Issues: Constituents Corner

SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES MISS HAITI

Senator Jack Martins recently had the honor of congratulating Miss Haiti who is none other than Elmont's Gabrielle Previlon. Senator Martins presented Previlon with one of his Dr. Martins Luther King, Jr. award at his 4th annual ceremony. Previlon is a runway model and artist throughout Long Island and New York City. "Gabby is a role model and leader that our entire community is very proud of.

January 21, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS HONORS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STARS AT MLK AWARDS

Senator Jack Martins presented his annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards to elementary school students at his 4th annual gala. Students were chosen by their respective schools as a result of their leadership, character and commitment to Social Justice.

January 21, 2014
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Senator Parker Commemorates Dr. King’s 85th Birthday in Song and Praise

Brooklyn, NY- Twelve hundred New York residents packed Central Brooklyn’s Walt Whitman Theater on Monday, January 20, 2014, to enjoy a soul-stirring program of musical and spoken word tributes to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the annual ‘A Shared Dream’ concert. The concert was founded ten years ago by State Senator Kevin Parker. The 10th anniversary concert held this past Monday was presented by A Shared Dream Foundation and the New Hope Christian Fellowship, and is now the second largest King tribute in New York City. The free celebration commemorating Dr.

January 21, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #3: Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther Jr. often witnessed the worst of the human condition, yet still saw reason to be optimistic.

Dr. King lived with honorable purpose, in a way that ensured his teachings about peace, faith and service would endure long after his death.

Many of us will pause from work to honor Dr. King, who would have turned 85 last week.

In times of great turmoil and tension, Dr. King’s call for passive disobedience rose above the rest. He rejected, as extreme, the belief that African Americans could only achieve equality through violent means. Dr. King urged his brethren to win hearts and minds through nonviolent measures, and remained steadfast in that philosophy even when facing great societal pressure.

January 20, 2014
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SENATOR PARKER HONORS THE LIFE AND WORK OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

“The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. would have been 85 years old today, if he had not been struck down at the age of 39, on April 4, 1968.

While Dr. King’s incredible legacy of triumphs in the vital area of civil rights reshaped America, and his personal sacrifice humbles us, he was taken from us before he could complete the second half of his mission.

At the time of his assassination, Dr. King had begun the “Poor Person’s Campaign,” which focused upon economic justice, or as Dr. King said, a transition from fighting for civil rights to fighting for human rights.

January 20, 2014
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January 27, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS FLORAL PARK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCHEON

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended the Floral Park Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, where he honored a longtime chamber member. Senator Martins presented Carla Cohen with a State coin in appreciation for all she has done for the community as the longtime publisher of the Floral Park Gateway. 

 

January 15, 2014
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SEVENTH SENATE DISTRICT CONSTITUENT SPOTLIGHT

Adelphi Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline Volunteer Marcie Rosenberg of  Great Neck

We are blessed here in the Seventh Senate District to have residents who do amazing things, who have impact the lives of others in such a positive way that they make such a big difference.

One of those residents in Marcie Rosenberg of Great Neck, who volunteers for the Adelphi Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline. Read Marcie's story, eloquently written by Lyn Dobrin:

Is there an upside to cancer? Ask Great Neck’s Marcie Rosenberg and she will say yes.

January 13, 2014
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January 21, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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January 14, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Senator Stavisky Receives Public Service Award from American Chinese Women’s Association of New York

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) was honored with the Public Service Award for her exemplary record of service to the Chinese-American community at a celebration hosted by the American Chinese Women’s Association of New York.

January 9, 2014
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Advocates push to give undocumented New York immigrants driver's licenses

As reported by the Daily News:

Believing the political climate is now in their favor, advocates are launching a major push to allow undocumented immigrants to get New York State driver’s licenses.

Members of more than 50 organizations met Tuesday with an umbrella group known as the New York Immigration Coalition to set their campaign in motion.

 “We have really decided to go forward, and go forward full steam,” said Steven Choi, the coalition’s executive director. “We are hearing from our members, from Brentwood in Long Island all the way to Buffalo, that driver’s licenses are a major issue.”

