Issues: Constituents Corner

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...
December 23, 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

State Senator Peralta Targets 21st Century Gang Crime

With holiday shopping bills coming due, State Senator Jose Peralta is cautioning consumers to keep an eye out for unauthorized or suspicious transactions on their bank and credit card statements and is introducing legislation to help law enforcement crack down on “21st Century” organized crime activity.

 Identity theft and the confiscation of personal information, such as bank PINs, are not "seasonal" crimes, but they occur with greater frequency during periods of increased financial activity—like the Christmas shopping season.

 Gangs are becoming more involved in these and other white-collar crimes, such as bank fraud, credit card fraud, money laundering, counterfeiting and mortgage fraud, according to the FBI's National Gang Intelligence Center, which identifies New York and Florida as the twin epicenters of this troubling new development in organized crime.

“Despite the increasing prominence of these crimes, the law used in New York to prosecute gangs and organized crime organizations does not include a wide variety of cyber and identity crimes,” Senator Peralta said.  “That’s not surprising considering that when the Enterprise Corruption Statute was passed in 1986, pagers were the cutting-edge personal technology of the day and the identity theft law did not even exist.”

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, who worked closely with Senator Peralta in drafting the legislation, said, “Those committing the crimes of identity theft are well-organized enterprises that inflict economic harm on a global scale, often leaving multiple victims and significant financial losses in their wake. My office has utilized the enterprise corruption statute in the past to pursue justice against those committing these crimes and this legislative fix to strengthen the law will allow us to do that more efficiently. I thank Senator Peralta for his leadership in introducing this legislation and for recognizing that the law must keep pace with emerging technology.”

Including crimes such as identity theft in the Enterprise Corruption Statute would also save the state money by eliminating duplicative legal proceedings, potentially saving hundreds of thousands of dollars per case.

When a defendant is charged with the crime of enterprise corruption by committing larceny through identity theft, for example, current law requires the defendant be indicted twice for the same underlying actions—one indictment for enterprise corruption and larceny and a second indictment for the identity theft charges.

In turn, a defendant must also be arraigned twice, have bail set twice and have two sets of motions.  In the end, a defendant is tried for the same conduct not once, but twice.

In addition to being needlessly costly to the state, the current law is inequitable to defendants, who also face duplicative costs stemming from needing to pay two retainers to defense counsel.

Here’s a small sampling of high-profile cases of new-age organized crime activity: U.S. Says Ring Stole 160 Million Credit Card Numbers; an identity theft ring spearheaded by the Crips, Bloods and a Brooklyn-based gang called the Outlaws stole more than $2 million from New York charities;  a cyber-theft of 10 million credit and debit card records was attributed to a New York City based street gang with ties to Central America; a Romanian man with ties to organized crime was charged with stealing at least $1.5 million by installing "skimmer" devices at ATM machines across New York City and Long Island.

“The bill would bring the law into the 21st Century,” Senator Peralta said.  “And it would make it easier for police and prosecutors to go after gangs and organized crime syndicates, in addition to saving the state money.”

-30-

December 10, 2013
Read more...

Winter Coat Drive

Pronto of Long Island accepts drop-off donations Mon-Sat from 9am to 2pm.

December 9, 9:00 AM - December 20, 2:00 PM
Read more...
December 9, 9:00 AM - December 20, 5:00 PM
Read more...
December 4, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Read more...

Senator Stavisky Celebrates 100th Birthday of Gertrude Schneider, Local Champion of the Jewish Community

Whitestone, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) joined the Whitestone Hebrew Centre to celebrate the 100th birthday of Gertrude Schneider, a longtime supporter and champion of the Jewish community in Queens.

 

December 3, 2013
Read more...
Syndicate content