Issues: Constituents Corner

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.”

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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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A MESSAGE FOR THE NEW YEAR FROM SENATOR KEVIN PARKER

(Brooklyn, NY) – “Today, as we gather with our family and friends while ushering in 2014, I want to wish you and your loved ones a safe, prosperous, and healthy New Year.  

January 1, 2014
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SENATOR KEVIN PARKER BRINGS KWANZAA GREETINGS

Today we celebrate UMOJA – Unity! The first of seven principles of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is rooted in seven principles known as Nguzo Saba, and each value represents an aspect of African philosophy. UMOJA encourages that each member of the family and their respective communities are constructed by interconnected interpersonal relationships. Through UMOJA, we strive for and maintain

December 26, 2013
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Senator Kevin Parker Shares Holiday Greetings

(Brooklyn, NY) “Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone in Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington, Windsor Terrace, Park Slope and the rest of Brooklyn.

Christmas is a special time of year where we remember that more than 2,000 years ago, a child born in a stable brought us the gift of peace and salvation. It is also the time of year where we are called upon to love our families, friends, neighbors and community as we love ourselves, because our destinies are linked. Or, to say it another way, we are our brother’s and sister’s keeper.

December 25, 2013
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SENATOR PARKER SPREADS HOLIDAY CHEER TO HOSPITALIZED CHILDREN

Brooklyn, NY- While many parents were shopping and preparing for the revelry of the holidays on Friday, December 20th, others that were sitting by their children’s bedsides in Brooklyn’s hospitals received a surprise appearance from Senator Kevin Parker, who visited the pediatrics departments of both Kings County Hospital Center and the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center, to spread holiday cheer and distribute toys. Family members and their children were all smiles to receive an unwrapped toy from the Brooklyn lawmaker who distributed more than 700 toys among the community-based organizations and churches of his district this year, and in previous years.

December 23, 2013
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December 23, 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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SENATOR MARTINS PARTICIPATES IN UJA-FEDERATION'S ANNUAL SUPER SUNDAY PHONE-A-THON

Senator Jack M. Martins was proud to have participated in the UJA-Federation’s annual Super Sunday phone-a-thon which brings together close to 1,000 people to help support the crucial work of UJA-Federation of New York. UJA-Federation has been a central force for communal planning and philanthropy in the New York Jewish community.

December 20, 2013
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THANKS TO COMMUNITY'S GENEROSITY, TOY DRIVE RAISES HUNDREDS OF TOYS FOR COHEN CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

New York State Senator Jack M. Martins once again held an annual toy drive and the communities in the Seventh Senate District answered with their customary generosity. The willingness to help others captured the spirit of the holidays as hundreds of toys from Senator Martins’ office made their way to Cohen Children’s Hospital Medical to benefit its Creative Arts Therapy Department.

December 19, 2013
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SQUADRON, NYCHA ANNOUNCE INITIATIVE TO CLOSE SNAP GAP

Squadron Urged SNAP Be Included With NYCHA Application; Site Now Allows Public Housing Applicants to Jointly Apply for Food Stamps

NEW YORK --  Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chairman John Rhea announced that public housing applicants will now be able to concurrently apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, the program formerly known as food stamps), in an effort to increase food stamp access for New Yorkers who qualify.

As of 2010, over two million individuals in New York City qualified for SNAP. However, nearly a quarter of those who qualify for SNAP don’t take advantage of the program.

Squadron has been working with NYCHA to integrate the SNAP application into its housing application process, as many applicants are dual-eligible. Now, when New Yorkers fill out a public housing application, they will be prompted to also apply for SNAP benefits. The integrated applications are now live on the NYCHA website at www.nyc.gov/nycha.

December 19, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Above All, We Celebrate Hope

It may not be one of the more noble holiday traditions but I guiltily admit that one of my favorite things to do at this time of year is to settle down on the couch next to the fireplace with a bag of cookies and my dog to watch the endless stream of Christmas movies on TV. My wife and kids usually shun the endeavor and remind me that we’ve watched them, literally, dozens of times before. Yet this annual ritual gives me comfort, so I continue.

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

Above All, We Celbrate Hope

It may not be one of the more noble holiday traditions but I guiltily admit that one of my favorite things to do at this time of year is to settle down on the couch next to the fireplace with a bag of cookies and my dog to watch the endless stream of Christmas movies on TV. My wife and kids usually shun the endeavor and remind me that we’ve watched them, literally, dozens of times before. Yet this annual ritual gives me comfort, so I continue.

December 18, 2013
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CENTER STREET SCHOOL STUDENT SERVICE CLUB MAKES GENEROUS DONATION TO SENATOR MARTINS' HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE

Senator Jack M. Martins was overwhelmed by the generosity of the student-members of the Student Service Club at the Center Street School, one of the schools in the Herricks School. Under the leadership of faculty advisor Janine Gentile, the students collected 250 toys to donate to Senator Martins' annual toy drive. This year, the toys were donated to Cohen Children's Medical Center. 

Senator Martins visited with the Student Service Club to thank them for all of their hard work in collecting toys for children who are undergoing medical treatment. The students were very glad to be able to help others. As one student said, "When I help someone else, it makes me feel good."

December 18, 2013
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CENTRAL, NORTHERN NEW YORKERS HELP RITCHIE MAKE HOLIDAY DONATIONS TO LOCAL CHARITIES

Nearly 100 Food Items, 50 Toys Collected

With help from Central and Northern New Yorkers, State Senator Patty Ritchie has donated nearly 100 food items and nearly 50 toys to local charities this holiday season.

Charities receiving donations include, Toys for Tots, the Ogdensburg Neighborhood Center, Catholic Charities of Oswego, Oswego County Children’s Fund and The Salvation Army.

December 17, 2013
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Senator Stavisky Meets with Francis Lewis High School Seniors to Discuss Government, Politics and Civic Involvement

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) met with Crystal Ng, Emily Chen and Myung Jin (Jenna) Kim, three students from Francis Lewis High School, to discuss government, politics and civic engagement as part of an assignment for their social studies class.

 

December 12, 2013
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HEAP & HEARTSHARE APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE AT SENATOR FELDER’S OFFICE

Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) is pleased to announce that HEAP and HeartShare applications are now available at his office for those who meet income guidelines. 

“Sadly, so many New Yorkers have trouble paying the high heating costs during the winter months,” said Senator Felder. “Each year, there are tragic stories of home fires and deaths as a result of people using candles or stoves as a substitute for heat. These tragedies can be avoided thanks to programs like HEAP and HeartShare, and I encourage anyone who needs help to call my office.”

December 12, 2013
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State Senator Gustavo Rivera Holds Toy Drive

Senator Gustavo Rivera will be holding a toy drive during this holiday season. All the toys collected will be donated to children living in the shelter system. 

We are asking members of the community to donate new and unwrapped toys for children ages 0-16. 

DROP-OFF LOCATION: 2432 Grand Concourse, Ste. 506, Bronx, NY 10458

DROP-OFF DATE/TIME:Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday until Friday, December 20, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

December 11, 12:00 PM - December 20, 5:00 PM
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