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Senator Skelos welcomes Timothy Cardinal Dolan to the State Capitol

I had the pleasure of welcoming my good friend, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, to Albany last week. We had a great discussion on many issues. I thank him for his constant support and friendship.

March 24, 2014
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SENATE MAJORITY COALITION ANNOUNCES JOINT TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION

Panel Will Develop Recommendations to Prevent and Treat Addiction and Its Related Crimes

 

Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein today announced the creation of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to examine the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.

 

March 17, 2014
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SENATE PASSES BILL REFORMING THE BOARD OF REGENTS SELECTION PROCESS

New, More Equitable Process Would Distribute Appointments Among Governor, Senate and Assembly

 

The New York Senate this week passed legislation to dramatically reform the selection process for the state Board of Regents to better reflect the population of the entire state. The bill (S2031A), sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), establishes a more equitable and balanced appointment process for the selection of the Board of Regents, who are charged with setting education policy in New York. 

 

March 14, 2014
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Standing Up for Our Kids

On behalf of the thousands of frustrated parents, students and teachers that I represent, I've just voted against confirmation of the four Board of Regents candidates that were nominated by the State Assembly.  

The roll-out of Common Core has been profoundly flawed, and the State Education Department and Board of Regents are responsible for this mess. 

March 11, 2014
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SENATOR SKELOS ASKS FOR LOCAL NOMINATIONS FOR VETERANS HALL OF FAME

Senate Majority Coalition Leader Dean Skelos today invited local residents to nominate veterans from their community whose service on behalf of our nation designates worthy of induction to the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame.

This on-line Hall of Fame is designed to pay tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complemented by their service to the community.

“The Senate takes this opportunity to honor the brave men and women who serve our nation and protect our freedom as members of the military, said Senator Skelos.  “The Senate Veterans Hall of Fame pays tribute to all who serve, but also singles out for special recognition those whose sacrifices and service have helped make our nation and our community better places to live.”

March 11, 2014
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SENATOR SKELOS' COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE

March is American Red Cross Month and to help promote their mission, I would like to invite you to participate in my Community Blood Drive. This event will be held on Friday March 28th from 9:30am-2:30pm at the Rockville Centre Recreation Center located at 111 North Oceanside Road in Rockville Centre.  To make an appointment, please contact my District Office at 516-766-8383.

March 28, 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
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SENATOR SKELOS' FREE CHILD ID PROGRAM

On Thursday, April 17, 2014, 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 1:30pm - 3:30pm at the Lynbrook Public Library, located at 56 Eldert Street in Lynbrook.   The KidPix I.D. Card:

April 17, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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SENATOR SKELOS INVITES NOMINEES FOR 2014 "WOMEN OF DISTINCTION"

Annual Program Honors Women's Contributions to Our Community 

In honor of Women’s History Month, Senator Skelos today invited local residents to nominate friends, coworkers and neighborhood leaders whose outstanding work on behalf of our communities makes them deserving of special recognition by the State Senate as a New York "Woman of Distinction."

The Senate will honor distinguished woman from our area and throughout the state at an Albany reception to be held in May, where each honoree's photograph and biography will become part of a special exhibit proclaiming the special contributions of exemplary New York women.

March 1, 2014
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Senator Skelos' Pet Food Drive Challenge

As an animal lover, it is my pleasure to take part in the Pet Food Drive Challenge in partnership with Long Island Cares. Throughout the month of March, I will be collecting food and necessary items for all animals, which will allow for more pets to stay at home with their families and keep them out of shelters. The most needed items are:

February 28, 2014
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SENATE FORECASTS $353 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL STATE REVENUES

Senate Republican Leader Dean G. Skelos and Senate Independent Democrat Conference Leader Jeff Klein today released a revenue forecast by the Senate Finance Committee that estimates additional General Fund revenues above the Executive’s projection.  The Senate report projects revenues of $265 million more than the Executive’s estimate for Fiscal Year 2015, and $88 million more for the remainder of state fiscal year 2014. 

