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1) [STATEMENT] Murphy blasts Mayor de Blasio for chickening out of Senate hearing

2) [MEDIA ADVISORY] *SATURDAY, 10am* Senator Terrence Murphy Hosts Bridge Dedication Ceremony for Local Fallen War Hero

3) North Star Fellowship of Leaders is meeting in Washington DC

4) Cuomo openly mocks De Blasio... and state approves illegal aliens to teach in NY schools...

5) Event by Douglass Leadership Institute - Saturday, May 21, 2016 - Jacksonville Strengthening

6) [PRESS RELEASE] Train safety catches fire in Albany

7) [PRESS RELEASE] Senate heroin panel releases findings

8) [PRESS RELEASE] Murphy responds to conflict of interest, revolving door news

9) The Play's The Thing Television Program

10) PRESS RELEASE] Murphy, Senate, act to reign in rule makers

11) NEWS: Maloney Appointed to West Point Board of Visitors

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CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624
ALBANY, NY - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio indicated today he would not attend the second New York State Senate hearing on the extension of Mayoral Control of New York City schools. State Senator Terrence Murphy issued the following statement in response to the news:

"In 2002, Mayoral control was created following decades of mismanagement at agencies including the New York City Board of Education and School Construction Authority, which were investigated by the Comptroller, Inspector General and even a Moreland Commission. Looking back, this was the appropriate decision. It put an end to a system that rewarded rubber stamp reviews, politically-connected contractors and self-dealing at the public's expense."
"The State now has an opportunity to examine the renewal of the trust we have place in the Office of the Mayor to manage this $9 billion investment by state taxpayers. I would think that if Mayor de Blasio had nothing to hide, he would be willing to come forward to speak on the record. Since he has indicated he will skip tomorrow's hearing, in my view, he should be subpoenaed and compelled to testify.
"He says its about results, but with at least five separate ongoing independent criminal investigations by the U.S. Attorney and others into the Mayor's fundraising and the alleged pay-to-play culture at City Hall, there are serious questions that Mayor de Blasio must answer about why we should continue to trust him to run the school system. As a Senator I wanted the ability to ask the Mayor if he has ever accepted or solicited donations from entities that have matters "pending or about to be pending" before the City, the Panel for Education Policy or the School Construction Authority. 

"Mayoral control is about trust. Mayor de Blasio failed to convince me to trust him in our first encounter. His unwillingness to answer questions from me, the press, the public and other Senators proves to us once and for all that we cannot trust Mayor Bill de Blasio." 

The hearing is still scheduled to go on tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the Senate Hearing Room at 250 Broadway. That location is across the street from City Hall.

Senator Terrence Murphy, LOB 817, Albany, NY 12247
CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624
SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016, 10:00 A.M.

Sen. Murphy, Local Officials, Host Bridge Dedication Ceremony for Local Fallen War Hero
YORKTOWN,  NY - State Senator Terrence Murphy will host the dedication ceremony naming a bridge in honor of Army Specialist David R. Fahey, Jr., a fallen hero who served in Afghanistan.

"David made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom," Senator Murphy said.  "Rededicating this bridge in his honor is a fitting tribute to this service and to the loving family that raised him.  We can never do enough for men like David.  In his short life he displayed all the qualities of a true American hero."

Adopted at age ten by his aunt and uncle, Pfc. Fahey was raised in Yorktown with a large family of siblings and cousins.  He enlisted in the Army in 2007 and served a year in Korea.  In 2009 he was then assigned to a military police unit.  A year late, his company was deployed to Afghanistan.

David's final mission was on February 28, 2011 during Operation Enduring Freedom in Kandahar province of Afghanistan when an IED exploded underneath the Humvee he was driving.  He was a twenty-three.  A decorated solider, he was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Action Badge.

The details for SATURDAY'S event are as follows:

WHO: New York State Senator Terrence Murphy
New York State Assemblyman Steve Katz
Westchester County Legislator John G. Testa
Yorktown Town Supervisor Michael Grace
Yorktown Councilman Tom Diana
Yorktown Councilman Gregory Bernard
Members of the Fahey Family

WHAT: Bridge dedication honoring local war hero David Fahey.

