Calls it a Win for the Environmental and Business Communities
Albany— An expanded Bottle Bill finally received the New York State Senate’s approval after being bottled up for several years under the Republican controlled State Senate. In the original Bottle Bill, passed in 1982, only carbonated beverages such as soda and beer required a 5 cent deposit.  The new bill will expand the original Bottle Bill to include bottled water. 

On Friday, April 3, 2009 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., SenNet TV will broadcast the Committee on Aging Public Hearing chaired by New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx), that was held on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 in Albany. The purpose of this hearing was to  receive oral and written testimony on Senate Bill 1645 which creates the New York State Prescription Medication Cost Containment Program.

Senator Jose M. Serrano attended the Community Leader’s Reception at the Smith Auditorium of Manhattan College, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, on Thursday, March 12.

"Manhattan College has been a landmark institution in this community for 156 years. The Community Leader’s reception celebrates the strong relationship this school has built with the public throughout its history," said Senator Serrano, a Manhattan College alumnus.

Senator José M. Serrano (D- Manhattan/Bronx) and Assemblymember Jonathan L. Bing (D-Manhattan) today announced their opposition to a proposed federal regulation to prevent New York City from shutting down dangerous crane operations.

Additional property tax relief totaling $1.3 billion for New York families, a consumer bill of rights for airline passengers, and legislation to improve oversight of the mortgage lending industry highlight the list of new laws scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2008.

Legislators on both sides of the aisle discuss urgent issues and strategize solutions


The first meeting of the State Senate Legislative Caucus was held today in Albany where bipartisan discussions focused on the many issues facing Upstate New York.

The meeting was attended by Democrat and Republican Senators who agreed to work together to push an Upstate agenda.  Discussions today focused on the formation of the caucus and pressing issues like SUNY, education funding, Empire Zones and hospitals.

Governor’s Plan to Redistribute G.M.E Funding Will Cripple
Upstate Hospitals, Greatly Reduce Upstate Physicians, and Negatively Impact the Economy

Dr. Bradford Berk, CEO of URMC, spoke urgently to a joint Legislative Upstate Caucus today about the Governor’s proposal to redistribute Graduate Medical Education (GME) funding from the Professional Education Pool to fund a new Indigent Care Pool.  This transfer is expected to negatively impact Strong Memorial Hospital and Highland Hospital by nearly $12 million in the 2009-2010 state fiscal year.

Upstate Healthcare Advocates Warn of Detrimental Impact of Paterson’s Proposals

Diane Ashley, CEO of Rochester Regional Healthcare Advocates, John Bartimole, President of Western New York Healthcare Association and Gary Fitzgerald, President of Iroquois Healthcare Alliance spoke to a room full of members of the New York State Senate and Assembly and their staff about the severe impact the Governor’s budget would have on Upstate healthcare providers and, in turn,  the health of New Yorkers. 

Senator Duane restores over $800 million in health care cuts; saves epic pharmacy coverage, touts preventative health.

Albany, New York – In his first year as chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Senator Thomas K. Duane (D WFP-Manhattan) announced that an agreement has been reached on the health portion of the New York State budget – one of the largest appropriations in the budget.

On March 8, Assembly Member Micah Kellner and Senator Duane were joined by New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and disability advocates as they announced legislation (A6489/S2933) that would prohibit local transit authorities, like MTA New York City Transit, from charging more for paratransit services, like Access-A-Ride, than the base rate for regular transit services that are often inaccessible to riders with disabilities.