Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno (R-I, Brunswick) today announced the creation of the Senate Task Force on High Speed Rail, a panel that will study the best way to link New York’s cities with high-speed trains, dramatically reducing travel time, stimulating new employment and firmly reestablishing New York’s place as a national transportation innovator and technology leader.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.4885-B), sponsored by Senator Thomas Libous (R-C, Binghamton), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, designed to enhance driver education, increase the accountability of drivers and create a more sensible work zone in which to travel. The legislation was passed as part of a three-way agreement between the senate, the governor, and the assembly."We must protect our families and workers from the potentially deadly consequences of reckless drivers or tragic accidents," said Senator Libous.
The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.5873), sponsored by Senator George Winner (R-C, Elmira), that would enact comprehensive reforms to more effectively regulate the lobbying of government entities. The landmark legislation represent the most sweeping reform and overhaul of the state’s lobbying law in generations."We’re finally shining a light on the practice of government contract lobbying. This new law will provide a great deal of disclosure and transparency," said Senator Winner.
Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno and members of the senate majority conference today called on the Assembly to act on legislation approved by the senate to strengthen Megan’s Law and the state’s Sex Offender Registry to protect the public from sexual predators.Senators were joined at a Capitol news conference today by Mark Lunsford of Florida. Lunsford’s nine year old daughter Jessica was killed by a convicted sex offender in Florida earlier this year.
Local emergency medical technicians will be able to respond to accident scenes and save more lives under legislation passed by the senate, Senator James L. Seward said today. Seward, chairman of the Senate Task Force on Volunteer Emergency Services, said the state senate has passed S. 4669, which allows EMTs to carry automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in their personal vehicles."This issue was brought to my attention by the Cincinnatus EMS squad," Seward said.
Governor George E. Pataki and Senator James L. Seward today announced nearly $1.6 million in grants for 23 trail-related projects across the state as part of the federal Recreational Trails Program. Projects in the 51st Senatorial District received funding, said Senator James L. Seward."The Empire State’s vast trail system offers a wide variety of opportunities for four-season recreation and exciting outdoor activities for New Yorkers and visitors," Governor Pataki said.
At a visit Friday in Cherry Valley Senator James L. Seward announced a $10,000 state grant for the Cherry Valley Fire Department. The funds will be used to purchase a thermal imaging camera for the department, which senses body heat to detect people trapped inside burning buildings. "I am proud to be here to help support an important part of rural New York -- our fire departments and the selfless volunteers who give of their time day in, day out," Sen. Seward said.
Senator James L. Seward today announced that Catherine T. Andrews of Mount Vision has been selected as a 2005 New York State "Woman of Distinction". "I am proud to honor Catherine T. Andrews as a woman of Distinction and prouder still of the recognition she has earned from her neighbors, colleagues and friends for her achievements on behalf of our community," said Senator Seward.Catherine Andrews has devoted much of her life toward the concerns of others. Catherine has taken care of cancer patients and others in need, to improve their quality of life.
Ten years after the enactment of legislation creating New York State’s Sex Offender Registry, the New York State Senate will act today on the "Tenth Anniversary Omnibus Sex Offender Registration Reform Act." The bill (S.4793-B) would strengthen Megan’s Law in 25 ways, including: mandatory notification by police when a registered sex offender moves into a community, lifetime registration of all sex offenders, requiring information about all levels of sex offenders to be posted on the Internet, and GPS monitoring for the worst offenders.
Senator James L. Seward today announced that R. Carol Coltrain of Middleburgh has been selected as a 2005 New York State "Woman of Distinction." "I am proud to honor R. Carol Coltrain as a woman of distinction and prouder still of the recognition she has earned from her neighbors, colleagues and friends for her achievements on behalf of her community," said Senator Seward.Putting "service above self" is a major influence for R. Carol Coltrain of Middleburgh.
Senator James L. Seward announced today that Cortland Memorial Hospital would benefit from a state grant of $250,000 to the Community Hospital Network of Central New York, a consortium of four component hospitals that focuses on developing management tools and broadly applicable solutions to the problems faced by health care institutions."The funding to the network provides specific help to Cortland Memorial Hospital," Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I-/Milford) said.
New York consumers will save an estimated $560 million over the next year as a result of a scheduled drop in the state sales tax from 4.25 percent to 4 percent beginning June 1, 2005."When we imposed the .25 percent bump as a temporary measure to help the state get through a tough time, we said it was temporary and set a date for its expiration. The reduction is not deferred, delayed or defeated," Senator James L. Seward said. "This is about shaving back what the state takes from its citizens and keeping the promise we made that the tax would sunset.
Ann Brigid Sullivan of Grove Street, Morris, has been confirmed by the state senate for a term on the board of visitors of the Broome Developmental Disabilities Services Office, Senator James L. Seward announced today. Seward is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which must consider nominations before they are acted upon by the full senate.Sullivan is a homemaker and parent of six children with disabilities. She has served on the board of governors of NYS Association for Retarded Citizens for 16 years and the board of directors of ARC Otsego for 18 years.
Senator James L. Seward today announced he’s filed legislation in the senate that is designed to improve the recruitment and retention of voluntary firefighters, especially important to the state’s rural areas. Seward’s legislation provides a personal income tax credit for every active volunteer firefighter and EMT (Senate bill 1333)."The state continues to see a shortage of volunteer firefighters and EMTs, particularly in our rural areas.
Senator James L. Seward will be in Catskill this week to speak at the Catskill "Honor a Veteran" ceremony on Armed Forces Day and to present a flag to a local honoree. The presentation will be held: * Saturday, May 21 -- Armed Forces Day;* 10:00 a.m.;* Greene County Office Building - Water Street Side;* 411 Main Street, Catskill.Two Gold Star mothers will be present to unveil a plaque.The press is invited to attend. -30-
The New York State Senate will act today on a package of legislation that would crack down on the production of dangerously addictive methampetamines by establishing tough criminal penalties for possessing the materials used to make "meth" and operating the laboratories used to manufacture the drug."Rural areas get targeted for the production of meth, for various reasons," Senator Seward said.