Issues: Community Reinvestment

Grants Available For Mohawk Valley Flood Victims

HERKIMER, 07/25/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today encouraged residents, business owners and farmers hit hard by recent storms to take advantage of available grants. 

July 25, 2013
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Senator Serrano Joins Community in Celebration of The Bronx LGBTQ Pride & Health Fair

(Bronx, NY) – Senator José M. Serrano joined Congressman José E. Serrano, health organizations and community members at the Bronx LGBTQ Pride & Health Fair in Crotona Park. Providing an opportunity for members of the LGBTQ community and their supporters to show their pride, the fair also offered a space for everyone involved to receive key information and access to health screenings.

July 20, 2013
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SENATOR GRIFFO TO PARTICIPATE IN NEW YORK RISING STORM RECOVERY CONFERENCE

(Utica)- State Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) today confirmed that he will be participating in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York Rising Storm Recovery Conference this Thursday in Albany. Last week, Griffo was joined by fellow Senators James Seward, Hugh Farley and David Valesky in asking President Obama, FEMA, and federal officials for greater consideration in helping the residents of central New York and the Mohawk Valley who had been devastated by the catastrophic flooding.

July 16, 2013
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Senator Mark Grisanti Announces Grants For Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti brought good news to local libraries this afternoon when he announced $128,000 in  grants through the "Bullet Aid" targeted education fund for libraries.

July 15, 2013
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‘Dangerous’ Rego Park Intersection, Calls For Speed Cameras

As reported by The Forum:  

For Pat Martin, president of Friends of LeFrak Library, it is only a matter of time before a child gets seriously injured at a Rego Park intersection near PS 206 – unless, she and other community leaders said, the city does something about it.

 “We’re all so scared of the day a child gets hurt there – and after that, the city will put in a crossing guard, but we shouldn’t have to wait for that,” Martin said of the intersection at Junction Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway that is routinely crossed by elementary school students on their way to PS 206.

For full article, click here. 

July 9, 2013
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Be Our Guest: Affordable housing plan for Willets Point is reduced and could be doomed

As reported by the Daily News:

By State Senator Jose Pealta:

If City Hall put a wrecking ball to 2,000 units of affordable housing to make room for a shopping mall, it would be front-page news and there would be no end to the outrage.

That’s essentially what’s happening at Willets Point. Unfortunately, it’s hardly causing a stir with anyone other than local affordable housing advocates.

The Willets Point development plan agreed to by the City Council in 2008 called for a a mix of retail space and housing, including the construction of 820 homes for families making $38,400 a year or less; 330 homes for families earning between $38,400 and $46,080; and 770 units for families earning from $46,080 to $99,840.

For full article, click here. 

July 1, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS AND GOVERNOR CUOMO TOUT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Senator Jack M. Martins and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo were at SUNY Old Westbury to detail the major accomplishments that passed the State Legislature in the last days of the legislative session. The Governor and lawmakers were on hand for a bill signing ceremony for the Start-UP NY program.

Senator Martins, who introduced the Governor, spoke about a new era in Albany that has transformed New York State . The last three legislative sessions have proven that lawmakers can work together with each other and the Governor to move the state forward. This legislative year was certainly no exception as progress was made once again through common sense measures and reforms.

June 28, 2013
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Senator Serrano Joins Manhattan Borough President In a Letter to the New York City Department of Education Re: School of Cooperative Technical Education Redevelopment Plan

“The Department of Education's unilateral decision to demolish the School of Cooperative Technical Education without adequate community input is troubling. We will not quietly accept demolition of this school without allowing the voices of those in the community who will be affected most by these changes to be heard. I have been, and will remain, an advocate for a robust public process. That is why I am sponsoring S5597/A7317 along with Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal, requiring public-private redevelopment of public lands to undergo review.

June 27, 2013
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Summary of 2013 Senate Legislative Action

 

2013-2014 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

 

The New York State Senate approved the 2013-14 state budget that delivers on priorities outlined by the Senate Republican Conference to provide much-needed tax relief for middle-class families, help businesses create jobs, and, for the third consecutive year, the budget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent with the local spending cap that applies to school districts and local governments.  It was also the third consecutive budget approved prior to the April 1 deadline.

