Issues: Constituents Corner

Senator Squadron, Assembly Speaker Silver, DOT Commissioner Sadik-Khan and Council Member Chin Applaud Signing of Intercity Bus Permit Bill into Law

Governor Cuomo Signs Silver-Squadron Bill Authorizing the City to Create the First-ever Permit System For Intercity Buses, Designating Bus Stops and Increasing Oversight of the Industry

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Council Member Margaret Chin today applauded Governor Cuomo for signing into law the Silver-Squadron bill creating the first-ever permit system for intercity buses.

August 17, 2012
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STATE SENATOR SQUADRON, BOROUGH PRESIDENT STRINGER, ELECTEDS FILE AMICUS BRIEFS ON IPN CASE, URGING APPEAL OF DECISION THAT MAY JEOPARDIZE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF NYC TENANTS

Independence Plaza North was deregulated in 2004 while management company continued to receive tax abatements requiring rent stabilization

August 16, New York, NY – State Senator Daniel Squadron and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer filed amicus briefs today with the New York State Court of Appeals in support of Independence North Tenants and affordable housing, jointly with Congressmember Jerrold Nadler, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, State Senator Tom Duane, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, Assemblymember Brain Kavanagh, Councilmember Margaret Chin, Councilmember Daniel Garodnick and Manhattan Community Board 1. Standing with longtime tenants of IPN, Stringer and Squadron joined Community Board 1 members to announce their decision to file amicus briefs asking the Court of Appeals to review a decision that threatens to end rent stabilization for Independence Plaza North tenants and risks displacing tens of thousands of other tenants throughout the city.  

August 16, 2012
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Senator Martins to Hold Mobile Office Hours

In order to continue to listen to the concerns of the community, State Senator Jack M. Martins has scheduled mobile office hours over the next two months across the Seventh Senate District.

“I want to thank our libraries for hosting my Mobile Office hours. My office is always available as a community resource and the mobile office hours allow us to bring the office right into our communities,” Senator Martins said.

All residents are invited to attend and bring any questions or concerns you may have directly to the Senator.

As always, please feel free to reach out to Senator Martins' district office at 516-746-5924 should you have any questions.

Mobile Office hours are scheduled as follows:

August 16, 2012
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Senator Martins Takes Part in First Ever Indian Day Parade

Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to take part in Long Island's first ever Indian Day Parade on a recent Sunday in Hickville. The parade marked a celebration of India's independence as well as the Indian culture, which has enriched many communities here on Long Island and in the Seventh Senate District.

"It was an honor to be a part of this historic day. The Indian as well as many of the cultures that have strenghened our communities is about rememberance and pride," said Senator Martins.

August 15, 2012
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Monthly Column: 2012 Legislative Session makes investments in local colleges, students

By Michael H. Ranzenhofer

As I mentioned in my July column, the 2012 Legislative Session has New York continuing to move in a more positive direction.  Just as important though are the actions taken during this year’s session to move our higher education institutions in a more positive direction as well, particularly the University at Buffalo, Erie Community College and Daemen College.

August 14, 2012
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August 14, 2012
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BROOKLYN DELEGATION: STATE MUST ACT NOW TO SAVE SERVICES, MED EDUCATION AT DOWNSTATE

Electeds Urge Comprehensive Plan to Save Hospital and Medical School

BROOKLYN – Today, a coalition of Brooklyn elected officials sent a letter to Governor Cuomo urging immediate action to save critical services and medical training at the State University of New York’s Downstate Medical Center (Downstate) and its affiliates.

Downstate faces a major operating deficit, and a significant restructuring is necessary for the institution’s survival. Downstate’s Long Island College Hospital has already laid off 150 employees; over 400 more Downstate employees will receive contract-mandated notice of future layoffs this month, with over a thousand layoffs expected in the next year. This will lead to a massive cut in services and the ability to train medical professionals in Brooklyn.

August 9, 2012
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Senator Martins, John Starks Presented with DJ Monumental Clothing Line Shirt for Service to Young People

Senator Jack Martins and NY Knick Legend John Starks were presented by BET's 106 and Park television show's DJ Monumental with his signature "Hometown Hero Shirts" for their service and promoting positive outlets for young people. The shirts were designed DJ Monumental and presented to Senator Martins and Knick John Starks during the "Martins Classic 3-on-3" held at Dutch Broadway School. DJ Monumental is the in-house DJ for the widely successful and acclaimed BET television show "106 and Park" broadcast daily from NYC. Pictured with Senator Jack Martins are NY Knick legend John Starks, Marcel Hostin, Nachbi Lacossiere, Scott Cushing and DJ Monumental.

August 6, 2012
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Senator Martins Addresses South Floral Park Civic and Fire Department

Senator Jack Martins was back in South Floral Park this past week speaking to members of the South Floral Park Civic Association and members of the South Floral Park Fire Department. The listen sessions are a continuing effort of Senator Martins to meet community members and have a frank exchange of views on issues and topics impacting New York State and local communities. In attendance at both sessions was South Floral Park Village Mayor Geoffrey Prime. South Floral Park Civic Association President Anthony Barbieri chaired the 1st session with Civic members and students from Floral Park and Sewanhaka High Schools. "I want to thank the South Floral Park Civic Association and the Fire Department for their gracious invitation to speak to them.

