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.
Members of the Committee will hear testimony from interested parties to help inform their decision making with regard to the future governance of the New York City School system.
The school governance law which gave the Mayor of New York authority to operate the city’s public schools was enacted by the New York State Legislature in 2002. This law is set to expire on June 30, 2009.
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.
Senior Writer from On Board: The Voice of the Public School Leadership
The new chairwoman of the Senate’s Education Committee has an ambitious agenda for New York’s schools.
"If I could get universal pre-K down to age 3, I’d do it in a heartbeat," Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer told On Board during a wide-ranging interview in her corner office in Albany’s Legislative Office Building.
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.
Did you know that an average of 17 people die every day waiting for a transplant of a vital organ because there are not enough donors? Since April has been designated as a month that honors organ donors–"our unsung heroes"–I would like to remind you how you can save a life by becoming an organ donor. There are currently more than 85,000 individuals nationwide, including many thousands of New Yorkers, who are waiting for organ transplants.
State Senator Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today announced that the Senate passed a bill, which she co-sponsored, that would allow seniors in New York State to take college courses for credit without paying tuition at State-operated campuses
New York took a big step with reforming Workers’ Compensation – but it’s only the beginning. “There is more to do,” she said. “The Senate needs to work on passing Article 10 legislation, implementing the Brownfields Shovel-Ready Site Program, and pushing for Empire Zone and IDA reforms. These actions will go a long way in showing companies in our state that we mean business.”
Hoping to bring better awareness to new breakthroughs associated with detecting ovarian cancer, State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today noted that New Yorkers need to learn more about the symptoms of early disease. She said ovarian cancer used to be called the ‘silent killer’ because it rarely revealed symptoms in its earliest, most treatable stages. But ovarian cancer is silent no more.