Issues: Constituents Corner

Senator Martins Receives Generous Toy Donation From Harbor Hills School in Roslyn

Senator Jack M. Martins is sponsoring a toy drive to benefit The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Recently, the Harbor Hills School gave a generous donation to the cause. The toys will be distributed by The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island to a local children's hospital. "The generosity of the students, parents and staff of the Harbor Hills School is overwhelming. This is for a great cause and I can't thank the school enough for their work in making the holidays brighter for other children. Thank you and happy holidays," Senator Martins said

December 21, 2011
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MARKOWITZ, SQUADRON, COMMUNITY RALLY FOR APPLIED SCIENCES CAMPUS AT 370 JAY ST WITH NYU-POLY PROPOSAL STILL ON TABLE

Markowitz, Squadron: City Should Take This 'Two-for-One' Opportunity, Bring Game-Changing Center for Urban Science & Progress to Downtown Brooklyn

 

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN – Today, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and State Senator Daniel Squadron joined Brooklyn elected officials and community and business leaders to rally in support of New York University’s and the Polytechnic Institute’s proposal for an applied sciences campus at 370 Jay Street.

Putting the long-empty former MTA headquarters at 370 Jay Street to use would be a game-changer for Downtown Brooklyn -- creating a hub for science and technology that connects the budding tech community in DUMBO and the surrounding neighborhoods with NYU-Poly’s proposed Center for Urban Science and Progress, as well as City Tech and Poly’s existing campuses. Elected officials and the community have long called for 370 Jay Street to be put to productive use, and pursuing this proposal would be a major step forward in the continued resurgence of Downtown Brooklyn.

 

December 21, 2011
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Monthly Column: Tax relief for Western New York residents

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

Working in a bipartisan manner, the State Legislature enacted a plan earlier this month that will cut taxes by $3.3 billion for millions of New Yorkers and thousands of manufacturers.

Under this Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation plan, every person who pays State income taxes will either pay less or the same amount as they pay now, and the overwhelming majority of taxpayers will get a tax break.

Parts of the tax cut plan include:

Over 4.4 million middle-class taxpayers will receive a total of $690 million returned to them in their paychecks, cutting tax rates for the middle class to their lowest levels in over 50 years.

December 21, 2011
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Senator Martins Attends Meeting of North West Civic Association of Hicksville

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended a meeting of the North West Civic Association of Hicksville. Senator Martins wanted to wish the members a very happy holiday season.

December 19, 2011
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Senator Squadron, Speaker Silver Push for Progress on PAC, Local Reps to Serve on Board

LOWER MANHATTAN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Sheldon Silver released the following statement:

“It is imperative that the Lower Manhattan Performing Arts Center be built and that we take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that it becomes a reality.

 

In order for the interests of Lower Manhattan residents to be protected and represented, we ask that local residents be appointed to the board overseeing the PAC.

 

This project was promised to our community and we remain fully committed to seeing that it is built, that it receives the LMDC funding it was promised, and that our Downtown community is represented through every stage of the process.”

 

December 19, 2011
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SENATOR SQUADRON RECEIVES LITTLE ITALY MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION - CHINATOWN PARTNERSHIP 'PUBLIC SERVANT OF THE YEAR' AWARD

On Saturday, December 17th, Senator Squadron received the Public Servant of the Year Award from the Little Italy Merchants Association (LIMA) and the Chinatown Partnership Local Development Corporation, in recognition for his "compassion, humanity, and commitment in serving the citizens of the Little Italy and Chinatown communities."

After being presented with the award by LIMA President John Fratta, Senator Squadron joined Chinatown and Little Italy leaders to march in the annual East Meets West Christmas Parade. 

December 19, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits the Rotary of Westbury/Carle Place

Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Westbury/Carle Place Rotary.

The Rotary is a community service organization comprised of members who use their talents in service to the community.

December 19, 2011
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Senator Dilan Announces Successful Gun Buy Back Event Held in Cypress Hills

 Brooklyn—Yesterday more than 180 guns were taken off the streets as part of an annual gun buy back program in Cypress Hills.

Though successful, this year’s program was overshadowed by the unfortunate death of 22-year NYPD veteran, Peter Figoski.  Officer Figoski was tragically killed in the line of duty earlier in the week when he responded to a robbery in progress. The handgun used in the failed robbery would have amounted to roughly one-third of the $700 in drug money the perpetrators attempted to steal.

December 18, 2011
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Senator Squadron: DOE Again Heeds Our Call, Adds More Seats to Peck Slip

 

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement after the NYC Department of Education announced plans to add additional seats to the future school at Peck Slip. The DOE will add two new classrooms, or 56 new seats, to the school, bringing the total to 712 seats. Last month, the DOE announced the addition of 180 seats:

December 16, 2011
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SENATOR SAMPSON HOLDS FAITH COMMUNITY BREAKFAST MEETING

(BROOKLYN, NEW YORK): Democratic Conference Leader, State Senator John L. Sampson, told a gathering of the faith community leadership in his district that present-day challenges demand that they change their operational paradigms and become more involved in community-building.

