Issues: Community Reinvestment

Queens Senator Peralta urges for inclusion of Dream Act in budget

As reported by WMHT:

Queens State Senator Jose Peralta has been a sponsor of the New York Dream Act for the last two years.  The legislation would expand the state's TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) to include undocumented students who qualify.  The Assembly allocated $25 million in their one house budget, but it was not included in the Senate's version. 

Peralta sat down with us to talk about why the Dream Act should be in the final budget and in his disappointment with Jeff Klein, the leader of the Independent Democrats who run the chamber with the GOP, who opted not to include the legislation in the 2013-14 fiscal plan.

For full article, click here. 

March 20, 2013

Senator Serrano Participates in Community Budget & Legislative Forum; Identifies Issues He's Fighting For

(Upper West Side, NY) – Senator Serrano delivered a NYS budget and legislative update in a community  forum at Goddard Riverside Community Center. As part of the forum, Senator Serrano discussed the current budget process and the progressive priorities that he is fighting for, followed by a Q&A session. Also at the forum addressing concerns was State Senator Bill Perkins.

March 14, 2013


A Fiscally Responsible Approach to Job Creation

Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican conference today announced a bold and sweeping job creation plan to improve New York’s business climate so it not only keeps up with other states, but surpasses them. Among other things, the “Senate Republican Blueprint for Jobs: ReThink. ReVitalize. ReBuild.” would cut taxes for one million small businesses and reduce energy costs for every business and residential ratepayer in New York, saving them $2.5 billion.

March 8, 2013

Senator Serrano Stands With Democratic Conference; Ready to Fight for Minimum Wage Increase

Yesterday I joined my Senate Democratic Conference colleagues in supporting a meaningful increase of our state's minimum wage. Together, we are prepared to deliver 27 critical votes in favor of legislation to raise the minimum wage for workers. Doing this will benefit all New Yorkers by helping to lift many out of poverty while also boosting our local economies.



February 28, 2013

Tri-State Transportation Campaign | Wednesday Winners (& Losers)


NY State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Dilan rallied with G train riders in Williamsburg last month. Their efforts resulted in an MTA decision to conduct a full review of the G train.

Read more at Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

February 27, 2013

Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013

Senator Valesky’s Legislation to Promote Buying New York Products Passes Senate Agriculture Committee

Legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will build upon a statewide burgeoning “Buy Local” movement by creating a program to recognize restaurants that feature local products passed the Senate Agriculture Committee today. 

February 12, 2013

Ranzenhofer talks with Rochester leaders after community meeting

Rochester, N.Y. - State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer talks to Rochester Mayor Thomas Richards and University of Rochester President Joel Seligman after a meeting at the Rochester Business Alliance.  During the meeting, the Rochester Community Coalition presented it's 2013 Agenda to community leaders, including representatives of local governments, business, education, non-profit organizations and labor.

February 8, 2013

Senator Stavisky Discusses Summer Jobs Program with JHS 190 Russell Sage Students

Students with The Campaign for Summer Jobs Visits Albany Capital Office


February 4, 2013

Senator David Valesky Co-sponsors Legislation to Enact Veterans Hiring Tax Credit to Boost Statewide Economy and Reduce High Unemployment Rate Among Young Returning Veterans

ALBANY, N.Y. – Seeking new and effective ways to spur job creation and address perennially high unemployment rates among New York’s returning combat veterans, Senator David Valesky (D-Oneida) is co-sponsoring legislation  (S.3043) to provide major tax credits to private employers hiring veterans discharged after 9/11. The legislation is named “Jobs for Heroes.” 

January 29, 2013


ALBANY, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky, Deputy Leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, was named Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee. 

January 25, 2013

Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013


Review The Governor's Proposal Yourself:

“State government has been able to change direction the last two years largely because Albany has adopted a course of fiscal prudence. Today’s budget proposal demonstrates the Governor’s continued commitment to financial responsibility, keeping state spending growth below two percent while closing a $1.35 billion budget deficit without proposing any new taxes.”

