Issues: Constituents Corner

July 31, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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July 17, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Sanders Thanks NYC Council for $253,000 Rochdale Village NORC Funding Restoration

Late yesterday, the New York City Council adopted a $75 billion dollar city budget for fiscal year 2015. Included within the new budget is a $253,000 appropriation to fund the Rochdale Village Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC).

Rochdale Village's NORC was scheduled to close next month after its application for a renewal of funding was declined by the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) due to projected budget constraints.

Upon learning of the NORC’s impending discontinuation, New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale) immediately convened a meeting between him, his aides and DFTA Commissioner Donna Corrado, to urge the program's funding be renewed.

June 26, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Westchester Choice Matters

A known advocate for women's right to choose, Senator Stewart-Cousins joined Attorney General Eric Schneiderman at the Westchester Choice Matters event on Wednesday, June 25th held at the Scarsdale Women's Club. 

June 26, 2014
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Constituent Service at Nodine Hill Senior Center

Members and staff of the Nodine Hill Senior Center in Yonkers welcomed Senator Stewart-Cousins with a cake. The Senator held Constituent Service Hours at the Nodine Hill Senior Center to provide Yonkers residents answers to and assistance with various matters including housing, Medicare and Medicaid, youth programs unemployment benefits, among others.

June 24, 2014
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SENATOR SQUADRON CONFERS 40 SERVICE AND GOVERNMENT ENGAGEMENT AWARDS TO DISTRICT SCHOOL KIDS

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron announced the sixth annual Service and Government Engagement (SAGE) Awards, honoring graduating Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn students who have demonstrated public service and a commitment to their communities beyond the classroom.

June 23, 2014
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June 24, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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June 25, 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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June 25, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Andalusia School 8th & 12th Grade Graduation Ceremony

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins attended the Andalusia School 8th & 12th Grade Graduation Ceremony on the evening of Wednesday, June 22nd to remind the students about the importance of education and how far they all have come. Located in Yonkers, the mission of the Adalusia School is "to nurture confident and committed Muslim youth who will draw upon the Qur’an and Sunnah to achieve moral, spiritual, and material excellence in all fields of endeavor". Also at the graduation was Assemblymember Shelly Mayer.

June 23, 2014
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St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation Block Party

Senator Stewart-Cousins kicked off the summer with residents of the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center and their families at the first annual St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation Block Party on Saturday, June 21st. The free event filled with games, food, arts and crafts, live music, a petting zoo, and raffles, was an opportunity for friends and neighbors of the community to learn more about the Foundation as well as meet the residents of the Pediatric Center.

June 22, 2014
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Sanders Votes “Yes” for Medicinal Marijuana in New York State

Sanders Votes “Yes” for Medicinal Marijuana in New York State

On the final day of the legislative session, New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) voted in favor of passing the bill (S7923) to legalize medicinal marijuana in New York State.

Before announcing his vote on the bill, Senator Sanders expressed his dismay at the onerous restrictions recently added to the legislation after an eleventh-hour accord between the bill’s sponsors, Senate Majority Co-leader Dean Skelos, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Governor Andrew Cuomo was reached before today’s vote. Sanders remarked, “This is a very timid beginning, but perhaps it is a beginning.”

June 20, 2014
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR PATTY RITCHIE ON THE END OF THE 2014 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Since the 2014 Legislative Session began in January, my colleagues and I have been focused on achieving results that make for a better New York for all who call our state home.

Today, I’m pleased to say that by working together, across the political aisle, we have made great strides towards several of my top priorities, including creating jobs, cutting red tape, lowering taxes, improving our schools and fostering new opportunities for people across our state.

Agriculture is the cornerstone of our state’s economy, and this year, I was pleased to see approval of my “Young Farmers NY” program; an initiative designed to address the issue of our state’s aging farmer population.  As Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I firmly believe this new program will encourage more young people to join the ranks of our hardworking farmers and position New York’s biggest industry for significant future growth. 

June 20, 2014
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Yonkers MHA and Pelton Athletic Club's Father's Day Celebration

Senator Stewart-Cousins spent some time with constituents at the Father's Day Celebration with Yonkers Municipal Housing Authority and the Pelton Athletic Club which was held at Pelton Park in Yonkers, an event to encourage young fathers to take an active part in their children's lives.

June 19, 2014
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SPEAKER SILVER AND SENATOR SQUADRON ANNOUNCE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO HELP REDUCE OVERCROWDING IN NEW YORK CITY SCHOOLS

Measure Would Require the New York City School Construction Authority to Account for Population Growth

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senator Daniel Squadron announced today that both houses have passed legislation to help address the severe overcrowding problem in New York City schools by requiring the City’s School Construction Authority (SCA) to collect population data and use this information in connection with the Authority's five-year educational facilities capital plan (A.10108/S.07873). The bill, sponsored by Silver and Squadron, states that the SCA and the New York City Schools Chancellor must factor and account for how future population growth might affect the pervasive overcrowding of city schools.

June 19, 2014
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Monthly Column: State Assembly must change its course of inaction on important issues

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

With only a few days left in the 2014 Legislative Session, many bills already passed by the State Senate are awaiting action by the State Assembly.  

 

The State Senate has been working diligently on legislation to end pregnancy discrimination in the workplace and also to prevent the tragedy of human trafficking.  In particular, two pieces of legislation dealing with both these issues passed the State Senate first in 2013 and again as recently as last week. 

 

June 18, 2014
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