June 2010 Community ReportDear Neighbor:The following is a summary of some of my office's activities since my last community report:Albany Update:State Budget Report:The last week of June marked the official "end" of the 2010 New York State Legislative Session – yet the work is far from over. 2010 was a unique year at the Capitol since the bulk of New York’s Fiscal Year 2010-11 budget was enacted through a series of a dozen one-week budget extenders.
New York (CNN) -- The New York state senate passed passed an anti-bullying bill Tuesday night to protect all students from discrimination, including that based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
Cara Matthews – Gannett Albany BureauLocal News – June 21, 2010 - 5:00am
ALBANY — A Westchester County assemblyman whose daughter is a two-time kidney transplant recipient wants to flip New York’s organ-donation system on its head by presuming people are donors unless they indicate otherwise.
“What we have in New York is a completely failed system,” said Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, D-Greenburgh.
Emergency rooms in downtown Manhattan have become more crowded since St. Vincent's Hospital closed in April, but ambulances are getting patients into the remaining ERs faster than they did when the 161-year-old Greenwich Village hospital was open.
On Tuesday, March 22, the New York State Senate adopted a resolution State Senator Duane introduced commemorating the 100th anniversary of the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire at 29 Washington Place in what is now New York University’s Brown Building.
On this episode of “Tom Duane in the Neighborhood,” Senator Duane discusses local journalism and community issues with reporters Diane Vacca of Chelsea Now, Dan Rivoli of the West Side Spirit and Patrick Hedlund of the news gathering website
Dear Neighbor: The following is a summary of some of my office's activities since my last community report:
I am pleased to report that on April 20, the State Senate passed a package of bills designed to strengthen environmental and citizen protections for a cleaner, greener and healthier New York. Bills in the package include:
By Kara Cusolito | June 3, 2010 A tour of Dimock, Pennsylvania, with Victoria Switzer is a bumpy ride over torn-up roads, around parking lots filled with heavy machinery and storage tanks, and past well pads that not long ago were forests. The winter here was quiet, but with the thawing ground came the return of the rigs, the trucks, the constant noise and lights of a twenty-four-hour-a-day gas drilling operation. "It's a modern-day
By Jon Campbell • Albany Bureau • May 17, 2010ALBANY — As bullying in schools continues to grab headlines in New York and throughout the country, school administrators and state legislators are looking at ways to combat the activity — at both the state and district level.
Four-year effort to curb costs for AIDS housing tenants now down to one manPublished: Thursday, May 13, 2010 1:46 PM CDTBY PAUL SCHINDLERSince the waning days of the Pataki administration, advocates havebeen pressing for legislation to cap rents paid by thousands ofclients of the city’s HIV/ AIDS Services Administration (HASA) at 30percent of their income. Now that approval for the measure has finallybeen secured in both the Assembly and the Senate, Governor David A.Paterson’s willingness to sign the measure has suddenly become a major
The New York State Senate is slowly coming around to supporting equal rights for gender nonconforming people.Housing Works latest vote count has 31 state senators firmly in support of the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act (GENDA). The bill prohibits discrimination in housing, employment and all other areas covered by New York State Human Rights Law. Only one more ‘yes’ vote is needed to have a majority in the 62-person Senate.