“With today’s announcement about an agreement on comprehensive legislation to strengthen New York’s domestic violence laws, our state has taken a positive step in combating this societal epidemic. The Senate Democratic Conference recently held a public forum and has sponsored multiple bills intended to combat domestic violence and provide dignity and greater protection to the victims of this terrible crime. I commend the Governor for his leadership on this important issue and look forward to working with his administration to ensure that all New Yorkers are protected.”
“I want to congratulate my friend and colleague Tom Duane upon his announced retirement. It has been a profound honor to serve with Tom Duane over the past 14 years, because he has never backed down from a fight, and his efforts have made New York a better place.
“Today's Siena Poll confirms that, by a nearly 20% margin, New Yorkers believe that Senate Democrats better represent their values. Whether it is raising the minimum wage, protecting women's health or standing up for the environment New Yorkers agree with the Senate Democrats' agenda and prefer that the Senate returns to Democratic control this November.”
“I am so glad and proud that the President has announced his support for true marriage equality.Last year, the Senate Democratic Conference provided the overwhelming majority of votes to passsame sex marriage in New York. Today, I am hopeful that with the help of President Obama thiswave of equality will spread across the Country and all citizens will experience true equality.”
(BROOKLYN, NEW YORK): Democratic Conference Leader, State Senator John L. Sampson, told a gathering of the faith community leadership in his district that present-day challenges demand that they change their operational paradigms and become more involved in community-building.
We need to create good-paying jobs for the middle class. We must finally reverse the job losses that have forced generations of New Yorkers to leave our state in order to support their families. By investing in small businesses and providing smart tax credits to spur job creation, we can create the lasting jobs and strong businesses New York needs to sustain economic growth.
“Access to safe drinking water affects families across regions and county lines and without regard to party lines. Much of the Southern Tier, Central New York, the Hudson Valley, and New York City all draw their water from the area proposed to be explored from the Marcellus Shale. We don’t need to look any further than the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico to recognize the importance of fully understanding the impact of drilling before breaking ground. Senator Thompson’s legislation is sound policy that will keep New York’s water supply safe for all families, and I hope members from both sides of the aisle can come together to ensure any action commences according to the highest standards of accountability.”
In an effort to cut down on waste, increase productivity within state offices and to save trees and the environment, ARRC in association with the Governor's Office of Regulatory Reform and the Department of State have collaborated on a green initiative to electronically distribute proposed agency regulations.
Gas exploration companies have set their sights on the Marcellus Shale region of New York State for purposes of obtaining millions of cubic feet of natural gas. New York City officials and residents are concerned the process of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale will pollute the New York City watershed which is located nearby. Senator John L. Sampson instructed staff at the Administrative Regulations Review Commission to review the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) efforts to promulgate new regulations dealing with Marcellus Shale drilling.
Senator John L. Sampson commented on a proposed rule issued by the State Tax and Finance Department entitled Consumer Bill of Rights Regarding Tax Preparers (TAF-07-09-11-P). Senator Sampson asked the Department to revise the rule to conform with statutory language by including the definition of a “refund anticipation check,” and the term “refund.” In addition, Senator Sampson believed consumers may get confused about the regulation’s terms of refund, refund anticipation check and refund anticipation loan. Senator Sampson asked the Department to make certain consumers are aware of the complete definitions of the terms and that they would be displayed on both the Tax and Finance web site and the Consumer Protection Board web site.
After more than seven long months of hard, sometimes hostile, political and public debate an historic reform of the United States healthcare system is now a done deal. President Barack Obama has gotten back his political mojo and helped deliver what is bound to be the most important legacy of his presidency.
Brooklyn, New York: Majority Conference Leader Senator John L. Sampson (D-19th SD) recently held a very successful “Homeowners’ Assistance and Financial Wellness Seminar”at Holy Family Church in the Canarsie Section of his district.