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Croci: Keep state sanctions against Iran

Tom Croci, now a state senator, speaks in

Tom Croci, now a state senator, speaks in his capacity as Islip Town supervisor during a bridge dedication ceremony in Brentwood on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Credit: Barry Sloan

ALBANY - A Long Island senator is introducing legislation that would force New York to maintain state sanctions against Iran, regardless of federal action.

Sen. Tom Croci (R-Sayville) said Thursday that his bill would mandate that New York maintain sanctions it imposed in 2012 unless specifically repealed by the Legislature. He said that if the federal government relaxes sanctions in the wake of President Barack Obama's proposed international nuclear deal with Iran, New York shouldn't simply follow suit.

"We should, at least, have a frank discussion statewide before making such a change," Croci said.

Croci expects to introduce the bill in the Republican-led Senate on Thursday. But he doesn't yet have a co-sponsor in the Democrat-dominated Assembly.

New York passed the Iran Divestment Act in 2012 prohibiting state and local governments from signing contracts with companies that do business with Iran's energy sector.

In 2013, lawmakers approved a law that impacts domestic insurers that invest in Iran's energy sector. Croci wants both measures to stay in place unless the Legislature rolls them back.

Obama appears on track to get the Iran nuclear deal approved, though Republicans were attempting last-ditch maneuvers to derail it.

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