Senator Savino spoke to a class full of students from around the world at the College of Staten Island. This students, studying beginning level college English comprehension and speaking, had the opportunity to speak with the Senator about her background, policies, and how to get involved in their communities. 

"Becoming active in every way possible, from voting to joining organizations that work for issues that you support, is the best way to ensure that your voice is heard," said Senator Savino.

Monday, the Elections Committee held the first of two hearings this month dedicated to soliciting public comment on a number of proposals to update and reform the state’s poll site accessibility and absentee ballot laws, and poll site operations. The May hearings in Albany (May 11) and Syracuse (May 14) are the second set in a series of five that will continue in June, September and November. Future topics include: campaign finance reform; Board of Elections oversight; additional election reform laws; and oversight of the November elections.

Proposal Would Reform New York’s Dangerous Lifetime Permit System

Joins advocates in rally for passage of NYS Fair Pay Act
Legislation will make discrimination based on gender illegal

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) announced passage of Governor David Paterson’s proposed bailout of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which was approved by the Senate on May 6.  The measure provides $2.26 billion for the financially crippled MTA and affords New York area commuters significant relief from the exorbitant fare hikes and drastic service reductions that had been anticipated.  

Buffalo, NY- NYS Senator Antoine M. Thompson (D-Parts of Erie & Niagara Counties), will be sponsoring many community activities throughout the week. 

Legislative Reception
This is a great opportunity to network and meet experts in renewable energy and the environmental field.  Light refreshments will be provided by Chef Johnny of Adrienne’s Catering.  The reception will take place on Thursday, May 14 at 65 Court Street in the Walter J. Mahoney Building from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. 

Buffalo, NY- NYS Senator  Antoine M. Thompson will hold his 8th Annual Spring Fling Senior Breakfast on Friday, May 22 from 9:00 to 11:00 am at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. 

“I am happy to be able to continue the tradition of my senior breakfast.  This is a great opportunity for seniors to get together and have a good time and a nice breakfast,” stated Senator Thompson.

(Albany, NY)- Today, the New York State Senate announced a proposal to establish an economic development task force made up of 29 business and community leaders from across the state charged with developing a new incentive-based program that will better attract companies to New York State and encourage businesses to generate jobs.
The current Empire Zones Program is set to expire in June 2010. The proposed task force would make a draft recommendation on a replacement program by December 2009.

For Immediate Release
Contact ……………………… Patricia A. McCabe, 718-738-1111

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Patricia A. McCabe, 718-738-1111