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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.