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Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther (D, C-Forestburgh) announced this afternoon that a bill she co-sponsored (A6305a/S4005a) requiring health insurance providers to offer coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today.  Read more


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today after voting against the House of Representative’s attempt to play politics with FEMA disaster relief funding:  Read more

Hinchey Votes Against Insufficient Disaster Funding Bill, Congressman Renews Call for Immediate Up or Down Vote on Bipartisan Senate Bill

Washington, DC -- Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today voted to defeat legislation that failed to provide adequate funding for ongoing emergency disaster relief related to Hurricane Irene, Tropical Strom Lee and other natural disasters across the country. President Obama has requested $6.9 billion in funding for FEMA to continue relief in response to natural disasters throughout the country.  Read more


U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, PA-10, expressed his deep disappointment Wednesday after the House voted down a measure that would have provided immediate assistance to flood victims. By a 230-195 vote, the House rejected HR 2608, which funded the federal government through November.

“I am embarrassed that the House chose form over substance and let politics get in the way of helping the victims of these terrible disasters,” Marino said. “Passage of this measure would have meant immediate relief for flood victims. That help would have come as early as the end of next week.”  Read more

Casey: Lower Interest Rates for Disaster Relief Loans

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) strongly urged the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) to lower interest rates on disaster relief loans, making it easier for homeowners and small businesses to recover from damage due to Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.  Read more

Hinchey, Tonko Lead 69 House Members in Call for Up or Down Vote on Senate's Disaster Relief Bill

Washington, DC - Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) today led 69 U.S. House members in calling on House leaders to schedule an immediate up or down vote on the emergency funding bill passed last week by the U.S. Senate to provide assistance to those affected by Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and other natural disasters. This bipartisan legislation, which passed with 62 votes in the Senate, would provide $6.9 billion in emergency funding for ongoing disaster relief efforts across the country and prevent FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund from running into the red.  Read more

DC lawmakers introduce legislation to help farmers after hurricane

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer, together with Congressmen Chris Gibson, Maurice Hinchey, Paul Tonko and Bill Owens, today introduced the Post-Irene Emergency Farm Aid Act, legislation to provide the resources that farmers across New York State need to help recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene. The legislation would authorize $10 million to support the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) and the Emergency Watershed Program (EWP) that provide emergency services and resources for agricultural communities following natural disasters.  Read more

Bonacic statement on draft SGEIS and public comment

From Bonacic:
Today, the DEC has released the revised Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement. In addition to the environmental mitigation portions of the SGEIS which were released on July 1, the newly released document is now complete, with additions focused on socioeconomic, community character, visual, noise and transportation impacts of hydraulic fracturing.  Read more

Hinchey: Public Comment Period on Revised, NY Fracking Regulations Should be Extended

Washington, DC - Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today released the following statement in support of extending the public comment period for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) revised draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS), which was released today.  Read more

Sen. Toomey Sends Letter Supporting Disaster Declaration Request For PA Counties Damaged By Hurricane Irene

Today, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) sent a letter to President Obama supporting Governor Tom Corbett's request for a major disaster declaration for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania stemming from damages suffered in Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Pike, Wyoming and Wayne counties as a result of Hurricane Irene.  Read more

Schumer pledges to fight for federal aid for hurricane recovery

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer pledged to fight to secure all possible aid for counties throughout the Hudson Valley in light of the flooding caused by Irene. The storm dumped record amounts of rainfall and high winds caused over one million New Yorkers to lose power. In the coming days and weeks, federal, state and local emergency officials will be conducting damage assessments and likely applying for federal aid to help towns, businesses, farmers and homeowners recover and rebuild after the storm. Schumer today announced that he will do everything possible to help secure all of the necessary federal aid for the Hudson Valley.  Read more

Statement from Congressman Hinchey on Hurricane recovery

Washington, DC -- Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today released the following statement regarding early recovery efforts from Hurricane Irene. In the aftermath of the storm, Hinchey has been working to ensure that localities are prepared to receive needed federal assistance.  Read more

Hinchey Statement on EIA Adoption of Marcellus Shale Gas Reserve Estimate 5 Times Smaller than Previous Estimate

Washington, DC -- Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Energy Information Agency's (EIA) adoption of shale gas reserve estimates that are 80 percent lower than what the agency had previously reported. Hinchey had called into question the agency's previous estimates in a June 27 letter to EIA, which followed a report in The New York Times that detailed EIA's use of data from industry-biased sources and intra-agency disagreements regarding gas reserve estimates.  Read more

Hinchey Applauds Schneiderman for Investigating Accuracy of Claims Made by Natural Gas Industry

Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today applauded New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for his investigation into whether shale gas companies have accurately described to investors the prospects for their natural gas wells.  Read more


Legislation sponsored by State Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt Hope), which will allow municipalities to donate surplus computers to not-for-profit institutions for use by senior citizens or low income individuals was signed into law by Governor Cuomo.  Read more

Deerpark Opposes DEC Wetlands Map

The Deerpark Town Board unanimously passed a resolution opposing the proposed New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's wetlands map, which adds about 20,000 additional acres of wetlands in Orange County on Agust 16. The DEC is proposing an expansion of wetlands from 28,815 to 44,815 acres.  Read more

Bonacic at Crawford Library in Monticello

Senator Bonacic attended the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library, in Monticello, New York On Saturday, August 13, 2011. June Motl, a longtime volunteer at the library, was honored for her dedication and contributions to the facility.

