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Senate Passes Bill To Protect Victims Of Severe Child Abuse

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation that would provide important protections for child victims who have been severely abused by their parents or guardians. The bill (S4082) improves Family Court procedures to reduce the trauma abused children can potentially experience and helps expedite the finding of a new, permanent home.

May 1, 2013
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Senate Passes Teresita's Law Making It A Felony If An Unlicensed Driver Causes Another Person's Death

    The New York State Senate today passed legislation known as Teresita’s Law, which makes it a felony if an unlicensed driver causes death to another person. The bill (S.1888) recognizes that the unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, that ends in death, should be treated as a serious crime.

    Teresita’s Law was introduced following the death of Teresita 'Grace' Solano, who was killed in Middletown, New York, last year when she was hit by a negligent driver who was operating a vehicle with a suspended license.  The man who hit Ms. Solano served the highest sentence that he could be charged with - a misdemeanor with a maximum of 30 days in jail and a fine.

April 30, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill To Curb Cheating On Academic Papers

Measure Deters Internet-Based Services from Providing Dissertations and Other Educational Papers for Sale    The New York State Senate today passed a bill to prevent students from cheating by prohibiting the sale or purchase of dissertations, term papers, and similar academic documents online. The legislation (S2405) would prevent academic fraud by discouraging Internet-based services from selling educational papers to students.Most academic institutions have plagiarism policies in place whereby students who engage in such activity are punished. However, currently there is no New York State law that deters online entities from offering educational papers for sale.

April 30, 2013
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NY Senate Passes Measures To Combat Prescription Drug Fraud And Abuse

    The New York State Senate yesterday passed two bills that would prevent prescription drug fraud, theft and abuse. The measures address the illegal distribution of controlled substances by helping to reduce the availability of black market prescription forms and prosecuting “pill mills” that issue prescriptions and knowingly dispense controlled substances for profit.

April 30, 2013
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Storm-Related Financial Difficulties Must Not Be Allowed To Harm Sandy Victims' Credit Scores

Cuomo Administration Demands Credit Bureaus Take Immediate Action To Ensure Sandy Victims Don't Get Hit With Unfair Black Marks On Their Credit Scores

For Sandy Victims, Blemishes on Credit Score Can Mean Higher Costs for Home, Auto, and Business Loans, Greater Difficulty Finding EmploymentGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that his Administration has asked the credit scoring and reporting bureaus to take immediate action to stop the lowering of credit scores for Superstorm Sandy victims who may be enduring storm-related financial difficulties beyond their control. Unless the credit reporting agencies act, thousands of Sandy victims could face higher costs for home, auto, and business loans.

April 29, 2013
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Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center Receives Grant For Pediatrics Unit

West Islip, NY - Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center was recently the recipient of a $250,000 grant secured with the assistance of New York State Senator Owen Johnson. The Senator has been a long-time supporter of Good Samaritan Hospital services and programs. The grant funding went towards a Central Monitoring System for the hospital’s Pediatric Unit.

“Having a state-of-the-art monitoring system for children in Good Samaritan’s Pediatric Unit offers a significant advantage in caring for patients,” said Good Samaritan Hospital’s Chair of Pediatric Services Catherine Caronia, MD.

New York State Senator Phil Boyle, members of the Hospital Foundation Board and physicians shared in the celebration on the Good Samaritan pediatric roof top garden, a beautiful and soothing outdoor space, available for patients and their families to help speed the recovery and minimize the stress associated with a hospital stay.

April 29, 2013
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Drive Up And Drop Off Your Unwanted Prescription Drugs At Senator Phil Boyle's Shed The Meds Program

Shed The Meds Program Sponsored By Senator Phil Boyle

Drive up and drop off any expired or no longer used prescription medications. They will be safely disposed of by the US Drug Enforcement Agency who will be on hand for the collection.

"Disposing of medications down your toilet or sink may cause danger to our local waterways and precious water supply.  Please help us dispose of these substances safely by participating in our Shed The Meds program," Senator Boyle said.

April 27, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Senator Phil Boyle Holds First Meeting As Chairman of Alcohol And Drug Abuse On April 23, 2013

Senator Phil Boyle held his first meeting as Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse on April 23, 2013.  This committee assignment provides Senator Boyle a prominent role in his advocacy for the prevention, treatment, and recovery services provided to all of New York State’s citizens who are struggling with addiction, as well as for their families.

April 26, 2013
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Installation Of Traffic Signal Provides A Safer Route For West Islip High School Students

Senator Phil Boyle was joined by members of the community recently to applaud the installation of traffic signals at the Barberry Road / Wagstaff Lane / Montauk Highway intersection in West Islip.  State funding was secured for the installation of traffic lights at this dangerous intersection near West Islip High School after several students sustained injuries in motor vehicle accidents in 2011.

