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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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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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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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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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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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Senator Zeldin Attends Brentwood Clean Streets Project 2012

Hauppauge, NY - State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) attended the Brentwood Clean Streets Project 2012 this past Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Applebees in Hauppauge. Applebees hosted the many volunteers for breakfast before they headed out to Brentwood to clean the streets. Senator Zeldin (2nd from right) is pictured here with (from left to right): Applebees General Manager Evan Wayne, Development Coordinator for Youth Enrichment Services (YES) Marcos Maldonado, and Marvin Smith.

May 3, 2012
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Senator Lee Zeldin speaks with Victoria Mercouris recipient of the Girl Scouts Silver Award

May 01, 2012 -- Senator Lee Zeldin speaks with Victoria Mercouris recipient of the Girl Scouts Silver Award

May 2, 2012
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Senator Lee Zeldin Recognized by Central Islip School District for Restoration of Vital Building Aid

Central Islip, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) was recognized by the Central Islip School District this past Saturday, April 28, 2012, for his efforts in securing $36.6 million in vital building aid in the 2012-13 State Budget, previously promised to the district.

Due to paperwork delays of a previous school district administration, the State Education Department had insisted Central Islip pay back almost $14 million in aid already received and spent, while also refusing to release approximately $28 million that Central Islip had expected going forward. Working closely with Superintendent Craig Carr, Assemblyman Phil Ramos (D- Central Islip), and Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Zeldin was able to secure an agreement to prevent this from happening.

May 1, 2012
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Senator Lee Zeldin, Shirley, Mastic & Mastic Beach “Tri-Hamlet” Elected Officials, and Community Residents Unveil Tri-Hamlet Renaissance Project and Report

Mastic Beach, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), joined an array of elected officials representing the Tri-Hamlet community, local community leaders and residents, this past Sunday, April 29, 2012, at the William Floyd High School Library, to announce the Tri-Hamlet Renaissance Project and unveil a 33 page collaborative report detailing proposed projects that community leaders, including local elected officials from every layer of government, have agreed to work together towards achieving.

Senator Zeldin (above) is pictured here addressing the crowd of over one hundred Tri-Hamlet residents who came out in support of the project.

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May 1, 2012
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Senator Zeldin’s Gas Price Disclosure Legislation Passes Senate’s Consumer Protection Committee

Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, announced that his gas price disclosure legislation, S.7087, passed the committee today by a 9-0 vote.

April 30, 2012
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Shirley, Mastic & Mastic Beach “Tri-Hamlet” Elected Officials and Community Residents Unveil Tri-Hamlet Renaissance Project and Report

“Unprecedented Unified Effort Could Change Community Forever” ~ Senator Lee Zeldin

Mastic Beach, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Assemblyman Fred Thiele, Jr. (I- Sag Harbor), Assemblyman Dean Murray (R, C- East Patchogue), County Legislator Kate Browning (WFP, D- Shirley), Brookhaven Town Councilman Dan Panico (R, C, I- Manorville) and Mastic Beach Village Mayor Bill Biondi were all on hand today at the William Floyd High School Library to announce the Tri-Hamlet Renaissance Project and unveil a 33 page collaborative report detailing proposed projects that community leaders, including local elected officials from every layer of government, have agreed to work together towards achieving.

April 29, 2012
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Press Conference: Tri-Hamlet Renaissance Project Announcement

Mastic Beach, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) will be announcing the Tri-Hamlet Renaissance Project, a combined effort of elected officials and community leaders to find solutions to the most pressing issues facing the Tri-Hamlet Community, this Sunday, April 29, 2012, at the William Floyd High School Library in Mastic Beach. There are countless treasures throughout the Tri-Hamlet area, but there are also many challenges. A result of numerous planning meetings and one public forum, the "Tri-Hamlet Renaissance Project" was created to help face these challenges and enhance the quality of life in the Tri-Hamlet Community for generations to come.

April 29, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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