Issues: Constituents Corner

Senator Martins Helps Great Neck Scouts Earn Citizenship in the Community Badge

Senator Jack M. Martins helped members of Boy Scout Troop 10 of Great Neck earn their Citizenship in the Community Badge. As part of the badge requirements, the Scouts had to meet with a local leader to discuss community issues. On Saturday, March 11, the Scouts met with Senator Martins at his District Office in Garden City Park. The Scouts had a roundtable discussion about issues concerning their community.

“The Boy Scouts and Girl Scout are noble organizations that help shape our youth into future leaders. I was glad to help and will continue to support them,” said Senator Martins.

March 12, 2012
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SQUADRON, DE BLASIO, ADVOCATES RALLY FOR PASSAGE OF BILL TO END FOOD STAMP FINGER IMAGING

Squadron Legislation to Come to Senate Committee Vote on Tuesday as Governor, Electeds Continue Fight to End Practice

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio joined advocates and elected officials to rally in support of passage of Senator Squadron's legislation to end the practice of finger imaging food stamp recipients, ahead of a committee vote on Tuesday.

New York City and the state of Arizona remain the only two places in the United States that use finger imaging to determine eligibility for food stamp assistance. Senator Squadron’s legislation (S740/A5303), sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblymember Keith Wright, would end the counterproductive practice that has cost New York taxpayer dollars and deterred eligible families from accessing the federally-funded food stamp program.  An Empire Justice Center analysis found that, between January 2009 and July 2010, 5,958 households were denied or cut off from food stamp benefits because they did not comply with finger imaging requirements.

March 11, 2012
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Senator Ranzenhofer meets with Amherst East Rotary

Senator Ranzenhofer met with members of Amherst East Rotary to discuss the progress of the 2012-2013 State Budget and other issues affecting the community.

March 9, 2012
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SQUADRON TO BRING TOGETHER CITY AGENCIES, CHINATOWN BUSINESSES ON PONDING

NEW YORK – Tomorrow, State Senator Daniel Squadron will bring together the Department of Transportation, the Department of Environmental Protection, and the Department of Sanitation with Chinatown business owners and community leaders to discuss how best to prevent and  address road-curb ponding, after Senator Squadron’s report on the issue prompted DOT action.

March 8, 2012
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Senator Bonacic Meets with Representa​tives from Delaware County New York Farm Bureau

Representatives from the Delaware County New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) met with Senator Bonacic during their Lobby Day in Albany. Pictured (from L-R), Duane (Marty) Martin, Lonny Schaefer, Liz Schaefer and Senator John Bonacic.

March 7, 2012
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Senator Bonacic Meets with Orange County New York Farm Bureau

Representatives from the Orange County New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) met with Senator Bonacic during their Lobby Day in Albany. Pictured (from L-R), Russell Kowal, John Lupinski, Diana Lupinski, Andrew Lupinski, Senator John Bonacic and Paul Ruszkiewicz.

March 7, 2012
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Senator Bonacic Meets with Farm Bureau Representatives

 Representatives from the New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) met with Senator Bonacic during their Lobby Day in Albany. Pictured (from L-R) Front row: Marilyn Howard, Linda Hill and Liz Schaefer. Center row: Jan Vlastelica, Bambi Baehrel, Lonny Schaefer and Andrew Lupinski. Back row: John Lupinski, Duane Marty Martin, Padraic Mabee, Senator John Bonacic, Russell Kowal, Diana Lupinski and Paul Ruszkiewicz.

March 7, 2012
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Rev. Carl Clarke of Open Arms International Ministries Delivers Invocation

Reverend Carl Clarke of Open Arms International Ministries and Ms. Carol Lodman joined Senator David Valesky in Albany. Rev. Clarke was in the Senate Chamber to deliver the day's invocation.

March 6, 2012
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Senator John Bonacic meets with the Orange County 4-H

Representatives from the Orange County 4-H met with Senator John Bonacic at the 77th Annual 4-H Capital Days Program’s Legislative Breakfast in Albany today.  Pictured (from L-R) Senator John Bonacic, Emmett Anderson, Grace Roeder, Christian (Ian) Lewis and Jerome Christie, 4-H Youth Development Issue Leader, Cornell Cooperative Extension. The 4-H Capital Days program seeks to help 4-H participants achieve a better understanding of New York State public policy, to provide an opportunity for delegates to share their 4-H stories with their legislators, to create awareness of career opportunities within New York State Government as well as to meet and exchange experiences with delegates from other counties.

March 6, 2012
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Senator John Bonacic Meets with Sullivan County 4-H

Representatives from the Sullivan County 4-H met with Senator John Bonacic at the 77th Annual 4-H Capital Days Program’s Legislative Breakfast in Albany today.  Pictured (from L-R) Senator John Bonacic, Rebecca Robinson, Nicholas Castellano and Marylin Russel, 4-H Community Educator, Cornell University Cooperative Extension. The 4-H Capital Days program seeks to help 4-H participants achieve a better understanding of New York State public policy, to provide an opportunity for delegates to share their 4-H stories with their legislators, to create awareness of career opportunities within New York State Government as well as to meet and exchange experiences with delegates from other counties.

