The New York State Senate today passed a measure to eliminate the MTA payroll tax for hospitals so they can invest that significant savings in improving health care in the greater New York City metropolitan area. The bill (S3316A), sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-C-I, Staten Island), would save hospitals approximately $60 million by making them exempt from the onerous MTA payroll tax put in place when Democrats controlled all levels of state government.

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to protect communities from violent felons given early release from prison. The bill (S2720), sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo (R-C-I, Rome), authorizes the State Board of Parole to require a violent felony offender to serve his or her maximum term if they pose an imminent threat to society and also authorizes the withholding of good behavior allowances.

ALBANY– For many, the National September 11 Memorial Museum in lower Manhattan is a site that stirs deep emotions. Regrettably, the experience for a group of North Carolina school children was blemished after a security guard silenced their singing of our country’s national anthem.

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