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SENATE PASSES BILLS TO GROW CRAFT BREWING INDUSTRY IN NEW YORK

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.

June 18, 2012
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New York State Senate Passes Legislative Package To Crack Down on Organized Retail Crime

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.

The legislative package consists of five bills:

S.6956-A:

June 18, 2012
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Statement from Senator Lee M. Zeldin: New York Craft Beer Tax Credit

“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.”

June 14, 2012
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SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL PROTECTING CONSUMERS FROM INTRUSIVE TELEMARKETERS

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."

June 13, 2012
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June 13, 2012
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June 13, 2012
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Senate Passes Legislation to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse

In response to the escalating problem of prescription drug abuse, the state Senate today passed legislation that would make significant changes to the way prescription drugs are distributed and monitored in New York State.

The bill (S7637), sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island) and Senator Kemp Hannon (R, Nassau), Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, includes “real time” prescription tracking to provide more information to doctors and pharmacists, in an effort to prevent deaths from abuse and overdoses of prescription drugs, particularly painkillers.

June 12, 2012
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Senator Lee Zeldin Votes to Restore the Middle Class STAR Rebate Program

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) announced Senate approval today of legislation he co-sponsored to restore the Middle Class STAR Rebate check program.

This program was originally designed to give relief to overtaxed property owners. Unfortunately, the property tax rebate was repealed in 2009 under the leadership of the former NYC based Senate Democratic Majority. This is an important program that gives help to homeowners who are struggling to pay local property taxes. With homeowners experiencing difficulty with their finances because of the troubled state of our economy, it is more important than ever to re-instate the STAR Rebate Program.

June 6, 2012
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New York State Senate Committee on Consumer Protection Targets Organized Retail Crimes

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, held a hearing today on Organized Retail Crimes (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.

Last week, the Consumer Protection Committee, passed a package of six bills (S.6954-A, S.6955-A, S.6956, S.6957-A, S.6958-B and S6959-A) designed to crack down on ORC. The legislation now awaits final senate approval.

June 5, 2012
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Senator Lee Zeldin Targets Organized Retail Crimes

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, announced legislative action on a bill package designed to crack down on Organized Retail Crime (ORC). The legislation (S.6954-A, S.6955-A, S.6956, S.6957-A, S.6958-B and S6959-A) passed in today’s committee meeting and will now be reported to the Senate floor for final approval.

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.

May 30, 2012
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Remember Our Veterans This Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a time to pause for reflection and remembrance of our many brave veterans who have fought and died to protect the rights and liberties we all enjoy as Americans. For over two hundred years, patriots have time and again answered our country’s call to defend our constitution, freedoms, and liberties. Some courageously paid the ultimate price.

May 24, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Consumer Protection Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection Senator Lee Zeldin, Chair 1:00 PM, Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Room 801 LOB

May 30, 1:00 PM - 1:04 PM
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First Annual Tri-Hamlet Community Day

FIRST ANNUAL TRI-HAMLET COMMUNITY DAY

SATURDAY JUNE 9TH 2012 10AM TO 4PM

A Special Project from the Marketing Work Group

WILLIAM FLOYD ESTATE: Learn more about one of our nation’s founding fathers, William Floyd, with a tour of this national landmark. Tours will be conducted throughout the day.

VILLAGE OF MASTIC BEACH TOWN SQUARE: Go back in time with a classic 1950’s style car show and get a real taste of our community as you enjoy a wide array of food vendors throughout the town square

June 9, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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First Annual Tri-Hamlet Community Day

FIRST ANNUAL TRI-HAMLET COMMUNITY DAY

SATURDAY JUNE 9TH 2012 10AM TO 4PM

A Special Project from the Marketing Work Group

WILLIAM FLOYD ESTATE: Learn more about one of our nation’s founding fathers, William Floyd, with a tour of this national landmark. Tours will be conducted throughout the day.

VILLAGE OF MASTIC BEACH TOWN SQUARE: Go back in time with a classic 1950’s style car show and get a real taste of our community as you enjoy a wide array of food vendors throughout the town square

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First Annual Tri-Hamlet Community Day

May 24, 2012
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Public Hearing: To investigate circumstances surrounding organized retail crime and stolen goods; to examine methods employed by the industry to combat these growing problems;

Senate Standing Committee on Consumer ProtectionChair: Senator Lee M. ZeldinPublic Hearing: To investigate circumstances surrounding organized retail crime and stolen goods; to examine methods employed by the industry to combat these growing problems; to assess the impact on consumers; and to discuss ways to assist law enforcement in preventing these crimesPlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor,Albany, New YorkTime: 11:00 A.M.Contact: Jennifer Slagen (518) 455-3570Media Contact: Marcus Povinelli (518) 455-3570ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

June 5, 11:00 AM - 12:37 PM
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Senator Zeldin's 2012 Veterans' Hall of Fame Recipient: Michael J. Esposito, Jr.

On the 18th of March 2004, Sergeant Michael Esposito distinguished himself in combat with anti-coalition militants while serving as a team leader with Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment (Task Force Courage). His heroism and bravery while leading his team under direct fire served as an inspiration to his peers and subordinates, and his actions contributed significantly to his success of his unit in the war on terror.

May 18, 2012
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Ginny Salerno

Ginny Salerno’s life changed when she returned from a national breast cancer walk in 2002. Inspired by her experience, she decided to bring a multi-day walk to Long Island where 100 percent of the funds raised would stay on Long Island to be distributed by grassroots breast cancer service and support organizations. With sheer determination, family, friends and the support from local politicians and businesses, the inaugural LI2Day Breast Cancer Walk took place in Suff olk County in June 2004 and raised $308,000.

May 15, 2012
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Legislation Announced to Protect Jobs at NY Breweries

Statement by New York State Senator Lee M. Zeldin

“Across Long Island, and all throughout New York, the craft brewing industry has thrived and expanded over the past decade. As the result of a recent Supreme Court ruling, an unexpected and significant tax burden has been recently placed on New York brewers. This decision unfortunately struck down an important excise tax exemption. For the economic boom in this industry to continue, we must take action in response to this recent court case.

Our bi-partisan legislative efforts would give New York Brewers a Production Credit of 14 cents per gallon of beer produced in New York for the first 6.2 million gallons produced in the taxable year.

May 6, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Consumer Protection Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection Senator Lee Zeldin, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, May 21, 2012 Room 801 LOB

May 21, 1:00 PM - 1:11 PM
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