Issues: Constituents Corner

Senator Squadron: Dept. of Education Heeds Call, Adds New Seats to Future School at 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:

Today's Schools Capital Plan includes an important victory for Lower Manhattan: DoE has heeded our call to add 180 new seats to the future school at Peck Slip, bringing the total to 656. DoE deserves credit for being responsive to the needs of our growing, vibrant community.

As DoE continues to look at zoning in Lower Manhattan, a larger Peck Slip school should provide new flexibility and options -- moving us toward a conclusion that works better for all schools, current and future. I look forward to continuing to work with DoE, Speaker Silver, Councilmember Chin, and the community to prevent overcrowding, and ensure an overall schools plan that best serves kids.

November 1, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With South Floral Park Community Leaders

State Senator Jack Martins talked about community issues and events in the South Floral Park community with South Floral Park Trustee Elton McCabe and South Floral Park Civic Association President Anthony Barbieri. The two community leaders dropped by Senator Martins 1st annual Athletic, Health and Fitness Day at Valencia Gym. "It was great to see Elton and Anthony come out for this great event. It was also a perfect time to talk about our community and work together on important issues that impact our neighborhoods," said Senator Martins.

October 28, 2011
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Update from Senator Squadron, Borough President Stringer, Rep. Nadler, Council Member Chin on OWS & Community Concerns

NEW YORK -- Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Borough President Scott Stringer, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and Council Member Margaret Chin released the following update on the response to community concerns regarding Occupy Wall Street:

We continue to work with the City, OWS, and all stakeholders to respond to community concerns.

Fire hazards like generators and gas affect both the community and the protesters.  We are glad that there were no incidents as the FDNY carried out its safety inspection this morning.

October 28, 2011
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Senate Dems To Congress: Protect Food Stamps

By Ken Lovett

The federal food stamp program alone pumps more than $5.3 billion a year into the state, the letter says.

"While the Farm Bill is not up for reauthorization until 2012, we are concerned this critical program may be fast forwarded within the Super Committee deficit process," the lawmakers wrote.

"The Farm Bill needs major reform to better help end hunger through strengthening the SNAP Food Stamps, promoting a health diet, and supporting family farms and a local food economy."

The group says it is "particularly disturbed" by recommendations from the American Farm Bureau Federation that nutrition programs should bear 30% of any deficit cuts made in the Agriculture Committee's jurisdiction

October 27, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: Community Meeting with Senator Squadron

Join State Senator Daniel Squadron at a public meeting to discuss

What's Next In Albany and In Our Community?

November 1, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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New York State Senate comes to Amherst

Ranzenhofer staff hosts mobile office hours

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that his staff will hold mobile office hours at the Eggertsville-Snyder Branch of the Amherst Public Library, 4622 Main Street, on Wednesday, November 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

“Many Amherst residents wrote letters, sent e-mails and called my office throughout the legislative session to have their voice heard.  But now that session in Albany is over, I still want to hear from constituents.  That’s why we’re bringing the New York State Senate to Amherst this Wednesday afternoon,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

October 27, 2011
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Senator Krueger Talks Health Exchanges

The Bipartisan Pro-Choice Caucus wants to make sure women still have quick access to family planning and other services once the Affordable Healthcare Act is fully in place. As caucus founder Senator Liz Krueger explains, their concerns is connected to the state-level health insurance exchanges.

October 26, 2011
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Erin Merryn's Law would mandate child sex abuse education

SYRACUSE, N.Y. --"My innocence was killed, my childhood was taken. My voice was silenced. And I lived in that silence," Erin Merryn said.

Merryn says starting when she was six, she was sexually abused by a neighbor, then at 11 by an older cousin.

October 26, 2011
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Statement by Senator Squadron, Congressman Nadler, Speaker Silver, Borough President Stringer, & Council Member Chin on Community Board Occupy Wall Street Resolution

NEW YORK -- Tonight, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, and Council Member Margaret Chin issued the following joint statement upon passage of a Community Board resolution regarding Occupy Wall Street:

The Community Board resolution lays out a clear path to solve the legitimate concerns of residents and businesses while protecting the protesters' First Amendment rights. 

As the resolution states, this path must include the enforcement of health and safety laws and noise ordinances without the City or Brookfield resorting to "excessive and unnecessary force." 

