Legislation Would Allow Machine Voting for NYC Elections; Also in Villages, School Districts and Special DistrictsThe New York State Senate today passed two bills that would allow for the use of lever-style voting machines in non-federal elections in New York City, and in elections held by villages, school districts and special districts.Legislation (S4088B) would allow New York City to use lever voting machines for all non-federal elections, including the upcoming primary, run-off and general elections this fall. In addition, the bill would to move the date for a potential run-off election in New York City from September 24th to October 1st to avoid a conflict with the Jewish holiday Sukkot.
The New York State Senate today passed bills that would continue to promote the construction of environmentally-friendly buildings and the cost-saving benefits of net metering for utility bills. Both bills would help reduce the consumption of limited natural resources, promote the use of renewable energy, and lower energy costs.
In an effort to keep serial drunk drivers off the road, the New York State Senate today passed “Vince’s Law”, which would establish a stronger penalty for multiple DWI convictions.
The bill (S.4267) creates a new Class C felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, if a driver is convicted of three or more DWIs in a 25-year period. Currently, the law for multiple DWIs only includes offenses committed over a 10-year period.
The bill is named for Vincent Russo, an elderly Onondaga County man who was killed in 2011 by a drunk driver who was intoxicated behind the wheel, despite the driver having five DWI-related convictions, including four in the previous 17 years before the accident that killed Mr. Russo.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation that makes it a crime for any school employee or volunteer to have sexual contact with a student, even if that student is at the age of consent. The bill (S.1358) is intended to further protect full-time students from employees who engage in inappropriate relationships. New York State’s legal age of consent is 17. By taking a child’s school status into consideration, this bill removes an elementary or secondary school student’s ability to consent and bans sexual conduct between a school employee and a student. Violations would be a class E felony and carry a sentence of up to 4 years in prison.
New York State is holding over $11 billion in unclaimed funds, and some of it may be yours! A simple internet search is all it takes to see if there are unclaimed funds in your name.
Why does New York State have unclaimed funds?
Banks, insurance companies, utilities, investment companies and many other businesses are required by State law to turn over inactive accounts to the State. The Office of the State Comptroller holds these funds in trust, serving as a custodian of these funds until they can be claimed by their rightful owners.
Senator Phil Boyle announced a new program "Skype One On One With Your State Senator," which brings his office directly to you. During this special community event, you can video chat with Senator Boyle about the issues impacting you, your family and community through your computer, tablet and even smartphone device.
If you need assistance with government services, have questions about government programs, or would like to express concerns about a particular issue, you may want to share them with your State Senator over Skype.
The Skype One on One with your Senator program will be available to you on Monday, May 13th from 5PM to 7PM.
To set up your Skype session with Senator Phil Boyle, follow these easy steps:
Sadly, Hurricane Sandy left behind a devastating impact on our local beaches. Acres upon acres of our beaches are now threatened due to the erosion from the storm. That is why I am organizing this important beach planting event as summer nears.
The beach bayberry and beach plum plants will help stabilize and rebuild some of the sand dunes destroyed from Hurricane Sandy. In turn, the restored sand dunes will help provide a natural protection from future coastal storms.
Now its our turn to take action to restore some of what was lost last October. Please join me and your fellow Long Islanders at our first annual beach planting event on Saturday morning, May 4.
Measure Cuts Costs and Red Tape For Those Caring for Out-of-State Relatives
The New York State Senate today gave final passage to a bill that would help make it easier and less expensive for legal guardians caring for the elderly or other relatives living out-of-state to carry out their responsibilities.
The measure (S2534) assists New Yorkers caring for adults in other states, as well as out-of-state individuals caring for elderly New Yorkers when they seek approval to fulfill health care, financial, and other legal responsibilities across state lines. It would create a registration form that would be used uniformly by participating states and replace a costly legal process that often required guardians to hire lawyers.
The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation that would provide important protections for child victims who have been severely abused by their parents or guardians. The bill (S4082) improves Family Court procedures to reduce the trauma abused children can potentially experience and helps expedite the finding of a new, permanent home.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation known as Teresita’s Law, which makes it a felony if an unlicensed driver causes death to another person. The bill (S.1888) recognizes that the unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, that ends in death, should be treated as a serious crime.
Teresita’s Law was introduced following the death of Teresita 'Grace' Solano, who was killed in Middletown, New York, last year when she was hit by a negligent driver who was operating a vehicle with a suspended license. The man who hit Ms. Solano served the highest sentence that he could be charged with - a misdemeanor with a maximum of 30 days in jail and a fine.
