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Suzi Oppenheimer

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Senator Oppenheimer Awarded Audubon New York's Prestigious William Hoyt Environmental Excellence Award

Senator Recognized for Leadership on Smart Growth and Environmental Funding in State Senate 

Albany, NY March 31, 2011 – In recognition for her outstanding commitment to the environment and leadership in advancing numerous conservation measures in the New York State Senate, Audubon New York and the Audubon Council of New York State selected State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer as the 2011 recipient of the William Hoyt Environmental Excellence Award. The Award, which is named in honor of the popular environmental advocate who passed away in 1992 while serving in the State Assembly, was presented at the at the 2011 spring Audubon Assembly this past weekend at the Gideon Putnam Hotel and Conference Center in Saratoga Springs, NY.

April 1, 2011

Senator Oppenheimer Honored by the New York State Humane Association

In a presentation at the State Capitol, the New York State Humane Association commended Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) for her legislative achievements to improve the health and well-being of animals throughout the State.

March 18, 2011

Governor Signs Village Lever Voting Bill Co-sponsored by Senator Oppenheimer

            On February 28, 2011, Governor Cuomo signed into law legislation (A.3093B/S.3216), which will permit villages that administer their own elections to continue to use lever voting machines in the upcoming March elections.  Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) co-sponsored the legislation in the Senate.

March 15, 2011

Senator Oppenheimer Hosts Roundtable to Provide School District Voice on New State Rules for Teacher/Principal Evaluations

“How can we preserve all that is excellent about schools in Westchester?” was the question presented by Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) at a meeting of educators from the 37th Senate District. This topic was the focus of a roundtable organized by the Senator for school officials to meet with Senior Deputy Commissioner John King of the NYS Department of Education in February.

March 15, 2011

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.”

January 11, 2011

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer Hosts Middle School Geography Bee

On November 30, 2010, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) hosted a geography bee for local middle school students at the Port Chester Middle School. Five area middle schools – Anne M. Dorner Middle School in Ossining, Blind Brook Middle School in Rye Brook, the Eastview and Highlands Campuses of the White Plains School District, and the Port Chester Middle School – sent teams of students to the competition.

Eddie Romero, an eighth grade student at the Port Chester Middle School won the geography bee, while Ryann Gutierrez, another Port Chester eighth grader, was a close runner-up. All of the students were bright and worthy competitors.

December 14, 2010

Senator Oppenheimer Asks New Yorkers to Remember Those in Need This Holiday Season

Celebrate the Holidays by Helping Others Stay Warm this Winter

As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, Senator Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is urging families to open their hearts, closets, and attics to find donations that can help keep the homeless and needy warm and sheltered this winter.

December 2, 2010

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer named AIANYS Legislator of the Year

The American Institute of Architects New York State (AIANYS) has named Senator Suzi Oppenheimer as its “2010 Legislator of the Year”. The award recognizes outstanding contributions in advancing the legislative priorities of AIANYS. Senator Oppenheimer is receiving the award for her sponsorship of the Smart Growth Initiative, which was recently signed into law.

October 19, 2010

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.

October 19, 2010

Press Conference to Announce the Signing of the Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act

On August 30, 2010, Governor David Paterson signed into law the State Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act. This groundbreaking new law will fundamentally change the way that state agencies fund public infrastructure projects by requiring the use of smart growth principles to combat sprawl and promote environmentally sound development. Passage of the law was a top legislative priority of environmental groups throughout the state.

October 18, 2010

Architects Name Oppenheimer 2010 Legislator of the Year!

Architects Name Oppenheimer 2010 Legislator of the Year

Representatives of AIA New York State will present Senator Suzi Oppenheimer with a certificate noting her designation as its 2010 Legislator of the Year for her role in sponsoring the recently enacted Smart Growth Initiative.

Coincidentally, the presentation will be made shortly after a press conference commemorating the signing of the smart growth legislation into law. The Ossining Public Library, where the award presentation will be held, is itself a green public building.

