Issues: Constituents Corner

Statement from Senator Valesky Regarding Syracuse Common Council Passage of Land Bank Legislation

I applaud the Common Council for moving legislation forward to create a city/county land bank. As the author of the state law, I am extremely encouraged that Onondaga County and the city of Syracuse will have the opportunity to be one of the first land banks in the state. Vacant and abandoned housing has been a problem in our communities for too long, and the application of this new strategy is a promising solution.

 

March 12, 2012
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Pol bid to halt cop-tix quotas

The New York Post wrote an article about a new law, proposed by Senator Gianaris, that would outlaw police quotas for arrests and tickets.

Police brass pushing arrest and ticket quotas could find themselves in jail for up to a year under a bill that state Sen. Michael Gianaris plans to introduce tomorrow.

Backed by the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the bill would make it illegal for supervisors to require cops to make a certain number of arrests over a specified period.

Noting that good officers are being punished, Gianaris (D-Queens) said, “This bill would increase the penalties when quotas are used to evaluate performance.”

March 12, 2012
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Democratic State Senator, His District Threatened, Focuses on Party’s Future

The New York Times wrote a piece on Senator Gianaris and the Democrats' efforts to recapture the Senate majority.

Michael N. Gianaris, a Democratic state senator from Astoria, Queens, was in bed at 11:30 one night in January when a reporter called. Republicans were drafting new Senate districts to reflect the 2010 census, and word had leaked of what they had in store for Mr. Gianaris: his neighborhood would be appended to the district of a fellow Democratic senator.

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“One thing I’ve learned being in public service is that feathers must be ruffled if anything’s going to change,”

March 12, 2012
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Sen. Gianaris on Redistricting Amendment

Capital Tonight's Liz Benjamin interviewed Senator Gianaris in regards to a potential amendment to the redistricting process. 

Watch the interview here

March 12, 2012
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Senator Martins Helps Great Neck Scouts Earn Citizenship in the Community Badge

Senator Jack M. Martins helped members of Boy Scout Troop 10 of Great Neck earn their Citizenship in the Community Badge. As part of the badge requirements, the Scouts had to meet with a local leader to discuss community issues. On Saturday, March 11, the Scouts met with Senator Martins at his District Office in Garden City Park. The Scouts had a roundtable discussion about issues concerning their community.

“The Boy Scouts and Girl Scout are noble organizations that help shape our youth into future leaders. I was glad to help and will continue to support them,” said Senator Martins.

March 12, 2012
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SQUADRON, DE BLASIO, ADVOCATES RALLY FOR PASSAGE OF BILL TO END FOOD STAMP FINGER IMAGING

Squadron Legislation to Come to Senate Committee Vote on Tuesday as Governor, Electeds Continue Fight to End Practice

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio joined advocates and elected officials to rally in support of passage of Senator Squadron's legislation to end the practice of finger imaging food stamp recipients, ahead of a committee vote on Tuesday.

New York City and the state of Arizona remain the only two places in the United States that use finger imaging to determine eligibility for food stamp assistance. Senator Squadron’s legislation (S740/A5303), sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblymember Keith Wright, would end the counterproductive practice that has cost New York taxpayer dollars and deterred eligible families from accessing the federally-funded food stamp program.  An Empire Justice Center analysis found that, between January 2009 and July 2010, 5,958 households were denied or cut off from food stamp benefits because they did not comply with finger imaging requirements.

March 11, 2012
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Senator Ranzenhofer meets with Amherst East Rotary

Senator Ranzenhofer met with members of Amherst East Rotary to discuss the progress of the 2012-2013 State Budget and other issues affecting the community.

March 9, 2012
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SQUADRON TO BRING TOGETHER CITY AGENCIES, CHINATOWN BUSINESSES ON PONDING

NEW YORK – Tomorrow, State Senator Daniel Squadron will bring together the Department of Transportation, the Department of Environmental Protection, and the Department of Sanitation with Chinatown business owners and community leaders to discuss how best to prevent and  address road-curb ponding, after Senator Squadron’s report on the issue prompted DOT action.

March 8, 2012
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Senator Bonacic Meets with Representa​tives from Delaware County New York Farm Bureau

Representatives from the Delaware County New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) met with Senator Bonacic during their Lobby Day in Albany. Pictured (from L-R), Duane (Marty) Martin, Lonny Schaefer, Liz Schaefer and Senator John Bonacic.

March 7, 2012
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Senator Bonacic Meets with Orange County New York Farm Bureau

Representatives from the Orange County New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) met with Senator Bonacic during their Lobby Day in Albany. Pictured (from L-R), Russell Kowal, John Lupinski, Diana Lupinski, Andrew Lupinski, Senator John Bonacic and Paul Ruszkiewicz.

March 7, 2012
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Senator Bonacic Meets with Farm Bureau Representatives

 Representatives from the New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) met with Senator Bonacic during their Lobby Day in Albany. Pictured (from L-R) Front row: Marilyn Howard, Linda Hill and Liz Schaefer. Center row: Jan Vlastelica, Bambi Baehrel, Lonny Schaefer and Andrew Lupinski. Back row: John Lupinski, Duane Marty Martin, Padraic Mabee, Senator John Bonacic, Russell Kowal, Diana Lupinski and Paul Ruszkiewicz.

