Betty Little's Press releases

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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Senate bill would curb public assistance abuse

The State Senate today passed legislation to prohibit the use of public assistance benefits for purchasing alcohol, tobacco products or lottery tickets.   The legislation also would prohibit the use of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards at liquor stores, casinos or establishments providing adult-oriented entertainment.

February 4, 2014
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Budget process begins with executive proposal

“Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal marks the official starting point for a little more than two-month process of reaching an accord on the 2014-15 state spending plan.

January 21, 2014
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Cutting the red tape to create jobs

REPORT IDENTIFIES OVER 2,000 STATE RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT WARRANT REFORM OR REVIEW

ALBANY – The New York State Senate Majority Coalition issued a comprehensive report today that sheds light on New York State’s notoriously dense regulatory structure and identifies 2,219 specific rules, regulations and practices that put New York’s businesses at a competitive disadvantage.

The report is the product of surveys, meetings, community outreach and the input of over 100 business owners, advocacy organizations and individuals that participated in one of nine industry-specific public forums conducted throughout the State.

January 16, 2014
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New legislative session, new opportunities

“A new legislative year is now underway, and I’m looking forward to meeting the challenges and seizing the opportunities to do some meaningful things for my constituents and all New Yorkers.

"The governor in his address pointed to many legislative successes of the past year.  For me, the approval of two constitutional amendments were the highlights knowing how important these measures are to people living and working in the North Country.

January 8, 2014
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Senate Republican report points to need for tax simplification, cuts to spur growth

In advance of the 2014 Legislative Session set to begin in January, State Senator Betty Little and her Republican colleagues today announced a report outlining numerous proposals to simplify New York’s tax code and reduce taxes.

The report was developed based on testimony collected through a series of statewide hearings this fall.

“Helping small businesses by simplifying the tax code and providing broad-based tax relief is what’s needed to spur our economy in the North Country,” said Senator Betty Little.  “Everyone agrees that our economy needs help.  The most effective way to do that is by helping those that generate revenue and create jobs.”

November 20, 2013
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Senate Republican report points to need for simpler tax code, reductions to spur growth

In advance of the
2014 Legislative Session set to begin in January, State Senator Betty Little
and her Republican colleagues today announced a report outlining numerous
proposals to simplify New York’s tax code and reduce taxes.

 

November 20, 2013
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Senator Little hails voter approval of Adirondack Propositions 4 and 5

     “I’m very gratified and very happy voters approved propositions 4 and 5, which are so important to families and businesses in the Adirondacks,” said Senator Betty Little.  “Amending the State Constitution is not an easy process by design and both amendments reflected a very thorough and balanced approach that will help our economy and result in better recreational access important to tourism and protective of the environment.

November 6, 2013
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New law bans invasive and destructive feral pigs

State Senator Betty Little announced legislation she sponsored banning the importation and possession of Eurasian boar, known as feral swine, was signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday, October 22. 

Senator Little had worked closely with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and environmental organizations, including the Adirondack Council, to develop and build support for the measure. 

October 23, 2013
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Senate Majority Coalition announces task force on Lyme and other tick-borne diseases

Panel To Develop Recommendations for A State Action Plan To Increase Prevention, Improve Treatment and Diagnosis

Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein today announced the creation of the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases to examine state and federal efforts to combat the continued spread of these diseases and make recommendations for a plan to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment.  

October 9, 2013
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New laws to boost protection through early detection.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  While great strides have been made in the fight against this deadly disease, there is still a long way to go: over 40,000 women (and 400 men) die annually of breast cancer. 

Mammograms remain an effective tool in the diagnosis of breast cancer. Now, thanks to a law enacted last year by the State Senate and Governor Cuomo, patients must be notified in writing if an initial screening indicates that they have dense breast tissue.  The law requires that women be provided with an explanation of how dense breast tissue can present additional challenges for cancer detection efforts, followed by a discussion about the possible need for additional screenings. 

October 1, 2013
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