Issues: Constituents Corner

51st Annual Yonkers Enrico Fermi Educational Fund

Senator Stewart-Cousins welcomed attendees at the 51st Annual Yonkers Enrico Fermi Educational Fund breakfast. The breakfast honored 7 high schools students from Yonkers who received scholarships from the Enrico Fermi Fund. Each scholarship recipient received a certificate from the Senator.

May 6, 2014
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White Plains PTA Council Annual Free Book Celebration

To help celebrate children's literacy, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins participated in the White Plains PTA Council Annual Free Book Celebration on Saturday, May 3rd held at the Eastview Middle School by helping give away books to children. Also at the event pitching were Mayor Tom Roach, State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, State Assemblyman David Buchwald, and County Legislator Ben Boykin.

May 5, 2014
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Official Point of View - An Indecent Proposal

By State Senator James Sanders Jr.

As Published in the May 2nd Edition of The Wave

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) proposal to divert at least $1 billion from a $60 billion Superstorm Sandy federal emergency aid package to a special fund for a national resiliency competition is both reprehensible and insulting.

May 2, 2014
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RITCHIE HONORS “WOMEN OF DISTINCTION”

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored more than two dozen “Women of Distinction” from Central and Northern New York—including advocates, activists, teachers and change-makers—at a special ceremony Thursday at Watertown’s historic Flower Memorial Library.  

“I’m always humbled by the actions and accomplishments of the women I recognize though the Women of Distinction program, and this year was no different” said Senator Ritchie.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO OF THE CEREMONY

***TO READ MORE ABOUT THE 2014 HONOREES, CLICK HERE***

“This group truly gives new meaning to what it means to be a woman in today’s society—they’re bright, determined, selfless and most importantly, working to make a difference in the communities we live in.”

May 2, 2014
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RITCHIE TO HONOR MORE THAN TWO DOZEN “WOMEN OF DISTINCTION”

Event to Take Place Thursday at Watertown’s Flower Memorial Library

State Senator Patty Ritchie will honor more than two dozen women who have made a difference, including teachers, activists, advocates and other change-makers, through the New York State Senate’s Women of Distinction program. 

All honorees will be recognized at a special event taking place Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Watertown’s historic Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library. 

The Women of Distinction program honors women’s history in the Empire State by recognizing outstanding leaders and everyday citizens from the present who are making a difference.

April 30, 2014
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Senator Serrano Joins Council Member Helen Rosenthal for her Upper West Side Town Hall

(New York, NY)- Senator Serrano joined Council Member Helen Rosenthal for her Upper West Side Town Hall meeting. Among the many agencies attending the meeting were representatives from the Department of Transportation (DOT), Department of Sanitation (DOS), Department of Buildings (DOB), Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), Department of Housing Preservation Development (HPD), New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), Department of Education (DOE), New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and ConEd. 

April 30, 2014
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SQUADRON HOSTS MORE THAN 300 COMMUNITY MEMBERS AT CONVENTION

Squadron, U.S. Sen. Schumer, AG Schneiderman, & BP Brewer Highlight Community Engagement

Community Members Participated in Over 15 Discussion Groups on District and State-wide Issues

NEW YORK – Yesterday, State Senator Daniel Squadron hosted his sixth annual 26th District Community Convention, bringing together over 350 community members to shape the future of the district and the state.

April 29, 2014
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Legislative Report with Senator Parker and Yvonne Graham, NYS DOH Associate Commissioner

 

April is National Minority Health Month. Senator Parker welcomes New York State Department of Health Associate Commissioner Yvonne Graham, Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Prevention.

Listen as they discuss the health inequities among various populations and how her office works plan to address these specific issues 2013-2017.

For more information about the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Prevention, please call 518-474-2180 or visit www.doh.gov.

 

April 29, 2014
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FELDER IS MAKING HOUSE CALLS WITH LAUNCH OF SUCCESSFUL “SENATOR ON SITE” INITIATIVE

Doctors may not make house calls anymore, but Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) has reinstituted the concept with the launch of his Senator On Site or “SOS” initiative intended to tackle outdoor safety and quality-of-life issues in the 17th Senate District. Senator Felder initially introduced the program late last month in his newsletter. Since then, nearly 100 people have contacted his office for assistance with problems pertaining to potholes, street lights, tree stumps, or broken sidewalks outside their homes or in their neighborhood which require repair.

April 29, 2014
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Sanders Applauds Expansion of City Program to Help Displaced Sandy Survivors Pay Rent

(Far Rockaway) – New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) commented on today’s announcement by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio that the city’s federally funded Temporary Disaster Assistance Program (TDAP) will now be available to low earning residents displaced by Superstorm Sandy who need help with paying their rent.

April 28, 2014
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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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