March 7, 2012
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Rev. Carl Clarke of Open Arms International Ministries Delivers Invocation

Reverend Carl Clarke of Open Arms International Ministries and Ms. Carol Lodman joined Senator David Valesky in Albany. Rev. Clarke was in the Senate Chamber to deliver the day's invocation.

March 6, 2012
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Senator John Bonacic meets with the Orange County 4-H

Representatives from the Orange County 4-H met with Senator John Bonacic at the 77th Annual 4-H Capital Days Program’s Legislative Breakfast in Albany today.  Pictured (from L-R) Senator John Bonacic, Emmett Anderson, Grace Roeder, Christian (Ian) Lewis and Jerome Christie, 4-H Youth Development Issue Leader, Cornell Cooperative Extension. The 4-H Capital Days program seeks to help 4-H participants achieve a better understanding of New York State public policy, to provide an opportunity for delegates to share their 4-H stories with their legislators, to create awareness of career opportunities within New York State Government as well as to meet and exchange experiences with delegates from other counties.

March 6, 2012
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Senator John Bonacic Meets with Sullivan County 4-H

Representatives from the Sullivan County 4-H met with Senator John Bonacic at the 77th Annual 4-H Capital Days Program’s Legislative Breakfast in Albany today.  Pictured (from L-R) Senator John Bonacic, Rebecca Robinson, Nicholas Castellano and Marylin Russel, 4-H Community Educator, Cornell University Cooperative Extension. The 4-H Capital Days program seeks to help 4-H participants achieve a better understanding of New York State public policy, to provide an opportunity for delegates to share their 4-H stories with their legislators, to create awareness of career opportunities within New York State Government as well as to meet and exchange experiences with delegates from other counties.

March 6, 2012
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Senator Martins Marches in Mineola St. Patrick's Day Parade

Senator Jack M. Martins took part in the St. Patrick's Day Parade by marching with his friends from his hometown of Mineola. The parade began at the Nassau County courthouse on Old Country Road; it proceeded north on County Seat Drive, turning left on Old Country Road and then north on Mineola Boulevard to Jericho Turnpike; the parade then headed east on Jericho Turnpike to Willis Avenue, where it ended.

Numerous organizations as well as schools took part in the parade, which brought out the spirit of St. Patrick's Day. The Grand Marshal was Betty McLoughlin, the past president of the Irish American Society.

Pictured with Senator Martins are John DaVanzo and Assemblyman Ed Ra.

March 6, 2012
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SQUADRON: SENATE REPUBLICANS CHOOSE CORPORATIONS OVER PEOPLE IN POLITICS

In Wake of GOP Committee Vote Against Campaign Finance Reform, Squadron Pushes Bill Forward with Petition for Chamber Consideration

Squadron-Lancman Legislation Would Make NY National Leader in Fight Against Citizens United

ALBANY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Rory Lancman pushed back against Senate Republican efforts to stall their campaign finance reform legislation, with Senator Squadron initiating a petition for chamber consideration to move the bill forward. The legislation 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" (S101/A696A) would require shareholder approval for corporate political contributions, public disclosure of the contributions, and justification of the business rationale for making them.

This afternoon, the Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions Committee voted to prevent the legislation from moving out of committee. Senator Squadron has now begun circulating a petition for chamber consideration of the bill, which would bring the bill to the Senate floor if 38 signatures are collected from Senators.  

“As we look on in horror at the impact of Citizens United, New York has an opportunity to actually do something about it. Yet today, the Senate Republicans chose corporate interests over the interests of real people,” said Senator Squadron. “Make no mistake: unlimited corporate contributions are a threat to our democratic process. By reining in unchecked political influence and bringing desperately-needed transparency to the process, our bill would be a key step toward countering the flood of corporate influence that washes away the voice of regular people. I urge my colleagues to stand up for people over corporations in our politics and join the effort to move this bill to the floor."  

March 5, 2012
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Senator John Bonacic Meets with Members of NYSSMA

Representatives from the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) met with Senator John Bonacic for the Joseph R. Sugar NYSSMA Day in Albany today to discuss education funding and its effect on music programs. 

March 5, 2012
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BONACIC and RABBITT HOST “LOCAL GOVERNMENT DAY” IN ALBANY

Local Officials from 42nd Senate District and 97th Assembly District Meet in Albany for Informational Forum 

March 2, 2012
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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - March 1

An update from the State Capitol for residents of the 61st Senate District in another edition of Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer.

March 2, 2012
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Finger Lakes Region Can Take Pride in Accomplishments of Coaches Coughlin and Boeheim

Throughout my life, I have been very proud to have been born and raised in the Finger Lakes Region.  Growing up here and educated in our local schools, I have always held a deeply-felt pride in our community. That pride only intensified after graduating high school, and attending two outstanding universities right here in our region- Cornell and Syracuse.

March 2, 2012
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