Issues: Constituents Corner

New York Times: Housing Deal Ensures Park in Brooklyn Will Expand

 

By LISA W. FODERARO

After months of uncertainty over the fate of the popular Brooklyn Bridge Park, city and state officials plan to sign an agreement on Tuesday that would allow limited private housing to be built there, to help pay an expected annual operating cost of $16 million.

The agreement ensures that the park, which now measures 20 acres, will be completed, eventually expanding to 85 acres on five disused piers along the East River.

August 4, 2011
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Hightlights From the Historic Game Between Elmont Memorial High School and the Henry Viscardi School

On July 16, Senator Jack M. Martins sponsored the Elmont 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. As part of the special day, Senator Martins arranged a game between the Nassau County champion Elmont Memorial High School Spartans and the Henry Viscardi School Cougars.

The Spartans finally met their match as the Cougars emerged victorious. Check out the highlights!

August 3, 2011
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Manhasset Boy Scout Interviews Senator Martins

Senator Jack M. Martins was at the Manhasset Library last week when he was asked by a Boy Scout who was working on a project for an interview. The Senator gladly obliged.

Manhasset Boy Scout Martin Clarke asked Senator Martins questions such as why he wanted to be a Senator and how you become a Senator.

Senator Martins responded that he went into public service because he wanted to make a difference. He encouraged Martin that if you want to change your community for the better, get involved. “Sometimes, it’s not enough to point out when something is wrong. You have to be willing to work toward making it better,” Senator Martins said.

August 3, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

A World of Good, Right Here at Home

If you could afford only one, would you pay for heat, your rent, or buy groceries?

If that seems like a rhetorical question to you, be thankful, because for thousands of less fortunate Long Islanders, it is not. The disturbing truth is we have neighbors right here on Long Island, in our very own towns and villages, who struggle with questions like that every month.

It is estimated that there are 320,000 Long Islanders who are hungry or food insecure each day. According to a report by Long Island Cares and Island Harvest, 47 percent of those they serve have to choose between food and utilities. An even greater 49 percent have to choose between food and rent.

August 1, 2011
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Senator Martins Salutes Henry Viscardi Cougars For Big Win at Basketball Tournament

Under sunny skies, the heat beat down on the basketball courts at the Dutch Broadway Elementary School in Elmont. The Henry Viscardi School Cougars waited patiently for their game to begin. The Cougars weren’t taken on any ordinary team; they would be taking on the Nassau County champion Elmont Memorial High School Spartans.

July 29, 2011
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Senator Squadron Announces Major Progress on Old Fulton Street

Squadron Partners with 84th Precinct to End Scourge of Idling, Illegally Stopped Tour Buses

Works With MTA to Approve Rerouting of B25 Bus at Today’s Board Meeting; Allows Redesign to Move Forward

BROOKLYN – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced two dramatic steps forward on Old Fulton Street that will improve quality of life and create a more pedestrian, resident, and business-friendly environment:

July 28, 2011
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Residents Dream of Green Future for Derelict Murray Hill Pier

By Mary Johnson

 

MURRAY HILL — A decaying pier that stretches along the East River betwen 38th and 41st streets could soon be transformed to house a meandering bike path, community gardens, an urban farm, play areas and art.

The proposal was one the ideas that emerged from a day-long brainstorming session hosted by the Municipal Art Society.

The conference, at NYU Langone Medical Center Tuesday, brought together members of Community Board 6, residents, architects and elected officials to discuss hopes for the 34,000-square-foot pier, previously operated by Con Edison.

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July 27, 2011
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Sen. Krueger's District Wide Free Events List: August 2011

Upcoming Free Events in Senate District 26:

August 2011

 

If you would like to receive this list via email, send your name, address, and email address to liz@lizkrueger.com, with the subject “Free Events List”

Please note: This schedule is subject to change – it is recommended that you call ahead to confirm these events.

 

Monday 8/1/11

 

10:30 AM Health Advocates for Older Adults, Madison Ave Pres. Church, 921 Madison Ave, 212-980-1700

Exercise: Arthritis Class

 

12:30 PM Bryant Park, Upper Terrace, 6th Avenue & 42nd Street, 212-768-4242

Music: Piano in the Park: Roy Eaton

July 26, 2011
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Monthly Column: A “New Start” for New York

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

After years of record spending increases and countless tax and fee hikes, the conclusion of the 2011 Legislative Session marked a dramatic turnaround for State government.  With new leadership in the Senate, as well as a new Governor, a lot was accomplished– including an on-time budget, property tax cap, ethics reform, and NY-SUNY 2020.

New York still faces major challenges ahead and a great deal of work needs to be done, but I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of the positive steps that were taken during this year’s session:

July 26, 2011
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Senator Martins' Food Drive to Begin August 1

Senator Jack M. Martins is partnering with Long Island Cares as well as local communities to collect food for those in need during a drive from August 1-21. There will be Long Island Cares drop boxes for food collection throughout the Seventh Senate District for those wishing to donate food.

Long Island Cares the Harry Chapin Food Bank was founded by the late singer-songwriter Harry Chapin. It is dedicated to providing food for those in need with the assistance of Long Island’s communities.