WHEN: *SATURDAY*, May 21st, 2016
10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Intersection of Route 129 and Hunterbrook Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

**Please note: In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held at Yorktown Town Hall located at 363 Underhill Ave., Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.

CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624


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Chaos abounds in Grand Central Terminal on May 17th as service is indefinitely suspended as a result of a fire underneath train tracks near 119th Street and Park Avenue in East Harlem.

ALBANY, NY  - A two alarm fire under Metro North tracks in Harlem today shut down service indefinitely with one northbound train stranded only five blocks from the fire. Senator Terrence Murphy, who earlier in the day passed his bill to install cameras at dangerous grade crossings, said more still needs to be done to ensure the safety of Metro North commuters.

Following the horrific accident in Valhalla last year, Senator Murphy introduced several measures to improve grade crossing safety. The grade crossing measure passed today, and while another relating to train safety briefing announcements made it out of committee last year, could have proved useful today.
"Considering how many people either utilize Metro North, or drive over the grade crossings, we must do everything we can to ensure our residents are safe," Senator Murphy said. "A good first step in that direction is to allow municipalities to install traffic cameras as these intersections and I am proud to say my colleagues in the Senate approved this measure earlier today."

Existing statute precludes municipalities from installing traffic cameras at grade crossings. Last year, Senator Murphy introduced Senate Bill S5238, which would authorize local authorities to establish and implement grade crossing monitoring systems by means of photo devices.

This would not be a mandate, but instead provides municipalities with this safety option should they choose to install these systems, Murphy noted. The bill passed the Senate unanimously in 2015 and again today.  

In addition, Murphy has also crafted legislation that would require Metro North to provide safety briefings to passengers, a bill which was reported unanimously through two Senate Committees. Elements of S4178-B have already been put into practice by agency rule thanks to pressure from Senator Murphy.

"It has been said that education is the best way to prevent tragedies at grade crossings," Murphy explained.  "I believe that to be the case when it comes to tragedies in the unlikely event of an evacuation.  This most recent incident involving Metro North commuters proves yet again the need for the proper dissemination of emergency protocols."

Since the bill made it to the Senate floor last year, it is possible it could come up for a vote this year before lawmakers return home in June.


Senator Terrence Murphy, 691 E Main St, Shrub Oak, NY 10588
CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 518-455-3111
On May 17th in Albany, Senator Terrence Murphy, co-chair of the Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin & Opioid Addiction, announces the completion of a study and report on legislative recommendations to address the growing heroin crisis across New York state.
ALBANY, NY - The New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction today released a report summarizing findings and recommendations resulting from forums held across the state to address New York's ongoing heroin epidemic. Senators Terrence Murphy, Robert Ortt and George Amedore, the Co-Chairs of the Task Force, announced the report's findings which include comprehensive legislative recommendations to address shortcomings in the state's existing opioid prevention and treatment-delivery strategies.

In its report, the Task Force identified a four-pronged approach that would stem the growth of the heroin and opioid crisis - prying loose the stranglehold it has on New York's communities - and supports those battling their addiction on the journey to recovery:
  • Prevention: increasing awareness to better educate the public of the inherent risks involved in using heroin and prescription opioids, and taking advantage of technological advances available to deter the abuse of prescription drugs and prevent addiction;
  • Treatment: recognizing the critical need for expanded and improved insurance coverage, and enhancing access to all forms of effective treatment - including inpatient, outpatient, and Medication Assisted Treatment - in order to help individuals return to stable and productive lives;
  • Recovery: providing the proper supports, such as safe environments, stable employment, and opportunities to participate in diversion programs that avoid incarceration in order to facilitate successful recoveries from addiction; and
  • Enforcement: implementing criminal justice reforms that give law enforcement the necessary tools to disrupt the supply of heroin and stop the diversion of opiate prescription medications within the state.
"This report is the result of a statewide collaborative effort to offer solutions needed to
combat, and ultimately win, New York's ongoing war on heroin and opioid
addiction," Senator Murphy said. "The stories we heard were real, the pain we felt significant, and the desire to bring about the necessary changes to ensure our fellow New Yorkers receive the help and care they desperately deserve brought us to the four corners of our great State. It is abundantly clear that more needs to be done to expand treatment options; more needs to be done to educate our kids, fellow parents and prescribers; more needs to be done to improve and increase recovery services; and more needs to be done to support law enforcement's efforts. If there was ever an issue for my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to unite over this would be that very cause."

