Issues: Constituents Corner

INDIAN RIVER STATE CHAMPS HONORED AT CAPITOL

Members of the Indian River Warriors football team traveled to the State Capitol Monday, where they were honored for their capture of the New York State Class A Championship.   

In recognition of their historic 63-38 win over defending state champions the Queensbury Spartans, the Warriors were honored in the Senate Chamber with an official Legislative Resolution.

“The Indian River Warriors are proof that dedication and diligence pay off,” said Senator Ritchie. “Their accomplishments are the result of countless hours of hard work both on and off the field, and it’s my honor to recognize them for their achievements here at the Capitol.”

Fighting back from a 19-point deficit in last November’s championship game, the Warriors’ win is especially significant, as it was the team’s first trip to the state championship and also marked the first time a North Country team won a state title on the gridiron. 

March 3, 2015
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2015 Library Advocacy Day

I would like to thank the local members of the New York Library Assocation for visiting Albany to lobby for additional funding and their 2015 legislative agenda.

February 25, 2015
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RSVP: Senator Squadron's Seventh Annual Community Convention - Sunday, April 12th

Please join me on Sunday, April 12th for my Seventh Annual 26th Senate District Community Convention.

February 24, 2015
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Honoring Dr. Olivia Hooker with Senate Resolution

(February 21st - Greenburgh) Senator Stewart-Cousins recognized the extraordinary life and accomplishments of civil rights pioneer, the 100 year old Dr. Olivia Hooker of Greenburgh. A survivor of the 1921 race riot in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she would decades later fight for reparations for the destruction of what was referred to as Black Wall Street. She is the first African-American female to serve in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. She became a psychologist at a time when few women of color did. The Senator proudly gave her a copy of the Senate resolution in her honor that she introduced.

February 23, 2015
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN HOSTS BRONX BLACK HISTORY MONTH BREAKFAST

Local Elected officials, African-American Community Leaders and Hundreds of Bronxites Come Together to Celebrate Black History Month

February 21, 2015
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN HOSTS BRONX H.I.R.E. CAREER BUILDING NIGHT

Bronx networking event prepares job seekers of all ages for the changing workplace environment

BRONX, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), in partnership with the Bronx Chamber of Commerce, hosted the Bronx H.I.R.E. (Help Identify Real Employment) Career Building Night on Wednesday, February 18th at the Hutchinson Metro Center. The two-part event focused on certificate programs and upcoming opportunities in childcare, healthcare and the security industry. Job candidates also took part in a resume and interview training workshop before engaging in real time networking activities.

February 19, 2015
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Senator Klein Announces Launch of 5th Annual Earth Day Poster Contest

BRONX, NY– Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today announced the launch of the New York State Senate’s 5th Annual Earth Day Poster Contest to celebrate and honor Earth Day. Kindergarten through sixth grade students from across the Bronx and Westchester are encouraged to participate in this statewide competition.  

February 17, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN HOSTS 20TH ANNUAL “VALENTINES FOR VETERANS”

Klein Donates More Than 200 Valentine’s Day Cards and Gift Bags to Bronx Veterans

BRONX, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez, Miss Teen USA K. Lee Graham and students from P.S. 83, today donated more than 200 Valentine’s Day Cards and gift bags to veterans at the 20th annual “Valentines for Veterans” celebration held at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center.

February 13, 2015
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Residents urge a revamped Bruson Building

As reported by the Queens Chronicle:

Residents eager to help decide the fate of the reconstructed Bruson Building crowded into the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights Thursday evening, causing the town hall’s organizers to add extra chairs and bump out the back wall to make room.

The meeting, spearheaded by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), was organized to gather community input regarding the fate of the Bruson Building, which burned down in a five-alarm fire last April, displacing tenants such as Plaza College, which has a new campus in Forest Hills, Armondo’s Italian Restaurant, which will reopen in February on Northern Boulevard and Frank’s Pharmacy, which reopened three blocks away in October.

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February 11, 2015
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Fire safety campaign launched at LeFrak City after deadly blaze

As reported by the Times Ledger:

In response to the New Year’s Eve fatal fire that killed three members of a Lefrak City family, the FDNY and elected officials launched a fire safety campaign to try to prevent similar tragedies from happening.

Louise Jean-Charles, 59; her husband Napoleon Michel, 69; and cousin Nadia Donnay, 37, died in the blaze while they were cooking a traditional Haitian soup to celebrate the new year.

“New Yorkers awoke on New Year’s Day to the news of the horrific tragedy that struck LeFrak City just as we were ringing in 2015,” said state Sen. José Peralta (D-East Elmhurst). “If not for the courage of our firefighters in the face of difficult conditions, it might very well have been an even worse tragedy.”

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February 11, 2015
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FIGHTING FOR WHAT MATTERS TO YOU

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

February 9, 2015
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Senator Valesky Attends Launch of 2-1-1 CNY

On February 6, Senator Valesky attended the launch of 2-1-1 CNY, which provides access to community information and referral services. This service is accessible in Onondaga County by dialing 211 on a cell phone or by calling toll-free 1-844-445-1922. Locating basic resources such as food, shelter, employment, or health care may mean calling dozens of phone numbers, then struggling through a maze of agencies and services to make the right connections. The 211 system helps residents find resources by dialing a simple three-digit number.

February 6, 2015
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN HONORS GRADUATES OF FIRST BRONX H.I.R.E. SECURITY GUARD TRAINING COURSE

Three Day On-The-Job Training Offered at No Cost to Local Community, Graduates Are Now Certified & Job Ready

Interviews for Full-Time Employment with NYC-Based Company to Begin Immediately

BRONX, NYState Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today honored graduates of the first Bronx H.I.R.E. (Help Identify Real Employment) Security Guard Training course at Olinville Arms Inc. on White Plains Road in the Bronx. At the ceremony, Senator Klein announced that all graduates would have the opportunity to interview immediately with Griffin Security Services Inc., who is currently looking to fill more than 150 open security guard positions.

February 4, 2015
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State Senator Gustavo Rivera Hosts Black History Month Celebration

 In honor of the countless contributions that African-Americans have made to our country, State Senator Gustavo Rivera, the Montefiore Health System, Health First and the Claremont Community Center will host a Black History Month Celebration on Saturday, February 7th from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

February 7, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Senator Serrano's February 2015 Off-Site Constituent Services Hours and Locations Schedule

My favorite part of this job is meeting and speaking with my constituents, and with a Senate District as large as ours, we feel it's important to bring our staff out to the various communities we serve.

January 28, 2015
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THE RESULTS ARE IN: RITCHIE RELEASES FINDINGS FROM LEGISLATIVE SURVEY

Nearly 4,000 Central, Northern New Yorkers Weigh in on Major Issues for 2015 

***CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL RESULTS***

Strong support for reforming Common Core, concerns regarding raising the minimum wage and support for making the state’s 2 percent tax cap permanent are just several of the results released today from State Senator Patty Ritchie’s 2015 Legislative Survey.

In total, nearly 4,000 Central and Northern New Yorkers participated in the survey, which touched on topics ranging from government spending to investments in our state’s agriculture industry.

“As state senator, it’s very important to me to make sure the opinions of my constituents are accurately represented when I’m in Albany,” said Senator Ritchie.

January 28, 2015
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Welcome to my website!

Dear Resident of the 61st Senate District:

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website! 

At my website, you’ll be able to check out what I’m doing in Albany and in our community, learn more about my positions on important issues, and take a look at legislation I’m sponsoring in the State Senate.

Here are a few quick links to different areas of my website:

Click here to view legislation before the State Senate.

Click here for a map of the 61st State Senate District.

January 28, 2015
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