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NYCO land exchange amendment wins first passage

            The State Assembly late Wednesday approved first passage of a resolution to amend the New York State Constitution and allow for a land exchange that will help NYCO Mineral, Inc. continue its wollastonite mining operation in Essex County.  The Senate passed the resolution Tuesday.

June 22, 2012
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Legislature approves first passage of Township 40 constitutional amendment

            A proposed state constitutional amendment that would settle a century-old title dispute in the Adirondacks won passage in the State Assembly late Wednesday following Senate passage Tuesday, according to sponsors Senator Betty Little and Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward. 

June 22, 2012
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Senate approves legislation to combat invasive species

     The State Senate today gave final legislative approval to a bill (S.6826a) sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would restrict the sale, possession and importation of invasive species in an effort to combat a growing environmental and costly problem throughout New York. 

June 19, 2012
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Senator Little Cosponsors Senior Health Care and Awareness Day -- Saturday, April 28, 10 am to 2pm in Queensbury

The free event is being held Saturday, April 28 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Queensbury Activity Center located at 742 Bay Road. 

The main entrance to the Activity Center is located on the backside of the Activity Center. When you arrive at 742 Bay Road, please make sure you pull behind the main Town Hall building and proceed to the far left, up an incline; this is the main entrance for the Activity Center.

April 20, 2012
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Senate passes bill to provide search and rescue training for volunteers helping forest rangers

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that allows for the creation of a training program for volunteers interested in assisting the search and rescue operations of state forest rangers. The bill (S.553), sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury), will enhance the safety of volunteers and the public during search and rescue operations in the Adirondacks, Catskills and other forested communities across the state.

April 19, 2012
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Bill would expand remote net metering to include micro-hydroelectric

The State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would extend remote net metering benefits to include micro-hydroelectric generation.

Remote net metering is currently allowed for wind, solar and digester technologies used by non-residential customers, including farms.

The bill (S.6670) would allow farm operations, customers with land in agricultural production, or non-residential customers to apply credit received for power delivered to the grid to any of the customer's meters rather than only to a single, directly connected meter as long as the meters are located on the customer’s property within the same utility territory.

April 19, 2012
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Statement by Senator Betty Little -- Budget Approved

            “It’s good to complete a budget on-time for a second consecutive year and also do so in daylight.  The new budget continues to reorient New York State government, putting it on a much more sustainable financial trajectory.  The budget does not increase taxes, restrains spending and focuses on the issue important to most New Yorkers – job creation.  Although the economy is steadily improving,

March 30, 2012
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Senator Betty Little Joins Governor Cuomo To Announce $600 Million MTA Investment in Upstate Manufacturing

MTA Chooses Bombardier for $600 Million Order for 300 Subway Cars, More Than 500 Manufacturing and Supply Chain Jobs Maintained or Created

March 28, 2012
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Senate passes budget resolution that focuses on job growth

“Progress is continuing toward adoption of a new state budget due at the end of this month.  Today’s passage of budget resolutions by the Senate and Assembly moves us closer to agreement with the governor on a new fiscal plan.  The conference committee process can now begin and differences between the various proposals discussed and worked through in the next few weeks.

March 12, 2012
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Senate OKs Town Speed Limit Mandate Relief Legislation

The State Senate today approved legislation that would authorize towns to set speed limits within their own jurisdictions.  Current law requires most towns to petition the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to do so but exempt villages, cities and about 80 towns with large populations.

February 7, 2012
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Senate Approves 'Piggy-Back' Procurement Bill

               Legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would allow local governments to cooperatively purchase, or piggy-back, on contracts already approved for other government agencies was approved today with the full support of the State Senate.

January 31, 2012
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Senator Little votes to expand DNA databank to protect New Yorkers

        Senator Betty Little today voted in favor of legislation that would dramatically improve the effectiveness of New York’s criminal justice system by requiring individuals convicted of all crimes, felonies and misdemeanors, submit a DNA sample for the state’s databank.  Current law requires DNA be collected from criminals convicted under about half of New York’s penal laws.

January 31, 2012
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Senate OKs Bill For Removal of Disruptive Campground Guests

            The State Senate today approved legislation that would aid campgrounds wanting to remove disruptive guests.

January 30, 2012
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Mandate Relief Council Meets in Albany -- Statewide Public Hearings to be Launched

      The state’s Mandate Relief Council today held its first meeting in Albany and will soon embark on a series of statewide public hearings to discuss and solicit ideas and proposals to reduce mandated statutory and regulatory burdens on school districts and local governments.

January 26, 2012
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: APPLY FOR FLOOD RELIEF NOW

The ongoing effort to recover and rebuild from the destruction of Irene and Lee continues.  Partnering with Governor Cuomo, I was pleased to support the creation of the New York State Flood Assistance Program this past December.

January 25, 2012
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Executive Budget Reaction Statement by Senator Betty Little

            “The governor’s executive budget reflects New York’s economic recovery,” said Senator Betty Little.  “The financial picture is improving slowly, there’s reason to be optimistic but a need to budget cautiously.

January 18, 2012
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Senator Little reacts to Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address

“We had a very productive legislative session last year.  The property tax levy cap, middle-class income tax cut, passage of an on-time budget while closing a $10 billion deficit, new low-cost power program for businesses -- all of these were possible because of a bipartisan and constructive approach.  The bickering was replaced by a willingness to listen, learn and compromise.  We focused on solutions and results were achieved.

January 4, 2012
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Economic Regional Council Award Recipients Announced

STATEMENT BY SENATOR BETTY LITTLE

     “Kudos to the North Country team!  Led by co-chairs Garry Douglas and Dr. Tony Collins, they presented a winning strategic vision for growing the North Country economy.

December 8, 2011
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