Issues: Community Reinvestment

MTA, DCP Look For Broader Transportation Access

As reported by the Queens Tribune:   

Multiple City agencies are looking to expand transportation access in Western Queens.

A long awaited Long Island Rail Road station may come to fruition in Elmhurst now that the MTA has earmarked $40 million for the project in its proposed 2015-2019 Capital Plan. The station would be on the Port Washington Branch.

Elected officials have voiced their support of the plan.

“We welcome the proposals with open arms,” State Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said, adding that commuters “need and deserve” the LIRR station and other upgrades proposed in the capital plan. 

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October 21, 2014
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White Plains Public Library Visit

(White Plains - October 17th) Senator Stewart-Cousins had a great visit to the White Plains Public Library with Assembly Member David Buchwald, Librarian Brian Kenney and Foundation Executive Director Libby Hollahan who showed them the improvements. The most fascinating part to the Senator was to see a 3D printer in action, and a drum set available for use - a real creative outlet far beyond the books and computers we've come to know at our libraries. This was a result of the $67,469 the Senator was able to secure through the 2013-14 NYS Public Library Construction grant program for the Learning Commons for Adults.

October 19, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #35: Help For Existing Businesses, Not Just New Ones

New York has the dubious distinction of ranking dead last among the 50 states in a survey of business tax climates. The governor’s initiative, START-UP NY, represented an out-of-the-box approach to lure jobs here.

However, we simply cannot earmark all of our tax breaks, credits and incentives for new businesses. The strength of an economy comes from existing business, and reducing their competitiveness to new companies can result in too many good jobs being lost.

October 9, 2014
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Mohawk Valley Legislative Delegation Pledges Support for Remington Arms, Ilion Workforce

ALBANY- State legislators representing the Mohawk Valley have pledged their continued support to venerable Herkimer County manufacturer Remington Arms.  In light of the state’s adoption of strict new guns laws in 2013, recent out of state expansions, and the announcement of job layoffs in Ilion, the state elected officials publicly recommitted their unrelenting support for Remington and its employees.

In a letter to Remington Chairman and CEO George Kollitides, the legislators wrote:

October 8, 2014
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SQUADRON: MAYOR’S COMMUNITY PARKS INITIATIVE ADDRESSES MOST GLARING INEQUITIES IN PARKS AROUND NYC

Senator Highlights the Impact of Having all Stakeholders Invested in Parks Equity

NEW YORK—Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron joined Mayor Bill de Blasio at Bowne Playground in Flushing, Queens to announce the Mayor’s new Community Parks Initiative. Squadron said:

October 7, 2014
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Sen. Valesky to Hold Free Senior Fair on Oct. 16

Senator Valesky is hosting a Senior Information Fair at the Kallet Civic Center in Oneida on Thursday, October 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Experts from local businesses, nonprofits and government agencies (listed below) will provide important information on health care, in-home services, health insurance, prescription assistance, housing, avoiding scams, and local services, as well as offer giveaways. All senior citizens in Sen. Valesky’s district are invited to attend this free event.

Kinney Drugs will offer flu shots (with insurance card and co-payment), along with blood pressure checks and other health screenings. Tim Horton’s will provide refreshments.

October 1, 2014
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Griffo To Host E-Cycling + Document Shred + Shed The Meds Event Saturday in Rome

ROME – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo is sponsoring a free drop-off Saturday for local residents to properly dispose of their electronics, confidential documents and unused and expired medication.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Westgate Shopping Plaza, 1148 Erie Boulevard West. The senator is partnering with Time Warner Cable, Confidata, Sunnking and the Rome Police Department for the event.

“This is a perfect opportunity to get rid of junk that is taking up unnecessary space in your house,” said Griffo. “The services we offer are free and there are no questions asked.”

September 30, 2014
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RITCHIE TO HOST FREE TIRE DISPOSAL EVENTS IN ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY

Events Held in Conjunction With St. Lawrence County Highway Department

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she will host two free waste tire disposal events in St. Lawrence County on Saturday, September 27th. 

The events—which are being held in conjunction with the St. Lawrence County Highway Department—are aimed at cleaning up St. Lawrence County, preventing the spread of illnesses by eliminating tires that breed disease carrying insects and protecting the environment.

“My free waste tire disposal events provide a great opportunity to help clean up our community, prevent the spread of disease and keep St. Lawrence County beautiful,” said Senator Ritchie. 

“I’d like to thank the St. Lawrence County Highway Department, especially it’s Superintendent, Donald Chambers for their help in hosting these very important events which will give residents the opportunity to get rid of waste tires without the typical $15 fee.”