Hinchey Statement on Report from DOE on Natural Gas

Washington, DC -- Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) on August 11 released the following statement regarding the 90 day report issued by the U.S. Department of Energy's Subcommittee on Natural Gas.  Read more

Casey and Toomey Introduce Bill to Give Beneficiaries Greater Choice in Medicare Advantage

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. SenatorsBob Casey(D-PA) and Pat Toomey(R-PA) introduced the Medicare Beneficiary Preservation of Choice Actto restore the ability of Medicare Advantage recipients to change Medicare Advantage plans. The bill will reverse a change made in the Affordable Care Actthat eliminated the ability of Medicare Advantage recipients to change plans during the first three months of a calendar year.  Read more


Washington, D.C.– To help relieve the strain of tight local budgets on New York’s law enforcement agencies, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is co-sponsoring the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Improvements Act, legislation to strengthen resources for local law enforcement, giving them more of the tools they need to protect local communities and keep New Yorkers safe.  Read more

Casey: Stop Sending China Hundreds of Millions in Development Aid

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, today joined a bipartisan group of senators calling for an end to U.S. development aid to China, now the world’s second-largest economy. Since 2001, the U.S. has provided more than $275 million in direct assistance to China for projects such as expanding internet access and improving public transportation. In addition, China receives billions from multilateral institutions like the United Nations, the Asian Development Bank, and the World Bank, to which the U.S. is among the largest contributors.  Read more

Hinchey Urges U.S. Postal Service to avoid Closure of Rural Post Offices

Washington, DC- Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today wrote Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Patrick R. Donahoe for the United States Postal Service (USPS), urging against the closure of nine post offices in rural parts of Ulster, Sullivan and Delaware Counties in New York. The Postal Service recently announced it is studying the potential closure of the postal stations.  Read more

Casey: Salmonella Outbreak Highlights Need for Better Coordination

WASHINGTON, DC–In response to reports of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that has sickened at least 77 people nationwide, including 5 in Pennsylvania, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today sent letters to President Obama and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urging them to increase coordination among agencies and keep inspectors on the job.  Read more

Sen. Toomey To Oppose Debt Deal

Monday, Aug 1 WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) announced that he will be voting against the Budget Control Act and issued the following statement:  Read more

Casey on Compromise Passage Urges a Renewed Focus to Jump Start Job Creation

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement after the Senate passed a bipartisan compromise to avoid default and cut government spending:  Read more


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today after casting her vote in the Senate against the Budget Control Act:  Read more

Marino votes for debt ceiling deal

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, PA-10, on Monday voted in favor of a budget resolution that begins to address the debt crisis and set the stage for job creation by cutting federal spending, placing caps on future spending, and advancing the cause of a balanced budget amendment without raising taxes.  Read more

Hinchey Statement on Looming Default Crisis

Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today released the following statement regarding the need to raise the debt ceiling in order to prevent the United States from defaulting on its obligations for the first time in American history.  Read more

Gillibrand Statement On Presidential Certification Of DADT Repeal

Washington, D.C. – After President Obama today officially certified the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement:  Read more


WASHINGTON (July 19, 2011) U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, PA-10, voted in favor of The Cut, Cap, and Balance Act Tuesday night and said he holds out hope that Senate Democrats will “do what the American people want.”  Read more


State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I - Mt. Hope) today announced his legislation to protect judges, (S.2143D) was signed into law by Governor Cuomo.  Read more

Cuomo signs legislation that reduces burden on Wine Indsutry

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that he has signed legislation to significantly reduce the regulatory burdens placed on farm wineries by the State Liquor Authority (SLA). This bill would implement several of the recommendations made by the New York State Wine Grape Task Force in its December 2008 report to the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Markets.  Read more

Casey On Status of Debt Discussions

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement:

“It is unfortunate that some in Washington have chosen to continue putting partisan gamesmanship ahead of the economic needs of our country.  Read more



HR2560: Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011
SUMMARY: Cuts total spending by $111 billion in fiscal year 2012; caps spending over the next 10 years; requires the passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment before raising the nation’s debt limit
PASSED: 234-190, July 19

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Three Gunther Bills Signed Into Law by Governor

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D, C - Forestburgh) announced today that three bills recently sent to Governor Cuomo for his action have been signed into law. Gunther passed 17 two-house bills during this past legislative session. Two have already been acted earlier this year. Today’s action by the Governor will improve the safety of our judges and streamline healthcare practices.  Read more

Assemblywoman Gunther Accepting Donations to Veterans’ Food Pantry

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D,C-Forestburgh) has partnered with the Monticello Veterans’ Food Pantry and agreed to designate her office as a drop-off point for donations to the pantry.  Read more

Senator Bonacic Co-Sponsors Caylee's Law

State Senator John J. Bonacic has signed on to co-sponsor the Senate’s Protect Our Children’s Act/ Caylee’s Law. The legislation recognizes serious forms of child abuse that are not adequately covered by existing law, to better protect our children.  Read more