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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
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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
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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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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, May 29, 2014  Room 309 LOB

May 29, 9:00 AM - 9:10 AM
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John Webster

“I landed on Omaha Beach in the ‘3rd wave’ of boats, 30 minutes after H-Hour at 6:30 a.m., just after daylight – at what was still low tide. If you have seen the film ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ I don’t need to go into detail as to what it was like.”

On January 9, 1942, John Webster was inducted into the U.S. Army at Camp Upton, Long Island, completed basic training at Fort Knox and at Fort George G. Meade and became a tank driver with rank of Corporal.

May 16, 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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Shirley W. Seney

Shirley W. Seney, a Lake Placid native, was born on the opening day of the 1932 Lake Placid Winter Olympics. As the only woman of the original 59 signers of the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee contract with the International Olympic Committee, Ms. Seney played a unique role in the development of those historic games.

Throughout her life, Ms. Seney has been an active and well-respected civic and governmental leader in the North Country.

Ms. Seney served as president of the Lake Placid School Board and as Village Board Trustee. In 1993, she became the first and only woman Mayor of Lake Placid. She was then elected as the fi rst female Supervisor of the Town of North Elba, a post she held for twelve years.

May 14, 2014
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Queensbury YMCA Youth & Government students speak in Albany

Queensbury High School students spoke about their Youth & Government experiences at a YMCA “Healthy Kids Day” advocacy event in Albany earlier today.  Pictured from left are Tyler Hancock, Cameryn Quinan, Marcie Fraser of Time Warner Cable News, Keelin Zwynenburg, Madeline Corder and their YMCA advisor, Dan Kane.

May 8, 2014
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New Vision students visit Senator Little in Albany

Students participating in the New Vision Government and Law program talk with Senator Betty Little in her Albany office on Tuesday, April 29.  The Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES program gives college-bound students interested in pre-law, political science and law enforcement a chance to interact with a wide range of legal and elected officials and learn skills and responsibilities of each field.  Earlier in the day, the group met with Assemblywoman Janet Duprey.  The group included Kaitlin Fye, Louis Goodrow and Mike Smith, all from St.

April 29, 2014
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