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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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Senate Passes Bill Strengthening Leandra's Law: Bill Would Increase The Use Of Ignition Interlocks

The New York State Senate passed legislation to strengthen Leandra’s Law.  The bill (S.1941) would ensure that offenders comply with the provision of the law requiring them to use ignition interlocks.

April 17, 2013
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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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