Issues: Constituents Corner

Senator Valesky Supports Landmark Legislation to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S7637) yesterday  that will significantly change the way prescription drugs are distributed and monitored in New York State, with the intent of mitigating the growing prescription drug abuse problem.

 

June 12, 2012
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SQUADRON, SPONSOR OF AGGRAVATED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGISLATION, WELCOMES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OMNIBUS BILL

ALBANY -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed an agreement on a domestic violence omnibus bill, including an "aggravated family offense" provision similar to the legislation he introduced last year. The Squadron legislation was dedicated to fallen NYPD Officer Alain Schaberger, who was killed last year responding to a domestic violence call in Boerum Hill in Squadron's district, by an abuser with a 12 year history of offenses. Both the Squadron legislation and today's omnibus bill would make two domestic violence offenses in five years a Class E felony crime.

June 11, 2012
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SENATOR SQUADRON, MTA ANNOUNCE INCREASED L TRAIN SERVICE

Service Increase Begins This Week Following Squadron's Push to Add Trains As Ridership Skyrockets

Squadron, MTA, Electeds, Community, Businesses Celebrate Win for Growing North Brooklyn

WILLIAMSBURG -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, along with Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, State Senator Martin Dilan, Assemblyman Joe Lentol, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Councilmember Stephen Levin, other elected officials, community and business leaders, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, celebrated increased service on the L train, following Squadron's call to add trains on the line due to skyrocketing ridership.  

June 11, 2012
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Protect Pedestrians, Drivers At Astoria Intersection

The Queens Gazette wrote an article about malfunctioning lights at a busy intersection in Astoria, which Senator Gianaris has urged the Department of Transportation to fix in order to ensure the safety of pedestrians.

State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. are working to increase safety at a busy intersection in Astoria. Following the recurring failure of all four traffic lights at the 31st Street and Ditmars Boulevard intersection, the three elected officials sent a letter to the Department of Transportation (DOT) requesting an immediate investigation into the functionality of the lights as well as remediation of all problem areas.

 

June 11, 2012
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Gianaris to Introduce New York’s Voter Modernization Bill This Week

New America Media did a Question & Answer with Senator Gianaris in advance of his press conference announcing the Voter Empowerment Act of New York.

NAM: What is your national overview of the increasingly heated debate over voter suppression and voting rights at this point in America’s history?

 

June 11, 2012
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SENATOR SQUADRON WELCOMES 9/11 HEALTH FUND RECOMMENDATION REGARDING CANCER COVERAGE

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron (D-Lower Manhattan) welcomed the recommendation of Dr. John Howard of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to provide coverage for a number of cancers under the Zadrogra Act. Senator Squadron released the following statement:

June 8, 2012
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am New York: Brooklynites rejoice! MTA adding L train service starting Sunday

North Brooklyn straphangers are finally getting a break.

The MTA will add nearly 100 trains each week along the L line starting Sunday, amNewYork has learned, providing much-needed service for the route, which has seen sardine-like conditions for more than a decade.

State Sen. Daniel Squadron, who had pushed the MTA to add service along the L and F lines, said he was happyt Brooklyn residents would be a little less cramped on the often-packed subways.

"This is not going to be the silver bullet, but this is real good news for L train riders," Squadron said Thursday. "Anyone tired of the crushing crowds and overflowing trains will now have an L train trip less likely to feel like hell."

 

June 8, 2012
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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - June 5

Senator Ranzenhofer talks about a new job creation plan, making college more affordable and a proposal to lessen the penalties for possessing marijuana.

June 8, 2012
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Senator Gianaris speaks at press conference announcing the Voter Empowerment Act of New York

Senator Gianaris speaking at yesterday's press conference he held with Assemblymember Kavanagh and the Brennan Center announcing the Voter Empowerment Act of New York.

 

June 7, 2012
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Senator Martins Congratulates Port Washington's Newest Eagle Scout

Andrew Diffley reached the highest rank a Scout can achieve when he became Port Washington Troop 241’s newest Eagle Scout during an Eagle Court of Honor held on his behalf on Saturday, June 2 at the Flower Hill Hose Company.

Among the elected officials to attend the ceremony were Senator Jack M. Martins and North Hempstead Town Clerk Leslie Gross.

