Issues: Constituents Corner

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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SQUADRON AND DE BLASIO MARK FIFTH YEAR WITH NO JULY 4TH FIREWORKS ON EAST RIVER, CALL FOR RETURN TO BROOKLYN-QUEENS WATERFRONT

 

NEW YORK—State Senator Daniel Squadron and  Public Advocate Bill de Blasio today marked the fifth consecutive year in which the July 4th fireworks are being held on the Hudson River, and called for the return of the fireworks display to the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront – in view of the millions of residents who live in Brooklyn, Queens and on the East Side of Manhattan.

July 3, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS HONORS ROSLYN HEIGHTS RESIDENT AS WOMAN OF DISTINCTION

Senator Jack M. Martins recently congratulated Palmira Cataliotti of Roslyn Heights as the Seventh Senate District Woman of Distinction for 2013. Palmira is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, a position she worked her way up to after joining Winthrop in 1997 as an account manager.

Senator Martins remarked on Palmira’s accomplishments as well as the contributions that women have made in making our communities better. “During a time when the Senate passed an historic women's equality act, Palmira is a shining example that women everywhere can and do reach the pinnacle of their professions,” he said.

July 2, 2013
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Senator O'Brien fights to restore OPWDD funding, continues to work with advocates to address future needs

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – At the end of this year's legislative session, Senator Ted O’Brien worked to restore $90 million in funding to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Today, Senator O'Brien joined local experts and advocates to discuss the importance of supporting quality services for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and their families.

July 2, 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.

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July 1, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ADDRESSES GZUENTER MEMBERS

Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Gzuenter group for their lunch meeting at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center in East Hills. Senator Martins discussed this past legislative session and then took question from members. The Senator was honored to have visited with the members and thanked them. 

 

 

June 27, 2013
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Ranzenhofer to hold Meet & Greet at Chili Library

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will hold a Meet & Greet on Tuesday, July 9th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chili Public Library, 3333 Chili Avenue.

 

Senator Ranzenhofer’s Meet & Greet is an opportunity for residents to meet with their representative in State government.

 

“As your State Senator, I place a tremendous value on meeting with and listening to constituents.  Now that the 2013 Legislative Session has concluded, I want to give residents an opportunity to meet me and talk about issues important to our community,” said Ranzenhofer.  “Please join me at my upcoming Meet & Greet where I will provide an update on the 2013-14 State Budget and Legislative Session.”

 

June 24, 2013
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Senator O'Brien commends local appointees to state boards

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Four constituents of Senator Ted O'Brien have been appointed to vital new state advisory boards, where they will help to guide state agencies overseeing the care of special needs groups.

"Our region is a leader in providing quality care for individuals with special needs and in having specialized knowledge about a variety of medical areas," Senator O'Brien said. "It is an honor for these individuals, and our region, to have them bring their expertise to New York State government. I congratulate the four appointees and I know that they will serve this state well."

Justice Center Advisory Council Appointees

June 20, 2013
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Monthly Column: Cut red tape that hurts job creation

By: Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

In May’s edition of Chief Executive magazine, New York State ranked 2nd to last for the cost of doing business.  The only state to be ranked as having a worse business climate was California.  More specifically, when rating the Empire State on its taxes and regulations, New York yielded only one star, out of a possible five star ranking.

 

The fact of the matter is that, in addition to high taxes, the other major culprits of New York’s poor business climate are regulations and red tape.  Along with the need to provide tax relief, burdensome regulations continue to be a major obstacle when it comes to revitalizing our economy.  

 

June 19, 2013
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SQUADRON ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO MAKE MITCHELL-LAMA HOUSING MORE ACCESSIBLE

Squadron-Silver Legislation Would Give More Middle Income Families Access to Affordable Housing

ALBANY -- Senator Daniel Squadron announced that, today, the State Senate passed his legislation to make the Mitchell-Lama Housing Program more accessible to middle class families. The Assembly passed the legislation earlier this month; it will now be sent to the Governor.

Current law stipulates that families with two or more dependents -- whose joint annual net income exceeds 100% but is below 125% of average median income (AMI) -- are eligible for Mitchell-Lama housing if they pay a rental surcharge. But by making this allowance available only to families with dependents, many families are excluded simply because they don’t have children. 

June 18, 2013
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Senator Felder Says Stay Safe This Summer

With the advent of the summer season, Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) is reminding people to stay safe and prevent potential tragedies by exercising caution.

“One of the leading causes of home burglaries during the summer months is unattended newspapers and circulars which accumulate on the front steps and lawn, indicating that no one is in the house,” said Senator Felder. “I urge homeowners to put a Do Not Place Unsolicited Circulars On This Property sign in the window of their house. A sign can be obtained for free by calling my office at 718-253-2015.” Leaving lights on a timer also acts as a deterrent for potential criminals.

June 18, 2013
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SCHOLAR-ATHLETES VISIT SENATOR MARTINS IN ALBANY

Senator Jack Martins welcomed Mohawk Valley Community College basketball player, Dillon Williams (l) and State University of Albany high jumper, Alex Bowen (r) to the State Capitol when the Elmont athletes and outstanding scholars visited the Senator in Albany this week. They shadowed Senator Martins for the day attending several meetings and observing the legislative session. Senator Martins congratulated both young men for their academic and athletic success praising Dillon for his excellent college basketball achievements and Alex for being named an All-American high jumper as well as for his impressive 11th place finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships.

June 14, 2013
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SQUADRON, CAMARA, DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE, NYCLU, VOCAL-NY URGE SENATE PASSAGE OF MARIJUANA REFORM

New Data Finds NY Leads the Nation in Marijuana Arrests

Across State, Black New Yorkers 4.5 Times More Likely to Be Arrested as White New Yorkers; Disparity is 9-to-1 in Brooklyn and Manhattan

ALBANY -- With new data highlighting dramatic racial disparities in low-level marijuana arrests around New York, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Karim Camara, members of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus, the Drug Policy Alliance, the New York Civil Liberties Union, VOCAL-NY, and community members made an end-of-session push for Senate passage of legislation to bring consistency and fairness to marijuana arrests.

June 13, 2013
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ELMONT STUDENTS FROM CLARA H. CARLSON WELCOME SENATOR MARTINS TO ELMONT COMMUNITY DAY

Students from Clara Carlson School welcomed Senator Martins to the annual Elmont Community Day held in conjunction with the Belmont Stakes Parade. Senator Martins participated in the ceremonies and activities associated with the Parade and Children's Community Day.

June 13, 2013
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MARTINS AND MANGANO CONGRATULATE GRAND MARSHAL OF BELMONT STAKES PARADE

State Senator Jack Martins and County Executive Ed Mangano congratulated Claudine Hall, President of the Jamaica Square Improvement League, on being selected as the Grand Marshall of the Belmont Stakes Parade. In addition to her civic and community activities, Claudine was the founder of the Elmont Chapter of the NAACP and a recipient of Senator Martins' Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award in 2012.

June 13, 2013
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