Senator Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) today announced that legislation (S.2503) he cosponsored to increase the penalties for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident has been passed by the New York State Senate.
“The tragic hit-and-run death of Erika Hughes, a 24-year-old Mastic resident and mother of a 15-month-old girl, and the subsequent insufficient punishment of the driver who struck her and left her to die, became the rallying cry in my Senate District for serious changes in the law,” said Senator Zeldin. Hughes’ killer only received a sentence of 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison.
Once again, Long Island is bracing for another significant weather event.
Below are contact numbers of where you can get storm-related information or services:
To report power outages or downed power lines:
Customers can report power outages to National Grid through the Long Island Power Authority’s (LIPA) hotline: 1-800-490-0075 or at 631-755-6900 or by visiting their Storm Central website at www.lipower.org/stormcenter from a computer or mobile device.
Task Force Makes 10 Initial Recommendations After Completing Tours of Storm Damaged Regions
Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley), Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Consumer Protection, today joined fellow committee members of the New York State Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery at a press conference held in Albany to announce the release of a preliminary report and recommendations on Sandy relief and storm planning.
The preliminary report and recommendations come after Task Force members toured storm damaged communities across Long Island, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and the Hudson Valley.
Senator Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley), Senator Ken LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R Merrick), Assemblyman Ed Hennessey (D, Medford) and Assemblyman Fred Thiele (I, Sag Harbor) announced today that they are cosponsoring legislation that would increase the penalties for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident. The bill was introduced this morning in the State Senate (S.2503).
“The tragedies we have experienced in recent years, like last month in Newtown, Connecticut, deeply concern me and the vast majority of our state and nation. The senseless taking of innocent lives is unacceptable in any capacity. In our Constitution are certain rights which provide the foundation of America’s greatness. Its Second Amendment in no uncertain terms guarantees the right of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.
Albany, NY- New York State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, announced that his bill, S.6608-A, which Governor Cuomo recently signed into law, takes effect this week.
The new law is designed to protect consumers from identity theft by making it illegal for individuals or businesses to request your Social Security Number (SSN) except for certain circumstances.
The Federal Trade Commission, Social Security Administration, General Accounting Office and others acknowledge that the widespread public exposure of personal information, especially SSNs, plays a significant role in identity theft.
This week, State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) was named to the New York State Senate Task Force for Hurricane Sandy Recovery.
As New York begins large-scale rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, this bipartisan Senate task force has been charged with undertaking some of the recovery’s biggest challenges.
As federal and state aid begins to materialize, task force members will play a pivotal role in developing the short and long-term plans to help bring back these communities. Each task force member represents one of New York State’s hardest hit areas and is thus uniquely qualified to pinpoint those neighborhoods and businesses most in need.
Central Islip, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I-Shirley), Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, held his second hearing to investigate circumstances surrounding Organized Retail Crime (ORC) this past Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at the Touro Law Center in Central Islip.
The focus of the hearing was to examine methods employed by the retail industry to combat ORC and to identify solutions to better address this growing criminal enterprise throughout New York State and around the Nation.
“On this Anniversary of September 11th, 2001, our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who lost their lives on that fateful day. Not only was 9/11 a day where the worst of human nature maliciously terrorized our great nation, it was also one where the best of our humanity shined through. Americans do not cower in the face of evil and adversity.
That is exactly what we saw on September 11, 2001, when the heroes of the FDNY and NYPD selflessly stormed the burning towers in an effort to save the lives of their fellow New Yorkers, many of them sacrificing their own in the process.
State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) released the following statement today in response to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) challenging the merits of Wednesday’s ruling by State Supreme Court Justice R. Bruce Cozzens, Jr.
Senator Zeldin also addressed the MTA’s threat to drastically increase fares and cut services as a result:
State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) today applauded the decision of State Supreme Court Justice R. Bruce Cozzins Jr., for ruling the MTA Payroll Tax unconstitutional. Senator Zeldin has been an outspoken critic of this tax which was created in May 2009 to bailout the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
“The MTA Payroll Tax is an unconstitutional, job killing tax, which should have never been passed in the first place,” said Senator Zeldin. “I was proud to lead the fight for a repeal in the State Legislature and am thankful that the New York State Supreme Court has ruled it unconstitutional. I congratulate the Plaintiffs of the lawsuit for fighting for this decision.”
Ronkonkoma, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) commended Governor Cuomo today for signing into law his legislation (S.7728/ A.10695) to protect and expand New York’s craft brewing industry.
In March, as the result of a Supreme Court ruling, an unexpected and significant tax burden was placed on New York brewers. This decision unfortunately struck down an important excise tax exemption for our craft breweries.
The state Senate today passed three bills to help grow and expand the craft beer industry in New York State. The bills, which represent a three-way agreement among the Senate, Assembly and Governor Cuomo, will protect an important tax benefit for small breweries that produce beer in New York, create a Farm Brewery license that will allow craft brewers to expand their operations through opening restaurants or selling new products and will exempt breweries that produce small batches of beer from paying an annual State Liquor Authority fee.
State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, announced Senate passage today of his legislative bill package designed to crack down on Organized Retail Crime (ORC).
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, organized retail theft is an industry that costs United States retailers about $30 billion per year. Supermarket losses account for $15 billion of that annual theft. Additionally, state and local governments are losing out on tens of millions of dollars annually in lost sales tax and excise fee revenue.
“It is critically important to do everything in our power to help New York's craft brewers succeed. This industry has thrived and expanded over the past decade while other industries have suffered and jobs have been lost. That’s why I, as the original Senate sponsor of this legislation, am excited to help announce an agreement to keep New York’s craft beer flowing.”
The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill that protects New Yorkers from intrusive or unwanted telemarketing practices. The bill (S7567A), sponsored by Senator Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley), regulates all telemarketers who do business in New York, wherever they may be located, and adds new consumer protections from unwelcome prerecorded calls, known as robocalls, from telemarketers.
“This legislation finally gives consumers the protections needed from unwanted telemarketers,” said Senator Zeldin, Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee. “By allowing individuals the ability to opt-out and by strengthening the state's registry for telemarketers, we will be reducing the flood of calls to protect New Yorkers."
In 2010, the State Education Department secured Race to the Top Funding from the U.S. Department of Education. In exchange for $700 Million in funding, the state education department made various commitments related to educational standards, testing, a teacher evaluation system, and data collection.