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Women’s Health Week: New York State is Leading the Way

This week is national Women's Health Week, and that makes it a great time to highlight how the new State Budget for 2014-15 will help to ensure quality health care for women and families throughout New York. The new State Budget includes: 

May 12, 2014
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EARTH DAY / ARBOR DAY 2014

Since the very first Earth Day back in 1970, we have marked April 22nd as a day to celebrate the importance of our natural environment, and to rededicate ourselves to ensuring clean air and water, open spaces, and green, healthy communities.   

April 22, 2014
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EARTH DAY 2014 POSTER CONTEST: DISTRICT 9

Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 9th Senatorial District.

Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

Kennedy HunterGrade 2Forest Road School

April 17, 2014
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STATEMENT FROM NYS SENATE CO-LEADER DEAN G. SKELOS

Today’s report from the Tax Foundation detailing positive changes to the state’s overall tax climate, especially when it comes to reducing the tax burden for businesses, shows we’re making real progress in making New York a more attractive place to create jobs and grow for the future.

 

I’m particularly pleased that many of the reforms that were included in this year’s enacted budget, which form the basis for our improved ranking, were ideas Senate Republicans have been advocating for years.  By reducing costs for businesses and making New York more competitive, we can create new jobs and keep our young people here to settle and raise their families.  

 

April 15, 2014
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2014-15 New York State Budget

The State Senate has completed final adoption of the New York State Budget for the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year. 

This marks the fourth consecutive year that the State Senate has successfully passed an on-time budget that achieves our key goals of controlling spending, reducing the tax burden on families, and increasing opportunities for all New Yorkers. 

April 1, 2014
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Senate Republican Leader Dean G. Skelos Budget Statement

I’m happy to report that the state senate just finished passing a fiscally responsible, on-time state budget.  Working in a bi-partisan manner, this budget provides property tax relief to middle-class families, provides $1 billion in additional aid to schools, including over $600 million to close the Gap Elimination Adjustment, and provides a strong foundation to create jobs and provide every New Yorker with the opportunities they need to be successful. Please take a brief minute to watch my remarks on this years budget.  

March 31, 2014
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SENATE PASSES RESOLUTION HONORING THE LIFE OF BILLS OWNER RALPH WILSON JR.

The New York State Senate passed a resolution today honoring the life of Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr., who passed away this week.

As an original owner in the American Football League (AFL), Wilson founded the Buffalo Bills franchise in 1959.  Over the next 50-plus years, Wilson was one of the most influential men in professional football and played a vital role in some of the most important events in pro-football history, including the NFL-AFL merger.  Wilson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

March 27, 2014
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO HELP PREVENT OVERDOSE DEATHS BY INCREASING ACCESS TO NALOXONE

Measure Gives More People Access to Antidote That Prevents Accidental Overdose Deaths from Heroin and Other Opioids

 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to help save lives by increasing access to a highly effective antidote for accidental drug overdose known as Naloxone or Narcan. The bill (S6477B), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R, Nassau County), allows authorized health care professionals to issue non-patient specific orders for Naloxone to certified training programs and pharmacies, which could then distribute the Naloxone kits and instruct how to properly administer it. If timely administered, Naloxone can prevent an overdose death.

 

March 27, 2014
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SENATE PASSES BILL FOR STATE CONTRACT SET-ASIDE FOR DISABLED VETERANS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S6865), sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, to facilitate the awarding of state contracts to disabled veterans. 

 

The  bill will create a six percent state contract set-aside for service-connected disabled- veteran owned small businesses. The “Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act” will ensure New York State’s service-connected disabled veterans are better able to compete for millions of dollars in state contracts. 

 

March 24, 2014
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Senator Skelos' Free Community Prostate Cancer Screening Program

Senator Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), in conjunction with South Nassau Communities Hospital, will be sponsoring a free community prostate cancer screening program on Tuesday, April 22 in Hewlett. 

April 22, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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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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