Legislation Would Increase Penalties for the Sale of Opioids; Provide Local Rehabilitation Services; Extend Insurance Coverage; Reduce Overdoses and Teen Heroin Abuse
(Albany, NY) Senator Breslin today announced the introduction of six Senate bills to combat the heroin and opioid abuse crisis impacting communities throughout New York. Bills included in this legislative package would increase penalties for selling opioids resulting in death, equip first responders with overdose stopping drugs, require health insurance providers to cover rehabilitation and anti-addiction medications, create a teen heroin abuse PSA campaign and provide opioid rehabilitation services in communities.
(Albany , NY) Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Delmar)today urged New Yorkers to recognize February as Black History Month.
“This month is a time to remind ourselves of the many accomplishments and contributions made by African Americans and celebrate their history,” Senator Breslin said. “Black History is American history. It touches the life of every American, and drives us to recommit ourselves to our shared fight for social and economic justice.”
(Albany, NY) Senator Neil D. Breslin D - Delmar reminds all New Yorker’s that Monday, January 20th 2014, was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This milestone is an excellent opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a harmonious society.
(Albany, NY) Senator Neil D. Breslin (D- Delmar) today announced that Governor Cuomo has signed into law a bill which will provide additional funds to the Office of People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). These funds will ensure that OPWDD is able to provide adequate funds for nonprofit services which rely on state aid.
( Albany, NY) Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Delmar) is pleased to announce the passage of a bill which will establish incentives and tax credits for investments in solar energy, and extend existing programs.
“Investing in green technologies for New York is crucial to protecting our environment and improving the economy,” Senator Breslin said. “Establishing tax credits and incentives for investment in solar energy will attract large-scale businesses to our state, creating jobs and boosting state revenue.”
(Albany, NY) Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Delmar) reminds all New Yorkers that April 22nd is Earth Day and encourages everyone to make a commitment to protecting the planet, ensuring clean air and fresh water for generations to come.
“Protecting the people of New York goes hand-in-hand with protecting the environment,” Senator Breslin explained. “By working together to ‘Go Green,’ we can protect our neighborhoods and communities, as well as create countless job and economic development opportunities in green technology to propel our economy through the 21st Century.”
(Albany, NY) This April Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Delmar) is encouraging all New Yorker’s to take the time to recognize the significance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the ways in which awareness and advocacy can be reached not only in this month, but all year round.
“Sexual violence is one of the most prominent safety issues for women not only in New York but throughout the country,” Senator Breslin said. “Having the proper resources and information readily available can make the difference between discouragement and empowerment and change feelings of oppression into strength.”
This program helps low-income individuals and families with their heating bills. The Care & Share Energy Fund Program is a one-time per season grant for HEAP eligible National Grid customers. To apply, please contact Senator Breslin’s office at (518) 455-2225.
(Albany, NY) Senator Breslin joined with members of the Senate Democratic Conference to bring legislation to the Senate floor which would have amended the State Budget to grow the state economy and help put New Yorkers back to work. All of these legislative measures were voted down by the Senate Republican/IDC Coalition.
(Albany, NY) Senator Neil Breslin is honored to announce his recent appointment to the Legislative Ethics Commission.
The Legislative Ethics Commission was created by the Public Employees Ethics Reform Act of 2007. This legislation expanded the former Legislative Ethics Committee and revised the provisions of the Public Officers Law under the Commission's jurisdiction.
Reflects on Women’s Accomplishments, New York’s Contributions to Empowerment, and Encourages Volunteerism
(Albany, NY) Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Delmar) is reminding all New Yorkers that March is Women’s History Month, an opportunity to reflect on how women have shaped our society, government, culture and all aspects of our lives, as well as to raise awareness about the inequalities that remain.
Senator Breslin pointed out that this month is a great time for volunteers to help women in the community while also focusing on the work that still has to be done, particularly to ensure equal pay for equal work and the protection of women’s health rights.
(Albany, NY) Senator Neil D. Breslin (D - Delmar) today joined with members of the Senate Democratic Conference to call for immediate action to raise the New York State minimum wage and index future increases to the rate of inflation.
(Albany, NY) Senator Neil D. Breslin (D – Delmar) is pleased to announce that the New York State Senate approved the nomination of Jenny Rivera to the New York Court of Appeals. Governor Andrew Cuomo selected Jenny Rivera from a list of seven candidates to succeed Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick. Jenny Rivera is now the second Hispanic woman to sit on the Court.
(Albany, NY) Originating in 1926 as “Negro History Week”, historian Carter G. Woodson chose February for this celebration because the second week of the month marks the birthdays of both President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass. The week of recognition and celebration became recognized and extended to the entire month of February.
Marking February as Black History Month, Senator Breslin said, “This is a time to remember and celebrate the history of African Americans in our society and the many accomplishments made by the African American community. We must also recommit ourselves to fight for social and economic justice.”
(Albany, NY) Senator Neil D. Breslin (D- Delmar) applauded today’s 5-4 Supreme Court decision to maintain the vast majority of President Obama’s ambitious healthcare legislation, the Affordable Care Act. The main point of disagreement between supporters and opponents of the President’s legislation was the individual health insurance mandate requirement, which was officially upheld as constitutional.
“Common sense prevailed today as the Supreme Court confirmed the constitutionality of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act,” Senator Breslin said. “With today’s decision behind us, it is time for us to come together and ensure that all New Yorkers are guaranteed access to the quality health care they deserve.”
Host Women’s Health Forum and Push Hostile Amendments to Force Senate Republican Action
(Albany, NY) The Senate Democratic Conference today continued a sustained push on important women’s issues including women’s health and workplace equality. The Senate Democrats hosted a public forum on the issue of women’s health organized to discuss legislation sponsored by members of the Democratic Conference which the Senate Republican Majority has refused to move out of committee and bring to the floor for a vote. Health professionals and advocates joined Democratic Senators to discuss the issue of women’s health and the bills currently awaiting Senate action.
A call for Legislative Action to Confront Inequity in the Workforce
( Albany, NY) Senator Neil D. Breslin (D – Delmar) reported that the Democratic Conference this week held a roundtable discussion on the inequity women face in the work force. Experts and advocates participated in the roundtable discussion on legislation that would strengthen our state’s economy and promote workplace fairness.
Despite federal and state laws banning discrimination in employment and pay, it is clear that there are still wage differentials amongst employees within the same jobs or in jobs that require the same skills, responsibility, and working conditions.
(Albany, NY) Senator Neil D. Breslin (D – Delmar) reported that three bills he prime sponsored to benefit our local community all passed the Senate this week. The first, S.1642, will help to finance the construction of certain facilities for the St. Andrew's Foundation, the Scottish Society of Hudson's Valley, Ltd. The St. Andrew's Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization formed to promote an appreciation of Scottish history, heritage and traditions, including Scottish influence on the settlement and evolution of America.
ALBANY, NY - Senator Neil D. Breslin (D – Delmar) announced that five libraries in his district have been awarded grants from the public library construction grant fund. The libraries are Albany Public Library, Altamont Free Library, Guilderland Public Library, Berne Public Library and the Rensselaerville Library.
“New York’s public libraries are in urgent need of renovation and upgrading,” explained Breslin. A recent survey showed a documented need for public library construction and renovation projects totaling more than $2.53 billion. More than 40% of the over 1,000 public library buildings in communities across New York are over 60 years old. Another 30% are more than three decades old.