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Senator Gianaris celebrates the 2012 Greek Independence Day

Senator Gianaris marching up Fifth Avenue during the 2012 Greek Independence Day Parade.

 

March 25, 2012
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SQUADRON TO CITY: MISSING BUSHWICK INLET PARK MONEY MUST BE SPENT NOW

Squadron, Colleagues Urge City to Honor Commitment, Fully Fund North Brooklyn Park

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron urged the City to honor its pledge to North Brooklyn and use the budget process to fully fund Bushwick Inlet Park, in testimony at the City Council Parks and Recreation Committee's preliminary budget hearing.

North Brooklyn has long been starved for open, green space. As part of the 2005 rezoning of the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfront, the City committed $309 million to develop 28 acres of parkland along the East River.

March 22, 2012
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Senator John Bonacic Attends LIberty Middle School's 7th and 8th Grade Band and Jazz Ensemble's Annual Concert

Senator John Bonacic attended the Liberty Middle School’s 7th and 8th Grade Band and Jazz Ensemble’s Annual Concert on the Concourse in Albany this week. Pictured: Senator Bonacic, Liberty Middle School Jazz and Band Director, Gary E. Siegel and Liberty Middle School students and parents.

March 21, 2012
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SQUADRON JOINS ADVOCATES TO PUSH FOR STRONGER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAW

Urges Senate Action on His Domestic Violence Bill That Has Won Assembly Support

Legislation Dedicated to NYPD Officer Killed by Serial Abuser Would Give DAs New Tool to Better Protect Domestic Violence Victims

ALBANY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron joined advocates and leaders to push for his legislation that would increase penalties for repeat domestic violence offenders, as the NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence's Legislative Awareness Day brought hundreds of advocates to the Capitol. Last week, the Senate Republican Majority shelved the legislation, which passed the Assembly in 2011, by referring it to the Rules Committee and effectively preventing future debate or a vote. 

The legislation -  S.1510/A.1986 (Golden-Squadron/Rosenthal) - would provide district attorneys with the tools to crack down on recurring violence and abuse by establishing the felony-level crime of “aggravated domestic violence” for abusers who commit two or more offenses within five years.  It is dedicated to fallen NYPD Office Alain Schaberger, who was killed last March in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn responding to a domestic violence call. Officer Schaberger was thrown over a staircase railing by a serial domestic violence abuser who had a 12-year history of offenses.

March 21, 2012
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Monthly Column: New York is one step closer to on-time budget for second year in a row

By Michael H. Ranzenhofer

New York State is one step closer to having a budget passed on schedule for a second year in a row, after the State Senate and State Assembly passed separate one-house budget resolutions last week.

Last year, I partnered with Governor Cuomo and the State Assembly to pass a State Budget which reduced spending for the first time in 15 years.  It is imperative that the State Legislature continue to make good on the progress from last year.

March 21, 2012
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Senator John Bonacic Meets with the Federated Sportsman'​s Club of Ulster County

Senator John Bonacic met with the Federated Sportsmen’s Club of Ulster County at the 2012 Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day at the State Capitol today. The Sportsmen were in Albany to express their concerns to Senator Bonacic.

March 20, 2012
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State Lawmakers, Government Watchdog Discuss Albany All-Nighter

NY1 posted a video that features Senator Gianaris and his discussion of the "Albany All-Nighter."

Watch the video here

March 19, 2012
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Grading the Redistricting Amendment

Politicker wrote an editorial about Professor Gerry Benjamin, expert on the mechanisms of government, and the C- grade he gave to the new Redistricting Amendment.

Professor Gerry Benjamin, an expert on the mechanisms of government at State University of New York at New Paltz, was asked by Citizens’ Committee for an Effective Constitution to take a look at Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature’s much-touted redistricting amendment and grade it point-by-point against what a truly independent amendment would look like.

 

Unsurprisingly, he found it wanting. He gave the amendment a ‘C-’ overall on an ‘A’ through ‘F’ scale.

 

March 19, 2012
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Gianaris Shove It

This video captures Senator Gianaris' closing remarks during Senate session, in which the agreed-upon redistricting maps were under dispute. 

