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Senate Passes Comprehensive Hurricane Sandy Legislation

Bills Offer Relief to Businesses, Homeowners, Local Governments, and School Districts; Increase Disaster Preparedness; and Remove Obstacles to Recovery    The New York State Senate today passed a comprehensive legislative package that provides relief to people and communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy, aids rebuilding efforts, and increases disaster preparedness. The 22 bills will be integral to providing needed financial assistance to homeowners, businesses, local governments, school districts, and others still recovering from the storm, and give those responsible for disaster response the tools they need to be more effective and efficient.

June 17, 2013
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Senate Gives Final Passage To Bill To Ensure Individuals With Autism Receive Insurance Coverage For Treatments And Therapies

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to legislation to ensure individuals with autism are able to receive insurance coverage for applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy as intended under New York State’s autism insurance reform law.The legislation is in response to regulations implemented by the New York State Department of Financial Services which have dramatically limited the number of ABA practitioners where individuals with autism can receive therapy which is covered by insurance.

June 17, 2013
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Senator Phil Boyle And Local Boy Scouts Host Food Drive; Community's Generosity Provides 806 Meals, Helping Local Food Pantries

Bay Shore, NY - Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) teamed up with the Town of Islip Boy Scouts to host a food drive aimed at helping to replenish the badly depleted supplies in local food banks.  Hundreds of community members joined in the effort, bringing donations to the ShopRite of Bay Shore at 1905 Sunrise Highway between 10:00AM and 2:00PM on Saturday, June 8th.

“Rising costs have more and more people turning to services like our local food pantries to make ends meet,” Senator Boyle said.  “A special thanks to Boy Scout Troop 205 of East Islip and Troop 43 of Bay Shore and for all of the community support we received today.  We appreciated all those who stopped by our booth and so generously donated food and supplies for our neighbors in need.”

June 13, 2013
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Senate Passes Bills To Assist New York's Veterans

Bills Provide Veterans With Business, Employment & Education AssistanceThe New York State Senate passed a package of legislation today to help New York’s military veterans achieve success in business, employment and education.

June 12, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill To Create A Registry Of Violent Offenders

“Brittany’s Law” Provides More Information About Potentially Dangerous FelonsThe New York State Senate yesterday approved “Brittany’s Law” to increase the safety and awareness of communities by creating a registry of convicted violent felons. The bill (S1850A) establishes a statewide violent felony offender registry by requiring certain convicted felons to register with the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) upon release from prison.

June 12, 2013
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Senate Approves Bill To Prevent Intoxicated Drivers From Avoiding Prosecution

The New York State Senate passed legislation today to prevent drunk and drugged drivers from evading prosecution. The legislation would allow law enforcement to seek court orders to compel whenever suspected drunk or drugged drivers refuse to submit to a chemical intoxication test.Chemical tests, such as breath, blood and urine tests, determine a suspected drunk or drugged driver’s level of intoxication. Chemical tests are a critical piece of evidence used in a trial to prosecute a drunk or drugged driver for their crimes.   

June 11, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill To Ban Synthetic Marijuana And Bath Salts

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to address the threat posed to the public by “legal” but dangerous drugs. The bill (S1686) criminalizes the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana and “bath salts.”Synthetic marijuana or “fake pot” are herbs sprayed with chemicals called “synthetic cannabinoids.”   These products -- including Spice, K2, Cloud 9 and Black 9 -- have dangerous side effects, including rapid heart rate, tremors, loss of consciousness and hallucinations.  “Bath salts,” or “substituted cathinones,” are chemically related to methamphetamines or ecstasy and cause harmful physical and psychological reactions.

June 11, 2013
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Senate Passes Legislation To Protect Pet Owners

The New York State Senate today passed a bill that would allow consumers more protections when purchasing a pet. The bill (S.3723B) would provide consumers with more information about the origins of their pet, and more protections should their pet become ill, under what is known as the “pet lemon law.”The pet lemon law gives rights to consumers on their newly purchased pets. If a pet is diagnosed with a congenital malformation, is ill, or has a contagious infection or disease, the law covers consumers within fourteen business days.  However, many times these congenital defects or illnesses do not show up in very young animals. This legislation would protect consumers for up to six months if the animal is diagnosed with a congenital defect or illness.

June 11, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill To Deter Recruitment By Terrorists

The New York State Senate today passed a measure to deter terrorist recruitment and punish those who seek to employ others for their criminal plans. The bill (S1520) would complement law enforcement’s efforts to expose groups who actively seek to engage in terrorist activity by creating a new crime to prosecute those who recruit others to assist them.Active  recruitment for terrorism is a growing trend which requires an immediate response.  As law enforcement actively seeks to unearth these groups and defeat their heinous schemes, we have a responsibility to hold accountable those who solicit individuals for terrorism.