December 15, 2011
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Senator Martins Thanks Elmont SADD and Key Club for Service

Members of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and Key Club were thanked for their community service by Senator Jack Martins this past week for volunteering at the annual Petrocelli Classic Basketball Tournament. The clubs sold food and baked items during the games in an effort to raise funds. Dozens of club members worked shifts and fed hundreds of spectators during the fundraising tournament. "Key Club and SADD did a terrific job at the tournament and served alot of food. The work the volunteers put into the event was outstanding and the crowd loved it," said Senator Martins adding, "the member of Key Club and SADD made sure nobody left hungry!"

December 15, 2011
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Senator Dilan to Host Gun Buy Back Program with Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes

 

The New York Police Foundation creates scholarship fund to assist Officer Figoski’s four daughters achieve their college dreams

Brooklyn—State Senator Martin Malave Dilan (D-Bushwick) is hosting a Gun Buy Back Program with Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes, Assemblyman Rafael Espinal and City Councilman Erik Dilan on Saturday December 17, 2011 in Cypress Hills.

December 14, 2011
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SQUADRON-SILVER BILL TO BRING BENEFIT CORPORATIONS TO NEW YORK BECOMES LAW

Squadron and Silver: New Type of Corporation Will Unlock Billions in Investments for New York, Change the Way New York Does Business

ALBANY – Last night, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s bill to bring benefit corporations to New York was signed into law by Governor Cuomo, changing the way New York does business.

Benefit corporations will create a new industry of corporations with a "double bottom line" of profit and socially-responsible practices – unlocking billions in potential investments in companies that pursue a positive material impact on society and the environment.

"Benefit corporations will mean New York is open for business in an important new way. Benefit corporations will unlock billions of dollars in new investments in New York while empowering companies to do well and do good,” said Senator Squadron. “By offering this opportunity to entrepreneurs and investors, New York will bring new businesses into the state, new investors into the market and a new socially-minded approach for our entrepreneurs. I'd like to thank Speaker Silver for championing this bill in the Assembly, and Governor Cuomo for making benefit corporations law and making New York's economy stronger, more innovative, and more diverse."

December 13, 2011
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Senator Carlucci and Assemblywoman Calhoun to Host Public Hours in Stony Point this Thursday

The offices of Senator David Carlucci and Assemblywoman Nancy Calhoun will hold District Office hours at the Stony Point Town Hall, located at 74 E. Main Street, this Thursday, December 15 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. A staff member will be present to provide direct assistant with any local and statewide issues.

December 12, 2011
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Senator Squadron: Decision to Keep P.S. 137 Open Is Victory and Opportunity

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement after the Department of Education announced that it will not close P.S. 137 on the Lower East Side. In a November 7 letter to Chancellor Walcott, Senator Squadron urged the DOE to keep the school open:

DOE's decision to keep P.S. 137 open is a victory and an opportunity for the Lower East Side community. Last month, I urged the DOE to work with us to find an alternative to closure in the belief that an alternative would be less disruptive to teachers, parents, and students alike. I look forward to working with the school and the community to make sure P.S. 137 provides Lower East Side kids with the best possible education. 

December 9, 2011
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Martins Congatulates First Class Scouts

State Senator Jack Martins participated in the St. Vincent DePaul Boy Scout Advancement Ceremony for Boy Scouts this past week. The members of the troop are from the Elmont and Franklin Square communities. Troop Leader Anthony Maffea invited Senator Martins to participate in the ceremony and participate in the "Board of Review." "I want to congratulate Anthony Maffea Jr, Wade Goldblum, Nicholas Bentivenga and Vincent Gatto on advancing to 1st Class Boy Scouts! It was an honor to serve on the Board of Review and participate in this very special ceremony," said Senator Martins.

December 9, 2011
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SQUADRON TO GOVERNOR: INVEST IN BQE REHAB, CITY TECH, ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Following Bill's Passage, Squadron Asks Governor to Invest New York Works Infrastructure Fund in Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan

Squadron Applauds Passage of Programs He’s Long Championed: Summer Youth Employment, Career Pathways

ALBANY – Following the state legislature’s passage of legislation aimed at creating jobs and growing New York’s economy, State Senator Daniel Squadron asked Governor Cuomo to invest part of the New York Works Infrastructure Fund in key projects in the 25th Senate District: the rehabilitation of the Brooklyn Queens-Expressway (BQE), an incentive program for Lower Manhattan businesses to increase energy efficiency, and a new academic center at New York City College of Technology (City Tech).

December 8, 2011
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Senator Squadron Testifies Against Illegal Expansion of E. 6th Street Building

 

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron submitted testimony to two Board of Standards and Appeals public hearings regarding 514-516 East 6th Street. The building's owner, Benjamin Shaoul, had previously come under fire for an illegal rooftop addition around the corner and is currently seeking an expansion of the residential building on East 6th Street. Senator Squadron has been working with Council Member Rosie Mendez, residents, and advocates to protect tenants from these illegal additions.

December 6, 2011
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WCNY's The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter

Senator Gianaris was on WCNY's The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter to discuss the upcoming session and the need to for fair independent redistricting. 

Click here to listen to the whole interview.

December 6, 2011
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