For full article, click here. 

January 9, 2014
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Squadron Welcomes Governor's Medical Marijuana Proposal, Urges In-Plain-View Reform

ALBANY -- Senator Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn/Manhattan), who is the Senate sponsor of legislation to reform the in-plain-view marijuana statute, released the following statement upon the Governor's State of the State address:

January 8, 2014
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RITCHIE TEAMS UP WITH LOCAL SHELTERS TO HELP FIND HOMES FOR PETS

Ritchie Website, Facebook Page to Feature “Pets of the Week” 

In an effort to find homes for animals up for adoption, State Senator Patty Ritchie is teaming up with local animal shelters to feature “Pets of the Week” from Central and Northern New York on her website and Facebook page.

“There are many people who bring pets home in December as holiday gifts who are now heading back to work and school and finding that they don’t have the time to dedicate to caring for an animal,” said Senator Ritchie.

“Many of those animals end up at local shelters.  That’s why, this month—and in the months to come—I’ll be working with the Potsdam Humane Society, the Jefferson County SPCA and the Oswego County Humane Society to help find loveable pets a home.”

Senator Ritchie—a longtime pet owner who now owns a yellow lab named “Gunner”—is currently featuring the following pets on her website and Facebook page:

Potsdam Humane Society: This week’s pet is Barron von Willie, a male dog that has been part of the Potsdam Humane Society family since April of 2012.  He is house trained, smart, energetic, full of love and according to Potsdam Humane Society staff, would do best in a single pet household.  For more information on Baron von Willie and other pets up for adoption, please call the Potsdam Humane Society at (315) 265-3199.

January 6, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS MEETS WITH KIDS STOCK THE HOUSE

Senator Jack M. Martins met recently with Kids Stock the House, an organization devoted to supporting the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Kids Stock the House was founded by Donna Christina Oliverio, who enlisted the help of young people, getting students involved in helping others. Kids Stock the House, comprised on students who selflessly dedicated themselves to helping others, assists famlies in need by supporting the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, which provides comfort for those families who have a child undergoing medical treatment.

January 6, 2014
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Squadron Statement on Kidnapping and Death of Menachem Stark

BROOKLYN -- State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement tonight:

January 5, 2014
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A MESSAGE FOR THE NEW YEAR FROM SENATOR KEVIN PARKER

(Brooklyn, NY) – “Today, as we gather with our family and friends while ushering in 2014, I want to wish you and your loved ones a safe, prosperous, and healthy New Year.  

January 1, 2014
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SENATOR KEVIN PARKER BRINGS KWANZAA GREETINGS

Today we celebrate UMOJA – Unity! The first of seven principles of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is rooted in seven principles known as Nguzo Saba, and each value represents an aspect of African philosophy. UMOJA encourages that each member of the family and their respective communities are constructed by interconnected interpersonal relationships. Through UMOJA, we strive for and maintain

December 26, 2013
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Senator Kevin Parker Shares Holiday Greetings

(Brooklyn, NY) “Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone in Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington, Windsor Terrace, Park Slope and the rest of Brooklyn.

Christmas is a special time of year where we remember that more than 2,000 years ago, a child born in a stable brought us the gift of peace and salvation. It is also the time of year where we are called upon to love our families, friends, neighbors and community as we love ourselves, because our destinies are linked. Or, to say it another way, we are our brother’s and sister’s keeper.

December 25, 2013
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SENATOR PARKER SPREADS HOLIDAY CHEER TO HOSPITALIZED CHILDREN

Brooklyn, NY- While many parents were shopping and preparing for the revelry of the holidays on Friday, December 20th, others that were sitting by their children’s bedsides in Brooklyn’s hospitals received a surprise appearance from Senator Kevin Parker, who visited the pediatrics departments of both Kings County Hospital Center and the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center, to spread holiday cheer and distribute toys. Family members and their children were all smiles to receive an unwrapped toy from the Brooklyn lawmaker who distributed more than 700 toys among the community-based organizations and churches of his district this year, and in previous years.

December 23, 2013
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