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Oppenheimer Applauds Governor's Broad Vision for 2012

Senator stands ready to work with Governor on ambitious agenda to create jobs and restore aging infrastructure

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) offered her strong support for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ambitious agenda to build a “new” New York in 2012.  “Last year, we charted a new course in Albany, tackling tough issues and rebuilding public trust,” said Oppenheimer, “and I am anxious to continue that progress.”

The Senator applauded the Governor’s economic blueprint to grow New York’s economy and spur job creation.  She noted that plans to accelerate capital investment in a rebuilt Tappan Zee Bridge and a new, state-of-the-art New York City convention center will create thousands of jobs in our greater metropolitan area.  The Governor also pledged to speed the rebuilding of New York’s aging bridges, roads and parks, a move that will produce jobs while ensuring that the state remains competitive and safe.  “His private/public sector approach to economic development will allow the State to leverage its limited public infrastructure dollars to maximum benefit,” said Oppenheimer.

January 6, 2012
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Federal Government Increases Funding for Low-income Home Energy Assistance Programs

Senator Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today applauded the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for releasing more than $845 million in additional funding for states to help low-income residents with home heating and energy costs.

The low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funding initiative administered locally by the Westchester County Department of Social Services (DSS).  The program assists low-income households, including families with children and seniors, with their home energy needs such as heating in the winter and cooling in the summer.  HEAP also assists with weatherization costs to help homeowners make their homes more energy efficient.

January 3, 2012
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Attention Scarsdale Students!

The League of Women Voters of Scarsdale is planning to select a student to participate in this year's Students Inside Albany conference, which will be held on March 25-28, 2012.

Students Inside Albany is an intensive 4-day conference designed to immerse students in the process by which public policy is proposed, enacted and changed in New York State and to educate them on how they can influence and affect this process.  Students are afforded the opportunity to observe Assembly and Senate sessions and to shadow one of their state legislators.

A downloadable application and additional information may be found on the League website, www.lwvs.org, or by emailing the League at lwvscarsdale@gmail.com.  Applications are due on January 11, 2012.

I  hope to see you in Albany in March!

January 3, 2012
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Oppenheimer joins Governor Cuomo at bill signing ceremony for legislation reducing or eliminating MTA payroll taxes on small businesses

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer joins Governor Andrew Cuomo at the bill signing ceremony for recently enacted legislation that reduces, or in many cases eliminates, the MTA payroll tax obligation on small businesses, schools and self-employed individuals.  Oppenheimer applauded the bill as an important first step towards the eventual elimination of the MTA payroll tax for suburban counties.

December 12, 2011
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Oppenheimer Endorses Governor's Job Creation Package Bringing MTA Payroll Tax Relief and Greater State Role in Flood Mitigation

State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today applauded Governor Cuomo’s comprehensive Job Creation package, which includes significant reductions in the MTA Payroll Tax and state flood relief assistance for individuals, small businesses, and local governments hard hit by recent flood disasters.

Senator Oppenheimer stated, “The MTA Payroll Tax needs to be eliminated for suburban counties. The $250 million cut in the payroll tax, which is targeted to small businesses, self-employed individuals and private and parochial schools, will be of special benefit to Westchester.”

December 8, 2011
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Senator Oppenheimer Applauds Extension of Hydrofracking Comment Period

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today commended the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for its decision to extend the public comment period on the DEC’s proposed rules on the hydraulic fracturing of natural gas.  The extension – to January 11, 2012 – was announced this week at a public hearing in New York City that attracted nearly 6,000 people and generated more than 1,250 comments into the public record.

“The unprecedented attendance at this week’s public hearing underscores the enormous public interest in this important environmental and public safety issue,” said Oppenheimer.  “I am pleased by the DEC’s willingness to afford all interested citizens ample opportunity to study the draft regulations and provide substantive feedback to the Department.”

December 8, 2011
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Oppenheimer Urges Consumers to Support Small Businesses this Holiday Season

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) urges consumers to support small businesses as they head to the stores this holiday season.  “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and the engine of job creation in New York,” said Oppenheimer.  Noting that Saturday, November 26th has been designated the second annual Small Business Saturday®, Oppenheimer hopes that shoppers will support their neighborhood stores on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. 

November 21, 2011
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Oppenheimer Grant Helps Restore Trees Lost to Storm Damage in Crawford Park

Crawford Park in Rye Brook was particularly hard hit by the devastating snow storm in March 2010.  Numerous trees were lost or badly damaged.  In consultation with the Town of Rye, Senator Oppenheimer arranged for a $5,000 grant for the Town of Rye and the Friends of Crawford Park, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and beautification of the Crawford estate.

November 7, 2011
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Putting Small Business First in New York

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) and the Women’s Enterprise Development Center (WEDC) hosted a successful Small Business & Economic Development Forum on Tuesday, October 18th at the White Plains Public Library.  This was the Senator’s 20th small business conference, which has been co-sponsored in recent years by WEDC.

A capacity crowd filled the library auditorium to hear keynote speaker, Steve Cohen, the Senior Vice President and Deputy Commissioner of Empire State Development (ESD).  In a talk punctuated by timely, practical advice, Cohen emphasized the State’s revitalization and expansion of programs to assist small business.  Under Governor Cuomo, the State has taken a community driven approach to economic development, creating ten Regional Economic Development Councils that are designed to target state economic development projects to the specific needs of the community. 

October 28, 2011
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Senator Oppenheimer and the Westchester Independent Living Center Remind Voters of the Availability of Ballot Marking Devices

As you know, last year marked the introduction of new paper ballots that are fed into a scanner to be counted.  Many voters may have had difficulties reading the small print on those ballots.  Senator Oppenheimer and the Westchester Independent Living Center wish to alert voters to the availability of Ballot Marking Devices (BMDs) at each polling site that can help in the voting process.

