Issues: Constituents Corner

Senator Stewart-Cousins Honoring Dr. Olivia Hooker with Senate Resolution

(February 21st - Greenburgh) Senator Stewart-Cousins recognized the extraordinary life and accomplishments of civil rights pioneer, the 100 year old Dr. Olivia Hooker of Greenburgh. A survivor of the 1921 race riot in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she would decades later fight for reparations for the destruction of what was referred to as Black Wall Street. She is the first African-American female to serve in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. She became a psychologist at a time when few women of color did. The Senator proudly gave her a copy of the Senate resolution in her honor that she introduced.

February 23, 2015
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN HOSTS BRONX BLACK HISTORY MONTH BREAKFAST

Local Elected officials, African-American Community Leaders and Hundreds of Bronxites Come Together to Celebrate Black History Month

February 21, 2015
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN HOSTS BRONX H.I.R.E. CAREER BUILDING NIGHT

Bronx networking event prepares job seekers of all ages for the changing workplace environment

BRONX, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), in partnership with the Bronx Chamber of Commerce, hosted the Bronx H.I.R.E. (Help Identify Real Employment) Career Building Night on Wednesday, February 18th at the Hutchinson Metro Center. The two-part event focused on certificate programs and upcoming opportunities in childcare, healthcare and the security industry. Job candidates also took part in a resume and interview training workshop before engaging in real time networking activities.

February 19, 2015
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Senator Klein Announces Launch of 5th Annual Earth Day Poster Contest

BRONX, NY– Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today announced the launch of the New York State Senate’s 5th Annual Earth Day Poster Contest to celebrate and honor Earth Day. Kindergarten through sixth grade students from across the Bronx and Westchester are encouraged to participate in this statewide competition.  

February 17, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN HOSTS 20TH ANNUAL “VALENTINES FOR VETERANS”

Klein Donates More Than 200 Valentine’s Day Cards and Gift Bags to Bronx Veterans

BRONX, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez, Miss Teen USA K. Lee Graham and students from P.S. 83, today donated more than 200 Valentine’s Day Cards and gift bags to veterans at the 20th annual “Valentines for Veterans” celebration held at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center.

February 13, 2015
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Residents urge a revamped Bruson Building

As reported by the Queens Chronicle:

Residents eager to help decide the fate of the reconstructed Bruson Building crowded into the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights Thursday evening, causing the town hall’s organizers to add extra chairs and bump out the back wall to make room.

The meeting, spearheaded by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), was organized to gather community input regarding the fate of the Bruson Building, which burned down in a five-alarm fire last April, displacing tenants such as Plaza College, which has a new campus in Forest Hills, Armondo’s Italian Restaurant, which will reopen in February on Northern Boulevard and Frank’s Pharmacy, which reopened three blocks away in October.

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February 11, 2015
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Fire safety campaign launched at LeFrak City after deadly blaze

As reported by the Times Ledger:

In response to the New Year’s Eve fatal fire that killed three members of a Lefrak City family, the FDNY and elected officials launched a fire safety campaign to try to prevent similar tragedies from happening.

Louise Jean-Charles, 59; her husband Napoleon Michel, 69; and cousin Nadia Donnay, 37, died in the blaze while they were cooking a traditional Haitian soup to celebrate the new year.

“New Yorkers awoke on New Year’s Day to the news of the horrific tragedy that struck LeFrak City just as we were ringing in 2015,” said state Sen. José Peralta (D-East Elmhurst). “If not for the courage of our firefighters in the face of difficult conditions, it might very well have been an even worse tragedy.”

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February 11, 2015
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FIGHTING FOR WHAT MATTERS TO YOU

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

February 9, 2015
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Senator Valesky Attends Launch of 2-1-1 CNY

On February 6, Senator Valesky attended the launch of 2-1-1 CNY, which provides access to community information and referral services. This service is accessible in Onondaga County by dialing 211 on a cell phone or by calling toll-free 1-844-445-1922. Locating basic resources such as food, shelter, employment, or health care may mean calling dozens of phone numbers, then struggling through a maze of agencies and services to make the right connections. The 211 system helps residents find resources by dialing a simple three-digit number.

