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SENATE BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE FOR HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY MEETS ON LONG ISLAND

 

 

The New York State Senate’s Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery today visited communities on Long Island to tour storm damage and speak with local officials, business leaders, and individuals about the progress and challenges of the ongoing recovery efforts. 

Today’s meeting focused on Hurricane Sandy’s impacts in Nassau and Suffolk counties and included tours of Freeport, Island Park, and Oceanside to view the extensive storm damage and recovery efforts. This was the second meeting of the Bipartisan Senate Task Force for Hurricane Sandy Recovery, which first met on December 10, 2012, in the Rockaways in Queens. 

January 3, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATE MAJORITY LEADER DEAN SKELOS

The failure of Congress to act on the federal assistance legislation to help the millions of people impacted by Hurricane Sandy is absolutely unconscionable. 

People in my district and throughout the region continue to struggle to put their lives back together. Business owners are working to get back on their feet and everyone is trying to restore a sense of normalcy.

January 2, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATE MAJORITY LEADER DEAN SKELOS

The unemployment data released today proves that our efforts to make New York more economically competitive are working. According to the state Labor Department, New York added 83,500 new private sector jobs this year and the state’s unemployment rate dropped in November.

Over the past two years, the Senate partnered with Governor Cuomo to reduce business taxes, put the brakes on rising property taxes and provide strategic economic investments across our state to encourage job creation and business growth.  

December 20, 2012
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SENATOR SKELOS & LONG ISLAND CARES TO SPONSOR FREE FOOD AND SUPPLY DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM IN LONG BEACH

This Friday, December 21st,  Senator Skelos and Long Island Cares will be partnering to sponsor a free food and supply distribution program in Long Beach to help families affected by Hurricane Sandy.

December 20, 2012
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STATEMENT BY SENATE MAJORITY LEADER DEAN SKELOS ON THRUWAY TOLLS

I commend Governor Cuomo for taking action to prevent a 45 percent toll hike on trucks that use the New York State Thruway.  This massive proposed increase, which was opposed by Senate Republicans, would have negatively impacted small businesses throughout New York and hurt our efforts to grow the economy.

If we are going to continue the progress we’ve made over the last two years, we’ll need to do it without raising taxes and fees, or increasing the cost of doing business.  This is great news for businesses and taxpayers.

December 17, 2012
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STATEMENT FROM SENATE MAJORITY LEADER DEAN SKELOS

There simply aren’t words that can express the sadness and shock of the senseless tragedy that took place this morning in Newtown, Connecticut.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims of this heinous attack that has brought such heartbreak and grief to people in Connecticut and across the country.

December 14, 2012
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New York State Senators Announce Bipartisan Task Force for Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Senator Malcolm Smith and Senator Andrew Lanza will Co-Chair

 

As New York State begins large-scale rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Independent Democratic Conference Leader Senator Jeffrey D. Klein and Republican Conference Leader Senator Dean G. Skelos announced the formation of a bipartisan Senate task force charged with undertaking some of the recovery’s biggest challenges. As federal and state aid begins to materialize, task force members will play a pivotal role in developing the short and long-term plans that will help these communities get back on their feet. Each task force member represents one of New York State’s hardest hit areas and is thus uniquely qualified to pinpoint those neighborhoods and businesses that are most in need.

December 10, 2012
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Frequently Asked Questions about FEMA Disaster Assistance

Here are some questions that are commonly asked about registering for disaster assistance. Accurate information is readily available and can help dispel misleading rumors:

December 7, 2012
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Important tips to Avoid Hurricane Sandy Home Repair Scams

Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous businesses and scammers who may prey on storm victims seeking to repair their home. Below is some important information on how New Yorkers can protect themselves from home repair scam artists, who will try to take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners who suffered property damage from Storm Sandy.

December 2, 2012
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Help Make a Difference this Holiday Season

 

As we enter the Holiday Season, I would like to extend my best wishes to you and your family.

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 this year, and together we can make a difference. 

November 26, 2012
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Senator Dean Skelos and The New York State Senate Salute New York's Veterans

While too many people continue to struggle in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we must join together in making a special effort to honor the courage, dedication and commitment shown by all of our Veterans.  They are true heroes that are deserving of our respect and admiration each and every day.

