Issues: Constituents Corner

Queens Tribune: Neighborhood leaders protest ICCC proposal

Community leaders came together in Bellerose to protest an ongoing proposed development on the Creedmoor campus. The organization behind the project, the Indian Cultural Community Center, was accused of lying about the project’s details to get permission to purchase the land.

October 24, 2014
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Queens Chronicle: Property takeover angers residents

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) was joined last Friday afternoon by concerned area residents across the street from the College Point Corporate Park, where he announced that the Department of Sanitation had issued summonses to several businesses that he said have taken over streets and sidewalks. He called on the city to take further action against them unless the situation is rectified.

Avella said he first noticed the unlawful activity during the Memorial Day Parade.

“All these businesses just decided, ‘We’re taking over this property,’” he said. “Clearly illegal.”

October 24, 2014
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TimesLedger: Community leaders ask BSA to deny development to Indian cultural group

Now that another city Board of Standards and Appeals hearing is nearing, opposition is mounting again against plans by the Indian Cultural and Community Center to break ground in Bellerose to construct a four-story building on the site of the Creedmoor Psychiatric facility campus.

October 24, 2014
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TimesLedger: Jamaica Hills teen crowned

Benjamin Cardozo High School graduate Lauren Schwartzberg was crowned 2014 National America Miss New York Teen.

A Jamaica Hills resident, Schwartzberg, 18, will represent New York State for the national title in Hollywood next month.

October 22, 2014
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SENATOR BILL LARKIN SECURES FUNDING FOR LOCAL LIBRARIES

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that he has secured funding through the New York State and Municipal Facilities Program for three libraries in his district.  Cornwall Public Library, Moffat Library and Monroe Free Library will each receive $50,000 in funding to assist with capital projects. 

October 21, 2014
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MTA, DCP Look For Broader Transportation Access

As reported by the Queens Tribune:   

Multiple City agencies are looking to expand transportation access in Western Queens.

A long awaited Long Island Rail Road station may come to fruition in Elmhurst now that the MTA has earmarked $40 million for the project in its proposed 2015-2019 Capital Plan. The station would be on the Port Washington Branch.

Elected officials have voiced their support of the plan.

“We welcome the proposals with open arms,” State Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said, adding that commuters “need and deserve” the LIRR station and other upgrades proposed in the capital plan. 

For full article, click here.

October 21, 2014
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SQUADRON, ELECTEDS, & COMMUNITY BOARD 3 TOUR BUSY NIGHTLIFE NEIGHBORHOODS WITH SLA COMMISSIONER

Squadron, Brewer, Silver, Hoylman, Kavanagh, Glick, Chin, and Mendez Highlight Quality of Life Concerns

Tour Provides Context for Liquor License Applications in The Lower East Side And East Village

MANHATTAN – On Friday night, State Senator Squadron, Borough President Brewer, Assemblymember Kavanagh, Assemblymember Glick and Council Member Mendez, as well as representatives of Assembly Speaker Silver, State Senator Hoylman, and Council Member Chin, in cooperation with the 5th, 7th and 9th Precincts and Manhattan Community Board 3, toured the Lower East Side and East Village with State Liquor Authority Commissioner Kevin Kim to highlight the quality-of-life challenges associated with an over-saturated nightlife scene, and give the Commissioner a better understanding of the neighborhood when making future license application decisions.

October 20, 2014
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Queens Chronicle: Scout's Honor

John Kundmueller was honored Friday by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for attaining the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 15. Avella presented him with a Senate proclamation to commemorate the achievement.

Kundmueller is a member of Boy Scout Troop 75 in Flushing and has been a Scout for 10 years. He started out as a member of Cub Scout Park 75 and his father is a committee member for the troop.

October 17, 2014
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Sister to Sister International 20th Anniversary Power Luncheon

(Dobbs Ferry - October 11th) Sister to Sister International held their 20th Anniversary Power Luncheon on October 11th at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry. Senator Stewart-Cousins, along with Assemblymember Gary Pretlow, attended with proclamations and citations for the honorees: Dionne Polite of AARP,Naomi Johnson of State Farm, and Stacie NC Grant of C & G Enterprises. Congratulations to all the honorees and to Cheryl Brannan, President & STSI Founder.

October 15, 2014
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Senator Avella Honors Famee Furlane of N.A. Club

State Senator Tony Avella attended the 85th Anniversary of Famee Furlane of N.A. Club, the first fogolar furlane, or cultural club, and meeting place for descendents of Friulan immigrants.

