Issues: Constituents Corner

Senators Valesky, DeFrancisco Provide $250,000 for Effort to Improve Government Services and Efficiency

SYRACUSE, NY – The Commission on Local Government Modernization, has launched a comprehensive study of government structure in Onondaga County in an effort to provide better services more efficiently to the community.

January 24, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #4: Be A Hero. Donate Blood.

With the new year upon us, here’s an easy resolution to make and keep: Be a hero and donate blood.

My suggestion requires no special powers or gadgets, but you still may get to save a damsel (or even a Don) in distress.

In one hour – the time it takes the watch an “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” episode  – you can donate enough to be a superstar in the lives of up to three people.

Who are these recipients?

They’re fighting cancer. Most of the 1.6 million people diagnosed last year will need regular blood transfusions during their chemotherapy.

January 23, 2014
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Upcoming One-on-One with your Senator Programs

Senator Phil Boyle is bringing his o­ffice directly to constituents with his One-on-One with your Senator Program. Over the next several months he will be reaching out to communities across his district.

As part of the program, local residents who need assistance with government services, have questions about government programs, or would like to express concerns about a particular issue can share them with Senator Boyle in a one-on-one setting. 

Additionally, staff will be available to offer assistance to anyone who is interested in researching the State Comptroller’s data base for unclaimed funds.

Upcoming One-on-One with your Senator Programs:

January 23, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS WELCOMES HOME TAYLOR FROM CHINA

Demetrius Taylor is home again after playing professional basketball in China. The Elmont superstar played pro-ball in China and Shanghai in an experience Taylor described as "incredible and full of culture shock." Taylor was a special guest clinic coach at Senator Martins "Skills Challenge Basketball Camp" these past two weeks for children in the 3rd grade through 9th.

January 21, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES MISS HAITI

Senator Jack Martins recently had the honor of congratulating Miss Haiti who is none other than Elmont's Gabrielle Previlon. Senator Martins presented Previlon with one of his Dr. Martins Luther King, Jr. award at his 4th annual ceremony. Previlon is a runway model and artist throughout Long Island and New York City. "Gabby is a role model and leader that our entire community is very proud of.

January 21, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS HONORS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STARS AT MLK AWARDS

Senator Jack Martins presented his annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards to elementary school students at his 4th annual gala. Students were chosen by their respective schools as a result of their leadership, character and commitment to Social Justice.

January 21, 2014
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Senator Parker Commemorates Dr. King’s 85th Birthday in Song and Praise

Brooklyn, NY- Twelve hundred New York residents packed Central Brooklyn’s Walt Whitman Theater on Monday, January 20, 2014, to enjoy a soul-stirring program of musical and spoken word tributes to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the annual ‘A Shared Dream’ concert. The concert was founded ten years ago by State Senator Kevin Parker. The 10th anniversary concert held this past Monday was presented by A Shared Dream Foundation and the New Hope Christian Fellowship, and is now the second largest King tribute in New York City. The free celebration commemorating Dr.

January 21, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #3: Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther Jr. often witnessed the worst of the human condition, yet still saw reason to be optimistic.

Dr. King lived with honorable purpose, in a way that ensured his teachings about peace, faith and service would endure long after his death.

Many of us will pause from work to honor Dr. King, who would have turned 85 last week.

In times of great turmoil and tension, Dr. King’s call for passive disobedience rose above the rest. He rejected, as extreme, the belief that African Americans could only achieve equality through violent means. Dr. King urged his brethren to win hearts and minds through nonviolent measures, and remained steadfast in that philosophy even when facing great societal pressure.

January 20, 2014
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SENATOR PARKER HONORS THE LIFE AND WORK OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

“The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. would have been 85 years old today, if he had not been struck down at the age of 39, on April 4, 1968.

While Dr. King’s incredible legacy of triumphs in the vital area of civil rights reshaped America, and his personal sacrifice humbles us, he was taken from us before he could complete the second half of his mission.

