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September 13, 2011
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Delancey Street Safety Working Group Formed After Preliminary Stakeholders Meeting

Squadron, Chin, Velazquez, Silver, Stringer Bring Together Agencies, Community Board, Advocates to Address ‘Deadliest' Street in NY

NEW YORK – Yesterday, a group of elected officials, city agencies, community leaders and advocates convened at State Senator Daniel Squadron’s office and agreed to form a Delancey Street Safety Working Group to address what has been called the “deadliest" street in New York.  Senator Squadron, Council Member Margaret Chin, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer brought together Delancey Street stakeholders to work out safety improvements along the corridor.

A spate of accidents has plagued Delancey Street, spurring calls for action to protect pedestrians, cyclists, and all types of users. This month, the Department of Transportation installed countdown clocks at intersections along Delancey as a first step to increase safety measures.

September 13, 2011
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Senator Oppenheimer to Hold Mobile District Office Hours in White Plains

Senator Oppenheimer Wants to Hear From You!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

WHITE PLAINS PUBLIC LIBRARY

100 Martine Avenue

White Plains, NY 10601

(914) 422-1400

Come share your concerns, get assistance or just say hello

 

 

September 24, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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Senator Oppenheimer Holds Mobile Office Hours In New Castle

Please stop by and visit with Senator Oppenheimer

at her booth on

NEW CASTLE COMMUNITY DAY

Train Station Parking Lot

Chappaqua, NY 10514

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Come share your concerns, get assistance or just say hello

September 17, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Senator Oppenheimer Wants to Hear From You!

Mobile Office Hours

Larchmont, Mamaroneck and New Rochelle

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

LARCHMONT PUBLIC LIBRARY

121 Larchmont Avenue

Larchmont , NY 1038

(914) 834-2281

Come share your concerns, get assistance or just say hello.

 

September 10, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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Senator Martins Congratulates Elmont's Own Caprice Nugent for Winning the Miss Jamaica Pageant

Senator Jack Martins congratulated Elmont's own Caprice Nugent who captured the 2011 Miss Jamaica US Pageant! The Miss Jamaica Pageant is the number one Caribbean beauty pageant in the Northeast. The Miss Jamaica US pageant celebrates empowerment, beauty, intelligence, volunteerism, education and community of Jamaican women. Media mogul Ken Williams founded the pageant in 1986. The pageant is an annual event that takes place in New York State that promotes awareness, poise, elegance, and self-esteem. Capri is a graduate of Gotham Avenue Elementary School and Elmont Memorial High School in Elmont. "Capri is an outstanding woman who has made the entire Jamaican community proud in Elmont. Her win is a testament to her hard work, determination and effort.

September 9, 2011
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Sen. Grisanti Thanks First Responders: Reminding Everyone to Never Forget 9/11

As we approach the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, I join many of my colleagues who serve as elected officials when I say “thank you” to our country’s emergency responders and military personnel.

I encourage my constituents to pause and reflect for a moment of silence on Sunday, September 11, as we remember what happened 10 years ago as a result of horrific acts that lead to the destruction of New York City’s World Trade Center, damage to the Pentagon and the loss of nearly 3,000 American lives.

September 8, 2011
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Sen Grisanti Joins Gov. Cuomo at Buffalo State College for "New York Remembers" in honor of 9/11

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today visited the New York Remembers exhibition in Buffalo, where he was joined by family members and first responders at Buffalo State to commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11th. 

“This exhibit gives New Yorkers here in Buffalo and in Western New York an opportunity to gather to remember those who died on September 11th and embrace the spirit of unity that brought us together ten years ago,” Governor Cuomo said. “We will never forget those who lost their lives and the countless acts of heroism by our first responders. As we commemorate the ten year anniversary, these exhibits will allow us to reflect and mourn, while also educating a new generation about September 11th.”

September 7, 2011
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Senator Martins and Villages Partner to Collect 3,000 Pounds of Food for Long Island Cares

Senator Jack M. Martins and the villages throughout the Seventh Senate District partnered in August to collect food for Long Island Cares the Harry Chapin Food Bank. The food drive was incredibly successful, raising an estimated 3,000 pounds of food.

“The response from our communities to help those in need has been overwhelming. I can’t thank all those who participated in this food drive enough. It is a tribute to the generosity of our communities and the effectiveness of our villages,” said Senator Martins.

September 7, 2011
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Senator Krueger's Community Bulletin: September 2011

Message from Liz . . .

We are a less than a week away from the 10 year anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, and just over a week past Hurricane Irene. Each had a very different and complex cause; both left us with the immediate need to rebuild our communities. Both also highlight the importance of interdependence as a fundamental strength of our democratic society. In other words, none of us “do it all by ourselves;” we survive through our inter-relationships and our dependence on institutions. When the basic safety and infrastructure of local communities is damaged, we must rely on others to help us rebuild. It really does “take a village.”

File: 
Senator Krueger's Community Bulletin: Sept 2011

September 7, 2011
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Senator Martins Listens to Residents on Hurricane Impact

Senator Jack Martins was back on the streets of Elmont Thursday knocking on doors and meeting with families, seniors and young people regarding the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Martins has been visiting communities throughout the 7th Senate district assessing hurricane damage and listening to community leaders.

“You have to get out and listen to what’s happening. I lost power for days at my own house and had to throw out food from my family refrigerator just like countless families and seniors. Trees are down, property is damaged and people are hurting. It’s also real frustrating. That’s why you need to be accessible and try to do the best you can to help people in their time of need,” said Senator Martins.

September 6, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO APPLAUDS APPROVAL OF FEDERAL DISASTER AID FOR SUFFOLK COUNTY

          Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced today that federal disaster aid is now available for homeowners, renters and businesses in Suffolk County.

