Issues: Constituents Corner

Senator Kevin Parker Calls for Support of Legislation to Improve Emergency Responses Involving ‘Emotionally Disturbed’

(Brooklyn, NY) –  Today, State Senator Kevin Parker stood in solidarity with Communities for Crisis Intervention Teams (www.ccitnyc.org) – a coalition of 50 behavioral health providers and concerned citizens, and Brooklyn Borough President and retired New York Police Department Captain, Eric Adams, on City Hall steps to urge the Governor and Mayor to support the creation of specially trained Crisis Intervention Teams (CITs). The proposed CIT training would enable the NYPD to better respond to the 100,000 ‘emotionally disturbed person’ (EDP) calls received annually.

February 19, 2014
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February 20, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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SQUADRON & NYCEDC ANNOUNCE EAST RIVER FERRY SHUTTLE SERVICE TO RUN BETWEEN GREENPOINT AND NORTH WILLIAMSBURG

Free shuttle bus service begins tomorrow, operating during morning and evening peak hours

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and State Senator Daniel Squadron today announced a temporary shuttle bus service will commence operation tomorrow, February 18, 2014, transporting riders between the India St. / Greenpoint and the N. 6th St. / N. Williamsburg East River Ferry landings during morning and evening rush hours.  The free shuttle will facilitate East River Ferry access for riders who use the India St. / Greenpoint landing, which has been out of service since Thursday, February 13.

February 17, 2014
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Senator Klein, Assemblyman Dinowitz and Council Member Cohen Celebrate Opening of C-Town Supermarket in Woodlawn

BRONX, NY – Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz (D-Riverdale) and Council Member Andrew Cohen joined local residents and community leaders for the grand opening of C-Town supermarket in the Woodlawn area of the Bronx. Woodlawn, an isolated community in the north Bronx, has been without a full-service supermarket for 22 months after the only supermarket closed in the spring of 2012.

February 15, 2014
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Statement from State Senator Gustavo Rivera On Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's Announcement OnThe Puerto Rican Day Parade

"Non-profit organizations must remain accountable and transparent to the people they represent and serve. While I was incredibly concerned to learn of the issues surrounding the board of the Puerto Rican Day Parade, I believe the Attorney General was able to reach a very favorable resolution," said State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx).

February 13, 2014
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SQUADRON URGES ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION FOR GREENPOINT FOLLOWING FERRY RAMP COLLAPSE

GREENPOINT -- Following this morning's ferry ramp collapse at the India Street/Greenpoint East River Ferry stop, State Senator Daniel Squadron is urging an investigation and calling for an alternative means of transportation for the already-underserved Greenpoint community. Squadron released the following statement:

February 13, 2014
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SQUADRON WELCOMES MAYOR'S PROPOSAL TO STOP UNFAIR NYCHA PAYMENTS TO NYPD

Squadron Has Long Advocated to End Agreement, Which Makes NYCHA Only Residential Landlord Required to Pay for Police Protection and Essentially Charges NYCHA Residents Double

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron -- who has long urged the City to end the Memorandum of Understanding between the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and the City that requires NYCHA to pay the New York Police Department (NYPD) for ongoing law enforcement services for NYCHA residents through "Police Service Areas" (PSAs) -- welcomed Mayor Bill de Blasio's proposal to end NYCHA's payments to the NYPD. 

February 12, 2014
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Senator Peralta Continues the Push for DREAM Act

As reported by Capitol Tonight:

Catholic bishops in New York are calling the DREAM Act one of the church’s top priorities for this year’s legislative session. The Church also supports immigration reform on a national level. But with those efforts stalled, attention is shifting to the states, and in this case, the state senate, where it looks like there are not enough votes to pass the bill.

Senator Jose Peralta is trying to convince his colleagues to change their minds. He joined us to discuss.

To view interview, click here. 

February 12, 2014
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February 20, 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Catholic bishops back state DREAM Act for financial aid

As reported by the Daily News:

ALBANY — Timothy Cardinal Dolan and the state's Catholic bishops have come out strongly in favor of creating a state DREAM Act allowing state financial aid to go to the college kids of undocumented immigrants.

"It's one of our top priorities this year," state Catholic Conference spokesman Dennis Poust said.

The Catholic Conference, a strong advocate for national immigration reform, views the DREAM Act legislation sponsored by Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens) and Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Queens) as something the state can do in the interim.

For full article, click here.

February 10, 2014
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COLD WEATHER, WARM HEARTS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

Here in Upstate New York, we know what it means to be part of a “close knit” community.  It means collaborating to better our region.  It means sharing in experiences that bring us closer together.  And above all else, it means working alongside one another to help those in need. 

When a fierce lake effect snowstorm hit Jefferson County last month, we saw shining examples of what it means to be “close knit.” We saw people opening their homes to stranded strangers.  We saw emergency volunteers setting up shelters.  We saw local businesses donating food to make sure no one went hungry and we saw countless other examples of extreme generosity. 

February 10, 2014
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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.

February 10, 2014
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RITCHIE THANKS MORE THAN 50 “SNOW ANGELS” AT ADAMS EVENT

State Senator Patty Ritchie recognized more than 50 individuals Saturday at “People Helping People: A Celebration of Adams, NY,” an event held to honor those who lent a helping hand during last month’s extreme lake effect snowstorm. CLICK HERE TO VIEW A PHOTO ALBUM OF THE EVENT“Here in the North Country, we know about tough winters, but the people of Adams showed us that the worst can bring out the best—and that’s something worth celebrating” said Senator Ritchie.

February 8, 2014
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February 10, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS SAPAC'S ANNUAL BREAKFAST

Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to have attended the annual breakfast of SAPAC, an organization of professionals, doctors, lawyers, business, civic and community leaders that help comprise the South Asian-American community. Senator Martins thanked founder and chairman of SAPAC, Zahid Syed, for the invitation to attend this event that brought together many invidiuals who have been active in Long Island communities for years. 

February 7, 2014
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GIRL SCOUT TROOP 1501 PET ADOPTION EVENT SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16

Give a Pet a Second Chance at Finding a Home

Girl Scout Troop 1501 will be holding a Pet Adoption Event on Sunday, February 16 from noon to 3 pm at Petco, 1010 Willis Avenue in Albertson.

Go find that lovable dog or cat as there will be many on hand ready to bring joy. They make great companions and anyone who has had pets knows the love that they bring.

Also, if you are interested in adopting a Greyhound, visit www.gratefulgreys.com to complete an application. This will speed up the adoption process.

February 7, 2014
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DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AWARDS HONOR COMMUNITY LEADERS

Senator Jack M. Martins recently held his Fourth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards ceremony at Elmont Memorial High School during which he honored community leaders by presenting them with the award named after the civil rights leader who fought for positive change for our country. The ceremony was once again a big success as it not only celebrates Dr. King's life but also the entire community. 

February 7, 2014
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Senator Stavisky Joins New Yorkers in Celebrating Black History Month

Albany, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) joins her fellow New Yorkers to observe February as Black History Month.

 

February 6, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #6: For Those About To RAK, We Salute You

Being kind is contagious.

Want proof? Look no farther than the Remsen Central School District.

This tight-knit district of about 400 students joined together recently to give native Erin Hamlin a sendoff worthy of a three-time Olympian.

Students waved homemade banners littered with encouraging messages and composed cheers, dance routines and even a rap in Hamlin’s honor.

The entire event – captured beautifully in a two-minute video – was, in the words of NBC Sports, “adorable.”

February 6, 2014
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