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Public Hearing: Public Hearing on Swine Flu Preparedness on College Campuses

In April 2009, the United States government declared a public health emergency following outbreaks of H1N1 Influenza A, also known as the “Swine Flu.” Since then, the 2009 H1N1 influenza has been escalated to Phase 6 worldwide pandemic alert level. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has indicated that many of the confirmed cases of the 2009 H1N1 Influenza have been in healthy young adults aged 19 to 24.

November 16, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Complaints Grow Over Governor's Cuts to SUNY - WXXI Radio Clip

Please visit WXXI's Website to hear the audio clip.

ALBANY, NEW YORK (WXXI) - Governor Paterson is getting some complaints about his decision to target public colleges and universities in the half a billion dollars worth of budget cuts that he has ordered. Among the critics, are several of his fellow Democrats in the State Senate.

October 8, 2009
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THE GOVERNOR'S PROPOSED CUTS TO HIGHER EDUCATION

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 7, 2009Travis Proulx | travisproulx@gmail.com | 518-455-2415 STATEMENT FROM SENATORS TOBY ANN STAVISKY,DARREL J. AUBERTINE,  NEIL D. BRESLIN, BRIAN X. FOLEY,SUZI OPPENHEIMER,  WILLIAM STACHOWSKI, AND DAVID J.

October 8, 2009
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October 2, 2009
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Dependent Coverage Extension (Age 29) and COBRA Expansion (36 Months)

The Department of Insurance is updating its web site, daily, to provide information and guidance to help consumers and insurers to understand and implement the new laws.

The web address is: www.ins.state.ny.us

Once on the website, information on both of these laws can be found by scrolling down to the "Hot Topic" section.

August 17, 2009
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Public School, Public Business

First published in print: Sunday, July 12, 2009  As the State University of New York copes with two years of state funding cuts totaling $334 million, state Sen. Toby Stavisky raises a question worth asking: Why, at a time when SUNY has $450 million in cash, has it apparently rebuffed the Paterson administration's proposal to tap some of that money to offset those budget cuts?  It turns out that SUNY has some answers to those questions. But the official word from Chancellor Nancy Zimpher's office is that she won't discuss the matter in public.

July 15, 2009
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SUNY Cuts Despite Cash Hoard - Senator urges use of balances to halt layoffs at 64 campuses

By JAMES M. ODATO, Capitol bureau First published in print: Wednesday, July 8, 2009  ALBANY -- It didn't take long for the new State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher to get under a lawmaker's skin.   

July 15, 2009
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NY State senate leadership to get first-hand look at firsthand look at the leading model for nanotechnology education

New York Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith and senior senators visited the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering ("CNSE") of the University at Albany to receive a firsthand look at the world's leading model for nanotechnology education, research and development, and commercialization, and discuss emerging opportunities to drive high-tech economic investment and growth throughout New York State. 

June 9, 2009
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Senate Committee Approves UB 2020 Bill

Buffalo Building and Construction Trades Council Offers Support

Release Date: May 20, 2009

BUFFALO, NY - The UB 2020 Flexibility and Economic Growth Act moved closer to passage today when the bill was approved by the New York State Senate Higher Education Committee.

May 20, 2009
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Swine Flu Update

As the H1N1 flu outbreak has developed, it has caused concern among many New Yorkers. The New York State Senate has put together this information sheet to help understand the current situation and the response on all levels. Please see the attached document for further details.

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H1N1 UPDATE NY SENATE 5.20.09

May 19, 2009
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Sen. Stavisky welcomes His Holiness, the Dalai Lama

Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky welcomed His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, who delivered the invocation to open the Senate session in Albany on Wednesday, May 6.  Sen. Stavisky had the opportunity to meet the holy man and shake his hand, and he wished her peace.

May 8, 2009
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State Senate passes MTA budget, prevents bridge tolls and fare hikes, and promotes reform

The State Senate passed the MTA budget late Wednesday night, closing the book on decades of mismanagement and fostering reform and a new accountability in the agency.  This budget minimizes the devastating fare hikes and service cuts that had previously been suggested as a way to close the MTA’s budget gap, restores service cuts and enacts much-needed oversight.

May 7, 2009
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Albany Times Union: Legislature keeps college affordable

By TOBY ANN STAVISKY First published: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 Deciding where to spend and which cuts can be made are the most difficult decisions any legislator faces. But voters expect their elected officials to make choices, and to stand up and show leadership in bad times as well as good.

A national economic downturn that hit New York particularly hard left the state with a $17 billion budget deficit. However, education was prioritized in the budget we recently passed for the first time in many years.

May 6, 2009
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Consumer Tips Mailer

To view Senator Stavisky's " CONSUMER TIPS MAILER " please click the file below.

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Sen. Stavisky's Consumer Tips

May 6, 2009
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Swine Flu Resources - Sen. Stavisky attends swine flu briefing at St. Francis Prep

Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith and other Queens elected officials attended a briefing at St. Francis Prep with Principal Brother Leonard Conway and officials from the New York State Department of Health regarding the recent cluster of H1N1 (swine) flu cases at the school.  The principal and the Department of Health reassured the elected officials that St. Francis Prep has taken all appropriate measures, thoroughly cleaning the school building and filtering and replacing the air inside.

May 6, 2009
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Sen. Stavisky attends honorary doctorate ceremony at SUNY Stony Brook

Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky attended an honorary doctorate ceremony at SUNY Stony Brook for Madame Liu Yandong, the highest-ranking woman in the government of the People's Republic of China.

In the photo (l. to r.) are: Sen. Stavisky; SUNY Stony Brook President Shirley Strum Kenny; Mme. Liu Yandong; Zhou Yi, Education Minister of the People's Republic of China, and a SUNY alumnus.  Photo by Sam Levitan/SUNY.

May 1, 2009
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Sen. Stavisky Saving Klein Farm

The Northeast Queens community held a rally to oppose construction of 18 two family homes on the Klein Farm site on 73rd Avenue in Fresh Meadows. Because Fresh Meadows has a unique designation as a Preservation District, a zoning change would be necessary. Attending the rally are (left to right) Tami Hirsch, President of the Civic Association of Utopia Estates, Sam Weprin and his dad, Assembly Member Mark Weprin, Senator Stavisky and Council Member David Weprin who organized the rally.

March 27, 2009
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Sen. Stavisky with Queens Students Association

Sen. Stavisky always enjoys meeting with students and today, Friday, March 7th she met with representatives of Queens Student Association and the New York Public Interest Research Group. They discussed the need for CUNY to remain accessible and affordable. Specifically, tuition should not be increased, the percentage of full-time faculty should be increased, cuts to opportunity programs should be restored, and the Fitzgerald Gym, built more than 50 years ago, needs renovation.

March 27, 2009
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