Issues: Constituents Corner

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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"The Buffalo News" State Senate working to help Western New York

During the election last fall, Western New York was a battleground for control of the State Senate. By returning control of the Senate to the Republicans, the voters sent a clear message that they were tired of the region being ignored by Albany and sick of the inaction on the issues that truly matter—jobs, taxes and spending.

In less than three months, we have already begun to address those issues, with the leadership of the senators that represent Western New York.

March 21, 2011
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Senator Montgomery Votes Down Senate Republican's Budget Resolution, Faults Proposal for Dismissing Juvenile Justice Reform

Dear Constituents and Juvenile Justice Advocates:

The Republican-controlled Senate and the Assembly have each submitted their budget bills, which accept and reject portions of the Governor’s recommended State spending plan for FY 2011-12.

While I was pleased by many of the funding restorations contained in the Senate’s budget resolution, I voted against the proposal because it hurts our children -- our young people who are on the road to ruin because we, as a State, are not acting responsibly to reform New York’s juvenile justice system.

March 16, 2011
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Statement From Senator Krueger on Out-of-Balance GOP Budget Resolution

For Immediate Release | March 15, 2011

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

 

“My greatest concern is that this resolution will put us an additional billion dollars in debt. The numbers simply do not add up and we cannot rely on a wink and a prayer that this will all work out. Senate Republicans have added a billion dollars in additional expenditures to the Governor's budget without bringing any significant additional revenue to the table nor including enough alternative cuts.

March 15, 2011
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Senator Martins Celebrates 75th Anniversary of Mineola Portuguese Soccer Club

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Portuguese Soccer Club’s 75th anniversary gala on Saturday evening, March 12 at the Mineola Portuguese Center. The Mineola Portuguese Soccer Club has a long tradition of soccer excellence in the Portuguese community.

The club, which plays in the Long Island Football League’s East Division, has produced numerous players throughout the years who have enjoyed playing soccer while carving out successful careers such asNew England Revolution player Gary Flood, New York Red Bulls star Carlos Mendes and the club’s current president, Marco Dafonte.

March 15, 2011
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Senator Martins Encourages Donors to Participate in Blood Drive for Sarah Grace Foundation

Senator Jack M. Martins is encouraging residents to support a blood drive being held benefit a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of children with cancer while at the same time offering comfort and support to their families.

The Hicksville-based Sarah Grace Foundation For Children With Cancer will hold its 3rd Annual Sarah Grace Weippert Memorial Blood Drive on Saturday, March 26 at the William P. Bennett Community Center, 28 West Carle Street in Hicksville, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

March 15, 2011
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SENATOR BONACIC MEETS WITH NAACP DELEGATES

 On March 15, 2011 Senator Bonacic met with delegates from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from Ulster and Sullivan Counties, to discuss their budget and social concerns. From left to right: Eric Monroe, Sullivan County’s Executive Director of Human Rights Commission; Joanne “Kazu” Bernstein, Maude Bruce, President, Ellenville NAACP and Senator Bonacic.

March 15, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Rev. Gomide on Anniversary at Corpus Christi Parish

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated Rev. Tomaz Gomide, Associate Pastor of the Corpus Christi Church in Mineola, for 40 years in the Priesthood, 35 of which have come at Corpus Christi.

“The Corpus Christi Church has been a staple of the Mineola community. Rev. Gomide has had a positive effect on so many of the parishioners and the community over his time in Corpus Christi. I congratulate him on his anniversary and wish him many more years in Mineola. I also want to congratulate Corpus Christi on its 110th anniversary,” said Senator Martins.

March 10, 2011
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Rents Through The Roof?

Thousands of East Siders could see their rent double or triple if rent regulation expires

By Megan Finnegan

New York City already has a notoriously high cost of living, but if current rent-regulation laws expire June 15, tens of thousands of Upper East Siders may face astronomical increases in their rents that could push them to the outer boroughs or even out of the state.

While many tenant advocates say it’s unlikely lawmakers will let this happen, they and other Democrats are pushing for a rent-reform package that will not only renew but also strengthen current laws, and hope that it passes as part of Governor Cuomo’s budget package.

March 10, 2011
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Statement Regarding Recent Lady Gaga Emails

"We have received approximately 600 emails, which represent positions on both sides of the issue. We intend to respond to each and every email that we have received on this matter as we do with every piece of correspondence that comes into our office."

- Doug Curella, Chief of Staff and Spokesman For Senator Mark Grisanti

March 7, 2011
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Statement on Lady Gaga Remarks

“Lady Gaga is a terrific world renowned performer, entitled to her opinion. That is why our country is so great because you have the opportunity to have your voice be heard, and reach out to your local representatives. But Senator Grisanti has already reached out to Outspoken Equality, and is meeting with them next week.

 

Additionally, I have personally met with the Outspoken for Equality in Albany, and we had a very informative and constructive conversation. We look forward to learning more about their issues and concerns with regards to Same-Sex Marriage.”

 

March 5, 2011
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Senator Martins Honors Guinness Record Holder, Philanthropist

On Friday, March 4, Senator Jack M. Martins honored a Mineola resident who has kicked his way to notoriety. But what it even more impressive than Craig Pinto’s knack for kicking field goals is his desire to help others.

Pinto, 33, was diagnosed with Celiac’s Disease, a digestive condition that is triggered by the ingestion of gluten, which can damage the small intestines. After Pinto was diagnosed, he decided he would try to help others who have the same disease.

On October 10, 2010, Pinto participated in a charity event in Bethpage for the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. He would kick 717 field goals from 40-yards out within a 12-hour period, earning him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

March 4, 2011
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Senator Squadron to Host Third Annual 25th Senate District Community Convention

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 4, 2011

All Community Members Invited to Attend Convention at St. Francis College on Sunday, March 13th

New York, NY—State Senator Daniel Squadron announced an open invitation today to his third annual 25th Senate District Community Convention, a gathering intended to elicit input on legislative and community priorities from residents of the community.

March 4, 2011
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Senator Grisanti Strongly Opposed to Bicycle License Legislation

Chairman of State Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee calls proposal ‘outrageous’

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (60th District) issued a statement today strongly opposing proposed legislation that would require every bicycle in New York State to have a license plate.

March 1, 2011
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