John Coppola, Executive Director of the New York Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers (ASAP), said, "The epidemic of overdose deaths and addiction is New York's number one health problem. To address this epidemic, the Senate Task Force is calling for additional prevention, treatment, and recovery support services so that all New York families and communities have access to a comprehensive continuum of services. It is critical that the magnitude of our response to this public health emergency is sufficient to address the needs of all who need help."

Senator Murphy was recently named to the Governor's statewide Heroin Task Force last week. The full report with detailed findings and recommendations can be found here.


The Task Force incorporated the four essential prongs and collaborated with stakeholders in communities across the state as part of its strategy to develop the report's legislative and budgetary recommendations. These recommendations create an effective, multi-faceted, and comprehensive approach to addressing many of the issues raised by the state's opioid crisis.

The Task Force is recommending the following legislative actions for the Senate to consider during the 2016 legislative session and for state agencies to assist in implementing:

  • Limiting initial prescriptions of controlled substances (S6091B, Hannon)
  • Creating a Prescription Pain Medication Awareness Program (S4348A, Hannon)
  • Enhancing patient access to abuse-deterrent technology for opioids (S6962A, Hannon)
  • Ensuring proper opioid education to prescribed patients (S7315, Murphy, Amedore, Ortt);
  • Establishing a Narcan kit registry (S6516A, Amedore);
  • Providing instruction of mental health, alcohol, drug and tobacco use in junior and senior high schools (S5546A, Funke);
  • Requiring patient counseling prior to issuing a prescription for a schedule II opioid (S7365, Akshar);
  • Increasing availability of naloxone (S6346A, Carlucci); and
  • Requiring the state Department of Health (DOH) and the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to examine and report on the underreported and at-risk populations, including but not limited to Native American Tribes and the effect the heroin and opioid crisis is having on those populations.
  • Continuing education for credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselors (S7301, Amedore, Murphy, Ortt);
  • Removing barriers to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) (S7317A, Murphy, Amedore, Ortt);
  • Examining insurance coverage for medications approved by the FDA for use in MAT of opioid addiction and examine the accessibility across the state to new treatment modalities; 
  • Enhancing emergency intervention procedures (S6248B, Ortt);
  • Establishing assisted outpatient treatment for substance use disorders (S631, Carlucci);
  • Requiring the DOH and OASAS to examine and report on the most effective treatment modalities, including ideal settings, treatment length, and best practices for heroin and opioid addiction;
    • Creating and appointing an Ombudsman to assist individuals and families in obtaining appropriate insurance coverage for treatment services;
    • Requiring all OASAS-certified treatment providers to inform individuals receiving treatment and their families of their right to file an external appeal with the Department of Financial Services (DFS) and provide them with the means necessary to access such
    • appeal; and 
    • Requiring DOH and DFS to rigorously scrutinize the implementation of any conditions placed on accessing treatment.
  • Including for-profit providers in the Request for Proposals Process for substance use disorder and gambling programs (S7446, Amedore);
  • Creating a Sober Living Task Force (S3989A, Croci);
  • Expanding treatment options for judicial diversion participants (S6874, Murphy);
  • Expanding access to judicial diversion programs (S6322A, Ranzenhofer);
  • Encouraging employment of recovering users (S2346, Seward);
  • Enacting the Wraparound Services Demonstration Program (S7748A, Carlucci); and
  • Requiring DOH and OASAS to examine and report on vital statistics related to heroin and opioid addiction, including relapse rate, length of treatment, and what, if any, follow up care supports are in place upon discharge.
  • Enhancing penalties for the sale of controlled substances on park grounds and playgrounds (S994, Golden) - this bill passed the Senate on March 1, 2016;
  • Facilitating the conviction of drug dealers (S100, Boyle);
  • Expanding the crime of operating as a major trafficker (S4177, Murphy);
  • Creating Drug-Free Zones around drug or alcohol treatment centers and methadone clinics (S7200, Akshar);
  • Establishing appropriate penalties as it relates to heroin sales (S7012, Ortt);
  • Enhancing judicial access to juvenile records for determining judicial diversion program eligibility (S6317, DeFrancisco);
  • Adding fentanyl to the controlled substance schedule (S6632A, Croci);
  • Establishing Xylazine as a controlled substance (S7397, Murphy);
  • Creating the crime of homicide by sale of an opioid controlled substance (S4163, Amedore); and
  • Developing a formula to dispense funds acquired from the seizure of assets used in the commission of drug crimes.

