Issues: Community Reinvestment

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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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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Hired On The Spot At Job Fair

As reported by Queens Gazette:

Thirty-five employers conducted more than 800 interviews, hired 16 applicants on the spot and scheduled close to another 200 meetings with candidates they met at a job fair July 10 in Elmhurst sponsored by state Senator Jose Peralta in conjunction with Queens Center.

“We were able to help some people still struggling to make ends meet on the heels of the Great Recession,” said Peralta. “From past experience, I expect that a number of others will also end up getting offers in the near future as a result of the interviews they scheduled and contacts they made at the job fair.”

For full article, click here.

July 22, 2014
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July 22, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Seward Delivers $50,000 Grant To Beautify Schenevus

SCHENEVUS, 07/18/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a $50,000 economic development grant he secured will assist with beautification efforts in Schenevus. 

“The Town of Maryland, including the Village of Schenevus, is an idyllic location,” said Senator Seward.  “By upgrading and further beautifying the community, the quality of life for residents improves and more visitors will be encouraged to stop by bolstering our local businesses.”  

July 18, 2014
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Children and seniors rally on the steps of City Hall in an attempt to save their Williamsburg community center

Developer Harry Einhorn paid $4.5 million to buy the building that houses the Swinging Sixties Senior Center and Small World Day Care Center, and offered a lease that they can't afford to pay.BY Marco Poggio NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Children and seniors took to the steps of City Hall Tuesday to ask the city to buy their Williamsburg community center so they won’t be put out on the street.

July 16, 2014
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Grisanti And Ryan Announce State Library Construction Grant For Hamburg Public Library

 New York State Senator Mark Grisanti and New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan announced that the Hamburg Public Library will receive a New York State Library Construction Grant of $449,399. Funding for this grant was included in the state budget passed earlier this year. Libraries across the state applied for competitive construction grants that could fund up to 75 percent of the cost for a project. The minimum grant award was $2,500. The funding is awarded by the New York State Department of Education, Division of Library Development.

 

July 1, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Griffo Announces $50,000 for Rome Parks

ROME – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today announced that he has secured $50,000 in state funds for upgrades at two Rome parks.

The city will dedicate half of the funds - $25,000 – to various repairs at Veterans Memorial Park on North James Street. These include re-pointing the concrete which has deteriorated around the monument to Rome’s war veterans and various landscaping improvements.

The other half will go toward improvements at the Pinti Field action sports park.

June 26, 2014
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Griffo Secures Grant For New Hartford Paving Projects

NEW HARTFORD – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today announced that he has helped secure a $298,000 grant on behalf of the town highway department.

“The ‘deep freeze’ may have subsided, but its impact is evident on our local roads and highways,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “This grant comes at an opportune time for the town, and I’m pleased to have helped secure the needed funds.”

June 25, 2014
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SENATOR SQUADRON CONFERS 40 SERVICE AND GOVERNMENT ENGAGEMENT AWARDS TO DISTRICT SCHOOL KIDS

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron announced the sixth annual Service and Government Engagement (SAGE) Awards, honoring graduating Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn students who have demonstrated public service and a commitment to their communities beyond the classroom.

June 23, 2014
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Senator Valesky Announces Construction Grant Awards to Libraries

SYRACUSE, NY – Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) announced that seven libraries in Madison and Onondaga counties have been awarded public library construction grant funds. The capital funds, provided for in the 2013 State Budget, will enable the libraries to start or complete various projects that will improve operations, safety and energy efficiency.

“Libraries across my district report increased patronage as services expand to include technology, community programs and community meeting spaces,” Senator Valesky said. “Building upgrades and repairs are an ongoing need, and I am pleased to have supported this grant funding to help these libraries continue to provide essential services in safe and efficient environments.”

June 16, 2014
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