Issues: Constituents Corner

Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - May 22

Senator Ranzenhofer discusses the newly adopted pension reform law, one of his bills on the move in the State Legislature and honoring 61st Senate District constituents in the State Capitol.

May 23, 2012
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Senator Martins Congratulates Newest Eagle Scouts From Herricks

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended an Eagle Court of Honor as Christopher Farrell, Christopher Trietsch and David Vespe of Boy Scout Troop 201 of Herricks reached the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank an Boy Scout can reach. Becoming an eagle Scout is a tremendous accomplishment as it takes years of hard work and perseverance. Senator Martins joined with Nassau County Clerk Maureen O'Connell, Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello and Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar in congratulating these fine young men.

May 23, 2012
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SENATOR BONACIC INDUCTS MAJOR WILLIAM H. PAYNE OF ULSTER COUNTY TO THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE’S VETERANS’ HALL OF FAME

Senator John Bonacic (R,C,I - Mt. Hope) honored  William H. Payne of  Ulster County as his 2012  Inductee to the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame. 

May 23, 2012
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SENATOR JOHN BONACIC HONORS JOANNE ROSENBERGER OF SULLIVAN COUNTY AS HIS 2012 WOMAN OF DISTINCTION

Senator John J. Bonacic (R,C,I – Mount Hope) honored Joanne Rosenberger of Sullivan County as his 2012 Woman of Distinction at the New York State Senate’s 15th Annual Woman of Distinction Celebration in Albany this week. 

May 18, 2012
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SENATOR BONACIC AND SENATOR SEWARD WELCOME JUDGE CARL BECKER AND THE ROTARY INTERNATIONAL GROUP STUDY EXCHANGE

Senator John J. Bonacic (R,C,I – Mount Hope) and Senator James L. Seward (R,C,I-Oneonta) welcomed Judge Carl Becker and the Rotary International Group Study Exchange students from Tawain in the Senate Chamber this week.

May 18, 2012
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SENATOR JOHN BONACIC AND SENATOR BILL LARKIN WELCOME ULSTER COUNTY CLERK NINA POSTUPAK TO THE SENATE CHAMBER

Senator John J. Bonacic (R,C,I - Mount Hope) and Senator Bill Larkin (R,C - Cornwall-on-Hudson) welcomed Ulster County Clerk Nina Postupak to the Senate Chamber in Albany, this week. 

May 18, 2012
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SENATOR JOHN BONACIC MEETS WITH MISS TEEN INTERNATIONAL ARIANA JULIET KAMINSKI OF SULLIVAN COUNTY

Senator John J. Bonacic (R,C,I – Mount Hope) met with Miss Teen International Ariana Juliet Kaminski of Sullivan County in Albany this week. The Senator presented Ariana with a Legislative Resolution honoring her accomplishments.

May 17, 2012
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SENATE SPONSOR SQUADRON HERALDS GOVERNOR'S ANNOUNCEMENT THAT HE WILL END FOOD STAMP FINGER-IMAGING

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the Senate sponsor of legislation that would end the practice of finger-imaging food stamp recipients, heralded today's announcement by the Governor that he will end the practice. Squadron issued the following statement:

Today, Governor Cuomo demonstrated great leadership by ending the counterproductive practice of finger-imaging food stamp recipients. 

Simply put, finger-imaging has deterred too many New Yorkers from accessing the food they need. It makes no sense for children to go to bed hungry while we waste local tax dollars on a senseless program that puts food farther out of reach.

I carry legislation along with Assemblyman Keith Wright that would end food stamp finger-imaging -- and I'm so pleased that Governor Cuomo has now achieved our bill's goal.

May 17, 2012
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Sen. Gianaris on Democrats’ Fight to Regain the Chamber

YNN's Capital Tonight posted the video of Senator Gianaris' interview with Liz Benjamin.

Senate Democrats are hoping to win back the majority this fall. And they got some good news on that front recently. Last week, Republican Senator Jim Alesi announced he will not seek re-election, leaving his seat up for grabs. And Monday, a new Siena poll found that more than half of voters would like to see the Democrats control the Senate. Senator Mike Gianaris explains how the party hopes to build on this momentum.

Watch the video here

May 17, 2012
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The Capitol Pressroom for May 15, 2012

WCNY posted the audio of Senator Gianaris' interview with Susan Arbetter on the Capital Pressroom.

