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September 24, 2009
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Sen. Schneiderman Hails Court Decision Affirming Lt. Governor Appointment

The Court of Appeals today upheld the Governor's authority to appoint Richard Ravitch as Lt. Governor. The majority's opinion is clear, unambiguous - and absolutely right. Lt. Governor Ravitch is a phenomenal public servant who brings a wealth of experience to the team. As New York faces an unprecedented fiscal crisis, we need all hands on deck. I look forward to working with the Governor and Lt. Governor to move this state in the right direction and make our state government more functional.This decision is a major victory for the people of New York.

September 22, 2009
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Sen. Schneiderman Named New York's Greenest Senator

In its preliminary 2009 Voters’ Guide, Environmental Advocates named Senator Eric T. Schneiderman (D-Manhattan/Bronx) the greenest Senator in New York. The rating from the statewide advocacy group is based on Sen. Schneiderman’s support for green bills and opposition to bills that have a negative environmental impact.

September 9, 2009
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Sen. Schneiderman Speaks About Green Jobs/Green New York

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September 9, 2009
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Sen. Schneiderman Introduces Bill To Expand Protection Of Freshwater Wetlands

In an effort to increase environmental conservation, Sen. Eric T. Schneiderman (D-Manhattan/Bronx) introduced a bill that expands protection of New York’s freshwater wetlands (S.6145).

When asked about the bill, Senator Schneiderman stated, “It is critical that we protect not only the wetlands themselves, but also the land adjacent to the wetlands. All too often those who are profiting off of destroying our natural resources are not punished for damage done to the surroundings areas—damage that can take a significant toll on the health of our children and the environment.”

September 3, 2009
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Sen. Schneiderman Introduces Bill To Keep New Yorkers Warm at Night

NEW YORK – With the autumn months fast approaching, Sen. Eric T. Schneiderman (D-Manhattan/Bronx) introduced a bill (S.6147) to increase the minimum home heating temperature for rental units. The bill institutes a 60 degree Fahrenheit temperature standard for tenants in buildings consisting of three-family units or more, up from the current 55 degree minimum.

September 1, 2009
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Subway Service Resumed at 181st Street Station

I am happy to report that the 181st Street Station on the 1 line has reopened. As of 5:00 am today, subway service, which was disrupted over the last several weeks as a result of the ceiling collapse at the 181st Street Station, has been completely restored. I understand your frustration with the inconvenience caused by the closure of this station, but I am confident this situation was resolved as quickly and safely as possible.

August 31, 2009
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Yoga Studios To Breathe Easier After State Regulators End Harassment

Sen. Schneiderman and Assm. Rosenthal Applaud Education Department’s Reversal

August 31, 2009
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MTA Update On 181st Street Station And Service Disruptions

As a result of the ceiling collapse at the 181st Street Station in Washington Heights, subway service is still disrupted for commuters in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx. I share your frustration with this major inconvenience, but rest assured that my office has been in regular contact with the MTA to make sure this situation is resolved as quickly and safely as possible.As part of our discussions, the MTA has agreed to provide daily updates on the status of the repairs as well as service advisories. Below please find a copy of today’s update.

August 18, 2009
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Statement From Senator Eric T. Schneiderman on Ceiling Collapse At 181st Street Subway Station

"This is a wake up-call for the MTA. For years, the MTA has neglected to improve the conditions at the 181st Street Station, which has been plagued by structural problems, inordinate amounts of debris and elevator failures, among other issues. As a result of this ceiling collapse, subway service is paralyzed for nearly 70,000 daily riders in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx. This is a devastating disruption for our communities.

August 17, 2009
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August 14, 2009
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Sen. Valesky Hosts Sen. Schneiderman In Central New York For Events On Law Enforcement And Criminal Justice Issues

SYRACUSE – In a continuing effort to find common ground on criminal justice issues across New York State, Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) hosted Senator Eric Schneiderman (D-Manhattan/Bronx), Chairman of the Senate Codes Committee, for a day of events Monday in Madison and Onondaga counties.  

August 12, 2009
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N.Y. Law Expands Practice of E-Filing

The New York Legislature has set the stage for an expansion of the use of computers and facsimile machines to file notice of service and papers in civil actions throughout New York.The bill, given final approval last week by the Senate, would allow electronic filing in most civil cases in Supreme Court, Surrogate’s Court, the Court of Claims and New York City Civil Court, with the parties’ consent and the approval of the state’s chief administrative judge.The current law limits voluntary civil e-filing to certain case types in designated counties and courts.

August 12, 2009
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Sen. Schneiderman At Graffiti Removal Announcement

Sen. Schneiderman was joined by elected officials, small business owners and community leaders in launching a neighborhood-wide graffiti cleaning program throughout the 31st Senatorial District. The money for this project was secured by Senator Schneiderman in the 2009-2010 state budget.

August 10, 2009
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Senate Passes Groundbreaking Legislation To Modernize New York's Court System

ALBANY -- Bringing innovation to New York's court system, the Senate passed a bill today that makes permanent the successful e-filing program. The legislation, S.6003, sponsored by Sen. Eric T. Schneiderman (D-Manhattan/Bronx), modernizes the court filing process by allowing more civil cases to be filed electronically. The legislation is supported by the Chief Administrative Judge of New York State Ann Pfau.

August 6, 2009
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New Law Makes It Easier For Soldiers To Vote

Senator Schneiderman Hails Senate Legislation That Eases Restrictions For Absentee Voting

July 24, 2009
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A Major Victory For Public Safety

In a major victory for public safety, the U.S. Senate defeated the dangerous Thune Amendment. Had it passed, New York would be forced to honor thousands of concealed carry permits from states with lax standards, making it more difficult for law enforcement to stop straw purchasers from selling illegal guns in our state.

July 23, 2009
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Sen. Schneiderman's Statement On the Senate's Historic Rules Reforms

At long last, we have achieved meaningful rules reform that will forever change the way the state Senate conducts business. The days of top-down, leadership-dominated policymaking are over. The Senate adopted many of the key principles of the bipartisan agreement I proposed last week, including the historic rule change that allows a simple majority of Senators to decide what bills will make it to the floor for a vote. Today’s reforms also provide greater equity in the distribution of resources between both parties and increase openness and transparency in the legislative process.

July 16, 2009
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