June 6, 2012
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Senator Carlucci, Assemblyman Zebrowski to Host Joint Mobile Office Hours this Saturday

Senator David Carlucci, Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski to Host Joint Mobile Office Hours this Saturday

NANUET, NY – Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) and Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski (D-Clarkstown) will be co-hosting Mobile Office Hours this Saturday, June 9th, from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.  The event will be held at the Pathmark in Nanuet, located at 195 East Route 59. This is a rare opportunity to meet with both statewide elected officials, who will be on hand to provide direct assistance to any local and statewide issues or concerns to residents.

June 6, 2012
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SQUADRON RESOLUTION CELEBRATES NEW YORK IMMIGRATION COALITION'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY AS PUSH CONTINUES FOR NY DREAM ACT

Squadron Joins Students, Advocates to Urge Passage of DREAM Act Before End of Session

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron celebrated the 25th anniversary of the New York Immigration Coalition with a resolution adopted by the Senate yesterday, while urging passage of the New York DREAM Act before the end of the legislative session.

June 6, 2012
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SQUADRON WELCOMES GOVERNOR'S 'IN PLAIN VIEW' REFORM PROPOSAL, URGES SENATE PASSAGE

ALBANY -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement welcoming Governor Cuomo's proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view, and urging his colleagues in the Senate to pass the reform before the end of the legislative session later this month:

June 4, 2012
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SENATOR SQUADRON TO HOST CELEBRATION FOR 'WOMAN OF DISTINCTION' KATHLEEN HENDERSON, JUNE 3 IN CARROLL PARK

State Senator Daniel Squadron will host a celebration in honor of Carroll Park Playground Associate and this year's 25th Senate District Woman of Distinction Kathleen Henderson, this Sunday, June 3rd, at 12:30PM during the park's annual Flea Market.

Senator Squadron was proud to honor Ms. Henderson as a Woman of Distinction in a ceremony at the State Capitol earlier this month, part of an annual celebration that recognizes outstanding women throughout the state.

June 3, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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SENATOR VALESKY ENCOURAGES VISITS TO CNY MUSEUMS DURING NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM WEEK

More than a dozen museums in Central New York will participate in the first ever New York State Museum Week May 31 to June 6, State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), announced. New York State is celebrating the diversity and richness of its museums by inviting residents and visitors alike to discover the fascinating worlds of art, photography, history, science, pop-culture and more during the inaugural celebration.

May 31, 2012
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New York Could Add 1 Million Voters in 2013

According to a report by New America Media, new legislation that would modernize New York state's voter registration system could add one million voters to the rolls. Senator Gianaris is the co-sponsor of the legislation.

An estimated one million potential voters could be added to New York state’s rolls should forthcoming legislation be enacted, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. State Sen. Michael Gianaris, the co-sponsor of legislation that would modernize New York’s voter registration system, said his bill “will make it easier for people to vote.” He said he plans to introduce the bill by early June at the latest and, if adopted, it would take effect in 2013.

 

May 29, 2012
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SQUADRON: DOT SET TO BEGIN DELANCEY STREET SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

Delancey Street Working Group Leads to Quick DOT Action to Improve Dangerous Corridor

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed the news that the NYC Department of Transportation will begin making safety improvements along Delancey Street on the Lower East Side. DOT presented the new safety plan for the dangerous corridor earlier this year, a result of the Delancey Street Safety Working Group that was convened by Senator Squadron and his colleagues.

May 29, 2012
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May 25, 2012
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Are LIC parks being run down by high school kids?

LIC Spot wrote an article that discusses concern from parents over the inappropriate behavior of high schoolers taking place in Long Island City playgrounds. Senator Gianaris and other community leaders are working to solve the issue.

Over the last month or so, I’ve been approached by numerous parents who have been complaining about high school kids at our children’s playgrounds. A lot of them are complaining that these high schoolers have been “behaving belligerently” and have “no respect to our parks”. Many of them are “loud and obnoxious” and constantly using ”racist profanity” in front of children.

 

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May 24, 2012
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Senator Martins to Sponsor Safety Saturday in Westbury June 23

Senator Jack M. Martins will be sponsoring Safety Saturday at Westbury High School, 1 Post Road in Old Westbury, on Saturday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents are all welcome to attend to take advantage of the services offered.

Safety Saturday will include:

Shed the Meds – Anyone that needs to dispose of prescription drugs can bring them and they will be properly disposed of by the Nassau County Police Department.

Car Seat Safety Check – New York State Troopers will be on-hand to check to make sure your child car seat is properly installed so that your child receives maximum protection.

May 23, 2012
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