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DAILY NEWS: GOV. CUOMO SIGNS LAW THAT PROTECTS PUBLIC WORKERS WHO LEAVE THEIR JOBS FOR ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY

ALBANY - Gov. Cuomo on Thursday signed a new law that gives stronger employment protections to public workers who leave their jobs for active military duty.

Lawmakers recently approved the protections after the MTA laid off two employees-turned-soldiers last year as part of drastic cost-cutting measures.

The new law prohibits the state and other public employers from abolishing jobs that are open simply because a worker has been shipped overseas by the military.

July 22, 2011
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RECORDONLINE: NOW, VETS CAN GET DENTAL, VISION DISCOUNTS

By Michael Randall

NEW WINDSOR — Dental and vision care are not among the benefits returning veterans receive once they separate from the service.

But a new program aimed at filling that void was announced Thursday at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor.

It's not a government program but a private business venture called Smiling On America's Heroes, in which local lawyer and Orange County Republican Party Chairman Bill DeProspo is a principal.

July 22, 2011
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DAILY NEWS: NYS SENATORS PUSH "PROTECT OUR CHILDREN ACT"

BY CELESTE KATZ

Responding to to the high-profile child murder cases of Leiby Kletzky and Caylee Anthony, state Senate Republicans today introduced legislation to stiffen penalties against those who harm children.

July 21, 2011
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LoHud: Senate GOP introduces “Protect Our Children Act”

 

Following the brutal murder of a 8-year-old Brooklyn boy and the high-profile Casey Anthony trial, Senate Republicans introduced a bill today that would create a new crime punishing child killers with life behind bars.

The bill, introduced by a handful of Senate Republicans including Sens. Stephen Saland of Poughkeepsie and Greg Ball of Patterson, Putnam County, would enact more than two dozen new provisions or crimes, including new felony charges for hiding a child’s death or not reporting to police when one goes missing.

Ball, who had been pushing for a previous version of “Caylee’s Law,” had the most aggressive of the half-dozen quotes included in a press release announcing the new bill, saying that it’s “unthinkable that Casey Anthony would get off with anything less than the death penalty.” (READ MORE)

July 21, 2011
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Question of the Day: 'Caylee's Law'

One of the most shocking aspects of the recently concluded Casey Anthony trail was that no one, including Anthony, reported Caylee Anthony missing or dead until a month after her mysterious disappearance.

July 19, 2011
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Times-Herald: Lack of burial plots for veterans looms

7/4/2011 - Since the days when battles of the American Revolution were fought here, people in the mid-Hudson have sought to honor in death those local residents who have served the nation in uniform.

July 11, 2011
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Examiner: Putnam Leg. Moves Forward on Veterans’ Cemetery

7/1/2011 - The Putnam County Legislature voted 7-1 to agree to take on the perpetual care, operations and maintenance of a proposed veterans’ cemetery in Southeast – should it be built – at a special full meeting at the Historic Courthouse in Carmel Wednesday night. Legislators, though, expressed concerns over financial and environmental issues and added wording to the resolution to ensure the project wouldn’t move forward without them having a second shot at it with more time to research the plan. …

July 11, 2011
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Patch: Will the Property Tax Cap Lower Your Tax Bill?

7/3/2011 – Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a group of local lawmakers gathered on the lawn of a Pleasantville home last week to symbolically sign legislation creating the state’s first cap on annual property tax increases. The signing was at the home of Russell and Tara Klein, who said they pay more than $16,000 in property taxes each year. …

July 11, 2011
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LoHud: Vietnam memorial replica will come to Putnam; vets raise money

7/4/2011 - Former service members, families and friends will have a chance to remember those who fell in the Vietnam War when a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial comes to Putnam County.

July 11, 2011
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Patch: Is there Enough Mandate Relief With the Tax Cap?

7/5/2011 - The new property tax cap, which limits annual increases to the lesser of 2 percent or inflation – contains several provisions that relief municipalities and school districts relief from state mandates. The question, however, is whether or not they go far enough.

July 11, 2011
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Lewisboro Ledger: New York caps property taxes

7/7/2011 - New York state’s first ever property tax cap was passed recently, bringing some relief to one of the country’s highest-taxed areas. Approved on June 24, the bill limits property tax levy increases to 2% or the rate of inflation, whichever is less.

July 11, 2011
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