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Statement by Senator George Onorato

 State Senator George Onorato (D-Queens) made the following statement regarding the 2009-2010 State Budget which received final passage by the Senate on April 3: "The 2009-2010 State Budget is by no means a perfect plan, but it does address a yawning $17.7 billion budget deficit without decimating New York’s commitment to health care, education, college aid, job creation, our environment and any number of programs that are vital to our state’s residents and the overall future of the Empire State.

April 6, 2009
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Senator Onorato Applauds $350 Million Reinvestment in New York's Film Production Tax Credit Program

State Senator George Onorato (D-Queens), who consistently stressed the significant economic importance of New York State’s film and television production tax credit throughout negotiations on the 2009-2010 State Budget, today noted that the program was provided with $350 million in the final state spending plan approved by the State Legislature last week."During such dire fiscal times as these, I am particularly pleased that we were able to reinvest in this important program," said Senator Onorato, whose Queens Senate district is home to both Sil

April 6, 2009
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News From New York State Senator George Onorato Chairman, Senate Standing Committee on Labor

 STATEMENT BY SENATOR GEORGE ONORATOState Senator George Onorato (D-Queens), the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Labor, made the following statement regarding President Obama’s decision to nominate New York State Department of Labor Commissioner M.

March 20, 2009
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Senator George Onorato Calls for Department of Transportation Safety Study at Columbus Triangle in Astoria

March 17, 2009

Honorable Janette Sadik-KhanCommissionerNew York City Department of Transportation40 Worth StreetNew York, NY  10013

Dear Commissioner Sadik-Khan:

March 17, 2009
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North Shore Marine Transfer Station letter from State Senator George Onorato

March 12, 2009

Honorable Carmine GalloEastern Region Regional AdministratorFederal Aviation Administration 1 Aviation PlazaJamaica, NY 11434-4807

Colonel Aniello L. TortoraCommander and District EngineerUS Army Corps of Engineers, NY DistrictJacob K. Javits Federal Building26 Federal Plaza, Room 2109New York, NY 10278-0090

Honorable Alexander "Pete" GrannisCommissionerNew York State Department ofEnvironmental Conservation625 BroadwayAlbany, NY 12233-0001

March 12, 2009
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March 12, 2009
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State Senator George Onorato (d-queens) Recently Sent The Following Letter To New York Power Authority President Richard Kessel Regarding The Pending Closure Of The Charles Poletti Power Plant In Astoria, Queens:

                                                                   February 4, 2009Honorable Richard KesselPresident & Chief Executive OfficerNew York Power Authority123 Main StreetWhite Plains, NY&

February 5, 2009
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Senator George Onorato Recently Sent The Following Letter To The State Health Department Regarding The Fate Of St. John's Hospital And Mary Immaculate Hospital In Queens:

January 23, 2009

Honorable Richard F. Daines, MDCommissionerNew York State Department Of HealthCorning Tower, Empire State PlazaAlbany, NY  12237

Dear Commissioner Daines:

January 29, 2009
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Senator Onorato Recently Sent The Following Letter To The New York State Public Service Commission Regarding Consolidated Edison's Most Recent Rate Increase Request:

January 16, 2009

Garry A. BrownChairmanNew York State PublicService CommissionAgency Building #3Empire State PlazaAlbany, NY 12223

Dear Chairman Brown:

January 29, 2009
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State Senator George Onorato (D-Queens) Made The Following Statement In Response To Governor David Paterson’s State Of The State Message To The Legislature On January 8th

            “To borrow from the great author Charles Dickens, the opening day of the 2009 legislative session could easily be described as the best of times, and as the worst of times.  

January 8, 2009
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State Senator George Onorato (D-Queens) today sent the following letter to New York City Department

Dear Commissioner Mendez-Santiago:

I recently learned from a number of concerned community members that the New York City Department for the Aging is contemplating the closure of St. Mary's Senior Center in Long Island City, as well as a plan to bus area seniors to other centers. If this is so, I want to express my strong opposition to this move, and to ask why local elected officials and community members were not consulted on this wrong-headed decision.

March 13, 2008
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Statement by Senator George Onorato

Senator George Onorato (D-Queens) today issued the following statement regarding the April 18th decision by the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) to move forward with a prudence investigation into the events resulting in the July, 2006 blackout in Western Queens:

March 13, 2008
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State Senator George Onorato (D-Queens) today sent the following letter to Jaclyn Brilling, Secretary

Honorable Jaclyn A. BrillingSecretaryNew York State Public Service Commission3 Empire State PlazaAlbany, NY 12223-1350

Re: CASE 06-E-0894 -- Proceeding on Motion of the Commission to Investigatethe Electric Power Outages in Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.'s Long Island City Electric Network

Dear Secretary Brilling:

March 13, 2008
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State Senator George Onorato (d-queens) Has Submitted The Following Formal Comments To The New York State Public Service Commission Regarding The $1.225 Billion Electric Rate Increase Request Submitted By Consolidated Edison:

January 23, 2008

Jaclyn A. BrillingSecretaryNew York State PublicService CommissionThree Empire State PlazaAlbany, NY 12223-1350RE: Case 07-E-0523 Consolidated Edison of New York, Inc.

January 23, 2008
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Senator Onorato Applauds Attorney General's New Legal Action To Compel Cleanup Of Newtown Creek

State Senator George Onorato (D-Queens) today commended New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for filing an important new federal lawsuit against ExxonMobil to compel the oil company giant to clean up a massive underground oil spill in Greenpoint, Brooklyn as well as the notoriously polluted Newtown Creek that separates Brooklyn from Queens.

"I applaud Attorney General Cuomo's commitment to the environment and to the health and well-being of the residents of Greenpoint and my constituents in Western Queens whose neighborhoods border the shores of Newtown Creek," said Senator

July 19, 2007
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State Senator George Onorato (d-queens) Today Sent The Following Letter To New York City Department For The Aging Commissioner Edwin Mendez-santiago Regarding The Potential Closure Of St. Mary's Senior Center In Long Island City

Dear Commissioner Mendez-Santiago:I recently learned from a number of concerned community members that the New York City Department for the Aging is contemplating the closure of St. Mary's Senior Center in Long Island City, as well as a plan to bus area seniors to other centers. If this is so, I want to express my strong opposition to this move, and to ask why local elected officials and community members were not consulted on this wrong-headed decision.St.

May 7, 2007
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Senator Onorato Pushes Bill To Ensure Health Insurance Benefits For Part-time Workers

As the debate continues to rage in New York State and across the nation on the best way to aid uninsured workers, State Senator George Onorato (D-Queens) is continuing to push his legislation (S3474) that would expand health insurance coverage for many of the state’s part-time employees. "In New York State alone, approximately three million people lack health insurance," said Senator Onorato, the rankingMinority member of the Senate Insurance Committee.

May 24, 2006
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Senator Onorato Sponsors New Legislation To Help Foil Identity Thieves

In an effort to protect his constituents and consumers statewide from identity theft, State Senator George Onorato (D-Queens) is sponsoring new legislation (S6363) that would prohibit credit card companies from mailing "convenience checks" to their customers without their prior knowledge or consent. "Almost everyone who has a credit card has received unsolicited convenience checks in the mail that can be used to transfer balances from other cards or make purchases," said Senator Onorato.

April 5, 2006
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