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SENATE PASSES BILL TO EXPAND RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGY USE

The New York State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator George D. Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) that would help encourage the installation of renewable energy technologies by making them more cost efficient and accessible. 

 

The bill (S1111) would add solar, wind, fuel cells, micro-hydro-electric, farm-based biogas and residential Micro Combined Heat and Power (micro-CHP) to current state financing initiatives that help make energy efficiency upgrades more attractive to potential consumers, reduce fossil fuel consumption, and support job growth in the clean energy sector.

March 12, 2013
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SENATE PASSES 2013-14 BUDGET RESOLUTION

 

Budget Plan Would Create New Jobs and Ensure Fiscal Responsibility 

 

The New York State Senate today approved a 2013-14 budget resolution, proposed by the Senate Majority Coalition, that focuses on helping businesses create new jobs, investing additional funds in education and transportation, providing mandate relief to local governments, and restoring proposed cuts to women’s health programs as well programs for the developmentally disabled.  The budget also includes a proposal for a permanent two-percent state spending cap.

March 11, 2013
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SENATE REPUBLICANS WILL ACT TO RESTORE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS CUT FROM WOMEN’S HEALTH PROGRAMS IN GOVERNOR’S BUDGET

Adelphi University Breast Cancer Program and Funding for Rape Crisis Centers among Those Targeted for Reduction

 

Senate Republicans today announced they would restore millions of dollars for important women’s health programs - - including initiatives to help women overcome the trauma of rape, eating disorders and breast cancer- - that were targeted for reduction as part of the Governor’s Executive Budget.

 

Approximately $8 million in cuts in these areas were rejected as part of the Senate’s one-house budget plan, which was expected to be acted on later today.

 

March 11, 2013
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SENATE REPUBLICAN BLUEPRINT FOR JOBS: ReThink. ReVitalize. ReBuild.

 

A Fiscally Responsible Approach to Job Creation

 

Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican conference today announced a bold and sweeping job creation plan to improve New York’s business climate so it not only keeps up with other states, but surpasses them. Among other things, the “Senate Republican Blueprint for Jobs: ReThink. ReVitalize. ReBuild.” would cut taxes for one million small businesses and reduce energy costs for every business and residential ratepayer in New York, saving them $2.5 billion.

March 8, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE LEADER DEAN SKELOS

A report issued today by the State Department of Labor highlights the steady, bipartisan progress we’ve made with Governor Cuomo in controlling spending and taxes, creating new private sector jobs and turning New York’s economy around.

 

According to these statistics, one of out every five jobs created throughout the country between December 2012 and January 2013 were created here, and our state has now added private sector jobs for a record 17 consecutive months.  That’s good news for those who are searching for meaningful employment, as well as those who are working hard to keep the job they have.

 

March 8, 2013
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SENATE PASSES THE TRAFFICKING VICTIMS PROTECTION AND JUSTICE ACT

 

Measure Would Help New York Prevent and Prosecute Sex Traffickers, 

Protect Adult and Child Victims

The New York State Senate today passed the “Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act” to further protect trafficked children and other victims, and punish the criminals who are responsible for sexual exploitation. The bill (S2511), sponsored by Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), improves and expands the state’s ability to combat sex trafficking, punishes sex traffickers, and protects the rights of victims in the sex trafficking trade. 

March 7, 2013
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SENATE APPROVES MIXED MARTIAL ARTS LEGISLATION

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to legalize and regulate mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions in New York State. The bill (S.2755), sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo (R-C-I, Rome), would allow single discipline martial arts organizations to hold professional competitions in New York State and gives the state Athletic Commission the jurisdiction to regulate professional mixed martial arts promotions, participants, bouts and exhibitions.

 

March 7, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE LEADER DEAN SKELOS

Today, the Assembly once again advanced legislation to increase the minimum wage in New York State, this time proposing a hike to a full $9.  I continue to have concerns that this measure may be counterproductive to our efforts to help businesses create new jobs and rebuild the state’s economy.

March 5, 2013
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SENATE ACTS TO KEEP COMMUNITIES SAFER FROM SEXUAL PREDATORS

Measures Strengthen Residency Information Collection and Enforcement, Help Limit Contact With Students

 

The New York State Senate today passed four bills that would keep communities safer from sexual predators. The package of legislation requires more stringent verification requirements for sex offender residency, and strengthens penalties for individuals who help sex offenders evade registration requirements. It also puts additional protections in place to prevent certain sex offenders from residing with students or assuming roles in school governance.

