Latest News
FROM the Office of Assemblyman Richard Brodsky


For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, April 4, 2006

For Additional Information Contact:
Jim Malatras at (518) 455-5753


Bill Passes through Committee and is Moving Quickly Through Both Houses

Today the Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee passed Chairman Brodsky's (D-Westchester) legislation that would allow religious organizations to receive residential rates instead of the more expensive business rates.

This is a major step forward to all religious organizations statewide. Under current law religious organizations are subject to residential rates for gas and electric service, but not for phone service. These laws assists religious organizations by making their gas and electric bills more affordable. This bill would provide similar assistance to religious organizations with regard to their telephone bills.

"I'm extremely happy that we are moving forward with this important legislation. I will continue to work with my colleagues to help religious organizations all across New York," said Assemblyman Richard Brodsky.

The bill is being cosponsored in the Senate by Senator James Wright (R-Watertown).


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Defense of Marriage Act News

 The Defense of Marriage legislation, S2056 and A4097, defines "marriage" in New York State as only between a man and a woman, and it states that New York will not recognize same-sex marriages or unions, even if they are legal in other jurisdictions.

The current list of Senate sponsors for S2056 is as follows:

Maltese, Alesi, Bonacic, DeFrancisco, Farley, Golden, Larkin, Libous, Marchi, Maziarz, Meier, Nozzolio, Padavan, Rath, Seward, Trunzo, Volker and Wright.

In the Assembly, A4097 has the following sponsors:

 Seminerio, Casale, Calhoun, Butler, Bacalles, Fitzpatrick, Gordon, Hooker, Kolb, and Townsend.


Click here > for a PDF file of the U.S. Supreme Court Decision, City of Sherrill, NY vs. Oneida Indian Nation of New York ET AL.

It appears that the deal struck between Gov. Pataki and the various Indian tribes over land and casinos is null and void. The Indians will now have to pay taxes on land they own off of their reservations.