October 25, 2011
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Senator Krueger Introduces Guide on Regulations Associated With Employing a Nanny & Other Full Time Domestic Workers

Dear Community Members,

Many of my constituents have chosen to hire full time nannies or other domestic workers for their families. Some people are unaware, however, that when they hire domestic workers, they become employers, subject to the same rules and regulations of the Federal and New York State governments as any other employer and business. These regulations can be incredibly complex and are difficult to navigate even for a professional accountant.

File: 
Senator Krueger's Nanny Guide

October 25, 2011
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Oppenheimer Honored by Metropolitan New York Library Council

Senator Acknowledged for Outstanding and Dedicated Service in Support of Libraries

The Metropolitan New York Library Council (“METRO”) has honored State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) for her “outstanding and dedicated service in support of libraries.”  The award was presented to Senator Oppenheimer at METRO’s annual meeting on October 17, 2011, in New York City. 

Calling her “a great friend and supporter of the library community,” METRO Board President Norman Jacknis noted that Senator Oppenheimer is the only legislator to have earned an A+ on the New Yorkers for Better Libraries’ report card of legislative accountability.  Senator Oppenheimer “has sponsored five library bills, four of them have already passed, and she’s made a valiant effort to restore library funding,” said Jacknis.  “In honor of her long-standing commitment to the library community and for her many vital contributions to our area, METRO is pleased to present Senator Suzi Oppenheimer with a special award recognizing her outstanding work.”

October 24, 2011
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MTA Heeds Sen. Squadron's Call, Formalizes Plans to Improve L Train Service

NEW YORK -- Today, the MTA formally announced plans to improve L train service by mid-2012, following requests by State Senator Daniel Squadron to review and increase service. 

"Today's NYC Transit committee meeting makes official the MTA's plans to heed my call and increase L train service beginning in mid-2012," said Senator Squadron. "This L train improvement is an important step toward a subway system that works for its riders every day of the week."

October 24, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: Transportation Town Hall: DUMBO, Fulton Ferry Landing, Downtown Brooklyn

Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Member Joan Millman, and Council Member Steve Levin invite you to a

Transportation Town Hall for DUMBO, Fulton Ferry Landing, and Downtown Brooklyn

Please join us for a discussion about on-going transportation issues in our neighborhood, featuring representatives from the MTA, NYC Department of Transportation, and NYPD's 84th Precinct.

RSVP to belinda@danielsquadron.org or 718-802-3818

October 26, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Statement by Senator Squadron, Congressman Nadler & Borough President Stringer on Community Board OWS Resolution

NEW YORK -- Tonight, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer released the following statement upon committee passage of a Community Board 1 resolution regarding Occupy Wall Street and quality of life:

Last week, we called on Brookfield to delay its clean-up of the park to allow for dialogue and, ultimately, a long-term solution that works for the community and protects the First Amendment rights of OWS.  

Tonight’s Community Board resolution is an attempt to establish a sensible framework that respects the protesters’ fundamental rights while addressing the very real quality of life concerns for residents and businesses around Zuccotti Park. Protecting the needs of Lower Manhattan and the rights of OWS do not need to be mutually exclusive.

We must all work together to make that framework a reality.

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October 20, 2011
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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta About The Municipal Art Society of New York’s Survey on Livability

“It’s never been a secret to life-long residents of Queens that it’s a great place to raise a family, so it’s hardly surprising that more than eight in 10 residents feel that way.  For decades, our great borough has been welcoming families from all over the world, affording them an opportunity to make a home and to succeed.

“Clearly there is room for improvement and a great deal of work needs to be done, as any family sending a child to a severely overcrowded school or struggling to make ends meet in this economy will tell you.  Those of us in government owe it to them to keep doing all that we can to make things better.”

October 20, 2011
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Monthly Column: Medicaid cost structure grossly unfair to counties

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

According to an Empire Center for New York State Policy report, 1.2 million New Yorkers moved to other states between 2000 and 2009, and taxpayers exiting New York had incomes 22 percent higher than those moving in.  These facts are startling, but do not come as a surprise to many of us, who have had neighbors, friends and family leave New York for other states. 

As more and more residents have left over the last decade, the burden of New York’s Cadillac Medicaid program becomes heavier and heavier for the remaining New York State residents, especially for homeowners whose property tax dollars almost all go towards the county’s share of Medicaid costs.

October 19, 2011
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