March 5, 2013
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SENATE REPUBLICANS UNVEIL “GROWN IN NEW YORK” TO STRENGTHEN AGRICULTURE AND FAMILY FARMS

Growing the state’s agriculture industry and helping New York’s family farms prosper is the goal of the “Grown in New York” plan, unveiled today by Senator Patty Ritchie, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee.  Senator Ritchie was joined at a Capitol news conference by other members of the committee, as well as leaders of the New York Farm Bureau to announce a plan to strengthen the state’s $5.2 billion agriculture industry by expanding markets for New York-grown products, improving the bottom lines of family farms, and investing in the future of farming.

March 5, 2013
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO KEEP DANGEROUS CRIMINALS OFF SCHOOL BUSES

Measure Prohibits People Convicted of Serious Crimes from Being Bus MonitorsAlso Prevents Individuals Convicted of Leandra’s Law from Driving School Buses

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to protect children by preventing people who have been convicted of crimes involving children, sexual-based offenses, and drug offenses from being a school bus monitor. The bill (S883), sponsored by Senator John Bonacic (R,C,I-Mount Hope), also updates existing laws to include Leandra’s Law convictions in disqualifying a person from being a school bus driver for five years after conviction.

March 4, 2013
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SENATE REPUBLICANS UNVEIL FAMILY TAX RELIEF ACT

 

Plan Would Increase Tax Credits to Help Struggling Middle Class Families, 

Restore STAR Property Tax Rebate Checks for Millions of New Yorkers

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference today unveiled the Family Tax Relief Act, a package of tax relief and reform measures designed to provide a major economic boost to New York’s struggling middle class families.  

The Senate Republican plan would increase tax breaks that have not kept pace with inflation, and, in some instances, haven’t been adjusted for more than 25 years.  The plan also restores the STAR property tax rebate check program to provide real and direct relief to millions of New Yorkers who pay some of the highest property taxes in the country.

March 4, 2013
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SENATE FORECASTS $242 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL STATE REVENUES

Funds Should Be Used For Tax Relief or State Reserves – Not New Spending

Senate Republican Leader Dean G. Skelos and Senate Independent 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, of $126 million in 2013-14, and  $116 million more than the Executive’s estimate for state fiscal year 2012-13.

February 28, 2013
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SENATOR SKELOS ANNOUNCES DFS MEDIATION PROGRAM FOR DISPUTED OR DENIED INSURANCE CLAIMS FOR STORM SANDY HOMEOWNERS

Voluntary mediation offers speedy resolution when insurers and homeowners can’t agree

Senator Skelos today announced that the Department of Financial Services has established a voluntary mediation process for homeowners disputing their insurance claims or dissatisfied with denials of their claims arising from Storm Sandy.

February 25, 2013
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Avoid Unfair Pricing at the Pump and Save Money on Fuel

As gas prices continue to climb across the nation, we need to make sure that New Yorkers are not getting ripped off by unfair pricing at the pumps.

February 25, 2013
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Senate Republicans Call For Immediate Audit of State's Medicaid Program, Announce Senate Roundtable to Investigate Allegations of "Complacent" OMIG

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and the Senate Republican Conference today called for an immediate independent audit of New York State’s Medicaid program and announced a forthcoming joint roundtable meeting of the Senate Health and Investigations Committees to investigate allegations of complacency and inaction by the state Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG).

February 22, 2013
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FREE STORM-RELATED LEGAL ASSISTANCE: FEBRUARY 28, 2013

On Thursday, February 28th, Senator Skelos will be sponsoring a free legal services program to assist individuals and families with storm-related legal issues. The program will take place between the hours of 2pm and 7pm at the East Rockaway Public Library located at 477 Atlantic Avenue in East Rockaway.

February 28, 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Statement from Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos

I am disappointed that Governor Cuomo did not remove the 18-a energy tax when he submitted his 21-day amendments to the Executive Budget, as recommended on numerous occasions by Senate Republicans.  The business community has said that this onerous tax costs New York's businesses and families $509 million annually and will hurt our efforts to create jobs and revitalize the state's economy.  

February 13, 2013
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SENATE PASSES BILLS TO PROMOTE BUS PASSENGER SAFETY

Legislation Would Prevent Sex Offenders from Becoming Bus Drivers & Strengthen Penalties for Passing Stopped School Buses

 

The New York State Senate today passed two bills that would enhance the safety of bus passengers by preventing registered sex offenders from becoming bus drivers and increasing penalties for passing a stopped school bus.

February 11, 2013
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SENATE PASSES “TIFFANY’S LAW”

Bill Links Convictions for Operating Different Vehicles While Intoxicated

 

The New York State Senate today passed “Tiffany’s Law”, sponsored by Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-C-I, Syracuse). The bill (S.1790) would require all prior convictions of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, whether it be an automobile (DWI), snowmobile (SWI), or all-terrain vehicle, to be considered during sentencing of a subsequent Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) conviction. In turn, any person convicted of BWI would have that charge considered during any subsequent DWI, SWI or ATV offense.

February 11, 2013
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