“Today, a terrible tragedy occurred in the city of Binghamton, in which a dozen people, possibly more, have lost their lives. A truly beautiful community is shaken to its core tonight. The people of Binghamton have always welcomed me with open arms, and on behalf of the State Senate, I am so very sorry for the pain that they are enduring. But I also know how strong this community is, and have no doubt they will overcome.
(Albany, NY) – The State Senate passed the FY2009-10 public protection budget today that includes many important reforms that will help our state and its public safety officers meet 21st Century needs. Most significant among these changes is the historic reform of the archaic, costly and ineffective Rockefeller Drug Laws. Among the reforms are a new commitment to drug treatment and the strengthening of penalties for drug kingpins and those who prey on children.
Senate’s Green Initiatives Institute Will Target Federal Money for New “Green” Jobs
(Albany, NY) A plan to establish a “green” jobs development institute, put federal money to work creating tens of thousands of new infrastructure jobs and getting more than 1,300 new cops on the street are just some of the job creation efforts included in this year’s budget passed today.
In all, more than 86,000 new jobs statewide are expected through key Senate-led proposals, including:
(Albany, NY) The FY 2009-10 Environmental Conservation State Budget which passed the State Senate today includes a number of sensible environmentally and economically sound policies that will remove recyclable goods from the waste stream, create additional revenue for the State, and help create thousands of new “green” jobs in a targeted way to maximize results.
ALBANY —The enacted 2009-10 State Budget approved today by the New York State Senate will fund agriculture programs at levels close to 43 percent higher than the Executive Budget had proposed, restoring critical programs and investing in the future of our farmers and producers.
(Albany, NY)- Today, Governor David A. Paterson, Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver and members of the Senate and the Assembly announced an historic three-way agreement calling for sweeping reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws. The agreement eliminates the ineffective and outdated sentencing law and focuses on treatment rather than punishment to end the deadly cycle of drug addiction.
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