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Deadline For New York State's School Tax Relief Program (STAR) Is March 1, 2013

The deadline for New York State’s School Tax Relief Program (STAR) is March 1, 2013.  STAR is a tax relief program that lowers property taxes for owner-occupied primary residences.  There are two levels of STAR benefits: Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR.Basic STAR is available to residents who own their primary residence, which is a one, two or three-family house, condominium, cooperative apartment or mobile home and earn less than $500,000 a year.  There is no age limit for Basic STAR.  Once you are approved for Basic STAR, you need not reapply each year unless you move to a new primary residence.

February 8, 2013
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Sandy Task Force Makes Recommendations On Storm Relief, Contingency Planning, and Disaster Mitigation

Senate Bipartisan Task Force On Hurricane Sandy Recovery Releases Preliminary Report Outlining Recommendations On Storm Relief, Contingency Planning, And Disaster Mitigation

After touring New York’s hardest hit areas and hosting stakeholder roundtables across the NYC metro area, the Bipartisan Task Force issued its first report with 10 preliminary recommendations to aid recovery efforts and assist in future disaster planning.

February 5, 2013
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Phil Boyle Named To Prominent List of Environmental Leaders

The New York League of Conservation Voters, which works to make environmental sustainability a top political and policy priority in New York State, has named Senator Phil Boyle to a list of the state’s most promising new environmental leaders.

Senator Boyle represents the 4th District on the South Shore of Long Island, spanning from Bohemia, to Islip, Babylon, Deer Park, Brentwood, parts of Fire Island and Gilgo State Park.

NYLCV’s New Generation 2013 list encompasses 13 lawmakers who were recently elected to the New York State Legislature. Working in conjunction with the leadership of both houses and political parties, these up-and-coming leaders promise to be a driving force for clean air, safe drinking water, renewable energy and community resilience this year.

February 5, 2013
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Members of Bipartisan Task Force For Sandy Tour Damaged Communities And Meet With Leaders

The New York State Senate’s Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery visited hard-hit communities in Brooklyn and Staten Island to tour storm damage and speak with local officials, business leaders, and individuals about the progress and challenges of the ongoing recovery efforts.

February 4, 2013
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Check To See If You Are Entitled To An Unpaid Life Insurance Policy

MORE THAN $665 MILLION IN UNCLAIMED LIFE INSURANCE BENEFITS PAID TO DATE AS A RESULT OF STATE INVESTIGATIONAn investigation started by the Department of Financial Services in July 2011 has resulted in more than $665 million being paid to life insurance beneficiaries who were unaware that they were entitled to money from insurance companies. Before DFS put in place new regulations in 2012, insurance companies did not regularly seek out beneficiaries to pay death benefits, but instead waited for someone to make a claim. However, a significant number of people are not aware that they are named on a life insurance policy by a relative and so do not make a claim.

January 30, 2013
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Life-Saving “Breast Density Information” Law In Effect

    Life-saving “Breast Density Information” law that will help in the fight against breast cancer is now in effect in New York State.

    The new law (Chapter 265), which unanimously passed both the Assembly and the Senate, is the most comprehensive breast density law in the country.  It is designed to improve the early detection of breast cancer by informing women of their breast density and encouraging them to discuss with their physicians the potential benefits of additional screening tests.

January 25, 2013
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January 25, 2013
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January 16, 2013
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Senator Phil Boyle First to Submit Amendment to Cuomo Gun Bill: Change Would Allow Exemptions for Retired Law Enforcement

Babylon, NY -- Senator Phil Boyle (R-East Islip) introduced legislation that would amend New York's Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act, which was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on Tuesday.  The amendment would allow exemptions for retired law enforcement officers and is the first proposed amendment to the one-day old gun control law.  “I voted for this law because it increased penalties on crimes committed with guns,” said Senator Boyle.  “In the coming weeks, I will be offering a series of amendments to protect the Second Amendment rights of legal gun owners and to strengthen the law’s stated intent of protecting our children and neighbors.”

January 16, 2013
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The Long Island Civil Air Patrol Color Guard Presented The Colors At The Opening Of Senate Session At The State Capitol

Senator Phil Boyle welcomed members of the Colonel Francis S. Gabreski Cadet Squadron from the Long Island Group of the New York Wing of the Civil Air Patrol Color Guard to the Senate Chamber.  The Color Guard presented the colors at the opening of Senate Session at the State Capitol on January 14, 2013.

January 15, 2013
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Senator Phil Boyle Sworn Into Office

Friends and family joined newly elected State Senator Phil Boyle as he was sworn into office by NY Supreme Court Appellate Judge Peter B. Skelos at an official ceremony held at the State Capitol on January 9, 2013.  Senator Boyle said, “I am honored to be given this opportunity to represent my many friends and neighbors in Suffolk County.  As State Senator, my priorities lie in the recovery of our communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy; in the overall economic development of Long Island, allowing for businesses to thrive and provide jobs for our unemployed; and in keeping our communities safe for our children and families.”Senator Boyle was recently elected to the seat that Senator Owen H. Johnson held for over 40 years.

January 11, 2013
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January 10, 2013
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DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES OFFERING SANDY-RELATED INSURANCE ASSISTANCE IN SUFFOLK COUNTY

Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of Financial Services, announced representatives of the Department of Financial Services will be in Suffolk County to help homeowners, renters and business owners with insurance-related issues stemming from damage caused by Storm Sandy. The Department's representatives will be available to meet with residents inside the agency's Mobile Command Center, which will be stationed at the following location:

Suffolk County Thursday, Jan. 10 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Amityville/Lindenhurst Home Depot, 1101 Sunrise Highway, Copiague.

January 10, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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