The report highlighted this year's state budget commitment of $166 million for heroin and opioid crisis, treatment, outpatient, and residential services. Due to advocacy by the Senate's Task Force members, the budget included an increase of $25 million above the Executive Budget's original proposal.

The report recommends that this additional $25 million would support: Family Support Navigator and Navigator training programs; On-Call Peer programs; Adolescent Clubhouses to provide safe and welcoming spaces for teens; Recovery Community and Outreach Centers; Recovery Coach peer mentoring programs; a "Combat Heroin" Public Service Campaign; Opioid Overdose Prevention program; Opioid Medication Treatment program; Transitional Housing Opportunities; Local Government Unit Block Grants; School Resource Officer Training programs; and a Wraparound Services Demonstration Program.


The report is just the latest step taken by the Senate Majority Coalition to meet the heroin crisis head on -- seeking legislative solutions and securing necessary funding. Since 2011, laws have been adopted to establish Good Samaritan protections, further expand access to naloxone, create I-STOP, and enhance insurance coverage among others.

In March 2014, the bipartisan New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction was created to examine the alarming rise in use of heroin and opioids that has claimed lives and hurt families across New York State. Following forums held throughout New York State, Task Force members, led by Chair Senator Phil Boyle and Co-Chairs Senator Mike Nozzolio and Senator David Carlucci, secured the enactment of 11 bills signed into law by Governor Cuomo and $2.25 million in substance abuse funding.

Building on this success, Senators Ortt, Amedore, and Murphy were named as the Task Force Co-Chairs early last year and joined with Task Force members to hold forums in Westchester, Monroe, Niagara, Albany, Otsego, Yates, Kings, Suffolk, and Broome counties. They brought together medical experts, treatment providers, law enforcement, and affected New Yorkers who provided invaluable insights and anecdotal evidence, affording the members the opportunity to understand how legislation could better address this public health crisis.

Members of the bipartisan task force include Senators Fred Akshar (R-C-I, Colesville), John Bonacic (R-C-I, Mount Hope), Phil Boyle (R-C-I, Suffolk County), David Carlucci (D, Rockland), Thomas Croci (R, Sayville), Hugh Farley (R-C, Schenectady), John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), Rich Funke (R-C-I, Fairport), Pat Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), Joseph A. Griffo (R, Rome), Kemp Hannon (R, Nassau), Andrew Lanza (R-C-I, Staten Island), William Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on Hudson), Kenneth LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset), Kathleen A. Marchione (R-C, Halfmoon), Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), Michael Nozzolio (R-C, Fayette), Tom O'Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Michael Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), Patty Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton), Joseph Robach (R-C-I, Rochester), Diane Savino (D, Staten Island/Brooklyn), Susan Serino (R, Hyde Park), James L. Seward (R-C-I, Oneonta), David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), Michael Venditto (R-C-I, Massapequa), and Catharine Young (R-I-C, Olean).


Senator Terrence Murphy, LOB 817, Albany, NY 12247
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NEW YORK, NY - The state senator who first sounded the alarm over the first of five ongoing criminal investigations into New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling for clarity on lobbyists who engage in political consulting amid new reports of what the city's Conflict of Interest Board said may be a potential revolving door. State Senator Terrence Murphy today referenced reports by DNAInfo that City Hall employees were granted waivers to work for a political consulting firm engaged in lobbying for the Mayor's non-profits.

"The people of New York State deserve better from their elected officials," Senator Murphy said. "We need clarity more now than ever, and while you cannot legislate morality, you can define what a conflict of interest is, and put better firewalls in place to prevent the pay-to-play that is allegedly going on in City Hall. With two legislative leaders now sentenced, it is a sad time for New York, but as someone who is new to the job it is an opportunity for us to do better and do right by the people in state and local government."

