Issues: Constituents Corner

Senator Martins Thanks Rushmore Avenue School for Sweet Donation

Senator Jack M. Martins sponsored a Sweets for Soldiers campaign to collect Halloween candy for our service men and women. Senator Martins’ office received donations thanks to the generosity of the schools in the Seventh Senate District. One of those schools that made a generous donation was the Rushmore Avenue School in Carle Place.

Dropping off the donation were Jen Sussman and Laurie Papa from the Rushmore Avenue School. “I can’t thank the Rushmore School enough for their generous donation. The students parted with their Halloween candy, showing their appreciation for our soldiers. They should be commended,” said Senator Martins. “The response from the community has been outstanding, from the teachers, students and parents. Thank you.”

November 14, 2011

Sen. Gianaris Optimistic After 2011 Elections

Senator Gianaris was on YNN's Capital Tonight with Liz Benjamin to discuss the results of Tuesday's elections. The senator hopes to gain back control of the state senate for the Democrats.

Big wins for Democrats this week have State Senator Mike Gianaris optimistic about next year’s elections. His goal is to help Democrats recapture control of the state senate.

Watch the video here.

November 10, 2011

Oppenheimer Grant Helps Restore Trees Lost to Storm Damage in Crawford Park

Crawford Park in Rye Brook was particularly hard hit by the devastating snow storm in March 2010.  Numerous trees were lost or badly damaged.  In consultation with the Town of Rye, Senator Oppenheimer arranged for a $5,000 grant for the Town of Rye and the Friends of Crawford Park, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and beautification of the Crawford estate.

November 7, 2011

Squadron Calls on Dept. of Ed: Improve District 2 Rezoning Plan

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron urged the NYC Department of Education to reform the student population projections it uses for rezoning, in a letter to Chancellor Dennis Walcott. The call came amidst serious concerns about DOE’s draft District 2 rezoning plan, which impacts thousands of families and many schools in Senator Squadron’s district. The letter is linked below.

Despite new schools in Lower Manhattan, the rapidly growing residential population is still leading to long waitlists, an unsustainable number of kindergarten sections at many schools, and rezoning challenges.

“The zoning plans do not include some important factors. The School Construction Authority must develop more accurate assessments of the capacity and demand for school seats in Lower Manhattan,” wrote Senator Squadron in the letter.

In particular, Senator Squadron's bill - S2884 - includes mechanisms for more accurate student population projections, better transparency and feedback in planning, and a stronger role for parents and the public. In the letter, Senator Squadron also urges DOE to use City population projections and birth rate data, as well as surveys of students’ families to better plan for the growing demand.  

November 7, 2011

Floral Park-Bellerose School Sends Candy Coated Message to the Troops

Student Council Raises 600 Pounds of Candy for Senator Martins' Candy Drive

In the days following Halloween, the students at the Floral Park-Bellerose School had no problem parting with the candy they received trick-or-treating, especially since they knew it was going to a great cause.

The Floral Park-Bellerose School Student Council collected 600 pounds of candy, which will go to the troops serving in the Armed Forces through a candy drive sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins in partnership with Dr. Edward Gottlieb of Mid-Island Dental Group, located at 182 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park, entitled, “Sweets For Soldiers.”

November 7, 2011

Senator Martins Teams With CVS For Successful Flu Shot Program at Port Washington Library

Heading into the Winter season, it’s important to get vaccinated against the flu. In order to provide a convenient way for residents to receive their flu shots, Senator Jack M. Martins sponsored a flu shot program at the Port Washington Library.

Senator Martins partnered with CVS Pharmacy, which provided the vaccine at no cost out-of-pocket costs to the residents. A total of 70 flu shots were given out.

“I want to thank the Port Washington Library for allowing us to hold our flu shot program. I also want to thank CVS for providing the vaccine and the volunteers for giving up their time to administer the shots. I hope everyone has a healthy and safe Fall and Winter season,” Senator Martins said.

November 7, 2011

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

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


For Immediate Release | November 3, 2011

Kate Kincaid | | 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

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.

Fall 2011 Housing Rights Newsletter.pdf

November 4, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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