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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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Senate Passes Bill To Protect Inexperienced Drivers

Measure Prohibits Use of Phones or Hands-Free Devices By Those With Learner’s PermitsThe New York State Senate passed a bill to protect young and inexperienced drivers by helping to remove distractions that could lead to accidents. The legislation (S1511A) prohibits the use of cell phones – including hands-free devices – by drivers who hold learner’s permits.The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reports that young drivers make up just seven percent of the driving population, but are involved in 15 percent of the fatal crashes. The NTSB recommended that all states prohibit holders of learner's permits or a class DJ or MJ license from using wireless mobile telephones while driving. 

May 30, 2013
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Do You Want The Government To Use Taxpayer Dollars To Fund Political Campaigns?

Governor Cuomo’s recent proposal for public campaign financing would cost New York taxpayers $250 million. His proposal would have taxpayers pay for political campaigns including taxpayer-funded attack ads, robo-calls, political mail and political consultants.

In order to pay for publicly funded campaigns, some Albany lawmakers are proposing to raise your taxes and to cut monies set aside for education, road repair and protecting our environment.  

Knowing this, I would like your input on the important issue of public financing of campaigns so that I may better represent you in Albany:

May 29, 2013
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May 28, 2013
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Memorial Day Parades In The 4th Senate District

Memorial Day ParadesSunday May 26,  2013Great River Fire Department Memorial Day Parade: 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Where: Great River Fire HouseMore Information: http://greatriverfire.com/event-calendarMonday May 27, 2013Greater Sayville Memorial Day Parade: 9 :00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.   Where: Begins at Hansome Ave by the St. Lawrence Church/School Parking Lot

May 26, 10:30 AM - May 27, 1:00 PM
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Senate Passes Bill To Help Prevent Environmental Crimes

The New York State Senate passed legislation that would prosecute those who intentionally or recklessly damage the environment while committing another crime. The bill (S1016) would deter thieves or other vandals from committing crimes that could result in contamination, and hold those accountable for financial and environmental damage from their actions.

May 24, 2013
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Long Island State Parks Are Open For The Memorial Day Weekend

Robert Moses State Park and the Jones Beach State Park boardwalk are open for the 2013 summer park season. Among the most heavily visited parks in the state park system, Robert Moses and large sections of Jones Beach have been closed since October due to severe damage from Superstorm Sandy.Destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc at Robert Moses and Jones Beach State Park but the beaches are ready, the boardwalk is back, and the parks are open. Long Island is ready for a great start up to the summer.

May 24, 2013
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Senator Boyle's "VLT's On Long Island" Initiative Gains Traction In Senate

Keeps Gaming Money on Long Island While Providing Much Needed Revenue for County Governments

Albany, NY - A significant step in favor of allowing Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) on Long Island was taken today.   Senator John Bonacic (R- Orange County), Chairman of the Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, introduced a comprehensive statewide gaming bill that, among many other measures, would allow for Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) on Long Island.

The move comes three weeks after Senator Phil Boyle’s proposal to allow regional off-track betting corporations (OTBs) of Nassau and Suffolk Counties to operate video lottery gaming terminals was referred to the Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee.

May 24, 2013
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Senator Phil Boyle Successfully Completes One Food Drive, Starts Another

Public Official and Community Continue to Respond to Sandy Victims' Need Babylon, NY – State Senator Phil Boyle (R – Bay Shore) recently sponsored a local drive for victims of Superstorm Sandy, accepting donations at his Babylon Village District Office from March 5th through April 5, 2013.  Senator Boyle teamed up with Long Island Cares, Inc. to raise food and supplies for victims still struggling to recover from damages caused by the storm.Senator Boyle’s drive raised over 200 lbs of non-perishable food and needed supplies, which were distributed to those in need.  Residents of Senator Boyle’s 4th Senate District were encouraged to drop off non-perishable foods and needed supplies to his Babylon Village office. 

May 24, 2013
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Senator Phil Boyle Applauds Assembly Passage Of SAFE Act Amendment

 Urges Senate To Exempt Retired Law Enforcement Officers

Albany, NY - Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore), the first state legislator to offer an amendment to the NY SAFE Act, applauded the New York State Assembly today for passing legislation based on his amendment. 

