New Law Provides Additional Enforcement Tools to Ensure Compliance
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer is pleased to announce that her bill to enhance judicial enforcement of the open meetings law, S. 7054, was signed into law on April 14, 2010. The legislation was part of a package of sunshine bills aimed at fostering greater openness and public participation in government decision-making.
Senator Urges Awareness and Advocacy as part of Autism Awareness Month
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) will speak at Navigating the Spectrum’s 4th Annual Autism Information Fair on Sunday, April 18th at the Westchester County Center. The event is co-sponsored by the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health.
In an effort to more effectively advocate for the needs and concerns of their constituents, the five New York senators representing Westchester County will convene a public hearing to assess the priorities and impacts of Governor Paterson’s proposed SFY 2010-2011 budget on the residents, communities, organizations and elected officials of Westchester. Senator Suzi Oppenheimer chairs the Westchester Senate delegation, which includes Senators Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Jeff Klein, Vincent Leibell, and Andrea Stewart-Cousins.
AMANDA’S LAW REQUIRING THE INSTALLATION OF CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS GOES INTO EFFECT IN NEW YORK Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce enactment of a new law to protect families from the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Known as the “silent” killer, carbon monoxide – which can neither be seen nor smelled -- is responsible for the deaths of more than 500 people each year.
Many Taxpayers May Overlook Valuable Tax Credit In today’s difficult economy, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) can make life a little easier for workers and their families struggling to make ends meet. Yet, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) estimates that one in four eligible taxpayers could miss out on this valuable tax credit because they aren’t aware that they qualify.
Acknowledging the difficult economic circumstances facing schools throughout the State, the Senate Education Committee, chaired by Senator Suzi Oppenheimer, today took decisive action to assist school districts in meeting their considerable fiscal challenges. The Committee acted favorably on several bills that are part of Senator Oppenheimer’s reform agenda to provide mandate relief and afford greater flexibility to school districts to manage expenses and achieve cost savings.
School Officials Roundtable Highlights Challenges and Successes of Local School Districts
Preserving a quality education in Westchester amid considerable economic challenges was the topic of discussion at a school officials roundtable organized by State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) last Thursday.
BUDDING LOCAL ARTISTS WIN NYS SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE ART CONTESTStudents’ Work Featured in 2009 Annual Report of the Senate Committee on Education Senator Suzi Oppenheimer, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Education, is pleased to announce the winners of the Committee’s 2009 Annual Report art competition. Six local artists, ranging in age from six to nine years, were honored recently by Senator Oppenheimer at her district offices in Port Chester.
SENATOR OPPENHEIMER CO-HOSTS WESTCHESTER TOWN HALL FORUM ON LONG-TERM HEALTH CARE SERVICES
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) co-hosted with Assemblyman George Latimer a Westchester town hall forum addressing state funding for long-term health care services. The forum, which was organized by the Continuing Care Leadership Coalition (CCLC), was held on January 15, 2010 at the United Hebrew Geriatric Center in New Rochelle.
The Senator provides key assistance to ensure maximum funding for Westchester communities
Recognizing the importance of an accurate and complete count of all residents residing in Westchester County, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is actively assisting local communities in her Senate district in their 2010 census outreach efforts.
SENATOR OPPENHEIMER AND WOMEN’S ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT CENTER HOST SMALL BUSINESS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FORUM
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) and the Women’s Enterprise Development Center (WEDC) hosted a successful Small Business and Economic Development Forum on Thursday, October 22nd at the White Plains Public Library.
Governor Paterson has signed into law, S. 4962-B, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer’s bill significantly updating New York state laws regarding the euthanasia of animals. The measure bans the euthanasia of animals by lethal gassing and ensures that animal euthanasia is performed in the most humane manner possible.
The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck), held the first of three public hearings exploring how the delivery of shared services through Boards of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES) or related entities might be expanded to create greater efficiencies and lead to further taxpayer savings. The hearing took place on October 2, 2009 at the Western Suffolk BOCES Conference Center in Wheatley Heights, New York. It was attended by representatives of BOCES, school districts, unions and governmental organizations.