Issues: Constituents Corner

Ranzenhofer joins Rochester officials for College Town groundbreaking

Rochester, N.Y. - State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer joins University of Rochester officials, Mt. Hope community members, and other government leaders for the groundbreaking of College Town.

Located at the intersection of Mt. Hope and Elmwood avenues, College Town is a comprehensive plan to redevelop 14 acres owned by the University of Rochester to provide destination dining, shopping, and services in one city of Rochester setting. For more information about the project, click here.

May 2, 2013
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Sit! Stay! Give! Senator Carlucci and Hi Tor Animal Care Center Announce First Annual Pet Food and Toy Supply Drive

NANUET, NY – Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester), in partnership with the Hi Tor Animal Care Center, today announced his office will be hosting a Rockland Pet Food and Toy Supply Drive to provide animal lovers the chance to spoil their K-9 and feline companions with irresistible treats and other usable items.  The supply drive will throughout the month of May with all receivable items provided to the animal shelter.

May 1, 2013
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GENDA SPONSOR SQUADRON URGES SENATE ACTION ON TRANSGENDER EQUALITY BILL AS ASSEMBLY PASSES FOR SIXTH TIME

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the Senate sponsor of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), released the following statement after the Assembly passed the legislation for the sixth time, with hundreds of activists in the Capitol lobbying for the bill as part of Equality & Justice Day:

"Today the Assembly passed GENDA for the sixth time. Yet Senate Republicans continue to block a vote on this critical bill.

April 30, 2013
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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - April 29

Senator Ranzenhofer talks about the 2013-14 State Budget and Unyts community blood drives in Clarence and Batavia. 

April 30, 2013
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Senator O'Brien to honor veterans in Albany

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O'Brien nominated two Rochester-area veterans, Lyle Dupra and W. Robert Nolan, to the State Senate's "Veterans Hall of Fame," honoring their distinguished service to their country.

"It is my distinct pleasure to honor these two men for their service to this country," Senator O'Brien said.  "I hope that this Hall of Fame and the stories of its honorees serve to remind us all of the sacrifices those in uniform have made and continue to make to keep this country strong."

April 29, 2013
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Senate Housing Committee Passes Squadron Bill to Make Mitchell-Lama Housing More Accessible

ALBANY -- Today, the NY State Senate Committee on Housing, Construction, and Community Development passed Senator Daniel Squadron's bill to make the Mitchell-Lama Housing Program more accessible to middle class families.

Current law stipulates that families with two or more dependents -- whose joint annual net income exceeds 100% but is below 125% of average median income (AMI) -- are eligible for Mitchell-Lama housing if they pay a rental surcharge. But by making this allowance available only to families with dependents, many families are excluded simply because they don’t have children. 

April 29, 2013
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May 1, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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STATEMENT ON JOHN B. JOHNSON JR.

John B. Johnson Jr. has played an instrumental role in telling the North Country’s story.

His love of journalism—as well as his belief in the future of our region — has been evident in his work.  If you wanted to know how Mr. Johnson felt, all you needed to do is pick up a copy of the Watertown Daily Times.

April 26, 2013
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SQUADRON RESPONDS TO SUNY'S WITHDRAWAL OF LICH CLOSURE PLAN

BROOKLYN -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, who represents Long Island College Hospital (LICH) and its surrounding communities, released the following statement upon the State University of New York's decision to withdraw its closure plan for LICH. Instead of pursuing the closure plan, SUNY will work on securing a sustainability plan without an active closure plan on the table -- creating the possibility of collaborative process:

It's good news that SUNY is withdrawing its closure plan for LICH. Now there's a real opportunity for a collaborative process that engages the community and local leaders on LICH's future.

We've been making our voices heard loud and clear: LICH is vital to Brooklyn. And it's clear we're being heard.

April 26, 2013
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Local Students 'Shadow' Senator Martins to Learn About Life in Albany

Students from area high schools had an up close and personal look at a day in the life of a New York State Senator when the students shadowed Senator Jack M. Martins for a day in Albany.

As part of a program, Students Inside Albany, run by the League of Women Voters, students head up to Albany to shadow a member of the State Legislature in order to immerse themselves in the study of government, enhancing their academic experiences they learned at home. The students get a first-hand look at helped public policy is proposed and enacted in New York State.