August 6, 2012
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Senator Martins Honored by Family Life Worship Center and Bishop Cox

The Family Life Worship Cathedral honored and thanked Senator Jack Martins for his help and assistance to the Elmont community and the Church. Martins was welcomed and thanked by the congregation for his work on local community issues this past Sunday at their services. Bishop Christopher Cox II, Pastor Zulmina Cox and Church leaders led by Reginald King welcomed Martins where they honored him for his work. During the service, Senator Martins had the opportunity to meet members and discuss community affairs. "The Family Life Worship Cathedral and Bishop Cox and his wife Pastor Zulmina Cox are very people who help others and are inspirational spiritual leaders in the greater community."

August 6, 2012
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Senator Bill Larkin Addresses the Orange County Chamber of Commerce

Senator Bill Larkin recently addressed the Orange County Chamber of Commerce on this year's legislative accomplishments.  Seated with Senator Larkin are Dr. John D'Ambrosio, President of the Chamber of Commerce, Scott Wohl from the Builders Association of the Hudson Valley, and Rick Struck from Orange and Rockland Utilities.

August 3, 2012
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Senator Martins Attends Kiwanis Day at Mineola's Wilson Park

Each year, members of County Seat Kiwanis visit Mineola's Wilson Park to treat the campers that attend the Mineola Summer Recreation Program to lunch. This summer was no exception. Members of County Seat Kiwanis - Ed Schutz, Lois Hanson, John Davanzo and Gabe Parajos. Ed and John manned the grill, cooking the hotdogs, and Senator Jack M. Martins joined Village of Mineola Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira and Lois in preparing the hot dog rolls. Gabe served the campers. It was a wonderful summer day for an exception program run by the village's recreation department, led by Marta DeSousa and Anna Athan.

August 2, 2012
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Seniors Put the Fun in Funday Monday

On Monday, July 30, Senator Jack M. Martins spent a pleasant summer day at North Hempstead Beach Park for Funday Monday. Each Monday, seniors from the communities that comprise the Town of North Hempstead gather at the beach for a day of music, dancing, card games and good company.

On July 30, Funday Monday included a health fair with numerous tables set up where residents can get information. Senator Martins provided a cool refreshment as he brought an ice cream truck, courtesy of Phil Fortuna and Long Island Checker Cab, to give free ice cream. Senator Martins greeted many friends and was honored to have spent the day with the seniors.

July 31, 2012
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MTA announces partial restoration of Q79 bus

The NY Daily News reports on the MTA's announcement to restore transportation services in the Bronx and Brooklyn, which has lead Senator Gianaris to request the reinstatement of services to Queens as well.

Days after the MTA announced plans to expand service in Brooklyn and the Bronx, eastern Queens got some good news of its own on Thursday.

 

Agency officials said it will partially restore service along the former Q79 bus route by re-routing every other Q36 bus to run along the old Q79 route from Little Neck to Floral Park.

 

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State Sen. Michael Gianaris sent a letter to MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota this week requesting that two major transit options in his district be reinstated.

 

July 27, 2012
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Astoria Sen. asks for W train revival

An article by the Queens Chronicle talks about Senator Gianaris' effort to bring the W train and QM22 express bus back to Queens.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) sent a letter to Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joe Lhota on Monday asking for the reinstatement of the W subway line and the QM22 express bus.

 

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“My position is simple, we all sacrificed when the MTA said they had no money, but now they should be restored fairly between all five boroughs,” Gianaris said.

 

The MTA would not comment on whether the restoration of these two lines are being looked into.

 

July 27, 2012
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Smart Power For Astoria

The Queens Gazette wrote about the press conference held by Smart Power NY, a growing coalition that is focused on improving energy generation in the Queens community.

Smart Power NY, a coalition of business, labor and environmental groups along with local and state elected officials, announced that City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has joined the group, which is advocating for access to safe and reliable sources of power, a reduction in carbon emissions, job creation and policies that will help New Yorkers save on their power bills.

 

July 27, 2012
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Bring Back the W Train, Astoria Pol Says

DNA Info reports that Senator Gianaris has called on the MTA to restore the W train and QM22 express bus to service.

After massive subway and bus service cuts two years ago, Western Queens residents have been forced to deal with fewer transit options, making their commutes to work longer and more inconvenient, state Sen. Michael Gianaris says.

 

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“Recent transit cuts have been a burden on western Queens residents, who rely heavily on mass transit to get to and from work every day,” Gianaris said.

Read the full article here.

July 27, 2012
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SQUADRON: END NYCHA REQUIREMENT TO PAY FOR POLICE

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron submitted testimony to this evening's hearing on the 2013 Draft Annual Plan for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), arguing that the agency's financial challenges can be helped by ending its unique burden in which NYCHA is the only residential landlord in the City that is required to pay for police protection. 

July 25, 2012
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Immigrants Connect 2012

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer is partnering with the NYS Department of Labor to host Immigrants Connect 2012, an information fair for immigrants and small businesses.  The event will feature government and community organizations that will provide individuals and small businesses with information on services and programs available to the State's vibrant immigrant population.

September 15, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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