Issues: Constituents Corner

The Capitol Pressroom for June 20, 2012

Senator Gianaris was interviewed on Susan Arbetter's show, discussing the probability of ending session without a deal on the decriminalization of marijuana and teacher evaluations.

Listen to the audio here.

June 25, 2012
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Voter Empowerment Act Introduced

An article by the Queens Gazette talks about the introduction of the Voter Empowerment Act, which aims to optimize the voter registration process in New York.

State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law joined with good government and advocacy groups on June 7 to announce the introduction of the Voter Empowerment Act of New York, a nonpartisan initiative to increase voter participation as the 2012 election season commences. This legislation would amend the election law to update, streamline and make more efficient the voter registration process in New York.

 

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June 25, 2012
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Senator Gianaris on RNN's Richard French Live Discussing Stop & Frisk Policy

Check out Senator Gianaris' interview on RNN's Richard French Live discussing how his bill to increase penalties for the imposition of quotas by the police department would also reduce the number of stop and frisks.

June 25, 2012
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Law could simplify voter registration

The Queens Chronicle wrote an article about the Voter Empowerment Act of New York bill, which Senator Gianaris introduced along with Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh and the Brennan Center for Justice. Senator Gianaris believes this proposal could save the state and its counties hundreds of thousands of dollars per election.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria), Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan) and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law introduced the Voter Empowerment Act of New York bill on June 7.

 

June 25, 2012
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Senator Martins Honors Officer Brennan For Brave Service

Wounded Police Officer Recovers From Shooting

Senator Jack M. Martins recently honored New York City Police Officer Kevin Brennan, who has made an incredible recover after being shot in the back of the head earlier this year while in the line of duty.

On January 31, 2012, Officer Brennan responded to a report of a shooting in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The Garden City Park resident was shot in the base of his skull. The suspect was later arrested. For Brennan, the recovery process was slow, but focusing on his family has served as motivation for a full recovery.

Brennan’s wife Janet has been a constant source of support and his daughter, Maeve, who was six-weeks-old at the time of the shooting, has been his inspiration.

June 25, 2012
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Senator Larkin and Assemblyman Skartados Pass Legislation to Create a Newburgh Parking Ticket Tribunal

In an effort to cut down on the time the Newburgh City Court has to spend addressing parking tickets, Senator William Larkin (R-C Cornwall-on-Hudson) and Assemblyman Frank Skartados (D-Milton) announced the passage of legislation that will allow Newburgh to establish an administrative tribunal to handle all parking tickets.

"This is a great day for the City of Newburgh," Senator Larkin said.  "It has taken over a decade, but after all these years I am very happy the legislation has finally passed both houses of the Legislature. I look forward to the Governor signing the bill into law and allowing the City to finally begin recouping the money they so desperately need."

June 22, 2012
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Senate Passes Valesky Bill to Combat Meth Production

The State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) to combat the growing methamphetamine production problem in New York State.

June 21, 2012
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SENATE PASSES TWO FIXES FOR SULLIVAN WEST

Outgoing School Superintendent Ken Hilton Credited With pushing Legislative Changes 

June 20, 2012
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SQUADRON, VELAZQUEZ, MILLMAN, MARKOWITZ, LANDER WELCOME IMMEDIATE PCB REMOVAL AT P.S. 146, M.S. 448

Electeds Urge DOE to Undertake Similar Additional Inspections at Other Potentially Contaminated Schools

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Borough President Marty Markowitz, and Councilmember Brad Lander welcomed the NYC Department of Education's decision to immediately remove lighting fixtures contaminated with PCBs at P.S. 146 Brooklyn New School and M.S. 448 Brooklyn Secondary School for Collaborative Studies, after parents and the elected officials urged city action.

June 18, 2012
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NEW YORK STATE SENATE HONORS LOCAL MAN

Anthony Mancinelli Honored For Holding the Guinness World Record for Oldest Practicing Barber

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and the New York State Senate honored New Windsor resident Anthony Mancinelli for his accomplishment of holding the Guinness World Record for oldest practicing barber by passing a Legislative Resolution lauding his achievement. 

"Tony is the best," said Senator Larkin.  "It is my great pleasure to present him with a Senate Resolution honoring his Guinness World Record and I urge him to keep going for many years," said Larkin.

June 13, 2012
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Senator Valesky Co-Sponsors Legislation to Strengthen Domestic Violence Legislation

The State Senate unanimously passed co-sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) to protect victims of domestic violence and increases penalties against abusers. 

