Regular Session - June 06, 2019

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 1                NEW YORK STATE SENATE

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 4               THE STENOGRAPHIC RECORD

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 9                  ALBANY, NEW YORK

10                    June 6, 2019

11                     11:23 a.m.

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14                   REGULAR SESSION

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18  SENATOR BRIAN A. BENJAMIN, Acting President

19  ALEJANDRA N. PAULINO, ESQ., Secretary

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 1                P R O C E E D I N G S

 2                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

 3   Senate will come to order.  

 4                I ask everyone present to please 

 5   rise and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

 6                (Whereupon, the assemblage recited 

 7   the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.)

 8                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   In the 

 9   absence of clergy, let us bow our heads in a 

10   moment of silent reflection or prayer.  

11                I ask that we please keep in our 

12   thoughts and prayers the West Point cadet who 

13   died and the cadets and trainers who were injured 

14   this morning, as well as their families.

15                (Whereupon, the assemblage respected 

16   a moment of silence.)

17                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Reading 

18   of the Journal.

19                THE SECRETARY:   In Senate, 

20   Wednesday, June 5, 2019, the Senate met pursuant 

21   to adjournment.  The Journal of Tuesday, June 4, 

22   2019, was read and approved.  On motion, Senate 

23   adjourned.

24                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Without 

25   objection, the Journal stands approved as read.


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 1                Presentation of petitions.

 2                Messages from the Assembly.

 3                The Secretary will read.

 4                THE SECRETARY:   On page 11, 

 5   Senator Skoufis moves to discharge, from the 

 6   Committee on Rules, Assembly Bill Number 4654A 

 7   and substitute it for the identical Senate Bill 

 8   1660A, Third Reading Calendar 313.

 9                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

10   substitution is so ordered.

11                THE SECRETARY:   On page 39, 

12   Senator Kavanagh moves to discharge, from the 

13   Committee on Rules, Assembly Bill Number 7606 and 

14   substitute it for the identical Senate Bill 5839, 

15   Third Reading Calendar 904.

16                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

17   substitution is so ordered.

18                THE SECRETARY:   On page 41, 

19   Senator Gounardes moves to discharge, from the 

20   Committee on Rules, Assembly Bill Number 7502 and 

21   substitute it for the identical Senate Bill 5831, 

22   Third Reading Calendar 927.

23                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

24   substitution is so ordered.

25                THE SECRETARY:   On page 42, 


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 1   Senator Carlucci moves to discharge, from the 

 2   Committee on Rules, Assembly Bill Number 7346 and 

 3   substitute it for the identical Senate Bill 

 4   Number 5316, Third Reading Calendar 938.

 5                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

 6   substitution is so ordered.

 7                THE SECRETARY:   On page 51, 

 8   Senator Mayer moves to discharge, from the 

 9   Committee on Rules, Assembly Bill Number 7568 and 

10   substitute it for the identical Senate Bill 5603, 

11   Third Reading Calendar 1051.

12                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

13   substitution is so ordered.

14                THE SECRETARY:   On page 52, 

15   Senator Gaughran moves to discharge, from the 

16   Committee on Judiciary, Assembly Bill Number 6149 

17   and substitute it for the identical Senate Bill 

18   Number 4122, Third Reading Calendar 1062.

19                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

20   substitution is so ordered.

21                THE SECRETARY:   On page 52, 

22   Senator Hoylman moves to discharge, from the 

23   Committee on Rules, Assembly Bill Number 4745A 

24   and substitute it for the identical Senate Bill 

25   Number 5776, Third Reading Calendar 1070.


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 1                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

 2   substitution is so ordered.

 3                Messages from the Governor.  

 4                Reports of standing committees. 

 5                Reports of select committees.

 6                Communications and reports from 

 7   state officers.

 8                Motions and resolutions.

 9                Senator Gianaris.

10                SENATOR GIANARIS:   Mr. President, I 

11   offer amendments to the following Third Reading 

12   Calendar bills.  

13                On page 25, on behalf of 

14   Senator Kaplan, Calendar Number 658, Senate Print 

15   5481; 

16                On page 28, on behalf of 

17   Senator Salazar, Calendar Number 723, 

18   Senate Print 3427; 

19                On page 55, on behalf of 

20   Senator Hoylman, Calendar Number 1100, 

21   Senate Print 2912A; 

22                And on page 59, on behalf of 

23   Senator Metzger, Calendar Number 1199, 

24   Senate Print 5822.

25                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 


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 1   amendments are received, and the bills shall 

 2   retain their place on the Third Reading Calendar.

 3                SENATOR GIANARIS:   On behalf of 

 4   Senator Carlucci, I call up Senate Print 4467, 

 5   recalled from the Assembly, which is now at the 

 6   desk.

 7                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

 8   Secretary will read.

 9                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

10   300, Senate Print 4467, by Senator Carlucci, an 

11   act to establish a black youth suicide prevention 

12   task force.

13                SENATOR GIANARIS:  Move to 

14   reconsider the vote by which this bill was 

15   passed.

16                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

17   Secretary will call the roll on reconsideration.

18                (The Secretary called the roll.)

19                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 55.

20                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

21   bill is restored to its place on the Third 

22   Reading Calendar.

23                SENATOR GIANARIS:   I offer the 

24   following amendments.

25                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 


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 1   amendments are received.

 2                SENATOR GIANARIS:   On behalf of 

 3   Senator Martinez, please call up Senate Print 

 4   5807, recalled from the Assembly, which is now at 

 5   the desk. 

 6                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

 7   Secretary will read.

 8                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

 9   1017, Senate Print 5807, by Senator Martinez, an 

10   act to amend the Agriculture and Markets Law.

11                SENATOR GIANARIS:   Move to 

12   reconsider the vote by which the bill was passed.

13                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

14   Secretary will call the roll on reconsideration.

15                (The Secretary called the roll.)

16                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 55.

17                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

18   bill is restored to its place on the Third 

19   Reading Calendar.

20                SENATOR GIANARIS:   I offer the 

21   following amendments.

22                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

23   amendments are received.

24                SENATOR GIANARIS:   Mr. President, I 

25   move that the following bills be discharged from 


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 1   their respective committees and be recommitted 

 2   with instructions to strike the enacting clause:  

 3                Senate Bills 3988, 4164 and 2925, by 

 4   Senator Stavisky; 

 5                Senate 6234, by Senator Addabbo; 

 6                Senate 3312, by Senator Sanders; 

 7                And Senate 2289, by Senator 

 8   Gianaris.

 9                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   It is 

10   so ordered.

11                SENATOR GIANARIS:   Please call on 

12   Senator Ritchie.

13                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

14   Ritchie.

15                SENATOR RITCHIE:   Mr. President, on 

16   behalf of Senator Jacobs, I move to recommit 

17   Senate Print Number 4660, Calendar Number 392 on 

18   the order of third reading, to the Committee on 

19   Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, with instructions to 

20   said committee to strike out the enacting clause.

21                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   It is 

22   so ordered.

23                SENATOR RITCHIE:   Mr. President, on 

24   behalf of Senator Flanagan, I move that the 

25   following bill be discharged from its respective 


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 1   committee and be recommitted with instructions to 

 2   strike the enacting clause:  Senate Number 957.

 3                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   It is 

 4   so ordered.  

 5                Senator Gianaris.

 6                SENATOR GIANARIS:   Mr. President, 

 7   at this time can we please call an immediate 

 8   meeting of the Rules Committee in Room 332.  But 

 9   we will proceed with business on the floor while 

10   that takes place.

11                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   There 

12   will be an immediate meeting of the Rules 

13   Committee in Room 332.

14                Senator Gianaris.

15                SENATOR GIANARIS:   Okay, can you 

16   now please take up previously adopted 

17   Resolution 1128, by Senator Kennedy, read its 

18   title only, and recognize Senator Kennedy.

19                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

20   Secretary will read.

21                THE SECRETARY:   Senate Resolution 

22   1128, by Senator Kennedy, commemorating the 

23   75th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion on June 6, 

24   2019.

25                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 


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 1   Kennedy on the resolution.

 2                SENATOR KENNEDY:   Thank you, 

 3   Mr. President.

 4                Before I begin my remarks, I want to 

 5   acknowledge the accident we're just beginning to 

 6   learn about that took place at a training area 

 7   near West Point.  As you have already mentioned.  

 8   Mr. President, there have been reports of a 

 9   tactical vehicle carrying at least 20 cadets 

10   flipping over --

11                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Order 

12   in the chamber, please.

13                SENATOR KENNEDY:   -- with at least 

14   one cadet lost.  

15                As we remember the heroes of the 

16   past, it's also important to keep those serving 

17   today at home and overseas in our thoughts and 

18   prayers.

19                I rise, Mr. President, to 

20   commemorate one of the greatest military 

21   accomplishments in the history of the world, and 

22   to honor the brave soldiers of the Allied Forces 

23   in World War II who sacrificed so much to 

24   safeguard our freedom.

25                On this day in 1944, 75 years ago 


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 1   today, five infantry divisions -- two American, 

 2   two British, and one Canadian -- stormed the 

 3   beaches of Normandy, France, and changed the 

 4   course of human history.

 5                Planned for more than two years and 

 6   led by United States Major General Omar Bradley 

 7   and British General Miles Dempsey, the invasion 

 8   was supported by an overwhelming force:  More 

 9   than 13,000 fighter, bomber and transport 

10   aircraft that flew over 200,000 sorties; 6500 

11   ships and landing aircraft which landed nearly 

12   200,000 vehicles and 600,000 tons of supplies in 

13   the first three weeks of the operation.

14                Supreme Commander of the Allied 

15   Forces General Dwight D. Eisenhower set the date 

16   for the invasion on May 17th, nearly three weeks 

17   in advance, for June 5th, not June 6th.  But as 

18   troops began embarking from English ports for 

19   Normandy -- an armada of 3,000 landing crafts, 

20   2500 ships and 500 naval vessels -- bad weather 

21   set in, threatening dangerous landing conditions.  

22   After intense debate, the commanders decided on a 

23   24-hour delay, requiring the recall of some of 

24   the ships already at sea.  

25                On June 6th, the following day, the 


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 1   operation moved ahead.  And by June 12th, the 

 2   American forces were able to capture Carentan, a 

 3   small rural town near the northeastern base of 

 4   the French Cotentin Peninsula.  By June 28th, the 

 5   last bastion in the heavily fortified city of 

 6   Cherbourg fell, and the clearance of the port 

 7   began.  By September 1944, all but a fraction of 

 8   France had been liberated, and British and 

 9   Canadian forces occupied Belgium, part of the 

10   Netherlands, and had reached the German frontier.  

11                Today we look back and give thanks 

12   for these soldiers who risked and gave their 

13   lives so we can continue enjoying the freedom 

14   that we have today.

15                We remember the leadership of the 

16   president of the United States and commander in 

17   chief -- and a New York State Senator -- Franklin 

18   Delano Roosevelt, who took decisive action to 

19   fight the greatest threat the world has ever 

20   faced.  It reminds us, especially during the 

21   international climate of isolationism and 

22   nationalism that exists today, of the importance 

23   of global alliances.  

24                It also should be a reminder that 

25   the threat of extremism, Nazism, and hate 


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 1   continues to exist today, and we must do 

 2   everything we can as a country and international 

 3   community to fight against intolerance, 

 4   antisemitism, and bigotry.

 5                Today let us celebrate the 

 6   tremendous victory of the Allied Forces on 

 7   June 6, 1944, and use that historic moment to 

 8   give us strength as Americans to ensure the 

 9   forces that perpetuated the evil of World War II 

10   never rise up again.

11                With that, Mr. President, I vote 

12   aye.

13                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

14   Ortt on the resolution.

15                SENATOR ORTT:   Thank you, 

16   Mr. President.

17                I want to thank the sponsor of the 

18   resolution and the Majority for bringing this 

19   resolution forward.

20                It's unfortunate that on this day we 

21   have to start with the loss of another American 

22   soldier, a cadet at West Point, when we just saw 

23   the cadets here in this chamber not long ago.  

24   And you think about how old those cadets are, it 

25   breaks your heart, because there's a family today 


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 1   that is one member less and a country that has 

 2   lost another brave American.  So that's 

 3   unfortunate, and we mark that tragedy.

 4                There are few moments -- you know, I 

 5   always believe that history is a series of 

 6   moments, right?  It's a series of moments and 

 7   it's hard to pick one moment in time when you can 

 8   say had that gone the other way, we would live in 

 9   a very different world.  

10                And yet 75 years ago today was such 

11   a moment -- a seminal moment not just in modern 

12   history, but I would argue in the history of the 

13   world, when the greatest threat to freedom and 

14   liberty that the modern world knew was facing us.  

15   And thousands of Americans, thousands of British, 

16   thousands of Allied troops stormed the beaches.  

17                And these weren't the names you 

18   know.  These weren't Roosevelt and MacArthur and 

19   Patton.  These were names that some of us will 

20   never know.  They were regular Americans much 

21   like that cadet, some young kid from Pennsylvania 

22   or from upstate New York or from New York City or 

23   from anywhere in this country that knew they were 

24   running and marching into certain death on that 

25   morning.  I mean, they literally were going into 


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 1   a meat grinder of German machine-gun fire and 

 2   German explosive ordnances, and yet they went 

 3   anyways.  

 4                And they probably -- and I can say, 

 5   having been in combat, you know, it's -- probably 

 6   they didn't realize the critical role that they 

 7   were about to play in the history of the world, 

 8   in the history of the 20th century, in the world 

 9   we know today.

10                And to me it's the one of the 

11   greatest testaments, when I think of America and 

12   when I think of the United States globally and in 

13   our history, when our history is told 200 years 

14   from now, 500 years from now, D-Day I think will 

15   be a seminal moment that they will say, That was 

16   a critical moment for America and for the world 

17   when America stood up to save Europe and the 

18   world from itself, from a very, very dark chapter 

19   in defeating Nazi Germany.  Because you don't 

20   defeat Nazi Germany unless there's D-Day.  

21                And in fact, ultimately in the 

22   Pacific Theater we made the decisions we made 

23   because we didn't want to have a second D-Day, 

24   because it was so challenging and it cost so many 

25   countless lives.  But I don't think there's 


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 1   anybody that would say that it wasn't worth it.  

 2   To those families who lost Americans 75 years ago 

 3   today, it was so worth it, because you changed 

 4   the course of history for the better.

 5                And you think about 75 years on, 

 6   this is probably the last time that these 

 7   World War II veterans who are left will have this 

 8   opportunity to be together.  I know there's going 

 9   to be some remembrances and some memorial 

10   gatherings of World War II veterans who are left.  

11   I take World War II veterans down every year to 

12   Washington, D.C., to see the memorial, from my 

13   district and the surrounding area, and I can tell 

14   you every year that group gets smaller and 

15   smaller.  

16                So when you think about 75 years -- 

17   at the hundred-year mark there probably won't be 

18   any left.  Probably at the 78-year, 80-year mark, 

19   there probably won't be any left.

20                So this is really one of the last 

21   moments when they are here when we can 

22   collectively say to World War II veterans:  Thank 

23   you for what you did.  And thank you for 

24   providing a shining example for future 

25   generations that the defense of freedom and 


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 1   liberty and standing up to tyranny and the dark 

 2   forces out there are worth even a great 

 3   American's life.  That it's worth fighting and 

 4   it's worth dying for.  And I believe that even 

 5   today.

 6                And so it's somber, but I am so 

 7   grateful that that generation was the generation 

 8   at that moment in time to stand up and defend 

 9   everything we value, and they carried the day.  

10   And we should be ever -- we are forever in their 

11   debt, and we should ever be grateful to them.  

12                So Mr. President, I support the 

13   resolution.

14                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

15   Serino on the resolution.

16                SENATOR SERINO:   Thank you, 

17   Mr. President.

18                Senator Brooks, can you hear me?  I 

19   asked them to turn up my mic.  Thank you for 

20   that.

21                And I just want to say Senator 

22   Larkin would be so proud today.  Senator Ortt, 

23   your words, your passion, it's just amazing.  And 

24   I think of him on days like today.  Right?  He 

25   would be here and he would speak, and he would 


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 1   have tears in his eyes with his memories.  

 2                So in representation of D-Day, which 

 3   really represented the turning point of the war, 

 4   which led to the liberation of Europe -- you 

 5   know, a lot of people here don't know my story.  

 6   My father hailed from the former Yugoslavia.  And 

 7   during World War II, our guys were flying over to 

 8   get to Italy, and they were shot down.  And my 

 9   grandfather, who actually was a mayor in the 

10   former Yugoslavia for 27 years -- I guess they 

11   didn't believe in term limits either -- but he 

12   harbored 12 American airmen.  And one of those 

13   airmen promised my grandfather that he was going 

14   to bring one of his children back to America, and 

15   that was my dad.  

16                So it was the brave actions of the 

17   soldiers that day and throughout the war that 

18   helped ultimately bring my father here, and my 

19   family remains eternally grateful.  

20                I'd also ask today that we take a 

21   moment to recognize the West Point cadets who 

22   were in a terrible accident this morning.  It's 

23   yet another reminder of the incredible sacrifices 

24   our servicemen and women make every day to 

25   protect our nation and defend our freedom, 


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 1   whether it was generations ago or today.

 2                And thank you, as Senator Ortt said, 

 3   will never be enough to express our gratitude.  

 4   But by continuing to mark these important 

 5   occasions, we remind our servicemembers of the 

 6   grateful community they have behind them always.

 7                You know, when you think of those 

 8   two words "thank you," it stands for honor, 

 9   respect and gratitude.  So thank you to our 

10   servicemembers.

11                Thank you.

12                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

13   Lanza on the resolution.

14                SENATOR LANZA:   Thank you, 

15   Mr. President.  

16                First I want to thank the sponsor of 

17   the resolution, Senator Kennedy, for bringing it 

18   to the floor.  

19                And I listened to my colleagues' 

20   words, and it's very important that we do this 

21   today.  Sometimes the words of history go stale 

22   with the passage of time.  But we should never 

23   forget the lessons of history, especially in 

24   this, the greatest nation of all, really the 

25   beacon of freedom for people all across the 


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 1   earth.

 2                It's hard to believe that it was 

 3   75 years ago that Operation Neptune, a/k/a D-Day, 

 4   commenced, where American Allied Forces stormed 

 5   the beaches, invaded the beach at Normandy.  And 

 6   things didn't really go well at first.  And as 

 7   Senator Ortt said, it's important to remember 

 8   that these were real people.  These are not words 

 9   on a page, these are young people, their whole 

10   lives ahead of them, with the hopes and dreams 

11   and desires that every one of us has.  

12                And here they were on this fateful 

13   day navigating heavily mined beaches with barbed 

14   wire, under siege, heavy cannon fire, machine gun 

15   fire.  Allied casualties -- you know, it's a 

16   word, but it means that people died.  They poured 

17   their blood out on that beach, more than 10,000 

18   on that fateful, that single fateful day.  But 

19   they eventually gained a foothold, and that's 

20   what it was all about.  That was the purpose of 

21   D-Day.  

22                And they fought over the next weeks, 

23   several weeks and months, and they pushed back 

24   the evil Axis socialist powers which were raging 

25   across Europe.  The fires of tyranny that day 


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 1   were extinguished, which had been consuming 

 2   freedom all over for years.  And that was all 

 3   made possible only by the courage, the sacrifice, 

 4   the bravery and the heroism of these young 

 5   soldiers.

 6                Seventy-five years later, we remain 

 7   free and eternally grateful for their sacrifices 

 8   and mindful of the continued -- ever mindful of 

 9   the continued threats to freedom and the price to 

10   keep it.

11                So Mr. President, I thank this body, 

12   I thank the sponsor and everyone here who 

13   supports this resolution.  Thank you.

14                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

15   LaValle on the resolution.

16                SENATOR LaVALLE:   Thank you, 

17   Mr. President.

18                Senator Kennedy, thank you for 

19   bringing the resolution to the floor.

20                Senator Ortt, thank you for your 

21   service to our country.

22                One of the greatest speeches that 

23   I've heard on Normandy was made by Ronald Reagan 

24   at the 40th anniversary.  You can Google it, 

25   Reagan 6/6/84.  And one of the things that is in 


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 1   my mind, Reagan and his -- as only he could do, 

 2   said:  You were 15.  Why did you do it?  Some of 

 3   you were 15.  Why did you do it?  And he talked 

 4   about climbing the cliffs and the Germans 

 5   shooting down the soldiers climbing the cliffs.

 6                So it is an event that is important 

 7   in our country's history, and it's one that we 

 8   should not forget.  Thank you.

 9                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

10   resolution was previously adopted on April 30th.

11                Senator Liu.

12                SENATOR LIU:   At the request of the 

13   sponsor, all of today's resolutions are open for 

14   cosponsorship.

15                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   All of 

16   the resolutions are open for cosponsorship.  

17   Should you choose not to be a cosponsor of the 

18   resolutions, please notify the desk.

19                Senator Liu.

20                SENATOR LIU:   There will be an 

21   immediate meeting of the joint Finance and Higher 

22   Education Committees in Room 332.

23                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   There 

24   will be an immediate meeting of the joint Finance 

25   and Higher Education Committees in Room 332.


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 1                Senator Liu.

 2                SENATOR LIU:   Please call upon 

 3   Senator Tedisco for two introductions.

 4                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

 5   Tedisco for two introductions.

 6                SENATOR TEDISCO:   Thank you, 

 7   Mr. President.

 8                Mr. President and my colleagues, I'm 

 9   honored to have the opportunity to introduce to 

10   you up in the gallery, in the middle and to the 

11   right, two outstanding groups of students and 

12   constituents from the 49th Senatorial District.  

13                First I'd like to introduce to you 

14   and all of my colleagues a family-owned business 

15   and great organization in the 49th Senate 

16   district that has reached a significant 

17   milestone.  The Haraden family and Mohawk Honda, 

18   a car dealership and service center located in 

19   the Town of Glenville, are celebrating their 

20   100th anniversary this year.  

21                And I kidded with them a little bit 

22   and said the only thing I think that lasts a 

23   hundred years in my family is the New York State 

24   budget negotiations.  But they sure as heck have 

25   turned out a lot better sometimes than that 


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 1   product.  Not all the time.

 2                Joseph Haraden first opened Mohawk 

 3   Honda in 1919, and through the years Mohawk Honda 

 4   has been serving the greater Capital Region, 

 5   selling many different models, meeting 

 6   generations of families, and doing it all by 

 7   making sure they always satisfy the customer's 

 8   needs.  

 9                In fact, many of you have heard 

10   their slogan on local TV and radio ads, "We go 

11   out of our way to please you," a slogan they live 

12   up to each and every day.  And I'm sure your 

13   constituents would wish that all of we do too.

14                Family owned and operated, Mohawk 

15   Honda believes that being a part of their 

16   community is more than just helping someone find 

17   a new or used vehicle, donating their time and 

18   resources to help many local groups and charities 

19   like the Deanna Rivers Foundation, the University 

20   at Albany, the Chris Stewart Foundation, the 

21   Mohawk Humane Society, and many, many more.

22                Standing strong with those who have 

23   no voice, Mohawk Honda and the Haraden family 

24   regularly host pet adoption clinics at their 

25   location in the Town of Glenville -- events I've 


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 1   had the opportunity to visit on those 

 2   occasions -- to help countless companion animals 

 3   find forever homes.  So their visit is timely, in 

 4   on the same week we have marked our ninth 

 5   legislative Animal Advocacy Day here at the 

 6   Capitol.

 7                In addition to their investment in 

 8   our community and all the great work we see 

 9   locally, Mohawk Honda has been recognized 

10   industrywide, receiving the coveted Honda Masters 

11   Circle Award for four consecutive years.

12                Mr. President, I'd like to present 

13   to you the president of Mohawk Honda, Jeff 

14   Haraden, his wife Kara Haraden, their children 

15   Lindsey, Dylan and Karly; Vice President Steve 

16   Haraden, his wife Dee Haraden, and their two 

17   children, Sam and Tyler.

18                Thank you so much for being here and 

19   for the outstanding product you provide and your 

20   services to our community.

21                (Applause.)

22                SENATOR TEDISCO:   To the right of 

23   them, Mr. President, it's my pleasure to welcome 

24   seven recipients of the Youth Leadership 

25   Recognition Award from the 49th Senate District, 


                                                               4764

 1   where I like to say all good things, as I've 

 2   said, emanate from.  And they are a big part of 

 3   it, as are the Haraden family.  

 4                These awards are given to students 

 5   who take on leadership roles in their schools and 

 6   communities and prove out to be outstanding role 

 7   models for their peers in multiple facets, 

 8   including academics, extracurricular, and 

 9   volunteer activities.  

10                I thank them and their parents, 

11   teachers, and administrators for taking the time 

12   to travel to the Capitol today to be recognized.  

13   These students truly represent the best of the 

14   best.  And I'm sincerely proud to represent them 

15   in the New York State Senate.

16                At this time I'd like to have stand 

17   up, from the great Village of Ballston Spa and 

18   Ballston Spa High School, Morgan Miller, 

19   Ethan Shuhart, Saade White, and Samantha DeVito.  

20   From Johnstown High School, Rachel Lee.  And from 

21   Niskayuna High School, Cecilia Cane and 

22   James Joyce.

23                Mr. President, please welcome both 

24   the Haraden family and these outstanding students 

25   who achieved the Leadership Recognition Awards.


                                                               4765

 1                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   To our 

 2   guests from the 49th Senatorial District, I 

 3   welcome you on behalf of the Senate.  We extend 

 4   to you all of the privileges and courtesies of 

 5   this house.  Please rise and be recognized.

 6                (Standing ovation.)

 7                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

 8   Gianaris.

 9                SENATOR GIANARIS:   Can we return to 

10   reports of standing committees.  I believe 

11   there's a report of the Rules Committee at the 

12   desk.

13                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   We will 

14   return to reports of standing committees.  

15                There is a report of the 

16   Rules Committee at the desk.  

17                The Secretary will read.

18                THE SECRETARY:   Senator 

19   Stewart-Cousins, from the Committee on Rules, 

20   reports the following bills:  

21                Senate Print 598, by Senator 

22   Hoylman, an act to amend the Penal Law; 

23                Senate Print 726A, by 

24   Senator Montgomery, an act to amend the 

25   Alcoholic Beverage Control Law; 


                                                               4766

 1                Senate Print 948, by Senator O'Mara, 

 2   an act to amend the General Municipal Law; 

 3                Senate Print 2388, by Senator Lanza, 

 4   an act to amend Chapter 306 of the Laws of 2011; 

 5                Senate Print 4216A, by 

 6   Senator Stewart-Cousins, an act to amend 

 7   Chapter 383 of the Laws of 1945; 

 8                Senate Print 4466, by 

 9   Senator Stewart-Cousins, an act to amend the 

10   Tax Law and Chapter 535 of the Laws of 1987; 

11                Senate Print 5120, by 

12   Senator Stewart-Cousins, an act authorizing the 

13   alienation of certain parklands in the Village of 

14   Tarrytown, in the Town of Greenburgh, in the 

15   County of Westchester; 

16                Senate Print 5210, by 

17   Senator Metzger, an act to authorize Susan 

18   Gillinder, the widow of Robert C. Ritchie, to 

19   file a new service retirement application and 

20   option election form with the New York State and 

21   Local Employees' Retirement System; 

22                Senate Print 5247, by 

23   Senator Harckham, an act authorizing the 

24   Commissioner of General Services to convey real 

25   property in Westchester County to the County of 


                                                               4767

 1   Westchester; 

 2                Senate Print 5262A, by 

 3   Senator Harckham, an act to amend Chapter 646 of 

 4   the Laws of 1939; 

 5                Senate Print 5531, by Senator 

 6   Martinez, an act to amend the Public Health Law; 

 7                Senate Print 5677A, by 

 8   Senator Comrie, an act to amend the 

 9   General Business Law and the Public Health Law; 

10                Senate Print 5855, by Senator 

11   Gaughran, an act to direct the Department of 

12   Environmental Conservation, with the assistance 

13   of the Department of Transportation, to conduct a 

14   study on the environmental and human health 

15   impacts of John F. Kennedy International Airport 

16   and LaGuardia Airport; 

17                Senate Print 6020, by Senator Ramos, 

18   an act to amend Chapter 413 of the Laws of 2003 

19   amending the Labor Law; 

20                Senate Print 6155, by 

21   Senator Stewart-Cousins, an act to amend the 

22   Environmental Conservation Law; 

23                Senate Print 6162, by 

24   Senator Harckham, an act to amend the 

25   Public Authorities Law; 


                                                               4768

 1                Senate Print 6166, by 

 2   Senator Brooks, an act to amend the Vehicle and 

 3   Traffic Law; 

 4                Senate Print 6170, by Senator May, 

 5   an act to amend the Vehicle and Traffic Law; 

 6                Senate Print 6174, by Senator May, 

 7   an act to amend the Environmental Conservation 

 8   Law; 

 9                Senate Print 6235, by 

10   Senator Metzger, an act to amend the 

11   General Municipal Law and the Tax Law; 

12                And Senate Print 6315, by 

13   Senator Salazar, an act to establish an 

14   LGBT youth and young adult suicide prevention 

15   task force.

16                All bills ordered direct to third 

17   reading.

18                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Move to 

19   accept the report of the Rules Committee.

20                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   All in 

21   favor of accepting the report of the Rules 

22   Committee signify by saying aye.

23                (Response of "Aye.")

24                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

25   Opposed, nay.


                                                               4769

 1                (No response.)

 2                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

 3   Rules Committee report is accepted.

 4                SENATOR GIANARIS:   At this time, 

 5   Mr. President, can you recognize Senator Helming 

 6   for an introduction.

 7                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

 8   Helming for an introduction.

 9                SENATOR HELMING:   Thank you, 

10   Mr. President.  

11                I rise today to introduce the 

12   Wayne County Dairy Princess and her court.  And 

13   it's such an honor and a privilege to have you 

14   young ladies join us today.  

15                These young women work hard each and 

16   every day to promote the dairy industry, to 

17   support our local farmers, and to really bring 

18   attention to nature's most nearly perfect food.

19                The Wayne County Dairy Princess this 

20   year is Natalie Vernon.  Natalie is a senior at 

21   Marion Junior-Senior High School, and in the fall 

22   she will be attending SUNY Geneseo.  This is 

23   Natalie's fourth year on the Princess Court.  

24                Kailey Kuhn is a Wayne County 

25   Alternate Dairy Princess.  Kailey also attends 


                                                               4770

 1   Marion Junior-Senior High School and is a 

 2   sophomore.  

 3                Alaska Dunstan is a Wayne County 

 4   Alternate Dairy Princess.  Alaska is a sophomore 

 5   at Wayne County Central Schools.  

 6                Gabriella Taylor is serving as a 

 7   Wayne County Dairy Ambassador.  She is a freshman 

 8   at Newark Senior High School.  

 9                Kailey Vernon is also a Wayne County 

10   Dairy Ambassador.  Kailey is a sophomore at 

11   Marion Junior-Senior High School.

12                Alysha Kuhn is in her fourth year as 

13   a Wayne County Dairy Ambassador.  Alysha is an 

14   eighth-grader at the Marion Junior-Senior High 

15   School.  

16                And finally with us today we have 

17   Alexis Schultz, who is a third-year Wayne County 

18   Dairy Ambassador.  Alexis is a sixth-grader at 

19   Marion Elementary School.

20                To our Dairy Princess and your 

21   court, on behalf of this body, I want to welcome 

22   you to the State Capitol and I want to thank you 

23   for your hard work and efforts.  

24                Mr. President, I would ask that you 

25   recognize the Wayne County Dairy Princess and her 


                                                               4771

 1   court and extend to them all the privileges and 

 2   courtesies of this body.  Thank you.

 3                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   To the 

 4   Wayne County Dairy Princess and her court, I 

 5   welcome you on behalf of the Senate.  We extend 

 6   to you all of the privileges and courtesies of 

 7   this house.  

 8                Please be recognized at this time.

 9                (Standing ovation.)

10                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

11   Gianaris.

12                SENATOR GIANARIS:   Now can you 

13   recognize Senator Bailey for another 

14   introduction.

15                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

16   Bailey for an introduction.

17                SENATOR BAILEY:   Thank you, 

18   Mr. President.  Oh, the mic's working today.  I'm 

19   disappointed.  I was hoping to get the mic again 

20   today.  

21                (Laughter.)

22                SENATOR BAILEY:  I want to recognize 

23   we have some really important folks in the 

24   gallery, led by Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner.  

25   These are young folks from the New York Legal 


                                                               4772

 1   Education Opportunities program, the New York LEO 

 2   program.  

 3                During the budget every year, the 

 4   Public Protection Budget hearing every year, I 

 5   ask OCA and they answer me nicely about what the 

 6   commitment to diversity is.  And this is the 

 7   fruits of the labor that we're having in New York 

 8   State.  

 9                The legal profession for so long has 

10   not been diverse, it has been something that did 

11   not accurately reflect what our communities look 

12   like.  But as the days go on, our communities 

13   become more represented in the legal community.  

14   It is very important to do that.  

15                As a young attorney, I struggle with 

16   being one of the only people of color in many 

17   courtrooms.  But as we have programs in place 

18   like this, more women, more people of color will 

19   inhabit these courtrooms, and you will make an 

20   impact on the lives of the people throughout the 

21   State of New York.  

22                The laws that we pass are based upon 

23   interpretation of the law, and everybody's 

24   interpretation of the law depends on their 

25   personal experiences.  It's very important that 


                                                               4773

 1   you have a different world view, that you come 

 2   from places that are different than the majority 

 3   of attorneys that are practicing now, so that you 

 4   can bring that necessary world view to the legal 

 5   profession.  

 6                So I salute you on what you're 

 7   doing.  And Mr. President, we should recognize 

 8   that all of these folks are going to be going to 

 9   some of New York's finest law schools in 

10   September.  So the journey begins today.  And the 

11   LEO program provides them with an opportunity for 

12   pre-law programs, which I wish I would have had 

13   that training.  So you're going to go into law 

14   school prepared.  You're going to know how to 

15   brief a case.  When they said IRAC, I thought 

16   they were talking about the country.  You know 

17   that it's Issue-Rule-Application-Conclusion; you 

18   understand that.  

19                And having that knowledge and being 

20   able to go into law school with that basket of 

21   knowledge will propel you so much further.  And I 

22   look forward to the days that maybe one day, 

23   whether I'm here or not, that we can confirm some 

24   of you as judges in the great State of New York.  

25                Mr. President, I would please ask 


                                                               4774

 1   you to extend all the courtesies and privileges 

 2   of the house to our future lawyers.  

 3                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   To our 

 4   future lawyers, I welcome you on behalf of the 

 5   Senate.  We extend to you all of the privileges 

 6   and courtesies of this house.  Please all rise 

 7   and be recognized.

 8                (Standing ovation.)

 9                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

10   Gianaris.

11                SENATOR GIANARIS:   At this time, 

12   Mr. President, let's take up the reading of the 

13   calendar.

14                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

15   Secretary will read.

16                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

17   313, Assembly Print Number 4654A, substituted 

18   earlier by Assemblymember Rozic, an act to amend 

19   the Education Law.

20                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

21   the last section.

22                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

23   act shall take effect immediately.

24                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

25   the roll.


                                                               4775

 1                (The Secretary called the roll.)

 2                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

 3   Announce the results.

 4                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 59.

 5                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

 6   bill is passed.

 7                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

 8   370, Senate Print 211C, by Senator Benjamin, an 

 9   act to amend the Election Law.

10                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

11   the last section.

12                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

13   act shall take effect immediately.

14                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

15   the roll.

16                (The Secretary called the roll.)

17                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

18   Announce the results.

19                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 59.

20                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

21   bill is passed.

22                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

23   748, Senate Print 3946, by Senator Gounardes, an 

24   act to amend the Retirement and Social Security 

25   Law.


                                                               4776

 1                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   There 

 2   is a home-rule message at the desk.

 3                Read the last section.

 4                THE SECRETARY:   Section 3.  This 

 5   act shall take effect immediately.

 6                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

 7   the roll.

 8                (The Secretary called the roll.)

 9                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

10   Announce the results.

11                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 59.

12                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

13   bill is passed.

14                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

15   781, Senate Print 5463, by Senator Comrie, an act 

16   to amend the Not-For-Profit Corporation Law.

17                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

18   the last section.

19                THE SECRETARY:   Section 3.  This 

20   act shall take effect immediately.

21                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

22   the roll.

23                (The Secretary called the roll.)

24                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

25   Announce the results.


                                                               4777

 1                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 59.

 2                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

 3   bill is passed.

 4                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

 5   782, Senate Print 5578, by Senator Krueger, an 

 6   act to dissolve the United Charities, a nonprofit 

 7   corporation.

 8                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

 9   the last section.

10                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

11   act shall take effect immediately.

12                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

13   the roll.

14                (The Secretary called the roll.)

15                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

16   Announce the results.

17                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 59.

18                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

19   bill is passed.

20                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

21   795, Senate Print 4769, by Senator Kaplan, an act 

22   to amend Chapter 280 of the Laws of 2016.

23                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

24   the last section.

25                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 


                                                               4778

 1   act shall take effect immediately.

 2                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

 3   the roll.

 4                (The Secretary called the roll.)

 5                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

 6   Announce the results.

 7                THE SECRETARY:   In relation to 

 8   Calendar Number 795, those Senators voting in the 

 9   negative are Senators Funke and Lanza.

10                Ayes, 57.  Nays, 2.

11                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

12   bill is passed.

13                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

14   806, Senate Print 2661, by Senator Savino, an act 

15   to amend the Penal Law.

16                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

17   the last section.

18                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

19   act shall take effect immediately.

20                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

21   the roll.

22                (The Secretary called the roll.)

23                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

24   Announce the results.

25                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 59.


                                                               4779

 1                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

 2   bill is passed.

 3                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

 4   904, Assembly Print Number 7606, substituted 

 5   earlier by Assemblymember Lavine, an act to amend 

 6   the Election Law.

 7                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

 8   the last section.

 9                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

10   act shall take effect immediately.

11                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

12   the roll.

13                (The Secretary called the roll.)

14                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

15   Announce the results.

16                THE SECRETARY:   In relation to 

17   Calendar Number 904, those Senators voting in the 

18   negative are Senators Akshar, Amedore, Antonacci, 

19   Flanagan, Funke, Gallivan, Griffo, Helming, 

20   Jacobs, Jordan, Lanza, LaValle, Little, O'Mara, 

21   Ortt, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Robach, Serino, 

22   Seward and Tedisco.

23                Ayes, 39.  Nays, 21.

24                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

25   bill is passed.


                                                               4780

 1                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

 2   907, Senate Print 5305B, by Senator Harckham, an 

 3   act to amend the Public Service Law.

 4                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

 5   the last section.

 6                THE SECRETARY:   Section 4.  This 

 7   act shall take effect immediately.

 8                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

 9   the roll.

10                (The Secretary called the roll.)

11                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

12   Announce the results.

13                THE SECRETARY:   In relation to 

14   Calendar Number 907, those Senators voting in the 

15   negative are Senators Akshar, Amedore, Antonacci, 

16   Flanagan, Gallivan, Griffo, Helming, Jacobs, 

17   Jordan, LaValle, O'Mara, Ortt, Ranzenhofer, 

18   Serino, Seward and Tedisco.

19                Ayes, 44.  Nays, 16.

20                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

21   bill is passed.

22                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

23   919, Senate Print 3778, by Senator Helming, an 

24   act to authorize Jason Allen to receive certain 

25   service credit under Section 384-d of the 


                                                               4781

 1   Retirement and Social Security Law.

 2                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   There 

 3   is a home-rule message at the desk.

