State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today announced the introduction of several bills aimed at providing much needed mandate relief for local school districts. The trio of legislative proposals would eliminate unnecessary and often duplicative reporting requirements, allow for greater consolidation and sharing of services between school districts, and provide a five year exemption from Wicks Law requirements for school construction projects.
Bill is Expected to Head to the Floor for Vote by Full Senate This Week
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, voted to approve legislation (S. 4110-A) that would permit New York to receive more than $600 million in federal stimulus funds for unemployment assistance. As part of this bill, an additional 13 weeks of extended unemployment benefits will be provided to New Yorkers already receiving aid, while additional funding will be made available for benefits to newly unemployed workers.
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) announced passage of Governor David Paterson’s proposed bailout of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which was approved by the Senate on May 6. The measure provides $2.26 billion for the financially crippled MTA and affords New York area commuters significant relief from the exorbitant fare hikes and drastic service reductions that had been anticipated.
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today urged all women to give themselves a precious gift this Mother’s Day – the gift of peace of mind. Stressing the importance of mammography and early detection in the fight against breast cancer, Senator Oppenheimer made her remarks in connection with the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program’s annual Mother’s Day Mammography Campaign.
New York ReactionOn Sunday, April 26, Governor Paterson also activated the health emergency preparedness for New York.
This enabled the state and local governments to receive faster access to resources and heightened the level of monitoring taking place. The state is coordinating a response through its Health Alert Network (HAN), using it to communicate and coordinate disease monitoring activity, laboratory testing, and the proper health care response with local health departments, hospitals and providers.
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) recently co-hosted a panel presentation focusing on the vital need to ensure access and equity for students with disabilities amid times of economic uncertainty. The panel addressed a wide range of issues, including funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), state and local budget issues, mandate relief proposals and litigation reform.
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) joined with other public officials to urge that funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA, also known as the federal stimulus plan) be used expeditiously to create and save jobs in Westchester County and the lower Hudson Valley. Senator Oppenheimer spoke at a rally, sponsored by the Coalition to Keep New York Working, which was held April 23rd at the steps of the Westchester County Michaelian Office Building in White Plains.
State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce the passage of S. 3453, which strengthens the Open Meetings Law by affording the courts additional enforcement remedies for violations of the law.