Issues: Constituents Corner

Ranzenhofer offers leadership tips to high school students

Batavia, N.Y. - State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer shares his leadership experiences on a panel with other government officials during a Student Leadership Conference. Over 60 students from Byron-Bergen, LeRoy and Oakfield-Alabama Schools attended the forum.  The event was organized by Byron-Bergen 12th grader Jennalyn Long.

February 8, 2013
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SENATOR SQUADRON TESTIFIES ON LICH: "IT SHOULD BE NO SURPRISE THAT THE COMMUNITY FEELS LOOTED"

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, who represents Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill and its surrounding communities, testified at the State University of New York's public board meeting on Downstate Medical Center and LICH.

February 7, 2013
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SQUADRON URGES IMMEDIATE SENATE PASSAGE OF NYC HURRICANE SANDY ASSESSMENT RELIEF ACT

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the Senate sponsor of the New York City Hurricane Sandy Assessment Relief Act, is urging the Senate to immediately pass the legislation, which would provide vital property tax relief to New Yorkers whose homes or businesses were severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. 

February 5, 2013
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Senator Hassell-Thompson Announces the Opening of a New Site Office Located at the Mosholu Montefiore Community Center

Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson is pleased to announce the opening of  a new site office at the Mosholu Montefiore Community Center located at 3450 DeKalb Avenue (at Gun Hill Road), Bronx, New York 10467.  Starting Wednesday, February 6, 2013, the office will have staff available to meet with constituents to assist them with a variety of issues.  After February 6, 2013, the office will be open every other Wednesday.  Hours will be 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

February 4, 2013
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Dyngus Day Buffalo - Pussy Willow Prince Announcement

Members of Dyngus Day Buffalo will share information about the 2013 Dyngus Day Buffalo Festival, the annual Dyngus Day Buffalo Parade in the Historic Polonia District and the inaugural crowning of the “Pussy Willow Prince” on Thursday, February 7 at 1pm at Buffalo City Hall.

Capitalizing on the unprecedented national and international television coverage Dyngus Day received following last year’s Dyngus Day, organizers are busy preparing for what is expected to be the largest year in the festival’s history.

February 7, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Job Search Seminar - Grand Island High School Business Department

Grand Island High School recently announced that a job search seminar will be held on Thursday, February 14.

The event, which will take place from 8:30am to 1pm, will take place at the Holiday Inn Grand Island (100 Whitehaven Road on Grand Island.)

Breakout sessions will be provided by local colleges at the event, which was developed by the Grand Island High School Business Department in response to local businesses and their need for more qualified and prepared student workers.

The unique one-day event will assist students with the interview process, with local business leaders and educatores serving as the interviewers, with some businesses prepared to hire on the spot.

February 14, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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SQUADRON, STAVISKY, KIM, MENG URGE LUNAR NEW YEAR SCHOOL HOLIDAY

State Legislation Would Create Holiday in Cities With Large Asian American Populations

FLUSHING -- Today, at a press conference outside P.S. 20 in Flushing, State Senators Daniel Squadron (D-Chinatown) and Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing), Assemblymember Ron Kim (D-Flushing), and Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Queens) urged the City to make the Asian Lunar New Year a school holiday so that New York City's growing number of Asian American students can celebrate with their families without missing class. 

January 31, 2013
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Senator David Valesky Co-sponsors Legislation to Enact Veterans Hiring Tax Credit to Boost Statewide Economy and Reduce High Unemployment Rate Among Young Returning Veterans

ALBANY, N.Y. – Seeking new and effective ways to spur job creation and address perennially high unemployment rates among New York’s returning combat veterans, Senator David Valesky (D-Oneida) is co-sponsoring legislation  (S.3043) to provide major tax credits to private employers hiring veterans discharged after 9/11. The legislation is named “Jobs for Heroes.” 