          Suffolk’s residents and businesses are now eligible for the Individuals and Households Program, Crisis Counseling, Disaster Unemployment Assistance, USDA food coupons and distribution, USDA food commodities, Disaster Legal Services, the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and Small Business Administration disaster loans. Nassau County residents and businesses are also eligible for this assistance.

September 2, 2011
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Steps to File Insurance Claims on Damages Suffered During Hurricane Irene

Citizens throughout the state experienced extreme weather on Sunday, and many New Yorkers are still dealing with the aftermath of flooding, downed trees, power outages and other devastation. It is encouraged that those who felt the most destructive effects of Hurricane Irene to act quickly and take the appropriate steps to file insurance claims for damaged or lost property.

Here are some suggestions for filing an insurance claim for damaged or lost property:

• Contact your insurance provider and/or agent as soon as possible, as your policy might require that you make this notification within a certain time frame. Make sure you have your policy number and other relevant information ready for your company or agent.

September 1, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO APPLAUDS APPROVAL OF FEDERAL DISASTER AID FOR NASSAU COUNTY

          Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced today that federal disaster aid is now available for homeowners, renters and businesses in Nassau County.

          Specifically, Nassau County residents are now eligible for the Individuals and Households Program, Crisis Counseling, Disaster Unemployment Assistance, USDA food coupons and distribution, USDA food commodities, Disaster Legal Services, the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and Small Business Administration disaster loans.

September 1, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO AND SUPERVISOR MURRAY SPONSOR HURRICANE IRENE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

          Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today partnered with Supervisor Kate Murray in assisting residents with filing insurance claims for Hurricane Irene damage.

          The program, sponsored by the New York State Insurance Department, came to the Merrick Road Town Park in the department’s mobile office van to give advice and assistance to residents who sustained damage to their property as a result of Hurricane Irene. The mobile van will continue to help residents until 8 P.M. tonight.

September 1, 2011
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Brooklyn Eagle: Bridge Park To Build Indoor Soccer Field

By Dennis Holt

BROOKLYN — The Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation has announced that it has submitted a Request for Proposals (RFP) for an operator to construct, operate and maintain a seasonal indoor recreation structure on Pier 5.

The inclusion of such a facility was agreed to by the park’s board of directors on Aug. 2. The idea of such an addition was encouraged by several groups, area residents and officials, including state Sen. Daniel Squadron and Assemblywoman Joan Millman.

September 1, 2011
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Carroll Gardens Patch: Hamilton Pedestrian Bridge Closure Prompts Call for Increased Safety

By Georgia Kral

Earlier this summer, the State Department of Transportation closed the Hamilton Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, which links Red Hook and Carroll Gardens, for repairs. The DOT alerted residents, elected officials and community leaders only days before the closure.

According to Craig Hammerman, District Manager of Community Board 6, the short notice was only one aggravating aspect of the way the state handled the bridge closing. Hammerman said the community had long offered solutions to problems with the pedestrian bridge, and had received little if any response.

“We were completely caught off guard by this sudden news from your department,” he wrote in a letter to State DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald. “It is frustrating to think that the State of New York will be investing hundreds of thousands if not millions of scarce tax-payer dollars into a band-aid approach to improve the condition of this pedestrian bridge, while associated problems that have vexed this community for too long continue to go unaddressed.”

Issues include safety, the bridge has long been considered a "convenient way for perpetrators while in the commission of crimes to evade capture, according to Hammerman, and basic maintenance.

Hammerman’s letter, along with feedback from the community, prompted State Senator Daniel Squadron to host a meeting with the interested parties, from the DOT to community leaders including Maria Pagano of the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association.

At the meeting, the DOT agreed to work with the community on making sure people who use the bridge on a daily basis, including school children who attend the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies and the Brooklyn New School on Henry Street, are aware of safe detours.

"The Hamilton Ave Bridge construction raised legitimate concerns about safety -- for the community at large and for students as they travel to and from school," said Squadron.

A flyer is being created by the DOT that will be distributed to the local schools.

September 1, 2011
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The Advocate: Gillibrand's Blunt Response on GOP's Plans: "They Will Fail"

By Lucas Grindley

New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand knows how which applause line works with an LGBT audience. 

During a forum on LGBT rights in New York, a member of the audience asked about presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's desire to reinstate "don't ask, don't tell" and amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

“I heard she wants to turn the clock back, bring back 'don’t ask, don’t tell,'” a voice can be heard asking in video of the event. “There’s a push among the Republican Party to have a national act against marriage equity. Is it a possibility?”

“No, they will fail,” was the U.S. senator's brusque response. Then Gillibrand gathered her papers in a stack and tapped them on the podium as if ending a newscast as the audience cheered loudly.

“What a great answer,” the moderator, state senator Daniel Squadron, can be heard saying over a microphone.

The forum was held on Tuesday and was titled “After 'I Do': What's News for LGBT New Yorkers?” Watch complete video of the event below, with Gillibrand taking the podium about 28 minutes into the first recording.

September 1, 2011
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Daily Kos: Senator Gillibrand: “They Will Fail.”

New York's Junior Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, made an appearance at an LGBT symposium held in New York City on the future of marriage equality in New York State (video and summary here). An attendee asked her about the right-wing's attempts to walk back LGBT progress made of late. Specifically mentioned was Representative and Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's promise to reinstate "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," a signature achievement for Gillibrand in her first term in the Senate.

The Senator's answer left no ambiguity on her perspective. It was concise, resolute, and the picture of "no nonsense." It was a mere four words in it's entirety:

“No. They will fail.”

As the applause and laughter dies down, my own state Senator, Daniel Squadron, himself a great ally on LGBT rights and host of the evening, said, "Let that be a lesson to us all on brevity and effectiveness."

September 1, 2011
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