June 10, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill To Stop Career Criminals

Repeated Misdemeanor Offenses Would Add Up To A Felony ChargeThe New York State Senate today passed a bill to stop perpetual repeat offenders who continue to commit misdemeanor crimes. The bill (S1521) establishes a new felony-level crime of aggravated criminal conduct to bring stronger penalties against those who commit a misdemeanor after having been already convicted for multiple misdemeanors within the past five years.

June 10, 2013
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Consumer Alert: Avoid Deceptive Tax Collection Notices

Department of Financial Services to Investigate Taxpayer ComplaintsGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today warned New Yorkers to beware of tax collection letters that appear to be government notices, but are actually misleading solicitations from private entities. The Governor has directed the New York State Department of Financial Services to investigate complaints by taxpayers on suspected scams.

June 10, 2013
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Senator Boyle & Bay Shore Boy Scouts Host Food Drive

Senator Phil Boyle teamed up with the Bay Shore Boy Scout Troop 43 to host a food drive at the Shoprite of Bay Shore.  The non- perishable food items donated at the event will be distributed to those in need by Long Island Cares, Inc.

Date:  Saturday, June 8, 2013

Time:  10:00AM - 2:00PM

Location:  Shoprite of Bay Shore

                  1905 Sunrise Highway

                  Bay Shore, NY  11706

 

June 8, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Senator Phil Boyle Combats Cruelty To Animals

Sponsors Legislation To Modernize Laws and Create Animal Cruelty DatabaseAlbany, NY – Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) and his Toy Fox Terrier “Livvy” joined  together for Animal Advocacy Day at the State Capitol on June 4, 2013. “I am pleased to be here today to join my colleagues and the public in supporting Senate initiatives that strengthen the laws that protect our pets,” Senator Boyle said.  “I will continue my efforts to enact laws that not only will combat cruelty to animals but will also make it easier for police, prosecutors and judges to enforce cruelty to animal laws.”  Senator Boyle spoke at Animal Advocacy Day about two legislative measures that he sponsors, both dealing with the prevention of cruelty to animals.

June 6, 2013
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Tougher Penalties For Texting While Driving To Protect New Yorkers On The Road

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced actions to strengthen penalties for texting-while-driving to protect New Yorkers on the road. The Governor has directed the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to implement tougher penalties for texting-while-driving for all drivers and proposed new penalties for texting-while-driving for young and new drivers. In addition, the Governor has directed the New York State Police to increase enforcement of the texting-while-driving ban. This will mean more checkpoints and troopers patrolling on the roads across the state throughout the summer when more drivers are on the road.

June 4, 2013
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Senator Phil Boyle Recently Supported A Measure To Help Small Businesses Create Jobs

Small businesses and entrepreneurs create eight out of every ten new jobs in New York State. Although many NY State economic development programs have been created specifically to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs in creating or retaining jobs, in reality larger businesses often have a competitive advantage in accessing state assistance, with greater levels of resources and in-house expertise.

June 3, 2013
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Senator Boyle Congratulates Earth Day Poster Contest Winner

Fire Island School District Fifth Grader Takes 1st PlaceBabylon, NY - Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) recently congratulated Fiona Crowe, 1st place winner of the NY State Senate Earth Day Poster Contest for the 4th Senate District.  Fiona is a 5th grader from the Fire Island School District.  Her winning artwork for the poster contest is entitled “Save Our Earth, Don’t Trash It.”

June 1, 2013
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Senate Passes Mandatory DWI Testing After Serious Accidents

Chemical Tests Would Be Required If Injury or Death OccursThe New York State Senate today passed legislation that would help increase prosecution of dangerous drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The bill (S1446) would require chemical testing of drivers suspected of being under the influence when an accident occurs and results in serious injury or death.

May 30, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill Creating "Deadbeat Parents Most Wanted List"

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that creates a “deadbeat parents most wanted list” of financially-delinquent parents who are substantially late or behind on child support payments. The bill (S.4114) is intended to locate parents who owe more than $10,000 in child support payments.

Statistics show that in 2009, more than $648 million that was owed to New York’s children went uncollected, including $317 million owed to New York City children.

May 30, 2013
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Senate Passes Bills To Reduce Energy Costs for Businesses

Measures Increase Commercial Fuel Tax Exemption and Provide Low-Interest Loans to Dairy Farms for Energy-Efficient TechnologiesThe New York State Senate passed two bills that would help businesses save money by increasing commercial tax exemptions for heating fuel and helping dairy farms invest in energy-efficient technology. The measures would reduce the cost of doing business in New York State to help spur economic growth in agriculture and other key industries.

May 30, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill To Increase Fines For Littering On Highways

The New York State Senate passed legislation that would increase the fines for littering on highways and the lands next to them. The bill (S.2311) doubles the fines for littering. Littering not only impacts the appearance of the roadways, it also can pose driving hazards, and trash is very costly to remove. Stiffening the fines for those who are caught throwing trash on the highways should help to serve as a deterrent, and help to clean up the roadways in our state.The fine for a first offense would be $700 and $1,400 for a second offense. The bill will be sent to the Assembly.

May 30, 2013
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