 

The revenue projection, based on an economic forecast by the Senate’s nationally recognized fiscal consultants IHS Global Insight, shows that the total two-year General Fund revenue surplus is $353 million. 

 

February 26, 2014
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SENATOR SKELOS' FREE CHILD ID PROGRAM

On Friday, March 21, 2014, I will be hosting a Free Child I.D. Program in partnership with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.

March 21, 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
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SENATOR SKELOS' FREE CHILD ID PROGRAM

On Friday, March 7 2014, I will be hosting a Free Child I.D. Program in partnership with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.

March 7, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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SENATOR SKELOS' FREE CHILD ID PROGRAM

On Wednesday, Feburary 26, 2014, 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 - 5pm at the Malverne Public Library, located at 61 St.

February 26, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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SENATOR SKELOS' FREE SENIOR ID PROGRAM

On Tuesday, February 18th, I will be hosting a Free Senior I.D. Program in partnership with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.

February 18, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Black History Month in the State of New York - February 2014

Resolution J3307-2013

 

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim February 2014 as Black History Month in the State of New York

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim February 2014 as Black History Month in the State of New York

February 4, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Welfare Cards from Buying Tobacco, Alcohol and Being Used at Liquor Stores, Casinos and Strip Clubs

The New York Senate today passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” sponsored by Senator Tom Libous, which would prohibit welfare benefits from being used to purchase alcohol and tobacco, or to be used at liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs in New York.

“Public Assistance should not be spent at liquor stores, casinos or strip clubs, but under New York State Law, it’s legal. We need to stop this abuse,” said Libous. “Every welfare dollar spent at the liquor store is money that could be going to help families get back on their feet.” 

Parts of Libous’ Public Assistance Integrity Act were also added to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget Proposal. The provisions added would make it illegal to use EBT Cards at liquor stores, strip clubs and casinos. 

February 4, 2014
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Senate Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein, and Senate Education Chair John Flanagan Call for Delay of Common Core and Sharing of Student Privacy Data

Senators Skelos, Klein and Flanagan issued the following statement:

We continue to support the goals of an improved education curriculum that increases standards and ensures that students are college and career ready.

However, after having spent months listening to parents, teachers, administrators and educational professionals at public hearings conducted throughout New York State, it is our belief that while the implementation of Common Core Learning Standards may have been well intended, it has been poorly executed.  

February 4, 2014
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SKELOS, KLEIN, SILVER ANNOUNCE JOINT LEGISLATIVE BUDGET SCHEDULE

Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leaders Dean G. Skelos and Jeff Klein and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced an agreement on a joint legislative budget schedule that sets deadlines that will lead to the adoption of a fourth consecutive early state budget.

 

“This schedule will result in passage of an early state budget for the fourth consecutive year.  We will work through the process of reviewing the Governor’s proposal, holding public hearings, listening to our constituents, and conducting conference committee negotiations, and will adopt a fiscally responsible budget that provides tax relief for the middle-class, grows our economy and creates opportunity for all New Yorkers,” Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leader Dean Skelos said.

 

January 31, 2014
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2014-2015 EXECUTIVE BUDGET PROPOSAL INFORMATION

Governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled his new Executive Budget Proposal for the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year.  

For the past three years, the State Senate has successfully worked with the Governor to enact on-time budgets that achieve our key goals of controlling taxes and spending, creating jobs, and investing in key areas like education and the environment. 

This year, the Members of the State Senate are again looking forward to negotiating a soundly balanced, on-time State Budget that keeps our State moving forward, and that reflects the priorities and aspirations of all New Yorkers.  

January 21, 2014
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HAVE A DREAM, CHANGE THE WORLD

This Monday, we pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an American hero who helped lead the civil rights movement and devoted his life to the fight for justice and equality.

January 17, 2014
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