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.
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
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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.