Issues: Constituents Corner

Senator Martins Collects Food in Manhasset to Benefit Island Harvest

Senator Jack M. Martins was in front of King Kullen in Manhasset on a recent Saturday for a food drive to benefit Island Harvest. After visiting Island Harvest earlier in the yearand meeting with President and CEO Randi Dresner, Senator Martins promise to hep replenish the food bank, especially as the holidays are approaching and the demand for food increases.

A total of 110 pounds of food was donated. “I want to thank King Kullen for allowing us to use the outside of the store and to all those who stopped by to generously donate a food item. It will go a long way towards helping Island Harvest provide the support they have been providing for so many years,” Senator Martins said.

November 7, 2011
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Statement on Efforts to Solve Downtown Quality-of-Life Issues

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and Councilwoman Margaret Chin responded to the steps being taken by both the City and Occupy Wall Street (OWS) to ameliorate the serious quality-of-life and safety issues near the demonstrations and, in particular, today’s announcement that OWS has secured off-site 24-hour access bathrooms. 

They issued the following joint statement:

“We are pleased that, on the heels of the City responding to our calls to remove excessive barricades, there has been significant progress on one of the other pressing quality-of-life issues: improved bathroom access.  

“OWS states that it has secured access to a loading dock area connected to 52 Broadway and has obtained three portable bathrooms to install there, with a trained security guard 24-hours-a-day.  We appreciate their attention to this issue.

“We reiterate our call on the City to take a ‘zero-tolerance’ approach to public urination and other such behavior, and to enforce laws prohibiting excessive noise.

“The fact that both the City and OWS are making progress in addressing serious quality-of-life issues signals that there is a path for solving these and other emerging concerns.  We strongly encourage the parties to continue to communicate and we ask that the park remain open and accessible for emergency personnel.  

“As we have said before, these concerns must be solved but cannot be used as a pretext for the violation of First Amendment rights.”

November 4, 2011
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SENATOR KRUEGER WELCOMES HUNDREDS TO FIFTH ANNUAL SENIOR RESOURCE FAIR & DISTRIBUTES NEW SENIOR RESOURCE GUIDE

For Immediate Release | November 3, 2011

Kate Kincaid | kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com | 646.784.0485

 

(New York, NY) – Today Senator Liz Krueger hosted her Fifth Annual Senior Resource Fair. At this free event seniors have the chance to talk to representatives from a variety of government and non-profit agencies that specialize in everything from healthcare to care-giver support to housing to healthy aging to volunteer opportunities to cultural affairs. Joining Senator Krueger and residents from the community were Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Assembly Member Micah Kellner.

November 4, 2011
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Senator Krueger's Albany Update Fall 2011: Your Housing Rights

Dear Neighbor,

With the growing shortage of affordable housing—for both renters and homeowners—there has never been a more important time to understand your rights and how current housing laws apply to you. There is not enough space to address all the pertinent facts, rights, and obligations so this newsletter covers the issues which come up most often in my District Office. You should be aware, however, that there are exceptions to many of the regulations and programs outlined here.

File: 
Fall 2011 Housing Rights Newsletter.pdf

November 4, 2011
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City Heeds Call to Remove Barricades Around Wall and Broad Streets

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement after the City removed barricades around Wall and Broad Streets at the urging of Senator Squadron, Congressman Nadler, Speaker Silver, Borough President Stringer, and Council Member Chin:

Last week, along with my colleagues, I set up a walk-through with Deputy Mayor Wolfson to show the City firsthand the community's concerns regarding barricades. The City deserves credit for heeding our call and removing the barricades around Wall and Broad Streets. 

In a community that has done so much to rebuild and grow, the barricades had a high quality of life cost for residents and businesses. Now, the stakeholders must continue to work to address the other quality of life concerns.

November 2, 2011
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Squadron, Millman Herald City Council Home Rule Message to Allow Residential Parking Permits

Senator, Assemblymember Call on State to Pass Legislation, Give Communities Choice

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Joan Millman heralded City Council committee passage of a 'home rule message' to allow New York State to move forward with legislation that authorizes residential parking permits in the city. 

Senator Squadron and Assemblymember Millman sponsor the legislation, which would address increasingly prohibitive parking for residents while easing traffic congestion, pedestrian hazards, and air and noise pollution, and protecting small businesses.

November 2, 2011
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Senator Valesky Receives High Marks For Supporting New York Libraries

SYRACUSE— New Yorkers for Better Libraries recently announced its grades for New York State Legislators. Senator David Valesky (D-Oneida) received an A for his strong support of libraries throughout the community, scoring 140 of 160 points from the group.

November 2, 2011
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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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