Issues: Constituents Corner

Senator Martins Meets With South Floral Park Civic Leaders

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.”

December 6, 2012
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Senator Martins Holds Listening Session at the Magnet Sports Lounge

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.

December 6, 2012
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Senator Martins Attends Worship Services at Elmont's First Church of God

Senator Jack Martins recently attended Sunday services at the First Church of God in Elmont. Senator Martins attended the service at the invitation of Pastor Cecil Mathew and members of the congregation. The service centered on community, faith and helping one another in times of trouble and challenge. At the end of the service, children received special blessings from Church leaders. Pastor Mathew invited Senator Martins to address the congregation and listen to members as their special guest. Members talked about education, local schools and opportunities for young people.

December 5, 2012
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Senator Martins Haiti Education Fundraiser at St. Boniface Church

Senator Jack Martins attended a recent special fundraising effort in Elmont to build bathrooms and additional classroom space for children in countryside hilltowns in Haiti. The fundraising initiative is chaired by Elmont resident David Duchatelier who has been instrumental in raising tens of thousands of dollars to build schools for children who do not have access to any educational institutions. The fundraiser was held at St. Boniface church where hundreds of Elmont residents attended the evening reception of food, fun and terrific Haitian music performed by local residents. Senator Martins was welcomed to the fundraiser by Father Eddy Julien of St. Boniface Church.

December 5, 2012
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SQUADRON WELCOMES APPROVAL OF $13 MILLION IN D-SNAP FOR NYC FAMILIES IMPACTED BY SANDY

Squadron Worked With Advocates, City to Ensure Inclusion of Lower Manhattan

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed the news that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a request for $13 million to bring the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) to areas of New York City impacted by the storm, including Manhattan, for which Senator Squadron advocated. 

Residents who lived in the 12 targeted areas (listed below) on October 27, 2012 can apply for disaster food assistance from December 12th to December 18th from 8:30AM to 6:00PM at 495 Clermont Avenue, Brooklyn. A Staten Island location at New Dorp High School, 465 New Dorp Lane, will also be open from December 14th to December 17th.

December 4, 2012
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New York After Sandy: Resource Fair and Community Conversation

Join Senator Squadron, his colleagues, and representatives from government agencies, utility companies, and others who can help you with disaster assistance and address your questions. We'll also discuss opportunities to help out in Sandy's aftermath, and how New York can recover and prepare for future emergencies. 

Please RSVP below and contact Senator Squadron's office at 212-298-5565 or squadron@nysenate.gov with any questions.

Confirmed organizations include:

November 29, 2012
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LISBON STUDENTS GET CRAFTY WITH CARDS FOR ‘HOLIDAY MAIL FOR HEROES’ PROGRAM

Nearly 1,000 Holiday Greetings Collected

Throughout Central, Northern New York So Far

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Lisbon Central School Wednesday to collect handmade holiday cards from students in Jane Brown-Flack’s second grade class who took part in the American Red Cross’ ‘Holiday Mail for Heroes’ program. 

Senator Ritchie is partnering with Ogdensburg native and radio personality Melody Burns to urge the public to support ‘Holiday Mail for Heroes,’ which helps to deliver tens of thousands of holiday greetings every year to service members at military installations, veterans hospitals and other locations. 

So far, nearly 1,000 holiday greetings have been donated from as far away as Missouri, as well as schools and veterans posts in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.

November 28, 2012
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Squadron Welcomes Announcement of First Class at NYU Applied Sciences Institute Next Fall

Tech Triangle Bus Route to Launch Next Year, Connecting CUSP and Downtown Brooklyn with DUMBO, Navy Yard

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed NYU and NYU-Poly's announcement that the new Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) will launch its first programs and host its first class next fall. 

For years, Squadron, along with his colleagues, urged the MTA to make use of its nearly-abandoned former headquarters at 370 Jay Street, which the MTA leased from the City.

Beginning last year, Squadron urged the City to award NYU's proposal for an applied science campus at 370 Jay. In April, the proposal was selected as the second Applied Sciences NYC winner.

November 27, 2012
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RITCHIE HONORS OGDENSBURG MAN FOR RESCUE OF MOTHER, CHILDREN FROM HOUSE FIRE

Jefferson Thornton Presented with Prestigious Liberty Medal

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored Ogdensburg resident Jefferson Thornton Monday night for his rescue of a mother and her two young children from a house fire earlier this month.

Thornton, a former city firefighter, was awarded the prestigious Liberty Medal at Monday night’s City Council meeting, where he was also recognized by the City of Ogdensburg. 

