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SENATE PASSES PUBLIC ASSISTANCE INTEGRITY ACT

Senate Majority Coalition Leader Dean Skelos announced today that the New York State Senate today approved the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” to help cut down on the flagrant abuse of EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards by prohibiting welfare recipients from using cash assistance to purchase tobacco, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or to gamble.

June 18, 2013
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SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL TO PROTECT OPWDD FROM FUNDING CUTS

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation (S4777D), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), that would protect providers of services for the developmentally disabled from state funding cuts.

The legislation would appropriate up to $90 million, or as much as is needed, to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to protect providers from funding reductions if recommended savings measures falls short of projections.

June 18, 2013
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Senate Passes Comprehensive Hurricane Sandy Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed a comprehensive legislative package that provides relief to people and communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy, aids rebuilding efforts, and increases disaster preparedness. The 22 bills will be integral to providing needed financial assistance to homeowners, businesses, local governments, school districts, and others still recovering from the storm, and give those responsible for disaster response the tools they need to be more effective and efficient.

June 17, 2013
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO CREATE REGISTRY FOR CONVICTED ANIMAL ABUSERS

Senator Dean Skelos announced that the  New York State Senate has passed a bill that would require those who violate Buster’s Law by abusing animals be added to a registry of animal abusers. The bill (S2305A) would also require those convicted under Buster’s Law undergo a psychiatric evaluation and would ban them from ever owning a pet again.

June 17, 2013
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SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL TO ENSURE INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM RECEIVE INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR TREATMENTS AND THERAPIES

Senator Dean Skelos today announced that the state Senate has givenfinal legislative passage to legislation to ensure individuals withautism are able to receive insurance coverage for applied behavioralanalysis (ABA) therapy as intended under New York State’s autism insurancereform law.The legislation is in response to regulations implemented by the NewYork State Department of Financial Services which have dramatically limitedthe number of ABA practitioners where individuals with autism can receivetherapy which is covered by insurance.“When we enacted the autism insurance reform law it was intended toprovide coverage for families who were spending thousands of dollars for

June 17, 2013
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Senate Majority Coalition Announces Major Initiative to Eliminate State Regulations That Cost Money and Jobs

Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos and Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein today announced that the Senate Majority Coalition will begin an unprecedented initiative to identify and eliminate thousands of costly and unnecessary government regulations that strangle business and job growth and drive up municipal and school property taxes. 

June 10, 2013
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SENATOR SKELOS' FREE SENIOR ID PROGRAM IN WEST HEMPSTEAD, JUNE 26, 2013

I am pleased to announce that I will be hosting a free Senior ID Program in partnership with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano on June 26, 2013.

June 26, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Senator Skelos’ Hurricane Safety Tips

As we enter another hurricane season on Long Island, it is important to make sure that you and your family are prepared in the event another storm strikes our area. As we learned during Hurricane Sandy, planning ahead can protect more than your property – it can help save lives.

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Senator Skelos’ Hurricane Safety Tips

June 4, 2013
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STATEMENT FROM SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of former Senator Caesar Trunzo, who died last night at the age of 87. 

“C”, as he was affectionately known by his friends and colleagues, represented Suffolk County in the State Senate for 36 years, from 1972 to 2008.  He was a dedicated public servant who served with kindness and compassion.  

Senator Trunzo was very proud of his many legislative accomplishments, particularly sponsoring the original bill to create the state’s income tax check-off to help fund breast cancer research, outreach, and education programs as well as many environmental laws to help protect Long Island’s groundwater, bays, and estuaries.

May 29, 2013
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HONORING OUR HEROES THIS MEMORIAL DAY

Memorial Day may be a time where we enjoy quality time with friends and family, but we must never forget that those privileges have been fought for and defended by countless heroes, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice.

Without them and their selfless dedication, none of what we are so lucky to have in America would be possible.

May 24, 2013
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM SEX CRIMES

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S4791), sponsored by Senate Majority Coalition Leader Dean G. Skelos, that would increase criminal penalties for sexual contact between a child and a person in a position of trust.

May 22, 2013
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM SEX CRIMES

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S4791), sponsored by Senate Majority Coalition Leader Dean G. Skelos, that would increase criminal penalties for sexual contact between a child and a person in a position of trust.

