Issues: Constituents Corner

Community Fights To Save Bryant H.S.

An article written by The Queens Gazette reports on the rally held by Assemblymember Aravella Simotas opposing the City Department of Education's proposal to drastically alter Bryant High School. Senator Gianaris attended the rally and believes that the proposed changes will bring more harm than good.

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas held a rally at William Cullen Bryant H.S. on April 3, in opposition to the city Department of Education’s proposal to dramatically overhaul the structure of the Western Queens institution.

 

Simotas, a Bryant alumna, was joined by elected officials, community leaders as well as Bryant students, teachers and parents in calling on the city to reconsider Bryant’s designation for the Turnaround model.

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April 9, 2012
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SQUADRON, DOT BREAK GROUND ON CHINATOWN PONDING REPAIRS

DOT Resurfaces Roads, Fills Ponds Throughout Neighborhood Following Squadron Report

NEW YORK – This morning, State Senator Daniel Squadron joined the NYC Department of Transportation's Manhattan Borough Commissioner Margaret Forgione on Mott Street to officially break ground on work to repair road-curb ponding conditions in Chinatown, following his report that detailed ponding's impact on the local economy and quality of life. 

In September, Senator Squadron released his report, “Road-Curb Ponding: A Drain on Chinatown,” and called on DOT to address ponding -- water that accumulates along the sides of roads and curbs and remains days after a rainfall -- while improving agency-community collaboration to prioritize repairs and ensure reporting.  

April 5, 2012
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Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

File: 
Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Addresses 2012 State Budget In Video Message

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) speaks to the taxpayers and families of Western New York concerning the just enacted 2012 State Budget.

April 4, 2012
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Senator Gianaris speaks at the public hearing on the proposed changes for Bryant High School

Senator Gianaris attending the rally against the Bryant High School turnaround proposal. 

April 3, 2012
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Senator Gianaris speaks at the rally opposing the closing of Bryant High School

Senator Gianaris attending the rally against the Bryant High School turnaround proposal.

April 3, 2012
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State Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget That Respects Taxpayers

Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.

“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”

April 3, 2012
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3/30/2012: Honoring Shirley N. Moore Resolution

LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring Shirley N. Moore posthumously upon the occasion of the co-naming of a section of 150th Street between  Rockaway   Boulevard  and  North Conduit in Queens, New York, in her honor on March  7, 2012 WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body  to  pay  tribute  to  citizens  of  the  State  of  New York whose lifework and civic endeavor  served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great  State of New York; and

April 2, 2012
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SQUADRON, ELECTEDS, COMMUNITY RALLY TO BRING JULY 4TH FIREWORKS TO EAST RIVER THIS YEAR

Move Would Bring Fireworks to More New Yorkers, More Business and Visitors to Growing Harbor Park & Waterfront Communities

Electeds Propose “Fireworks Community Outreach Plan” to Ensure Community Notification of Planned Fireworks

BROOKLYN – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Council Member Stephen Levin, elected officials and community leaders urged Macy’s to bring its Fourth of July fireworks to the East River this year.

In 2009, Macy’s moved the fireworks to the Hudson River to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s journey up the river. There have not been Fourth of July fireworks displays on the East River for the last three summers, limiting the number of New Yorkers who can enjoy the fireworks and sending visitors and business to New Jersey instead of into more New York City communities.

April 2, 2012
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Senator Martins Congratulates Floral Park Eagle Scouts

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Eagle Scout ceremony of Alessandro Sindoni and Nicholas Longobardi of Troop 482 in Floral Park at  Floral Park Village Hall. Senator Martins congratulated these distinguished Scouts for achieving the highest rank in scouting. The rank of Eagle symbolizes a commitment to scouting and community.

April 2, 2012
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Budget Update From State Senator David J. Valesky

The New York State Legislature has completed passage of an on-time budget for the second year in a row. Though it was another challenging budget, requiring the closure of a $3.5 billion deficit, we were able to balance the budget without tax increases or fiscal gimmickry. In addition, overall spending was reduced for the second straight year, the frist time this has happened in at least three decades. 