 

June 24, 2013
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Senate Passes Comprehensive Hurricane Sandy Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed a comprehensive legislative package that provides relief to people and communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy, aids rebuilding efforts, and increases disaster preparedness.

June 17, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS DELIVERS GRANT TO SHELTER ROCK LIBRARY

State Senator Jack M. Martins, a strong advocate of community libraries, secured a grant for the Shelter Rock Public Library, located on Searingtown Road in Albertson.

Noting that that libraries serve the public as community, cultural and arts and information centers, Senator Martins was able to deliver $100,000 for capital improvements at the library.

“Libraries are vital to our communities here in the Seventh Senate District. They benefit the entire community by providing programs, materials and other invaluable services directly to our residents. Shelter Rock, as a wonderful library and community center, does just that,” Senator Martins said.

June 14, 2013
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Herkimer County HealthNet Receives Statewide Honor

ALBANY, 06/11/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today honored Herkimer County HealthNet during the Parks & Trails New York  annual award ceremony at the Capitol.  Herkimer County HealthNet received the Get Outdoors award for its commitment to developing and maintaining trails and playgrounds throughout the county.

June 11, 2013
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Senator Peralta Invites All Children To Join His Summer Reading Program

Senator Jose Peralta is inviting all students in kindergarten through eighth grade to participate in the New York State Senate's Summer Reading Program.  This program is aimed at assisting children keep their reading skills honed and minds sharp during their time away from school.

With the end of the school year in sight, many students are anxiously awaiting the summer months. To keep school age children in the mindset of learning, the New York State Senate, in conjunction with the New York State Library, offers the Summer Reading Program to students across the State.

Participating students will use an online journal to keep track of their reading progress throughout the summer. Children who submit a completed journal will receive a Summer Reading Certificate. To have the children register, please visit www.nyread.com.

June 7, 2013
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STATE SENATOR PATRICK GALLIVAN INVITES MONROE AND LIVINGSTON BUSINESSES TO PARTICIPATE IN SMALL BUSINESS SUMMIT AT RIT

New York State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-59th District) is hosting a “Small Business Summit and Networking Event” on June 27th from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s state-of-the-art Golisano Institute of Sustainability on the RIT campus in Henrietta.

June 3, 2013
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Senator Valesky’s Expanded Pride of New York Legislation Passes Senate Bill Will Encourage Restaurants to Use Local Foods

ALBANY, N.Y.—Legislation creating a program to recognize restaurants featuring local products promoting New York-grown products sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) passed the Senate today.

May 30, 2013
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RITCHIE HONORS OSWEGO COUNTY PUBLIC SERVANTS

 

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored several former Oswego County public servants at a special presentation made during the May 9th Oswego County Legislature meeting. 

Ritchie presented official Senate Resolutions to the families of the late County Clerk George Williams, as well as County Legislators Art Ospelt, Mary Flett and Paul Santore, for their years of service to Oswego County. 

“It was truly an honor to work personally with each of these individuals—in government and out—to make Central New York a better place,” said Senator Ritchie.

May 13, 2013
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Independent Democratic Conference Releases Five Point Working Women’s Agenda

Today, the Independent Democratic Conference released its 2013 Working Women’s Agenda, a five point plan to build a stronger future for New York’s working women and their families. As part of the IDC’s agenda, the conference also released a comprehensive report entitled Building a Stronger Future for New York’s Working Women that details the impact each proposal will have on New York’s workforce. 

May 10, 2013
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Ranzenhofer joins Rochester officials for College Town groundbreaking

Rochester, N.Y. - State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer joins University of Rochester officials, Mt. Hope community members, and other government leaders for the groundbreaking of College Town.

Located at the intersection of Mt. Hope and Elmwood avenues, College Town is a comprehensive plan to redevelop 14 acres owned by the University of Rochester to provide destination dining, shopping, and services in one city of Rochester setting. For more information about the project, click here.

May 2, 2013
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