Issues: Constituents Corner

Senator Foley Asks: Does the State Owe YOU Money?

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) announced today that there is hundreds of millions of dollars in unclaimed funds owed to New Yorkers by the state.

The Comptroller’s Office has more than 25 million outstanding accounts. These accounts are easily searchable through a phone call to the Comptroller’s Office or by visiting the website. The accounts are worth anywhere from a few dollars to several thousand dollars.

July 23, 2010
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Town Hall Meeting Postponed

Joint Statement from State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. and Reverend Diego Delgado, Pastor of the Church of the Mediator - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -     "For the safety of the congregation and community residents who signed up to ask questions about job creation and economic development, affordable housing and rent relief for tenants, education, senior services and a number of other issues important to poor and working families in the 33rd district, we are postponing the town hall meeting that had been scheduled for 6 p.m. today at the Church of the Mediator.

July 22, 2010
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Senator Foley Seeks 'Everyday Heroes'

Senator Foley seeks to honor our ‘Everyday Heroes.'  These are the members of the community who have gone above and beyond to make a positive impact and leave a lasting mark on their surroundings. An ‘Everyday Hero’ could be the person who mows the lawn for the seniors in the community, tutors children in need at their library, delivers meals to the hungry or anyone else who selflessly makes a difference in their community.

Please use the form below to nominate the ‘Everyday Heroes’ in your community. There is no deadline for this application; nominees will be recognized weekly.

July 16, 2010
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New York City’s Illegal Non-Hotels

New York Times Editorial

The Web sites show happy young travelers bunking within a few blocks of Broadway. And they offer a place to stay in such a glamorous, expensive city for only $15 a night. The problem is that a growing number of these “hotels” are unsafe, unsanitary and illegal.

Rogue hotels offer a quick buck for the landlords and a problem for almost everybody else — other residents who need affordable housing, the neighborhood that needs stability, the city that loses on hotel taxes and often even the visitor who goes home grumbling.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/10/opinion/10sat4.html?_r=1

July 12, 2010
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Bad Bicycling? Fine Business

In an attempt to curb bad bicycling behavior, a group of East Side elected officials want to pass a law that would shift the burden over to the city’s companies that employ bicyclists who ignore traffic laws.

Read more: http://ourtownny.com/2010/07/07/bad-bicycling-fine-businesses/

July 12, 2010
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New Bill Allows City to Crack Down on Illegal Hotels, Put an End to "Nightmare" Situation

ALBANY - A bill passed by the Legislature would give the city greater power to crack down on illegal hotels being run out of apartment buildings.

The bill is designed to thwart a growing problem of landlords renting apartments as hotel rooms to get more money than rent laws allow. It has led to the removal of thousands of apartments "from an already tight housing market," said state Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), the bill's sponsor.

July 7, 2010
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July 2, 2010
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July 2, 2010
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Free Events List: July 2010

See attached PDF document.

File: 
July 2010 Free Events.pdf

July 2, 2010
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July 2, 2010
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KLEIN RESTORES OVERNIGHT TRANQUILITY TO MORRIS PARK STREET

Morris Park resident Jean Downey can finally sleep through the night, thanks to the work of State Senator Jeff Klein.

 

Last fall, Downey was constantly awoken by an extremely noisy outdoor HVAC unit at the Capital One Bank on Williamsbridge Road, which sits directly behind their home. Each night, the unit would loudly switch on and off multiple times between the hours of 1AM - 5AM.

 

June 30, 2010
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Senator Krueger Explains No Fault Divorce

New York is the only state without no-fault divorce. Liz Krueger, New York State Senator (D-Manhattan, 26th district), talks about her support of the State Senate's passage of no-fault divorce legislation. Plus, Andrew Eliot, a matrimonial attorney at Chemtob, Moss, Foreman, & Talbert, LLP, discusses how a no-fault system would affect how divorces are settled and how the practice of matrimonial law will be affected.

To Listen: http://beta.wnyc.org/shows/bl/2010/jun/17/no-fault-finally/

June 28, 2010
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State Sen. Liz Krueger & Assemblyman Micah Kellner Want to Put Governor on the Spot Once a Month

ALBANY - The Capitol convenience store better stock up on rotten tomatoes.

Borrowing an idea from England, two state lawmakers want to force the governor to face the Legislature once a month for a one-hour round of questions.

Assemblyman Micah Kellner and Sen. Liz Krueger, both Manhattan Democrats, plan to introduce the bill today.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2010/05/24/2010-05-24_2_pols_wanna_put_gov_on_spot.html

 

June 28, 2010
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Senator Krueger & State Senate Put an End to Disturbing & Violent Crush Videos

For Immediate Release | June 23, 2010

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

(Albany, NY) – Senator Liz Krueger and animal rights activists secured another major victory in the fight against animal cruelty with the passage of the legislation (S7812 / A11161) that outlaws Animal Crush Videos. The highly disturbing Crush Videos often depict women crushing small animals with their feet or shoes for the purpose of erotic pleasure.

June 24, 2010
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SENATOR KRUEGER SUCCESSFULLY AMENDS FORECLOSURE LAW TO HELP OWNERS

For Immediate Release | June 15, 2010

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

(Albany, NY) – In an effort to help homeowners who are fighting foreclosure, State Senator Liz Krueger successfully sponsored and passed new legislation (S7798A) which would amend the New York State Foreclosure Prevention and Responsible Lending Act to further ensure that homeowners have an adequate opportunity to prevent foreclosure through fair, good-faith judiciary hearings.

June 16, 2010
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June 15, 2010
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Senator Griffo Honors Local Woman of Distinction

SENATOR GRIFFO HONORS LOCAL WOMAN OF DISTINCTION

Edie Carbone of Boonville Receives Recognition

(Albany) - Senator Joseph A. Griffo named Edna “Edie” Carbone the 2010 Woman of Distinction for the 47th Senate District at the 13th Annual Senate Women of Distinction ceremony last Tuesday night in Albany, honoring their outstanding contributions in enriching the quality of life for their communities and beyond.         

June 11, 2010
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Senior Spotlight

Do you know an extraordinary Senior Citizen? Someone who has gone above and beyond to help enhance their community or a local organization. If so, he/she may be a perfect candidate for the Senior Spotlight Award, Senator Krueger’s new program to honor local Seniors whose presence light-up the community.

Our first Senior Spotlight Award shines on Lou Stallman. To see why Lou shines please visit:
http://www.nysenate.gov/blogs/2010/jun/11/first-senior-spotlight-shine-l...

To nominate a special senior please fill out the form below.

June 10, 2010
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Ranzenhofer Names Kahn 2010 Woman of Distinction; Kenmore-East graduate, Amherst resident receives award

Albany, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has named Carrie Kahn the 2010 Woman of Distinction for the 61st Senatorial District, honoring her for her outstanding contributions to education in the community.

“It is an honor to name Carrie Kahn the 2010 Woman of Distinction.  Her commitment to education has enriched the quality of life in our community and beyond.  She truly is an excellent role model to many young women in Western New York,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.

June 1, 2010
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