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.
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.
NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement in response to the shooting death of 16-year-old Raphael Ward on the Lower East Side last night:
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Raphael Ward. No parent should ever have to face the unspeakable tragedy of losing a child.
We must continue to work together as a community to fight the scourge of gun violence and make our homes and our streets safer for our families. From stronger gun laws to improved safety at NYCHA developments, we are reminded far too often that the time to act is now.
Ward lived in Baruch Houses and the shooting took place on Columbia Street, both in Senator Squadron's district.
Senator Jack M. Martins, Village of Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss and “Mr. Mineola” John Davanzo recently visited a special Mineola resident. On Friday, December 14. Senator Martins, Mayor Strauss and Mr. Davanzo went to an apartment in a complex on Mineola Boulevard to wish resident Beatrice Hubbard a happy 106th birthday. That right – 106!
Beatrice was born on December 14, 1906, the same year the Village of Mineola was incorporated. In 2006, as part of the village’s centennial celebration, Senator Martins, who was then-Mayor of Mineola, named Ms. Hubbard the Grand Marshal for the village’s 100th anniversary parade.
Squadron Legislation Would Protect Consumers, Make Illegal Reselling Charity Event Tickets For More Than Face Value
NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced legislation that would ban the reselling of charity event tickets for more than their face value, ahead of the 12-12-12 Sandy relief concert tonight at Madison Square Garden.
There have been a number of complaints from event organizers and potential concertgoers regarding tickets being resold on secondary sites for many times their face value. Money generated by ticket sales from these events is meant to go to the designated charity and to defray the costs of the shows, not to those who can resell the tickets to the highest bidder. Ticket sales for tonight's event are meant to benefit the Robin Hood Foundation’s Sandy relief efforts.
Electeds Urge Expanded Eligible Zip Codes, Additional Application Center in Lower Manhattan, Extended Deadline for D-SNAP Program
Letter Comes Alongside Push By Nadler and Federal Legislators
NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Assemblymembers Deborah Glick and Brian Kavanagh, Borough President Scott Stringer, and Councilmembers Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez sent a letter to NYC Human Resources Administration Commissioner Robert Doar urging the City to make the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) more accessible to more New Yorkers in need. The letter comes alongside a similar push from federal elected officials, led by Congressman Jerrold Nadler.
At the Center Street School in the Herricks School District, Senator Jack M. Martins spoke to the members of the Girl Scout Troop 1501 as part of their requirement for their government badge. Senator Martins hosted a lively an interactive discussion during which the girls gave their ideas for new laws. The girls also asked Senator Martins questions about his job and about how he became a Senator.
"It was an honor to speak to the troop. They were a great group that is part of a great organization. I commend their parents and troop leaders," Senator Martins said.
State Senator Jack Martins was introduced to Jamaica Square homeowners by Civic President Claudine Hall during the annual JSIL community day. The Jamaica Square Improvement League has a long rich history of community outreach and programming for families. The credo of the civic organization is helping their fellow neighbors and empowering the greater community. Senator Martins is pictured talking to homeowners with Hall and South Floral Park Trustee Elton McCabe during a meet and greet recently. "I want to thank Claudine Hall and the Jamaica Square Improvement for their hard work in improving quality of life for Elmont's neighborhood," said Senator Martins adding, "they make a difference."
Senator Jack M. Martins had the honor of attending the Residents For a More Beautiful Port Washington 45th Annual Meeting at the Port Washington Library. The theme of the meeting was expanding the environmental education in the Port Washington Schools and the community at-large.
Among the elected officials attending were Senator Martins, Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Dina DeGiogio and Nassau County Legislator Judy Bosworth.
Event Brings Together Agencies, Utilities, Organizations With Residents & Businesses In Need to Create One-Stop Post-Sandy Shop
Conversation on Long-Term Recovery & Preparations Gives New Yorkers a Chance to Make Their Voices Heard as City, State, Federal Governments Plan Next Steps
NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron hosted New York After Sandy, a resource fair and community conversation for NYC residents and businesses yesterday in Brooklyn and Manhattan, bringing together hundreds of New Yorkers.
The one-stop shop connected residents and business owners in need with government agencies, utility companies, social and legal service organizations, volunteer groups, and other organizations that provided help ahead of disaster assistance deadlines. A full list of participating organizations is included below.
NANUET, NY – Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) today announced that his office is launching a winter clothing drive and will be accepting outerwear items to donate to non-profit organizations and shelters throughout Rockland County. Anyone that has any unwanted or older items in good condition -- including coats, scarves, gloves, mittens, and hats -- are urged to drop off those items at the Senator’s district office, located at 95 South Middletown Road, Nanuet.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently wished Elizabeth Buchta a happy 93rd birthday. Elizabeth was born on December 14, 1919. A week before her birthday, she attended the Mineola Golden Age Holiday Party where she celebrated the holiday season with her many friends. Happy Birthday, Elizabeth!
State Senator Jack Martins was back in the Village of South Floral Park where he met with civic leaders and members of the South Floral Park Fire Department recently. Mayor Geoffrey Prime attended both sessions with Senator Martins where both answered questions and offered insights on issues impacting the Village. Questions ranging from police protection, job creation and economic development plans on Hempstead Turnpike were discussed. “I want to thank Tony Barbieri, Mayor Prime and the South Floral Park Fire Department for their advice on and insight on issues impacting the Village of South Floral Park," said Senator Martins adding, “I look forward to continuing to work with them going forward in improving our neighborhoods.”
State Senator Jack Martins held another community 'listen session' at the Magnet Sports Lounge that was attended by over 300 Elmont and South Floral Park residents. The networking listen session gave residents the opportunity to speak one on one with Senator Martins and express their concerns and hopes for future economic development opportunities in the greater community. Joining Senator Martins in the session were Elmont School Trustees, Mayor Geoffrey Prime of South Floral Park and Trustee George Ingram. In addition to economic development initiatives, Education, Hempstead Turnpike Safety, Revitalization programs and more were actively discussed and explored in small groups and one-on-one with Senator Martins. “This listen session was a great success.