Issues: Constituents Corner

GIBSON AND SERINO UNITE TO SERVE SHARED CONSTITUENCY

 

GIBSON AND SERINO UNITE TO SERVE SHARED CONSTITUENCY

Officially Open Hyde Park District Office

 

ALBANY, NY— Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-19) and New York State Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park), came together today to celebrate the Grand Opening of their shared district office located on Route 9 in Hyde Park.

April 6, 2015
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Senator Jose Peralta calls for a Street Vendor Policy Commission

Coexistence between street vendors and brick-and-mortar retailers is critical to the social and economic development of our neighborhoods and communities. This is why State Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) introduced a bill in the Senate calling for the creation of a street vendor policy commission to modernize the regulation that govern street vending.

“Street vendors and mom-and-pop stores sustain families and are a established fixture and essential parts of our communities,” Senator Peralta said. “I strongly believe street vendors and brick-and-mortar businesses can peacefully coexist. My bill calls for a revamped Street Vendor Review Panel that includes all stakeholders to study the problems and provide recommendations.”

Senator Peralta noted, “Nobody is happy with the current system. Local residents complain, street vendors complain, small retailers complain. The system is in disarray. A decade of inaction on issues surrounding street vendors has highlighted the urgent need for reform.”

Senator Peralta said the commission to regulate street vending would be composed of nine members: five representing relevant city agencies (director of the Department of City Planning or designee; commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs or designee; commissioner Department of Transportation or designee; commissioner of the Department of Small Business services or designee; and the commissioner of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene or designee), two members representing street vendors’ interests, and two members representing the interests of small business owners.

The street vendor policy commission would evaluate and make recommendations, among other subjects, on the following:

Lifting the caps on street vendor permits;

Establishing a mechanism to rescind licenses of those who illegally rent out credentials;

Creating zoning regulations and structures to reduce sidewalk and street congestion;

Create a letter grading system for the street vendors similar to that of the restaurants;

Reducing fines for minor violations and focus on serious health, safety, traffic and sanitation violations; and

Establishing a mediation process in which street vendors and business owners can resolve conflicts.

“Leaving the system as is will only lead to more frustration. Inaction is not an option, and establishing a street vendor policy commission with a clear mandate would go a long way to regulate the system,” Senator Peralta said. The Senator’s district includes Roosevelt Avenue from 75th to 114th streets, a stretch filled with mom-and-pop operations, streets vendors, and vehicle and foot traffic.

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March 30, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN HOSTS 20TH ANNUAL EASTER BUNNY BREAKFAST AND MAGIC SHOW

Klein Participates in Bronx and Westchester Easter Egg Hunts – Celebrating the Spring Season with Hundreds of Children and Families

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by more than 300 Bronx children and families, held his 20th annual Easter Bunny Breakfast and Magic Show at Villa Barone Manor in the Throggs Neck section of the Bronx on Saturday, March 28th. Bronxites of all ages enjoyed a free breakfast, fun-filled magic show, build-a-bunny workshop, face painting and an appearance by a very special guest: the Easter Bunny.

March 30, 2015
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State Senate 2014 Veteran's Hall of Fame Bill Moye Turns 100!

(New Rochelle - March 26th) Senator Stewart-Cousins celebrated the 100th birthday of Bill Moye of New Rochelle. He's a World War II veteran that the Senator inducted into the State Senate's Veteran's Hall of Fame in 2014. The New Rochelle Housing Authority held a celebration.

March 27, 2015
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E-Newsletter Updates

Issues of the Senator's E-Newsletter Updates are listed chronologically, the most recent being first. Click the link to view the issue corresponding to the name. This will open a PDF version of the newsletter in a new window. If you do not have a PDF viewer, click here to download.

2015

March 25, 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.

March 24, 2015
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Forum/Town Hall: CONSUMER PROTECTION FORUM: Do You Know Your Consumer Rights?