According to a report by DNAInfo on Friday, two special advisers for the De Blasio administration left jobs to work City Hall to work for the Mayor's nonprofit "focused on promoting his political agenda, before the city's one-year prohibition [on lobbying] expired."[1]
Since both were prohibited by the City Charter from engaging in lobbying on behalf of the non-profit, they left the non-profit for a political consulting firm which retained the non-profit as a client, after being granted a waiver by the City's Conflict of Interest Board to do so. Reports suggest that by being employed as political consultants, they were able to engage in lobbying.
While that firm was not one of the five subpoenaed by the U.S. Attorney and the Manhattan District Attorney as part of their investigation into the Mayor's fundraising, the other firms, identified as "preferred vendors" in the scheme where Mayor deliberately evade contribution limits by steering single transactions disguised as transfers through straw donor pass-thrus like the Putnam County Democratic Committee to benefit specific Senate candidates, were hired by those same Senate candidates.
Like the firm in the DNAInfo report, several of the "preferred vendor" political consulting firms, which worked for the Mayor's non-profits as well, also lobbying arms.[2]
The unlawful contributions came from individuals and groups with business and pending business before the city. The City's Conflict of Interest Board sent a letter to Mayor de Blasio warning him not to solicit donations from individuals with pending business before the City, yet these individuals and groups donated unlawful amounts to both the Senate candidates as well as the non-profits, which also employed the "preferred vendor" political consultant-lobbyist firms such as Red Horse LLC.
A report by City & State indicated the Mayor failed to comply with the COIB letter:
"The COIB memo, which was posted online by a Daily News employee, only raises additional questions. While it stipulates that the mayor must submit periodic disclosures listing nonprofits he fundraised for, there were no submissions in the first nine months of de Blasio's term, a gap the mayor's office did not directly address. The administration did not explain how the mayor complied with a clause saying he could not seek support from anyone with a matter before or about to be pending before his administration, nor did it say whether the COIB guidance was based on the federal Internal Revenue Service and the New York Attorney General's Office recognizing the groups as certain classes of nonprofits."[3]
The political consulting firms, the non-profit and two other top aides to the Mayor have been subpoenaed as part of the ongoing criminal inquiries. Senator Murphy said action is needed to restore the public's trust in how decisions are made by placing a firewall between political consultants, lobbyists and government officials. Red Horse LLC, which has been retained by one of the Democratic candidates running against Murphy in 2016, has lobbied against the bill.[4]
"When you have the conflict of interest board warning you of the appearance of pay to play, a reasonable, ethical person would say 'this is wrong'," Senator Murphy said. "Let's put the people back in charge in Albany. Our bizarre system puts the special interests ahead. Our election laws should be reformed by allowing for initiative, referendum and recall so average citizens can have their voices heard. Ballot access should also be simplified and we need to be able to recall elected officials who have abused their office for personal gain. This is about public service, not self-service."

New reports alleging pay-to-play and conflict of interest at City Hall seem to materialize by the day. Yesterday, the Daily News reported that a company with a history of unfair labor practices was able to score a meeting with a Deputy Mayor after bundling $68,000 to de Blasio's campaign and another scored a lucrative contract for garbage bags after making a donation to his non-profit.[5] The Daily News observed in an editorial today, "There should be a sign outside City Hall listing a price of admission - because it's steep. Whatever the outcome of investigations by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, however close to the line of a quid pro quo that would amount to bribery, cash and access have gone hand in hand in de Blasio's City Hall."[6]

Mayor de Blasio has claimed the myriad criminal investigations alleging pay to play in his fundraising and non-profits are politically motivated, but the executive Director of the State Democratic Party indicated to the New York Times that the Mayor "and others were 'clearly advised' by legal counsel 'that fund-raising earmarking was a circumvention of the state's campaign finance limits.'"[7]

"To the extent that the mayor is asserting that the current investigation is politically motivated, that would imply that actions of the Manhattan D.A. and the U.S. attorney are politically motivated," he said. "It would also imply that the newspapers, editorial boards and good government groups that raised these very issues prior to any investigations are all politically motivated. The Manhattan D.A. had no obligation to investigate the matter."[8]

