Issues: Constituents Corner

Wojtaszek-Gariano nominated by Sen. Grisanti as a ‘Woman of Distinction’

Niagara County Family Court Employee recognized  for contributions to the  Western New York community

State Senator Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, today nominated Kathleen Wojtaszek-Gariano of Niagara Falls as a New York State “Woman of Distinction.”

May 9, 2011

In Display of Solidarity, Obama Lays Wreath At Ground Zero

Carroll Gardens Patch

President joins first responders, politicians in silent ceremony in Lower Manhattan

By Paul Leonard, Matthew Hampton, and Georgia Kral | May 5, 2011

President Barack Obama made a visit to the city Thursday afternoon, a gesture of shared mourning and solidarity with New Yorkers whose lives were forever altered on Sept. 11, 2001.

"He's for real," said Peace Pinella, a lifelong resident of Columbia Street. "Of course he should go down there and honor them."

May 6, 2011
May 6, 2011

Riverdale Press: Tweet Tweet - Senator Espaillat responds to constituents via twitter

Got a neighborhood problem? Tweet your local pol.

After a Riverdale blogger communicated via Twitter with state Sen. Adriano Espaillat about the disrepair of the pedestrian bridge over the Henry Hudson Parkway at West 235th Street, the Department of Transportation started fixing it. 

May 6, 2011

Senator Grisanti's Legislative Update

Senator Grisanti's Legislative Update With Megan Hills Hoffman, Development Coordinator for the WNY Land Conservancy.

May 3, 2011

Senator Martins Honors Golden Glove Champion on Floor of the Senate

Senator Jack M. Martins honored Elmont resident Herve Duroseau on his winning the Daily News Golden Gloves Boxing Title in Madison Square Garden in Albany this past Monday. Senator Martins welcomed Herve and his wife Nathalie to the State Capitol where he was honored on the floor of the New York State Senate with a legislative resolution sponsored by Senator Martins and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. This video piece was taken after the resolution passed on the floor of the New York State.

May 3, 2011

Senate Resolution Congratulating the John A. Coleman Girls Basketball Team

May 2, 2011 - Senator Bonacic sponsored a Senate Resolution honoring the John A. Coleman Girls Basketball Team.

May 3, 2011

Senator LaValle Names Southampton’s Nicole Behrens a Woman of Distinction From First Senatorial District, Statewide Capitol Fete May 24.

“Nicole Behrens,  survived 10 years of violence against her by her own husband, in her own home and – with tremendous courage –  rose above that experience and lifted her daughter with her  to not only escape the life of violence and devastation, but to then give back tremendously and consistently to the community.”

excerpt from nominating letter to NY State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle

May 2, 2011

Flap over funding plan for Brooklyn Bridge Park: city board nixes tax plan

NY Daily News


Thursday, April 28th 2011, 4:00 AM

Local officials are pushing the city to find a solution to the controversy over housing in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Condo foes thought tax revenues from waterfront properties the Jehovah's Witnesses expect to sell was their best bet to pay for the park without building more housing towers - but the city-controlled park board quietly ordered consultants to nix it.

Now politicians are ramping up the pressure to revive the idea before a final report comes out next month.

April 28, 2011

Gay Marriage Bill Nears the Goal Line

Gov. Cuomo’s push, plus public opinion shift, raises bill’s chance of passage

By Megan Finnegan

Two years after the stunning defeat of a marriage equality bill in the State Senate, advocates and politicians are gearing up for another run at making same-sex marriage legal in New York.

April 28, 2011

Attn Grand Island Residents: Update on Grand Island Bridge project

The New York State Thruway Authority has scheduled work on the Southbound South Grand Island Bridge for 2011 and 2012.

The work involves some additional structural repairs underneath the decking and re-paving of the deck including an overlay similar to the Northbound South Bridge. Currently, the re-paving is planned for the 2012 construction season.   There will be an informational briefing on the extend of the work and the tentative schedule including the maintenance of traffic plans at 9am on Monday, May 9.

The briefing will be made by the Thruway Authority and the project’s consulting engineers. It will take place in the first floor conference room at Grand Island Town Hall, located at 2255 Baseline Road.

April 26, 2011

Pols: Stop tour bus invasion

Downtown Express

Volume 20, Number 49 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | April 20 - 26, 2011

By Aline Reynolds

Residents near Ground Zero fear the worst as they anticipate heightened congestion when the National September 11th Memorial and Museum opens in September.

Approximately 1,500 people an hour are expected to visit the memorial, 20 percent of whom are likely to arrive at the site by tour bus, according to New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

April 21, 2011

Senator Krueger Speaks on Future of Indian Point

To voice your opinion on Indian Point, please fill out Senator Krueger's online petition, "Where Do You Stand on Indian Point."

April 19, 2011

Strong Push Against Fracking

By Tom Casey

On the day of a large rally outside the Capitol, Senate Democrats introduced the first significant legislation against hydraulic fracturing since the 2010 moratorium imposed by former Gov. David Paterson and the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Sens. Tony Avella, D-Whitestone, Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, and Joseph Addabbo, D-Queens, introduced a package of bills April 11 that includes three bills for tighter regulations and transparency for oil and gas drilling and a bill by Avella to ban hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, in New York state.

April 19, 2011

At Long Last, Victory For Red Hook And Columbia Street Waterfront Communities. Agreement To Bring Shore Power To Red Hook Cruise Terminal Reached

Pardon Me For Asking: News from Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, and Beyond

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

By Katia Kelly

Good news! The New York Times just reported that a multi-agency agreement has been reached, which would supply cruise ships with shore power from specially built electrical port outlets at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook.

Currently, the ships dock for hours and sometimes days, continually burning diesel fuel to provide electricity onboard.

April 18, 2011

Officials Hold Summit on WTC Memorial Tour Bus Problem

The Tribeca Tib

By Jessica Terrell

POSTED Apr. 15, 2011

With the opening of the National Sept. 11 Memorial less than five months away, city and state officials said on Friday that they are

making progress on a plan for coping with the expected influx of tour buses into Lower Manhattan. But nothing has been finalized and only one deadline for a decision is certain: “Sept. 11,” Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said.

April 18, 2011
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