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Senator Onorato Continues Push For Greater Use Of Bipartisan, Senate And Assembly Conference Committees

State Senator George Onorato (D-Queens) recently joined with his Senate Minority colleagues in urging action on legislation he co-sponsors (S2293) that would establish a new Standing Committee on Conference to ensure that similar bills passed by the Senate and Assembly are routinely negotiated in an open, public forum. "As it stands now, conference committees are occasionally created to hammer out compromises on similar, but not identical, legislation approved by both houses," said Senator Onorato, noting that one of the most recent conference committees came together earlier this

March 6, 2006

Senator Onorato Joins Senate Colleagues In Approving Bills To Target Violence Against Children, Improve Protective Services

State Senator George Onorato (D-Queens) recently joined with his Senate colleagues to approve a package of bills designed to increase penalties for parents who murder their children, further crack down on incest, and help to prevent crimes against children before they happen. "We have all been stunned and horrified by the recent deaths of Nixzmary Brown and Quachon Brown at the hands of their parents or other household members," said Senator Onorato.

February 13, 2006

State Establishes New Centralized Hotline To Track Patient Care Complaints At Hospitals, Clinics And Treatment Centers

State Senator George Onorato (D-Queens) today announced that the State Health Department has initiated a new statewide hotline to help ensure quality care for patients in hospitals and other medical facilities throughout New York. "By establishing this centralized hotline, the state is making it easier for patients and their advocates to voice their complaints when they are unhappy with the care they receive in licensed hospitals, community clinics and treatment and diagnostic centers in New York," said Senator Onorato.

February 7, 2006

Senator Onorato Pushes Bill To Help Ensure Highway Safety

With two months of winter weather still ahead, State Senator George Onorato (D-Queens) is once again pushing his legislation (S.3465) requiring drivers in New York State to clean off their cars and trucks of accumulated snow, sleet and hail before heading out on the road. "This seems like such a common sense thing to do," said Senator Onorato, "but we’ve all driven behind someone who has snow blowing off their car roof directly into our line of vision or seen people operating a motor vehicle with snow or ice still obscuring their windows.

January 25, 2006

Senator Onorato Calls For Senate-assembly Cooperation On Sex Offender Legislation

State Senator George Onorato (D-Queens), who voted on January 9th to approve legislation requiring lifetime registration for all convicted sex offenders in New York, today said that it’s time for the Senate and Assembly to come together and negotiate a bill that both houses of the Legislature can accept and that the Governor will sign into law. "I joined with the vast majority of my Senate colleagues in passing a bill that would ensure that we know the whereabouts of all convicted sex offenders over the course of their entire lifetimes," said Senator Onorato.

January 10, 2006

Senator Onorato Urges Consumers To Order Free Copies Of Their Credit Reports Beginning In September

          Noting that New York State residents will become eligible to receive free copies of their credit reports beginning on September 1st, State Senator George Onorato (D-Queens) today urged his constituents to take advantage of this new opportunity to better track their credit histories and protect themselves against identity theft.          "Under a change to the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, New Yorkers will be able to order free copies of their credit reports from

August 10, 2005

Senator Onorato Joins With Minority Colleagues In Pushing Proposal To Lower Insurance Costs For Small Businesses

State Senator George Onorato (D-Queens), the ranking Minority member of the Senate Committee on Insurance, has joined with a number of his Senate Minority Conference colleagues in co-sponsoring new legislation aimed at helping small businesses better afford the cost of health insurance for their employees. Under the bill, a small business insurance pool would be created to allow small firms to group together and buy insurance at a lower rate through a state-negotiated plan. The proposal would aid businesses with at least two and up to 100 employees.

June 6, 2005

Senator Onorato Expresses Dismay At Weak Federal Regulations To Curb Power Plant Mercury Emissions

State Senator George Onorato (D-Queens), who wrote twice to the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last year to encourage the adoption of strict new rules to reduce power plant mercury emissions, is deeply disappointed that new EPA regulations announced on Monday "place the economic concerns of polluters over the need to protect the public health."In light of the weak federal rules, which allow for a "cap and trade" program permitting dirtier plants to purchase pollution credits instead of reducing emissions, the Queens lawmaker is calling on Governor Pataki to implement

March 17, 2005

Senator Onorato Urges Working Families To Learn About Programs That May Help Them Save Money On Taxes, Child Care, Health Insurance And Other Life Necessities

To help low- and moderate-income working families and individuals learn about various state and federal programs designed to help them make ends meet and stay healthy, State Senator George Onorato (D-Queens) is making available copies of the "2005 Helping Hands for Working Families Outreach Kit" prepared by the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA) in Albany. "These outreach materials are designed to help working families learn about tax credits available to them, low-cost health insurance opportunities, ways to pay for child care and other important govern

February 16, 2005

Senator Onorato Urges Nextel To Fully Respond To Concerns Of Community, Local Parents Regarding Cell Phone Towers

State Senator George Onorato (D-Queens), who wrote to the Nextel communications company in mid-December to protest the company’s placement of 12 cell phone towers near P.S. 122 in Long Island City, today said that, despite some recent concessions, “Nextel should quite simply remove this base station and respect the very valid concerns of our community.”The Senator noted that efforts by City Councilmember Peter Vallone, Jr., Assemblymember Michael Gianaris, Community Education Council #30, the Astoria Neighborhood Coalition, Community Board #1, P.S.

January 26, 2005

Senator Onorato Pledges To Continue Fight To Reform And Open Up State Senate Operations

Following yesterday’s vote on a series of Senate rules reforms that he believes “simply don’t go far enough to retire the New York State Legislature’s reputation as the most dysfunctional governing body in the nation,” State Senator George Onorato (D-Queens) pledged that he will continue working to make the State Senate’s operations more open, democratic and accountable to the public. Under the new rules adopted yesterday, the much-maligned practice of “empty-seat voting” was partially ended by requiring that senators be in their seats in the Senate chamber when legislation deemed

January 25, 2005
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