Issues: Constituents Corner

O'Brien praises America's Purple Heart recipients

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien issued the following statement today, on the occasion of the 231st anniversary of the creation of the Purple Heart award by George Washington while he was Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army:

“Today, on Purple Heart Day, we honor America’s bravest military servicemen and women, both past and present.

The Purple Heart is America’s oldest military decoration, established by General George Washington in 1782 to recognize exceptional examples of heroism and sacrifice among members of our armed services.

August 7, 2013
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Senator Boyle's Veterans Appreciation Pancake Breakfast

Date: Saturday, August 3, 2013 8 am - 11 am Location: American Legion Post 94 22 Grove Place Babylon, NY 11702  Senator Boyle will be hosting a Veterans Appreciation Pancake Breakfast as a way to thank veterans for their dedication and commitment to protecting our country. Senator Boyle would like to take this opportunity to get to know veterans living in the area on a personal level and express his sincere appreciation for their services. The event will take place on Saturday, August 3, 2013 from 8 am – 11 am at American Legion Post 94 located at 22 Grove Place in Babylon.

August 3, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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NEWBORN SCREENING BILL AND LOCAL LEGISLATION SIGNED INTO LAW

Larkin Bills Approved by Governor

Three pieces of legislation were signed into law by Governor Cuomo announced the bills’ sponsor, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson).   Of the three bills, two were local legislation dealing with Orange County’s one percent sales tax extension and conveying land in the Thiells-Roseville Fire District.  The other piece of legislation dealt with requiring hospitals to screen newborns for congenital heart defects.

August 2, 2013
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RITCHIE TAKES PART IN SEAWAY FESTIVAL PARADE

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined community members, as well as her fellow members of the Save the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center Task Force recently, to march in Ogdensburg's annual Seaway Festival Parade.

July 31, 2013
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Skype One on One with Senator Boyle

Senator Boyle believes elected officials should be readily available to their constituents. That’s why one of the first things he’s done as a new State Senator is create a Skype One on One With Your Senator program to provide constituents the opportunity to meet with him to discuss concerns they have about government issues.

July 24, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS SILVER JUBILEE CELEBRATION FOR FATHER SOADWAH

Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to be at the Silver Jubilee celebration for Father Raphael Soadwah Church of St. Mary in  Manhasset, Fr. Raphael Soadwah was ordained to the priesthood on July 16, 1988 in the Diocese of Konongo-Mampong, Ghana. Congratulations to Fr. Raphael. 

July 23, 2013
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SENATORS MARTINS ASSISTS BOY SCOUTS IN GETTING MERIT BADGES

State Senator Jack M. Martins met with Boy Scouts Christopher Kalliagas and Nikolaos Ziozis in his district office to discuss local issues as part of the scouts’ pursuit of their merit badges. Senator Martins was impressed by both scouts as they pursue their goal of becoming an Eagle Scout, the highest level a Boy Scout can achieve. Nikolaos is a resident of Albertson.

 

July 18, 2013
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July 2013 Newsletter – Summer Health Tips

Please click the file below to view the Summer Health Tips newsletter.

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Summer Health Tips

July 18, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES 3-ON-3 BENCH PRESS CHAMPION

As part of the Senator Jack Martins 3-on-3 Classic, a basketball tournament that just completed its 10th year, a bench press competetion was included as part of the the activities, which also included football and lacrosse among others.  Senator Martins congratulated Marlon Fearon of Elmont as the bench press champion.  Marlon is from Elmont and is a radio talk show host.  Congratulations to him and all the other participants for making the day such a big success. 

July 18, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Peace and Quiet

During these summer months, as we spend so much time outdoors with family and friends, it’s easy to see why airplane noise has been such a big concern for many of us. Not that we don't hear the planes when we're in our homes. We do, but being outside brings the problem into focus. I guess that’s the nature of living next to three major airports. But it was never this bad, never this loud.

July 17, 2013
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Monthly Column: Positive actions taken at end of session

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

During the 2013 Legislative Session, the New York State Senate passed 1,408 pieces of legislation, while the State Assembly approved 1,071 bills.  Six hundred fifty bills were approved by both the Senate and Assembly, and the Governor will be considering whether or not to sign each and every one into law.

