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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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SKELOS LAUDS NEW LAW TO PROVIDE IDENTIFICATION OF VETERAN STATUS ON DRIVERS LICENSE

            Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos today praised a new state law, which he supported, to make it easier for people to identify themselves as veterans by requiring a separate line on New York State Drivers Licenses or Identification Cards to indicate veteran status.

             Often times, veterans do not have an easily available source of identification to prove their status. With this new law, veterans who submit the proper paperwork, such as a DD Form 214, will be provided a new line on the New York State Drivers License or non-driver ID that indicates he or she is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces.

October 10, 2012
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SENATOR SKELOS ATTENDS 2012 LONG BEACH IRISH HERITAGE DAY PARADE AND FESTIVAL

Sentaor Skelos is pictured at the 2012 Long Beach Irish Heritage Day Parade and Festival. This years Grand Marshal was Veronica Danca, Principal of Long Beach Catholic Regional School. 

October 6, 2012
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SENATOR SKELOS PRESENTS PENINSULA PUBLIC LIBRARY WITH A $10,000 STATE GRANT

Senator Skelos is pictured presenting Peninsula Public Library Director, Karen Porcella, and Trustees Sarah Yastrab, Joan Lepelstat and Jeff Leb, with a $10,000 state grant for the library. This aid will be used to purchase a new sound system in the library meeting room in addition to many other technological improvements which will benefit all community members.

October 5, 2012
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OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  If you, or someone you know, has a concern about breast cancer, the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program is a wonderful service to help find answers.  

October 2, 2012
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SENATOR SKELOS & ASSEMBLYMAN CURRAN PRESENT BALDWIN PUBLIC LIBRARY WITH A $10,000 STATE GRANT

Senator Skelos and Assemblyman Curran are pictured presenting Baldwin Public Library Director, Ms. Catherine Overton, with a $10,000 state grant for the library. This funding will allow the library to upgrade their facilities by completing a number of projects that will make the library more enjoyable for the entire community.

September 14, 2012
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