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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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Senate Bill Targets Prescription Black Market

    The New York State Senate today acted on legislation that would crack down on the growing black market in non-controlled prescription drugs which puts patients at risk and rips off taxpayers through Medicaid fraud.  Legislation (S.2942) makes it a crime to fraudulently prescribe, buy, and sell these types of medications.

March 12, 2013
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Fighting To Remove Utility Tax Surcharge Extension From Executive Budget

    State Senate Coalition Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate were joined by leaders of statewide business organizations to urge Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget.

March 11, 2013
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Blueprint For Jobs: ReThink. ReVitalize. ReBuild.

A Senate Republican Blueprint for a Fiscally Responsible Approach to Job Creation    Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican conference today announced a bold and sweeping job creation plan to improve New York’s business climate so it not only keeps up with other states, but surpasses them. Among other things, the “Senate Republican Blueprint for Jobs: ReThink. ReVitalize. ReBuild.” would cut taxes for one million small businesses and reduce energy costs for every business and residential ratepayer in New York, saving them $2.5 billion.

March 11, 2013
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State Senate Coalition Fighting To Restore Millions Of Dollars Cut From Women's Health Programs In Governor's Budget

Adelphi University Breast Cancer Program and Funding for Rape Crisis Centers among Those Targeted for ReductionSenate Coalition Members today announced they would restore millions of dollars for important women’s health programs - - including initiatives to help women overcome the trauma of rape, eating disorders and breast cancer- - that were targeted for reduction as part of the Governor’s Executive Budget.Approximately $8 million in cuts in these areas were rejected as part of the Senate’s one-house budget plan, which was expected to be acted on later today.Under the Executive Budget proposal, the Governor recommended shifting funding for 16 women’s health and wellness programs into six discretionary “pools,” and then subjected those

March 11, 2013
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LIRR Second Track Between Ronkonkoma and Farmingdale; Senator Boyle Applauds Jobs and Commuter Service Project Brings

Senator Phil Boyle joined LIRR President Helene Williams at the Ronkonkoma train station to announce the opening of the “Double Track” Information Center.  The Main Line between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma, which spans 17.9 miles, currently has 5.3 miles of double track. Under the project, a second track will be added to the remaining 12.6 miles of single, electrified track along the Main Line.

March 8, 2013
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Senator Boyle Cosponsors Repeal of Controversial Gun Law, Offers Amendments

Calls for public hearings to enhance safety and protect Constitutional RightsAlbany, New York – Senator Phil Boyle today cosponsored legislation (S.3948) to repeal and replace the NY Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (NY SAFE Act).  The New York SAFE Act was signed into law last month after Governor Cuomo issued a message of necessity leading to an immediate vote by the State Legislature, bypassing the traditional three-day waiting period.  

March 1, 2013
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Senator Boyle Cosponsors Repeal of Controversial Gun Law, Offers Amendments

Attached please find the bill summary for The Second Amendment Protection Act (S.3948) to amend or repeal those sections of the NY SAFE Act that are of questionable legality or which present practical problems for mental health officials or law enforcement and those sections that impose an unfunded mandate on local governments.

March 1, 2013
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Department Of Financial Services Program For Banks To Meet One-On-One With Homeowners Seeking Sandy Insurance Settlement Money

Five of New York’s largest banks and mortgage servicers will have representatives available to offer one-on-one help to homeowners seeking the release of Superstorm Sandy insurance settlement funds at the Department of Financial Services’ Disaster Assistance Centers from Monday, March 4 through Saturday, March 9.The program is designed to help homeowners complete steps needed to have their banks endorse their insurance settlement checks, which are often written jointly to homeowners and their banks or servicers. Bank representatives will also be able to help people who are struggling to make their mortgage payments.

March 1, 2013
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