Issues: Constituents Corner

Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - April 18

Senator Ranzenhofer discusses the 2012-2013 New York State Budget.

April 23, 2012
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Cox, Gianaris to offer rebuttals at 2012 LCA Show

Times Union reports that Senator Gianaris has been invited to present at the 2012 Legislative Correspondents Association Show.

The Legislative Correspondents Association Show has secured two talented rebuttal presenters for this year’s musical-comedy revue: State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox and state Sen. Michael Gianaris, D-Queens.

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April 23, 2012
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SQUADRON HOSTS FOURTH ANNUAL COMMUNITY CONVENTION, URGES PARTICIPATORY GOVERNMENT AS WAY TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST ALEC

Squadron: When We Aren’t Watching Is When Government Gets Stolen By Special Interests

NEW YORK – This weekend, State Senator Daniel Squadron hosted his fourth annual 25th Senate District Community Convention, bringing together over 200 constituents to participate in and shape the future of the district and the state.

In his opening remarks, Senator Squadron argued that the best way to fight back against groups like the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and other special interests  is to get involved with government and community through events like the Convention.

April 22, 2012
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SQUADRON WELCOMES RESTORATION OF BBP FUNDING, $40 MILLION DONATION FOR PARK RECREATION

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron issued the following statement after the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation board approved $66.5 million in funding from the City, including the fully-restored funding commitment secured in Senator Squadron's and Assemblymember Millman's agreement with the City last summer. Senator Squadron also welcomed the announcement of a $40 million donation for recreation in the park:

April 19, 2012
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Youth Group From Temple Sinai of Roslyn Visits Albany to Discuss Problem of Bullying

Senator Jack M. Martins welcomed Rabbi Michael White, members of the professional staff and a group of young leaders from Temple Sinai of Roslyn in Roslyn Heights to Albany. Rabbi White and the young men and women visited the State Capitol to speak about issues that are important to the youth, including bullying and cyberbullying, which Rabbi White called a “corrosive epidemic.”

April 19, 2012
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Albany, land of legal scandals

The New York Daily News talks about the lawsuit challenging the Senate Republicans' proposal to add a 63rd state Senate seat and describes how the addition of a seat is flagrantly biased. Although a Manhattan Supreme Court Justice called the Senate Republicans' proposal "disturbing," he declared there was not enough evidence to prove that the scheme was illegal. Senator Gianaris says that State Democrats maintain the proposal is unconstitutional, which is why they have appealed the judges ruling.

Congratulations to Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Richard Braun for boiling everything that’s wrong with New York’s poisonous politics down to the essence.

 

April 18, 2012
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Monthly Column: 2012 State Budget passes ahead of schedule

By Michael H. Ranzenhofer

Working together in a bi-partisan fashion with Governor Cuomo, I am pleased to report that the 2012-2013 State Budget has passed ahead of schedule for the second consecutive year.  The recently adopted budget is a fiscally responsible plan that closes a $2 billion deficit by cutting spending without raising taxes.  It is a plan that will help to create thousands of jobs and strengthen our economy. 

For the second year in a row, overall spending has been reduced.  In an effort to shrink the size of State government, the budget plan eliminates 25 repetitive, inactive boards and commissions, consolidates various departments, and implements efficiencies to reduce government expenditures.

April 18, 2012
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Senator Martins Congratulates Manhasset Resident For Completing Documentary on the Environment

Senator Jack M. Martins recently congratulated Chris Johnston on completing his documentary film, “Take the Challenge Now,” which examined how everyone can play their part in protecting the environment.

Chris, a sophomore at Chaminade High School, spent the past four years working on the documentary, which took him as far as Sweden to conduct interviews on environmental issues. As a resident of Manhasset, Chris also focused on Manhasset Bay and found some good news with regard to the cleanliness of the bay. This could be due to storm water treatment as well organizations such as the Manhasset Bay Protection Committee.

April 16, 2012
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Senator Squadron Honored at Chinatown Cherry Blossom Festival

CHINATOWN -- This weekend, State Senator Daniel Squadron was honored at the annual Chinatown Cherry Blossom Festival for his work to improve quality of life along the Bowery and throughout Confucius Plaza. Senator Squadron has led the efforts to bring more trees and green space to the community, working with the Parks Department and the community on a number of initiatives, including the planting of 37 new trees (largely cherry trees) in November 2010.

