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March 25, 2015

New York's Tourism Industry touted in Albany

Senator Betty Little, chair of the Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee, addresses members of the Tourism Industry Coalition (TIC) during their lobby day in Albany on Tuesday, March 10.  Tourism generates $7.7 billion in state and local taxes and ranks as the 4th largest employee in the state.



March 10, 2015

Senate OKs IRONMAN Lake Placid bill

Legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would authorize out-of-state health care professionals to provide services for athletes competing in the IRONMAN Lake Placid event was approved today by the State Senate.

Approximately 1,500 athletes compete in the event.

March 4, 2015

I LOVE NY Mobile app promotes tourism

New York’s recently unveiled I LOVE NY mobile app was the highlight of a Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee meeting in Albany today.

Senator Betty Little, who chairs the committee, invited Empire State Development’s Division of Tourism Executive Director Gavin Landry to talk with committee members about the new app which helps users and visitors navigate through thousands of destinations, attractions and events.

March 3, 2015

Committee Meeting: Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Senator Elizabeth O'C. Little, Chair 11:00 AM, Tuesday, March 3, 2015 Room 124 CAP


March 3, 11:00 AM - 11:09 AM

Library aid advocated in Albany

State aid in support of libraries was the focus of a meeting with Senator Betty Little in Albany on Wednesday, February 25.  With work continuing on the state budget, librarians and trustees representing the Southern Adirondack and Northern New York Library Systems made the case for increased aid, noting that library aid is currently $86.6 million annually, about $16 million short of what is required by New York State Education Law.  According to a January 2015 Siena Poll, library usage is up 10 percent statewide

February 25, 2015

Committee Meeting: Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation  Senator Elizabeth O'C. Little, Chair  9:00 AM, Thursday , February 26, 2015  Room 309 LOB

February 26, 9:04 AM - 9:26 AM

Help Support our Kids: End the GEA Budget Cuts!

I am proud to be leading the fight to help completely eliminate the GEA school aid budget cuts once and for all.This effort is designed to protect our local schools from harmful cuts in State education aid.  This will not only ensure more resources for classroom instruction and quality programs, but will also help us to achieve our goal of ensuring an outstanding education for every child, in every school.

February 11, 2015

The Pember Museum and Library is well worth a visit

The Pember Library and Museum were established in Granville, NY, in 1909, by Franklin Tanner Pember and his wife Ellen Wood Pember.  Both institutions continue to operate in the building designed and built for this purpose.  The Pember Library is housed on the first floor of the marble structure and The Pember Museum of Natural History is located on the second floor

February 9, 2015

Little to continue leading Senate Tourism committee

State Senator Betty Little today announced she will again chair the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation.  Little has served as the chairwoman the past four years.

February 3, 2015

Quebec Minister welcomed in Plattsburgh

I had the pleasure of welcoming Quebec’s Minister of International Relations, the Honorable Christine St-Pierre, to my office in Plattsburgh on Thursday, January 29th.  She was accompanied by the Delegate General Jean-Claude Lauzon.  Earlier in the day, Minister St-Pierre was the featured guest at a gala luncheon sponsored by SUNY Plattsburgh’s Institute on Quebec Studies and The Development Corporation.  

January 30, 2015


Governor Andrew Cuomo has just unveiled his new Executive Budget Proposal for the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year.  

January 23, 2015

Constable's Tim Lamere added to Fallen Firefighters Memorial Wall

The name of Constable Volunteer Firefighter Timothy “Benny” Lamere was added to the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Wall at the Empire State Plaza in Albany on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. Lamere died August 21, 2012, at the age of 47, of a heart attack following a rigorous training session teaching firefighters to escape structures using a rappeling technique.

October 7, 2014

New law to aid invasive species fight

Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday approved legislation directing the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) 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 were sponsors of the measure.

September 26, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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