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SENATE REPUBLICANS PROPOSE COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY PLAN

SENATE REPUBLICANS PROPOSE COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY PLANMaking College Affordable for Middle Class Families Through:

May 15, 2012
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Mary Elizabeth Delli-Pizzi

Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Delli-Pizzi was raised in Maine and started her distinguished journey after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from Springfield College. Upon graduation, Ms. Delli-Pizzi moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked for the late Senator Ted Kennedy.

After getting a taste of the political life, Ms. Delli-Pizzi decided to pursue a paralegal degree from Georgetown University, from which she graduated in 1983. Following this accomplishment, she went on to Suffolk University Law School and graduated with her Juris Doctorate in 1991. Her accomplishments did not come without hard work. While attending Suffolk University at night, Ms. Delli-Pizzi worked full-time during the day at Hale and Dorr, at the time the largest law firm in Boston.

May 14, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT TEENS FROM SEXUAL PREDATORS AT SCHOOLS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would make it a crime for school employees to engage in sexual activity with students, including those who are older than New York’s legal age of consent. The bill (S.6714), sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury), addresses inappropriate student-school employee relationships by criminalizing sexual conduct between school employees and full-time students of elementary and secondary schools.

May 14, 2012
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SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO IRAN DIVESTMENT ACT EXPANSION

      The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to an expansion of the Iran Divestment Act.  The bill (S.6462), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, includes state and local public authorities, the State University of New York, and the City University of New York among the governmental entities prohibited from entering into new or renewed contracts with companies that provide goods, services or credit worth $20 million or more to Iran's energy. The Assembly has already approved the legislation (A.9224), which is sponsored by Speaker Sheldon Silver.

May 9, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO REQUIRE IMMEDIATE INVESTIGATION BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OF ABUSE IN STATE FACILITIES

SENATE PASSES BILL TO REQUIRE IMMEDIATE INVESTIGATION BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OF ABUSE IN STATE FACILITIESMeasure Provides Timely Notification to Law Enforcement of Abuse of Children in Residential Care    The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie), that would modify current reporting procedures involving the abuse of children in residential care.      The measure (S.6563) guarantees that reports of certain abuse will be immediately forwarded to law enforcement.  The passage of this legislation comes amidst the latest announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo of his proposal to establish the Justice Center for the Protection of Persons with Special Needs.

May 8, 2012
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SENATOR JOHNSON SPONSORS LEGISLATION TO PROTECT MARINE AND NATIVE SPECIES

Seagrass Protection Act, Invasive Species Awareness Helps Address Threats to Important EcosystemsThe New York State Senate passed legislation to protect marine habitat and the continued viability of commercial and recreational fishing. The bill (S.4287B), sponsored by Senator Owen Johnson (R-C, Babylon), establishes the Seagrass Protection Act  to address threats to these ecologically important species.

May 8, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL PROTECTING HOMEOWNERS WHO MAKE CHANGES TO ACCOMMODATE OLDER RELATIVES OR DISABLED PEOPLE

    The New York State Senate yesterday passed a bill (S.638), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), which allows local governments to authorize property tax exemptions for people who make improvements or changes to their homes to accommodate senior relatives or disabled people. The legislation means that homeowners are able to add on to their homes for this purpose without having to pay higher taxes resulting from increased property assessments.

May 8, 2012
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Audible Crosswalk Installation in West Babylon

Senator Owen H. Johnson joined AMVETS, Suffolk County Independent Living Organization (SILO) members, local officials and advocates for the disabled on March 23, 2012 to celebrate the installation of an audible crosswalk at the intersection of Route 109 and Great East Neck Road in West Babylon.  The audible crosswalk, giving an audible cue when it's safe to cross the intersection, is invaluable to the visually impaired in the West Babylon community.  It also makes a safer crossing for the physically challenged as well as senior citizens and moms with children in tow.

May 4, 2012
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Please make the pledge NOT to text and drive! 109 tickets were issued for texting while driving in Suffolk County from April 23 to April 29, 2012.

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES MORE THAN 3,000 TICKETS ISSUED DURING SECOND OPERATION HANG-UPSecond Enhanced Enforcement Campaign Continues To Crack Down on Motorists that Illegally Use a Hand-Held DeviceGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the New York State Police issued 3,172 tickets for texting-while-driving violations during the second Operation Hang Up campaign held from April 23 to April 29, 2012.