 

While there were many controversial issues often making the front page of the news, I wanted to offer an update on other positive actions taken that are just as important but you may not have heard about in the headlines.

 

Honoring Staff Sergeant Wilson (S3550B)

July 17, 2013
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SENATOR LARKIN REMINDS KIDS TO READ THIS SUMMER

Local Libraries Are A Great Place To Start

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today reminded students to continue to read during their summer vacations and to participate in the New York State Senate’s Dig Into Reading summer reading program.  This program is run in conjunction with the NYS Education Department and offers students the opportunity to register their books online and track their reading progress.  The website also offers age-appropriate reading suggestions and allows you to see which schools are reading the most and which books other students are reading.  

July 16, 2013
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Rochester Associate Professor, nominated by Senator O'Brien, appointed to State Tobacco Board

ROCHESTER, N.Y.Scott McIntosh, Ph.D., director of the Greater Rochester Area Tobacco Cessation Center (GRATCC) and associate professor, Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), was nominated by Senator Ted O'Brien to the New York State Tobacco Control Program Advisory Board. His appointment was made in late June and he began serving on the board this month.

July 16, 2013
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RITCHIE CELEBRATES 4TH OF JULY AT MORRISTOWN PARADE

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined community members in Morristown recently, for the Fire Department’s annual July 4th Parade. 

 

July 12, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS TO HOST 10TH ANNUAL 3-ON-3 TOURNAMENT THIS SATURDAY, JULY 13

This Saturday, July 13, State Senator Jack M. Martins and over 340 local volunteers will be hosting the 2013 Senator Jack Martins Classic at the Dutch Broadway School, 1880 Dutch Broadway in Elmont. The fun-filled day will include a 3-on-3 Basketball tournament, Slam Dunk contest, 3-Point Shoot-Out, Half-Court Shot Challenge, Wheelchair Basketball, 7-on-7 Football, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Soccer Exhibition and Tournament, Soccer Shoot-Out, Boxing Demonstration, a Fitness Challenge and much more. The event is free for any participant and any spectator.

The day begins at 10 am sharp (Rain date: Sunday. July 14, 2013, 10 am sharp).

July 11, 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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RITCHIE RECOGNIZES LOCAL NCAA LACROSSE CHAMP

Former Immaculate Heart Central Athlete a Member of Le Moyne Dolphins Lacrosse Team

July 9, 2013
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Over 50 residents attend Senator Ranzenhofer's Meet & Greet in Chili

Chili, NY - Over fifty residents attended Senator Ranzenhofer's Meet & Greet on July 9th.  Senator Ranzenhofer hosted the event at the Chili Public Library to give residents an opportunity to meet with their representative in State government.

July 9, 2013
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RITCHIE TO STATE: PUT 315 AREA CODE PLAN ‘ON HOLD’

Urges Albany to Find Alternatives to Phone Plan That’s “Ill-Timed” and Unneeded

State Senator Patty Ritchie is urging state regulators to put the brakes on its latest effort to create a new telephone area code for Central and Northern New York, calling current proposals to split the region in two, or create a confusing “overlay” code, “ill-timed” and possibly unnecessary.

The state Public Service Commission is considering plans that would divide the 18-county region into two zones, and impose a new area code on one of them, or “overlay” the new area code across the entire region, and apply it for new numbers only. The latter plan would require residents to dial 10 or 11 digits to complete any calls—local or long distance.

“Considering the state of the region’s economy, local businesses—still recovering from recession—simply cannot afford the additional cost and potential customer loss from this change, and tens of thousands of consumers, who will be forced to dial 10 or 11 digits to reach a nearby town or even their next-door neighbor, should not face this additional inconvenience,” Senator Ritchie said, in a letter she sent to the PSC.

July 8, 2013
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RITCHIE CELEBRATES SUMMER IN LOUISVILLE

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined community members in Louisville recently for the town’s 4th annual “Summer Bash.”

The three day festival featured a parade, firematics races, an ice cream social and a number of other family-friendly events. 

July 3, 2013
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