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Senate Passes Bill Making It A Crime To Leave Young Children Unattended In A Car In Extreme Conditions

The New York State Senate today passed a bill that would require children under 8 years old not be left alone in a car without supervision of someone twelve or older when the conditions present a significant risk to the health and safety of a child. The legislation, (S.306) is intended to keep young children safe when conditions, such as hot and cold weather, present a risk to safety of the child.Between 1998 and 2004, more than 200 children died after being left in hot cars. Studies show that when outdoor temperatures reach between 70 and 96 degrees, the temperature inside a car can quickly rise more than 40 degrees in an hour. Cracking the windows has been shown to have little effect on the temperature inside a car.

April 16, 2013
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Earth Day 2013 Poster Contest: District 4

Dear Students,

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 4th 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 that the winner of the 2013 Earth Day Poster Contest from our District is:

Fiona Crowe

April 16, 2013
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Meet With Senator Phil Boyle At The West Babylon Public Library 5:00PM - 7:00PM on April 11th

Dear Neighbor,

I believe that elected officials should be readily available to their constituents.  That’s why one of the first things I've done as your new State Senator is create a One on One with your Senator program - meetings that provide the opportunity for us to meet in your neighborhood and discuss your concerns about government issues which are most important to you.  If you need assistance with government services, have questions about government programs, or would like to express concerns about a particular issue, I invite you to share them with me when I visit your neighborhood.

April 11, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Volunteer At State Parks For "I Love My Park Day": Registration Now Open For Volunteer Projects On May 4, 2013

 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today invited New Yorkers to volunteer at their favorite state park or historic site as part of the second annual “I Love My Park Day” on May 4, 2013. Online registration is now open for volunteers who want to support clean-up and beautification efforts at sites across the state, including areas that sustained much damage from Superstorm Sandy. To register, go to http://www.ptny.org/ilovemypark/.

April 8, 2013
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Lindenhurst High School Robotics Team Shows Off Disk-Shooting Robot

Senator Phil Boyle recently enjoyed a demonstration by the Lindenhurst High School Robotics Team showing off their disk shooting robot as they fine tune their creation for two upcoming FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competitions. 

This spring, the group will compete at the FIRST Robotics Buckeye Competition in Cleveland, Ohio as well as the annual FIRST Robotics Competition at Hofstra University.Senator Phil Boyle said:  “Our high school robotics teams inspire teamwork and a cooperative effort that teaches many life skills.  I applaud the Lindenhurst High School Robotics Team for their past success and continued enthusiasm in science and technology as they work toward their upcoming competitions.”

April 3, 2013
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Senator Phil Boyle Joins With Good Samaritan in Delivering Supplies To Victims Of Superstorm Sandy

Paul Rodriguez, a sophomore at St. Anthony's High School, has joined Senator Phil Boyle in his effort to provide the victims of Superstorm Sandy with badly needed supplies.  Paul collected donations from his Islip Terrace neighborhood and delivered them to Senator Boyle's office where a local drive continues through April 5th.

"I appreciate the tremendous support given by Paul Rodriguez and so many others who have generously donated to our effort," Senator Boyle said.   "Our goal is to provide as much help as we can to the people still suffering from the devastating effects of Sandy."

April 2, 2013
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Free Tax Assistance At Over 400 Statewide Locations

New Yorkers Applaud Free Tax Help as Filing Deadline of April 15 ApproachesGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today joined with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), New York State agencies and numerous local organizations statewide to encourage low and middle-income taxpayers to take advantage of free services to prepare and file their income taxes as the filing deadline of April 15th approaches.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is available to individuals and families with an annual income of $51,000 or less. Taxpayers can have their federal and state taxes prepared and filed for free by IRS-certified volunteers at these locations.

April 2, 2013
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One On One With Your State Senator

Senator Boyle believes that elected officials should be readily available to their constituents.  That’s why one of the first things he has done as a new State Senator is to create a "One on One With Your Senator" program.  These meetings provide constituents the opportunity to meet one on one with Senator Boyle in their own neighborhood to discuss concerns they have about government issues.

If you need assistance with government services, have questions about government programs, or would like to express concerns about a particular issue, Senator Boyle invites you to share them with him when he visits your neighborhood.

March 28, 2013
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Senator Boyle Introduces The "Secure our Schools Act": Legislation Seeks to Protect Children on Election Days

Senator Phil Boyle today announced the introduction of the Secure our Schools Act, legislation directing the New York State Education Department and the New York State Board of Elections to deliver a joint proposal that mitigates risk factors associated with the public’s access to schools that are also polling places.  The bill requires that the joint proposal be delivered to the State Legislature and the Governor within six months of the law’s enactment.  Senator Boyle made the announcement at the Forest Avenue Elementary School in West Babylon and was joined by West Babylon Superintendent of Schools Anthony Cacciola, West Babylon School Board President Diane Thiel and several concerned parents. 

March 28, 2013
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Cyber Law And Sexting: What Parents Should Know

Senator Phil Boyle will host a discussion to spread awareness about Cyber Law and the dangers of “sexting.”   The event will feature Suffolk County Police Officer George Lynagh from the Community Response Bureau, who regularly presents to students on a variety of issues affecting students throughout Suffolk County schools. “Community and school outreach is crucial to protecting our children from issues like cyber-bullying and sexting,” said Senator Boyle.  “I am grateful for this opportunity to partner with Officer George Lynagh in our shared effort to spread awareness about Cyber Law and the threats our children face today.”

