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COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 11 AM EST SATURDAY * WHAT...One to locally two feet of inundation above ground level expected in vulnerable north shore communities of the twin forks of LI, north shore of LI, and north facing LI barrier island communities for the Sat AM high tide near the waterfront and shoreline. * WHERE...Northwest Suffolk, Northeast Suffolk, Southwest Suffolk, Southeast Suffolk, Northern Nassau and Southern Nassau Counties. * WHEN...From 3 AM to 11 AM EST Saturday. * COASTAL IMPACTS...Minor to locally moderate flooding is expected in the most vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline. Expect around 1 to locally 2 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. A few to several roads and low lying property including parking lots, parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements near the waterfront will experience shallow flooding. A few cars may take on water and be damaged if not moved. * SHORELINE IMPACTS...3 to 5 ft surf likely for north shore of LI and north shore of south fork shorefront with Sat AM tides, which will likely cause beach erosion and possibly minor damage to shoreline structures. Along the oceanfront, surf should build to 4 to 8 ft Sat PM into Sun AM, with scattered dune erosion impacts during those tidal cycles. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Minor to locally moderate coastal impacts are possible for the same north shore communities of the twin forks of LI, north shore of LI, and north facing LI barrier island communities for the Saturday evening high tides as well. There is potential for more widespread minor coastal flooding along the southern and eastern bayfront communities of Long Island with the Sunday morning high tide.

Senator Ken LaValle Releases Highlights of Last Night’s Senate Budget Resolution

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The New York State Senate passed their Budget Resolution to address the priorities of Long Island families.

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Albany, NY - March 14, 2014 - Senator Ken LaValle reports that last night, the New York State Senate passed their Budget Resolution to address the priorities of Long Island families. The document now becomes the framework for budget negotiations with the Assembly.
 
Senator LaValle released the following highlights of the Budget Resolution. The proposal:
  • Reduces taxes on hardworking families, small businesses and manufacturers, while keeping overall spending growth below two percent
  • Provides a major funding increase for public education – helping to ensure outstanding schools and a quality education for children.  It includes an additional $811.9 million increase in State school aid over the Governor’s budget proposal to balance quality education at a price taxpayers can afford.
  • Includes implementation of the Senate’s “Freeze-Plus NY” program – a property tax freeze that would provide $1.4 billion in additional property tax relief over two years.
  • Restores $541 million of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA), a controversial budget maneuver previously enacted, which hurt Long Island schools. Under this plan, the GEA will be completely eliminated in two years after a total restoration of $1.1 billion – helping our schools and property taxpayers.
  • Makes college education more affordable for hardworking families. The Senate College Affordability Plan would help middle-class families afford higher education, pay off their student loan debt and encourage graduates to start a career in New York State.
  • Increases the income eligibility for the EPIC prescription drug program. The Senate would raise the income range from $35,000 to $75,000 for individuals and from $50,000 to $100,000 for married enrollees.
The Senate and Assembly will now meet in Joint Conference Committees to reconcile the differences in the two Chamber’s Budget Resolutions. The NY State Budget is required to be passed by April 1st.