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Race to the Top Press Conference

Senator Oppenheimer speaks at the press conferenceannouncing New York's victory in the Race to the Top competition.  From Lto R:  Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Speaker Sheldon Silver, Michael Mulgrew,President of the United Federation of Teachers, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer,Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, New York City Counsel SpeakerChristine Quinn

Senate Education Chair, Suzi Oppenheimer, Hails New York Educators and Advocates for Race to the Top Victory

Photo Caption:  Senator Oppenheimer listens to Mayor Michael Bloomberg atpress conference announcing New York's winning of $700 million in Race tothe Top funding.  From L to R: Senator John Sampson, Mayor MichaelBloomberg, Michael Mulgrew, Chancellor Merryl Tisch, Christine Quinn,Speaker of the NYC Counsel, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer


Environmental Groups, Community Advocates and Elected Officials Herald Enactment of New Smart Growth Law

Leading environmental advocates, elected officials and community groups joined together to celebrate enactment of the Smart Growth Infrastructure Policy Act (S.5560B/A.8011B). On August 30, 2010, Governor Paterson signed this important legislation into law, which establishes state smart growth infrastructure criteria and requires state agencies to review and consider these guidelines when allocating funds for public infrastructure projects.

The law requires the relevant state agencies to form smart growth advisory committees that will consult with residents, environmental groups, local officials and other stakeholders before approving state construction projects.


Focusing on the Future, Senator Oppenheimer Takes Her Oath of Office

On the day Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his important first State of the State message Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) was sworn in to a new term in the New York State Senate by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman. The brief swearing-in ceremony took place in the Senate Chamber.

Embracing the serious challenges facing the state, Senator Oppenheimer vowed to work closely with Governor Cuomo to restore New York’s fiscal health and ensure greater integrity and accountability in Albany. “I support the important goals Governor Cuomo has set for state government: improved performance in addressing the pressing problems facing New York, tax relief, and restructuring state government to reduce costs. Now is the time to make change happen.”


Good-Government Group Measures Lawmakers' 2011 Productivity

Good-Government Group Measures Lawmakers' 2011 Productivity

By Dan Wiessner

A recent report looked at how many bills each state lawmaker passed, compared to how many were introduced. Lower Hudson Valley legislators were mostly in the middle of the pack.


Measuring the effectiveness of individual lawmakers can be tricky, not least because many of them do much of their work behind the scenes. Some choose to spread their energy across a number of initiatives while others have laser-like focus on a handful of specific areas.

One way to begin is to look at the number of bills they successfully pushed through each house of the legislature, and how many wound up being signed into law by the governor. The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) did just that earlier this summer, releasing a detailed breakdown of the number of bills introduced and passed by all 212 lawmakers.

"Legislative 'productivity' is more complicated than simple numbers. It’s up to New Yorkers to assess their legislators’ effectiveness and impact," NYPIRG's Bill Mahoney said in the report.

The dozen lawmakers who represent the lower Hudson Valley generally settled in the middle of the pack this year. The most 'effective' legislators were mainly veteran Senate Republicans, two of whom pushed at least 30 bills through both houses.

Meanwhile, local Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Port Chester) was the most successful Senate Democrat with 13 bills passing her chamber. Those include measures that will allow the town and village of Ossining to consolidate their courts and allow local boards of health to levy steeper penalties to businesses that violate sanitary codes.


Senator Oppenheimer Announces Her Retirement in 2012

State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) announced today that she will not seek re-election this November.  The Senator made her decision upon recently learning that she will have to undergo major shoulder replacement surgery in 2012.

Said Oppenheimer:

“It had always been my plan to seek re-election in November and continue to serve the people of this district.  When considering my responsibilities as Senator, the extensive effort that will go into rehabilitation and physical therapy following my surgery, and the added work of the hard fought campaigns I always wage, it became clear to me that I could do only two of those three important tasks.


Oppenheimer Names Reina Schiffrin 2012 Woman of Distinction

At a ceremony held in Albany  on May 15th, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) paid tribute to Reina Schiffrin, naming her a 2012 Woman of Distinction.  Ms. Schiffrin is the President/CEO of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP).

As one of the most senior women in the Senate, Senator Oppenheimer welcomed the honorees at the 2012 Women of Distinction ceremony:  “Tonight we honor outstanding women who make our world and our lives better.  With us today are individuals of remarkable character.  They have demonstrated initiative and commitment in the pursuit of higher goals for themselves, as well as acting as role models for all women.”


Senator Oppenheimer Bids Farewell to the NYS Senate

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer thanks her colleagues in the Senate and reflects on the issues most dear to her -- education, the environment and women's rights.