January 29, 2013
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SENATORS SQUADRON & DILAN CALL FOR FULL-LINE REVIEW OF G TRAIN

Following Riders Alliance Activism, Elected Officials Ask MTA to Consider Riders’ Requests and Service Issues

Electeds, Riders, Advocates Rally for a Better G Train in Williamsburg

BROOKLYN – State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Malavé Dilan called on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to undertake a Full-Line Review of the G train as the Senators and Riders Alliance hosted a Rally For A Better G Train with elected officials, transit advocates, and riders this afternoon in Williamsburg.

January 27, 2013
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BROOKLYN ELECTEDS, CAREGIVERS, COMMUNITY RALLY TO SUPPORT LICH AND SUNY DOWNSTATE

Broad Coalition of Brooklyn Elected Officials Urge Long-Term Plan to Keep All Campuses Open

BROOKLYN – Today, a broad coalition of Brooklyn elected officials joined 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), nurses and caregivers, and community members to rally in support of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Long Island College Hospital (LICH), and the hospital’s other affiliates – which are vital to Brooklyn’s already-underserved residents.

Last week, an audit released by the New York State Comptroller’s office made clear that there is a fiscal crisis at SUNY Downstate and its affiliated institutions. The elected officials are arguing that the potential closure of any campus is unacceptable, and that SUNY must develop a stabilization plan that provides a long-term solution to preserve critical diversity in medical education, quality healthcare, and good jobs for Brooklyn and the entire state.

January 25, 2013
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February 8, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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January 30, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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January 28, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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STATEMENT FROM STATE SEN. PATRICK M. GALLIVAN REGARDING GOVERNOR CUOMO’S 2013 STATE BUDGET PROPOSAL

Review The Governor's Proposal Yourself: openbudget.ny.gov

“State government has been able to change direction the last two years largely because Albany has adopted a course of fiscal prudence. Today’s budget proposal demonstrates the Governor’s continued commitment to financial responsibility, keeping state spending growth below two percent while closing a $1.35 billion budget deficit without proposing any new taxes.”

January 23, 2013
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Monthly Column: While progress has been made, challenges still remain for Empire State

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

As a new year begins, so does another legislation session, and with that, Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his third State of the State address last Wednesday afternoon at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center.  While he emphasized the progress of the last two years, there are many remaining challenges ahead for the Empire State. 

The State Legislature has been able to work together– unlike the gridlock and partisanship in Washington, D.C.– to pass two on-time budgets that reduced overall spending, lowered middle-class tax rates to their lowest levels in 58 years, and established Regional Economic Development Councils.  

January 16, 2013
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SQUADRON WELCOMES MAJOR NEW GUN REGULATIONS, INCLUDING ASSAULT WEAPONS PROVISIONS

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed the passage of new gun regulations tonight. The package includes the major provisions from Squadron's bill to close gaps in New York's assault weapons ban, including a single-feature model that defines an assault weapon as having one dangerous feature (rather than two), the requirement that any existing weapons are registered with the state, and the ability to specify which weapons are not legal, for the first time.

Squadron released the following statement: 

January 15, 2013
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Join the Call for Year Round Ferry Service at Atlantic Ave/Pier 6!

East River Ferry service has proven to be a viable and popular form of year-round transit for NYC commuters, a highlight for visitors, and a key element in the revitalization of our city's waterfront.

The NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) just released a request for proposals for an East River Ferry operator -- and we're asking the City to make sure a year-round stop at Atlantic Avenue/Pier 6, on the southern end of Brooklyn Bridge Park, is a permanent part of any plan. This expanded service would serve residents, local businesses, and our city alike.

January 9, 2013
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Squadron -- Assault Weapons Ban Sponsor -- Welcomes Governor's Proposal to Strengthen NY Law

Senator Also Applauds Governor's Push for Campaign Finance Reform, Decriminalization of Small Amounts of Marijuana, Minimum Wage Increase

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the sponsor of legislation to close gaps in New York's assault weapons ban -- including by making illegal the military-style gun used in Newtown, CT and Webster, NY -- applauded Governor Cuomo's proposals to strengthen the state's gun laws, reform New York's campaign finance system, decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view, and raise New York's minimum wage, in today's State of the State.

January 9, 2013
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