March 28, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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2013 - 2014 New York State Budget

Dear Neighbors,Working in a bipartisan fashion, we have enacted an on-time State Budget.  While that’s good news, the even better news is that it is a soundly balanced, fiscally responsible budget that will control spending, cut taxes and keep New York State moving in the right direction. From the start of the budget negotiation process, my main objective was simple -- to help put money back into your pocket so that you can more easily balance your family’s household budget. Another key objective was helping our small businesses, in order to strengthen our economy and create new jobs in our community.The new budget achieves both of these important goals.

March 27, 2013
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Meet With Senator Phil Boyle At The Sachem Public Library

Dear Neighbor,

I believe that elected officials should be readily available to their constituents.  That’s why one of the first things I've done as your new State Senator is create a One on One with your Senator program - meetings that provide the opportunity for us to meet in your neighborhood and discuss your concerns about government issues which are most important to you.  If you need assistance with government services, have questions about government programs, or would like to express concerns about a particular issue, I invite you to share them with me when I visit your neighborhood.

My One on One with your Senator program will be available in your neighborhood at the following time and location:

March 27, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Hurricane Sandy: Emergency Response and Relief Information

Emergency Response and Relief Information
 
Hurricane Sandy has obviously taken a devastating toll on the Empire State, impacting literally millions of New Yorkers.  
 
But New Yorkers have a long and proud history of pulling together during times of crisis, and a tremendous emergency response and relief effort is now underway in all impacted communities. 

March 26, 2013
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Hosting A Local Drive to Collect Supplies for Victims of Sandy

Dear Neighbor,

As your State Senator, I am pleased to join with charitable organizations committed to helping our neighbors in need.  One such group is Long Island Cares, a local food bank and one of our region's most comprehensive hunger action organizations.

This month, Long Island Cares and I are teaming up to host a local drive aimed at helping to bring much needed food and supplies to victims of Superstorm Sandy.  I hope that you will consider joining me in this effort.

If you would like to participate, the most needed items include:• Household Cleaning Supplies• Non-Perishable Foods• Personal Care Items• Baby Diapers• Paper Goods• Pet Food• New Blankets

March 19, 3:00 PM - April 5, 5:00 PM
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Federal Reimbursement To The Village Of Brightwaters For Superstorm Sandy Costs

Over $100,000 in FEMA-Approved Funds To Brightwaters for Superstorm Sandy Clean-Up Costs

New York State has provided $118,954 to the Village of Brightwaters in Suffolk County for reimbursement of costs incurred by the Town following the impact of Superstorm Sandy. The Village of Brightwaters experienced severely damaged trees and other vegetation, leaving approximately 1,821 cubic yards of debris on village roads and right of ways. The Village responded by combining village personnel, equipment and some outside contracts. Contracts were used for debris clean-up, tree removal, garbage and landscape removal and movement of debris to disposal location.

March 18, 2013
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Free Legal Services Available In Brentwood

Senator Phil Boyle is sponsoring a program providing free civil legal services to the Brentwood neighborhood.  Lawyers onboard the Mobile Legal Help Center will provide free legal assistance to victims of SuperStorm Sandy on a range of issues including:

FEMA Claims
Insurance Claims
Consumer Matters
Public Benefits
Family Law Matters
Housing
Immigration
Employment Issues
Other Storm Related Legal Issues

 

March 15, 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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Senate Passes Bill To Strengthen Penalties For Wrong-Way And Reckless Drivers

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to create felony charges for wrong-way and other reckless drivers. The bill (S752),  is in response to the significant number of recent vehicle crashes – often fatal - that involve individuals who knowingly or under the influence of alcohol or drugs drove the wrong way on highways and other roads. “Tragedies have occurred throughout the state because individuals took irresponsible risks before or while driving,” Senate Republican Leader Dean G. Skelos said. “Senator Fuschillo’s bill recognizes the seriousness of the actions of drivers who intentionally drive recklessly and strengthens the penalties accordingly.”

March 13, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill Ensuring Prompt Delivery Of Tax Refunds

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, (S.3047) sponsored by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset),  that would ensure timely payment of state income tax refunds. The bill requires the state to pay tax refunds within 30 days of the receipt of a taxpayer’s return, unless there is a discrepancy in the return.  “If taxpayers who  do the right thing and file on time, the state should do the right thing and  get the refunds out the door in a timely fashion,” said Senator Marcellino. “It shouldn’t take up to eight weeks to get your money back.  I think the state can do better and this legislation would make sure that they do.”

March 13, 2013
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Housing And Small Business Assistance For Residents In Areas Affected By Sandy

Thousands of homeowners across New York have been directly impacted by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee. The devastation wrought by these storms was unlike anything New York has seen in recent history. While FEMA, the State of New York and other disaster relief agencies stepped in immediately following the storm to provide public and private recovery assistance to homeowners in need of help, the State worked to secure Congressional approval of additional federal aid to meet the substantial need. The program outlined here is subject to federal approval.

March 13, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill To Expand Renewable Energy Technology Use

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would help encourage the installation of renewable energy technologies by making them more cost efficient and accessible. The bill (S1111) would add solar, wind, fuel cells, micro-hydro-electric, farm-based biogas and residential Micro Combined Heat and Power (micro-CHP) to current state financing initiatives that help make energy efficiency upgrades more attractive to potential consumers, reduce fossil fuel consumption, and support job growth in the clean energy sector.

March 12, 2013
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