Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli
July 2009
District: 333 East Washington St., Syracuse, 13202 (315) 248-9651
Albany: LOB 519, Albany, 12248 (518) 455-4826
120th Assembly District

Green Data Center Groundbreaking

Syracuse University and IBM are collaborating on developing a new, energy efficient computer data center that uses 50 percent less energy than a typical center. Assemblyman Magnarelli attended the groundbreaking for the $12.4 million, 6,000-square-foot data center. The center will have a liquid cooling system that will use an absorption chiller unit to convert the heat generated by the computers and servers into chilled water to cool the data center’s servers and building. “It is exciting to see Syracuse University and IBM working together to implement innovate energy saving technology,” Magnarelli said. “This sort of project inspires others to evaluate, design and employ green technology.”

Eric Spina, Vice Chancellor and Provost, Assemblyman Magnarelli and Chancellor Nancy Cantor take part in the groundbreaking of the Green Data Center.

Assembly Passes Magnarelli’s Ethics Reform Legislation

Magnarelli, who chairs the Assembly Ethics Committee, sponsored the bill that would create the following bodies to address the influence of special interest money, lobbying and ethics and perform investigations in state government:

  • New York State Commission on Lobbying Ethics and Compliance: A six-member independent state commission focused on lobbying.

  • Executive Ethics and Compliance Commission: This commission would be reconstituted to oversee the executive branch’s ethics compliance, replacing the current Commission on Public Integrity.

  • Joint Legislative Commission on Ethics Standards: This body would be responsible for ethics disclosure, training and education for legislators and staff, advisory opinions, and the imposition of penalties for violations.

  • Legislative Office of Ethics Investigation: This new, independent office would consist of eight members and receive referrals from the Joint Legislative Commission on Ethics Standards and the Assembly and Senate standing committees on ethics, as well as complaints about ethics violations from the public.

“It’s important that we strengthen New York’s ethics laws,” Magnarelli said. “This legislation develops a more comprehensive approach to ethics reform that shines even greater light on our democratic process. By insisting that all commissioners of ethics boards be truly independent, they can act without fear of retaliation. It also helps to restore public confidence in state government, something we must always try to improve.”

P.E.A.C.E. Inc. purchased a van for the Westside Family Resource Center with $25,000 secured by Assemblyman Magnarelli. The van will be used to transport children and senior citizens to activities and programs sponsored by P.E.A.C.E., Inc.

“I am happy to be able to provide such a needed essential to a group that does so much for the individuals and families who live on the Westside of Syracuse,” Assemblyman Magnarelli said.

Joe O’Hara, Executive Director of P.E.A.C.E. Inc.; Assemblyman Magnarelli; Mary Alice Smothers, coordinator for P.E.A.C.E. Inc.; Sheena Solomon, Neighborhood Advisory Council president; and Rev. Wiley Johnson pose for a picture as the keys to the van are ceremoniously transferred.

Assemblyman Magnarelli greeted his constituents at a Syracuse Symphony concert hosted by Green Hill Farms Market. Heather Hawkins, pictured with Magnarelli, was instrumental in organizing and securing funding for this event that brought world class music to local residents. Assemblyman Magnarelli recently awarded $25,000 to the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra so that area residents could share the wonderful talent and musical pieces that the Syracuse Symphony regularly performs.

Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Church in Lakeland celebrated its 60th anniverary on June 14. Assemblyman Magnarelli presented to Fr. Fetcho a framed proclamation honoring him and all the parishioners for their community service. Fr. Fetcho has served at the Lakeland parish for more than ten years and is credited with leading renovations of the interior of the church and the altar.

To honor fallen veterans, Assemblyman Magnarelli attended services at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Downtown Syracuse.

Assemblyman Magnarelli participated in the ribbon cutting at the $23 million updated bathhouse at Green Lakes State Park. The new environmentallyfriendly designed building better accommodates visitors and lifeguards. “It is very important, especially in this economic downturn, that we preserve and renovate the New York State Parks and facilities,” Magnarelli said. “Central New Yorkers enjoy spending time in our beautiful local state parks.”

Bill’s Bills

Below is a list of some of the bills, sponsored by Assemblyman Magnarelli, that passed the Assembly during the 2009 session:

Red Light Cameras – (A7420-A) This legislation authorizes the city of Syracuse to adopt a local law that would allow for the installation of traffic control photo violation monitoring systems at up to 25 intersections throughout the city. The violation would result in a fee-only ticket. No points on the license would be issued from the violation. Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers, New York City and Nassau County have received similar legislation and are implementing similar red light camera programs.

“The red light cameras are designed to help maintain traffic flow and the safety of our streets,” Magnarelli said. “This legislation was introduced at the request of the City of Syracuse administration.”

Interoperable Communication System – (A5013) This bill permits Onondaga County to impose a surcharge on certain telephone lines to pay for costs associated with emergency telephone system upgrades that would allow all emergency responders to use the same radio channels as other departments responding to an event. This surcharge will fund the radios and towers needed to bring the interoperable system to Onondaga County.

“Without this temporary surcharge, the county would have to raise property taxes to cover the cost,” Magnarelli said. “I introduced this bill at the request of Onondaga County. It is strongly supported by first responders who understand the importance of increased communication at the scene of an emergency.”

Jade Alert – (A.5220-A) This legislation enacts a missing vulnerable adult alert system employing federal, state and local resources in New York State. This is similar to the Amber Alert, which Magnarelli also sponsored.

“This law takes advantage of new technology and will save more lives,” Magnarelli said. “The age of a missing person doesn’t always correlate with how vulnerable he or she is. It is important to have in place a system that will instantly notify the authorities and public of a missing individual.”

Sales Tax Extension – (A8034-A) This bill extends the current authorization for Onondaga County to impose an additional 1% sales tax rate through November 30, 2011. The Onondaga County Executive and Legislature requested that Assemblyman Magnarelli sponsor this bill.

“Onondaga County relies on this sales tax to help balance its budget without substantially increasing property taxes,” said Assemblyman Magnarelli.

Daytime Running Lights – (A317) This legislation authorizes insurance companies to offer discounts for older vehicles retrofitted with daytime running lamps. Many insurance companies offer a premium discount for new cars made with this safety feature, which increases visibility of the car to other drivers.

“By providing incentives for drivers to have safety features, such as daytime running lamps retrofitted on their cars, we’re improving the safety of our roadways,” Magnarelli said.

Assemblyman Magnarelli recently attended Ray Rinaldi’s NorthArea Athletic and Educational Center’s Reunion Luncheon. The Center’s Programs help children develop self esteem, impulse control and discipline through athletic competitions. Assemblyman Magnarelli recently awarded the Center $50,000 to replace its roof and $10,000 for new computers and equipment.

About NYS Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli
Assemblyman William Magnarelli represents the 120th Assembly District, which includes the Northside, Westside, Eastwood and Valley areas of the City of Syracuse, as well as the towns of Geddes and Van Buren. He first won election in 1998 for an open Assembly seat and was reelected in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008. During his five terms in office, Assemblyman Magnarelli has focused his efforts on brining more jobs to Central New York, lowering taxes, providing our children a better education at every level, improving our healthcare and keeping our families safe. For more information, contact Assemblyman Magnarelli’s District Office at (315) 428-9651.