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SENATE BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE ON HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY RELEASES PRELIMINARY REPORT OUTLINING RECOMMENDATIONS ON STORM RELIEF, CONTINGENCY PLANNING, AND DISASTER MITIGATION

After touring New York’s hardest hit areas and hosting stakeholder roundtables across the NYC metro area, the Bipartisan Task Force issued its first report with 10 preliminary recommendations to aid recovery efforts and assist in future disaster planning

Less than three months after Senate Co-Leaders Jeffrey D. Klein and Dean G. Skelos launched the New York State Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy recovery, the Task Force has released its preliminary report and recommendations on Sandy relief and storm planning. The preliminary report and recommendations come after Task Force members toured storm damaged communities across the New York City Metro Area, including Freeport, Island Park, Oceanside, The Rockaways, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Hudson Valley. 

February 5, 2013
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Statement from Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos

With the passing of Ed Koch, New York has lost one of its true larger-than-life political leaders. He had a passion for public service, and an outsized personality to match.

As a Congressman, Mayor and political commentator, Ed Koch brought enthusiasm to everything he did, and he never stopped fighting for the causes he believed in. 

All those who knew or worked with Ed Koch, or were fortunate enough to meet him, understand today that he'll be sorely missed by the people of New York.

February 1, 2013
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HOUSING AND INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE EXTENSION FOR HURRICANE SANDY VICTIMS

Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program Extended in NY for an Additional 14 Days; Individual Assistance Program Extended 30 days

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the request of the State of New York, has approved a 14-day extension to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program and a 30-day extension for the Individual Assistance (IA) program.  

January 25, 2013
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2013-2014 EXECUTIVE BUDGET PROPOSAL INFORMATION

Governor Andrew Cuomo has just unveiled his new Executive Budget Proposal -- marking the beginning of the State Budget negotiation and adoption process for the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year.  

January 24, 2013
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Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program Extended in NY for an Additional 14 Days

Senator Skelos announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the request of the State of New York, has approved a 14-day extension to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, which allows eligible survivors from Hurricane Sandy who cannot return to their homes to stay in participating hotels or motels.

January 11, 2013
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Senator Skelos Unveils Tough Plan to Crack Down on Illegal Guns and Criminals Who Use Guns

Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced a package of tough, commonsense gun safety measures to eliminate the sale and possession of illegal guns and increase penalties for people who use guns to commit crimes. Statistics show illegal guns are used in the vast majority of gun crimes in New York State.  The proposals come in the wake of horrific recent incidents including the tragic school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut; the ambush and killing of two volunteer firefighters in Webster, New York; the shooting incidents that injured three NYPD officers just two days ago; and the cold-blooded killing of a Nassau County police officer and a motorist last October.

January 6, 2013
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SENATOR SKELOS AND SENATOR YOUNG CALL FOR STRONGER, PERMANENT KENDRA’S LAW

In Wake of Tragic Deaths, Law Regarding Treatment of Mentally Ill Must Be Improved 

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and Senator Catharine Young (R-C-I, Olean) today said that enacting a stronger, permanent Kendra’s Law must be a priority for the 2013 session, and should be included in any legislative agreement on gun safety.  

Their call comes in the wake of the tragic school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, and two fatal incidents of people being pushed in front of New York City subway trains, allegedly by people with histories of mental illness.

“The Senate is committed to acting on legislation as soon as possible to strengthen Kendra’s Law and make it permanent,” Senator Skelos said.  “We are seeing more and more horrific stories about what can happen when someone with a severe mental illness, who poses a danger to themselves and others, doesn’t receive the proper treatment.  Not only should this issue be a part of our discussions related to gun safety, but it must be part of any three-way agreement on laws to increase public safety and prevent the kind of senseless violence and death we’ve seen in the past month.”

January 4, 2013
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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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