Senator Boyle's bill, drafted the morning after passage of Governor Cuomo's gun control measure, exempted retired law enforcement officers from the ban on the possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices.

May 24, 2013
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Meet Senator Boyle At The Connetquot Public Library, 5:00PM - 7:00PM on May 23rd

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 partic

May 23, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Senate Passes Bill That Would Increase Penalties For Leaving The Scene Of A Boating Accident

The New York State Senate today passed a bill toughening the penalties for leaving the scene of a boating accident without making a report. The bill (S.339) is in response to serious boating accidents that have happened in recent years.      The bill would increase the penalty to an A misdemeanor for a first offense of leaving the scene of a boating accident when a person knows or should know there has been an injury to another person.  A second offense within five years of the first offense would be a felony. The bill also would stiffen the penalties for the crime of leaving the scene of a boating accident, that resulted in property damage, without reporting it.  The bill has been sent to the Assembly.

May 22, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill To Require Mandatory Jail Sentences For Repeat DWI Offenders

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to require mandatory jail sentences for repeat DWI offenders.Current law does not require repeat DWI offenders to spend any time in jail. Right now, repeat DWI offenders face class E or D felony charges punishable by up to four or seven years in jail and/or a fine between $1,000-$5,000 or $2,000-$10,000. However, judges have the discretion to sentence these offenders to only a fine or a fine and community service under the law.The legislation (S750) would require drunk drivers with multiple DWI convictions to serve a jail sentence.

May 22, 2013
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Senator Boyle Honors Local Veteran Warrant Officer Francis H. Romanitch

Warrant Officer Romanitch Inducted IntoThe State Senate Veterans Hall Of Fame

Albany, New York – Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) honored Warrant Officer Francis H. Romanitch as part of the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame Honoree Celebration on May 21, 2013.

May 21, 2013
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Senate Passes Measure To Encourage Environmentally Friendly Home Building

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to encourage the building of more “green” homes by creating a property tax exemption. The bill (S1710), sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R-I, North Buffalo), would help increase demand for environmentally friendly housing by allowing local municipalities to offer a real property tax exemption of 35 percent for a maximum of 20 years. 

May 21, 2013
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Federal Dollars To Help Commercial And Recreation Fishing Industry Rebuild After Superstorm Sandy

$20 MILLION IN GRANTS TO SANDY-IMPACTED FISHING INDUSTRYGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today urged coastal fishing businesses harmed by Storm Sandy to apply for available funding through the State’s recently approved Coastal Fishing Industry Grant Program. Under the program, eligible businesses will be able to apply for grants of up to $50,000 to cover uncompensated losses. “The regions most devastated by Superstorm Sandy are also vital parts of our state’s fishing industry, supporting thousands of local jobs and generating billions in economic activity,” Governor Cuomo said. “With peak fishing season arriving, I am directing new federal funds to support this critical industry on Long Island and Staten Island as it works to reach full recovery.”

May 20, 2013
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Summer Jobs Program Will Put More Than 18,000 Teens To Work Across New York State

More than 18,000 teens will have jobs this summer through New York State’s Summer Youth Employment Program.The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) has distributed $25 million in funding to all 57 counties and New York City to help bring youth into the workforce, acquire skills that can help them improve in school, and propel them to greater educational and career achievements.“The Summer Youth Employment Program offers a great opportunity for employment to teenagers and young adults in underserved communities across New York State,” said Governor Cuomo. “Introducing youth to their first job means they will gain valuable skills and experience that can help them achieve success in the future.”

May 20, 2013
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Francis H. Romanitch

The youngest of four brothers, Francis H. Romanitch was born at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, New York. Upon graduating from West Babylon High School in 2003, Warrant Officer Romanitch enlisted in the Selected Marine Corps Reserve where he went on to excel in his training and his duties.In November 2011, Warrant Officer Romanitch was activated in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, completing a successful tour in Afghanistan, working in the Special Equipment Items section, 1st Maintenance Battalion, at Camp Leatherneck.

May 19, 2013
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