Betty Little's Press releases

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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Lyme Disease forum slated for October 4th in Glens Falls

Area lawmakers to participate in panel discussion of diagnosis, treatment and new research

Senator Betty Little, Assemblyman Dan Stec and Assemblyman Tony Jordan will co-host a public forum to raise awareness of Lyme disease on Friday, October 4, 10 am to noon, at the Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls.

The state legislators will be joined by Congressman Bill Owens and a panel of experts to discuss Lyme disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and research being undertaken at the world-renowned Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake.

September 25, 2013
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New War of 1812 Guide Invites Travelers to NY-PA Byways

Press Release: September 16, 2013

Contact: Mike Bristol, Great Lakes Seaway Trail, 315-646-1000 x202

Great Lakes Seaway Trail Project Manager Lynette Lundy-Beck, 315-646-1000 x203

 

New War of 1812 Guide Invites Travelers to NY-PA Byways

September 16, 2013
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Centennial of "Spirit of 1776" Wagon highlights New York as cradle of women's rights movement

July 1, 2013 designated as the “Spirit of 1776” Wagon Day by legislative resolution

The historic “Spirit of 1776” wagon used in organizing for Votes for Women in New York State received special attention as the focus of a press conference Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in The Well of the Legislative Office Building, in Albany.

June 19, 2013
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Senate Passes Public Assistance Integrity Act

The New York State Senate today approved the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” sponsored by Senator Tom Libous (R-C-I, Binghamton), and cosponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury),  that would help cut down on the flagrant abuse of EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards by prohibiting welfare recipients from using cash assistance to purchase tobacco, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or to gamble.

June 19, 2013
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Bill to ban feral swine passes Senate

The State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would prohibit the importation and possession of Eurasian boar, otherwise known as feral swine. 

Companion legislation is expected to be considered in the Assembly later this week.  The legislation was introduced at the request of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

“When we talk about invasive species, feral swine isn’t what comes to the minds of most people first, but these are very destructive animals that can cause a lot of problems and be very difficult to control,” said Senator Betty Little.

June 17, 2013
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Township 40 constitutional amendment gets second passage in Senate

The State Senate today approved second passage of a proposed constitutional amendment that would settle a century-old title dispute in the Adirondacks. 

The amendment, which is pending in the Assembly, would resolve competing claims of title between the State and private parties in Township Forty, Totten and Crossfield Purchase, in the Town of Long Lake, Hamilton County.

June 13, 2013
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Senate OKs bill for removal of disruptive campers

The State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would create a new law to address the removal of disruptive campground guests.  Current law does not define how these matters should be addressed.  As a result, courts have applied varying standards including citing landlord-tenant relationship.

June 11, 2013
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Senate OKs Lake George Peace Officer bill

            The State Senate today gave final legislative approval of legislation authorizing the Village of Lake George to grant peace officer status to its seasonal constables.  Peace officers may issue traffic tickets and issue appearance tickets for various violations of state law.

May 22, 2013
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Gerry West and Bob Addison, U.S. Marine "Edson's Raiders" World War II veterans, honored in Albany

Gerry West and Bob Addison, World War II veterans who served in the same elite U.S. Marines unit and have remained lifelong friends, were inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Albany today.

Senator Betty Little nominated Addison of Glens Falls and West of Fort Edward.

May 21, 2013
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