April 26, 2013
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A Community Driven Initiative To Guide Local Rebuilding Process After Storms

Governor Cuomo Announces Community Reconstruction Zones funded By Federal Supplemental Disaster Aid To Guide Local Rebuilding ProcessProgram to Fund Hard Hit Localities to Develop Comprehensive Rebuilding Plans from the Bottom Up

April 26, 2013
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Senator Boyle & Assemblyman Sweeney Lead Charge to Remove Toxic Chemicals from Kids’ Products

‘Child Safe Products Act’ Legislative Sponsors Champion Fight for Passage in 2013Mineola—Thousands of toxic chemicals, most untested for safety purposes, are being used to make everyday children’s products, such as car seats, toys, and bedding. Senator Philip Boyle (R-Babylon) and Assemblyman Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst), the lead sponsors of the Child Safe Products Act (A.6328/S.4614), announced that the bill has passed the Assembly and are calling on their colleagues in the Senate to pass this important legislation. The bill identifies the most dangerous chemicals,  begins a phase-out of these chemicals in 2018, and has broad support in the health, environmental and business communities.

April 25, 2013
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Teen Drug Awareness Program

Senator Phil Boyle is partnering with the Suffolk County Sheriff's Alcohol and Substance Abuse Task Force and the Youth Enrichment Services program for an important community meeting to help increase awareness about the dangers associated with drug abuse and the growing heroin epidemic facing Long Island teens.

Some of the topics that will be addressed at the meeting include:

April 25, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Senate Passes Public Safety Legislation

Bills Come On The Heels of Boston Bombings & Foiled Terrorist Train Attack With renewed calls for vigilance and increased public safety following the tragic bombings in Boston and the foiling of a terrorist plot to attack a train traveling across the state between New York and Toronto, the New York State Senate today passed a package of anti-crime legislation including a bill that would require convicted terrorists to serve their full prison sentence.

April 24, 2013
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Thinking Of Becoming A Volunteer Firefighter?

Dear Neighbors,As Americans watched last week's horrific events unfold in Boston, we all witnessed countless acts of courage and selflessness.We saw first responders, medical personnel, and law enforcement acting with great strength and real compassion during a time of crisis. We saw neighbors helping neighbors. We saw “ordinary” people doing truly extraordinary things.In responding to acts of terror, natural disasters, fires or medical emergencies – our nation has a long and proud tradition of stepping-up during times of crisis.As a volunteer firefighter myself, I encourage you to consider becoming a part this proud tradition – by volunteering to join your local fire department.

April 24, 2013
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Senate Passes Earth Day Bill Package

Measures Encourage Renewable Energy Development, Reduce Mercury from Light Bulbs, and Protect Sharks and Other Species

The New York State Senate today passed a package of six bills that celebrate Earth Day by promoting the use of renewable energy, reducing harmful pollutants, and protecting sharks and other vulnerable species.

April 24, 2013
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Senator Boyle To Host Teen Drug Awareness Program

Event Will Be Co-Hosted By Suffolk County Sheriff’s OfficeWEST ISLIP, NEW YORK – Senator Phil Boyle is partnering with the Suffolk County Sheriff's Alcohol and Substance Abuse Task Force and the Youth Enrichment Services to help increase awareness about the dangers associated with drug abuse and the growing heroin epidemic facing Long Island teens.  The community meeting will take place at the West Islip Public Library on Thursday, April 25 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM. 

April 24, 2013
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Senate Passes Bills Targeting Organized Retail Crime

 The New York State Senate today passed a package of legislation that would crack down on anyone participating in Organized Retail Crime.

Senate bill 2926-A would allow any county in the state to prosecute someone who participates in a pattern of organized retail crimes when at least one of the offenses occurred within their jurisdiction.  These highly intelligent criminals are well aware of the jurisdictional limitations under current law and avoid committing multiple offenses in the same county to avoid harsher penalties.  This bill would give law enforcement officials another tool in curbing organized retail crime.

April 22, 2013
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Over $800,000 In Federal Funds To Reimburse The Village Of Babylon For Superstorm Sandy Clean-Up Costs

The Village of Babylon in Suffolk County is receiving $832,604 in Federal Funds for the reimbursement of clean-up costs from Superstorm Sandy. During Sandy, flooding, heavy winds, strong tidal waves and rain caused widespread damage, and sidewalks and curbs were uplifted by trees uprooted by hurricane force winds. The Village had to rent equipment to help with the collection and removal of debris, which consisted of about 2,500 tons of construction and demolition debris as well as nearly 1,600 tons of vegetative debris. The clean-up effort was completed by the Village’s workforce for both types of debris.

April 22, 2013
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Senate Passes Legislation To Increase Juror Safety

The New York State Senate passed legislation to help protect jurors whose safety may be threatened, while also ensuring the integrity of judicial outcomes. The bill (S1513) allows the court to withhold names of jurors when a serious threat to juror safety exists.“The fear of retribution should not be a factor when decisions are being made in our courts,” Senate Republican Leader Dean G. Skelos said. “With so much personal information available online, this bill is common-sense legislation that can help protect the anonymity of jurors who may face threats to their well-being.”

April 17, 2013
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Senate Legislation Would Create RESULTS NY Website To Increase Accountability Of State Government Agencies

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S.2233) to create a new website, ResultsNY.gov, that would enable the public to review the performance of government programs to see how effectively agencies are spending tax dollars.   People visiting the site could also submit their own suggestions and recommendations on how to stop government waste and reduce state spending.

April 17, 2013
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