Measure Deters Internet-Based Services from Providing Dissertations and Other Educational Papers for Sale The New York State Senate today passed a bill to prevent students from cheating by prohibiting the sale or purchase of dissertations, term papers, and similar academic documents online. The legislation (S2405) would prevent academic fraud by discouraging Internet-based services from selling educational papers to students.Most academic institutions have plagiarism policies in place whereby students who engage in such activity are punished. However, currently there is no New York State law that deters online entities from offering educational papers for sale.
The New York State Senate yesterday passed two bills that would prevent prescription drug fraud, theft and abuse. The measures address the illegal distribution of controlled substances by helping to reduce the availability of black market prescription forms and prosecuting “pill mills” that issue prescriptions and knowingly dispense controlled substances for profit.
Cuomo Administration Demands Credit Bureaus Take Immediate Action To Ensure Sandy Victims Don't Get Hit With Unfair Black Marks On Their Credit Scores
For Sandy Victims, Blemishes on Credit Score Can Mean Higher Costs for Home, Auto, and Business Loans, Greater Difficulty Finding EmploymentGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that his Administration has asked the credit scoring and reporting bureaus to take immediate action to stop the lowering of credit scores for Superstorm Sandy victims who may be enduring storm-related financial difficulties beyond their control. Unless the credit reporting agencies act, thousands of Sandy victims could face higher costs for home, auto, and business loans.
West Islip, NY - Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center was recently the recipient of a $250,000 grant secured with the assistance of New York State Senator Owen Johnson. The Senator has been a long-time supporter of Good Samaritan Hospital services and programs. The grant funding went towards a Central Monitoring System for the hospital’s Pediatric Unit.
“Having a state-of-the-art monitoring system for children in Good Samaritan’s Pediatric Unit offers a significant advantage in caring for patients,” said Good Samaritan Hospital’s Chair of Pediatric Services Catherine Caronia, MD.
New York State Senator Phil Boyle, members of the Hospital Foundation Board and physicians shared in the celebration on the Good Samaritan pediatric roof top garden, a beautiful and soothing outdoor space, available for patients and their families to help speed the recovery and minimize the stress associated with a hospital stay.
Shed The Meds Program Sponsored By Senator Phil Boyle
Drive up and drop off any expired or no longer used prescription medications. They will be safely disposed of by the US Drug Enforcement Agency who will be on hand for the collection.
"Disposing of medications down your toilet or sink may cause danger to our local waterways and precious water supply. Please help us dispose of these substances safely by participating in our Shed The Meds program," Senator Boyle said.
Senator Phil Boyle held his first meeting as Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse on April 23, 2013. This committee assignment provides Senator Boyle a prominent role in his advocacy for the prevention, treatment, and recovery services provided to all of New York State’s citizens who are struggling with addiction, as well as for their families.
Senator Phil Boyle was joined by members of the community recently to applaud the installation of traffic signals at the Barberry Road / Wagstaff Lane / Montauk Highway intersection in West Islip. State funding was secured for the installation of traffic lights at this dangerous intersection near West Islip High School after several students sustained injuries in motor vehicle accidents in 2011.
Governor Cuomo Announces Community Reconstruction Zones funded By Federal Supplemental Disaster Aid To Guide Local Rebuilding ProcessProgram to Fund Hard Hit Localities to Develop Comprehensive Rebuilding Plans from the Bottom Up
‘Child Safe Products Act’ Legislative Sponsors Champion Fight for Passage in 2013Mineola—Thousands of toxic chemicals, most untested for safety purposes, are being used to make everyday children’s products, such as car seats, toys, and bedding. Senator Philip Boyle (R-Babylon) and Assemblyman Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst), the lead sponsors of the Child Safe Products Act (A.6328/S.4614), announced that the bill has passed the Assembly and are calling on their colleagues in the Senate to pass this important legislation. The bill identifies the most dangerous chemicals, begins a phase-out of these chemicals in 2018, and has broad support in the health, environmental and business communities.
Senator Phil Boyle is partnering with the Suffolk County Sheriff's Alcohol and Substance Abuse Task Force and the Youth Enrichment Services program for an important community meeting to help increase awareness about the dangers associated with drug abuse and the growing heroin epidemic facing Long Island teens.
Some of the topics that will be addressed at the meeting include: