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NY Assembly Sends Human Trafficking Legislation to State Senate

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Speaker Carl Heastie joined together with members of the Assembly Majority and advocates on Monday to announce that the Assembly intends to pass a comprehensive package of legislation to combat human trafficking. This critical legislation is aimed at implementing protections for victims, expanding access to services to empower survivors and strengthening criminal penalties for persons convicted…

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K&J – Little, Duprey Join Legislative Breakfast – Focus on Education

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In some cases there are more than one or two sides to a discussion…. Which is probably why it’s difficult to get things done.. but it seems as though every year the legislature and the governor are able to find some common ground in the budgeting process..   For Senator Betty Little and Assemblywoman Janet Duprey..…

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Education Alliance Says Cuomo Should Not Delete Emails

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The Alliance for Quality Education is asking Governor Cuomo to desist in his practice of deleting all electronic communications after 90 days, especially from hedge fund managers, campaign contributors and charter school advocates as well as any state agency or official as it relates to education policy. Their letter to the Governor coincides with three…

NY Assembly / Senate to Work out Budget Differences This Week

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The Assembly and the State Senate will be meeting this week in conference committees to begin working out differences between the competing budget proposals.. State lawmakers have until April 1 to adopt an on-time budget. Senator Betty Little continues to vote in support of increased aid to public schools… Late last week she supported a…

Praise for Assembly Budget from Education Alliance

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The Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) praised the New York State Assembly for proposing a $1.8 billion school aid increase, expanding full-day pre-K and rejecting Governor Cuomo’s proposals to double down on high stakes testing and divert hundreds of millions in tax dollars to private schools and privately run charter schools. By putting $1 billion…

Duprey Advocates for Local Road Funding

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  Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R,I – Peru) recently met with highway superintendents and local town officials from Clinton, Franklin and Essex counties at the state Capitol to advocate for additional funding for roads and bridges in the upcoming state budget. Duprey highlighted the critical nature of the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS), which provides…

NY Assembly Releases their proposed Budget

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Calling it an investment in the health, safety, economic success and social well-being of New York’s families, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman D. Farrell, Jr.  released the State Assembly’s 2015-16 “Families First” budget proposal. The $150.7 billion proposal makes strategic investments focused on New York’s families in education, health…

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SUNY Presidents Ask Legislators to Invest in Higher Education

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Presidents from North Country area State University of New York campuses and local community leaders urged state elected officials on Monday to continue their bold leadership in supporting New York’s public higher education sector, asking for the creation of a new Investment Fund and an extension of NYSUNY 2020 — including the broadly successful rational…

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Duprey Joins Colleagues to call for an Open & Transparent Albany

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Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey joined with the minority speaker Brian Kolb to present a 17-point reform package that would bring openness and accountability back to state government. The 17 rules reform proposals include measures such as term limits for legislative leaders, committee chairpersons, and the Speaker of the Assembly. In an email to WNBZ, Duprey says “These…

Duprey: ” Protect our Children with Stronger Sex Offender Laws”

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Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R,I – Peru) is calling on members of the Assembly to pass legislation, A.547, which would strengthen residency requirements for sex offenders by prohibiting them from living within 1,000 feet of a school. Currently, there is a loophole in New York State Law that only requires level 3 sex offenders reside…

FEMA Flood Insurance Program Under Pressure from Schumer and Gillibrand

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New York Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, and Charles E. Schumer, along with  Robert Menendez and Cory Booker today called on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs to hold new oversight hearings of the flood insurance claims of homeowners impacted by Superstorm Sandy through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which is run by the Federal Emergency…

Stefanik Supports Senate Bill to Fund Homeland Security

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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was scheduled to visit Saranac Lake over the weekend but after the House failed to pass a short term funding extension for the Department of Homeland Security she decided to remain in Washington while congress contemplated what to do next… Just after the first vote.. She says “ I crossed party lines…

Village of Saranac Lake Anticipates Legal Troubles with Lake Flower Lodge PUDD

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The Saranac Lake Village Board met Thursday at 4pm in an emergency session in order to authorize Mayor Clyde Rabideau to enter into an agreement with the Law Firm Miller, Mannix, Schachner & Hafner, LLC. Following Monday’s public hearing, the board went into executive session to discuss pending litigation at which time Trustee Paul Van…

Stefanik Votes to Ammend 1986 IRS College Savings Codes

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A vote in Congress on Wednesday afternoon supports saving for higher education… It gets support from Congresswoman Elise Stefanik…  Stefanik is a new member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.. She voted in support of legislation to amend a 1986 IRS code which would improve college savings plans.  The updated code would…

Dupery: “Out of State Licenses Should be Accepted for Military Spouses”

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Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R,I-Peru) is calling on state legislators to join her in supporting legislation that would help military families across the state gain employment when they are relocated for military service. More specifically, the bill would allow military spouses to use their out-of-state licenses to continue to practice their profession when they are…

Stefanik visits with Fort Drum Soldiers in Afghanistan

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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), member of the House Armed Services Committee, returned from an official bipartisan Congressional Delegation visit to Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. Stefanik was one of few Members invited to attend this Congressional delegation. Upon returning from her visit, she released the following statement: “Over the last week,…

North Country Teachers Plan Advocacy Event

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A coalition of teachers in the North Country are planning a series of advocacy events raising awareness of Governor Cuomo’s proposals for education.. On Saturday February 28th.. Superintendents from area schools, members of their school boards of education, Parent alliances and Teachers Associations will begin the day in Plattsburgh and traveling across the North Country..…

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Sanders Supports Obama’s Tuition Free Public Colleges

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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), speaking Tuesday at Johnson State College, called for a “revolution” in the way higher education is funded in the United States. He proposed tuition-free courses for freshmen and sophomores at all public colleges and universities. He also called for reforms in federal student loans. “In a highly competitive global economy we…

DOT / DEC Commissioners Weigh in on WV Train Derailment

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NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald and NYSDEC Commissioner Joseph Martens weigh in on the Crude Oil Train Derailment in West Virginia. The two Commissioners say that yesterday’s derailment of 25 rail cars carrying crude oil through West Virginia and the resulting house fire is exactly the reason why the U.S. Transportation Department should not wait any…

Duprey Appointed to Ethics Search Committee

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Earlier this week, Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R,I – Peru) was appointed by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to a panel that will conduct a national search for an executive director for the new Office of Ethics and Compliance. The panel will recommend a list of potential directors, with Heastie making the final selection. The committee…