Yesterday, S6892/A9406, which was co-authored by State Senator Gustavo Rivera and Assemblymember Michael Blake, was vetoed for a second year in a row by Governor Andrew Cuomo. This bill would require the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) to provide incarcerated individuals with a form authorizing the disclosure of medical and mental health treatment information and to provides a signed original of such form to the appointed person selected by the incarcerated individual. 

State Senator Gustavo Rivera announced that legislation A5548/S992, which he co-authored with Assemblymember Luis Sepulveda, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. This law will seek to ensure due process for incarcerated individuals whose first language is not English and who are hearing impaired by providing a certified translator at parole board interviews. This bill passed the New York State Senate on June 9 and the New York State Assembly on June 15.

 State Senator Gustavo Rivera announced that legislation S5427A/A7500A, which he co-authored with Assemblymember Latoya Joyner, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

Hoylman: What’s the truth on the Hoosick Falls subpoenas? New Yorkers deserve answers.”

Queens, NY – Last Night, State Senator Tony Avella and Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz received the Governor’s signature on their bill (S6630/A9289) to help save the Mute Swan population in New York from eradication. The bill, introduced by Avella in the Senate and carried by Cymbrowitz in the Assembly, had been previously vetoed twice by the Governor.

Sen. David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is holding a coat drive at the State Office Building in Syracuse now through Friday, December 9 in partnership with InterFaith Works’ Refugee Resettlement program at the Center for New Americans. Refugee families often need cold weather outerwear and other household items when they arrive in the United States.

Sen. Valesky attended the New York State Department of Transportation’s (DOT) celebration on Nov. 28, 2016 of the completion of a $1.5 million project to restore the old New York Central Railroad station platform by Interstate 690 in Syracuse. The project replaced the concrete deck of the 560-foot-long platform, removed rust from roof columns, painted the columns and the back wall of the platform, and installed a new, lightweight roof.

(Middletown, NY)- State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) announced today that his bill, S.6683, which would allow the three cities in Orange County the ability to opt-out of fireworks sales has been signed into law by the Governor. The use of certain ground based fireworks, or “sparkling devices”, was authorized in Orange County via a Local Law in 2015. With Orange County being so close to Pennsylvania, where many more firework devices are legal, there was an increase in the usage of both legal "sparkling devices" and "illegal fireworks" in the County.

ALBANY, NY—Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) today announced that her bill aimed at raising significant awareness for elder abuse has been signed into law—a move that will help bring one of our nation’s most pervasive crimes out of the shadows and improve the health and safety of countless New York seniors.

HYDE PARK, NY—Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) today slammed the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) for failing to provide Dutchess and Putnam Counties with a chance to be heard on their proposed fare hike plan and urged them to hold a hearing locally on the issue.