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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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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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2014 Constituent Questionnaire

Your Opinion Counts!

The 2014 Legislative Session kicks off in January with the Governor’s annual State of the State message.Governor Cuomo will outline his priorities to the Legislature and to all New Yorkers and, in the months that follow, I will work with my colleagues on initiatives that we identify as being important to the future of our state and betterment of our communities.

Your willingness to complete this legislative questionnaire will help me develop a better understanding of the views of the residents of the 45th Senate District. Your responses and information will remain confidential. If you prefer, you may complete this questionnaire below or on my Facebook page.

With best wishes,

December 23, 2013
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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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North Creek Mosaic Project Complete -- A Beautiful Work of Art

I had the incredible honor and good fortune of setting the last piece to complete the North Creek Mosaic Project.  Over 500 volunteers, including local residents, seasonal guests, students and artists, had a hand in creating this masterpiece, a more than 180-foot mural depicting recreation and wildlife in the Adirondacks.  The mosaic comprises tens of thousands of broken bits of glass, tiles, seashells and stained glass, much of which was donated.

October 1, 2013
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