Issues: Constituents Corner

RITCHIE GIVES BEAUTIFIERS A BOOST

State Senator Patty Ritchie brought doughnuts and coffee to the 30 volunteers painting a house on New York Avenue in Ogdensburg recently.  The group was lending their time as part of the city’s pride and beautification program.   

(Senator Ritchie is pictured in the above photo with Ogdensburg Free Academy Key Club Lt. Governor Laken Kelly and President Ashleigh Sovie)

May 23, 2014
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GOING GOLD: RITCHIE CONGRATULATES OLYMPIANS AT CAPITOL

State Senator Patty Ritchie congratulated two medal-winning Olympians this week at the State Capitol for their athleticism during the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

Visiting the Capitol were Erin Hamlin of Remsen, a three-time Olympian and the first female American luger to medal at any Winter Olympics and Josephine Pucci of Pearl River, a member of the Silver Medal-winning U.S. Women’s Hockey Team.

 

May 23, 2014
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Senator Parker Honors Honduran-born Purple Heart Recipient

(Brooklyn, NY) – On May 20, the eve of Memorial Day, Senator Kevin Parker and his State Senate colleagues honored veterans from their respective districts during the Senate’s annual Veterans Hall of Fame Awards ceremony. Senator Parker’s honoree was Paul Morales, a native of Honduras that immigrated to the United States in 1965. Specialist E-4 Morales was selected by the Senator for his distinguished service in the United States Army, which awarded Mr. Morales with the Purple Heart Medal.

May 22, 2014
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Senator Parker, Legislators and Veterans Groups Advocate for Bill to Guarantee Veteran Amputees Latest Prosthetic Technology

(Brooklyn, NY) – Yesterday, Senator Kevin Parker joined Assemblyman Marcos A. Crespo and veterans groups advocate to announce their bill, A6820/S5390, which clarifies that amputee veterans who have lost a limb due to their military service, and who have private insurance to supplement their Veterans Administration benefits, cannot be denied replacement of their outdated artificial limbs when new and more advanced prosthetic technology is available.

May 22, 2014
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Senator Bill Larkin Welcomes Jessica MacPherson from West Point to the Capitol

Jessica was in Albany as a candidate participating in the New York State Boys & Girls Clubs’ Youth of the Year competition.

May 21, 2014
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Senator Parker Interviews Darryl C. Towns, Commissioner/CEO, NYS Homes and Community Renewal

On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Senator Parker interviewed Darryl C. Towns, whom in 2011 was appointed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to lead NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) as Commissioner/CEO. HCR includes all the state’s integrated housing and community renewal agencies and programs, and implements the Governor’s bold housing and community renewal agenda.

May 21, 2014
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Opening Remarks at Veterans Hall of Fame

Democratic Conference Leader opening remarks at the Veterans Hall of Fame which occurred on Tuesaday, May 20th at the LOB in Albany, NY, recognizing her inductee Bill Moye as well as all the veterans from all over New York being honored at the event.

May 21, 2014
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Press Release: Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Inducts William F. Moye of New Rochelle into Veterans Hall of Fame

Albany, NY - Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District) inducted William F. Moye of New Rochelle into the 2014 New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame to represent the 35th District. The 99 year old is a World War II veteran who served in Africa and Europe. He is currently the Chaplain Emeritus for the American Legion Post 8 and the United Veterans Memorial and Patriotic Association of New Rochelle.

May 21, 2014
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Senator Bill Larkin Honors Local Veteran

Sidney Tendler Inducted Into the Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) nominated Sidney Tendler from Monroe, NY to the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in Albany today. 

May 20, 2014
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Moffat Library Legislation Sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin Passes Senate

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that legislation (Senate bill S.7066) to allow the Moffat Library in Washingtonville to be eligible for Dormitory Authority financing has passed the Senate. 

Moffat Library is planning a multi-million dollar renovation of its historic building and this legislation will allow the library to apply to the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York to assist with the financing of the project. 