Senate Democrats smell victory in the air. Senator Michael Gianaris joins me to discuss the Dems strategy for November, the latest Siena Poll, and their priority list for the rest of the session.

Listen to the full audio here.

May 17, 2012
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Senator Martins Names Jean-Marie Posner a NYS Senate Woman of Distinction

Each year, the New York State Senate honors women who have made significant contributions to their community and, in doing so, have had a positive impact on New York State. This year, Senator Jack M. Martins named Jean-Marie Posner of Sands Point the Seventh Senate District Woman of Distinction.

On Tuesday, May 16, Jean-Marie made the trip to Albany for the special ceremony that was held after Senate Session, during which the women of distinction from each of the Senate districts were recognized.

“Jean-Marie has meant so much to many organizations and fellow residents. Her work for the Friends of the Sands Point Preserve as well as for education and senior citizen affairs has left an indelible mark on the community,” said Senator Martins.

May 16, 2012
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SQUADRON RESOLUTION HONORS ADAM 'MCA' YAUCH

Resolution Celebrates Life of Late Beastie Boys Founder, Brooklyn Native Yauch

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron honored Beastie Boys founder Adam "MCA" Yauch with a resolution on the Senate floor. The resolution, which recognizes Yauch's and the Beastie Boys' major contributions to music, as well as Yauch's political activism, passed the Senate yesterday afternoon.

Yauch grew up in Brooklyn Heights and the Beastie Boys grew to prominence via the East Village and Lower East Side music scene. 

May 16, 2012
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SQUADRON HONORS CARROLL PARK'S KATHLEEN HENDERSON AS NEW YORK WOMAN OF DISTINCTION

Squadron: Henderson's Dedication, Kindness, and Leadership Has Made Carroll Park the Heart of Our Community

ALBANY -- Last night, State Senator Daniel Squadron honored Carroll Park Playground Associate Kathleen Henderson as a New York "Woman of Distinction." Ms. Henderson and her family and friends traveled to Albany for the celebration.

Ms. Henderson, considered the "den mother of Carroll Park," has been at the center of the park's transformation over the 16 years she's held this role. From entertaining and taking care of Carroll Gardens' children, to keeping the park safe and welcoming, Ms. Henderson has become a fixture in the community.

May 16, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Presents Geneseo Woman With Prestigious Award

KATE KINGSLEY HONORED BY STATE SENATE AS “WOMAN OF DISTINCTION”

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) honored Kate Kingsley of Geneseo on Tuesday with one of the New York State Senate’s highest honors, recognizing her as a contemporary “Woman of Distinction” for volunteerism and devotion to her Livingston County community.

May 16, 2012
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May 16, 2012
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SENATOR BONACIC HONORS JOANNE ROSENBERGER OF SULLIVAN COUNTY AS HIS 2012 WOMAN OF DISTINCTION

Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I- Mt. Hope) today honored Joanne Rosenberger of  Sullivan County at the New York State Senate’s 15th Annual Woman of Distinction Celebration. The Senate’s “Woman of Distinction” program was created in 1998 to honor New York women who exemplify personal excellence.Joanne Rosenberger has served as a Girl Scout leader for the past 20 years and currently runs three troops to ensure all children who wish to participate have a place to do so.

May 15, 2012
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SENATOR LARKIN HONORS LOCAL WOMAN AT STATEWIDE EVENT

Sister Yliana Hernandez Selected as 2012 "Woman of Distinction"

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today honored Sister Yliana Hernandez of Newburgh at a special ceremony held in Albany as one of the New York State Senate's 2012 "Women of Distinction."

Sister Yliana was honored for her outstanding contributions to education and for her commitment to helping others in her local community.  Sister Yliana is currently the principal at the Nora Cronin Presentation Academy, a private middle-school in Newburgh, which instructs 60 girls with a combination of full-time and volunteer teachers. 

May 15, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Mother - The Great Vacationless Class

Two sets of twins – same family – double doses of double trouble. That was life for my mom and dad: two sets of twins and another child just to stir things up. How they actually survived, especially mom, I’ll never know. But having a weekly column I think it’s high time I offer some reflection on and praise for the woman who so selflessly raised us. So I apologize in advance if this week’s column sounds like I’m being sentimental about her. It’s only because I absolutely am.

May 14, 2012
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