Issues: Constituents Corner

Skelos: 63rd legislative district likely result of redistricting

NCPR's Karen DeWitt speaks to Senator Michael Gianaris about redistricting and the unconstitutional attempt by Senate Republicans to keep in control of the chamber. 

Listen to the audio here.

January 18, 2012
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Call them on it, Mr. Cuomo

Timesunion.com wrote an editorial that exposes the Senate Republicans broken promise on independent redistricting and urges Governor Cuomo to take action.

When state Senate Republicans were asking voters in 2010 to restore their majority, they unanimously and unambiguously promised to support creating an independent body to draw new legislative district lines. Even the most casual observer of state government might have rightly asked, “What’s the catch?”

It turns out the catch was as obvious, not to mention cynical, as any escape clause one could imagine: They lied.

Read the full article here.

January 18, 2012
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Gianaris Blasts Possible GOP Plan to Increase State Senate Size

An editorial by Politicker NY reports on Senator Gianaris' reaction to the unconstitutional attempt by the Senate GOP to add a 63rd Senate seat. Gianaris believes this is a despicable power grab to keep their part in the majority

State Senator Mike Gianaris, who heads the Senate Democrats electoral efforts, was sharply critical of a plan Republican Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos floated yesterday, saying there’s a “good chance” the total number of New York State Senators will increase from 62 to 63 for the decennial process of redrawing district lines.

Senator Gianaris said that the “desperate” Republican conference was “brazenly violating the constitution.”

January 18, 2012
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Monthly Column: Jobs, economic development at the top of this year's to-do list

By Michael H. Ranzenhofer, State Senator - 61st District

 

With his delivery of the 2012 State of the State Address earlier this month, Governor Cuomo has officially kicked off the start of a new legislative session. 

Throughout the 2011 Legislative Session, we ended partisan gridlock by partnering with the Governor to produce real results for taxpayers. In 2012, we must continue the momentum from last year to further deliver results to New Yorkers. 

January 18, 2012
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS PRAISING SLA DENIAL OF LIC STRIP CLUB APPLICATION

“I am thrilled the State Liquor Authority stood with the Long Island City community today when it voted against the Gypsy Rose liquor license application. This neighborhood is no place for a sex-based business, and today’s vote brings us one step closer to ensuring the wholesome, family-friendly environment in which an increasing number of people live and work. It is clear the SLA takes community input to heart and I commend the board for today’s decision.”

January 18, 2012
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SQUADRON: PERMIT TO EXPAND 315 EAST 10TH STREET RAISES SERIOUS QUESTIONS

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon the Landmarks Preservation Commission's unanimous vote to approve the East 10th Street Historic District, which came hours after the Department of Buildings approved a rooftop addition at 315 East 10th Street:

January 17, 2012
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An E-Z Resolution: Senator Carlucci Helps Waive Fine for Commuter

NANUET – Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) today announced that his office has won a hard-fought battle with E-Z Pass by waiving a costly administrative fee imposed on Nanuet resident and Tappan Zee Bridge commuter Bruce Cohen.

January 17, 2012
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Squadron Testimony in Support of East 10th Street Historic District

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron submitted the attached testimony to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) in support of the East 10th Street Historic District designation. 

"The block between Avenues A and B demonstrates the four-story scale that has been a trademark of the Lower East Side and East Village for over 100 years – and it would be a shame to jeopardize that history and architecture by not providing historic designation," said Senator Squadron.

Full testimony:

STATE SENATOR DANIEL SQUADRON’S TESTIMONY REGARDING THE EAST 10TH STREET HISTORIC DISTRICT DESIGNATION 

January 17, 2012

January 17, 2012
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ASTORIA LEADERS FIGHT TO PROTECT RATEPAYERS

Queens, NY – Continuing their efforts to protect energy ratepayers, Senator Michael Gianaris and Council Member Peter F. Vallone, Jr. are pushing a federal judge to reject the proposed settlement for an illegal price-fixing case involving Morgan Stanley and two western Queens power plants that caused ratepayers to lose nearly $300 million in two years.

January 17, 2012
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS ON LEGACY OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

"Today, we honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and are reminded of the power of perseverance and the importance of helping others. As a representative of one of the most diverse communities in the world, I am humbled by the ability of different peoples to live side-by-side and create a respectful, loving environment in which our children can grow up understanding the inherent nature of dignity for all. None of this would be possible without the sacrifices made by Martin Luther King, Jr. We are forever indebted to him."

January 16, 2012
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Senator Carlucci to Host Mobile Office Hours in Haverstraw

Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) today announced he will host Mobile Office Hours this Saturday, January 14th from 10:30am – 12:30pm at Haverstraw King's Daughters Library at Rosman Center, located at 10 West Ramapo Road in Garnerville. He will have staff present to address constituent matters involving local and statewide issues for residents of the Haverstraw community.

