Issues: Constituents Corner

November 12, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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SENATOR PARKER ADVANCES THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR PERMANENT RESIDENTS

Brooklyn, NY- On Saturday, November 9, 2013, State Senator Kevin Parker, Council Member Jumaane Williams (D-45) and The City University of New York Citizenship Now partnered to host a free citizenship application assistance event at Brooklyn College. Over 200 permanent residents from across Brooklyn and New York City received free one-on-one counseling, pro bono legal services and assistance in assessing and completing their applications.

November 9, 2013
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Over 40 residents attend Senator Ranzenhofer's Meet & Greet in Rochester

Rochester, NY - Over forty residents attended Senator Ranzenhofer's Meet & Greet on November 7th.  Senator Ranzenhofer hosted the event at Arnett Public Library to give residents an opportunity to meet with their representative in State government.

November 7, 2013
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November 7, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Public Forum Announced

An opportunity for the public to discuss St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital’s proposed reduction in operating hours of the Emergency Department at the Cornwall Campus

Senator Bill Larkin and Assemblyman James Skoufis announced today that they will host a public forum on Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Cornwall Central Middle School auditorium located at 122 Main Street in Cornwall.  The purpose of this forum is to discuss St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital’s request to the New York State Department of Health to reduce the operating hours of the emergency department at the Cornwall campus.  

November 6, 2013
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Peralta Pushes Licenses For Immigrants

As reported by the Queens Tribune:

As Congress debates comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship, State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) has proposed a bill that would give undocumented immigrants access to driver’s licenses.

“A driver’s license will provide undocumented immigrants much more employment flexibility,” Peralta said. “In moving out of the shadows and into the economic mainstream, they will be less isolated and less vulnerable to predators and their scams.”

If elected mayor, Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio said he plans to bring New Yorkers out of the shadows by working for legislation that would make New York the fifth state to allow undocumented immigrants access to driver’s licenses.

According to de Blasio, this legislation would allow roadway safety by getting undocumented people who are already driving on our streets into driver’s education classes, covered by auto insurance, operating registered, driving inspected and insured vehicles.

Peralta assures that licenses would not be given out to anyone; only people who can prove who they are through a non-U.S. form of identification, prove residence in the States and demonstrate they have not been convicted of a crime.

For full article, click here. 

November 6, 2013
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November 2, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Ranzenhofer to hold Meet & Greet at Arnett Library

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will hold a Meet & Greet on Thursday, November 7th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Arnett Public Library, 310 Arnett Boulevard in the City of Rochester.

 

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.”

 

October 31, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES BOXING GREATS TITUS WILLIAMS AND TYRONE JAMES ON VICTORIES

Elmont's own Titus "God Gifted" Williams and Tyrone "Pretty Boy" James have scored a second pair of wins back to back and will advance to the Metro Boxing Championships. Senator Martins caught up with the two boxing sensations at the Magnet Sports Lounge for the Elmont West Club birthday celebration party where the two fighters were congratulated by County Executive Ed Mangano, Councilman Ed Ambrosino, County Legislator Vin Muscarella and Golden Gloves Champion Herve' Duroseau.

October 30, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS HONORS AND CONGRATULATES DAVID LOUIS ON DRAFT INTO THE CBL

Senator Jack Martins joined with Elmont Memorial High School Principal John Capozzi in congratulating Elmont's David Louis on his recent drafting into the Canadian Pro-Basketball League. Louis was signed by the Saint John Millrats. The 6 foot 5 basketball star was a sensation at Elmont Memorial High School. Martins honored Louis for his leadership, being a community role model for young people and his achievement. "David is a great young man with a very bright future. He makes our entire community proud and is a leader who will make his mark in the CBL without a doubt," said Martins.

October 30, 2013
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Be Our Guest: Roosevelt Ave. needs more than a BID expansion if it's going to thrive

As reported by the Daily News:

By State Senator Jose Peralta

The recent incidents of deadly violence on Roosevelt Ave. — two murders committed in broad daylight within days of each other last month — underscore the fact that we need a lot more than trash bins and video cameras to make Roosevelt Ave. safe.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m in favor of the proposed expansion of the 82nd St. Business Improvement District, which would cover more than 800 businesses on Roosevelt Ave. from 81st St. to 104th St. Fresh paint, additional trash cans and video cameras are certainly welcome. And banding together under the banner of the BID would be good for the small merchants and vendors along the avenue.

But Roosevelt Ave. is referred to as the old Times Square, and for good reason. When police successfully cracked down on prostitution in Times Square and midtown in the 1980s, much of the business simply moved to Roosevelt Ave., where it is fueled, in part, by the sale of foreign-born women into sexual slavery.

For full article, click here. 

October 28, 2013
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Senator Stavisky Reminds New Yorkers to put Safety First this Halloween

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D- Flushing) is urging children and parents to use caution this Halloween so that the day remains safe and enjoyable for all.

 

October 28, 2013
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Buenas noticias para indocumentados en Nueva York

Según ha informado WXTV 41:

Medida para otorgar licencias fue presentada por el senador estatal José Peralta.

Para el video completo, haga clic aquí.

October 28, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS SAPAC'S THIRD ANNUAL FALL LUNCH

Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to have attended the SAPAC third annual fall lunch to discuss important issues affecting the South Asian American community with civic, community and business leaders. The event was a tremendous success. 

 

October 25, 2013
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Ranzenhofer attends Rochester Library Legislative Breakfast

Rochester, NY - Senator Ranzenhofer talks to representatives of Chili Public Library before the Greater Rochester Area Library Legislative Thank You breakfast.

October 25, 2013
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Stavisky, Kim and Koo Kick Off First Korean Restaurant Week in Flushing

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing,) Assemblymember Ron Kim (D-Flushing,) and Councilmember Peter Koo (D-Flushing) kicked off Flushing’s first Korean Restaurant Week by sampling Korean fare at Shinjung Galbi.

October 24, 2013
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FELDER EMBARKS ON A SERIES OF DISTRICT WALKING TOURS

 

Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) is conducting a series of walking tours throughout his district, visiting vital community organizations and educational institutions as part of his ongoing commitment to be directly accessible to his constituents.

“Being an elected representative means being accessible to everyone in my district. If, for whatever reason, my constituents cannot come to me, I am going to come to them,” said Senator Felder. “This ensures that everyone has an opportunity to have their concerns heard,” said Senator Felder.

October 24, 2013
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