[1] Jeff Mays, James Fanelli and Katie Honan. "De Blasio Advisers Easily Moved From City Hall to Mayor's Probed Nonprofit." DNAInfo. May 12, 2016.
[2] Jeff Mays. "De Blasio's 'Dark Money' Nonprofit to Close, Officials Say." DNAInfo. March 17, 2016.
[4] Josefa Velasquez. "Avella proposes lobbying ban for political consultants." Politico New York. April 9, 2015.
[5] Greg B. Smith. "Firm pays $68G to pitch future projects to Mayor de Blasio." Daily News. May 16, 2016.
[6] "Bill de Blasio's price of admission to City Hall." Daily News (Editorial). May 17, 2016.
[7] William K. Rashbaum. "Cuomo Campaign's Role in Scrutinized Senate Races Comes Into Focus." New York Times. May 12, 2016. 
[8] Vivian Lee. "De Blasio's Accusations Over Inquiry Draw Retort From Cuomo's Side." New York Times. May 13, 2016.


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The Play's The Thing Television Program

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TELECAST:"THE PLAY'S THE THING" A 30 minute program, broadcast on local Cablevision channels, on a weekly schedule.  Hosted by Richard Redmond.        Will be airing the  following episode from "The Play's The Thing" a local television program in Westchester, Orange,  Putnam & Dutchess counties, and now Long Island NY.  

Best Friends
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Two best friends get together after 30 years.
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A scene from the movie "Dracula"
Van Helsing explains Dracula to Doctor Seward

Mrs Caudle's Curtain Lecture
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Mrs Caudle nags Job Caudle about five pounds he loaned to a friend.

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ALBANY, NY  - When it comes to providing an environment to nurture businesses New York State has consistently ranked at or near the end of the list.  Last week, Senator Terrence Murphy, who is a small business owner himself, and his colleagues in the New York State Senate, introduce legislation to reign in rulemakers and passed a package of legislation to make it less expensive and more efficient to do business in New York. 

The measures include those that reverse a costly regulatory change that is driving up health care expenses for some employers and employees, require the state to pay businesses in a timely manner, as well as review and reduce outdated regulations that negatively affect New York businesses.

Senator Murphy serves as the Chairman of the Administrative Regulations Review Commission. "The passage of these bills sends a clear signal that my colleagues in the Senate recognize the need for serious regulatory reform for our state. The burden placed on the business community by the layers of bureaucracy needs to significantly be reduced if we are going to elevate New York to the prominence it once held as an economic juggernaut," he said.

Today, Senator Murphy announced he had introduced the Regulatory Fiscal Accountability Act of 2016.  Bill S7725 would fundamentally change the administrative rule making process.  All proposed agency rules with a fiscal impact of more than $10 million would be returned to the legislature where it would need a two-thirds majority vote from by the appropriate legislative sub-committee.  

"During my tenure as the Chairman of the Administrative Regulations Review Commission I have seen firsthand how unelected bureaucrats are out of control," Murphy explained.  "The legislature has a fiduciary responsibility to make sure our government functions in a fiscally responsible manner which is nearly impossible due to the unchecked power of the wizards behind Albany's curtains.  When passed, this legislation will return the power and accountability back to those chosen by the people."

S7725 currently awaits approval by the Senate's Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business.
Murphy has been pushing for changes to the regulatory process since arriving to Albany last year.  Senate bill S4033, which Murphy authored and passed the Senate last year, would provide a way for outside parties like businesses to seek a delay in the effective date of proposed agency rules if a flaw is discovered that could negatively impact them. As long as two-thirds of the Administrative Regulations Review Commission approves, a delay of 90 days would give parties a chance to discuss alternatives and correct matters.

Another measure, S4328A, also sponsored by Senator Murphy would establish the Small Business Negotiated Rule Making Act of 2016 to create negotiated rulemaking in order to provide additional opportunities for small businesses and the public to directly participate in the development of proposed agency regulations.  The Senate also passed this measure during the 2015 legislative year.