 4                Read the last section.

 5                THE SECRETARY:   Section 3.  This 

 6   act shall take effect immediately.

 7                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

 8   the roll.

 9                (The Secretary called the roll.)

10                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

11   Announce the results.

12                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 60.

13                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

14   bill is passed.

15                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

16   925, Senate Print 5737, by Senator Kennedy, an 

17   act to amend the Civil Service Law.

18                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

19   the last section.

20                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

21   act shall take effect immediately.

22                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

23   the roll.

24                (The Secretary called the roll.)

25                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    


                                                               4782

 1   Announce the results.

 2                THE SECRETARY:   In relation to 

 3   Calendar Number 925, those Senators voting in the 

 4   negative are Senators Antonacci, Griffo, O'Mara 

 5   and Ortt.

 6                Ayes, 56.  Nays, 4.

 7                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

 8   bill is passed.

 9                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

10   927, Assembly Print Number 7502, substituted 

11   earlier by Assemblymember Abbate, an act to amend 

12   Chapter 695 of the Laws of 1994.

13                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

14   the last section.

15                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

16   act shall take effect immediately.

17                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

18   the roll.

19                (The Secretary called the roll.)

20                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

21   Announce the results.

22                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 60.

23                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

24   bill is passed.

25                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 


                                                               4783

 1   930, Senate Print 1927A, by Senator Boyle, an act 

 2   in relation to authorizing the West Babylon 

 3   Church of God of Prophecy, Inc., to file an 

 4   application.

 5                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

 6   the last section.

 7                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

 8   act shall take effect.

 9                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

10   the roll.

11                (The Secretary called the roll.)

12                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

13   Announce the results.

14                THE SECRETARY:   In relation to 

15   Calendar Number 930, those Senators voting in the 

16   negative are Senators Akshar, Antonacci and 

17   O'Mara.

18                Ayes, 57.  Nays, 3.

19                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

20   bill is passed.

21                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

22   936, Senate Print 4758A, by Senator Brooks, an 

23   act in relation to authorizing the Town of 

24   Babylon to be able to grant Ahmadiyya Movement in 

25   Islam, Inc., of Amityville, a property tax 


                                                               4784

 1   exemption.  

 2                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

 3   the last section.

 4                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

 5   act shall take effect immediately.

 6                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

 7   the roll.

 8                (The Secretary called the roll.)

 9                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

10   Announce the results.

11                THE SECRETARY:   In relation to 

12   Calendar Number 936, those Senators voting in the 

13   negative are Senators Akshar, Antonacci and 

14   O'Mara.  

15                Ayes, 57.  Nays, 3.

16                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

17   bill is passed.

18                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

19   938, Assembly Print Number 7346, substituted 

20   earlier by Assemblymember Jaffee, an act to amend 

21   Chapter 442 of the Laws of 2018.

22                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

23   the last section.

24                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

25   act shall take effect immediately.


                                                               4785

 1                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

 2   the roll.

 3                (The Secretary called the roll.)

 4                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

 5   Announce the results.

 6                THE SECRETARY:   In relation to 

 7   Calendar Number 938, those Senators voting in the 

 8   negative are Senators Akshar and Antonacci.  

 9                Ayes, 58.  Nays, 2.

10                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

11   bill is passed.

12                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

13   939, Senate Print 5418, by Senator Harckham, an 

14   act to amend Chapter 668 of the Laws of 1977.

15                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

16   the last section.

17                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

18   act shall take effect immediately.

19                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

20   the roll.

21                (The Secretary called the roll.)

22                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

23   Announce the results.

24                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 60.

25                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 


                                                               4786

 1   bill is passed.

 2                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

 3   940, Senate Print 5419, by Senator Harckham, an 

 4   act to amend Chapter 606 of the Laws of 2006.

 5                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

 6   the last section.

 7                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

 8   act shall take effect immediately.

 9                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

10   the roll.

11                (The Secretary called the roll.)

12                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

13   Announce the results.

14                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 60.

15                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

16   bill is passed.

17                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

18   959, Senate Print 6198, by Senator Kaplan, an act 

19   to amend the Economic Development Law.

20                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

21   the last section.

22                THE SECRETARY:   Section 3.  This 

23   act shall take effect immediately.

24                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

25   the roll.


                                                               4787

 1                (The Secretary called the roll.)

 2                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

 3   Announce the results.

 4                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 60.

 5                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

 6   bill is passed.

 7                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

 8   973, Senate Print 5936, by Senator Ranzenhofer, 

 9   an act to amend the Public Officers Law.

10                SENATOR GIANARIS:   Lay it aside for 

11   the day, please. 

12                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Lay it 

13   aside for the day.

14                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

15   980, Senate Print 2636, by Senator Krueger, an 

16   act to amend the Penal Law.

17                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

18   the last section.

19                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

20   act shall take effect on the first of November.

21                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

22   the roll.

23                (The Secretary called the roll.)

24                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

25   Announce the results.


                                                               4788

 1                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 60.

 2                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

 3   bill is passed.

 4                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

 5   1033, Senate Print 4773, by Senator Serrano, an 

 6   act to amend the Parks, Recreation and Historic 

 7   Preservation Law.

 8                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

 9   the last section.

10                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

11   act shall take effect immediately.

12                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

13   the roll.

14                (The Secretary called the roll.)

15                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

16   Helming to explain her vote.

17                SENATOR HELMING:   Thank you, 

18   Mr. President.

19                I'm voting no on this bill because I 

20   believe that it has the potential to impact so 

21   many great things that are happening in our 

22   parks, including the partnerships that are 

23   developed between New York State Parks and public 

24   entities who are willing to invest in our park 

25   systems.  


                                                               4789

 1                One example I can share with this 

 2   body is that in my district we were able to match 

 3   together a public investor with the Parks 

 4   Department, and also working with some of our 

 5   labor groups as well, and the end result was the 

 6   construction of a new marina, a marina supply 

 7   store, a number of amenities that will include 

 8   allowing people who are disabled better access to 

 9   the waterfront and to the marina.  

10                And had this law been in place and 

11   the state had not had a master plan, this project 

12   would have gone south, we would have never been 

13   able to do it.  Because the bill requires that if 

14   a master plan is not in place, that any sort of 

15   lease agreement or understanding cannot be for a 

16   length of time to exceed one year.  And I don't 

17   think we're going to find private investors who 

18   are willing to invest millions of dollars into 

19   our parks based on a 12-month lease.  

20                So for that reason, I'm voting no.

21                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

22   Helming to be recorded in the negative.

23                Announce the results.

24                THE SECRETARY:   In relation to 

25   Calendar Number 1033, those Senators voting in 


                                                               4790

 1   the negative are Senators Akshar, Amedore, 

 2   Antonacci, Funke, Griffo, Helming, Jacobs, 

 3   Jordan, Lanza, O'Mara, Ortt, Ranzenhofer, Robach, 

 4   Serino and Seward.

 5                Ayes, 45.  Nays, 15.

 6                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

 7   bill is passed.

 8                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

 9   1035, Senate Print 6015, by Senator Kennedy, an 

10   act to amend the Parks, Recreation and Historic 

11   Preservation Law.

12                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

13   the last section.

14                THE SECRETARY:   Section 3.  This 

15   act shall take effect immediately.

16                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

17   the roll.

18                (The Secretary called the roll.)

19                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

20   Announce the results.

21                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 60.

22                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

23   bill is passed.

24                There is a substitution at the desk.  

25                The Secretary will read.


                                                               4791

 1                THE SECRETARY:   On page 50, Senator 

 2   Stavisky moves to discharge, from the Committee 

 3   on Higher Education, Assembly Bill Number 7251 

 4   and substitute it for the identical Senate Bill 

 5   5999, Third Reading Calendar 1043.

 6                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

 7   substitution is so ordered.

 8                The Secretary will read.

 9                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

10   1043, Assembly Print Number 7251, by 

11   Assemblymember Cusick, an act to amend 

12   Chapter 219 of the Laws of 2003.

13                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

14   the last section.

15                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

16   act shall take effect immediately.

17                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

18   the roll.

19                (The Secretary called the roll.)

20                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

21   Announce the results.

22                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 60.

23                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

24   bill is passed.

25                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 


                                                               4792

 1   1051, Assembly Print 7568, substituted earlier by 

 2   Assemblymember Ryan, an act to amend Chapter 498 

 3   of the Laws of 2011 amending the Education Law.

 4                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

 5   the last section.

 6                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

 7   act shall take effect immediately.

 8                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

 9   the roll.

10                (The Secretary called the roll.)

11                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

12   Helming to explain her vote.

13                SENATOR HELMING:   Thank you, 

14   Mr. President.

15                Well, I support this legislation.  

16   Like so many of you, in my rural districts our 

17   libraries are the hearts and souls of our 

18   communities.  We have in so many areas limited 

19   access to internet services, limited access to 

20   cellular service.  So people for a multitude of 

21   reasons, whether they're students, whether 

22   they're seniors, whether they're job seekers, 

23   they have to go to the local library in order to 

24   access services like cell service or internet 

25   service.


                                                               4793

 1                And I am concerned because our 

 2   libraries count on construction funding.  And 

 3   this bill addresses construction funding in terms 

 4   of the breakdown.  But I think we need to take a 

 5   step back and look at what we did to our 

 6   libraries in this past budget.  We cut the 

 7   funding by $20 million, or 60 percent, for 

 8   construction funding of libraries.  This has put 

 9   a real hurt on libraries.  

10                And I strongly, strongly recommend 

11   that we fight hard and we all work hard to 

12   restore that funding to our libraries.

13                Thank you.

14                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

15   Helming to be recorded in the affirmative.

16                Announce the results.

17                THE SECRETARY:   In relation to 

18   Calendar Number 1051, voting in the negative:  

19   Senators Flanagan and LaValle.

20                Ayes, 58.  Nays, 2.

21                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

22   bill is passed.

23                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

24   1062, Assembly Print Number 6149, substituted 

25   earlier by Assemblymember Lupardo, an act to 


                                                               4794

 1   amend the Real Property Law.

 2                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

 3   the last section.

 4                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

 5   act shall take effect immediately.

 6                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

 7   the roll.

 8                (The Secretary called the roll.)

 9                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

10   Announce the results.

11                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 60.

12                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

13   bill is passed.

14                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

15   1070, Assembly Print Number 4745A, substituted 

16   earlier by Assemblymember Dinowitz, an act to 

17   amend Chapter 455 of the Laws of 1997.

18                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

19   the last section.

20                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

21   act shall take effect immediately.

22                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

23   the roll.

24                (The Secretary called the roll.)

25                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    


                                                               4795

 1   Announce the results.

 2                THE SECRETARY:   In relation to 

 3   Calendar Number 1070, those Senators voting in 

 4   the negative are Senators Akshar and Antonacci.

 5                Ayes, 58.  Nays, 2.

 6                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

 7   bill is passed.

 8                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

 9   1072, Senate Print 6175, by Senator Kaplan, an 

10   act to amend the Estates, Powers and Trusts Law.

11                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

12   the last section.

13                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

14   act shall take effect immediately.

15                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

16   the roll.

17                (The Secretary called the roll.)

18                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

19   Announce the results.

20                THE SECRETARY:   In relation to 

21   Calendar Number 1072, those Senators voting in 

22   the negative are Senators Akshar, Amedore, 

23   Antonacci, Flanagan, Funke, Gallivan, Griffo, 

24   Helming, Jacobs, Jordan, LaValle, Lanza, Little, 

25   Ortt, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Robach, Serino, 


                                                               4796

 1   Seward and Tedisco.  

 2                Ayes, 40.  Nays, 20.

 3                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

 4   bill is passed.

 5                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

 6   1079, Senate Print 5329A, by Senator Breslin, an 

 7   act to amend the Vehicle and Traffic Law.

 8                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

 9   the last section.

10                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

11   act shall take effect on the same date and in the 

12   same manner as Section 13 of Part III of 

13   Chapter 59 of the Laws of 2019.

14                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

15   the roll.

16                (The Secretary called the roll.)

17                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

18   Kennedy to explain his vote.

19                SENATOR KENNEDY:   Thank you, 

20   Mr. President.

21                First of all, I'd like to start by 

22   taking a moment to recognize what we are doing 

23   here today on this bill, which is one of a series 

24   of nine bills to address limousine safety here in 

25   the State of New York.


                                                               4797

 1                I would like to recognize the names 

 2   of 24 people who were tragically taken from us 

 3   far too soon in two horrific crashes both last 

 4   year, in October of 2018, as well as in 2015.

 5                Axel Steenburg.

 6                Amy Steenburg.

 7                Richard Steenburg.  

 8                Allison King.

 9                Patrick Cushing.  

10                Amanda Halse.  

11                Erin McGowan.  

12                Shane McGowan.  

13                Brian Hough.  

14                James Schnurr.  

15                Mary Dyson.  

16                Robert Dyson.  

17                Abigail Jackson.  

18                Adam Jackson.  

19                Amanda Rivenburg.  

20                Rachel Cavosie.  

21                Matthew Coons.  

22                Savannah Bursese.  

23                Scott Lisinicchia.  

24                Michael Ukaj.

25                Those were the 20 people who passed 


                                                               4798

 1   in the Schoharie crash in October.  

