“The Court of Appeals today unanimously rejected a challenge to New York’s ability to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. “Although this is a major victory for equality, the court’s decision only highlights the fact that so many New York couples continue to be denied the full legal protections that come with a marriage license right here in our state. I am optimistic that will change soon.
The passage of a health care reform bill with a public option in the House ought to be cause for celebration, but an amendment added at the last minute eviscerating the reproductive rights of women casts a dark cloud over this historic victory. The Stupak-Pitts amendment represents the biggest threat to reproductive freedom in decades - and it must be removed from the final bill.
Today is a historic day for the state of New York as the Rockefeller drug law reforms finally go into effect. Now, the failed drug policies of the past are replaced with a smarter approach that will make our communities stronger and safer.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.