Cuomo Vetoes Bill S7722 that would have Funded Private Special Ed

Cuomo Vetoes Bill S7722 that would have Funded Private Special Ed

BY MICHAEL RICONDA On Tuesday, July 31, Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed S7722, a controversial bill which would have allowed parents to seek tuition reimbursement for special education students attending private schools for cultural reasons. S7722, which was pushed by the Catholic school system and Orthodox Jewish communities, passed through both houses of the state legislature, […]

Tag-Team Against Cheap Smokes

Anti-tobacco & big tobacco team up to deny inexpensive, roll-your-own cigarettes to consumers The lawmakers of America have done as both big tobacco and anti-tobacco (talk about strange bedfellows) demanded and banned citizens from purchasing machine-rolled tobacco cartons. The Tobacco Outlet(s) in Nanuet and West Haverstraw, as well as others in Rockland County, will no […]

Lauren’s Law Passed in Senate and Assembly

Next stop: Governor’s desk The New York State Senate joined with its Assembly counterparts in passing Lauren’s Law, which aims to boost organ donations, on Wednesday, June 20. It was passed unanimously. The bill (S.7103A) now heads to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law. The bill expands the donor options on driver’s license […]

O&R Electric Rate Plan Approved

The New York State Public Service Commission approved the new electric rate plan for Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. on Thursday, June 14. The plan will affect O&R electric customers’ bills beginning July 1, 2012. It will increase the typical residential electric full service customer’s bill by roughly $3.06 per month. A typical user on […]

New York to Put New Domestic Violence Laws in Place

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Monday announced an agreement on legislation to strengthen New York’s domestic violence laws. The agreement includes a series of measures to protect victims of domestic violence and crack down on repeat offenders. Provisions in the bill include increasing the penalty […]

Rx Drug Abuse Bill Passes Legislature

First-In-The-Nation Law Will Require Doctors To Check Patient Prescription History And Pharmacists To Update Database In Real Time The New York State Legislature has unanimously passed the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act, or I-STOP. Introduced in June of 2011 by Attorney General Schneiderman, I-STOP is an online database that enables doctors and pharmacists to […]