October 18, 12:15 PM - 12:15 PM

Senator Oppenheimer Hosts Caregiver Support Seminar at White Plains High School

On October 13, 2010, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) sponsored a free caregiver seminar in the Atrium of White Plains High School. The event featured experts from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) who offered tips and techniques for taking care of loved ones and preventing caregiver burnout.

White Plains School Superintendent Christopher Clouet welcomed the audience and introduced the Senator, saying “Senator Oppenheimer has the vision to bring community members together to discuss and strategize on the delicate issues facing caregivers. The school district is delighted to host this important event.”

October 14, 2010

New Castle Town Supervisor Barbara Gerrard Highlights Progress on Route 120 Bridge Reconstruction

Speaking at the base of the Route 120 bridge on a beautiful early fall morning, New Castle Town Supervisor Barbara Gerrard today expressed enthusiasm for the progress being made on reconstruction of the bridge. She also expressed her gratitude to New Castle residents for their continued patience as the much needed reconstruction continues.

September 27, 2010

Forum/Town Hall: ** Going Green is Good Business **

New York State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer and the Women’s Enterprise Development Center Inc. cordially invite you to a Small Business & Economic Development Forum. 

** Going Green is Good Business ** 

For More Information, Please Contact:

- Debra Lagapa: 914-934-5250              email:

- Kenya Ajose: 914-948-6098 x. 10       email:

October 19, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Mayor Feinstein Announces New Revenue Source to Lessen Property Tax Burden on Residents and Businesses


Joined by Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) and Assemblyman George Latimer (D-Rye), Mayor Joan Feinstein today announced passage of legislation that will allow the Village of Rye Brook to alleviate the property tax burden on businesses and families through a new revenue source – an occupancy charge on Rye Brook hotel rooms.

While property taxes have reached a breaking point in Westchester County, community needs for police, fire, sanitation and other local services, as well as infrastructure maintenance, remain essential.  Faced with declining state aid resulting from the economic downturn, villages, towns and municipalities have urgently sought alternatives to local property taxes to raise much needed revenues.

September 8, 2010

Oppenheimer Smart Growth Bill Becomes Law

Governor signs bill to combat sprawl and promote environmentally sound development

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce that her bill, the State Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act (S.5560B/A.8011B) was signed into law on August 30, 2010.  The new law establishes state smart growth infrastructure criteria and requires state agencies to review and consider these guidelines when allocating funds for public infrastructure projects.

September 7, 2010

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

August 25, 2010

Tax Receipts Available Online


Governor Paterson Signs Oppenheimer/Galef Legislation

New Law Reduces Local Costs and is More Convenient for Taxpayers 

(August 18,  2010) New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer announced that their legislation (A10869/S7677) allowing Municipal Tax Office staff to post local tax receipts online, was signed into law by Governor Paterson on Friday, August 13, 2010.  

August 18, 2010

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer Stands with Women's Advocacy Groups to Urge Governor Paterson to Enact New Protections for Domestic Violence Survivors

While violent crime overall has declined in recent years, violence against loved ones is on the rise.  In 2008, intimate partner homicides increased 25% statewide and 45% in counties outside New York City.  Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck), joined by representatives from the Pace Women’s Justice Center, My Sisters’ Place, Hope’s Door and Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, today called on Governor Paterson to sign into law sweeping legislation to strengthen the rights and protections of domestic violence survivors and increase the criminal penalties for domestic abuse.

August 10, 2010

Landmark Education Reforms Secure New York's Place as Finalist in Race to the Top Competition

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck), chair of the Senate Education Committee, today expressed confidence that the sweeping education reforms she sponsored in the Senate have not only ensured New York’s inclusion as a finalist for federal Race to the Top funding, but will also make the state a strong contender in the final phase of the competition.  At stake is up to $700 million in federal education dollars.

August 4, 2010