Issues: Constituents Corner

RITCHIE HONORS CANTON MAYOR MARY ANN ASHLEY AS A “WOMAN OF DISTINCTION” AT CAPITOL CEREMONY

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored Canton Mayor Mary Ann Ashley as a 2015 “Woman of Distinction” at a special ceremony held Wednesday at the State Capitol. 

May 6, 2015
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Senator Valesky Names Sharon Owens New York State Senate Woman of Distinction

Syracuse–State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) announced today that Sharon Owens, chief executive officer of Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, Inc., has been selected as the 53rd Senate District’s 2015 Woman of Distinction. Owens was recognized for her work in human services and community development in the city of Syracuse.

“Sharon Owens’ remarkable contributions to our community demonstrate her dedication and commitment to the Syracuse residents most in need of a strong advocate,” Sen. Valesky said. “Her leadership is strengthening the programs and services that Southwest Community Center offers, and I am pleased to honor her as this year’s Woman of Distinction.”

May 6, 2015
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RITCHIE WELCOMES CARTHAGE GRAD, NCAA TOURNEY PLAYER TO CAPITOL

State Senator Patty Ritchie welcomed Zakiya Saunders, a graduate of Carthage High School and member of the UAlbany women's basketball team to the State Capitol Monday, as the squad was recognized for their play in the 2015 NCAA tournament. 

May 4, 2015
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RITCHIE HONORS “WOMEN OF DISTINCTION”

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored 20 “Women of Distinction” from throughout the region she represents—including 10 from Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties—at a special ceremony held Thursday at Watertown’s historic Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library. 

The individuals nominated included educators, community volunteers, entrepreneurs, and women at the top of their career fields.   

“Each and every year I’m humbled to have the opportunity recognize local women nominated by colleagues, friends and fellow change-makers who have noticed that they are making a difference,” said Senator Ritchie.

May 1, 2015
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NYS CHAMPS HEUVELTON LADY BULLDOGS HONORED AT STATE CAPITOL

 

***CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO OF LADY BULLDOGS BEING HONORED BY THE STATE SENATE***

 

State Senator Patty Ritchie welcomed the Heuvelton Lady Bulldogs basketball team to the State Capitol Wednesday, honoring the team for their winning the New York State Girls Class D Championship. 

A graduate of Heuvelton High School, Senator Ritchie recognized student athletes from her alma mater with a Resolution during the day’s Senate Session, commemorating the team’s victory over South Kortright, which marked the first girls’ basketball title in school history.

April 29, 2015
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SENATOR SQUADRON STATEMENT ON SENATE CODES CMTE VOTE ON .50-CALIBER RIFLE BILL

ALBANY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement regarding the vote on his bill, the “.50 Caliber Threat Reduction Act” (S.2050), at today's Senate Codes Committee meeting:

April 28, 2015
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Prescription Drug Drop-Off Event

Amherst, NY - More than 1,400 residents properly dispose 2 tons of prescription drugs during Senator Ranzenhofer's Drug Take Back Program at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. The program is sponsored by the Amherst Police Department, Kaleida Health, Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, Covanta Energy and Tops Pharmacies.

April 25, 2015
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RITCHIE RECOGNIZES MASSENA LADY RAIDERS HOCKEY TEAM

State Senator Patty Ritchie welcomed the Massena Lady Raiders hockey team to the State Capitol this week, where they were honored for their capture of the 2014-2015 NYSPHSAA state title.

***CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO OF THE MASSENA LADY RAIDERS HOCKEY TEAM'S VISIT***

April 24, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN HONORS LOCAL PARENT LEADERS AT ANNUAL EDUCATORS BREAKFAST

Awards Breakfast Celebrates Achievements and Contributions of More Than 50 Parent Leaders in the Bronx

BRONX, NY - Celebrating the remarkable achievements and positive contributions of parent leaders in the 34th Senate District, State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by more than 200 education officials, local teachers and parents, today hosted his annual Educators Breakfast at F&J Pine Restaurant in the Bronx. More than 50 parent leaders received certificates of appreciation for their dedication to local schools.

