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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Babylon, NY - Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) joined Tess Helfman, President of the Board of Directors of the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition (BBCC) at the 15th Annual Chefs For A Cause fundraising dinner held at The Venetian Yacht Club in Babylon Village on May 15, 2013.“On this 20th Anniversary of the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition, I want to thank the founders; Debbie Basile, Betti Ann Innes, Pat Smith and the many BBCC volunteers for their unfaltering dedication to the research, treatment, and prevention of cancer,” Senator Boyle said. “I applaud the BBCC for their grass roots efforts and public outreach in assisting those who are battling this deadly disease.”
Law Uses Latest Technologies to Protect Schoolchildren
Albany, NY - Senator Phil Boyle (R- Bay Shore) has sponsored legislation (S.5028) to keep our children safe when getting on and off of the school bus each day. The School Bus Safety Act allows school districts and school bus contractors to install school bus safety cameras to capture license plate numbers of vehicles that do not stop when the stop arm of the school bus is extended.
Services Help Dozens From Wyandanch and Surrounding Communities
Wyandanch, NY - Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) sponsored a program at the Wyandanch Public Library providing free civil legal services to those in need. On Wednesday, May 15th, staff aboard the Mobile Legal Help Center opened their doors to local residents from 10AM until 4PM.
Community Members Safely Dispose of Unwanted Prescription DrugsIslip, NY - Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) recently sponsored a “Shed The Meds” program at the Islip Fire Department to ensure the safe disposal of unwanted prescription medications. As Chairman of the NY Senate Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Senator Boyle invited the community to join him in his efforts to help prevent the improper and illegal use of prescription drugs. The safe disposal of unwanted or expired drugs also helps to protect our waterways and ensure the safety of our local water supply, as recent studies have shown that disposing of medications down your toilet or sink can have adverse affects on our local ecosystems.
Lindenhurst Resident Honored for Contributions to CommunityALBANY, NEW YORK – Senator Phil Boyle honored Lindenhurst resident Jennifer Mackie as part of the New York State Senate’s 16th Annual Women of Distinction ceremony on May 7, 2013. Mackie, a mother of three sons who works as an Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist with autistic children, was nominated by local residents to receive special recognition by the State Senate as a New York “Woman of Distinction” for her outstanding contributions to her community.
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.
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.
‘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.
Measures Encourage Renewable Energy Development, Reduce Mercury from Light Bulbs, and Protect Sharks and Other Species
The New York State Senate today passed a package of six bills that celebrate Earth Day by promoting the use of renewable energy, reducing harmful pollutants, and protecting sharks and other vulnerable species.