The festival was organized by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of New York, the Confucius Plaza Board, and the Confucius Plaza Tenants Council.

In photo: State Senator Daniel Squadron (center) receives a citation from Chinese Chamber of Commerce Chairman Justin Yu (immediate right) and the Chamber board.

April 16, 2012
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SQUADRON, KAVANAGH, QUINN, TENANTS RALLY FOR RENT GUIDELINES BOARD REFORM AHEAD OF ANNUAL VOTE

Squadron-Kavanagh Legislation Would Require Council Approval of RGB Appointments, Ensure More Accessible and Diverse Board

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Tenants & Neighbors, the Real Rent Reform coalition, elected officials, and tenants from around the City rallied to urge passage of state legislation to reform the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB), ahead of the RGB's annual vote to adjust rents this spring.

April 16, 2012
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Senator Martins Set for Helen's Walk on April 29

On Sunday, April 29, the annual Helen's Walk, presented by the Helen Keller National Center for deaf-blind youths and adults, will take place throughout the beautiful Sands Point. Check-in time and registration for the 5K/3.1-mile walk will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. with the official start at 9:15 a.m.

The walk will start at the Sands Point Park & Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road in Sands Point and end at the Helen Keller National Center at 141 Middle Neck Road in Sands Point.

For more information on Helen's Walk to support the Helen Keller National Center, visit www.hknc.org.

April 12, 2012
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New statistics show Queens’ population is growing rapidly

The New York Daily News discusses flawed reporting by the U.S. Census Bureau, which came to light after recent population statistics for Queens showed a much larger population increase than the numbers reported by the Census.

Recent Queens population statistics show the borough is growing despite a lackluster showing in the 2010 Census.

 

Officials say the new numbers boost their claim the Census count was flawed.

 

From April 2010 to July 2011, the population of Queens grew by 17,126, according to data released last week but the U.S. Census Bureau.

 

The new figures place the population of Queens at 2,247,848.

 

April 11, 2012
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Plan to close Bryant draws ire at hearing

The Queens Chronicle reports on the public hearing held in regards to Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to close down and overhaul Bryant High School, which drew a great deal of protest.

The rumblings started low at first — emanating from the football players in the middle of the room, the student government leaders perched closer to the stage and the parents dispersed throughout Bryant High School’s auditorium —and grew until loud boos drowned out a deputy schools chancellor, whose voice was no match for the hundreds of people protesting the city’s plan to shutter the institution established in 1889.

April 9, 2012
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Community Fights To Save Bryant H.S.

An article written by The Queens Gazette reports on the rally held by Assemblymember Aravella Simotas opposing the City Department of Education's proposal to drastically alter Bryant High School. Senator Gianaris attended the rally and believes that the proposed changes will bring more harm than good.

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas held a rally at William Cullen Bryant H.S. on April 3, in opposition to the city Department of Education’s proposal to dramatically overhaul the structure of the Western Queens institution.

 

Simotas, a Bryant alumna, was joined by elected officials, community leaders as well as Bryant students, teachers and parents in calling on the city to reconsider Bryant’s designation for the Turnaround model.

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April 9, 2012
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SQUADRON, DOT BREAK GROUND ON CHINATOWN PONDING REPAIRS

DOT Resurfaces Roads, Fills Ponds Throughout Neighborhood Following Squadron Report

NEW YORK – This morning, State Senator Daniel Squadron joined the NYC Department of Transportation's Manhattan Borough Commissioner Margaret Forgione on Mott Street to officially break ground on work to repair road-curb ponding conditions in Chinatown, following his report that detailed ponding's impact on the local economy and quality of life. 

In September, Senator Squadron released his report, “Road-Curb Ponding: A Drain on Chinatown,” and called on DOT to address ponding -- water that accumulates along the sides of roads and curbs and remains days after a rainfall -- while improving agency-community collaboration to prioritize repairs and ensure reporting.  

April 5, 2012
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Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

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Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Addresses 2012 State Budget In Video Message

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) speaks to the taxpayers and families of Western New York concerning the just enacted 2012 State Budget.

April 4, 2012
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Senator Gianaris speaks at the public hearing on the proposed changes for Bryant High School

Senator Gianaris attending the rally against the Bryant High School turnaround proposal. 

April 4, 2012
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