Issues: Constituents Corner

The Lo-Down: Mary Spink Honored as “Woman of Distinction”

By Ed Litvak

We’re a little belated with this one, but better late than never. Recently, community activist Mary Spink was honored as a “Woman of Distinction,” in a state ceremony recognizing outstanding women all over New York.

She received the award in Albany from State Senator Daniel Squadron. City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez and Community Board 3 District Manager Susan Stetzer were also on hand for the event.

June 9, 2011
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Brooklyn Eagle: Copter Conflict Continues; City Reluctant To Ban

Brooklyn Officials Aren’t Giving Up

By Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle

BROOKLYN — Brooklyn officials say they will be soaring ahead in pursuing a complete ban on tourist helicopter flights from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport, regardless of a negative stance from the Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

June 9, 2011
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Senator Martins Holds Listening Session With Elmont Parents

State Senator Jack Martins was back in Elmont holding a listen session with families about community priorities and opportunities. The listen session is another installment of a series of meetings with small and large groups of community members to hear what’s on the minds of residents. Senator Martins has held numerous sessions throughout the 7th Senate district in communities like New Hyde Park, Great Neck, New Cassel, Westbury, Port Washington, Floral Park, Manhasset, Herricks, Elmont and many more.

The listen sessions, according to Senator Martins, are “productive meetings where there is give and take and a free flowing discussion on issues and concerns that people have.”

June 8, 2011
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June 7, 2011
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Mayor Bloomberg denies tourist helicopter ban over residential areas

NY Daily News

BY Erin Durkin AND Jake Pearson DAILY NEWS WRITERS

Thursday, June 2nd 2011, 4:00 AM

Tourists helicopters won't be grounded despite noise complaints.

The Bloomberg administration Wednesday refused demands from Brooklyn pols to ban noisy helicopter tours over the city.

June 6, 2011
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Saluting the Panda Pawns

Downtown Express

June 1, 2011

New York State Senator Daniel Squadron, NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and NYC Council member Margaret Chin visited the Panda Pawns, the city and state elementary school chess champions from P.S. 124, on Tuesday, May 31, to commemorate the team’s accomplishments.

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June 6, 2011
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Condé Nast signs lease at One W.T.C.

Downtown Express

June 1, 2011

BY ALINE REYNOLDS | It’s official: publishing giant Condé Nast will be moving to the World Trade Center.

The company’s chairman, Si Newhouse Jr., signed a 25-year, $2 billion lease with its future landlord, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, for one million square feet of office space at 1 W.T.C. last week.

Condé Nast’s more than 3,000 employees will occupy one-third of the skyscraper’s office space starting in 2015, according to Port Authority’s executive director, Chris Ward, who held a press conference on the tower’s 34th floor on Wed., May 25, to announce the news.

June 6, 2011
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Brooklyn Bridge Park Awaits Funding Plan

Wall Street Journal

JUNE 1, 2011

By Joseph De Avila

A milestone for the future of Brooklyn Bridge Park is approaching as officials continue to look for ways to generate operating funds for the partially built public space that eventually will cover 85 acres.

The original plan to fund the park's expected annual expenses of $16 million called for building new housing within the park. That plan is opposed by many locals who say that housing would detract from the park.

June 6, 2011
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MISS TEEN NEW YORK KAYLA RIVERA OF SULLIVAN COUNTY VISITS ALBANY

Miss Teen New York, Kayla Rivera of Sullivan County visited the Capitol today to discuss her platform with Legislators. Pictured (from L-R) Senator John Bonacic, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Miss Teen New York; Kayla Rivera, her mother; Heidi Rivera and her father; Joe Rivera.

June 6, 2011
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Elmont Shines at Belmont Parade

The annual Belmont “Elmont” Day Parade attracted hundreds up and down Hempstead Turnpike this past Saturday as the official kick-off to Summer and Belmont Race Track! Bands, Schools, Veterans, athletic teams, civic associations and community leaders marched from the Elmont Memorial Public Library to Belmont Race Track in what local officials have called the largest parade in local memory. The Grand Marshalls of the parade were the Homecoming Kings and Queens of Elmont Memorial and Sewanhaka High Schools.

June 6, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Herricks Girl Scouts

On Tuesday, May 31, the Herricks Association of Girl Scouts held a Recognition and Bridging Ceremony at the Herricks Community Center. The ceremony was held to recognize the Girls Scouts who earned their Bronze and Gold Awards.

Gold Award recipients are: Jessica Bikales, Victoria Flemm and Melanie Pavlidis.

June 1, 2011
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Senator Martins Presents Leslyn Stewart With Senate Woman of Distinction Award

The New York State Senate held its annual “Women of Distinction” ceremony at the State Capitol this past Tuesday where women were honored for their achievements and impact to their home communities. Senator Jack M. Martins honored Elmont’s own Leslyn Stewart as his choice for the 7th Senate District. The ceremony was presided over by State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and all Senators throughout New York State.

“Leslyn is an incredible woman who has taken a tragedy and works to help those involved in law enforcement understand the ultimate sacrifice. She is a trailblazer in health care as a registered nurse at Winthrop Hospital and continues to give of herself locally at the Dutch Broadway PTA and community groups,” said Senator Martins.

May 27, 2011
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High-tech wellness center open for business

Downtown Express

May 25, 2011

By Marissa Maier | At the ribbon cutting ceremony for New York Downtown Hospital’s new Wellness and Prevention Center on Friday, May 20, Dr. Warren Licht recounted an all too familiar story to the crowd.

“All of us here today have made a visit to a doctor’s office,” said Dr. Licht, the hospital’s Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Licht told of the traditional office visit with the sliding glass window separating the patient from the receptionist, the classic scent of Lysol in the waiting room and the cold and sterile exam room. The physician, Dr. Licht continued, lazily or hastily enters the room and it is with this person the patient is expected to impart their most personal information.

May 26, 2011
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9/11 A Decade Later: Conde Nast To Occupy 1 World Trade Center

NY 1

Updated 05/25/2011 07:54 PM

By: Bobby Cuza       

On Wednesday, officials announced a deal naming Conde Nast the anchor tenant at 1 World Trade Center.

"1 World Trade Center has captured the largest new tenant lease downtown in 25 years," said Port Authority Executive Director Christopher Ward.

The deal gives Conde Nast a million square feet of brand-new office space. Until now, only one other corporate tenant, a Chinese company, had leased space there.

May 26, 2011
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