Issues: Constituents Corner

SAFETY FIRST MAKES FOR A PERFECT PROM

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

As the school year winds down, students are gearing up for what is often thought to be one of the highlights of high school—prom.  While prom can be a great time, it’s so important that students know that in order to have fun, they need to make safety a priority.

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit with students from Central Square High School before they headed out for the big night. While things have definitely changed since I was in their shoes, one thing has remained the same, and that’s the pressures students face on prom night that put their health and safety at risk. 

April 28, 2014
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RITCHIE ATTENDS BRIER HILL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT’S ANNUAL BULLHEAD FEED

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited with the Brier Hill Volunteer Fire Department at its 77th annual bullhead dinner on Friday.  Begun in 1937 as a community fundraiser, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) has honored the event as a living example of what was once a mainstay in rural communities across the state.

April 26, 2014
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SEN SQUADRON, AM KAVANAGH, NEW YORKERS AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE ISSUE JOINT STATEMENT ON SENATE MAJORITY’S REFUSAL TO ALLOW A VOTE ON 50-CALIBER GUN BAN

NEW YORK – Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence released the following joint statement in response to the Senate Majority’s refusal to allow a vote on bill S2028/A3322.

April 25, 2014
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Sanders Blasts HUD for Turning Sandy Recovery into “Game Show”

(Far Rockaway, NY) - Senator James Sanders Jr. (D- Rochdale Village) has sent a letter to Secretary Shaun Donovan, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) blasting HUD’s recent proposal to divert $1 billion or more of money designated for the rebuilding of the communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy into a nationwide competition for disaster resiliency projects. The money would come from funds diverted from the final $3.6 billion that HUD has to distribute for Sandy-related projects.

In the letter to Secretary Donovan, Senator Sanders stated, “Every day I witness my neighbors and constituents struggling to recover from the storm. Our communities are still in desperate need of rebuilding and recovery funds.

April 24, 2014
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Senator Sanders and the Queens Public Library Provide Rochdale Village’s Seniors a Key to Maintaining an Active Lifestyle

Contact: Dara Bragg | dbragg@nysenate.gov | (718) 523-3069

(Rochdale) – To ensure his community’s seniors are no less actively engaged than today’s generation in the use of digital media, New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) arranged for representatives of the Queens Public Library to join him and the staff of the Rochdale Village Senior Center in helping its seniors sign-up for library cards.

Having access to their local library branch will allow them to experience the arts through traditional media forms, like books and video, but using the latest technological devices of our era, such as eReaders and Tablets.

April 24, 2014
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SENATOR SQUADRON TESTIMONY ON EQUITY IN PARKS FUNDING

Senator Highlights Parks Conservancies Are Not Independent Non-Profits, Part of Larger System

NEW YORK – Today, Senator Daniel Squadron submitted testimony at the City Council’s hearing on equity in parks funding. Senator Squadron argued that since parks conservancies are not independent non-profits – they are entities that exist as the result of a contractual relationship with the City – the City has a right and the responsibility to set the terms of a relationship around its broader values and needs.

April 23, 2014
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State Senator Wants Investigation Into Emergency Response to Fatal Queens Fire

Far Rockaway - New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens), appearing alongside the family of recently deceased four-year-old fire victims Jai'Launi and Aniya Tinglin, called for an independent investigation into the delayed response by emergency services to the deadly fire that claimed the young children's lives last Saturday, and appealed to the public to show its compassion for the Tinglin family's loss by donating money to help pay for their funeral service expenses.

April 23, 2014
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NYS Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) Issues Statement on Kids Death by Fire: Parents Requesting Help with Funeral Costs

NYS Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) Issues Statement on Kids Death by Fire: Parents Requesting Help with Funeral Costs

Far Rockaway - State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) and the parents of four year olds Jai'Launi Tinglin and his half-sister Aniya Tinglin, victims of a tragic fire in Far Rockaway last Saturday, are asking for help with funeral expenses. State Senator Sanders visited the parents of the two children, killed in a basement fire of a two-story house on Saturday night, earlier.

April 22, 2014
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Senator O'Brien, Senator Robach and advocates call for Senate action on Child Safe Products Bill

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - A legislative proposal to disclose the use of toxic chemicals in children’s products is languishing in the New York State Senate, despite passing the Assembly this year, in a 111-25 vote.

State Senator Ted O’Brien, ranking member of the Senate Environmental Conservation committee, today called on the Senate leadership to bring the Child Safe Products Act to the floor for an immediate vote as soon as the Senate reconvenes on April 28. He was joined by Senator Joe Robach and representatives from Moms for a Non Toxic New York and the Child Care Council, Inc.

