Issues: Constituents Corner

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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RITCHIE CALLS FOR STORM STORIES TO BE FEATURED AT “PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: A CELEBRATION OF ADAMS, NY”

RITCHIE CALLS FOR STORM STORIES TO BE FEATURED

AT “PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: A CELEBRATION OF ADAMS, NY”

Free Event to be Held on February 8th

State Senator Patty Ritchie is asking those who experienced the recent fierce lake effect snowstorm last month to share their “snowstorm stories.”

The pictures and stories will be part of an event being held to recognize those who lent a helping hand during the recent storm.  The free event—“People Helping People: A Celebration of Adams, NY”—will take place on Saturday, February 8th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Adams firehouse, located at 63 N. Main St.

***CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR FEB. 8TH EVENT***

“From the hundreds of people taking refuge in the Adams firehouse, to the people who opened their homes to stranded motorists, there are so many stories of generosity and community that have come out of this recent storm,” said Senator Ritchie.

“I’m calling on those who experienced the weather event—whether they were helped or lent a hand to someone in need—to share their stories to be featured at this special event being held to recognize the Adams community.”

February 3, 2014
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BROOKLYN ELECTED OFFICIALS RESPOND TO SUNY ON LONG ISLAND COLLEGE HOSPITAL

BROOKLYN -- Today, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, and Councilmembers Brad Lander, Steve Levin, and Carlos Menchaca sent the following letter to State University of New York (SUNY) Chairman Carl McCall regarding Long Island College Hospital (LICH):

February 1, 2014

February 1, 2014
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Bipartisan Federal, State and Local Leaders Commend First Step in Establishing Newburgh Port

 Newburgh City Council Votes 6-0 to Approve Conceptual Plan for Port in Newburgh

 Port Would Create Local Jobs, Invest in Newburgh 

January 31, 2014
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SQUADRON, SILVER, MALONEY, CHIN, COMMUNITY, RIDERS ALLIANCE RALLY FOR RESTORED ESCALATOR SERVICE AT EAST BROADWAY F STOP

Escalator Has Been Out of Service Since August 2012

LOWER EAST SIDE -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, and Councilmember Margaret Chin joined dozens of community members and the Riders Alliance at a rally to urge the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to finally complete repairs to the escalator at the East Broadway F train subway station. 

January 31, 2014
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RITCHIE HONORS INDIAN RIVER TEACHER WITH LIBERTY AWARD

Earth Science Teacher Recognized for Heroic Actions

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored Indian River High School teacher Robert Kuba with the New York State Senate Liberty Award today for his heroic actions earlier this month. 

Mr. Kuba put the safety of his students ahead of his own when he intervened to take away a loaded rifle that was brought into his classroom and detain a student until police arrived.

“Many people think the job of a teacher is just to teach, but as we’ve seen with this incident, it’s much more than that,” said Senator Ritchie.

January 31, 2014
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Senator Stavisky Goes Green with Queensborough Community College

Albany, NY—Rosemary Zins, Vice President for Advancement at Queensborough Community College, presents Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Eastern Queens) with a poster designed by Queensborough Community College student Monica Leon, winner of a school-wide poster contest to promote a greener campus.

January 31, 2014
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Sen. Parker Advocates for NYC DOE to Reverse its Decision to Close Fahari Academy Charter School

In a letter to New York City Department of Education Chancellor Carmen Farina, Senator Kevin Parker requested the Brooklyn charter school be given additional time to demonstrate and build upon its success. Despite strong community and elected official support, this past November the NYC DOE made the ill-advised decision not to renew the charter for Fahari Academy School, co-located at Walt Whitman Middle School in Flatbush. 

To read more, please click on the link below. 

File: 
01282014 Letter to Chancellor Farina re Fahari Academy.pdf

January 30, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #5: Changes to Sportsmen's Licenses

Attention sportsmen: Starting Feb. 1, New York is making changes to its hunting and fishing licenses, including reducing fees.

Gov. Cuomo proposed simplifying the licensing system during last year’s budget negotiations. I voted to support the proposal because I felt it would encourage more hunters, anglers and trappers – whether living here or out of state – to make use of New York’s great outdoors.

Here are some of the biggest changes you should know about:

January 30, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS INDIAN NATIONAL FLAG HOISTING CEREMONY

Senatror Jack M. Martins recented attended the Indian National Flag Hoisiting Ceremony at the Vaishnav Temple Darshan Khand in New Hyde Park on the solemn occasion of the 65th Republic Day of India. The program was sponsored by Vaishnav Temple of New York and Indo-American Senior Citizen Center of New York. Senator Martins was honored and privileged to have taken part in such a proud ceremony. 

