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Speaker Heastie Announces Assembly Water Grant Program, the NYS Water Infrastructure Improvement Act Included in 2015-16 SFY Budget

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that the 2015-2016 SFY Budget includes $200 million for the NYS Water Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2015 to assist municipalities in funding water quality infrastructure projects. The new grant program...

Otis: Municipal Clean Water Grant Program Included in Assembly Budget

Assemblyman Steve Otis (D-Rye) announced today that the NYS Budget proposal adopted by the Assembly on March 12th includes a new $250 million grant program to assist municipalities in funding water quality infrastructure projects. The proposal was...

Latimer & Otis Oppose Border Toll Proposal in Connecticut Legislature

Senator George Latimer and Assemblyman Steve Otis came out in opposition to a proposal making its way through the Connecticut State Legislature that would install tolls at the border of New York and Connecticut. An independent study prepared for...

Otis Named to Assembly Climate Change Work Group

Assemblyman Steve Otis (D-Rye) has been appointed by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to serve on a newly formed panel focusing on climate change issues. The 10-member Climate Change Work Group will explore policy initiatives, at both the federal and state...

State Budget Forum

Otis Soccer Goal Safety Bill Signed Into Law

Assemblyman Steve Otis (D-Rye) is pleased to announce that his bill (A.5308-C) mandating important safety guidelines for movable soccer goals was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on November 21, 2014. “Improperly secured soccer goals pose a...

More News on Otis Pet Theft Bill

Otis Bill Increasing Fines for Stealing Pets is Signed into Law

Otis Bill to Prevent Injuries From Improperly Secured Soccer Goals Passes State Legislature

Assemblyman Steve Otis (D-Rye) is pleased to announce that his bill, A5308-C, mandating important safety guidelines for moveable soccer goals, passed the Legislature and is awaiting the Governor’s consideration. “With much of the country...

Otis Bill to Restrict Energy Service Companies’ Aggressive Telemarketing Practices Passes State Legislature

Assemblyman Steve Otis (D-Rye) is pleased to announce passage of his bill that would protect energy consumers by establishing telemarketing standards for energy services companies (ESCOs) in New York State. The bill passed the Assembly last Tuesday, June...

Assemblyman Otis and Senator Sanders Announce Passage of Their Bill to Criminalize the Directing of Laser Light Beams at Aircraft

Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) and Assemblyman Steve Otis (D-Rye) announced passage of their bill that would make it a crime to interfere with an aircraft by shining a laser at the airplane or in its flight path. The legislation, S7418-A/A8236-C,...

Otis Bill to Criminalize Interference with Aircraft with a Laser Passes State Assembly

Assemblyman Steve Otis (D-Rye) announced Assembly passage Monday of his bill that would criminalize interfering with an aircraft by shining a laser at the aircraft or in its flight path. A 8236-C would make such an offense a class A misdemeanor (up to...

Assembly Passes Legislation Establishing Telemarketing Standards for Energy Service Companies

Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assemblyman Steven Otis today announced the passage of legislation that would protect energy consumers by enacting telemarketing standards for energy services companies (ESCOs) and calling for the creation of a telemarketing...

Otis and Latimer Announce Construction Grant Awards to New Rochelle and Larchmont Libraries

Albany, NY – Senator George Latimer and Assemblyman Steve Otis announced that the New Rochelle and Larchmont library systems have been awarded $11,625 and $49,969 respectively in public library construction grant funds. The funds will enable the...

Otis Bill To Increase Penalty For Theft Of Pets Passes State Assembly

Assemblyman Steve Otis (D-Rye) announced Assembly passage today of his bill that would substantially increase the penalties for stealing household pets, such as dogs and cats. A8185-B would increase the penalty from $200 to $1,000, with a possible prison...

Assemblyman Otis to Hold “Coffee and Conversation” Events with Senator Latimer and County Legislator Catherine Parker

Three officials who represent the Larchmont, Mamaroneck and Rye communities have announced the next installments of a long-running series of public forums with County and State Officials. County Legislator Catherine Parker, State Assemblyman Steve Otis...

Senator Latimer & Assemblyman Otis Announce State Aid Increases to Sound Shore School Districts

Albany, NY – With passage of the state budget, State Senator George Latimer (D-Rye) and Assemblyman Steve Otis (D-Rye) announced increases in state aid to Sound Shore School districts. Assemblyman Otis stated, “In this time of tight school...

Assemblyman Steve Otis Votes for Major Reforms of NYS Common Core

Assemblyman Steve Otis (D-Rye) today applauded the Assembly for taking action on a critical issue in education – the Common Core. On March 12, 2014, the Assembly passed legislation, A.8929, which Otis co-sponsors, that would delay implementation...

Metro-North Service Update as of 4:00 pm, March 12, 2014