Watch the video here

March 19, 2012
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'Shove it': Senate Dems grapple with a redistricting plan they can't do anything about

An editorial posted by Capital discusses the debate between Senate Republicans and Senate Democrates over the agreed-upon redistricting lines, which Senate Democrats have strongly criticized.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a redistricting deal that his fellow Democrats in the minority of the State Senate have been criticizing as "unfair," "unconstitutional" and the "worst" in the state's history.

 

But what led them to walk out of the Senate chambers last night, ostensibly, was a Republican move to change the agreed-upon time allowed to debate the bill from four hours to two.

 

Until the walkout, the debate had been substantive, if escalatingly hostile.

 

March 19, 2012
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SENATOR JOHN BONACIC INVITES NOMINEES FOR “WOMEN OF DISTINCTION”

Annual Program Honors Women’s Contributions to Our Community 

March 19, 2012
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Senator Gianaris Explains Vote Against S.2601

This video shows Senator Gianaris voting against a bill that does not allow residents from power plant-heavy areas, such as western Queens, to become trustees of the New York Power Authorities Board of Trustees.

Watch the video here.

March 19, 2012
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Wearin’ O’ The Green

The Queens Gazette posted an article about the 13th St. Pat's For All Parade in Sunnyside and Woodside, which several elected officials attented, including Senator Gianaris.

The 13th St. Pat’s For All Parade in Sunnyside and Woodside, shortened by seven to eight blocks for the second consecutive year, was held on Sunday, March 4, a day of cool temperatures and overcast skies. Skillman Avenue between 47th and 56th Streets had to be cleared of parked vehicles well before the parade was scheduled to begin. Many car owners appeared to be unaware that the parade was being held and a number of vehicles were towed to the police pound in College Point between 9 a.m. and noon.

 

March 19, 2012
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Bill would stiffen sex offender penalties

Queens Courier reports on a new bill introduced by Senator Gianaris that would strengthen penalties for repeat sex offenders.

In an effort to keep the public safe from sexual abuse, the New York State Senate has passed a bill increasing the penalty for repeat offenders.

 

The Senate has approved legislation introduced by Senator Michael Gianaris which excludes time spent in prison from the 10-year period during which the actions of a repeat sex offender are deemed “persistent sexual abuse.”

 

Under the current law, criminals who commit certain sex crimes on multiple occasions can count time they are incarcerated towards the decade-long period in which they are subject to harsher penalties.

 

March 19, 2012
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Senator John Bonacic Meets with Student of the Year

(March14, 2012) Senator John Bonacic presented New York Association of Continuing Education’s Student of the Year Award Recipient, Delwin Reyes, of Middletown with a New York State Senate Resolution congratulating his accomplishments.  

March 16, 2012
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Senator John Bonacic Meets with Student of the Year

(March14, 2012) Senator John Bonacic presented New York Association of Continuing Education’s Student of the Year Award Recipient, Delwin Reyes, of Middletown with a New York State Senate Resolution congratulating his accomplishments.

March 16, 2012
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Senator John Bonacic Meets With Rondout Valley Student Artists

(March 14, 2012) Senator John Bonacic met with Rondout Valley Student Artists being honored in the NYS Art Teachers’ Associations’ 22 Annual Student Art Exhibit in Albany.

March 16, 2012
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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - March 15

Senator Ranzenhofer updates constituents on the State Senate's job creation plan, efforts to lower the cost of doing business in New York and its work on the 2012-2013 State Budget.

March 16, 2012
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Statement from Senator David Valesky Regarding Constitutional Amendment, Statute to Create Independent Redistricting Commission

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in enacting long-needed reform to create a system of independent redistricting that would take drawing district lines out of legislators’ hands. The constitutional amendment and accompanying statute passed last night mirrors legislation I sponsor that would enact permanent structural reform of a broken, dysfunctional system, and create an independent commission to draw lines. From now on, an equally balanced commission will be in charge of the process, and it will have to adhere to guidelines with respect to population deviation, preservation of communities of interest and protection of minority voting rights.

 

March 15, 2012
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SQUADRON ON REDISTRICTING: HOW CAN NEW YORKERS TRUST THIS DEAL?

ALBANY -- Last night, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon Senate votes to approve redistricted lines and a constitutional amendment:

Make no mistake, for New Yorkers, these redistricting bills are more of the same old Albany.  They mean politicians choosing their constituents, so that constituents have less ability to choose their representatives -- not just for ten years but permanently.

March 15, 2012
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