April 24, 2015
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN HOSTS 17TH ANNUAL THROGGS NECK COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP POSTER CONTEST

Hundreds of Bronx Students Enter Local “Eat Well, Play Well” Themed Competition

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), together with the Throggs Neck Community Action Partnership (TNCAP), today hosted their 17th annual poster contest – selecting twenty Bronx students as this year’s award winners in the “Eat Well, Play Well” themed competition.

April 24, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JEFF KLEIN DONATES ORCHIDS TO SENIORS AT BRONX HOUSE

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today donated more than 30 orchids from the New York Botanical Garden to seniors at Bronx House. The flowers, which were given away in a raffle, included a wide variety of species and colors.

April 24, 2015
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BROOKLYN ELECTEDS STATEMENT ON PIER 1 LAWSUIT

BROOKLYN - Today, State Senator Squadron, Councilmember Levin, and Assemblymember Simon released the following joint statement regarding the lawsuit filed by Save the View Now:

April 23, 2015
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SQUADRON, SIMON BILL TO INCREASE TRANSPARENCY AND COMMUNITY INPUT WHEN HOSPITALS ARE THREATENED PASSES CMTE

"LICH Act" Passes in Bipartisan Vote, Moves to Finance Committee

Squadron: No Community Should Experience The Chaos We Did At LICH

ALBANY – Today, the Local Input in Community Healthcare (LICH) Act -- which would establish a clear, transparent, and community-oriented process when hospital closures are threatened -- passed the Senate Health Committee in a bipartisan vote. The bill now goes to the Senate Finance Committee.

April 22, 2015
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New Budget: More Property Tax Relief, Investments in Infrastructure, Schools

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

For the fifth straight year, the 2015-16 State Budget keeps within a two-percent spending cap, rejects tax increases and turns a $10 billion deficit into a surplus within those five years.  

 

The new budget reflects my commitment to spending restraint, and the only way to reduce the tax burden is to control spending.  In doing so, I have been able to push for more property tax relief, and this year’s budget builds upon this progress.

 

April 22, 2015
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Ribbon-cutting for LeFrak City’s newly refurbished West Courtyard

As reported by Times Ledger:

The first phase of renovations of the outdoor amenities at LeFrak City, in Corona, is complete just in time for spring.

Elected officials and community leaders joined Jamie LeFrak, the president of the 20-building complex, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the newly revamped West Courtyard April 7.

“Exciting changes are underway at LeFrak City, and this is just the tip of the iceberg,” LeFrak said. Within two years the ongoing multimillion-dollar capital improvement program will bring renovations to lobbies, mail rooms, facades, laundry rooms, elevators and garages, but for now the nearly 40,000-square-foot space is considered to be a milestone.

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April 21, 2015
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Fourth Annual 19th Ward Spelling Bee in Rochester

Rochester, NY- Senator Mike Ranzenhofer welcomes students, parents and grandparents to the Fourth Annual 19th Ward Spelling Bee in the Hubbell Auditorium in Hutchinson Hall at the University of Rochester. Students from Rochester schools 10, 16, 19 and 44 participate in the annual competition.

April 18, 2015
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Southwest Quadrant's Community Fair & Scavenger Hunt

Rochester, NY- Senator Mike Ranzenhofer and Jefferson Avenue Business Association Past President Nora Herbert pose for a picture during the Community Fair & Scavenger Hunt at the Genesee Valley Sports Complex.  The event is a free opportunity for residents living in the Southwest to come learn about neighborhood resources and meet other neighbors while having fun!

April 18, 2015
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SQUADRON'S COMMUNITY CONVENTION GATHERS MORE THAN 350 COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO ENGAGE IN GOVERNMENT

Squadron, Keynote Speaker Schumer Highlight Community Engagement

Community Members Participated in 14 Discussion Groups on District and Statewide Issues

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron hosted his seventh annual 26th District Community Convention on Sunday afternoon, bringing together over 350 community members to make their voices heard on the issues that matter to them.

April 16, 2015
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National Library Week

April 12th-18th is National Library Week.  Please visit your local library to explore the numerous programs and services they have to offer.  

To find a library near you, please use the following link: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/libs/publibs/ 

April 16, 2015
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