Issues: Community Reinvestment

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.”

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July 22, 2014
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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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


BROOKLYN – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, and Councilmembers Brad Lander, Steve Levin, and Carlos Menchaca released the following statement regarding Long Island College Hospital (LICH):

June 13, 2014

Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #24: My Priority Legislation

As the Senate regular session comes to a close, I have redoubled my efforts to get my priority legislation passed before then.

In total, I’ve gotten 47 of my 119 bills passed so far this session. The Assembly has also passed 23 of those 47 bills, and the governor has signed 16 of them into law. Five are awaiting his review. I thank my colleagues for helping me achieve the success I’ve enjoyed so far.

Here’s my thinking. First and foremost, a good state legislator is an advocate for his constituents. I’m occasionally asked by local government to help them enact special laws that would only apply to them – a good example is the regular reauthorization of a local sales tax rate, which can help ease the property tax burden.

June 12, 2014


ALBANY--Yesterday, the State Senate passed legislation (S.6731) sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) increasing the maximum number of land banks in the state to 20.

Land banks, entities that take control of problem properties and then redevelop or dispose of them in a manner consistent with the public’s interest, are a proven strategic tool for cities and counties where the number of vacant properties outpaces the private market’s ability to deal with them. Land banks are proving to be effective tools to reduce blight and advance community revitalization.

June 11, 2014

Senate Passes Three Griffo Sponsored Bills

ALBANY - Sen. Joseph A. Griffo was the lead sponsor of three bills that today passed the State Senate. 

June 10, 2014

Griffo Announces Summer Reading Program

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo is partnering with his local libraries to entice more children to read this summer. The New York Senate’s 2014 Summer Reading Program, in conjunction with the New York State Library, offers families several entertaining ways to encourage reading.

“Reading is the cornerstone of learning,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “I want children to be excited about picking up a book this summer, so our libraries have designed a lot of fun activities to keep kids motivated.”

June 5, 2014

Griffo Secures $100,000 For Massena Road Reconstruction

MASSENA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo announced today that he has secured $100,000 in state funds for the reconstruction of Liberty and Garvin avenues in the village of Massena.

“Good infrastructure is an integral part of a healthy economy,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “I know how hard this winter was on our north country roads, so I was pleased to assist the village in securing these needed funds.”

June 4, 2014

Senator Serrano Delivers Legislative Update to JASA Club 76 on the Upper West Side

(Upper West Side, NY)- Senator Serrano delivered his legislative update to JASA Club 76 on the Upper West Side. Serrano spoke about the issues he is fighting for in Albany and participated in a Q&A session, where he responded to concerns expressed by the seniors. 

May 27, 2014

Griffo To Host Forum on Animal Abuse

UTICA – State Senator Joseph A. Griffo is hosting an educational forum May 27 for the benefit of police officers in Oneida County who handle incidents of animal abuse and neglect.

Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara and Susan McDonough, a retired New York State Police investigator who specialized in animal abuse, will lead the informational sessions. They will discuss ways to identify animal abuse and neglect; how to approach abused animals; how to remove animals from an abusive household and how to ensure a successful prosecution of individuals who abuse animals.

May 26, 2014

Drive for Five still accepting donations to fund new library construction in Oneida

By Jolene Cleaver, The Oneida Daily Dispatch

POSTED: 04/30/14, 2:11 PM EDT | UPDATED: 4 DAYS AGO

ONEIDA >> The Oneida Public Library’s 90th anniversary decorations are put away, and the Drive for 5 fundraiser over, but there’s still plenty to celebrate, say event organizers.

“The Drive for 5 was a great success,” said Carol Butler, spokesperson for the library capital campaign. “We are still taking in contributions, as well as counting bottles and cans.”

May 22, 2014

Senator Parker Interviews Darryl C. Towns, Commissioner/CEO, NYS Homes and Community Renewal

On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Senator Parker interviewed Darryl C. Towns, whom in 2011 was appointed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to lead NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) as Commissioner/CEO. HCR includes all the state’s integrated housing and community renewal agencies and programs, and implements the Governor’s bold housing and community renewal agenda.

May 21, 2014
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