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Plan to accommodate cyclists on Amtrak begins to take shape

   Senator Betty Little is pictured with a small group of cyclists at the Saratoga Rail Station waiting to board the Ethan Allen Amtrak train on Wednesday, July 25, 2013.

July 25, 2013
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Fort William Henry distillery gets Legislature's go ahead

Plans to establish a local distillery at the Fort William Henry in Lake George moved ahead today with passage of legislation in the State Assembly and Senate.

June 21, 2013
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Centennial of "Spirit of 1776" Wagon highlights New York as cradle of women's rights movement

July 1, 2013 designated as the “Spirit of 1776” Wagon Day by legislative resolution

The historic “Spirit of 1776” wagon used in organizing for Votes for Women in New York State received special attention as the focus of a press conference Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in The Well of the Legislative Office Building, in Albany.

June 19, 2013
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Senate Passes Public Assistance Integrity Act

The New York State Senate today approved the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” sponsored by Senator Tom Libous (R-C-I, Binghamton), and cosponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury),  that would help cut down on the flagrant abuse of EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards by prohibiting welfare recipients from using cash assistance to purchase tobacco, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or to gamble.

June 19, 2013
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Bill to ban feral swine passes Senate

The State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would prohibit the importation and possession of Eurasian boar, otherwise known as feral swine. 

Companion legislation is expected to be considered in the Assembly later this week.  The legislation was introduced at the request of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

“When we talk about invasive species, feral swine isn’t what comes to the minds of most people first, but these are very destructive animals that can cause a lot of problems and be very difficult to control,” said Senator Betty Little.

June 17, 2013
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Township 40 constitutional amendment gets second passage in Senate

The State Senate today approved second passage of a proposed constitutional amendment that would settle a century-old title dispute in the Adirondacks. 

The amendment, which is pending in the Assembly, would resolve competing claims of title between the State and private parties in Township Forty, Totten and Crossfield Purchase, in the Town of Long Lake, Hamilton County.

June 13, 2013
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Constitutional amendment to improve Adirondack recreational access and support North Country jobs wins second passage

A proposed state constitutional amendment that would allow for a land exchange between New York State and NYCO Minerals, Inc. located in Essex County won second passage today in the Senate according to its sponsor, Senator Betty Little.

The exchange would enable NYCO to continue its wollastonite mining operations in the Town of Lewis while adding valuable land to the state Forest Preserve.  The Adirondack Council today added their support for the amendment.

June 11, 2013
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Senate OKs bill for removal of disruptive campers

The State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would create a new law to address the removal of disruptive campground guests.  Current law does not define how these matters should be addressed.  As a result, courts have applied varying standards including citing landlord-tenant relationship.

June 11, 2013
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The Strand in Plattsburgh welcomes Cirque Eloize for a special performance

The Strand Theatre in Plattsburgh was the venue for a very special performance of 

June 10, 2013
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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, Wednesday, June 5, 2013 Room 309 LOB

June 5, 9:00 AM - 9:22 AM
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Senate OKs Lake George Peace Officer bill

            The State Senate today gave final legislative approval of legislation authorizing the Village of Lake George to grant peace officer status to its seasonal constables.  Peace officers may issue traffic tickets and issue appearance tickets for various violations of state law.

May 22, 2013
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Gerry West and Bob Addison, U.S. Marine "Edson's Raiders" World War II veterans, honored in Albany

Gerry West and Bob Addison, World War II veterans who served in the same elite U.S. Marines unit and have remained lifelong friends, were inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Albany today.

Senator Betty Little nominated Addison of Glens Falls and West of Fort Edward.

May 21, 2013
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Robert Addison and Gerry West

Out of 900 original World War II U.S. Marine Raiders - the fi rst American “shock troops” to engage the Japanese in island fighting in the Pacific - two reside in the 45th Senate District.

Gerry West grew up in Fort Anne and, in 1940, enlisted in the Marine Corps following high school. Robert Addison of Queensbury joined the Marine Corps shortly after Pearl Harbor. Together both men would serve in the First Marine Raider Battalion, or Edson’s Raiders.

Schooled by Marine veterans, specially selected young men became a lightly armed, highly mobile commando units (Raiders) that could conduct operations in the sub equatorial jungle, the vanguard for larger troop landings to follow.

May 20, 2013
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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, Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Room 309 LOB

 

 

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May 22, 9:00 AM - 9:14 AM
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Sister Debbie Blow

Sister Debbie Blow, OP, a Dominican Sister of Hope, has exemplified the virtues of community service throughout her life and has made lasting contributions to organizations and institutions on behalf of the public good.

May 13, 2013
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Sister Debbie Blow, North Country Mission of Hope co-founder, recognized as Woman of Distinction


Sister Debbie Blow, O.P., a co-founder of the North Country Mission of Hope, was recognized as a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction at an event in Albany Tuesday, May 7.

Senator Betty Little nominated Sister Debbie for the recognition, citing her many years of humanitarian outreach to the people of Nicaragua. Since the founding of the mission in 1998, more than 1,300 volunteers have made 49 trips to Nicaragua, delivering food, medical supplies and clothing and building homes, classrooms, a library and community development center.

May 9, 2013
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Adirondack Day a wonderful success -- The Wild Walk among dozens of exhibits in Albany

     Wild Walk among dozens of exhibits at Adirondack Day in Albany – Hillarie Logan-Dechene describes the planned experience of the Wild Walk in Tupper Lake to Senate Majority Coalition Leader Dean Skelos and Senator Betty Little during Adirondack Day in Albany on Monday, April 29.  The inaugural Adirondack Day showcased dozens of exhibitors and vendors to raise awareness among lawmakers and legislative staff about what life is like

April 29, 2013
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Senate OKs Piercefield Town Justice legislation

            The New York Senate today approved legislation that would amend state law to allow the Town of Piercefield to elect a town justice who is not a town resident.  The legislation, requested by the town earlier this year, is sponsored by Senator Betty Little.   

April 24, 2013
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State Senate to honor Sister Debbie Blow, North Country Mission of Hope co-founder

Sister Debbie Blow, O. P., a co-founder of the North Country Mission of Hope, will be recognized in Albany early next month as a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction.

April 19, 2013
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