After visiting Long Island Cares, Senator Martins wanted to help the food bank. He reached out to all the villages in the Seventh Senate District to ask if they help host the food drive by placing a food collection box at their village hall.

July 26, 2011
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Community Leader Spotlight: Art Robinson, Seneca-Babcock Block Club President

“Don’t ever give up on your neighborhood.”

The word community is defined as a group of people who live in the same area.

Art Robinson believes a community is much more than just an area where you live. For Art, a community is a sense of belonging, a place to be proud of.

Art is the president of the Seneca-Babcock Block Club. He has demonstrated great leadership within the Seneca-Babcock community.

 Taking the reins

Stepping up as the president of the block club 11 years ago, Art believes, “To make a better community, people need to get involved.” Although he felt “drafted” as the block club president, Art said, “I’m glad I did this.”

July 25, 2011
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Athletic Tournament Honors Firefighter

From Newsday

By Aisha Al-Muslim

Aspiring young athletes gave it their all on the court as they shed sweat and tears during a sports tournament Saturday in Elmont dedicated to a late New York City firefighter from the community.

Students from fifth grade through college from Elmont and surrounding communities showed off their athletic skills during the eighth annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament at the Dutch Broadway School.

"I call this the largest family reunion of generations of Elmont," said Scott Cushing, tournament committee chairman.

July 19, 2011
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Elmont Shines Again During 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament at Dutch Broadway School

It was 7 a.m. Saturday at Dutch Broadway School, where over 200 volunteers were putting up banners, assembling tents, setting up hoops and putting the finishing touches on the 2011 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. Months of preparation, that began this past February, were being executed by high school and college students with precision and efficiency that local civic leaders marveled at. “This is what Elmont is all about,” said Tournament Sponsor, Senator Jack M. Martins.

July 19, 2011
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Ranzenhofer sponsors car seat safety check

Parents can get their child’s seat inspected for free

Amherst, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will sponsor a free car seat safety check on Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to Noon at Main Transit Fire Department, 6777 Main Street in Williamsville.

“Every parent knows that installing a car seat can be difficult.  Certified technicians from local police agencies will be on hand to ensure your child’s car seat is safely and properly secured. Even if you think your child’s car seat is already properly installed, it never hurts to double-check,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

July 15, 2011
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Video: Senator Squadron on Fox 5's Good Day New York

Calls To Review Service On F, L Subway Lines: MyFoxNY.com

MYFOXNY.COM - New York State Senator Daniel Squadron is calling on the MTA to review the 'L' and 'F' subway lines -- particularly the increasing problem of overcrowding on the weekends.

Among the reasons for more ridership on the lines includes increased night life in the Williamsburg and Lower East Side neighborhoods as well as flea markets in Brooklyn which are popular on the weekends.

"The MTA is under enormous budget pressures. All I am asking is for a review of weekend subway service. A couple of years ago they did it on the F line. It was great. It was transparent. I'd like to see that here now," Squadron told Good Day New York.

July 13, 2011
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CBS New York: Sen. Squadron Calls For Review Of L And F Subway Line Weekend Service

Following the release of the Times report, State Sen. Daniel Squadron called for a review of weekend service on the F and L lines.

“Today’s report underscores the fact that weekend subway service is simply not keeping up with New York,” said Squadron.

In a letter to New York City Transit President John Prendergast, Squadron requested a full review of the L line’s performance. Squadron wrote a similar letter in 2009 which prompted the MTA to review weekday service on the F train.

Squadron told 1010 WINS, ridership along the L line has increased drastically because of new development projects in Williamsburg and Greenpoint that have brought residents and travelers.

“These neighborhoods are only getting more popular, more people moving in, more reasons to visit them,” Squadron said. “The MTA should be ahead of the curve on addressing this change in ridership instead of falling further behind.”

July 13, 2011
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am New York: More trains needed on F, L lines on weekends, pol says

A Manhattan pol is pushing the MTA to step up service on the L and F lines, especially on weekends.

State Senator Daniel Squadron wants a review of the lines following a report in The New York Times that pointed out that the number of straphangers on weekends has boomed, resulting in long waits and crammed subway cars.

“I’m a big believer in the city that never sleeps,” Squadron (D-Manhattan) told amNewYork. “You can’t have a subway system that’s tied to the 9-5 clock.”

July 13, 2011
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NY Post: MTA has app-etite for new nerd ideas

By Jennifer Fermino

The subway map just doesn't cut it anymore.

Navigating the Big Apple is getting the high-tech treatment, with the MTA calling on geeks to make sense of the city's subways and buses.

Agency officials yesterday -- admitting they're not too tech-savvy -- said they want an untapped corps of armchair techies to create new smartphone apps for their often-confused 8.5 million daily riders.

To get their keyboards fired up, the MTA released a trove of data to help entrants come up with new ideas -- and will offer $15,000 in prizes to creators of the most useful programs.

That info includes previously unreleased diagrams of stations -- so it will be easier to find station agent booths at deserted G-train stops.

July 13, 2011
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