 2                In the Cutchogue crash of 2015:  

 3                Lauren Baruch.  

 4                Stephanie Belli.  

 5                Amy Grabina.  

 6                Brittany Schulman.  

 7                They all passed in that crash.  

 8                The four women who were survivors of 

 9   that crash whose lives were forever transformed:  

10   Joelle DiMonte, Alicia Arundel, Melissa Crai, and 

11   Olga Lippets.

12                Thank you, Mr. President.  

13                Those 24 names were the people we 

14   lost in the limo crashes of Schoharie and 

15   Cutchogue.  Many of their families have joined us 

16   here today.  I'd like to recognize those we have 

17   with us in the gallery.  

18                We have Linda King, who lost her 

19   four daughters -- Amy, Allison, Abigail and 

20   Mary -- and three sons-in-law.  We have with us 

21   Bethany Nacco, Linda's daughter-in-law; Jamison 

22   Ott-Carpentar, the best friend of the four King 

23   daughters; Janet Steenburg, who lost her sons 

24   Richard and Axel; Paul and Suzanne Schulman, who 

25   lost their daughter Brittany; Mindy and Howard 


                                                               4799

 1   Grabina, who lost their daughter Amy; Felicia 

 2   Baruch, who lost her daughter Lauren.  

 3                We have Nancy DiMonte and Susan 

 4   Arundel, whose daughters Joelle and Alicia were 

 5   survivors but who will be forever impacted by the 

 6   crashes.  

 7                And last but not least, we have 

 8   Kevin Cushing, who lost his son Patrick, who was 

 9   one of our own in the Senate family, who worked 

10   right here in the IT department in the New York 

11   State Senate, Kevin's son Patrick.

12                All of these families have channeled 

13   their grief into advocacy.  And today we are 

14   passing legislation to ensure that no family has 

15   to experience the heartbreak that these families 

16   have endured.  

17                I want to thank the families for 

18   being here, for being so courageous and brave to 

19   tell your tragic and horrific and heart-wrenching 

20   story, and telling it over and over so that 

21   others may live and not have to suffer.  

22                Today the Senate will pass these 

23   nine reforms designed to ensure the safety of all 

24   New Yorkers when they choose to ride in a 

25   limousine in our state.  These are monumental 


                                                               4800

 1   changes.  From requiring seat belts in every 

 2   vehicle carrying nine or more passengers to 

 3   mandating a commercial driver's license and drug 

 4   and alcohol testing for drivers, to increasing 

 5   criminal penalties for drivers who break the law 

 6   while on the road, we're taking significant steps 

 7   to ensure safety measures are firmly in place 

 8   when anyone steps into one of these vehicles.

 9                We're also making sure that any 

10   vehicle that shouldn't be on the road in the 

11   first place is immobilized immediately by the 

12   Department of Transportation.  

13                And when New Yorkers do experience 

14   an issue with a limousine, they should be able to 

15   easily report that concern, which is why we're 

16   creating not just a hotline, but an app and a 

17   website where they can do so with ease and 

18   simplicity.  

19                The list of changes we're making is 

20   vast, but we also know that there's always more 

21   work to do, which is why we're creating a task 

22   force that will further examine current limo 

23   regulations and safety training programs and 

24   evaluate the need for rear-view cameras, air 

25   bags, seat restriction devices, as well as a 


                                                               4801

 1   number of miles or years stretch limos can be on 

 2   the road.

 3                When we were given the opportunity 

 4   to serve on the Transportation Committee, we came 

 5   together as a first order of business, as a 

 6   group, in a bipartisan fashion, and said this is 

 7   a priority for the Senate to pass.  I've been 

 8   honored to chair the Transportation Committee, 

 9   and we've been working aggressively with our 

10   committee and with our colleagues to advance this 

11   legislation from day one.

12                I want to thank the Governor for 

13   advancing initiatives within the budget as well 

14   and being our partner in ensuring that the 

15   industry is not only as safe as possible but sets 

16   a precedent for the rest of the nation to follow 

17   suit.  

18                Our colleagues were proud to work 

19   hand-in-hand with these families in order to 

20   ensure that New Yorkers never have to suffer 

21   again as their families have.

22                As I mentioned, our work is never 

23   done.  But we believe that with today's reforms 

24   we're taking a significant step forward, and 

25   we're eager to see these pieces of legislation 


                                                               4802

 1   passed today in the Senate.  

 2                And as we head into the final weeks 

 3   of the legislative session, we strongly urge our 

 4   colleagues on the Assembly side to do what's 

 5   right by these families and residents all across 

 6   the State of New York and bring these bills to 

 7   the floor for a vote in the Assembly as well.

 8                I want to thank our leader, Andrea 

 9   Stewart-Cousins, for prioritizing limousine 

10   safety throughout this legislative session and 

11   ensuring that our Transportation Committee take 

12   the steps necessary to bring these bills to the 

13   floor for a vote here today.

14                And I want to thank my colleagues 

15   for joining in once again and working 

16   aggressively to put in place the strongest 

17   limousine safety reforms in the history of the 

18   State of New York and in the entire nation.

19                With that, Mr. President, I thank 

20   you, I thank my colleagues, I thank once again 

21   the families for your advocacy.  We will not let 

22   you down.  I said it, I committed to it from 

23   day one, and we're making good on that commitment 

24   here today.  

25                And what I will tell you is, once 


                                                               4803

 1   again, we're going to continue to work with these 

 2   families to get all of the other initiatives over 

 3   the finish line that I've mentioned.  

 4                And again, Mr. President, with that 

 5   I thank you and vote aye.

 6                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

 7   Kennedy to be recorded in the affirmative.

 8                Senator Kaminsky to explain his 

 9   vote.

10                SENATOR KAMINSKY:   Thank you.  

11                Mr. President, I want to first thank 

12   Senator Kennedy for his leadership as the 

13   Transportation chair in this area.  

14                And I want to thank the families who 

15   are here for their perseverance and for having 

16   the courage to, instead of cursing the darkness, 

17   lighting a candle and helping show us the way 

18   where our state has to go.

19                There's something about these 

20   tragedies that are I think doubly hard to 

21   contemplate.  Because not only do they involve a 

22   tragic loss of life and injury, but they're also 

23   unjust.  People did the right thing by choosing 

24   not to drink and drive, by doing what they were 

25   always told to do, which is get a limo, make sure 


                                                               4804

 1   someone else is driving, be safe.  And they were 

 2   let down in the most awful, unimaginable way.

 3                Government works best when we take 

 4   targeted, aggressive, proactive action so 

 5   something like that does not have to happen.  But 

 6   the fact that it happened twice leaves us today 

 7   in this session with no choice but to pass this 

 8   aggressive passage and make sure that we are 

 9   doing everything we can not to have what took 

10   place repeated ever again.

11                So to the families, to Senator 

12   Kennedy, to our colleagues here and especially 

13   our colleagues down the hall, we have no choice 

14   but to do the right thing and regulate in this 

15   area that for too long has gone unregulated and 

16   led to unspeakable tragedies.  

17                I vote in the affirmative.

18                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

19   Kaminsky to be recorded in the affirmative.

20                Senator Gianaris to explain his 

21   vote.

22                SENATOR GIANARIS:   Thank you, 

23   Mr. President.  

24                I want to thank Senator Kennedy for 

25   the tremendous dedication he's had to this issue 


                                                               4805

 1   and for getting this legislation before us.

 2                I just also want to give special 

 3   mention to one or two of the victims.  Patrick 

 4   Cushing was an employee here at the Senate.  He 

 5   worked in Senate Technology Services for a number 

 6   of years in a nonpartisan fashion, making sure 

 7   that our needs were met both here in the Capitol 

 8   and our offices.  

 9                So it was a personal loss for the 

10   institution of the Senate as well.  He and his 

11   girlfriend Amanda were victims of the tragedy and 

12   the accident, the crash that occurred.

13                And so I didn't want to let this 

14   moment pass without recognizing that we had one 

15   of our own who was victimized as part of the lack 

16   of attention to limo safety in our state that we 

17   are hopefully addressing today.  

18                Thank you.

19                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

20   Amedore to explain his vote.

21                SENATOR AMEDORE:   Thank you, 

22   Mr. President.

23                I want to thank the chair of 

24   Transportation, Senator Kennedy, and for all of 

25   the hard work that's been done here.  


                                                               4806

 1                You know, if there's any one county 

 2   that has been rocked by news of tragedy, it was 

 3   Montgomery county last year when we all found out 

 4   about this horrible accident.  Not only did we 

 5   find out about it in Montgomery County and in the 

 6   State of New York, but the entire nation heard 

 7   about this news.  

 8                And it's so unfortunate that so many 

 9   family members in the gallery have to be here 

10   today to address an issue.  They advocated very 

11   hard, but they lost a great deal.  They lost so 

12   much, their loved ones.  And we in Montgomery 

13   County are still grieving greatly over this 

14   horrific tragedy.

15                I'm glad to see that legislation is 

16   being made and done today and passed.  Hopefully 

17   the Assembly will do so.  Hopefully the Governor 

18   will sign these bills into law.

19                But we also, as a body, need to hold 

20   already government accountable, because there is 

21   laws on the books and there was some situations 

22   that could have been prevented, may have been 

23   prevented if the agencies or the bureaucracies 

24   could work more efficiently.

25                These families are not only owed 


                                                               4807

 1   these reforms or these protections so that other 

 2   families can feel safe, these families are owed 

 3   all of our support.  You know, when they had a 

 4   vigil a few days after the tragedy in the city of 

 5   Amsterdam, there wasn't 100 people or 200 people 

 6   that showed up, there was thousands of people 

 7   that showed up at the vigil.  

 8                And as I spoke that evening at that 

 9   vigil, I promised the families that we would do 

10   everything possible as a legislative body to make 

11   sure that we can bring the right reforms and the 

12   right policies to the industry.  And I believe 

13   today these are nine bills that will help.  

14                But we also, again, as I mentioned 

15   before, need to hold government's departments and 

16   agencies accountable as well.  Because without 

17   holding them accountable, we can have all the 

18   laws under the sun but if we don't enforce them, 

19   what good are they?

20                So Mr. President, I'm proud to vote 

21   aye.  And I want to again say sorry to the 

22   families, my constituents who are up in the 

23   gallery, and they are numerous.  Because today 

24   your state government has heard you, has enacted 

25   its policies here, and I'm proud to represent 


                                                               4808

 1   them in this state.  

 2                I vote aye.

 3                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

 4   Amedore to be recorded in the affirmative.

 5                Senator Tedisco to explain his vote.

 6                SENATOR TEDISCO:   Thank you, 

 7   Mr. President.

 8                I wish to extend my condolences to 

 9   all the families here today, and those who may 

10   not be here today, for their tremendous loss in 

11   this personal tragedy, and especially thank them 

12   for their courage in taking your personal tragedy 

13   and turning it into something so positive for the 

14   rest of the family of New York State, stopping 

15   any other family, hopefully, as we pass these 

16   bills -- but continue to pass more, because we 

17   know we need to do more than just what we're 

18   doing with this particular calendar on the floor 

19   today.  

20                And I want to thank those who 

21   contacted me and asked me about hearings.  And I 

22   had the opportunity to send a letter and a 

23   message to the committee chairman of 

24   Transportation, Senator Kennedy, who I'm sure was 

25   going to do those hearings to begin with.  And I 


                                                               4809

 1   saw him a little while later, and he said, oh, 

 2   yeah, sure we're going to do them.  And we have 

 3   done those hearings.

 4                And I think you remember at that 

 5   hearing I said you're probably the specialist 

 6   now, you've done so much research and have so 

 7   much understanding.  But it was good to have a 

 8   lot of individuals there who were part of giving 

 9   us information to make this a better situation.  

10                We can have all the hearings in the 

11   world, we can get all the statements in the 

12   world, but if we don't take action, it's 

13   meaningless.

14                I'm very appreciative today we are 

15   beginning action to address this real concern and 

16   this problem, albeit late for your loved ones, 

17   but for their legacy, to know that you're taking 

18   their lives and giving meaning as we go forth to 

19   make a difference in other individuals' lives.

20                And as has been mentioned, these are 

21   your direct family loved ones; a part of our 

22   family, Patrick Cushing, lost his life.  And 

23   Patrick was a wonderful person, in my office 

24   quite a bit because we had a lot of technical 

25   problems.  And as I've mentioned in the past, the 


                                                               4810

 1   day before we had to call upon him to get our 

 2   printer fixed, and he did that for us.

 3                He won't be forgotten.  Neither will 

 4   your family members.  And we appreciate you for 

 5   all you've done to make a difference in the world 

 6   of all New Yorkers.  

 7                And I vote aye on this piece of 

 8   legislation.  Thank you so much.

 9                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

10   Tedisco to be recorded in the affirmative.

11                Senator Liu to explain his vote.

12                SENATOR LIU:   Thank you, 

13   Mr. President.

14                I want to express my sympathies and 

15   condolences to the family members.  I've got an 

16   18-year-old myself, so I can -- actually, I can't 

17   imagine what you're going through.  And I hope 

18   neither my family nor other families in New York 

19   will have to suffer the ordeal that you've been 

20   through.  But as has already been mentioned, 

21   you've channeled your energies into something 

22   positive that will be a good change for the State 

23   of New York.  

