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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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SENATE PASSES BILL TO INCREASE JUROR SAFETY

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to help protect jurors whose safety may be threatened, while also ensuring the integrity of judicial outcomes. The bill (S1513), sponsored by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R-Syosset), allows the court to withhold names of jurors when a serious threat to juror safety exists.

 

April 15, 2013
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JOINT STATEMENT FROM NEW YORK SENATE MAJORITY COALITION CO-LEADERS DEAN SKELOS AND JEFF KLEIN

When the Senate Majority coalition was formed three short months ago we said it could serve as a governing model for the nation.  Last night, our coalition produced its most significant accomplishment to date - - passage of a responsible, early budget for the third year in a row.  In a state once synonymous with late budgets and partisan bickering, this is a tremendous accomplishment.

Unlike Washington, Democrats and Republicans in Albany are working together to produce results that reflect the priorities of hardworking New Yorkers.

March 27, 2013
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SENATE PASSES 2013-14 BUDGET THAT DELIVERS TAX RELIEF FOR BUSINESSES AND FAMILIES

Budget Includes Senate Republican Proposals For Tax Relief To Create Jobs 

& To Help Middle Class Families; Keeps State Spending Growth Below 2% Again 

            The New York State Senate today concluded its passage of the 2013-14 state budget that delivers on priorities outlined by the Senate Republican Conference to provide much-needed tax relief for middle-class families, help businesses create jobs, and, for the third consecutive year, the budget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent with the local spending cap that applies to school districts and local governments.

March 27, 2013
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO TOUGHEN CARJACKING PENALTIES WHEN A CHILD IS INSIDE THE VEHICLE

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leader Dean Skelos, that would increase criminal penalties for carjacking a vehicle when there is a child inside.

March 26, 2013
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SENATE PASSES ‘ALIX’S LAW’

Bill Would Make it Illegal for Driver to Leave Scene After Vehicle Hits Any Object

 

The New York State Senate today passed “Alix’s Law”, sponsored by Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), to close a legal loophole and hold intoxicated drivers accountable for leaving the scene of an accident.

March 25, 2013
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SENATOR SKELOS' 2013 CAREER FAIR: APRIL 26, 2013

I am pleased to announce that I will be hosting my 4th annual NYS Senate Career Fair on Friday, April 26, 2013 at the Rockville Centre Recreation 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.

April 26, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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STATEMENT BY SENATE MAJORITY COALITION CO-LEADER DEAN SKELOS

I am pleased that we have reached agreement on a responsible budget that includes the longtime Senate Republican priorities to create new jobs and cut taxes for hardworking, middle-class families. As part of this budget, we will provide a $350 Family Tax Relief check to families with children, offer incentives to help small businesses create new jobs, and eliminate the energy tax surcharge over the next three years, all initiatives highlighted by the Senate Republican conference throughout the budget process.

In the coming days, we will complete passage of the earliest state budget in 30 years, our third consecutive early budget. I thank the Governor for his leadership, and commend our Senate Finance Committee Chair Senator John DeFrancisco, my Coalition Co-Leader Senator Jeff Klein, the Assembly leadership and all of my colleagues for their hard work.

March 20, 2013
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SENATE PASSES BILLS INCREASING PENALTIES FOR DRUG DEALERS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation toughening the penalties for drug dealers who sell to children or near alcohol and drug treatment facilities. 

 

A bill (S.988), sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), makes the sale of drugs by an adult to a child under the age of 14 a felony.

March 20, 2013
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SENATE PASSES PACKAGE OF BILLS TO TOUGHEN PENALTIES FOR SEX CRIMES

The New York State Senate today passed a package of bills cracking down on rapists and sex offenders by creating new crimes and increasing penalties. 

 

Legislation (S.1459) sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos (R, Rockville Centre) ensures significantly longer prison sentences for serial rapists. Under current law, it is possible for a judge to issue concurrent sentences for multiple counts arising from separate and distinct acts of rape. The legislation would require consecutive prison sentences for each separate count of first-degree rape when an individual is convicted of multiple counts, keeping dangerous felons off the streets for as long as possible.

March 20, 2013
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO STRENGTHEN PENALTIES FOR WRONG-WAY AND RECKLESS DRIVERS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to create felony charges for wrong-way and other reckless drivers. The bill (S752), sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), is in response to the significant number of recent vehicle crashes – often fatal - that involve individuals who knowingly or under the influence of alcohol or drugs drove the wrong way on highways and other roads. 

 

“Tragedies have occurred throughout the state because individuals took irresponsible risks before or while driving,” Senate Republican Leader Dean G. Skelos said. “Senator Fuschillo’s bill recognizes the seriousness of the actions of drivers who intentionally drive recklessly and strengthens the penalties accordingly.”

March 13, 2013
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