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Senate Passes Legislation to Limit Protests at Military Funerals

 “The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act”

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.3901), sponsored by Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I- Shirley), that would limit protests at military funerals.  Called “The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act,” the proposed law is named for an Iraq War Veteran who lost his life in combat in 2006.

March 14, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO REPEAL ANTI-JOB IDA TAX

Bill Mirrors Proposal in Executive Budget

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.2682), sponsored by Senator Mike Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), to repeal a burdensome tax on local economic development agencies that hinders job growth and economic investment. The tax, first enacted in 2009, provides a direct obstacle to the ability of Industrial Development Agencies and Authorities (IDAs) to invest in new projects, support local businesses and create jobs.

March 9, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO CREATE “RECHARGE NY” POWER PROGRAM

Bill Would Establish New, Permanent Low-Cost Power Program to Create & Retain Jobs

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.3164), sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), to create a new, permanent program called “Recharge NY,” that would provide low-cost power to help businesses create and retain jobs.

March 9, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO STRENGTHEN VOTING PROCESS FOR MILITARY VOTERS

Measure has Governor’s backing and is set to become law

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative approval today to legislation (S.3500) sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, to ensure that special elections in New York State provide more time for military absentee ballots to be mailed and counted. 

March 3, 2011
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SENATE PASSES UB 2020 LEGISLATION

Bill Supports Strategic Plan To Create Jobs in Western New York

The New York State Senate today passed “UB 2020”  legislation, sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (North Buffalo),  that supports the University at Buffalo’s strategic plan to encourage economic growth and create jobs in Western New York.  The bill benefits students, families and the economy of the entire region.

March 3, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATE MAJORITY LEADER DEAN SKELOS

I was pleased to meet with Mayor Koch today on the issue of independent redistricting.  I expressed to him my concerns about the Koch-endorsed bill that would weight the redistricting process in favor of Democrats by a six to two margin. 

Several different redistricting reform bills have been proposed.  We are still reviewing constitutional concerns that we have with the bill submitted by the Governor.  It is our intention to pursue a redistricting reform measure that will meet the NY Uprising pledge.

March 1, 2011
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SENATE PASSES ANTI-CRIME BILLS

            The New York State Senate today passed a package of bills that would strengthen laws and toughen criminal penalties for certain sex offenses related to rape and  child pornography.  In addition, bills were passed to expand information on criminal background checks for individuals applying for employment in law enforcement and increasing penalties for the crime of criminally negligent homicide.

February 14, 2011
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SENATE PASSES MANDATE RELIEF LEGISLATION

The New York State Senate today  passed three mandate relief bills that would give local governments more authority and flexibility and help save taxpayer dollars.

 

“As the Senate works to enact a property tax cap, it’s important that we also pass mandate relief measures to give municipalities the ability to allocate resources on community priorities, rather than to address state mandates that may not be needed,” Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said.  “The bills we passed today are simple, common sense legislation to save money.”

 

February 7, 2011
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SENATE PASSES PROPERTY TAX CAP LEGISLATION; Mandate Relief Measures Also Approved

The New York State Senate today passed property tax relief legislation (S.2706) that would place a cap on the growth of school property taxes at two percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is less. If enacted, New York would become the 44th state to cap local property taxes.  In addition, the Senate approved two measures related to providing mandate relief to school districts and local governments.

January 31, 2011
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SENATE PASSES JOB CREATION & TAXPAYER PROTECTION ACT

The New York State Senate today passed the Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011, a three-part plan to encourage the creation of new private sector jobs and ensure fiscal responsibility, including the enactment of a two percent state spending cap and requiring a two-thirds “super majority” vote to increase taxes.

“The people have spoken loud and clear that they want the state to cut spending, stop runaway tax increases and get off businesses’ backs and out of their wallets so they can create new jobs,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said.  “Today, the Senate is sending a clear signal that we share those priorities by making these bills the first ones we act on in the 2011 session. 

January 19, 2011
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Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP/Project Warmth)

HEAP may help you pay for Electricity, Propane, Natural Gas, Wood, Oil, Kerosene, Coal, or any other heating fuel.

January 14, 2011
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Free Glaucoma Screening hosted by Senator Skelos

Event: Free Glaucoma Screening Friday, January 21, 2011, from 10am until 1pm Location: Greis Park, Lynbrook: 55 Wilbur St. Lynbrook, NY 11563January is Glaucoma Awareness Month-- What is Glaucoma?Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that gradually steal sight without warning. In the early stages of the disease, there may be no symptoms. Experts estimate that half of the people affected by glaucoma may not know they have it.Diagnostic Tests

January 21, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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South Nassau Communities Hospital Holiday Gift Giving Program

Thanks to the generosity of the people of the 9th Senate District, we were able to collect hundreds of toys that will brighten the Holidays for many children. A special thanks to all of the individuals and schools who graciously donated toys and clothing, and also to South Nassau Communities Hospital for making all of this possible! From left, Joe Lamantia, Executive Vice President & COO; Tricia Santaniello, RN, Pediatrics; Lynn Bert, RN, Nurse Manager, Pediatrics; Joseph A. Quagliata, President & CEO; Robin Grass, RN, Director, Community Education; Senator Dean Skelos.

January 3, 2011
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Help Make a Difference This Holiday Season

 

The Holiday's are a time for us to reflect and give thanks for what we have even during difficult times.  We can be thankful for good friendships, loving families, or even a single moment that may have benefited our lives or the lives of others.   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. There are people within our community who are in need of help, especially during the holiday season, and together we can make a difference. 

December 2, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

In two years Senate Democrats increased state spending by $14 billion, passed two unbalanced budgets and drove up the state deficit, now they are leaving Albany without dealing with the fiscal mess they created.  This irresponsible lack of action will only push the state’s budget problems to another day and once again shows their disdain for taxpayers.

 

Governor Paterson called this special session first and foremost to deal with the budget deficit. Unfortunately, the Democrats chose to leave town without bringing any budget cuts to the floor for a vote.

 

November 30, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

 

I am very proud to say that my colleagues in the Senate Republican conference have unanimously voted for me to be the Temporary President and Majority Leader of  the State Senate.

 

I appreciate their support and their trust. Our conference is unified and we are ready to move forward. The election is over and the people want us to get to work and govern.

 

The last two years the taxpayers in this state have been abused – and that has to stop. Everyone has to understand that we must put the taxpayer first.

 

November 29, 2010
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Honoring Ex. Chief Paul Gressin of the Hewlett Fire Department for 50 years of Dedication

 

In this photo:  Senator Skelos, Ex. Chief Paul Gressin, Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, & Second Assistant Chief John Carlo

 

November 22, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

 

Senate Republicans share Governor-elect Cuomo’s serious concern that a needless, protracted delay in determining the results of three Senate elections would create gridlock in the Senate, that the ballots must be counted expeditiously and any legitimate legal issues must be resolved as soon as possible. 

 

November 17, 2010
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