“It’s not possible for parents to be with their children every moment of the day, at some point they must be supervised by other adults, whether it’s day care, school, athletics or other group activities,” Senator Skelos said.  “These adults are responsible for the children and they should be held to a strict standard of conduct. If they violate that trust, the adults should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”

May 22, 2013
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SENATOR SKELOS INDUCTS SPECIALIST STEPHEN OWEN INTO VETERANS' HALL OF FAME

Specialist 4th Class Stephen Owen entered the United States Army on May 4, 1965 along with others from his hometown, and with whom he had attended East Rockaway High School. He completed basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and went on to complete his Advanced Individual Training at Fort Bliss, Texas. He later shipped off to New Mexico for special training on the M42 “Duster” and the M44 “Quad” .50 caliber machine gun.

May 21, 2013
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SENATE APPROVES BILLS TO FIGHT AUTO INSURANCE FRAUD

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to crack down on auto insurance fraud which has led to injuries - even death - for innocent victims and costs hundreds of millions of dollars a year in higher premiums when New Yorkers already pay some of the highest auto insurance rates in the country.

The three bills approved today would significantly cut down on auto insurance scams by increasing penalties for those who commit or assist in the fraud and by giving more flexibility to insurance companies to prevent criminals from getting policies and continuing to commit auto fraud. 

May 8, 2013
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FREE SENIOR ID PROGRAM IN EAST ROCKAWAY, MAY 22, 2013

I am pleased to announce that I will be hosting a free Senior ID Program in partnership with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano on May 22, 2013. This free program, available to Nassau County residents ages 65 and over, will take place from 1pm - 4pm at the East Rockaway Public Library, located at 477 Atlantic Avenue in East Rockaway.

May 22, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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SENATOR SKELOS LAUNCHES PETITION TO FIGHT FEDERAL TAX SCHEME

Urges New Yorkers to Oppose Washington D.C. Plan to Increase Taxes on New Yorkers by $4,500

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos today called on fellow New Yorkers to sign his new on-line petition urging the rejection of Federal budget proposals that would cost New York taxpayers billions of dollars annually. The petition to oppose this “Double-Tax Plan” can be found by clicking here. 

May 1, 2013
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Senate Passes Measures to Combat Prescription Drug Fraud and Abuse

The New York State Senate today passed two bills that would prevent prescription drug fraud, theft and abuse. The measures address the illegal distribution of controlled substances by helping to reduce the availability of black market prescription forms and prosecuting “pill mills” that issue prescriptions and knowingly dispense controlled substances for profit.

April 29, 2013
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SENATE MAJORITY COALITION LEADER DEAN SKELOS, AND SENATORS LEE ZELDIN AND CHARLES FUSCHILLO JOIN WITH NASSAU COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO TO ANNOUNCE THE NASSAU COUNTY PFC JOSEPH DWYER PTSD PEER-TO-PEER VETERANS COUNSELING PROGRAM

Senate Majority Coaltion Leader Dean Skelos today joined with Senators Lee Zeldin, Charles Fuschillo, Jack Martins, Carl Marcellino, and Kemp Hannon, as well as Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, to announce funding for the expansion of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program to Nassau County.  

April 25, 2013
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SENATE PASSES PUBLIC SAFETY LEGISLATION

Bills Come On The Heels Of Boston Bombing & Foiled Terrorist Train Attack

With renewed calls for vigilance and increased public safety following the tragic bombings in Boston and the foiling of a terrorist plot to attack a train traveling across the state between New York and Toronto, the New York State Senate today passed a package of anti-crime legislation including a bill that would require convicted terrorists to serve their full prison sentence.

“The events in Boston were tragic and just today we are learning more about a terrorist plot to attack a train going from Canada, through Western New York, down to New York City,” Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean G. Skelos said.  “We must do everything we can to support law enforcement and ensure that our laws are as strong as possible to deter terrorists and others who threaten the safety of New Yorkers.  I urge the Assembly to act on these important public safety bills before the end of this session.”

 

April 23, 2013
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Join the Fight -- Say NO to a New $4,500 Tax Increase for New York Families!

I agree with you Senator Skelos -- Enough is Enough!  The Federal government has been hammering New Yorkers with higher and higher taxes for far too long, and I strongly oppose the new “double-taxation” scheme now being considered in Washington D.C. 

April 23, 2013
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