Issues: Constituents Corner

City Hall forum addresses range of topics

State Sen. Mark Grisanti on Thursday conducted a town hall meeting on a wide range of issues with about 50 people at Tonawanda City Hall. Grisanti, R-Buffalo, was invited to speak at the request of Tonawanda Councilman Chuck Gilbert. Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick, R-City of Tonawanda, also attended the forum to update residents on county issues. Several speakers Thursday questioned Grisanti’s position on hydrofracking. Grisanti said he’s reserving an opinion on it until he reviews the findings of a scientific survey, the results of which he said are expected within the next few months.

April 8, 2011
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Small Victories Amid Painful Cuts

The following oped was published in today's Our Town.

By Liz Krueger

Even in the best of economic times, it’s never “easy” to balance the State’s budget. This year it was particularly difficult because our state government had less money and more debt, while the need for public services has only increased. This is not a problem unique to New York: 44 states are facing a combined budget deficit of over $112 billion this year, as the nation struggles to climb its way out of the recession.

April 7, 2011
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Gianaris Demands that State Pull Permit for Long Island City Asphalt Plant--New York Daily News

Pull permit for Long Island City asphalt plant, Queens politician demands

By Lisa L. Colangelo

New York Daily New Staff Writer

Local leaders are calling on the state to revoke permits it issued to a new asphalt plant poised to open in Long Island City.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris and others said the community was never properly notified that Green Asphalt Co. LLC was applying for permits from the Department of Environmental Conservation to operate the plant on Railroad Ave.

"Not only is this plant ill-conceived based on its merits and location, but the process through which it came to fruition was utterly flawed," Gianaris (D-Astoria) wrote in a letter fired off to DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens on Friday.

April 6, 2011
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Where Do You Stand On Indian Point Nuclear Facility?

In the wake of the natural disasters that have devastated Japan and have unleashed a nuclear threat upon a reeling population, the threat of nuclear disaster at Indian Point, a nuclear facility in our own backyard, deserves critical consideration.  In 2013 Indian Point will undergo review by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) which will determine whether or not their operating license will be renewed, a critical moment in which the plant will either remain open or be closed.

Located just 25 miles north of New York City, Indian Point rests above the convergence of two fault lines. Alarmingly, a recent US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) report revealed that Indian Point’s reactor 3 has the highest risk of earthquake damage of the 104 active nuclear plants.

April 4, 2011
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Statement From Senator Krueger on SFY 2011-2012 Budget

For Immediate Release | April 1, 2011

Katie Kincaid | kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com | 646-784-0485

"This year, as we continue to face a struggling economy, both locally and nationally, there was no easy way to balance our State’s budget. Our State government has less money and more debt, while the need for public services has only increased. New York is not alone; 44 States are facing combined budget deficits of over $112 Billion this year. As legislators, we knew that painful cuts would have to be made to vital programs, and the only fair scenario was one in which the sacrifices were shared by all. But when the language and details of this year’s budget were finally revealed, just hours before votes were cast, it became clear that this budget was anything but fair.

April 1, 2011
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Sen. Grisanti to Host Listening Session in the City of Tonawanda

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti will host the fourth stop on his “Listening Tour” on Thursday, April 7 at Tonawanda City Hall, located at 200 Niagara Street in Tonawanda.

The event, which will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m., will be an opportunity for constituents to hear from their representative in Albany as Sen. Grisanti speaks about his ideas for reforming state government. Attendees will be able to ask questions and express their concerns about their community.

The event is free and open to the public and will be held at no cost to taxpayers.

The 60th State Senate Distict includes parts of Erie and Niagara counties, including Tonawanda, a portion of the City of Buffalo, the City of Niagara Falls and Grand Island.

March 30, 2011
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Sen. Grisanti to Host Listening Session in the City of Tonawanda

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti will host the fourth stop on his “Listening Tour” on Thursday, April 7 at Tonawanda City Hall, located at 200 Niagara Street in Tonawanda.

The event, which will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m., will be an opportunity for constituents to hear from their representative in Albany as Sen. Grisanti speaks about his ideas for reforming state government. Attendees will be able to ask questions and express their concerns about their community.

The event is free and open to the public and will be held at no cost to taxpayers.

The 60th State Senate Distict includes parts of Erie and Niagara counties, including Tonawanda, a portion of the City of Buffalo, the City of Niagara Falls and Grand Island.

March 30, 2011
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Legislative Report With Mark Grisanti March 28th

Legislative Report with Senator Mark Grisanti.

