Issues: Community Reinvestment

Senator Serrano Joins BronxWorks at Facility Renaming Ceremony Honoring Carolyn McLaughlin

(Bronx, NY) – Senator José M. Serrano joined elected officials and community advocates for the BronxWorks renaming ceremony of their Grand Concourse community center. The facility, now named Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center, was renamed in honor of their former Executive Director 's 34 years of long-standing service. Senator Serrano applauded BronxWorks for the important work that it does for the local community.

November 7, 2013
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Be Our Guest: Roosevelt Ave. needs more than a BID expansion if it's going to thrive

As reported by the Daily News:

By State Senator Jose Peralta

The recent incidents of deadly violence on Roosevelt Ave. — two murders committed in broad daylight within days of each other last month — underscore the fact that we need a lot more than trash bins and video cameras to make Roosevelt Ave. safe.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m in favor of the proposed expansion of the 82nd St. Business Improvement District, which would cover more than 800 businesses on Roosevelt Ave. from 81st St. to 104th St. Fresh paint, additional trash cans and video cameras are certainly welcome. And banding together under the banner of the BID would be good for the small merchants and vendors along the avenue.

But Roosevelt Ave. is referred to as the old Times Square, and for good reason. When police successfully cracked down on prostitution in Times Square and midtown in the 1980s, much of the business simply moved to Roosevelt Ave., where it is fueled, in part, by the sale of foreign-born women into sexual slavery.

For full article, click here. 

October 28, 2013
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Kasson Place Apartments Opens

Senator David J. Valesky joined state and local officials to celebrate the opening of Kasson Place Apartments on James Street in Syracuse. This project is great for the community and is another project that used Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits.

October 28, 2013
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Stavisky, Kim and Koo Kick Off First Korean Restaurant Week in Flushing

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing,) Assemblymember Ron Kim (D-Flushing,) and Councilmember Peter Koo (D-Flushing) kicked off Flushing’s first Korean Restaurant Week by sampling Korean fare at Shinjung Galbi.

October 24, 2013
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GALLIVAN HOSTS 30 AREA BUSINESSES AT SEMINAR IN EAST AURORA

EAST AURORA - Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) joined with the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce Tuesday morning to host a small business seminar and networking event at the Gleed Auditorium at the Aurora Town Hall.

Nearly 30 local businesses from East Aurora and surrounding communities took part in the ninety minute session that featured presentations from Sen. Gallivan and business development and marketing consultant Frank Swiatek.

October 22, 2013
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Senator Serrano Volunteers at Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx for "It’s My Park Day"

(Bronx, NY) - For the sixth consecutive year, Senator José M. Serrano participated in "It's My Park Day," at Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx. "It's My Park Day" is a joint program hosted by City Parks Foundation and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. This fall, the Senator and his family joined local volunteers and environmental activists where they picked up garbage, dug soil, and planted bulbs.

October 20, 2013
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Senator Serrano Joins Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito for Rafael Tufiño Way Street Renaming Ceremony

(East Harlem, NY)  - Senator José M. Serrano joined Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito and local community members on East 103rd Street and  Lexington Avenue for a street renaming ceremony in honor of great Puerto Rican painter, Rafaelo Tufiño. The stretch of East 103rd Street, between Park and Third Avenues, in Manhattan will be renamed as "Rafael Tufiño Way." During the ceremony, Senator Serrano spoke on the importance of maintaining the cultural history of New York City. 

October 19, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS KICKOFF OF 3RD ANNUAL GOLD COAST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to have attended today's opening of 3rd Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival at the Bow Tie Manhasset Cinema. For all the information on the festival, visit www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org.

he Gold Coast International Film Festival was founded with the purpose of establishing a home on Long Island to showcase the work of exceptional filmmakers and provide the public with an insider’s view of the film industry. Festival events include screenings, workshops, conversations with prominent members of the film community, parties and a gala.

October 9, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS WORKS WITH LOCAL LEADERS TO ALLEVIATE DANGEROUS TRAFFIC CONDITION

Senator Jack M. Martins secured state funding to alleviate a dangerous traffic condition in Plandome Mayor. Working with the Village of Plandome Manor Mayor Barbara Donno, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello, the dangerous traffic conditions that exist at the triangle intersection of North Plandome Road, Plandome Road and Stonytown Road in will soon be a think of the past.

October 8, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS WESTBURY FAIR

Senator Jack M. Martins had a great time at the Westbury Fair on Saturday. There are great things happening in Westbury. Most recently, the theater, named "The Space" at Westbury, opened at 250 Post Avenue and is a major step in the revitalization of the downtown area. Mayor Peter Cavallaro, Deputy Mayor Joan Boes and the board of trustees are doing an outstanding job.

Pictured are Mayor Cavallaro and Village Trustees Bill Wise, Steve Corte and Beaumont Jefferson.

October 8, 2013
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Senator Valesky to Hold Free Senior Fair Oct. 16

SYRACUSE – State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is hosting a Senior Information Fair on Wednesday, October 16, from 10:00 a.m.

October 3, 2013
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SENATOR GALLIVAN HOSTING TWO SMALL BUSINESS SUMMITS IN WESTERN NEW YORK

Seminars in East Aurora And Geneseo Will Feature Guest Speaker, Networking Opportunities

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, Deputy Republican Conference Leader For Economic Development, will host a pair of small business seminars later this month in cooperation with area chambers of commerce.

October 2, 2013
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Senator Valesky Senior Fair

Watch this video for details on Senator Valesky's upcoming Senior Information Fair on Wednesday, October 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Kallet Civic Center in Oneida.

October 1, 2013
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Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund Meeting

Warsaw, 261 Driggs Ave., Greenpoint, Brooklyn

On September 25, Greenpointers will have the opportunity to learn more about local environmental improvement grants made available through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund and how the program is proposed to work. Furthermore, residents will have the opportunity to learn about similar environmental improvement projects, and offer their opinions on how best as a community we can implement similar improvements to Greenpoint.

As the result of a 2010 settlement between New York State and Exxon Mobil, the $19.5 million Fund was created to make new environmental investments in Greenpoint.

September 23, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS JOINS WESTBURY IN WELCOMING THE SPACE

Senator Jack M. Martins joined with Village of Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro, members of the Village of Westbury Board of Trustees, elected officials and community members in welcoming The Space to the Village of Westbury. 

The Space at Westbury now occupies the former location of hte Westbury Movie Theater, which first opened its doors in 1927. The Space at Westbury has preserved the village history while injecting a shot of energy into the community's downtown area as a performing arts center. Cyrus Hakakian invested nearly $10 million into The Space and, with the cooperation of the village and the community, it is a welcomed addition to the downtown.

September 18, 2013
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September 18, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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SENATOR MARTINS PARTICIPATES IN ELMONT CLEAN-UP DAY

Senator Jack M. Martins gathered with his many Elmont friends at the Magnet Sport Lounge to kick-up clean-up day in  Elmont. Community leaders, elected officials, and business owners all worked together to beautify the area. The clean-up was co-sponsored by the Elmont West Club. 

September 10, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS MINEOLA STREET FAIR

Local businesses and organizations were out in full force in the Village of Mineola on a recent weekend for the annual Mineola Street Fair. Senator Jack M. Martins attended the fair in his hometown, where he greeted Mineola families, local business owners as well as members of the chamber of comerce and village officials.

September 10, 2013
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