24                Your young people did what was 

25   right, as Senator Kaminsky mentioned, and 


                                                               4811

 1   unfortunately they paid a price for it.  That 

 2   should not happen anymore.  

 3                And I want to thank Chairman Kennedy 

 4   and Leader Stewart-Cousins for shepherding this 

 5   important legislation through at a rate that from 

 6   your perspective must be excruciatingly slow, but 

 7   in the grand scheme of things it actually 

 8   happened relatively quickly.  

 9                So thank you for your ongoing 

10   efforts.  And as you mentioned earlier today, 

11   this is not the end of it, this is an important 

12   milestone in your efforts and all of our 

13   collective efforts to help keep people safe.  

14                Thank you, Mr. President.

15                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

16   Liu to be recorded in the affirmative.

17                Senator LaValle to explain his vote.

18                SENATOR LaVALLE:   Thank you, 

19   Mr. President.

20                We lost four vibrant, beautiful 

21   young ladies in a limo accident a number of years 

22   ago out in the East End of Long Island.  The four 

23   young ladies got together because they were going 

24   to visit some of the vineyards in my district and 

25   looking forward to a beautiful day.  And the day 


                                                               4812

 1   ended, and they died.

 2                We don't often, I think -- I think 

 3   sometimes we take for granted the job we do.  And 

 4   today we're putting in place protections so 

 5   hopefully we are protecting people in the future.  

 6   If you're a parent or a grandparent, you live in 

 7   constant fear that something, something 

 8   tragically will happen to your precious children 

 9   or grandchildren.  

10                And so today we're taking an action.  

11   Unfortunate that we've learned something from the 

12   deaths of many people.  And hopefully through our 

13   action, we are protecting people in the future.

14                So Senator Kennedy, thank you for 

15   your leadership on this issue, and I will be 

16   voting yes on the bills.

17                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

18   LaValle to be recorded in the affirmative.

19                Senator Hoylman to explain his vote.

20                SENATOR HOYLMAN:   Thank you, 

21   Mr. President.

22                I rise also to thank Senator Kennedy 

23   and our leader, Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

24                This is really an example of 

25   government at its finest, all of us here 


                                                               4813

 1   gathered, including mostly the families of the 

 2   victims, who are turning tragedy into action.  

 3                I thank you for sharing your deeply 

 4   personal stories.  We are all indebted to you, my 

 5   family is indebted to you, because you have made 

 6   New York safer for everyone who may ride in a 

 7   limousine again.  

 8                I vote aye, Mr. President.

 9                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

10   Hoylman to be recorded in the affirmative.

11                Senator Breslin to explain his vote.

12                SENATOR BRESLIN:   Thank you very 

13   much, Mr. President.  

14                I too applaud Senator Kennedy and 

15   the entire Transportation Committee for leading 

16   the charge to follow up on a day that no parent, 

17   no brother, no sister, no child, no relative 

18   should ever experience, but in this case they 

19   have.  

20                And that transfers to us the 

21   ultimate responsibility for making sure that it 

22   never happens again in this state, it never 

23   happens again.

24                And I applaud the parents and I 

25   particularly think of young Patrick -- whose 


                                                               4814

 1   father is in the gallery, Kevin -- who used to 

 2   come in the office.  And as we chatted this 

 3   morning, Patrick and I would not talk about 

 4   legislation, we'd generally talk about sports.  

 5   And he was a very, very bright, enthusiastic, 

 6   wonderful young man who did the right thing on 

 7   that day with the wrong conclusion.

 8                So again, the Insurance Committee 

 9   also immediately acted, and significantly, with 

10   the help of this body and the help of the 

11   Insurance Committee, raised the rates 

12   significantly.  Hopefully that will make 

13   insurance companies do a better job in evaluating 

14   the vehicles that are used in the transportation 

15   of others.  

16                But again, it gets back to all of us 

17   and the burden we now have to encourage the 

18   Assembly to act, to encourage all of us to act 

19   further, to make sure that any changes that are 

20   needed on an ongoing basis -- it's up to us.  And 

21   the parents and all the other relatives will hold 

22   us ultimately accountable to make sure that we 

23   perform the job necessary to make New York again 

24   the best case with coverage, the best case to 

25   make sure that vehicles who transport others do 


                                                               4815

 1   so in a legal, ethical and particularly a safe 

 2   way.

 3                I vote aye, Mr. President.

 4                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

 5   Breslin to be recorded in the affirmative.

 6                Senator Metzger to explain her vote.

 7                SENATOR METZGER:   Thank you, 

 8   Mr. President.

 9                I want to also thank my colleague 

10   Senator Tim Kennedy, the entire Transportation 

11   Committee, and our Majority Leader, Andrea 

12   Stewart-Cousins, for championing this package of 

13   legislation that will make our roads safer and 

14   prevent the kind of horrible loss that occurred 

15   in Schoharie last fall.

16                We call these accidents, but many 

17   are not accidental.  They're the result of risky 

18   behaviors, they're the result of sometimes 

19   illegal driving behaviors.

20                The legislation that I introduced 

21   today and that is part of this important package 

22   mandates drug and alcohol testing for limo 

23   drivers and other for-hire vehicles.  This, along 

24   with the other eight pieces of legislation, will 

25   help save lives.  


                                                               4816

 1                It is our duty as legislators to do 

 2   everything that we can to prevent these kinds of 

 3   tragedies.  To the families who have suffered 

 4   unimaginable loss, our hearts are with you.  And 

 5   as a parent, my heart is with you.

 6                Thank you.

 7                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

 8   Metzger to be recorded in the affirmative.

 9                Senator Helming to explain her vote.

10                SENATOR HELMING:   Thank you, 

11   Mr. President.

12                I actually wasn't planning to speak 

13   on this matter, but I want to offer my heartfelt 

14   condolences as well to the families who are here.  

15                And I also want to extend a 

16   thank-you to Senator Kennedy and all of those who 

17   are responsible for bringing all of this 

18   legislation here for a vote today.

19                The legislation before us today 

20   focuses on transportation, as it should.  But I'd 

21   like to suggest that there will be more 

22   legislation that's coming forward.  In my 

23   district, which is several hundred miles from the 

24   crash site, lives a woman who on the day of this 

25   crash was grieving the loss of her husband.  And 


                                                               4817

 1   as she was still working through that grieving 

 2   process, she got a call that she needed to come 

 3   and get her grandson because his father, her son, 

 4   was killed in that crash.  And so was her 

 5   grandson's mother.  And so were three of his 

 6   aunts.

 7                I have had the opportunity to meet 

 8   with this amazing woman.  But I can tell you 

 9   stories about the bureaucratic red tape related 

10   to this issue, whether it's dealing with 

11   childcare or getting custody of that baby or it's 

12   legal matters.  We have a lot more work to do.  

13                And again, I commend everyone for 

14   taking the first step addressing the issues with 

15   transportation.  But there is a lot more we need 

16   to do to help the victims.

17                I'll be voting aye on all nine 

18   pieces of legislation today, Mr. President.

19                Thank you.

20                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

21   Helming to be recorded in the affirmative.

22                Announce the results.

23                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 60.

24                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

25   bill is passed.


                                                               4818

 1                (Extended standing ovation.)

 2                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

 3   Calendar Number 1084, Senate Print 6186A, by 

 4   Senator Metzger, an act to amend the Vehicle and 

 5   Traffic Law.

 6                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

 7   the last section.

 8                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

 9   act shall take effect on the 120th day after it 

10   shall have become a law.

11                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

12   the roll.

13                (The Secretary called the roll.)

14                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

15   Announce the results.

16                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 60.

17                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

18   bill is passed.

19                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

20   1085, Senate Print 6187A, by Senator Gaughran, an 

21   act to amend the Vehicle and Traffic Law.

22                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

23   the last section.

24                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

25   act shall take effect one year after it shall 


                                                               4819

 1   have become a law.

 2                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

 3   the roll.

 4                (The Secretary called the roll.)

 5                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

 6   Announce the results.

 7                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 60.

 8                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

 9   bill is passed.

10                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

11   1086, Senate Print 6188A, by Senator Gaughran, an 

12   act to amend the Vehicle and Traffic Law.

13                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

14   the last section.

15                THE SECRETARY:   Section 4.  This 

16   act shall take effect one year after it shall 

17   have become a law.

18                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

19   the roll.

20                (The Secretary called the roll.)

21                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

22   Gaughran to explain his vote.

23                SENATOR GAUGHRAN:   Thank you, 

24   Mr. President.

25                And like others have said, I just 


                                                               4820

 1   want to commend the families who are here today 

 2   from these two horrific tragedies.  They have 

 3   channeled this tragedy into activism, and I so 

 4   admire you.  

 5                And for the families in particular 

 6   from the Cutchogue crash in Long Island, I know 

 7   you've been working on this for quite a number of 

 8   years.  And I know Nancy DiMonte, who is with us, 

 9   who's been a tireless advocate, whose daughter 

10   did live, Joelle, but whose daughter will never 

11   be the same, recently said to Newsday about us 

12   not acting, she said:  "Is this complacency, 

13   negligence, bureaucracy, or lack of motivation to 

14   change things?" 

15                Well, Nancy, all I can tell you is 

16   we are acting today.  We are moving forward.  We 

17   know there is more work to do.  On my two bills, 

18   the one that was just adopted, it requires 

19   commercial GPS.  So that is for all limousine 

20   drivers.  So that means that they will know if 

21   there is a dangerous turn, if there's a dark 

22   road, if there's something up ahead that they 

23   should be aware of -- which they would not know 

24   if they didn't have a commercial GPS.  It will 

25   also be a tool for the owner of the company to go 


                                                               4821

 1   back and look and review to make sure that their 

 2   driver was safe.

 3                The other bill, which we are voting 

 4   on now, will significantly increase the penalties 

 5   for excessive speeding, dangerous driving, going 

 6   through red lights, and making an illegal U-turn, 

 7   which was a major part of the tragedy in 

 8   Cutchogue.  

 9                So Mr. President, I would like to 

10   also thank our leader for bringing this to the 

11   floor, and Senator Kennedy for not only his 

12   leadership but for bringing me in on all of these 

13   bills and working so closely with him.  

14                And these are not going to solve 

15   every single tragedy.  We will have more.  But I 

16   guarantee you every one of these bills will save 

17   lives.

18                I vote aye, Mr. President.

19                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

20   Gaughran to be recorded in the affirmative.

21                Announce the results.

22                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 60.

23                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

24   bill is passed.

25                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 


                                                               4822

 1   1087, Senate Print 6189A, by Senator Kaplan, an 

 2   act to establish the passenger safety task force 

 3   on safety for passengers transported by stretch 

 4   limousines.

 5                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

 6   the last section.

 7                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

 8   act shall take effect on the 30th day after it 

 9   shall have become a law.

10                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

11   the roll.

12                (The Secretary called the roll.)

13                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

14   Kaplan to explain her vote.

15                SENATOR KAPLAN:   Thank you, 

16   Mr. President.

17                I rise as the proud sponsor of this 

18   legislation that will help protect our residents.  

19   For too long New Yorkers took safety for granted 

20   when getting into a limousine.  We wrongly 

21   assumed that these vehicles were all safe and 

22   that their operators were all trained in their 

23   safe operations.  But I think we got a rude 

24   awakening with the unimaginable tragedies that 

25   took place in Cutchogue and Schoharie.


                                                               4823

 1                No families should have to 

 2   experience the loss of their loved ones because 

 3   of something that could have possibly been 

 4   prevented.  So that is why we're taking action to 

 5   reform limousine safety in New York, because we 

 6   have a duty to the families across the state to 

 7   do everything we can to prevent the senseless 

 8   tragedy from happening again.

 9                I want to thank the families who are 

10   here today, our Majority Leader Andrea 

11   Stewart-Cousins, and Senator Kennedy for pushing 

12   these legislations forward.  And I vote in the 

13   affirmative.  Thank you.

14                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

15   Kaplan to be recorded in the affirmative.

16                Announce the results.

17                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 60.

18                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

19   bill is passed.

20                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

21   1089, Senate Print 6191A, by Senator Kennedy, an 

22   act to amend the Transportation Law and the 

23   Vehicle and Traffic Law.

24                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

25   the last section.


                                                               4824

 1                THE SECRETARY:   Section 3.  This 

 2   act shall take effect on the 180th day after it 

 3   shall have become a law.

 4                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

 5   the roll.

 6                (The Secretary called the roll.)

 7                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

 8   Carlucci to explain his vote.

 9                SENATOR CARLUCCI:   Thank you, 

10   Mr. President.

11                I too -- I want to thank Senator 

12   Kennedy and the entire team of sponsors putting 

13   forth this package of legislation, the families 

14   for turning this tragedy into a wake-up call for 

15   New York and the country to make sure that it 

16   never happens again.

17                This -- all of this legislation is 

18   important, and particularly this piece, to make 

19   sure that -- you know, often when we're using a 

20   limousine, it's a celebration, it's a party.  And 

21   we often forget that we are still in a -- in a 

22   automotive -- in a car, in a vehicle.  If you're 

23   not wearing a seat belt, if you don't have access 

24   to the seat belt, the situation can be 

25   devastating.  


                                                               4825

 1                We know in the United States 

 2   unfortunately that half of the fatalities that 

 3   occur on our roads are because people are not 

 4   wearing a seat belt.  This legislation goes 

 5   further, to have an escape window to be able to 

 6   have a hatch, modeled after California's law.  

