ALBANY, NY - New York State Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon today led a bipartisan push of key measures that would help expand the rights of sexual assault survivors.  Senator Hannon, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, and other legislators were joined by advocates to discuss the importance of these measures, which will ensure all sexual assault survivors are afforded a greater opportunity to seek justice.  

With “design-build” contracting process, BQE project would end two years sooner and taxpayers would save at least $100 million

Without design-build, the DOT will have to redirect trucks onto local Brooklyn streets

The Governor’s Executive Budget Proposal allows five additional state agencies to use design-build, but ignores critical New York City projects like the BQE Rehab

This week the New York State Senate passed legislation to protect consumers from a new state “windfall tax” proposed by the Governor.  The Governor’s proposal anticipates insurers will see savings from federal tax reforms and attempts to recoup this windfall to balance the state budget.  The bill (S7587A), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau), is necessary to combat the Governor’s proposal, and ensure the savings are returned to consumers and taxpayers who pay health care premiums.

The New York State Senate has passed legislation designed to protect health insurance consumers from a new state tax that prevents anticipated savings from the federal tax reforms from going back to customers.  The bill (S7587A), sponsored by Senators Kemp Hannon (6th Senate District) and James L.

New York will provide $37.7 million in funding as part of the "Get Screened, No Excuses" initiative to improve access to breast cancer screening for New Yorkers.

Funds are being used to support peer educators in community settings, make patient navigators available to help women as they undergo screening and other necessary follow-up care, and operate mobile mammography vans in underserved neighborhoods to bring health services to New Yorkers.

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Statistics show that 34% of parents in the United States don’t know their child’s exact height, weight and eye color.  When a child is reported missing, time can be the greatest adversary.  Possessing up-to-date photos and important information about one’s child are important proactive measures a parent can take to assist law enforcement should a child disappear.

Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville) today announced new legislation he has introduced to S.C.R.A.P. any property tax relief breaks for elected and appointed officials who are convicted of felony public corruption.

The STAR Corruption Reduction Act (S.C.R.A.P.) would require the forfeiture of any School Tax Relief (STAR) exemption for any state or local official convicted of a federal or state felony charge of betraying their oath of office.

Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville) presented former Town of Wells Supervisor Brian Towers with a copy of a NYS Senate resolution that passed unanimously honoring him for his outstanding and dedicated service to the residents of Hamilton County.  
Towers, who served as the Town Supervisor for the Town of Wells for 22 years, was the town’s longest serving Supervisor since its founding in 1805. 
During his term, Supervisor Towers participated in 264 consecutive Town Board meetings with perfect attendance!

Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I, REF-Glenville) today honored the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Class B State Champion Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School Boys Cross Country Team and presented the team with a copy of a resolution he sponsored that unanimously passed the New York State Senate.  Tedisco also honored on the Senate Floor with a resolution Scotia-Glenville High School senior Olivia Jack for winning the NYSPHSAA State Swim Championship in the 100-yard breaststroke.