March 6, 2012
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Senator Martins Marches in Mineola St. Patrick's Day Parade

Senator Jack M. Martins took part in the St. Patrick's Day Parade by marching with his friends from his hometown of Mineola. The parade began at the Nassau County courthouse on Old Country Road; it proceeded north on County Seat Drive, turning left on Old Country Road and then north on Mineola Boulevard to Jericho Turnpike; the parade then headed east on Jericho Turnpike to Willis Avenue, where it ended.

Numerous organizations as well as schools took part in the parade, which brought out the spirit of St. Patrick's Day. The Grand Marshal was Betty McLoughlin, the past president of the Irish American Society.

Pictured with Senator Martins are John DaVanzo and Assemblyman Ed Ra.

March 6, 2012
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SQUADRON: SENATE REPUBLICANS CHOOSE CORPORATIONS OVER PEOPLE IN POLITICS

In Wake of GOP Committee Vote Against Campaign Finance Reform, Squadron Pushes Bill Forward with Petition for Chamber Consideration

Squadron-Lancman Legislation Would Make NY National Leader in Fight Against Citizens United

ALBANY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Rory Lancman pushed back against Senate Republican efforts to stall their campaign finance reform legislation, with Senator Squadron initiating a petition for chamber consideration to move the bill forward. The legislation would make New York a national leader in the fight against the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision and give people, rather than corporations, a stronger voice in the political process.

The "Corporate Political Activity Accountability to Shareholders Act" (S101/A696A) would require shareholder approval for corporate political contributions, public disclosure of the contributions, and justification of the business rationale for making them.

This afternoon, the Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions Committee voted to prevent the legislation from moving out of committee. Senator Squadron has now begun circulating a petition for chamber consideration of the bill, which would bring the bill to the Senate floor if 38 signatures are collected from Senators.  

“As we look on in horror at the impact of Citizens United, New York has an opportunity to actually do something about it. Yet today, the Senate Republicans chose corporate interests over the interests of real people,” said Senator Squadron. “Make no mistake: unlimited corporate contributions are a threat to our democratic process. By reining in unchecked political influence and bringing desperately-needed transparency to the process, our bill would be a key step toward countering the flood of corporate influence that washes away the voice of regular people. I urge my colleagues to stand up for people over corporations in our politics and join the effort to move this bill to the floor."  

March 5, 2012
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Senator John Bonacic Meets with Members of NYSSMA

Representatives from the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) met with Senator John Bonacic for the Joseph R. Sugar NYSSMA Day in Albany today to discuss education funding and its effect on music programs. 

March 5, 2012
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BONACIC and RABBITT HOST “LOCAL GOVERNMENT DAY” IN ALBANY

Local Officials from 42nd Senate District and 97th Assembly District Meet in Albany for Informational Forum 

March 2, 2012
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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - March 1

An update from the State Capitol for residents of the 61st Senate District in another edition of Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer.

March 2, 2012
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Finger Lakes Region Can Take Pride in Accomplishments of Coaches Coughlin and Boeheim

Throughout my life, I have been very proud to have been born and raised in the Finger Lakes Region.  Growing up here and educated in our local schools, I have always held a deeply-felt pride in our community. That pride only intensified after graduating high school, and attending two outstanding universities right here in our region- Cornell and Syracuse.

March 2, 2012
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Details emerge on possible redistricting amendment

An editorial by The Empire talks about the discussed ammendment to the constitution that would bring about change to the redistricting process. Michael Gianaris and other critics, however, point out that the proposed ammendment would still allow legislatures to have final say, which defeats the purpose of redistricting reform.

The Times-Union’s Casey Seiler has a piece up today about the emerging details of a possible deal between Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature for a constitutional amendment to change the state’s redistricting process.

 

March 2, 2012
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Details emerge on possible constitutional change

Times Union reports on negotiations between the Governor, Assembly, and Senate for a possible constitutional ammendment that would create an independent redistricting body. Many believe the new ammendment will not keep legislatures from influencing the redistricting process, including Senator Gianaris, who believes that "if the final product still leaves the Legislature with the final say, we’ve achieved nothing.”

A possible constitutional change to New York’s redistricting process would create a 10-member independent panel to draw the state’s political lines beginning in 2021, but would allow the Legislature to make final tweaks to the plan if the Assembly and Senate fail to pass it after two tries.

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March 2, 2012
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Veto the map, Gov. Cuomo

Former New York Mayor, Ed Koch, wrote an editorial for the New York Daily News that calls out the current redistricting proposal for being blatantly partisan and urges Governor Cuomo to veto any redistricting bill proposed by the legislature.

About two years ago, I felt the same way as most New Yorkers — our state government was dysfunctional, self-serving and an embarrassment. Along with a group of like-minded reformers, I decided to do something about it, forming New York Uprising, an advocacy effort to change the way legislative and congressional district lines are drawn.

 

Our goal, simply, was to return power to the people.

 

March 2, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Honors L. Nathan Hare, Community Action Organization for Dedicated Service to WNY

As African American History Month comes to a close, Senator Tim Kennedy honored a local man who has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for men and women throughout Western New York and New York State. Kennedy sponsored a resolution honoring L. Nathan Hare for his dedicated service to Western New York. Hare leads the Community Action Organization of Erie County, an organization that works every day to prevent and combat poverty in our community. 

March 1, 2012
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