January 30, 2014
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Senator Parker Urges Gov. Cuomo to Call Special Election for 11 Vacant Seats

In a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Parker requested the Governor to hold special elections to provide elected representatives for the 11 principally African-American and Latino districts that are without current legislative representation. 

Please click the pdf link below to read the letter in its entirety. 

File: 
01282014 Letter to Gov Cuomo re calling special elections because of 1 million_ disenfranchised (1).pdf

January 29, 2014
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BROOKLYN ELECTED OFFICIALS' STATEMENT ON LONG ISLAND COLLEGE HOSPITAL

BROOKLYN -- Today, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, State Senators Daniel Squadron and Velmanette Montgomery, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Public Advocate Letitia James, and Councilmembers Brad Lander, Steve Levin, and Carlos Menchaca released the following statement regarding Long Island College Hospital (LICH):

"As federal, state and city elected officials, we stand together against SUNY's latest attempt to turn LICH into a luxury condo deal.  As we have consistently said, SUNY, Governor Cuomo, and the NYS Department of Health must support a new, more open, and expedited process to solve the crisis at LICH -- in order to ensure the best possible outcome for Brooklyn.

January 29, 2014
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Sen. Parker Implores President Obama for Capital Infusion for Brooklyn Hospitals via Medicaid Waiver

In a letter to President Barack Obama, Senator Kevin Parker (D 21) describes the magnitude of Brooklyn's health care crisis, its looming fiscal challenges, and requests of the President that Brooklyn receives its $10 billion in waiver money from the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) which has not yet been granted. 

Please clink on the pdf link below to view the letter in its entirety. 

File: 
Letter to President Obama re CMS waiver monies for Brooklyn

January 27, 2014
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Senator Stavisky, Assemblyman Braunstein and Assemblywoman Rozic Celebrate the Lunar New Year at PS 203

Bayside, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Eastern Queens), Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Bayside) joined the administration, staff and students at PS 203 for their annual Lunar New Year celebration.

January 24, 2014
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES EVENT TO CELEBRATE ADAMS SNOWSTORM VOLUNTEERS

“People Helping People: A Celebration of Adams, NY” to take place February 8th State Senator Patty Ritchie will recognize those who lent a helping hand during the fierce lake effect snowstorm that hit the North Country earlier this month at “People Helping People: A Celebration of Adams, NY,” a special event that will take place on February 8th. “Here in the North Country, we are used to tough winters but when a major snowstorm hit earlier this month, people in the community of Adams truly went above and beyond to help those in need,” said Senator Ritchie.“Whether they opened their homes to motorists who couldn’t travel on I-81 or simply checked on an elderly neighbor, their actions are a true examples of what makes the North Country such a special place to live and this event is a sm

January 24, 2014
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Senators Valesky, DeFrancisco Provide $250,000 for Effort to Improve Government Services and Efficiency

SYRACUSE, NY – The Commission on Local Government Modernization, has launched a comprehensive study of government structure in Onondaga County in an effort to provide better services more efficiently to the community.

January 24, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #4: Be A Hero. Donate Blood.

With the new year upon us, here’s an easy resolution to make and keep: Be a hero and donate blood.

My suggestion requires no special powers or gadgets, but you still may get to save a damsel (or even a Don) in distress.

In one hour – the time it takes the watch an “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” episode  – you can donate enough to be a superstar in the lives of up to three people.

Who are these recipients?

They’re fighting cancer. Most of the 1.6 million people diagnosed last year will need regular blood transfusions during their chemotherapy.

January 23, 2014
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Upcoming One-on-One with your Senator Programs

Senator Phil Boyle is bringing his o­ffice directly to constituents with his One-on-One with your Senator Program. Over the next several months he will be reaching out to communities across his district.

As part of the program, local residents who need assistance with government services, have questions about government programs, or would like to express concerns about a particular issue can share them with Senator Boyle in a one-on-one setting. 

Additionally, staff will be available to offer assistance to anyone who is interested in researching the State Comptroller’s data base for unclaimed funds.

Upcoming One-on-One with your Senator Programs:

January 23, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS WELCOMES HOME TAYLOR FROM CHINA

Demetrius Taylor is home again after playing professional basketball in China. The Elmont superstar played pro-ball in China and Shanghai in an experience Taylor described as "incredible and full of culture shock." Taylor was a special guest clinic coach at Senator Martins "Skills Challenge Basketball Camp" these past two weeks for children in the 3rd grade through 9th.

January 21, 2014
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