May 4, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES FRESHCONNECT GRANTS TO HELP PROVIDE LOW-INCOME & UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES WITH NY FARM PRODUCTS

State of New York | Executive ChamberAndrew M. Cuomo | GovernorFor Immediate Release: May 3, 2012GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES FRESHCONNECT GRANTS TO HELP PROVIDE LOW-INCOME & UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES WITH NY FARM PRODUCTS34 Projects Feature Creative, Local Solutions to Improve Access to Fresh, Healthy FoodGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced FreshConnect grants to 34 projects around the state that will increase access to New York farm products for residents in low-income and underserved areas.

May 3, 2012
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2012 Saltwater Fishing Facts

Dear Friend,

             I am pleased to provide you with a printable version of “2012 Fishing Facts for New York Marine Recreational Fishermen.”  This publication reflects the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC’s) recently adopted marine recreation fishing regulations. 

May 3, 2012
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MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE PREVENTION SPECIALISTS TO MEET WITH HOMEOWNERS AT THE LINDENHURST MEMORIAL LIBRARY

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE PREVENTION SPECIALISTS TO MEET WITH HOMEOWNERS AT THE LINDENHURST MEMORIAL LIBRARYDate: Friday, June 1, 2012, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Location: Lindenhurst Memorial Library 1 Lee AvenueLindenhurst, NY 11757See map: Google MapsPurpose

June 1, 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON DRUNK DRIVERS

Bill Would Require Offenders to  Take a Motor Vehicle Accident Prevention Course    The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.4740C), sponsored by Senator Owen H. Johnson (R-C, Babylon), that would require certain drivers convicted of drunk driving to take a motor vehicle accident prevention course.  The bill requires drivers convicted of a drunk driving offense to take the motor vehicle accident prevention course if they are convicted of drunk driving, or refuse to take a chemical test, or have accumulated more than six points on their license.

May 2, 2012
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SENATE PASSES SEX ABUSE PREVENTION BILLS

SENATE PASSES SEX ABUSE PREVENTION BILLSMeasures Increase Penalties, Enhance Community Notification and Protection    The New York State Senate today passed a package of eight bills to prevent sexual predators from obtaining access to potential victims and help law enforcement and communities keep track of their whereabouts. The bills will help increase the amount of information available about convicted sex offenders and seeks to prevent them from obtaining access to vulnerable individuals.

May 1, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO CRIMINALIZE SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA

    The New York State Senate today passed legislation to criminalize the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana. The bill (S.6694), sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport),  would also criminalize the sale and possession of hallucinogenic chemicals deceptively called “bath salts.”

April 30, 2012
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SENATE CELEBRATES WEST POINT DAY AT THE CAPITOL

SENATE CELEBRATES WEST POINT DAY AT THE CAPITOLLegislation Would Help Veterans Get JobsThe New York State Senate today welcomed cadets and staff from the United States Military Academy at West Point as part of an annual day of recognition. In honor of the celebration, the Senate passed several bills focusing on helping veterans obtain jobs and protect their rights.

April 26, 2012
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April 26, 2012
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East Islip Legislative Breakfast

State Senators Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District), John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District), and Lee Zeldin (3rd Senate District) joined with East Islip School District officials, PTA representatives, and board members at a Legislative Breakfast hosted by the East Islip School District PTA Council.  Discussions focused on the educational programs available to the children of the East Islip School District.  The event took place at the East Islip Central Administration Building in Islip Terrace on March 23, 2012.

April 25, 2012
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Arbor Day Recognition Project at Bayard Cutting Arboretum

Senator Owen H. Johnson applauded over 100 volunteers who donated their time and effort at an Arbor Day Recognition Project to care for the trees on the grounds of the Bayard Cutting Arboretum at Great River on March 24, 2012. Members of the Long Island Arboricultural Association, Inc. (LIAA) spent the day removing dead and diseased trees and branches, and pruning healthy trees at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum as part of their ongoing effort to care for and preserve Long Island’s trees and shrubs. A ceremonial tree planting was part of the day's events. 

April 24, 2012
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April is Organ Donation Awareness Month!

If you would like to save a life, please visit the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) link (www.dmv.ny.gov/) to enroll to become an organ donor.  Just click the organ donor link on the DMV homepage and start a NY.Gov ID account.  Go the extra mile and save a life!

April 23, 2012
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