 7   This is where we need to be going.

 8                I want to thank all of my colleagues 

 9   for supporting this legislation to put these 

10   commonsense safety features in limousines.  This 

11   will protect people in New York State, and it 

12   will save lives.

13                So thank you, Mr. President.  I'll 

14   be supporting this legislation.

15                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

16   Carlucci to be recorded in the affirmative.

17                Announce the results.

18                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 60.

19                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

20   bill is passed.

21                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

22   1090, Senate Print 6192, by Senator Kennedy, an 

23   act to amend the Transportation Law and the 

24   Vehicle and Traffic Law.

25                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 


                                                               4826

 1   the last section.

 2                THE SECRETARY:   Section 4.  This 

 3   act shall take effect on the first of April.

 4                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

 5   the roll.

 6                (The Secretary called the roll.)

 7                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

 8   Announce the results.

 9                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 60.

10                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

11   bill is passed.

12                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

13   1091, Senate Print 6193A, by Senator Kennedy, an 

14   act to amend the Transportation Law.

15                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

16   the last section.

17                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

18   act shall take effect on the 180th day after it 

19   shall have become a law.

20                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

21   the roll.

22                (The Secretary called the roll.)

23                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

24   Seward to explain his vote.

25                SENATOR SEWARD:   Yes, thank you, 


                                                               4827

 1   Mr. President.

 2                I rise to say that I am very pleased 

 3   to support this package of bills which will 

 4   enhance limousine safety in New York State and 

 5   save lives.

 6                You know, as the Senator 

 7   representing Schoharie County, it was -- in fact, 

 8   I was in the county back in October on that 

 9   beautiful October day when we received word that 

10   that horrific, horrific crash had occurred right 

11   in that small county and in that small town of 

12   Schoharie.

13                And two days later I visited the 

14   site to pay my respects as well as meet with the 

15   chairman of the National Transportation Safety 

16   Board.  

17                And a couple of weeks after that, I 

18   was very honored to attend a special community 

19   ceremony -- and many of the family members 

20   attended that event in Schoharie at the Schoharie 

21   Central School -- that honored the first 

22   responders who responded to that horrific crash 

23   that day, most of which were volunteers, and very 

24   much impacted by that gruesome scene.  But they 

25   did their job, and I honor those that responded 


                                                               4828

 1   to that crash that day.

 2                But I also want to say how much I 

 3   honor the families who have turned unimaginable 

 4   grief toward a -- in a positive direction, to 

 5   stand up and demand changes in our laws in the 

 6   State of New York.  

 7                And today we are beginning that 

 8   process, so something good is coming out of this 

 9   horrible tragedy.  And I know there was -- 

10   previous to that there was a tragedy on 

11   Long Island as well.  But something good is 

12   coming out of these horrific accidents.  And I'm 

13   very, very pleased to support these bills.  It 

14   will make limousines safer in New York and will 

15   save lives going forward.  

16                And I'm hoping that our grieving 

17   families will take some solace from that their 

18   actions and their voices have made some very 

19   positive changes.

20                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

21   Seward to be recorded in the affirmative.

22                Announce the results.

23                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 60.

24                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

25   bill is passed.


                                                               4829

 1                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

 2   1095, Senate Print 2537A, by Senator Comrie, an 

 3   act to amend the Private Housing Finance Law.

 4                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

 5   the last section.

 6                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

 7   act shall take effect June 15, 2021.

 8                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

 9   the roll.

10                (The Secretary called the roll.)

11                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

12   Announce the results.

13                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 60.

14                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

15   bill is passed.

16                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

17   1151, Senate Print 6185, by Senator May, an act 

18   to amend the Transportation Law.

19                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

20   the last section.

21                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

22   act shall take effect on the 180th day after it 

23   shall have become a law.

24                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

25   the roll.


                                                               4830

 1                (The Secretary called the roll.)

 2                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

 3   May to explain her vote.

 4                SENATOR MAY:   Thank you, 

 5   Mr. President.

 6                I'm pleased to vote aye on this bill 

 7   and all of the preceding bills about limousine 

 8   safety in honor of the young people who died so 

 9   tragically in the accidents, but also in honor of 

10   their brave family members who have worked so 

11   hard to make this happen -- not just for their 

12   own loved ones, but for my loved ones and your 

13   loved ones and all of the people of New York.

14                My bill is invoking 21st-century 

15   information technology so that we can gather the 

16   information, the people who are riding in the 

17   limousines can alert the Department of 

18   Transportation of concerns, and we can have more 

19   transparency and more accountability.  

20                And I -- it is just one more piece 

21   in the puzzle of making our streets safer, our 

22   young people safer, and of honoring the lives of 

23   people we have lost.  

24                So thank you very much.  I vote aye.

25                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 


                                                               4831

 1   May to be recorded in the affirmative.

 2                Announce the results.

 3                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 60.

 4                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

 5   bill is passed.

 6                Senator Gianaris, that completes the 

 7   reading of today's calendar.

 8                SENATOR GIANARIS:   Mr. President, 

 9   can we now take up the supplemental calendar, 

10   please.

11                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

12   Secretary will read.

13                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

14   1209, Senate Print 598, by Senator Hoylman, an 

15   act to amend the Penal Law.

16                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

17   the last section.

18                THE SECRETARY:   Section 6.  This 

19   act shall take effect on the first of November.

20                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

21   the roll.

22                (The Secretary called the roll.)

23                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

24   Announce the results.

25                THE SECRETARY:   In relation to 


                                                               4832

 1   Calendar Number 1209, those Senators voting in 

 2   the negative are Senators Akshar, Amedore, 

 3   Antonacci, Boyle, Flanagan, Funke, Gallivan, 

 4   Griffo, Helming, Jacobs, Jordan, Lanza, LaValle, 

 5   Little, O'Mara, Ortt, Serino and Tedisco.  Also 

 6   Senator Ranzenhofer.

 7                Ayes, 41.  Nays, 19.

 8                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

 9   bill is passed.

10                There is a substitution at the desk.  

11                The Secretary will read.

12                THE SECRETARY:   Senator O'Mara 

13   moves to discharge, from the Committee on Local 

14   Government, Assembly Bill Number 505 and 

15   substitute it for the identical Senate Bill 948, 

16   Third Reading Calendar 1211.

17                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

18   substitution is so ordered.

19                The Secretary will read.

20                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

21   1211, Assembly Bill Number 505, by 

22   Assemblymember Lifton, an act to amend the 

23   General Municipal Law.

24                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

25   the last section.


                                                               4833

 1                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

 2   act shall take effect immediately.

 3                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

 4   the roll.

 5                (The Secretary called the roll.)

 6                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

 7   Announce the results.

 8                THE SECRETARY:   In relation to 

 9   Calendar Number 1211, voting in the negative:  

10   Senator Ortt.  

11                Ayes, 59.  Nays, 1.

12                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

13   bill is passed.

14                There is a substitution at the desk.  

15                The Secretary will read.

16                THE SECRETARY:   Senator Lanza moves 

17   to discharge, from the Committee on Cities, 

18   Assembly Bill Number 7006 and substitute it for 

19   the identical Senate Bill 2388, Third Reading 

20   Calendar 1212.

21                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

22   substitution is so ordered.

23                The Secretary will read.

24                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

25   1212, Assembly Print Number 7006, by 


                                                               4834

 1   Assemblymember Cusick, an act to amend 

 2   Chapter 306 of the Laws of 2011.

 3                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

 4   the last section.

 5                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

 6   act shall take effect immediately.

 7                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

 8   the roll.

 9                (The Secretary called the roll.)

10                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

11   Announce the results.

12                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 60.

13                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

14   bill is passed.

15                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

16   1215, Senate Print 5120, by Senator 

17   Stewart-Cousins, an act authorizing the 

18   alienation of certain parklands in the Village of 

19   Tarrytown.

20                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   There 

21   is a home-rule message at the desk.  

22                Read the last section.

23                THE SECRETARY:   Section 7.  This 

24   act shall take effect immediately.

25                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 


                                                               4835

 1   the roll.  

 2                (The Secretary called the roll.)

 3                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

 4   Announce the results.

 5                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 60.

 6                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

 7   bill is passed.

 8                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

 9   1212, Senate Print 5247, by Senator Harckham, an 

10   act authorizing the Commissioner of 

11   General Services to convey real property in 

12   Westchester County.

13                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   There 

14   is a home-rule message at the desk.

15                Read the last section.

16                THE SECRETARY:   Section 5.  This 

17   act shall take effect immediately.

18                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

19   the roll.

20                (The Secretary called the roll.)

21                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

22   Announce the results.

23                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 60.

24                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

25   bill is passed.


                                                               4836

 1                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

 2   1219, Senate Print 5531, by Senator Martinez, an 

 3   act to amend the Public Health Law.

 4                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

 5   the last section.

 6                THE SECRETARY:   Section 5.  This 

 7   act shall take effect immediately.

 8                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

 9   the roll.

10                (The Secretary called the roll.)

11                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

12   Helming to explain her vote.

13                SENATOR HELMING:   Thank you, 

14   Mr. President.  

15                I want to thank Senator Martinez for 

16   bringing this bill to the floor.  It's very 

17   similar to a bill that I carry and that has 

18   passed this body in the past.  I am very hopeful 

19   that this year, with one-party control, that this 

20   bill will be able to be passed in the Assembly as 

21   well and that the Governor will sign off on it.

22                Again, I want to thank the Senator 

23   for bringing this forward.  It's very important.  

24   The way I learned about the impacts of kratom on 

25   our youth is through a program called Tall Cop 


                                                               4837

 1   Says Stop.  It's a program that was funded in 

 2   part with dollars from the State Senate.  

 3   Unfortunately, that money has not been 

 4   incorporated into this year's budget.  Without 

 5   it, I don't believe we would have had this 

 6   legislation to ban the sale of kratom and to 

 7   create this study group.  

 8                So I implore the sponsor again to 

 9   push the Senate to get this passed and also to 

10   look at the budget for next year and to put 

11   funding in to reinstate these programs.

12                Thank you.

13                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

14   Helming to be recorded in the affirmative.

15                Announce the results.

16                THE SECRETARY:   In relation to 

17   Calendar 1219, voting in the negative:  Senator 

18   Antonacci.

19                Ayes, 59.  Nays, 1.

20                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

21   bill is passed.

22                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

23   1220, Senate Print 5677A, by Senator Comrie, an 

24   act to amend the General Business Law and the 

25   Public Health Law.


                                                               4838

 1                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

 2   the last section.

 3                THE SECRETARY:   Section 4.  This 

 4   act shall take effect on the 90th day after it 

 5   shall have become a law.

 6                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

 7   the roll.

 8                (The Secretary called the roll.)

 9                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

10   Announce the results.

11                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 60.

12                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

13   bill is passed.

14                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

15   1221, Senate Print 5855, by Senator Gaughran, an 

16   act to direct the Department of Environmental 

17   Conservation, with the assistance of the 

18   Department of Transportation, to conduct a study 

19   on the environmental and health impacts of John 

20   F. Kennedy International Airport.

21                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

22   the last section.

23                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

24   act shall take effect immediately.

25                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 


                                                               4839

 1   the roll.

 2                (The Secretary called the roll.)

 3                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

 4   Gaughran to explain his vote.

 5                SENATOR GAUGHRAN:   Thank you, 

 6   Mr. President.

 7                Throughout Long Island and 

 8   throughout the metropolitan region we often find 

 9   communities are constantly inundated with these 

10   planes that are flying so low that we believe 

11   they are creating some health problems for the 

12   people that we serve.

13                Obviously the state government has 

14   nothing to do with flight patterns, but I do 

15   believe we have an obligation to our constituents 

16   to have this issue studied thoroughly so that we 

17   can provide the information to the federal 

18   government, not just anecdotes, but actual facts, 

19   to try to urge them to change the flight patterns 

20   so that we're not unduly burdening certain 

21   communities.  

22                I vote aye, Mr. President.

23                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

24   Gaughran to be recorded in the affirmative.

25                Senator Robach to explain his vote.


                                                               4840

 1                SENATOR ROBACH:   Yes, Mr. Speaker, 

 2   just very quickly to explain my vote.  

 3                I appreciate the sponsor's effort, 

 4   but, you know, my thinking is a little bit 

 5   different.  We don't have money for 

 6   infrastructure, roads and bridges.  I have no 

 7   idea how much this study is going to cost.  But I 

 8   do know this, that we all have airports in our 

 9   areas.  You change the flight pattern from one, 

10   it's going to bother some other neighborhood.  

11                So to me, this just isn't an 

12   efficient way to spend government money at a time 

13   when we need money for so many other important 

14   things.  I vote in the negative.

15                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

16   Robach to be recorded in the negative.

17                Announce the results.

18                THE SECRETARY:   In relation to 

19   Calendar Number 1221, those Senators voting in 

20   the negative are Senators Akshar, Amedore, 

21   Antonacci, Funke, Griffo, Jacobs, Jordan, Lanza, 

22   Little, O'Mara, Ortt, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, 

23   Robach, Savino, Serino, Seward and Tedisco.

24                Ayes, 42.  Nays, 18.

25                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 


                                                               4841

 1   bill is passed.