In addition to Senator Murphy's legislation the following bills were approved:
  • S7104 by Senator Seward, which would help businesses facing significantly higher health care costs as a result of state regulations that took effect earlier this year due to the federal government's Affordable Care Act;
  • S6387B by Senator Martins, which would require state agencies to pay small businesses within 15 days of receipt of an invoice.  Further, it would allow state agencies one year to implement these changes to their prompt payment system;
  • S406A by Senator Gallivan, which helps regulated businesses by reducing duplicative rules and keeps them up-to-date; and
  • S401A also by Senator Gallivan would establish a Task Force for the Review of the State Administrative Procedure Act (SAPA).
The bills have been sent to the Assembly, except (S6387B), which will be sent to the Governor.


Senator Terrence Murphy, 691 E Main St, Shrub Oak, NY 10588

May 16, 2016

CONTACT: Caitlin Girouard, 202-225-5441
Maloney Appointed to West Point Board of Visitors
Appointment Comes After Track Record of Serving Hudson Valley Veterans & Military Families
Washington – After establishing a strong track record of getting things done for Hudson Valley veterans, active-duty military, and their families, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced he has been appointed by House Speaker Paul Ryan to serve on the United States Military Academy Board of Visitors (BOV). The BOV of West Point is similar to the Boards of Trustees or Regents at other institutions, and is charged with providing independent advice and recommendations regarding the Academy to the President of the United States. The BOV makes an annual visit to West Point to evaluate its operations and policy and then submits an official report to the President including details of their evaluation, and additional recommendations.
“As the son of a Navy veteran, being asked to serve on the Board of Visitors is an honor and responsibility I take very seriously,” said Rep. Maloney. “From day one, I have been focused on getting results for our veterans, our active-duty service members, and military families. I look forward to fighting for our men and women in uniform in this role while helping to prepare the next generation of military leaders to face an increasingly complex network of global threats.”
Under the provisions of 10 US Code 4355 and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, the Board is directed to inquire into the morale, discipline, curriculum, instruction, physical equipment, fiscal affairs, academic methods, and other matters relating to the academy that the board decides to consider. The Speaker of the House has the authority to appoint nine members of Congress to serve annual terms on the Board. The President appoints five members to serve three year terms each.
The 2015 Board of Visitors included: Senator Richard M. Burr (NC) (Senate Armed Services Committee); Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) (Senate Armed Services Committee); Senator Joni Ernst (IA) (Senate Armed Services Committee); Senator Chris Murphy (CT) (Senate Appropriations Committee); Congressman Steve Womack (AR) (House Armed Services Committee), Vice Chair; Congressman Mike Conaway (TX) (House Armed Services Committee); Congressman Steve Israel (NY) (House Appropriations Committee); Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA) (House Armed Services Committee); and Congressman Mike Pompeo (KS). Presidential Appointees include: Ms. Brenda Sue Fulton, Chair; Honorable Bob Archuleta; Ms. Elizabeth McNally; Honorable Gerald S. McGowan, and Mr. Ethan Epstein.
Rep. Maloney has established a track record of getting things done for Hudson Valley veterans, despite Washington gridlock. In 2013, Rep. Maloney’s Disabled Veterans Red Tape Reduction Act was signed into law, which helped address the Veterans Administration (VA)’s backlog of disability claims. Also in 2013, Maloney secured an over $100 million federal investment to construct a new training center for the Army Reserve in Bullville, NY as well as investing in construction and renovations of new cadet barracks at West Point. In December 2015, Rep. Maloney’s Wounded Warrior Employment Improvement Act was signed into law, to reform the VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program, which is the employment program to assist, train and find jobs for veterans with service-connected disabilities. In addition, last month Rep. Maloney introduced bipartisan legislation to cut through red tape and automatically forgive students loans for disabled veterans. The bipartisan Disabled Veterans Student Loan Protection Act would increase interagency communication and cooperation in order to reduce the burden on our veterans to ensure their federal student loans are discharged, a benefit already entitled to veterans with a total and permanent disability (TPD) or a 100 percent service-connected disability.
Since joining Congress, Rep. Maloney has secured over $3 million in guaranteed benefits for more than 800 Hudson Valley veterans and their family members who were owed education, disability, retirement, medical, burial, spousal and dependents’ compensation. Rep. Maloney has also hosted four veterans resources and jobs fairs with dozens of local veterans organizations, and has secured over 146 service medals, including 3 Bronze Star Medals and 3 Purple Hearts.

Bazzo 05/18/16

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