Issues: Constituents Corner

Qns. bridge shops sue city after multiple crashes

The New York Post reports on a lawsuit filed against the city by two store front owners who claim that faulty traffic planning has resulted in multiple incidents of cars plowing into their storefronts.

Two Queens shops shuttered after out-of-control cars plowed into their storefronts not once but twice — and within just nine days of each other — have filed a $1 million lawsuit, blaming a 59th Street Bridge exit ramp.

Espinal Caribbean Restaurant II had been open four years in Long Island City when the first crash happened in March 2011.

“It was a major setback and years of work evaporated,’’ owner Tony Espinal said. “But then the second crash!

May 2, 2012
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NYS Senator John Bonacic - NYS Unified Court Officers Receive Medals of Valor

NYS Senator John Bonacic addresses the NYS Court of Appeals on 2012 Law Day celebrating the heroism of Robert Kowal, Michele Lynch, Michael Mathisen & Scott Truex of Middletown City Court.

May 2, 2012
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Senator Martins Supports Helen's Walk

On Sunday, April 29, Senator Jack M. Martins participated in Helen's Walk to benefit the Helen Keller National Center. The walk takes place in scenic Sands Point, ending at the Helen Keller National Center. "I was glad to participate in Helen's Walk once again. It's a fantastic event for an organization that does amazing work," he said.

May 2, 2012
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SENATOR JOHN BONACIC PRESENTS NEW YORK STATE SENATE RESOLUTION TO FOUR HEROES

Albany, NY – State Senator John J. Bonacic (R,C,I – Mount Hope),  today presented Court Officers; Sergeant Robert Kowal, Michael Mathisen, Scott Truex and Michele Lynch of the Middletown City Court with a Senate Resolution honoring their courage and bravery by preventing a gunman who entered the Middletown City Court from going on a killing spree on February 8, 2012.

May 1, 2012
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GENDA SPONSOR SQUADRON: ASSEMBLY PASSAGE SHOULD BE WAKE UP CALL FOR SENATE GOP

ALBANY -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, the Senate sponsor of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), released the following statement after the Assembly passed the legislation for the fifth time:

"The Assembly's passage of GENDA -- for the fifth time -- should be a wake up call for the Senate Republican leadership. 

"It is simply unacceptable that it's still legal in New York for a person to lose their job or be evicted from their home simply because of their gender identity. Sixteen other states and DC, in addition to New York City and other localities around the state, already have protections in place similar to GENDA; yet New York State remains behind the curve. 

"It's time for the Senate, and for New York, to stand up for what's right and ensure that all New Yorkers are treated with the fairness and dignity they deserve. Let's get this done."

May 1, 2012
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April 27, 2012
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Senator Martins Visits Westbury Library for 'Meet Your Elected Officials'

Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Westbury Library for its “Meet Your Elected Officials” program. Residents were able to ask Senator Martins questions and relay their concerns. He also gave the community an update on the current legislative session.

“I want to thank library director Cathleen Towey, board of trustees president Eric Dobrin and the rest fo the board for inviting me,” said Senator Martins. “This provides me the opportunity to listen to the concerns of the residents as well as update them on our efforts in Albany.”

April 27, 2012
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MEDIA ADVISORY: BONACIC TO PRESENT LIBERTY MEDALS TO MIDDLETOWN CITY COURT OFFICERS

Middletown, N.Y. – (4/27/12) Senator John Bonacic (R,C,I – Mount Hope) will present Sergeant  Robert Kowal, Court officer Michael Mathisen, Court Officer Scott Truex and Court Officer Michelle Lynch of the Middletown City Court with Liberty Medals honoring their courage on February 28, 2012 when a gunman entered the Middletown City Court.

April 25, 2012
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Senator Martins Attends Mineola Junior FD Installation Dinner

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Mineola Junior Fire Department 10th Annual Installation Dinner on April 21. The officers installed included Captain Christopher Strauss, Lieutenant Matthew Barroca and Lieutenant Daniel Dempsey. Ex-captain Mike Fernandes was named the Junior Firefighter of the Year.

The Mineola Junior Fire Department has been highly successful in producing future firfighters in large part to the guidance provided by advisors Bill Gresalfi, Gary Mazur, Scott Strauss, Rob Connolly, Lou Santosus, Jack Fernandes, Joseph Tartaglia, Rich Ueland, Atnhony Natale, Michael Stack, Bryan Strauss, Jack Wolf and Tyler Wolf. Other members of the department who provide crucial support are Chief Joe Pratt and Steven "Chief" Stolarik.

 

April 23, 2012
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Senator Squadron Statement on 370 Jay Announcement

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon news of an agreement to allow NYU to build a Center for Urban Science and Progress at 370 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn:

An applied sciences campus at 370 Jay Street is nothing short of a game-changer for Downtown Brooklyn and all of New York City. 

For years we've pushed to put 370 Jay to use, and, since last fall, we've urged an agreement that would allow NYU and NYU-Poly to build a Center for Urban Science and Progress in the space. 

Now, by bringing a world-class institute to Brooklyn, we'll be able to bring Brooklyn's dynamic talent and vibrant tech scene to the world. And by finally putting the nearly-abandoned 370 Jay to use, Downtown Brooklyn will take another huge step forward.

April 23, 2012
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Senator Squadron Joins Assembly Speaker Silver, Council Member Chin and DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan to Announce Agreement with City on Permit System for Intercity Buses

State legislation would allow city to regulate intercity buses and designate stops, creating much-needed oversight ability 

First-ever permit system will bring order to Chinatown and citywide

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Council Member Margaret Chin and Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan today announced an agreement with the city on state 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.

April 23, 2012
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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.

Read the full article here.

 

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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