June 13, 2012
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Senator Larkin Welcomes Anthony Mancinelli of New Windsor to the Senate Chamber

Senator Bill Larkin welcomes Anthony Mancinelli, his son Robert Mancinelli, and granddaughter Lisa Tersillo, to the Senate Chamber in Albany to honor Mr. Mancinelli upon his designation by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest practicing barber.  Mr. Mancinelli has been cutting hair since he was 12 and in 2007 he officially broke the Guinness World Record for oldest practicing barber and he has been breaking his own record ever since.  At the age of 101 he has no plans of retiring in the near future.

June 12, 2012
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SQUADRON ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO CREATE FIRST-EVER INTERCITY BUS PERMITTING SYSTEM, CREATING MUCH-NEEDED OVERSIGHT

Passage Follows Agreement Between Squadron, Silver, City on Legislation, Which Will Designate Stops and Bring Order to Chinatown and City

ALBANY -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed Senate passage of his legislation to create the first-ever permit system for intercity buses, giving the city the power to regulate the industry and designate pick-up and drop-off locations. Senator Squadron released the following statement:

"With Senate passage of intercity bus permit legislation, we've taken a big step toward protecting communities and passengers alike as the low-cost bus industry continues to grow. 

June 12, 2012
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Senator Valesky Supports Landmark Legislation to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S7637) yesterday  that will significantly change the way prescription drugs are distributed and monitored in New York State, with the intent of mitigating the growing prescription drug abuse problem.

 

June 12, 2012
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SQUADRON, SPONSOR OF AGGRAVATED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGISLATION, WELCOMES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OMNIBUS BILL

ALBANY -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed an agreement on a domestic violence omnibus bill, including an "aggravated family offense" provision similar to the legislation he introduced last year. The Squadron legislation was dedicated to fallen NYPD Officer Alain Schaberger, who was killed last year responding to a domestic violence call in Boerum Hill in Squadron's district, by an abuser with a 12 year history of offenses. Both the Squadron legislation and today's omnibus bill would make two domestic violence offenses in five years a Class E felony crime.

June 11, 2012
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SENATOR SQUADRON, MTA ANNOUNCE INCREASED L TRAIN SERVICE

Service Increase Begins This Week Following Squadron's Push to Add Trains As Ridership Skyrockets

Squadron, MTA, Electeds, Community, Businesses Celebrate Win for Growing North Brooklyn

WILLIAMSBURG -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, along with Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, State Senator Martin Dilan, Assemblyman Joe Lentol, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Councilmember Stephen Levin, other elected officials, community and business leaders, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, celebrated increased service on the L train, following Squadron's call to add trains on the line due to skyrocketing ridership.  

June 11, 2012
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Protect Pedestrians, Drivers At Astoria Intersection

The Queens Gazette wrote an article about malfunctioning lights at a busy intersection in Astoria, which Senator Gianaris has urged the Department of Transportation to fix in order to ensure the safety of pedestrians.

State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. are working to increase safety at a busy intersection in Astoria. Following the recurring failure of all four traffic lights at the 31st Street and Ditmars Boulevard intersection, the three elected officials sent a letter to the Department of Transportation (DOT) requesting an immediate investigation into the functionality of the lights as well as remediation of all problem areas.

 

June 11, 2012
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Gianaris to Introduce New York’s Voter Modernization Bill This Week

New America Media did a Question & Answer with Senator Gianaris in advance of his press conference announcing the Voter Empowerment Act of New York.

NAM: What is your national overview of the increasingly heated debate over voter suppression and voting rights at this point in America’s history?

 

June 11, 2012
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SENATOR SQUADRON WELCOMES 9/11 HEALTH FUND RECOMMENDATION REGARDING CANCER COVERAGE

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron (D-Lower Manhattan) welcomed the recommendation of Dr. John Howard of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to provide coverage for a number of cancers under the Zadrogra Act. Senator Squadron released the following statement:

June 8, 2012
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am New York: Brooklynites rejoice! MTA adding L train service starting Sunday

North Brooklyn straphangers are finally getting a break.

The MTA will add nearly 100 trains each week along the L line starting Sunday, amNewYork has learned, providing much-needed service for the route, which has seen sardine-like conditions for more than a decade.

State Sen. Daniel Squadron, who had pushed the MTA to add service along the L and F lines, said he was happyt Brooklyn residents would be a little less cramped on the often-packed subways.

"This is not going to be the silver bullet, but this is real good news for L train riders," Squadron said Thursday. "Anyone tired of the crushing crowds and overflowing trains will now have an L train trip less likely to feel like hell."

 

June 8, 2012
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