Betty Little's Press releases

Senior health fair in Queensbury slated for September 13th

Free flu shots and vision and hearing screenings are among the services that will be offered at a Senior Health Fair on Saturday, September 13 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Queensbury Activity Center on Bay Road.

Senator Betty Little and the Queensbury Senior Citizens, Inc. are co-hosting the event, which will include 20 participants who will provide information and answer questions regarding health insurance, home care, medical supplies and prescription medicines, among others.

August 27, 2014
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Bill adds Franklin and Warren County Family Court Judgeships

Senator Betty Little lauded passage of legislation in the New York State Senate today that adds 25 new Family Court judgeships including in Franklin and Warren counties.  The measure  passed the Assembly on Thursday, June 19.  

This year’s State Budget provided $5 million to add judgeships to address increasing family court caseloads, but a decision was not made at the time of budget adoption regarding which counties would qualify for the new posts. 

June 20, 2014
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Universal signage to warn of aquatic invasive species threat

The State Legislature has approved a measure directing the Department of Environmental Conservation to design and post at public boat launches a universal sign warning of the threat of aquatic invasive species.  Senator Betty Little and Assemblyman Dan Stec are sponsors of the legislation.

June 19, 2014
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Senate task force makes recommendations to address Lyme Disease

Senator Betty Little, a member of the New York State Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases, joined her colleagues today in releasing a report that provides a comprehensive set of recommendations for a state action plan to enhance research, prevention, diagnosis and treatments for harmful tick-borne illnesses.

June 18, 2014
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Waterfront revitalization bills pass Legislature

The State Senate and Assembly have approved five bills designating Chateaugay Lake,  Little Ausable River, Great Chazy River, Schroon River and Battenkill as inland waterways making the communities along these water bodies eligible for grants under the New York State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.

The bills were proposed by Senator Betty Little and Assemblywoman Janet Duprey and Assemblyman Dan Stec at the request of local officials.

June 17, 2014
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Senate passes women's equality legislation

Bills Approved To Prevent Discrimination Based on Family Status; Stop Housing Discrimination Against Domestic Violence Victims;and Ensure Equal Pay for Women

The New York State Senate today passed three bills – all part of the Senate’s Women’s Equality Agenda – that would prevent employment discrimination against people with families, stop housing discrimination against victims of domestic violence, and ensure women receive equal pay for equal work

June 17, 2014
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Senate OKs massage therapist continuing education bill

The State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little to permit licensed massage therapists from other states and countries to provide hands-on clinical instruction at continuing education programs in New York.

Mandatory continuing education for licensed massage therapists became effective in 2012.  There are presently more than 17,000 state licensed therapists who are required to complete 36 hours of continuing education every three years.

June 13, 2014
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Senate approves Battenkill waterfront revitalization bill

The State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would designate the Battenkill an inland waterway making the communities along the river eligible for grants under the New York State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.

Companion legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Dan Stec passed the Assembly on Monday, June 9.  The measure was introduced at the request of local officials.

June 11, 2014
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Senate approves bill to support private land stewardship

The State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would create a New York state tax credit for a portion of property taxes paid on privately held lands enrolled in a forestry stewardship or habitat conservation plan.

The tax credit would provide an incentive for private forest landowners to keep their land from development and preserve the benefits to wildlife, water quality, and the forest-based economy provided by contiguous forests.

June 10, 2014
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Great Chazy River waterfront revitalization plan passed by Senate

The State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would designate the Great Chazy River an inland waterway making the communities along the river eligible for grants under the New York State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.The legislation was introduced at the request of local officials.The Local Waterfront Revitalization Program is a locally prepared land and water use  plan for a community’s developed, natural, public and working waterfronts.  The planning document may address issues such as recreation and commercial use of waterways and stewardship, including dredging.  The program establishes a long-term partnership among local governments, community organizations and New York State.

June 3, 2014
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Protecting our communities from the scourge of heroin and pain killer addiction

The New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction today released a report that summarizes its findings and proposes more than two dozen bills to address the growing crisis of heroin and opioid addiction, according to Senator Betty Little, a member of the task force.

The bipartisan task force was formed in March to examine the rapid rise in heroin and opioids use. Over the past nine weeks, task force members held 18 forums throughout New York including in Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Clinton, Genesee, Jefferson, Monroe, Nassau, New York, Oneida, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk and Sullivan counties.

May 28, 2014
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Seney of Lake Placid honored as Woman of Distinction

Shirley Seney, of Lake Placid, was honored as a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction at an event in Albany Tuesday evening, May 13.  State Senator Betty Little nominated Seney for the recognition.

May 15, 2014
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Senate Heroin and Opioid Task Force Hearing Friday

A New York State Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction will host a public hearing Friday, April 25 from 10 am to 12:30 pm at the Clinton County Government Center.  The task force was formed in March to examine the statewide rise in use of heroin and other opioids and to develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.

Senator Betty Little, a member of the bipartisan task force, will be joined by Senator Phil Boyle of Long Island, the task force chairman.

April 22, 2014
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On-time budget includes $1.1 billion school aid increase; property tax relief; tax cuts to create jobs

“The new enacted state budget addresses a number of priorities for me, including a reduction in the Gap Elimination Adjustment to help schools, extra funding to help municipalities fix roadways damaged by the harsh winter and tax relief for businesses and homeowners to help spur growth.

March 31, 2014
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Senate OKs town speed limit mandate relief legislation

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

March 26, 2014
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Senate approves Lake Placid Ironman bill

The State Senate today approved legislation that authorizes out-of-state health care professionals to provide services for athletes competing in the Lake Placid Ironman event.

March 6, 2014
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Little adds Senate committee assignments

Senator Betty Little has been appointed to the Rules Committee and the Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee in the State Senate.

She will continue to serve as chair of the Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee, and as a member of the following committees: Consumer Protection, Crime Victims, Crime and Correction, Education, Environmental Conservation, Finance and Judiciary.

March 4, 2014
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Warren County Family Court Judge bill advances in Senate

Legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would authorize the creation of a second Family Court Judgeship in Warren County passed the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

February 27, 2014
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February is Black History Month

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim February 2014 as Black History Month in the State of New York

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim February 2014 as Black History Month in the State of New York

WHEREAS, Black History Month, previously known as Negro History Week, was founded by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, and was first celebrated on February 1, 1926; since 1976, it has become a nationally recognized month-long celebration, held each year during the month of February to acknowledge and pay tribute to African-Americans neglected by both society and the history books; and

February 4, 2014
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