Senator Breslin Celebrates February As Black History Month

(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.”

February 4, 2013

Senator Breslin Applauds Supreme Court Decision To Uphold Affordable Care Act

(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.”

June 28, 2012

Senate Democratic Conference Continue Push on Women’s Health and Pay Equity

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.

June 5, 2012

Senator Breslin Elects Local Veteran Frank DiNuzzo Jr. for New York State's Veteran's Hall of Fame

Frank J. DiNuzzo, Jr. was born on May 8th, 1924 in Watervliet, NY to Italian immigrants. He joined the Army in 1943 and upon completion of basic training joined the 204th Combat Engineers. The unit prepared and trained in England for the invasion of France. Through the early days after the Normandy Invasion, the unit cleared the beachhead for follow-on forces. The 204th then moved into Northern France along the Maginot Line to clear a path for General Patton’s armor force. For three days, his unit heroically dug out hundreds of personnel and tank mines. For his actions, Frank was awarded the Bronze Star.

May 23, 2012

Frank J. DiNuzzo, Jr.

Frank J. DiNuzzo, Jr. was born on May 8th, 1924 in Watervliet, NY to Italian immigrants. He enlisted in the Army in 1943 and, upon completion of basic training, joined the 204th Combat Engineer Battalion. The unit prepared and trained in England for the invasion of France through Normandy. In the early days after the invasion, the unit cleared the beachhead for follow-on forces. The 204th then pushed into Northern France along the Maginot Line to clear a path for General Patton’s armor force. For three days his unit heroically dug out hundreds of personnel and tank mines. For his actions, Frank was awarded the Bronze Star.

May 18, 2012

Senator Breslin Honors Rev. Debra Jameson for the Senate's Annual "Women of Distinction" Program

The Senate's 'Women of Distinction" program provides a special opportunity to honor women throughout our State.  The program was created as part of the Senate's celebration of Women's History Month.  "There are remarkable women in out midst whose lives, work or special accomplishments contribute to making our communities better, making our families stronger and serve as special examples to others," stated Senator Breslin. "I am honored to name Rev. Debra Jameson  as my 2012 'Women of Distrinction' recipient."


May 16, 2012

The Senate Democratic Conference Held a Roundtable Discussion on Economic Issues Facing New York State Women

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.

May 16, 2012

Reverend Debra Jameson

Reverend Debra Jameson, an ordained minister in the Reformed Church of America since 1982, has served as a rural parish pastor in the Catskill towns of Shokan and Mt. Tremper, and in the urban setting of New York City. Over the years her journey has taken her beyond the church walls to ministries, including ecumenical consult for Project Hospitality in Staten Island, and for the Reformed Church Synod of New York in Brooklyn, Richmond, Rockland, and Westchester counties.

May 15, 2012

Senator Breslin Sponsored Bills to Benefit our Community Pass the Senate

(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.

May 11, 2012

Senator Breslin Announces Grant Awards for Local Libraries

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.

May 9, 2012

Senate Democratic Conference Pushes for Equitable Disbursement of Aid

After Senate Republicans Ignore Hundreds of School Districts the Senate Democratic Conference Proposes Legislation to Provide $25 Million in Aid to Schools Throughout all of New York State

(Albany, NY) – Senator Neil D. Breslin (D – Delmar) and his Senate Democratic Conference colleagues today brought a resolution to the Senate floor to provide $5 million in aid to schools.

Last Tuesday, late in the evening, the Republican Majority brought a resolution to the floor that provided almost $10 million to school districts only in Republican districts, without giving Democratic Senators an opportunity to read it before calling for a vote. “All students need the best possible education, not just those in Republican districts,” explained Senator Breslin.

May 7, 2012


Senator Breslin Urges Awareness and Advocacy

(Albany, NY) Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Delmar) recognizes April as Autism Awareness Month and encourages New Yorkers to learn more about autism and its effects on children and their families, as well as what can be done to help the cause.

Since the 1970s, April has been designated by the National Autism Society as National Autism Awareness Month in order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism. Only recently, however, has autism become a national focus as rates have skyrocketed.

April 3, 2012

Earth Day 2012 Poster Contest: District 46

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.   This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 46th Senatorial District.

Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state.  I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.

I am pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

April 1, 2012

Senator Breslin Shows Support for Rural and Small City Schools

I enjoyed speaking at the Rural and Small City School Lobby Day on February 29th. While we are facing tough economic times it critical that we remember that a long term solution to our economic problems is an investment in quality education for all students. For too long we have let our rural and small city schools carry an unfair burden. If we truly want to ensure all students receive a proper education we must redirect the competitive grant funding to school aid. We must allow the principles of fairness and equality to guide us in our school funding formulas.

March 7, 2012

Senator Breslin Helps Pass Legislation to Better Protect Minors from Drug Abuse

Law would increase penalty for criminal sale of control substance to minors under age of 14

(Albany, NY) Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Delmar) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation, S3210B, to combat the increase in drug use by young children and increase penalties for those who prey on youth. The new law will establish a more serious offense for the sale of a controlled substance to minors under the age of 14 by making it a class A-II felony.

February 17, 2012

Senator Breslin Fights to Bridge the Gap in Crime Detection

Calls for the Inclusion of Microstamping in the Upcoming Budget Proposal

(Albany, NY) – Senator Neil D. Breslin (D – Delmar) along with his fellow Senate Democrats and Assemblymembers, family members who have lost loved ones to gun violence, advocates and law enforcement, joined forces at the State Capitol to urge the State Senate to include microstamping in this year’s budget proposal. Microstamping, which connects shell casings from crime scenes to the first purchaser of a weapon, would provide law enforcement with a critical tool to solve gun crimes. Microstamping has passed the Assembly several times, but so far the Senate has been unwilling to approve it.

February 15, 2012

Senator Breslin Celebrates February as Black History Month

(Albany, NY) “February is a time to observe and remember the history of African American’s in our society, but also embolden ourselves in the continuing fight for social and economic justice,” said Senator Neil D. Breslin (D – Delmar), marking February as Black History Month.

The history of racism in the United States – in our economy, legal and justice system, as well as everyday life – is one often difficult to talk about, but which helps define every American, regardless of race or ethnicity. Recognizing the need to reflect on our roots every day, not just during the month of February, Senator Breslin observed that the celebrations, exhibits, and ceremonies dedicated this month to black history allow for both reflection and recommitting oneself to equality.

February 9, 2012