January 23, 2013

Groundbreaking in Mineola-Carle Place on Project to Alleviate Flooding

Senator Martins Secures Funding to Put an End to Longstanding Problem

Ground has been broken on a project to alleviate flooding in the Bruce Terrace/Fairfield areas of Mineola and Carle Place. The flooding has been a decades-old problem plaguing some of the residents of those areas who experienced flooding in their homes as a result of heavy rains. However, the end of the problem is now within sight. Senator Jack M. Martins was able to secure a grant, which he distributed to the Village of Mineola, Town of North Hempstead and Nassau County , bringing the three governmental entities together to put an end to the longstanding problem.

January 4, 2013

Job Creation Projects In 51st Senate District Net $21 Million

ONEONTA, 12/19/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that 50 job creation projects in the 51st senate district will receive critically important state funds through the second round of Regional Economic Development Council awards.

“The Regional Economic Development Council approach provides our state with a real economic spark, capitalizing on a bottom up approach which maximizes creative and innovative ideas generated by local stakeholders,” said Senator Seward.  “I applaud Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Duffy for this successful initiative that is spurring job growth and building a stronger economy for the future.”

December 19, 2012

Senator Serrano Joins Council Member Gale Brewer in Town Hall Meeting

Senator Serrano participated in an Upper West Side & Clinton Town Hall Meeting today hosted by Councilmember Gale Brewer. The meeting was an opportunity for Upper West Side attendees to interact with Elected Officials and representatives of New York City agencies in an effort to increase knowledge and transparency within Government.

“This was a wonderful opportunity for me to hear from some of my new constituents as I prepare to represent the Upper West Side for the first time in January,” said Senator Serrano. "It's important to cultivate a relationship between my office and the new areas that I represent.  Hearing the concerns of residents and making sure they are aware of the services which my office provides is a great step towards doing that,” continued Serrano.

December 18, 2012

Senator Serrano Joins Council Member Gail Brewer in Town Hall Meeting

Senator Serrano participated in an Upper West Side & Clinton Town Hall Meeting today hosted by Councilmember Gail Brewer. The meeting was an opportunity for Upper West Side attendees to interact with Elected Officials and representatives of New York City agencies in an effort to increase knowledge and transparency within Government.

December 18, 2012

Senator Stavisky Voices Opposition to Lunar New Year 7 Train Closures


Senator Stavisky fights alongside local politicians, small business owners, and community leaders to keep the 7 Train running during Lunar New Year for her Asian constituents at a press conference at the Sheraton LaGuardia.


December 11, 2012

Senator Martins Announces $100,000 in Grant Funding for Hempstead Turnpike

State Senator Jack Martins announced a $100,000 economic development revitalization grant for the Elmont community today which is yet another significant investment in Hempstead Turnpike. The grant comes on the heels of a multi-million dollar safety improvement project Governor Cuomo, Senator Martins, Senator Dean Skelos and Senator Kemp Hannon delivered to the Elmont and Franklin Square communities a few months ago. The Martins grant funding will be used towards a streetscaping revitalization project on the Turnpike next to the new Elmont Public Library. The funding is a team effort with the Town of Hempstead, Councilman Edward Ambrosino and Supervisor Kate Murray.

December 6, 2012

Preguntas mas Frecuentes sobre el Programa de recompra de armas de Brooklyn 2012

¿Cómo debo llevar un arma al sitio de devolución?

Las armas deben ser colocados en una bolsa de plástico o de papel o en una caja.


¿Puedo transportar el arma en mi auto?

Sí. Si va ha transportar el arma en un vehiculo, el arma debe ser transportado en el maletero/ baúl del vehiculo.


¿Cuándo recibiré la tarjeta de dinero en efectivo?

Después de que el arma sea examinada por oficiales y determinada ser operable, se le expedirá una tarjeta de dinero en efectivo.


¿Puedo entregar un rifle o una escopeta?

Sí, rifles y escopetas, serán aceptados. Sin embargo, el pago para los rifles y escopetas es de sólo $ 20.


December 6, 2012
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