 2                There is a substitution at the desk.  

 3                The Secretary will read.

 4                THE SECRETARY:   Senator Ramos moves 

 5   to discharge, from the Committee on Rules, 

 6   Assembly Bill Number 2156 and substitute it for 

 7   the identical Senate Bill 6020, Third Reading 

 8   Calendar 1222.

 9                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

10   substitution is so ordered.

11                The Secretary will read.

12                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

13   1222, Assembly Print Number 2156, by 

14   Assemblymember Schimminger, an act to amend 

15   Chapter 413 of the Laws of 2003.

16                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

17   the last section.

18                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

19   act shall take effect immediately.

20                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

21   the roll.

22                (The Secretary called the roll.)

23                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

24   Announce the results.

25                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 60.


                                                               4842

 1                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

 2   bill is passed.

 3                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

 4   1223, Senate Print 6155, by Senator 

 5   Stewart-Cousins, an act to amend the 

 6   Environmental Conservation Law.

 7                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

 8   the last section.

 9                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

10   act shall take effect immediately.

11                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

12   the roll.

13                (The Secretary called the roll.)

14                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

15   Announce the results.

16                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 60.

17                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

18   bill is passed.

19                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

20   1224, Senate Print 6162, by Senator Harckham, an 

21   act to amend the Public Authorities Law.

22                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

23   the last section.

24                THE SECRETARY:   Section 3.  This 

25   act shall take effect immediately.


                                                               4843

 1                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

 2   the roll.

 3                (The Secretary called the roll.)

 4                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

 5   Announce the results.

 6                THE SECRETARY:   In relation to 

 7   Calendar Number 1224, voting in the negative:  

 8   Senator LaValle.

 9                Ayes, 59.  Nays, 1.

10                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

11   bill is passed.

12                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

13   1225, Senate Print 6166, by Senator Brooks, an 

14   act to amend the Vehicle and Traffic Law.

15                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

16   the last section.

17                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

18   act shall take effect immediately.

19                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

20   the roll.

21                (The Secretary called the roll.)

22                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

23   Announce the results.

24                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 60.

25                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 


                                                               4844

 1   bill is passed.

 2                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

 3   1226, Senate Print 6170, by Senator May, an act 

 4   to amend the Vehicle and Traffic Law.

 5                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

 6   the last section.

 7                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

 8   act shall take effect immediately.

 9                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

10   the roll.

11                (The Secretary called the roll.)

12                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

13   Announce the results.

14                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 61.

15                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

16   bill is passed.

17                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

18   1227, Senate Print 6174, by Senator May, an act 

19   to amend the Environmental Conservation Law.

20                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Read 

21   the last section.

22                THE SECRETARY:   Section 2.  This 

23   act shall take effect immediately.

24                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Call 

25   the roll.


                                                               4845

 1                (The Secretary called the roll.)

 2                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

 3   Announce the results.

 4                THE SECRETARY:   In relation to 

 5   Calendar Number 1227, voting in the negative:  

 6   Senator LaValle.  

 7                Ayes, 60.  Nays, 1.

 8                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

 9   bill is passed.

10                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

11   1228, Senate Print 6235, by Senator Metzger, an 

12   act to amend the General Municipal Law and the 

13   Tax Law.

14                SENATOR GIANARIS:   Lay it aside 

15   temporarily, please. 

16                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Lay it 

17   aside temporarily.

18                Senator Gianaris, that completes the 

19   reading of the supplemental calendar.

20                SENATOR GIANARIS:   Thank you, 

21   Mr. President.

22                If we could go back to motions for a 

23   moment, I have several.

24                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   We are 

25   returning to motions and resolutions.


                                                               4846

 1                SENATOR GIANARIS:   I offer 

 2   amendments to the following Third Reading 

 3   Calendar bills:  

 4                On page 16, Calendar Number 492, 

 5   Senate Print 2844, by Senator Ramos; 

 6                On page 13, Calendar Number 409, 

 7   Senate Print 4588, by Senator Mayer; 

 8                And on page 36, Calendar Number 861, 

 9   Senate Print 4118B, by Senator Liu.

10                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

11   amendments are received, and the bills shall 

12   retain their place on the Third Reading Calendar.

13                SENATOR GIANARIS:   On behalf of 

14   Senator Persaud, I wish to call up Senate 2387, 

15   recalled from the Assembly, which is now at the 

16   desk. 

17                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

18   Secretary will read.

19                THE SECRETARY:   Calendar Number 

20   459, Senate Print 2387, by Senator Persaud, an 

21   act to amend the General Business Law.

22                SENATOR GIANARIS:  I move to 

23   reconsider the vote by which the bill was passed.

24                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

25   Secretary will call the roll on reconsideration.


                                                               4847

 1                (The Secretary called the roll.)

 2                THE SECRETARY:   Ayes, 61.

 3                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

 4   bill is restored to its place on the Third 

 5   Reading Calendar.

 6                SENATOR GIANARIS:   I offer the 

 7   following amendments.

 8                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

 9   amendments are received.

10                SENATOR GIANARIS:   I also offer 

11   amendments to the following Third Reading 

12   Calendar bills:

13                On page 57, Calendar Number 1143, 

14   Senate Print 4876, by Senator Metzger; 

15                On page 6, Calendar Number 181, 

16   Senate Print 727, by Senator Montgomery; 

17                On page 25, Calendar Number 666, 

18   Senate Print 3664, by Senator Gianaris; 

19                On page 56, Calendar Number 1116, 

20   Senate Print 4396, by Senator Ramos; 

21                On page 59, Calendar Number 1187, 

22   Senate Print 4416A, by Senator Kaplan.

23                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

24   amendments are received, and the bills shall 

25   retain their place on the Third Reading Calendar.


                                                               4848

 1                SENATOR GIANARIS:   Okay.  If we 

 2   could now return to reports of standing 

 3   committees and take up the report of the 

 4   Finance Committee that is now at the desk, and 

 5   then please recognize Senator Krueger on the 

 6   nomination.

 7                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   We will 

 8   return to reports of standing committees.  

 9                There is a report of the Finance 

10   Committee at the desk.

11                The Secretary will read.

12                THE SECRETARY:   Senator Krueger, 

13   from the Committee on Finance, reports the 

14   following nomination:  

15                Cesar A. Perales, of Brooklyn, 

16   New York, as Trustee of the State University of 

17   New York.

18                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

19   Krueger.

20                SENATOR KRUEGER:   Thank you, 

21   Mr. President.

22                The Governor has sent us the 

23   nomination of Cesar A. Perales to be a 

24   representative on the Board of Trustees of the 

25   State University of New York.  He was unanimously 


                                                               4849

 1   passed through both the Higher Ed Committee and 

 2   the Finance Committee a little earlier today.  

 3                He is truly an extraordinary public 

 4   servant who has a multipage resume going back to 

 5   his originally being an attorney with 

 6   Neighborhood Legal Services, through his role in 

 7   the White House, the Department of Health, 

 8   Education and Welfare in the '70s; the Puerto 

 9   Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund multiple 

10   times; the New York State Department of Social 

11   Services, as its commissioner from '83 to '91; a 

12   deputy mayor of the City of New York; the senior 

13   vice president of the New York Presbyterian 

14   Hospital; a senior fellow, Baruch School of 

15   Public Affairs; and of course as the Secretary of 

16   State for the State of New York until recently.

17                Again, you just can't find too many 

18   people with this kind of resume and this kind of 

19   history of service to the State of New York.  

20                And I know that I speak for all of 

21   us who know him to say we are very excited that 

22   we will have the opportunity soon to vote for him 

23   to be a SUNY Board of Trustees member.  

24                And I think there are several other 

25   members who wish to speak, Mr. President.


                                                               4850

 1                Thank you very much.

 2                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

 3   Stavisky on the nomination.

 4                SENATOR STAVISKY:   Thank you, 

 5   Mr. President.  

 6                And very briefly, Senator Krueger 

 7   read this unusually broad resume in all areas of 

 8   government, but she left out what I consider to 

 9   be an extremely important issue, and that's the 

10   fact that he graduated from the City College of 

11   New York, CCNY, part of CUNY.  Because CUNY and 

12   SUNY are devoted to looking for young people 

13   whose careers can perhaps attempt to approach 

14   that of Mr. Perales.  

15                He has an extraordinary background, 

16   and I just feel that the State of New York is 

17   very fortunate that he's willing to offer his 

18   service as a trustee of SUNY.  

19                And let me add that he is replacing 

20   a highly competent, respected former member of 

21   the State Senate, H. Carl McCall, and we thank 

22   Mr. McCall for his services.  But I know he is 

23   going to be delighted that his seat will now be 

24   occupied by Mr. Perales.  

25                Thank you, Mr. President.


                                                               4851

 1                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

 2   Mayer on the nomination.

 3                SENATOR MAYER:   Thank you, 

 4   Mr. President.  

 5                I rise too to commend this 

 6   nomination and to say how thrilled I am that my 

 7   old friend Cesar Perales is going to be a member 

 8   of the SUNY board, one of the most important 

 9   boards, from my perspective, that we have.  

10                Because the decisions they make 

11   about the students of New York State that have 

12   the great opportunity to attend any of the SUNY 

13   schools, as I did, it is an extraordinary 

14   opportunity.  But we have challenges to keep it 

15   affordable and as high-quality as it has been.  

16                Cesar Perales and I worked together 

17   in the world of New York City hospitals, in a 

18   very challenging environment.  He was an 

19   extraordinary colleague and friend and partner in 

20   ensuring that our hospitals served some of 

21   New York City's neediest and most diverse 

22   communities, and we were committed jointly to 

23   that mission.  We worked together.  

24                His service is so commendable.  I 

25   know he is replacing the great leadership of 


                                                               4852

 1   H. Carl McCall.  I look forward to working 

 2   closely with him, and I rise to support his 

 3   nomination.

 4                Thank you, Mr. President.

 5                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

 6   Sepúlveda on the nomination.

 7                SENATOR SEPÚLVEDA:   Thank you, 

 8   Mr. President, for allowing me to express my 

 9   support.  

10                Mr. Perales has been an icon in 

11   New York State in our communities.  He is 

12   replacing a great person, a great leader in Carl 

13   McCall.  But for us in the Puerto Rican community 

14   and the Latino community, having Mr. Perales 

15   become the new trustee and the face of this 

16   agency is a humongous source of pride for us.

17                We are looking for the Governor to 

18   diversify all bodies of government, all agencies, 

19   and this is a wonderful step in the right 

20   direction.  

21                He's a person -- Mr. Perales is a 

22   person that many of us look up to as someone 

23   whose shoulders we stand on, someone we look up 

24   to as a role model.  And I'm sure that many 

25   individuals, many young men and women in the 


                                                               4853

 1   Puerto Rican and Latino community, will have an 

 2   enormous sense of pride that he will now be a 

 3   trustee on the board.  

 4                And we're very happy to have him be 

 5   the new person to replace Carl McCall.  We 

 6   couldn't think of a better person to replace 

 7   Mr. McCall.  

 8                So I strongly support his 

 9   nomination.  Thank you.

10                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

11   Montgomery on the nomination.

12                SENATOR MONTGOMERY:   Yes, thank 

13   you, Mr. President.  I rise to also support the 

14   nomination of Cesar Perales.  

15                And I must say that he is a 

16   constituent and is a Brooklynite, and we are very 

17   proud of him.  He's the first -- he's the -- a 

18   Brooklyn first son.  And we are so very, very -- 

19   I believe very fortunate to have someone who has 

20   his depth of experience, the fact that he knows 

21   New York from soup to nuts, from top to bottom, 

22   and is especially committed to the young people 

23   in our state and knows them because he has been 

24   one of them all of his life.

25                So I congratulate you, Mr. Perales.  


                                                               4854

 1   I congratulate him, thank the Governor for making 

 2   such a wise appointment for us, and thank the 

 3   leader for giving us an opportunity to receive 

 4   this graciously.  

 5                And I support this nomination of 

 6   Cesar Perales as a member of the Board of 

 7   Trustees of the State University of New York.

 8                Thank you.

 9                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

10   question is on the nomination of Cesar A. Perales 

11   as a Trustee of the State University of New York.  

12   All in favor say aye.

13                (Response of "Aye.")

14                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:    

15   Opposed?  

16                (Response of "Nay.")

17                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Cesar 

18   A. Perales has been confirmed as a Trustee of the 

19   State University of New York.

20                Please rise and be recognized.

21                (Standing ovation.)

22                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   Senator 

23   Gianaris.

24                SENATOR GIANARIS:   Mr. President, 

25   can we return to Calendar 1228 and lay that bill 


                                                               4855

 1   aside for the day.

 2                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

 3   bill will be laid aside for the day.

 4                Senator Gianaris.

 5                SENATOR GIANARIS:   And in 

 6   consultation with Senator Flanagan, Leader 

 7   Stewart-Cousins hands up the following committee 

 8   assignments.

 9                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   The 

10   hand-ups are received and filed.

11                SENATOR GIANARIS:   Is there any 

12   further business at the desk?

13                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   There 

14   is no further business at the desk.

15                SENATOR GIANARIS:   In that case, I 

16   move to adjourn until Tuesday, June 11th, at 

17   1:00 p.m., intervening days being legislative 

18   days.

19                ACTING PRESIDENT BENJAMIN:   On 

20   motion, the Senate stands adjourned until 

21   Tuesday, June 11th, at 1:00 p.m., intervening 

22   days being legislative days.

23                (Whereupon, at 1:13 p.m., the Senate 

24   adjourned.)

25