAN

 

New York State Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon (R, Nassau), Senate Majority Co-Leader Dean G. Skelos (R, Rockville Centre) and Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) today called on state health, emergency services, and homeland security officials to immediately develop a comprehensive plan to address New York’s readiness to combat the Ebola virus. They were joined by Victor F. Politi, M.D., FACP, FACEP, President and Chief Executive Officer of the NuHealth System/Nassau Health Care Corporation, and Nassau County Health Commissioner Lawrence E. Eisenstein, MD, FACP, at a press conference held at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. 

October 15, 2014
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NEW YORK STATE MAY OWE YOU MONEY!

You may be entitled to some of the over $12 billion in unclaimed funds in New York State.

For your protection, banks, insurance companies, utilities, investment companies and many other businesses are required by State law to surrender inactive accounts to the State. These accounts are known as "lost," "abandoned," or "unclaimed" funds.

October 6, 2014
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GOLDEN GATHERING SENIOR HEALTH FAIR: Friday, October 24th, 9am-1pm

On Friday, October 24th, I will be hosting my 12th Annual Golden Gathering Senior Health Fair and hope that you can join me for this great event. 

This year, free flu vaccinations, blood pressure screenings, and other free health care services will be available. As in years past, my Golden Gathering will be held between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the Rockville Centre Recreation Center located at 111 North Oceanside Road in Rockville Centre. 

October 24, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Senator Skelos' Free Child ID Program

On Tuesday October 7th Senator Dean Skelos 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 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. at the Oceanside Public Library, located at 30 Davison Avenue in Oceanside.The KidPix I.D. Card:

October 7, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 

While great strides have been made in the early detection and treatment of breast cancer -- and many women diagnosed with the disease are living long, healthy lives -- the fight against this deadly disease is far from over.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women are encouraged to consult with their health care providers to learn more about the disease, discuss their concerns, and develop an appropriate plan for breast cancer screening -- because early detection can save lives.

October 2, 2014
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Senator Skelos Delivering Tax Relief

 

Delivering Tax Relief To You

With so many hardworking families having a challenging time making ends meet, I have consistently made family tax relief one of my top priorities. 

That is why I am pleased to inform you about some of the new tax relief measures I’ve championed that will soon be helping local families throughout our region. 

September 26, 2014
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Remembering September 11th

It’s hard to believe that 13 years have passed since nearly 3,000 lives were tragically cut short. 

Please join me in taking a moment today to remember and honor the lives of all those who were taken from us, the brave heroes who helped save lives, and the men and women still working to protect us.  Now, more than ever, we must continue to demonstrate that we remain the strongest, most compassionate, and most resilient nation in the world.

Nothing can destroy the American spirit. May God bring comfort to the families of the victims of 9/11, and may he always bless the United States of America.

September 10, 2014
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Senator Skelos' Free Community Prostate Cancer Screening Program

I am pleased to announce that I will be sponsoring a free community prostate cancer screening program, in conjunction with South Nassau Communities Hospital on Monday, September 15 in West Hempstead.

September 15, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Senator Skelos' "Shed the Meds" Program

I am pleased to announce that I will be hosting a "SHED THE MEDS" program on Wednesday, September 10, from 10am-1pm at the Oceanside-Columbia Engine Company #1 Firehouse located at 26 Smith Street in Oceanside.

September 10, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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National Women’s Equality Day

Today  we celebrate Women’s Equality Day. It provides an excellent opportunity for us to commemorate the past achievements of so many who worked for equality, while also highlighting the ongoing efforts to further women’s rights.

New York State has a long, proud tradition of leading the way with women’s rights. Starting with the Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, advocates such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, devoted decades of hard work to ensure that women’s voices could be heard.

August 26, 2014
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SENATOR SKELOS' NYS SENATE CAREER FAIR: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2014

I am pleased to announce that I will be hosting my 5th annual NYS Senate Career Fair on Friday, October 3, 2014, at Molloy College located at 1000 Hempstead Ave in Rockville Centre, from 9am-1pm. This event will once again bring employees and potential employers together and will be geared towards assisting individuals seeking employment in identifying businesses and organizations that are hiring. It is an event that is sure to be mutually beneficial for those seeking employment, as well as potential employers. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my district office at (516) 766-8383, and I look forward to seeing you there.Be sure to check back regularly for an updated list of some of the companies that are scheduled to attend:

October 3, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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SENATOR SKELOS' FREE SENIOR ID PROGRAM

I am pleased to announce that I will be hosting a FREE Senior ID Program in partnership with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano on August 13, 2014.

August 13, 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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SENATOR SKELOS' SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE

The Safe Center of Long Island and their highly trained and compassionate staff offers social services including counseling, housing and more to victims of abuse and their non-offending family members. Each year The Safe Center of Long Island holds a school supply drive to help those families who are recovering from traumatic experiences and are in need of assistance.  This year it is my pleasure to partner with them and sponsor a School Supply Drive to support their efforts. Over the next few weeks I will be collecting new school supplies which will be distributed to families in need through The Safe Center of Long Island’s program.

August 4, 12:00 AM - August 22, 5:00 PM
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