March 29, 2011
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Senator Krueger's Free Events List : April 2011

Upcoming Free Events in Senate District 26:

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

Friday 4/1/11

11:00 AM Health Advocates for Older Adults, 341 East 87th St, 212 980-1700

Activity: Bridge

2:00 PM Health Advocates for Older Adults, 341 East 87th St, 212 980-1700

Activity: Ballroom Dancing

Saturday 4/2/11

10:15 AM Health Advocates for Older Adults, 404 East 87th St, 212-980-1700

Seminar: Bone Weakness

File: 
April 2011 Free Events List.pdf

March 28, 2011
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Senator Krueger: "Don't Play Politics With Homeless Families"

 The following is an opinion piece penned by Senator Liz Krueger for Huffington Post:

Albany and City Hall are engaged in a high-stakes game of chicken, and thousands of homeless families are trapped in the middle.

Every spring, as we debate the tough choices that inevitably must be made to balance our budget, we hear from thousands of New Yorkers, non-profits and mayors -- from cities big and small -- who warn of the consequences of cutting the State programs they rely on.

March 28, 2011
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Senator Martins Honors Eagle Scouts From Boy Scout Troop 298 of New Hyde Park

Senator Jack M. Martins honored Boy Scout Troop 298's two newest Eagle Scouts at an Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony, held on Friday, March 11 at Clinton Martin Park in New Hyde Park. Scouts Casey Falconer and Matthew Miller reached the highest level a Boy Scout can achieve. It takes years of hard work and dedication in Scouting to become an Eagle Scout.

"I congratulate Casey and Matthew. They are two oustanding young men who have a bright future. To achieve the rank of Eagle Scout is an accomplishment that will serve them well in the future. They are leaders in their community and I was proud to attend their Eagle Court of Honor," Senator Martins said.

March 28, 2011
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Gov. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Skelos and Assembly Speaker Silver Reach Agreement on 2011-12 New York State Budget

Historic Budget Provides Transformational Plan for State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced an agreement on a 2011-2012 budget that eliminates a $10 billion deficit. The agreement includes historic reforms that redesign state government, create efficiencies through consolidation, cap spending increases for education and Medicaid, and transform the future budgeting process.

March 27, 2011
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Community Connection for Week Ending March 25th

Here is my community connection for the week ending Friday, March 25th. In this week's edition, I had the honor of hosting a "Youth of the Year" in Albany this week, my legislatively speaking column looks at diving New York into two seperate states along with initiative and referendum, and some great events taking place over the next week. Click the pdf link below to view it in full screen.

March 25, 2011
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Squadron holds annual convention

Downtown Express

Volume 20, Number 44

March 16 - 22, 2011

New York State Senator Daniel Squadron held his third annual 25th Senate District Community Convention last Sunday, March 13, at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights.

Participants split into 18 separate discussion groups, each of which focused on a separate topic. Topics included schools, affordable housing, arts and culture, parks, and others. Senator Squadron is currently compiling and reviewing the feedback from participants, which will inform his community and legislative priorities for the coming year.

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March 22, 2011
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Senator Martins Honors Port Washington Eagle Scouts

Senator Jack M. Martins was proud to attend the Eagle Scout of Honor ceremony in honor of Gregory K. Michel and Daniel R. Michel of Troop 241 in Port Washington and present the troop’s two newest Eagle Scouts with Senate Resolutions.

The twin brothers received the highest honor that a scout can achieve, the rank of Eagle Scout. On their trail to the Eagle Scout honors, Gregory earned 27 Merit Badges and Daniel earned 23.

March 22, 2011
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Reproductive Health Matters

Representatives of Planned Parenthood of New York City and the NYC Civil Liberties Union thank Senator Montgomery for affirming her support for the preservation of state and federal funding that enables their organization to deliver quality primary and preventive health care.  

March 22, 2011
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Brooklyn Firefighters Honored for Their Actions During Bushwick Fire

Brooklyn Firefighters were recently honored at this week 83rd PCT Community Council meeting for their heroics in saving Bushwick residents during a Bleecker Street fire last month.

March 22, 2011
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Senator Martins Attends Albertson Fire Company Annual Dinner

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Albertson Fire Company's annual dinner, where he sworn in the officers of the fire company. He also presented Senate Resolutions to two 50-year members of the fire company, Dennis A. Craine and Peter F. Brala.

Dennis joined the Albertson Fire Company on October 10, 1960 and has served in numerous roles including chief. Peter joined the company on Janaury 9, 1961 and also served the company as chief.

March 21, 2011
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