Issues: Constituents Corner

Wall Street Journal: Brooklyn Park Extends Money Hunt

By Joseph De Avila

A fight over proposed housing in Brooklyn Bridge Park and how to pay for park operations reached a new stage on Tuesday.

The partially built 85-acre park was originally to be funded by adding around 700 units of housing in the park. But locals balked, saying that housing would detract from the park.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp., the nonprofit overseeing the park, appointed a committee to find alternatives to pay for the park's estimated $16 million in yearly operating costs.

On Tuesday, that committee voted in favor of recommending several revenue options that would fall short of the money needed to pay for the park's annual costs.

June 17, 2011
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Downtown Express: Pols Seek Ban to Curb Copter Noise

“A solution that doesn’t solve the problem is no solution at all,” said New York State Sen. Daniel Squadron, whose district includes parts of Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan, and who was among those who signed the letter to Pinsky. “We’ve worked for a year to solve the problem. For a year after the tourist helicopters left the West Side, we worked closely with the industry and with the City, and they worked closely with us, which I really appreciated. The problem, though, is that you have too great a density of helicopters in too small an area.”

June 17, 2011
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Sex and the City Star Cynthia Nixon Lobbies Lawmakers on Marriage Equality

 

Senator Montgomery is joined by Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon who traveled to the New York's State Capitol on Tuesday, June 14 to urge lawmakers to pass a marriage equality bill. The bill was approved by the Assembly that day.

Senator Montgomery, a long-time supporter of marriage equality noted that proponents of the bill have managed to close a vote gap in the Senate in a very short period of time but that the bill is still one vote shy of victory.

June 16, 2011
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Statement From Senator Liz Krueger Addressing Temporary Lapse of Rent Regulation Laws

For Immediate Release | June 16, 2011

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

“To every tenant in a rent regulated apartment and to every New Yorker concerned about the protection of affordable housing in our State, I say this: do not panic. While the rent regulations laws have technically expired, this lapse will surely be short-lived and will likely have no real effect on tenants. In fact, the Commissioner of the HCRC has pointed out that tenants will remain protected until the expiration of their leases.

June 16, 2011
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A Step Toward Equal Pay

The following was penned by Senator Liz Krueger and New York Women's Agenda & Equal Pay Coalition NYC

The United States has always been a beacon of democracy. And as Americans, we take pride in our basic principles that are rooted in the democratic notions of freedom and equality. Yes, injustices persist, and we continue to fight and break down barriers that prevent access to basic rights. But what happens when these problems are kept well hidden and are not as easy to identify or expose?

June 16, 2011
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Senator John Bonacic speaks with his Veteran Hall of Fame Inductee, Charles Eustis

Senator John Bonacic speaks with his Veteran Hall of Fame Inductee, T/5 Corporal Charles Eustise of the US Army.

June 15, 2011
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Senate Dems Join Protesters, Call for Stronger Rent Laws

By Jon Campbell

While the Senate was in session, a group of New York City senators joined a few dozen protesters outside of the Senate chamber, calling on the majority party to extend and strengthen the state’s rent stabilization laws, which are set to expire tomorrow.

The protesters have been heard throughout the Capitol much of the past two days, with some organizing a sit-in outside of the governor’s office yesterday that led to a dozen arrests.

Democrats in both houses of the Legislature, mostly from the affected downstate area, have pushed for a bolstering of the rent laws, while Senate Republicans has signified repeatedly—as recently as this morning—that they are only in favor of an extension.

June 15, 2011
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Senator John Bonacic Honors 2011 Veterans Hall of Fame Inductee

Senator John Bonacic recognizes T/5 Corporal Charles Eustis of the US Army on his induction into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.

June 15, 2011
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SENATOR BONACIC INDUCTS CHARLES EUSTIS INTO VETERANS' HALL OF FAME

Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I- Mt. Hope) today honored  Charles Eustis of Delaware County as his 2011 Inductee to the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.“It is my honor to recognize Charles, today,”  said Senator Bonacic.

June 15, 2011
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SENATOR BONACIC INDUCTS CHARLES EUSTIS INTO VETERANS' HALL OF FAME

 

Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I- Mt. Hope) today honored  Charles Eustis of Delaware County as his 2011 Inductee to the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

June 15, 2011
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Senator Martins Thanks OKKK Karate School for Fundraising Efforts

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the OKKK Karate School led by Sensei Serge Clark this past weekend to thank the students for their collective efforts in fundraising for Japan Tsunami Relief. The funds raised by the Karate School are being donated to the American Red Cross in support of the Tsunami Relief Operations being performed internationally. Senator Martins thanked the students at the school for caring about the people in Japan and making a difference by collecting bottles and cans and refunding them as a fundraiser for the American Red Cross. "The students at the OKKK Karate School are some of the most talented young people in Martial Arts. The fact that they hosted this fundraising event for Tsunami Relief is no surprise to me.

June 13, 2011
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Schoolchildren thank Senator Oppenheimer for securing grant to improve traffic and pedestrian safety along school routes

NYS Senator Suzi Oppenheimer visited the Murray Ave. Elementary Schoolin Larchmont to celebrate the recent NYS grant that she helped securefor the Rye YMCA's Safe Routes to School program.  The $5000 grantwill help fund school traffic and pedestrian safety initiatives inRye, Rye Neck, Harrison, Larchmont and Mamaroneck schools.

June 13, 2011
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Senator Martins Announces Knicks to Be Special Guests on 3-on-3 Tournament

Senator Jack M. Martins and the 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Committee announced that the Saturday, July 16th 3-on-3 Basketball tournament being held at the Dutch Broadway School will feature the New York Knicks Groove Mobile and a special guest appearance from the Knick organization! In addition, Martins and the committee have announced a special basketball game between the Henry Viscardi School Wheelchair Basketball Team and the Nassau County Championship Elmont Boys Varsity Basketball team will be played. The tournament, in its 7th year, is being played at Dutch Broadway School, 1880 Dutch Broadway, Elmont, at the Assemblyman Tom Alfano basketball courts. Tip-off is at 10:30am.

June 10, 2011
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