April 17, 2014
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SQUADRON, ROZIC, & LOW WAGE WORKERS ANNOUNCE “FAIR WAGE” ACT

Bill Would Require Large Businesses Who Can Most Afford It To Pay Employees $15/Hour

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Nily Rozic, along with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, members of New York Communities for Change, the Working Families Party, and Make the Road New York, low wage workers, and elected officials announced the “Fair Wage” Act (S6455) which would require large employers and chain stores to pay their employees a real living wage of $15 an hour indexed to inflation.

April 16, 2014
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April 16, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Senator Dilan Introduces Measure to Make Sabotage of Regulated Rentals a Criminal Act

In response to the recent spate of rent regulated building owners  intentionally destroying units in attempts to drive tenants out,   Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) and Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol (D-North Brooklyn) have introduced new legislation making the practice a criminal act.

S. 6941 would expand tenant protections by establishing the crime of Sabotage of Rent Regulated Accommodations, a class D felony. Existing tenant protections  prohibit the harassment of rent regulated tenants in an attempt to drive them out. However, the recent rise in intentional destruction of regulated units, and the severity of the damage, are well beyond the scope of current law.

April 14, 2014
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AVELLA DONATES MATZOS TO JEWISH CENTER IN CELEBRATION OF PASSOVER

(Holliswood, Queens) On Thursday, April 10th, State Senator Tony Avella donated four matzos packages to the Young Israel of Holliswood Jewish Center in celebration of  Passover, which begins on Monday, April 14th at sundown.

April 11, 2014
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Mobile Constituent Service Center - Yonkers

As part of the Senator’s community outreach efforts, the Office of Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be providing constituent service hours in various locations throughout the 35th District. If you need in- person assistance regarding The Department of Motor Vehicles, Housing, Health Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, EPIC, The Department of Social Services, Unemployment Benefits, Workers Compensation, Mortgage Foreclosure/Modification, Consumer Protection, Business Licensing, Youth Programs and many others, please stop by our YONKERS office hours. We may not have all the answers, but we will do what we can to help.

May 7, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Press Release: Senator Stewart-Cousins Releases Schedule of Mobile Constituent Service Hours Throughout Her District

Yonkers, NY - The Office of Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be holding “Mobile Constituent Service Hours” in locations throughout her district starting this week. During these times, the Senator’s staff will be available to take questions, address concerns or intervene on behalf of constituents on a variety of issues. The Senator’s office can help with issues pertaining to…

April 7, 2014
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National Volunteer Week (April 6th - 12th) -- A Great Time To Get Involved

Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week helps celebrate ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and is designed to highlight the enormous contributions that volunteers make every day.  This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, a clear reflection of the long and proud tradition of volunteerism in our nation.

April 4, 2014
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SENATOR SQUADRON, ELECTEDS, & ADVOCATES HOLD TOWN HALL ON 5-WEEK SUMMER SUSPENSION OF G TRAIN

Squadron: Shutdown can’t mean stranded commuters

Electeds, agencies, and community come together to offer alternatives

BROOKLYN – State Senator Daniel Squadron was set to be joined by City Comptroller Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Adams, State Senator Dilan, and Assemblymembers Lentol and Davila for a town hall with community members and representatives from the MTA, City DOT, EDC, and the NYPD on solutions to the 5-week suspension of the G train between Nassau Avenue and Long Island City planned for this summer.

The G train is a vital lifeline for residents and businesses throughout Brooklyn and Queens. With the Sandy-related closure of the G train tunnel between the boroughs, the town hall provides an opportunity to raise concerns and suggest solutions to ensure riders are not stranded. 

“A closure like this is going to be painful, but we have to make sure the shutdown doesn’t mean stranded businesses and residents,” said State Senator Daniel Squadron. “By having the city and state come together now, we're letting the community provide solutions so that people have options. I look forward to working with the agencies and my colleagues to make the solutions suggested tonight a reality.”

April 4, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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SENATOR SQUADRON TESTIMONY ON CITY PARKS BUDGET

Senator Pushes Neighborhood Conservancies to “Change The Game” on Parks Funding

NEW YORK CITY – Today, Senator Daniel Squadron submitted testimony on the City’s Parks budget at the New York City Council’s Fiscal Year 2015 Preliminary Budget hearing. Senator Squadron argued that his proposal to connect well-financed conservancies and parks most in need -- called the Neighborhood Parks Alliance -- would be a “game changer” for the Parks budget overall.

March 27, 2014
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