Issues: Constituents Corner

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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Senator Martins Holds Mobile Office Hours in Great Neck

Senator Jack M. Martins met with residents at the Great Neck Library to discuss issues important to the community. Among the issues discussed were hydo-fracking and local zoning. Senator Martins believes strongly in meeting with residents to listen to their questions and concerns. It's why he has scheduled mobile office hours throughout the Seventh Senate District.

October 11, 2012
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CENTRAL NEW YORKERS MEET WITH SENATOR RITCHIE AT MOBILE DISTRICT OFFICE EVENT

Oswego County residents looking for help in solving problems with state government were able to get assistance from State Senator Patty Ritchie at her Mobile District Office event, held recently in Sandy Creek. 

October 5, 2012
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SENATOR RITCHIE HONORS ‘SENIOR VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR’

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently honored two St. Lawrence County senior citizens for their years of service to their community.

Keith Robinson and Ann Marie Girard were honored at Senator Ritchie’s first-ever Senior Health and Wellness Fair, which was recently held in Ogdensburg.

October 5, 2012
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SENATOR RITCHIE HONORS SPELLING BEE CHAMP FROM ALEXANDRIA CENTRAL

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently presented Alexandria Central student Dylan O’Connor with a special Senate Resolution, honoring him for winning the New York State Regional Spelling Bee. 

October 5, 2012
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SQUADRON, COMMUNITY AND ELECTED OFFICIALS, ADVOCATES URGE ALBANY SPECIAL SESSION ON GUN VIOLENCE

After Bloodshed Around NYC, Squadron and Advocates Call on Albany to Pass Critical Gun Control Bills, at Site of Recent Shooting

Squadron: Time to Act to Save Lives

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron joined community and elected officials and advocates to urge a special legislative session in Albany to address the crisis of gun violence in New York City and around the state.

October 5, 2012
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Daily News Op-Ed: Stop Blocking Gun Control

We must pass sensible measures that will save lives

By Daniel SquadronOctober 4, 2012 

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/stop-blocking-gun-control-article-1.1174132

There’s considerable talk these days about bringing state legislators back to Albany for a special legislative session.

There are lots of issues out there for a special session — including a pay raise for legislators. But after dramatic bloodshed in New York City and across the country, there is one issue that seems to be falling through the cracks: gun violence. That’s why we must go back to Albany for a special session.

October 5, 2012
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Squadron Statement on the Anniversary of the Death of Pvt. Danny Chen

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement commemorating the one-year anniversary of the death of Pvt. Danny Chen:

"Today we remember and honor the life of Danny Chen. His tragedy and the experience he had serving our country is one that no person should ever have, and my thoughts and prayers remain with his family.

"That is why today, and everyday, we are also reminded that we must do everything in our power to prevent such tragedies from occurring again. If one member of our armed forces is hazing and bullying someone, it sullies the entire armed forces and our values as a nation -- and it simply should not be tolerated.

October 3, 2012
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RITCHIE PRESENTS LIBERTY MEDAL TO OSWEGO COUNTY TEENS INVOLVED IN WATER RESCUE

Senator Ritchie presented two Oswego County teens with the New York State Senate Liberty Medal Tuesday at Oswego High School, for their role in helping to save three people when their boat overturned this summer on Sandy Pond. 

October 2, 2012
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RITCHIE TO HOST MOBILE DISTRICT OFFICE EVENTS IN OSWEGO COUNTY

Public Invited to Events in Sandy Creek, Volney and Fulton

In an effort to hear the concerns of her constituents, State Senator Patty Ritchie will host three Mobile District Events in Oswego County in the coming week.

October 2, 2012
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Squadron Statement on Lower East Side Pathmark's Impending Closure

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement regarding the impending closure of the Pathmark supermarket, located on Cherry Street on the Lower East Side:

"I'm deeply concerned about Pathmark's closure and what it means for an already-underserved Lower East Side. 

"Lower East Side residents need access to the full service food retailers, including fresh food, that most other New Yorkers can take for granted. 

October 1, 2012
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SQUADRON, PARKS ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR PIER 42 WATERFRONT PARK INTERIM USE

Waterfront Community Day To Be Held November 3rd

Squadron, Schumer Secured Funds for Redevelopment of Pier; New Park Will Create Continuous Green Ribbon Around Lower Manhattan

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation's Manhattan Borough Commissioner William Castro led the first public tour of Pier 42 and announced plans for interim recreational use, as the planning process for the pier's redevelopment into a waterfront park gets underway.

October 1, 2012
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The Highland Falls Senior Dining Program's 35th Anniversary Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

Senator Bill Larkin and Lucinda Lenier at the Highland Falls Senior Dining Program's 35th Anniversary Volunteer Recognition Luncheon.

September 28, 2012
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