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Lawmakers take aim at foundation aid equity

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State Sen. Ken LaValle and Assemblyman Fred Thiele say they've drafted legislation that would require an increase in foundation aid for districts, like Riverhead, funded at less than 55% of the foundation aid formula if they meet growth and need criteria.

Governor vetoes bill to establish affordable housing fund with new tax on luxury homes

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Legislation that would have authorized the five East End towns to establish affordable housing funds financed by a new real estate transfer tax of .5% was vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Friday.

Thiele to host public forum on new legal protections for manufactured home park residents

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The "Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019" is an omnibus affordable housing and rent regulations bill that provides protections for manufactured home residents, including a legal remedy for unreasonable rent increases.

Assemblyman Fred Thiele: Why I support the Reproductive Health Act

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Assemblyman Fred Thiele explains his support of the Reproductive Health Act, which codified Roe v. Wade in New York State law.

In Albany last week: Votes cast by local state lawmakers on bump stocks, waiting periods, guns in schools and more

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Last week in Albany, lawmakers passed a comprehensive gun safety package that included legislation to ban bump stocks, strengthen background checks, further limit firearm possession on school grounds and to create extreme risk protection orders. 

In Albany last week: Votes cast by local state lawmakers on abortion, birth control, DREAM act and teacher evaluations

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Below are the bills that passed in both chambers of the State Legislature last week (Jan. 21-25) and how our local lawmakers — State...

In Albany: How local lawmakers voted on the first six bills passed in the 2019 state legislative session

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Closing the "LLC loophole," voter pre-registration, voter registration transfers, sexual orientation conversion therapy and a bill to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression— where do our local state lawmakers stand?

Utilities now required to give mailed notice of new above-ground transmission lines

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Legislation mandating formal community notice procedures on LIPA and PSEG-LI for utility transmission projects has been signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Home heating assistance funds now available

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The HEAP program is making $327 million in federal funding available statewide to eligible older New Yorkers and low- and moderate-income New Yorkers to help cover heating costs.

Preservation fund revenues rise in 2017, up 8.3 percent in Riverhead

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Real estate transfer tax revenues in 2017 reached the fourth highest total in the 19-year history of the program, Assemblyman Fred Thiele announced this week.
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