April 25, 2013
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Senator Carlucci to Kickoff Ossining Office Open House on May 8th

OSSINING, NY– In an effort to foster dialogue and increase participation with the local community, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) today announced plans to host his Ossining Office Open House.  The event will be held on Wednesday, May 8th from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, located at 2 Church Street in Ossining. 

April 23, 2013
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SQUADRON SLAMS SENATE REPUBLICANS FOR BLOCKING BILL TO MAKE NY NATIONAL LEADER IN FIGHT AGAINST CITIZENS UNITED

Squadron: In Aftermath of Scandals, Senate Should Be Ashamed To Block Campaign Finance Reform & Choose Corporate Special Interests Over People

ALBANY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron slammed Senate Republicans for blocking his campaign finance reform legislation that would make New York a national leader in the fight against the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision and give people, rather than corporations, a stronger voice in the political process.

The "Corporate Political Activity Accountability to Shareholders Act" (S177) would require shareholder approval for corporate political contributions, public disclosure of the contributions, and justification of the business rationale for making them.

April 22, 2013
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DOT supports speed cameras at boro intersection

As reported by the Times Ledger:

The city Department of Transportation threw its support behind calls for a speed camera at a dangerous intersection near PS 206 in Rego Park, but said it is waiting for the state to pass a law authorizing the cameras before it can move forward.

“The proposed speed camera program would significantly enhance safety at school locations throughout the city,” said DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan in a letter to state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), who is advocating for making the intersection safer and is the first Senate sponsor of legislation that would permit the speed cameras.

For full article, click here. 

April 22, 2013
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Reading at Vails Gate Elementary School

Senator Bill Larkin visited Vails Gate Elementary School and read to 1st graders as part of National Library Week.

April 18, 2013
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Your Voice With Senator Mark Grisanti

Senator Grisanti talks about Multiple Sclerosis, Mental Health for Veterans, Jobs, and MMA Legislation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqUcKHWZmNA

April 16, 2013
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Senator Valesky, Independent Democratic Conference Release Comprehensive Plan to Overhaul Campaign Finance Laws

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) proposed sweeping reforms to New York State’s current campaign finance laws. The IDC’s plan would introduce a comprehensive system of public campaign financing under which all qualifying candidates would be eligible to receive public matching funds. Candidates opting not to participate in the public financing system would be required to participate in a completely overhauled campaign finance system. 

April 16, 2013
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PENCILS UP! HELP ME HONOR OUR EXCELLENT EDUCATORS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

It’s often said that to teach, is to touch a life forever.  Throughout our region, there are countless educators who are doing just that—impacting young lives and enabling students to succeed each and every day.

Many teachers go above and beyond to inspire those they educate.  I want to show my appreciation and support for these teachers and all others in the education field .To do so, I have created the “Teaching Excellence” award.

April 15, 2013
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April 17, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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RITCHIE HONORS 17 CNY, NNY “WOMEN OF DISTINCTION”

Announces 48th Senate District “Woman of Distinction”

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored 17 Central and Northern New York women at her 48th Senate District “Women of Distinction” ceremony, held in Watertown on Thursday. Those recognized were nominated by friends, family and community leaders in Oswego, St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW A VIDEO OF THE 'WOMEN OF DISTINCTION' CEREMONY

The New York State Senate’s “Women of Distinction” program honors women’s history in the Empire State by recognizing outstanding leaders and everyday citizens from the present who are making a difference.

April 12, 2013
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Riders Alliance, Senator Squadron, and Senator Dilan Urge MTA to Increase G Train Service to Keep Up with New Ridership Growth

New Numbers Show G Train Ridership Grew More Than Any Other Subway Line in 2012

Call for MTA to Consider New Data as Part of Full Line Review of G Train

BROOKLYN, NY—State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Dilan and members of the Riders Alliance called on the MTA today to increase G train service in light of new ridership data that showed G train service increasing by a higher percentage than any other train in the last year.  G train service grew by 4.2% on an average weekday in 2012, according to new ridership data released by the MTA, carrying an average of 2,000 more riders each weekday than in 2011. 

April 10, 2013
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