Some highlights include:

March 30, 2012
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Judge set to hear suit on extra Senate seat

The Queens Campaigner reports on the lawsuit filed by citizens and state Senator Martin Dilan, which disputes the addition of a 63rd state Senate seat. Senator Gianaris is optimisitc that the lawsuit will succeed and that we will have one more chance at fair and transparent district lines.

Queens politicians expect a lawsuit challenging the creation of a 63rd state Senate seat to be decided next month, and state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) will then decide in which district she will run.

The suit was filed in January by a group of citizens and state Sen. Martin Dilan (D-Brooklyn), and if State Supreme Court Judge Richard Braun rules next month that creating an extra seat violates the state Constitution, then the lines might have to be redrawn.

March 30, 2012
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Greek Community Celebrates 191 Years Of Freedom

The Queens Gazette wrote an article about the 74th annual Greek Independence Day Parade. Senator Gianaris attended the event and was happy to see colleagues and community members participate in the celebration.

On March 25, the Greek Independence Day Parade was held along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The theme of the 74th annual parade was “Solidarity with Greece”.

 

The parade was organized by the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York who has dedicated its resources in promoting support and solidarity for Greece, which has suffered through an economic crisis.

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March 30, 2012
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3/30/2012: Honoring Shirley N. Moore Resolution

LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring Shirley N. Moore posthumously upon the occasion of the co-naming of a section of 150th Street between  Rockaway   Boulevard  and  North Conduit in Queens, New York, in her honor on March  7, 2012 WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body  to  pay  tribute  to  citizens  of  the  State  of  New York whose lifework and civic endeavor  served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great  State of New York; and

March 29, 2012
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Senator Martins Welcomes Elmont Resident Ivana Roman to Somos El Futuro Senate Session

State Senator Jack Martins welcomed Elmont resident and CUNY College student Ivana Roman to Albany this past week for the Statewide Latino American Conference "Somos El Futuro." Roman participated in the the mock Senate Session forum held at the State Capitol. The session debates a current events topic and individual students take the roles of Senator during the session. Roman is an honors graduate of Elmont Memorial High School and currently attends CUNY. Senator Martins attended the session and welcomed college students to the much heralded forum. "Ivana did a terrific job and made the Sewanhaka Central High School District and Elmont Memorial High School particularly proud. I was honored to watch her work and debate during the conference," said Senator Martins.

March 29, 2012
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Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on 2012-13 State Budget

Governor Cuomo released the following announcement on March 27, 2012:

The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.

March 29, 2012
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SQUADRON HERALDS NURSE-FAMILY PARTNERSHIP, SOCIAL SERVICES FUNDING IN BUDGET

Even in Minority, Squadron Pushes Forward Priorities as Social Services Ranker

ALBANY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, the ranking member and former chair of the Senate Social Services Committee, heralded the $2.5 million allocated for Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) in the state budget, as well as significant investments in other critical social services programs.

March 29, 2012
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Gianaris Bill Opposes Police Quotas

The Queens Gazette reports on a new bill proposed by Senator Gianaris, which opposes Police Department quota requirements.

Addressing a very sensitive area of police-public relations, state Senator Michael Gianaris has proposed a bill opposing Police Department quota requirements.

 

“The use of quotas puts undue pressure on our police force and results in too many unwarranted arrests and tickets,” Gianaris explained as he released the legislation.

 

“Raising the penalty for the imposition of quotas would deter the practice and ensure that police activity is conducted for public safety first and foremost,” the Astoria lawmaker added.

 

March 28, 2012
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SQUADRON ON WTC: PLAN MUST INCREASE ACCESS WHILE ENSURING SECURITY

In Testimony, Squadron Lays Out Ideas for Improved Access, Including Off-Site Vehicle Screening and MTA Bus Service Through Site

NEW YORK -- This week, State Senator Daniel Squadron submitted testimony on the draft World Trade Center Campus Security Plan, arguing that it is possible to increase access to and passage through the site while ensuring security. 

"The design and rebuilding of the site after September 11th, 2001, promised a reconnection to the grid. With a booming residential and commercial population in Battery Park City, Greenwich South, Tribeca, and the Financial District, it is as important as ever that the site is woven into the fabric of Lower Manhattan," said Squadron.

March 28, 2012
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Travyvon Martin: History shows that True Justice Still

News From New York State For Immediate Release: March 28, 2012 Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard | gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

March 27, 2012
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