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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. Little, Chair 9:00 AM, Wednesday, April 30, 2014 Room 309 LOB

April 30, 9:00 AM - 9:08 AM
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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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Research by SUNY Plattsburgh students recognized in Albany

Three SUNY Plattsburgh students were invited to exhibit undergraduate research projects at the Innovative Exploration Forum in Albany on Tuesday, April 1. Pictured (from left) in the Well of the Legislative Office Building are Matthew Rusek, Michael Haynes, Senator Betty Little and Justin Andrews.  The event featured more than 100 student-produced poster displays in a range of academic disciplines by some of SUNY’s most talented undergraduate scholars.

April 2, 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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North Country veteran advocacy in Albany

A contingent of North Country veterans are pictured with Senator Betty Little in her Albany office on Tuesday, March 18.  The veterans visited the State Capital to discuss numerous issues including funding for veterans’ programs and the creation of a New York State veterans ceremony.  Little is cosponsoring legislation to provide a state contract preference for service-connected, disabled veteran-owned small businesses.  Pictured from left are: Mario Cristaldi, Joseph Proulx, Robert St. John, Randy Farmer, Senator Little and Clinton County Veterans Service Agency Director Steve Bowman.

March 18, 2014
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Adult education student Alvin Smith honored in Albany

Alvin Smith of Champlain was honored  as a New York Association for Continuing/Community Education (NYSACCE) 2014 “Student of the Year.”  Mr. Smith shared his journey as an adult education student with Senator Betty Little in her Albany office on Wednesday, March 12.  Pictured from left are Senator Little, Mr. Smith and adult literacy instructors, Lanelle Wood and Gay Ellen Carlsson.    

March 12, 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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County and town highway superintendents lobby in Albany

Senator Betty Little (center) talks with county and town highway superintendents during the annual “Local Roads Matter” lobby day in Albany on Wednesday, March 5.  Under the executive budget proposal, funding for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) and the Federal Municipal Streets and Highways Program (“Marchiselli”) would be held at current levels.

March 5, 2014
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Cross-border issues discussed in Albany

CROSS-BORDER ISSUES DISCUSSED IN ALBANY – Senator Betty Little is pictured with Quebec’s New York delegate general, Dominique Poirier, in the senator’s Albany office on Monday, March 3.  Little and Poirier discussed tourism, the success of Canadian companies operating in New York and the importance of the cross-border trade relationship.

March 4, 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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Jobs for Heroes plan would help disabled vets

Senator Betty Little discusses the Jobs for Heroes program at a press conference in the State Capitol on Monday,  February 10.  Little is a sponsor of the proposal that would establish a five percent goal in the awarding of State contracts to service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.   She is working to have the measure included in the state budget.

 

 

February 11, 2014
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Granville robotics team advances to world championship

Granville High School's Team 4305A, SIX SIGMA, has advanced to the VEX Robotics World's Championship in Anaheim CA in April. Only 400 high school teams from around the world are invited to compete. The team is one of six representing New York State.  Pictured from left to right are Marc Billow (Holding Trophy), Josh Sumner, Adam Browe, Gabrielle, Hilder, Hollis Pauquette, Matt Bixby, and coach Gary Gendron.  The team is now raising $7,000 to make the trip out west and the coach said anyone wishing to support them in this effort can do so through the Granville Central School. 

February 11, 2014
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Aging advocates lobby in Albany

Officials representing the Clinton, Warren, Essex and Washington County Offices for the Aging were in Albany Tuesday, February 4 to talk with Senator Betty Little about issues important to those they serve and to discuss the proposed state budget.  Pictured from left are: Crystal Carter (Clinton), Christie Sabo (Warren), Senator Little, Patty Bashaw (Essex) and Gina Cantanucci-Mitchell (Washington).

February 5, 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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Committee Meeting: Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and RecreationSenator Elizabeth O'C. Little, ChairTuesday, February 4, 2014332 CAP

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE TIME AND LOCATION OF THIS MEETING

THIS MEETING WILL BE CALLED IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING SESSION

February 4, 4:10 PM - 4:14 PM
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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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