November 11, 2012
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LONG ISLAND SENATE DELEGATION CALLS ON PRESIDENT OBAMA TO INITIATE MORE AGGRESSIVE FEDERAL RESPONSE TO SANDY

Region Facing “Katrina-style” Disaster, Spike in Crime, More Death and Destruction 

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and the members of the Long Island State Senate delegation today called on President Obama to initiate a swift and aggressive federal disaster response to assist those who have been severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy, saying Long Island residents are facing a “Katrina-style” disaster, a potential outbreak of crime and additional deaths. 

November 9, 2012
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STATEMENT BY SENATE MAJORITY LEADER DEAN SKELOS

Working with local officials and others, Governor Cuomo is doing everything he can to help those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  I have been in constant contact with the Governor, and we have worked together on New York State’s response.

However, it’s time that the federal government does much more about the devastation and death brought by this terrible storm, made worse by last night’s Nor’easter.  With winter approaching, hundreds of thousands remain without power, and countless others will soon need to be housed and fed before we face the prospect of people freezing to death in their homes.

November 8, 2012
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Please Help the Victims of Hurricane Sandy

 

Hurricane Sandy has had a devastating impact on all of us.  So many of our friends and neighbors have lost their homes and just about everything they own and they are all in need of our help.

My office will be coordinating a supply drive and I ask that you please consider donating needed items. If you or anyone you know is able to make a donation to help, items can be dropped off at the Rockville Centre Recreation Centre, located at 111 North Oceanside Road in Rockville Centre.  As of right now, we ask that you limit your donation to the following items:

November 5, 2012
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Hurricane Sandy Emergency Response and Relief Information

Hurricane Sandy has obviously taken a devastating toll on the Empire State, impacting literally millions of New Yorkers.  

As emergency responders, public works, and utility personnel continue to move forward with their important work, we encourage all New Yorkers to stay safe and keep informed. 

Directly below are links to our official government websites providing up-to-the-minute news and information that may be helpful to you and your family in the coming hours and days.  This information includes power and utility updates, transportation updates and key contacts and locations to help you access whatever relief services you may need.     

November 1, 2012
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Absentee Ballot Application Deadline Extended For Tuesday General Election

The State Board of Elections met in an emergency meeting late yesterday and approved an extension of the deadline for absentee ballot applications as New Yorkers continue to deal with the fallout of Hurricane Sandy. The original deadline for applications transmitted by mail, fax or letter was October 30th, it is now Friday, November 2nd. This extension applies statewide.

November 1, 2012
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IMPORTANT NEWS REGARDING HURRICANE SANDY

As New Yorkers closely monitor the path of Hurricane Sandy, it is important that we prepare for the storm’s potential impacts.

Although the storm track is still uncertain, Hurricane Sandy has the potential to affect many parts of New York State with a variety of threats -- including heavy rain, high winds, flooding, tornadoes, coastal surges, and widespread power outages.

In addition to tracking the storm’s path as it approaches early next week, families should consider creating a “storm emergency kit” that includes items such as non-perishable food, water, cash, filled prescriptions, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, first aid kit, flashlights and extra batteries.

October 26, 2012
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STATEMENT BY SENATE MAJORITY LEADER DEAN SKELOS

I am deeply saddened by the passing of Assemblyman Jim Conte. He was truly a brave and courageous man who dedicated himself to public service while also struggling to overcome health issues. While Jim Conte’s presence will be missed in Albany, his memory will live on for so many people whose respect, admiration and friendship he won through his service and commitment to his constituents.

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October 16, 2012
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SENATOR SKELOS SPEAKS TO VALLEY STREAM SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Senator Dean Skelos is pictured during a visit to Valley Stream South High School where he met with the schools AP Government classes to discuss the structure of New York State Government and answer questions from students regarding both state and national politics.

October 16, 2012
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SENATOR SKELOS ATTENDS 22ND ANNUAL LYNBROOK EXPO AT GREIS PARK

Senator Skelos is pictured at the 22nd Annual Lynbrook Expo at Greis Park where he had the opportunity to speak with Mayor William Hendrick as well as meet with families from the Inter-Community Nursery School.

October 13, 2012
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