Please join us for a special informational forum on: KNOWING YOUR RIGHTS AS A CONSUMER

March 26, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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SENATOR SKELOS ANNOUNCES THE CREATION OF NEW TASK FORCE ON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced the creation of the Senate Task Force on Workforce Development and appointed Senators Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) and George A. Amedore, Jr. (R-C-I, Rotterdam) as Co-Chairs. The Task Force will review the state’s existing programs designed to train both job seekers and existing employees for current and prospective employment opportunities, as well as help develop new initiatives to improve employee readiness, meet the needs of private sector employers, and create well-paying jobs to grow New York’s economy. 

March 20, 2015
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March 19, 2015
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Senate passes brighter future budget plan

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

I am pleased to report that the State Senate is moving the State Budget process forward with a balanced, fiscally responsible plan that will cut taxes, control spending and build a brighter future for Western New York. 

 

The Senate one-house budget resolution reflects many of my major budget priorities, especially securing continued funding for Roswell Park, ending the GEA budget cuts, providing more direct tax relief to homeowners and small businesses, and maintaining our roads and bridges.  

 

March 18, 2015
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Troop 2 Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony

(Hastings-on-Hudson - March 15th) The Senator presenting a proclamation to Zachary Armacost at the Troop 2 Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony recognizing his achievements.

March 17, 2015
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South Middle School Chorus Performs in Albany

I would like to thank Director Caroline Stupple and the members of the South Middle School Chorus from Newburgh Enlarged City School District for traveling to Albany to perform during the New York State School Music Association's "Music In Our Schools" month.

March 17, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN CELEBRATES ST. PATRICK’S DAY WITH THOUSANDS OF BRONXITES AT 17TH ANNUAL THROGGS NECK PARADE

Klein Donates More Than 5,000 Shamrock Cookies to Parade Marchers In Honor of St. Patrick’s Day

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), together with Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-Bronx), Assemblyman Michael Benedetto (D-Bronx), Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Councilman James Vacca (D-Bronx), community and civic leaders, and thousands of Bronxites, marched in the 17th annual Throggs Neck St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Bronx this past Sunday.

March 16, 2015
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NYACCE Student of the Year

The New York Association for Continuing/Community Education named Alejandra Perez of Newburgh as one of their 2015 Student of the Year recipients.

March 11, 2015
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Hoylman Applauds NYS Liquor Authority Decision to Deny Liquor License Renewal for Disruptive Hudson Square Nightclub “Greenhouse”

Decision Comes Following Community Complaints and Joint Letter Urging Denial of License 

NEW YORK – State Senator Brad Hoylman said: “I’m very pleased the New York State Liquor Authority has decided to once and for all deny a liquor license renewal to this disruptive and dangerous nightclub. This establishment’s violent culture, along with its excessive noise and litter regularly interfered with the lives of too many of my constituents and while Greenhouse closed in April of 2014, today’s decision means that the surrounding community can rest knowing it will not return. 

March 11, 2015
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Senator Sue Serino Wants To Hear From You

Senator Sue Serino encourages residents of the 41st District to make their voices heard by filling out their 2015 Constituent Questionnaires. 

March 11, 2015
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Senator Serino's Week In Review

The first of a regular feature to keep constituents up-to-date, Senator Serino discusses legislative and budgetary highlights of the past few weeks. 

March 10, 2015
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ASSEMBLYMEMBER KIM, SENATOR SQUADRON, ELECTEDS URGE MAYOR TO ADD LUNAR NEW YEAR AS SCHOOL HOLIDAY

18 Lawmakers Sign Letter Applauding Eid Al-Adha and Eid Al-Fitr Holiday, Urge Lunar New Year to be Included

Letter Cites Mayor's Pledge and New Law

Flushing, Queens – Assemblymember Ron Kim and State Senator Daniel Squadron joined colleagues across New York City in urging Mayor de Blasio to add Lunar New Year as a school holiday. 

March 9, 2015
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CALLING ALL AMAZING WOMEN

The month of March marks National Women’s History Month, a time to reflect on the tremendous contributions of women from the past who have made indelible marks on today’s society.  While it’s so important to celebrate the accomplishments of women from the past, a big part of National Women’s History Month is learning more about the women of today who are following in their footsteps and going above and beyond to make a difference. 

March 9, 2015
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