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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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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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