February 6, 2015
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN HONORS GRADUATES OF FIRST BRONX H.I.R.E. SECURITY GUARD TRAINING COURSE

Three Day On-The-Job Training Offered at No Cost to Local Community, Graduates Are Now Certified & Job Ready

Interviews for Full-Time Employment with NYC-Based Company to Begin Immediately

BRONX, NYState Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today honored graduates of the first Bronx H.I.R.E. (Help Identify Real Employment) Security Guard Training course at Olinville Arms Inc. on White Plains Road in the Bronx. At the ceremony, Senator Klein announced that all graduates would have the opportunity to interview immediately with Griffin Security Services Inc., who is currently looking to fill more than 150 open security guard positions.

February 4, 2015
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State Senator Gustavo Rivera Hosts Black History Month Celebration

 In honor of the countless contributions that African-Americans have made to our country, State Senator Gustavo Rivera, the Montefiore Health System, Health First and the Claremont Community Center will host a Black History Month Celebration on Saturday, February 7th from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

February 7, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Senator Serrano's February 2015 Off-Site Constituent Services Hours and Locations Schedule

My favorite part of this job is meeting and speaking with my constituents, and with a Senate District as large as ours, we feel it's important to bring our staff out to the various communities we serve.

January 28, 2015
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THE RESULTS ARE IN: RITCHIE RELEASES FINDINGS FROM LEGISLATIVE SURVEY

Nearly 4,000 Central, Northern New Yorkers Weigh in on Major Issues for 2015 

***CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL RESULTS***

Strong support for reforming Common Core, concerns regarding raising the minimum wage and support for making the state’s 2 percent tax cap permanent are just several of the results released today from State Senator Patty Ritchie’s 2015 Legislative Survey.

In total, nearly 4,000 Central and Northern New Yorkers participated in the survey, which touched on topics ranging from government spending to investments in our state’s agriculture industry.

“As state senator, it’s very important to me to make sure the opinions of my constituents are accurately represented when I’m in Albany,” said Senator Ritchie.

January 28, 2015
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2015 WINTER STORM UPDATE

The National Weather Service has issued a citywide Winter Weather Advisory, which is in effect until Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 6 PM. The current forecast calls for 1 to 2 inches of snow. For the latest forecast, go here.

January 26, 2015
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Pine Bush High School Swearing-in Ceremony

Senator Bill Larkin speaking to students, teachers and local officials during his swearing-in ceremony held at Pine Bush High School.

January 16, 2015
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RITCHIE: MORE THAN 3,000 HAVE TAKEN PART IN 2015 LEGISLATIVE SURVEY

January 21st Marks Deadline to Participate in Legislative Survey

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that more than 3,000 constituents in Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties have weighed in on issues that matter to them by taking part in 2015 Legislative Survey. 

The survey, which is available here, covers topics such as education, government spending, college tuition, job creation, agriculture and more.  Those who still wish to participate have until January 21st to do so.

“Now that the 2015 Legislative Session is underway, it’s imperative that I hear from those I represent about the issues that matter to them,” said Senator Ritchie.

“The results gathered through my Legislative Survey will help to guide me as I work to represent the interests of the people of Central and Northern New York.  I’m hopeful that in the coming days, those who haven’t yet weighed in will take the time to do so.”

January 13, 2015
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November 2014 Newsletter – Important Number Card

Please click the file below to view the Important Number Card Newsletter.

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Important Numbers Card

January 12, 2015
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Fire safety education campaign launched at LeFrak City following fatal New Year’s Eve blaze

As reported by Queens Courier:

A new campaign has been launched at LeFrak City to help educate residents to prevent a tragedy like the New Year’s Eve fire, which killed three people, from occurring again.

Just minutes before ringing in 2015, an unattended pot of a traditional Haitian soup cooking on a stove sparked a fire that left three dead in their Corona apartment and sent flames shooting from the ninth-floor balcony, officials said.

The FDNY determined the blaze was accidental and no working smoke detectors were found in the home.

Police identified the victims, all residents of the apartment, as Nadia Donnay, 37, Louise Jean-Charles, 59, and Napolean Michel, 69.

In response to the fire, state Sen. Jose Peralta, together with the FDNY, LeFrak City Organization and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, announced on Thursday the launch of a fire safety education campaign for the apartment complex.

For full article, click here.

January 12, 2015
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