May 20, 2014
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR KEVIN PARKER ON BROWN V BOARD OF EDUCATION 60TH ANNIVERSARY

(Brooklyn, NY) - "Sixty years ago today, the Supreme Court of the United States announced its unanimous ruling in Brown v the Board of Education. As we all know, the Court's decision made it crystal clear that not only were the racially segregated school systems of the day unequal and illegal, but that segregated schools could never be equal and therefore violated the U.S. Constitution.

May 19, 2014
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RITCHIE HONORS OSWEGO COUNTY'S JANE BACKUS AT CAPITOL CEREMONY

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored Oswego County’s Jane Backus as her 2014 Woman of Distinction from the 48th Senate District recently at a special ceremony at the State Capitol.

A retired English teacher after 25 years, Mrs. Backus taught seniors and sophomores at both Ogdensburg Free Academy and Mexico Academy and Central Schools.  Today, she is an extremely active member of her community, volunteering her time with many organizations that aim to better the Central New York region.

May 19, 2014
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SQUADRON, SILVER, ELECTEDS, AND COMMUNITY LEADERS CELEBRATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO PUSH LUNAR NEW YEAR SCHOOL HOLIDAY

Electeds: Momentum Builds to Recognize Importance of Lunar New Year Holiday

 

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, elected officials from around the city, and community leaders celebrated the passage of a bill to push the Lunar New Year as a school holiday. The bill (S.6688 Golden/Squadron / A.7756 Kim/Silver) passed the State Senate earlier this week and the Assembly in February and will now go to Governor Cuomo's desk.

 

May 16, 2014
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Senate Task Force on Heroin & Opioid Addiction - Newburgh Public Forum

Senator Bill Larkin hosted a Senate Task Force on Heroin & Opioid Addiction public forum in Newburgh to solicit input from the community on this fast-growing epidemic.  The information garnered at the forum will be used to develop legislative recommendations on how best to address the impact of heroin on our communities.

May 16, 2014
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SQUADRON, ELECTEDS ANNOUNCE MTA STEPS TO HELP G TRAIN RIDERS DURING SUMMER SHUTDOWN

MTA to Provide Free Transfers Between Broadway G and Lorimer J/M stops, among other solutions

BROOKLYN – At the request State Senator Daniel Squadron and local elected officials, the MTA has agreed to a series of solutions to ensure New Yorkers who rely on the G train will not be stranded when the agency closes the line for five weeks this summer to make Sandy-related repairs. The proposed solutions arose from an April town hall that Squadron held in conjunction with area elected officials including Congressmember Velazquez; City Comptroller Stringer; State Senators Dilan, Gianaris, and Montgomery; Assemblymembers Brennan, Davila, Lentol, and Millman; and City Councilmembers Levin, Cornegy, Cumbo, Lander, Reynoso, and Van Bramer, as well as community members and representatives from the MTA, DOT, EDC, and NYPD to address residents’ and businesses’ concerns regarding the shutdown.

May 14, 2014
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Press Release: Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Selects Danielle Butin of Hastings-on-Hudson as 2014 Woman of Distinction

Albany, NY – Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District) selected Hastings-on-Hudson resident Danielle N. Butin as the 2014 New York State Senate Woman of Distinction from the 35th District.

May 14, 2014
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BROOKLYN ELECTED OFFICIALS' STATEMENT ON PIER 6 HOUSING RFP

BROOKLYN -- Today, Congressmember Nydia Velazquez, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Joan Millman, and City Councilmembers Brad Lander and Steve Levin released the following statement regarding the Administration’s release of an RFP for residential towers at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park:

May 13, 2014
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SQUADRON STATEMENT ON SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO PUSH LUNAR NEW YEAR SCHOOL HOLIDAY

ALBANY—Today, the New York State Senate approved a bill (S.6688 Golden/Squadron / A.7756 Kim/Silver), long championed by Senator Squadron, to allow Lunar New Year to be a school holiday. The bill would  require that the city Department of Education (DOE) consider closing schools if a holiday is likely to result in a considerable proportion of students being absent. The State Assembly passed this bill in February.

May 13, 2014
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