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Statement from Senator Sampson regarding Hurricane Sandy

I write today in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, one of the most devastating natural disasters that New York City has ever faced.  I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to those who lost loved ones during the storm.  I would also like to publicly thank the brave men and women of the New York City Police and Fire Departments as well as first responders throughout the area for their valiant efforts during the hurricane.  I have no doubt that without their heroism and dedication our losses would have been much higher.

October 30, 2012
October 30, 2012

Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson on Supreme Court Decision To Uphold Affordable Care Act

“Today’s decision is great news for working class New Yorkers. I applaud the Supreme Court for their decision. Our conference was proud to stand with Governor Cuomo in supporting theestablishment of a health exchange here in New York in accordance with the federal law.Unfortunately, the Senate Republicans held the health and well-being of New Yorkers hostage byrefusing to pass this exchange legislatively and instead forced the Governor to use his executive prerogative. Thankfully the Senate Republicans’ radical Tea Party agenda has been thwarted. Iwould hope now we can move forward in ensuring New Yorkers are no longer denied access tothe quality and affordable health care they deserve.”

June 28, 2012

Statement from Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson on the Domestic Violence Agreement

“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.”

June 11, 2012

Statement from Senate Democratic Leader John L. Sampson Regarding the Decision by Senator Tom Duane to Retire from the State Senate

“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.

June 4, 2012

Statement from Senate Democratic Spokesman Mike Murphy on Siena Poll

“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.”

May 14, 2012

Statement from Senate Democratic Leader John L. Sampson on President Obama's Support of Marriage Equality

“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.”

May 9, 2012

Senate Republican Conference Votes Down Six Pieces of Legislation Which Would Provide Aid and Opportunities to New Yorkers

Health Care Exchange Legislation Would Ensure Better Insurance Options and Protection for Many Currently without Coverage

DREAM Act and Increased Foundation Aid Would Provide Greater Access and Resources for New York’s Education System

April 3, 2012

Senate Democrats Urge Republicans to Include Key Programs in Final Budget

(Albany, NY) The Senate Democratic Conference today urged their Republican colleagues to include a number of key initiatives into the chamber’s budget proposal.

March 22, 2012


(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.

December 15, 2011