October 26, 2011
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Oppenheimer Honored by Metropolitan New York Library Council

Senator Acknowledged for Outstanding and Dedicated Service in Support of Libraries

The Metropolitan New York Library Council (“METRO”) has honored State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) for her “outstanding and dedicated service in support of libraries.”  The award was presented to Senator Oppenheimer at METRO’s annual meeting on October 17, 2011, in New York City. 

Calling her “a great friend and supporter of the library community,” METRO Board President Norman Jacknis noted that Senator Oppenheimer is the only legislator to have earned an A+ on the New Yorkers for Better Libraries’ report card of legislative accountability.  Senator Oppenheimer “has sponsored five library bills, four of them have already passed, and she’s made a valiant effort to restore library funding,” said Jacknis.  “In honor of her long-standing commitment to the library community and for her many vital contributions to our area, METRO is pleased to present Senator Suzi Oppenheimer with a special award recognizing her outstanding work.”

October 24, 2011
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Oppenheimer Urges Women to Schedule Mammograms During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Senator Oppenheimer is Living Proof that Early Detection is Key to Breast Cancer Survival

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) reminds New Yorkers that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and urges all women to schedule their annual mammogram.

Medical professionals recommend that women receive a clinical breast exam beginning at age 20 and thereafter a minimum of once every three years until the age of 40. Women over 40 should undergo clinical breast exams every year.

October 7, 2011
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Senator Oppenheimer and WEDC to Host Upcoming Small Busines & Economic Development Forum

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) and the Women’s Enterprise Development Center Inc. (WEDC) are pleased to announce that they will host a Small Business & Economic Development Forum on Tuesday, October 18th, 2011, from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Avenue, White Plains.  This is the 20th small business conference hosted by the Senator, which is being held this year with the generous support of Capital One Bank. 

This year’s forum will focus on “Putting Small Business First in New York” and will feature Steve Cohen, Senior Vice President and Deputy Commissioner of Empire State Development (ESD).  Since joining ESD, Cohen has led efforts to implement and refine programs to support small business development, increase access to capital, and improve the economic climate in communities throughout New York State.  Over the past year, ESD programs have facilitated the creation of hundreds of new businesses, millions of dollars in capital investments in small businesses and community development projects, and the creation and retention of thousands of jobs.

October 7, 2011
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Senator Oppenheimer Joins Bipartisan Effort to Eliminate Unfunded Mandate in Medicaid Cost Structure and Reduce Property Taxes

On October 3, 2011, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer joined with state and local officials from throughout New York to support legislation (S.5889B/A.8644) that would structurally reform the existing Medicaid cost structure and shift the local share of Medicaid costs to the State.

"I have long supported a state takeover of Medicaid costs, the largest unfunded mandate placed on the property tax," said Senator Oppenheimer.  "Local governments must be given the means to reduce their costs and lower the property tax burden.  I co-sponsor this proposal because it provides real relief for taxpayers in the form of a freeze on increases now and a phased-in assumption of Medicaid costs by the State."

October 6, 2011
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Oppenheimer Grant Helps Safe Routes to School Kick-off

For Immediate Release

Sept 30, 2011

International Walk to School Week is taking off across the Sound Shore with help from the Safe Routes to School Committees from Rye, Rye Neck and Mamaroneck.  With 9 elementary schools in the area, representing over 4500 children grades K-5, that’s a lot of steps taking to the sidewalks during the week of Oct. 3-7. 

With help from the Rye Y and grant funding provided by the United Way of Westchester and NY State Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, Safe Routes “starter kits” were distributed to 9 local grade schools as a way to encourage safe walking and biking to school. Walking safety tips, banners, walking school bus signs, and an array of incentives were included in the kit for children.  Adult messaging such as “Please Put Down the Cellphone” are on lawn signs to appear on school campuses as well as car magnets proclaiming, “Caution.  I stop at Crosswalks.” 

International Walk to School Week takes place twice a year, in the Fall and Spring.  Safe Routes to School is an international program recognized by the CDC as an effective initiative in helping to create healthier communities.

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October 6, 2011
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Senator Oppenheimer Holds Mobile Office Hours In New Castle

Please stop by and visit with Senator Oppenheimer

at her booth on

NEW CASTLE COMMUNITY DAY

Train Station Parking Lot

Chappaqua, NY 10514

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Come share your concerns, get assistance or just say hello

September 17, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Senator Oppenheimer Urges Citizens to Prepare for Hurricane Irene


Asks New Yorkers to take all necessary precautions to ensure safety during heavy storms
 
State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is encouraging all citizens to take the appropriate precautionary steps to protect their safety, as well as their families and homes.
 
Senator Oppenheimer advises that, “ Extreme storms present safety risks that can be reduced by taking simple steps to prepare for some of the storm impacts. It is better to anticipate power outages, strong winds, and flooding in advance. I urge everyone to take steps now.”
 

August 26, 2011
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Oppenheimer Applauds Governor's Signing of Bill Allowing Purchase College to Build Senior Learning Community

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today hailed Governor Cuomo for signing into law her bill authorizing Purchase College to lease land for the development of a senior residential learning center on campus (S.1846A).

“I have been working closely with University administrators for many, many years to bring this innovative public-private partnership approach to SUNY, “ said Senator Oppenheimer.  “The senior learning community was eagerly sought by both University officials and seniors who came to me for assistance in getting this legislation passed.”

August 22, 2011
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