For more information, please contact the office of Senator Carlucci at (845) 623-3527 or email carlucci@nysenate.gov. 

 

January 12, 2012
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SQUADRON WELCOMES LHOTA COMMENTS ON 370 JAY STREET: JAY STREET WILL HAPPEN BEFORE 347 MADISON

Senator Squadron Raised Nearly-Abandoned MTA Building at New Chair’s Confirmation, Urged Agency to Move Forward with NYU-Poly Applied Sciences Proposal

“For years, Downtown Brooklyn’s extraordinary potential has been limited by the nearly-abandoned former MTA headquarters at 370 Jay Street,” said Senator Squadron. “Chairman Lhota’s comments today were a welcome sign of the MTA’s commitment to putting 370 Jay to use. Now, the City and the MTA must work to make NYU-Poly’s proposal a reality – which would bring jobs to Brooklyn, fuel New York’s growing tech sector, and move forward Downtown Brooklyn’s continued revival.”

January 9, 2012
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #2: Helping Vets With Their School Taxes

We owe a great deal to the men and women of our armed services, as well as parents whose children were lost in the preservation of our freedom.

While state legislators recognize there are no perfect words or gestures to appropriately express our gratitude, we do try to recognize this sacrifice by making it easier for veterans to live and work in New York.

January 9, 2012
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Senator Martins Honors Bellerose Firefighter for Giving the Gift of Life

Senator Jack M. Martins recently presented Bellerose firefighter Rob Syverson with the New York State Gift of Life medal for a selfless act of generosity that captured the spirit of giving during the holiday season.

Having been on the bone marrow registry for the past 16 years, Syverson was contacted a few months as a match for a 43-year-old woman who was suffering from leukemia. Although Syverson didn’t know the woman, he decided to undergo the painful procedure of having bone marrow extracted from his pelvis to be donated to the patient. On November 30, two quarters of bone marrow were extracted while Syverson was under general anesthesia.

January 6, 2012
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SENATOR SQUADRON STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF GOVERNOR'S CALL FOR FOOD STAMP ACCESS AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM

In his State of the State address, the Governor laid out a vision to build on the progress of the past year and continue to move New York forward. Two priorities in particular that he laid out - an end to the practice of fingerprinting food stamp recipients and reforming our campaign finance system - are ready for immediate passage.

January 4, 2012
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Senator Martins Congratulates Metros Boxing Champion

State Senator Jack Martins congratulated Metros boxing champion Titus Williams on his sensational Boxing Victory this past week. Williams fought his bout in Franklin Square’s Plattdeutsche Hall in front of a packed hometown crowd from Franklin Square, Elmont and South Floral Park. Senator Jack Martins congratulated Titus on his victory and wished him continued success as he continues to climb the ladder of boxing success throughout New York State and the tri-state area. “Titus is a great young man who makes Elmont, South Floral Park and Franklin Square proud. His win was truly extraordinary. He shows everyone what commitment and hard work can achieve,” said Senator Martins.

January 3, 2012
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Senator Carlucci Announces Mobile Office Hours in Clarkstown

NANUET – Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) today announced that his office will be holding Mobile Office Hours at the New City Library, located at 220 North Main Street on Saturday, January 7 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.  A staff member will be present in the front lobby to provide direct assistance to any local and statewide issues that are of concern to residents.

For more information, please contact the Senator’s office at (845) 623-3627 or e-mail carlucci@nysenate.gov.  

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January 3, 2012
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Squadron, Millman, Levin Statement on Pier 5 'Bubble'

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Member Joan Millman, and Council Member Stephen Levin released the following statement regarding an indoor recreational facility on Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park:

In August, Senator Squadron and Assembly Member Millman, with the support of Council Member Levin, reached an agreement with the City to complete Brooklyn Bridge Park, including a number of amenities for the community.

December 29, 2011
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SQUADRON: DOE HEEDS OUR CALLS, PROPOSES P.S 8 EXPANSION TO INCLUDE MIDDLE SCHOOL

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement in response to the NYC Department of Education's proposal to expand P.S. 8 Robert Fulton to include a middle school:

Last night, DOE answered the calls of the community and formally proposed the expansion of P.S. 8 to include a middle school. 

For months, I've worked with parents, P.S. 8 faculty, DOE, Assemblymember Millman and Councilmember Levin to make this proposal a reality. 

Providing our community with a high quality middle school is critical to continuing the success of P.S. 8. I urge quick approval of this proposal to get the middle school up and running by next school year and ensure that our kids get the the quality education they deserve. 

December 23, 2011
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