November 27, 2012
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NEW ARTWORK FEATURED IN RITCHIE LOCAL ARTIST PROGRAM

“Senator Patty Ritchie Celebrates Local Artists” Continues, Seeks New Participants

Three new local artists are being featured in State Senator Patty Ritchie’s Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence County offices as part of the Senator’s effort to highlight local creative talent. 

“From the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario to the many historic buildings and landmarks that dot our region, Central and Northern New York are truly beautiful places,” said Senator Ritchie.  “What many people don’t realize though, is that there are so many talented, local artists capturing that beauty and creating world-class, unique designs inspired by where we live.” 

November 21, 2012
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Monthly Column: Burial privileges for murderers loophole closed

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

More than three years ago, a horrific tragedy struck a Western New York family when a Tonawanda man murdered his wife in their own home.  It’s a shocking story that just makes your heart sink when you read about it in the newspaper. 

“Husband of slain Tonawanda woman arrested for murder,” read one newspaper headline.  But what wasn’t reported in any articles was another tragedy: a loophole in State health law would allow the murderer the sole rights to his victims’ remains since he had also been the spouse.

November 21, 2012
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RITCHIE JOINS WEST MONROE COMMUNITY FOR PANCAKE BREAKFAST

State Senator Patty Ritchie sat down with people in West Monroe recently for a Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast.

The event took place at the West Monroe Fire Station and proceeds went to benefit the West Monroe Volunteer Fire Department.

October 26, 2012
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RITCHIE CELEBRATES REOPENING OF RICHVILLE PLAYGROUND

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently attended the reopening of Richville’s School Street playground.

Organizers received help to revamp the playground by winning a $5,000 prize through the Reader’s Digest “We Hear You America” online contest.

October 26, 2012
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RITCHIE SECURES $50,000 GRANT TO HELP OGDENSBURG INSTALL ENERGY-SAVING WINDOWS IN CITY HALL

Will Help City Taxpayers by Reducing Municipal Energy Costs

New York State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that she has secured a $50,000 grant to help Ogdensburg install modern energy saving windows in its historic city hall.

October 26, 2012
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Squadron -- Sponsor of Aggravated Domestic Violence Legislation to Strengthen Penalties for Repeat Offenders -- Applauds Governor's Signing of Omnibus Bill

New Law Better Protects Domestic Violence Victims from Repeat Offenders

Squadron Legislation Dedicated to NYPD Officer Killed Responding to Serial Domestic Abuser

ALBANY -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed the Governor’s signing of a domestic violence omnibus bill, including an "aggravated family offense" provision based on the legislation he introduced last year. The Squadron legislation was dedicated to fallen NYPD Officer Alain Schaberger, who was killed in March 2011 responding to a domestic violence call in Boerum Hill in Squadron's district, by an abuser with a 12-year history of offenses.

Previously, only those who caused serious physical injury or killed their victims faced felony-level charges. There was no way to better protect domestic violence victims from repeat offenders, who were charged with low-level misdemeanors. Now, two domestic violence offenses in five years will count as a Class E felony crime, helping to protect victims and ensure that repeat offenders no longer cycle through the system.

October 25, 2012
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Monthly Column: ReChargeNY Program connected to over 27,000 WNY jobs

By Michael H. Ranzenhofer

As I mentioned in my September column, New York State’s fiscal house is starting to get back on track, but a lot more is needed to spur private-sector job creation.  Regional Economic Development Councils have made a difference, and the State Senate’s New NY Job Creation plan has the potential to create thousands of jobs.  However, a program aimed at providing low-cost electricity to businesses has helped to create or retain tens of thousands of jobs in our own backyard.

October 17, 2012
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Senator Martins Holds Mobile Office Hours in the Shelter Rock Library

Senator Martins continues to make his office accessible to residents around the Seventh Senate District by bringing the office directly to the community through his mobile office hours. Most recently, Senator Martins held mobile office hours in the Shelter Rock Library to listen to questions and concerns from residents.

October 16, 2012
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Public Hearing: SQUADRON, GOTTFRIED TO HOST PUBLIC FORUM ON GENDA

Forum Will Bring Together Transgender New Yorkers, Law Enforcement, Advocates to Discuss Obstacles to Equality and Legislation to Prohibit Discrimination

NEW YORK – On Wednesday, October 24th, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried -- the sponsors of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) -- will host a public forum on the challenges faced by transgender New Yorkers and pending legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on gender identity.

The forum will bring together transgender New Yorkers, law enforcement, advocates, and public officials from around the state to testify on the obstacles to equality faced by many transgender individuals, and the potential impact of the Squadron-Gottfried legislation. It will be livestreamed at http://tiny.cc/GENDAForumLive. Viewers can Tweet questions with the hashtag #GENDA or email them to GENDAforum@gmail.com.

October 24, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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