September 23, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #32: Helping My Community Trumps Partisanship

New Yorkers, on the whole, tend to have a low opinion of politicians. It’s understandable when you consider more than 30 current or former officeholders in the Empire State have been convicted of crimes, faced sanctions or been accused of wrongdoing in the past decade.

Assuming all politicians are just looking out for themselves, however, is painting with too broad a brush.

I was very pleased this past week that the Observer-Dispatch highlighted my working relationship with Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi. It’s telling that our partnership is considered rare and it’s a reflection of the increasingly partisan world in which we live.

September 18, 2014
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Mill Street Press Conference

Senator Stewart-Cousins helped kick off the demolition of a building on Warburton Avenue that will make way for Phase Two of the Saw Mill River Daylighting Project in downtown Yonkers. $1 million in state funding through the Regional Economic Development Council is making the Mill Street Courtyard possible. Phase 1 of the project, completed with $8 million in funding the Senator secured when she first took office in 2007, created Van der Donck Park by removing the asphalt and the parking lot at Larkin Plaza, exposing the Saw Mill River and creating the park that surrounds the river. This project is a key catalyst to revive the downtown area with new retail, business and housing opportunities.

September 15, 2014
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Griffo, Butler Applaud Hawkinsville Dam Decision

BOONVILLE – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo and Assemblyman Marc Butler issued the following statements regarding the future of the Hawkinsville Dam:

September 10, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN APPLAUDS STATE FUNDING FOR TOWN OF WEST SENECA FLOOD DAMAGE

$500,000 WILL HELP COVER COSTS OF CLEANUP FROM WINTER STORMS  

September 5, 2014
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Griffo, Brindisi Secure $850K for Improvements to The AUD

UTICA – Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi and Senator Joseph A. Griffo have secured $850,000 for the second phase of improvements at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

The funds are being used for the façade work currently ongoing, and will also be used to make interior improvements, including bathrooms and seating. Griffo and Brindisi worked together to ensure the funds were included in the 2014-15 state budget. Last year, the pair was successful in securing $2 million for the first phase of restorations.

September 4, 2014
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NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program

NY RISING COMMUNITY RECONSTRUCTION PROGRAM

Date: September 8, 2014Time: 7:00PM-9:00PMLocation: St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Yonkers, NY 10703

September 8, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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SENATOR AVELLA AND BAYSIDE HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNOUNCE FUNDING ALLOCATION

(Bayside, Queens) On SundaySenator Avella was joined by members of the Bayside Historical Society (BHS) to announce a $50,000 State funding allocation to the group for building upgrades and the preservation of the historical Lawrence Cemetery.

 

September 1, 2014
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SENATOR AVELLA ALLOCATES $200,000 FOR CUNNINGHAM PARK

Funds will be used to provide shade over the existing Bocce Court

 

(Bayside, Queens), Today, State Senator Tony Avella was glad to announce a $200,000 funding allocation to the City Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to be used for the installation of an awning over the existing Bocce Court in Cunningham Park.

 

August 30, 2014
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Senator Ted O'Brien's statement on the Bank of America settlement

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien released the following statement on the Bank of America settlement that will bring $300 million to New York State:

“The $300 million New York will receive from the Bank of America settlement should go towards upstate property tax relief by reducing the cost burden on local school districts which have been devastated by the Gap Elimination Adjustment. We cannot afford to continue balancing school district budgets on the backs of local property tax payers, and must take action immediately to give hardworking families and small businesses the property tax relief they need.”

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August 22, 2014
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Appalling Disrepair at Pomonok Houses after Maintenance Staff Slashed by Three-Quarters

 

Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Pomonok Residents Association President Monica Corbett, Council Member Rory Lancman and Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz call on NYCHA to give Pomonok Houses adequate funding and personnel.

 

August 19, 2014
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Griffo Secures Funds for Utica Road Repairs

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today announced that he has secured $600,000 for the City of Utica to pay for repairing two roads.

“The deep freeze of this past winter was hard on many local roads, resulting in craters and cracks that have frustrated motorists who use these streets daily,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “I suggested – and was pleased to see – a $40 million ‘winter weather’ fund included in this year’s state budget to help all our local communities repair their roads.”

August 1, 2014
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Your Voice With Senator Griffo: Tax Relief, Common Core, Financial Windfall

Senator Griffo discusses the 2014 session, including tax relief initiatives, Common Core changes, highway and road funding, tuition assistance for college-bound New Yorkers and what to do with a $3 billion windfall from a bank settlement. Julia Lilkendey hosts.

July 30, 2014
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