At the time of his assassination, Dr. King had begun the “Poor Person’s Campaign,” which focused upon economic justice, or as Dr. King said, a transition from fighting for civil rights to fighting for human rights.

January 20, 2014
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January 27, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS FLORAL PARK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCHEON

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended the Floral Park Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, where he honored a longtime chamber member. Senator Martins presented Carla Cohen with a State coin in appreciation for all she has done for the community as the longtime publisher of the Floral Park Gateway. 

 

January 15, 2014
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SEVENTH SENATE DISTRICT CONSTITUENT SPOTLIGHT

Adelphi Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline Volunteer Marcie Rosenberg of  Great Neck

We are blessed here in the Seventh Senate District to have residents who do amazing things, who have impact the lives of others in such a positive way that they make such a big difference.

One of those residents in Marcie Rosenberg of Great Neck, who volunteers for the Adelphi Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline. Read Marcie's story, eloquently written by Lyn Dobrin:

Is there an upside to cancer? Ask Great Neck’s Marcie Rosenberg and she will say yes.

January 13, 2014
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January 21, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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January 14, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Senator Stavisky Receives Public Service Award from American Chinese Women’s Association of New York

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) was honored with the Public Service Award for her exemplary record of service to the Chinese-American community at a celebration hosted by the American Chinese Women’s Association of New York.

January 9, 2014
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Advocates push to give undocumented New York immigrants driver's licenses

As reported by the Daily News:

Believing the political climate is now in their favor, advocates are launching a major push to allow undocumented immigrants to get New York State driver’s licenses.

Members of more than 50 organizations met Tuesday with an umbrella group known as the New York Immigration Coalition to set their campaign in motion.

 “We have really decided to go forward, and go forward full steam,” said Steven Choi, the coalition’s executive director. “We are hearing from our members, from Brentwood in Long Island all the way to Buffalo, that driver’s licenses are a major issue.”

For full article, click here. 

January 9, 2014
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Squadron Welcomes Governor's Medical Marijuana Proposal, Urges In-Plain-View Reform

ALBANY -- Senator Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn/Manhattan), who is the Senate sponsor of legislation to reform the in-plain-view marijuana statute, released the following statement upon the Governor's State of the State address:

January 8, 2014
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RITCHIE TEAMS UP WITH LOCAL SHELTERS TO HELP FIND HOMES FOR PETS

Ritchie Website, Facebook Page to Feature “Pets of the Week” 

In an effort to find homes for animals up for adoption, State Senator Patty Ritchie is teaming up with local animal shelters to feature “Pets of the Week” from Central and Northern New York on her website and Facebook page.

“There are many people who bring pets home in December as holiday gifts who are now heading back to work and school and finding that they don’t have the time to dedicate to caring for an animal,” said Senator Ritchie.

“Many of those animals end up at local shelters.  That’s why, this month—and in the months to come—I’ll be working with the Potsdam Humane Society, the Jefferson County SPCA and the Oswego County Humane Society to help find loveable pets a home.”

Senator Ritchie—a longtime pet owner who now owns a yellow lab named “Gunner”—is currently featuring the following pets on her website and Facebook page:

Potsdam Humane Society: This week’s pet is Barron von Willie, a male dog that has been part of the Potsdam Humane Society family since April of 2012.  He is house trained, smart, energetic, full of love and according to Potsdam Humane Society staff, would do best in a single pet household.  For more information on Baron von Willie and other pets up for adoption, please call the Potsdam Humane Society at (315) 265-3199.

January 6, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS MEETS WITH KIDS STOCK THE HOUSE

Senator Jack M. Martins met recently with Kids Stock the House, an organization devoted to supporting the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Kids Stock the House was founded by Donna Christina Oliverio, who enlisted the help of young people, getting students involved in helping others. Kids Stock the House, comprised on students who selflessly dedicated themselves to helping others, assists famlies in need by supporting the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, which provides comfort for those families who have a child undergoing medical treatment.

January 6, 2014
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Squadron Statement on Kidnapping and Death of Menachem Stark

BROOKLYN -- State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement tonight:

January 5, 2014
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