October 10, 2014
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Senator Avella Honors Eagle Scout

Today, State Senator Tony Avella was pleased to honor John Kundmueller on the occassion of attaining the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout.

Senator Avella presented John with a Senate Proclamation commemorating his achievement of reaching the rank of Eagle Scout.

 

October 10, 2014
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Senator O'Brien's Winter Coat Drive

Accepting donations of new or gently-used winter coats, gloves, hats and scarves for all ages through October 27, 2014

Please bring items to Senator O'Brien's district office at:

2494 Browncroft Blvd.Town of Penfield

Open Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please call (585) 218-0034 if you have any questions. 

October 8, 2014
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SQUADRON, MILLMAN AND SIMON SPONSOR FREE FLU SHOT CLINIC

Shots Provided At Eileen C. Dugan Sr. Center By Brooklyn Hospital Center

BROOKLYN – State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Joan Millman, and Assembly Nominee Jo Anne Simon sponsored a free flu shot clinic from 9am to 11:30am on Tuesday, October 7th.  Shots were provided by the Brooklyn Hospital Center, and the venue was provided by the Eileen C. Dugan Amico Senior Center at 378 Court Street in Carroll Gardens.

October 7, 2014
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SQUADRON SPONSORS FREE FLU SHOT CLINIC ON LOWER EAST SIDE

Shots Provided At Grand Street Settlement By Visiting Nurse Service of NY

LOWER EAST SIDE – State Senator Daniel Squadron sponsored a free flu shot clinic from 10am to 1pm on Tuesday, October 7th.  Shots were provided by the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, and the venue was provided by Grand Street Settlement at 72 Columbia Street on the Lower East Side.

October 7, 2014
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Ted Hinz is Mr. Bayside

Architect Ted Hinz, center, was honored by the Bayside Historical Society and the state on Saturday as Mr. Bayside during Bayside Day at Fort Totten.

BHS President Paul DiBenedetto, left, said his group paid tribute to Hinz, who was one of the founders of the historical group 50 years ago, was instrumental in restoring the BHS headquarters and creating PS 41.

October 3, 2014
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SQUADRON ANNOUNCES SAFETY MEASURES AT TWO BUSY INTERSECTIONS

Implementation Comes After Requests By Senator Squadron And Community Groups

BROOKLYN – At the request of State Senator Daniel Squadron, a Leading Pedestrian Interval (LPI) is currently being implemented by the city Department of Transportation (DOT) at the intersection of Hicks Street and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. This follows the successful change of the three phase signal, earlier in the summer, at the intersection of Congress, Bergen, and Court Streets to benefit pedestrians. Requested by Senator Squadron, the Cobble Hill Association, and Brooklyn Community Boards 2 and 6, this signal is in the vicinity of several schools, including the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School and the Brooklyn Preschool of Science.  

October 2, 2014
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Sen. Valesky to Hold Free Senior Fair on Oct. 16

Senator Valesky is hosting a Senior Information Fair at the Kallet Civic Center in Oneida on Thursday, October 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Experts from local businesses, nonprofits and government agencies (listed below) will provide important information on health care, in-home services, health insurance, prescription assistance, housing, avoiding scams, and local services, as well as offer giveaways. All senior citizens in Sen. Valesky’s district are invited to attend this free event.

Kinney Drugs will offer flu shots (with insurance card and co-payment), along with blood pressure checks and other health screenings. Tim Horton’s will provide refreshments.

October 1, 2014
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Senator Lee Zeldin's Mobile Office Hours at Mastic Beach Fire Department

Come sit down with Senator Zeldin or a staff member one-on-one to discuss the issues or concerns important to you. For more information, please contact 631-585-0608 or zeldin@nysenate.gov.

Walk-ins are welcome. No appointment is necessary. Please note: All attendees who arrive by 11 am will be guaranteed a meeting with Senator Zeldin or a staff member.

October 7, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Senator Valesky Warns Public About Rebate Tax Scammers

SYRACUSE—State Senator David J. Valesky today warned the public about reports of scammers attempting to illegally obtain personal information under the guise of confirming their eligibility for a state tax rebate.

“We are aware that scammers are targeting Central New York,” Senator Valesky said. “I urge everyone to be vigilant, to make sure their family and friends are aware of the scam, and to report any incidents to the Attorney General.”

October 1, 2014
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Senator Serrano Co-Sponsors a Community Resource Fair in The Bronx

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano co-sponsored Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson's community resource fair in the Highbridge section of The Bronx. Local community organizations provided the community with information on education, youth services, healthcare, social services, housing and legal services. 

September 30, 2014
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