Issues: Constituents Corner

Legislative Report With Mark Grisanti March 28th

Legislative Report with Senator Mark Grisanti.

March 29, 2011

Senator Krueger's Free Events List : April 2011

Upcoming Free Events in Senate District 26:

Please note: This schedule is subject to change – it is recommended that you call ahead to confirm these events.

Friday 4/1/11

11:00 AM Health Advocates for Older Adults, 341 East 87th St, 212 980-1700

Activity: Bridge

2:00 PM Health Advocates for Older Adults, 341 East 87th St, 212 980-1700

Activity: Ballroom Dancing

Saturday 4/2/11

10:15 AM Health Advocates for Older Adults, 404 East 87th St, 212-980-1700

Seminar: Bone Weakness

April 2011 Free Events List.pdf

March 28, 2011

Senator Krueger: "Don't Play Politics With Homeless Families"

 The following is an opinion piece penned by Senator Liz Krueger for Huffington Post:

Albany and City Hall are engaged in a high-stakes game of chicken, and thousands of homeless families are trapped in the middle.

Every spring, as we debate the tough choices that inevitably must be made to balance our budget, we hear from thousands of New Yorkers, non-profits and mayors -- from cities big and small -- who warn of the consequences of cutting the State programs they rely on.

March 28, 2011

Senator Martins Honors Eagle Scouts From Boy Scout Troop 298 of New Hyde Park

Senator Jack M. Martins honored Boy Scout Troop 298's two newest Eagle Scouts at an Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony, held on Friday, March 11 at Clinton Martin Park in New Hyde Park. Scouts Casey Falconer and Matthew Miller reached the highest level a Boy Scout can achieve. It takes years of hard work and dedication in Scouting to become an Eagle Scout.

"I congratulate Casey and Matthew. They are two oustanding young men who have a bright future. To achieve the rank of Eagle Scout is an accomplishment that will serve them well in the future. They are leaders in their community and I was proud to attend their Eagle Court of Honor," Senator Martins said.

March 28, 2011

Gov. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Skelos and Assembly Speaker Silver Reach Agreement on 2011-12 New York State Budget

Historic Budget Provides Transformational Plan for State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced an agreement on a 2011-2012 budget that eliminates a $10 billion deficit. The agreement includes historic reforms that redesign state government, create efficiencies through consolidation, cap spending increases for education and Medicaid, and transform the future budgeting process.

March 27, 2011

Community Connection for Week Ending March 25th

Here is my community connection for the week ending Friday, March 25th. In this week's edition, I had the honor of hosting a "Youth of the Year" in Albany this week, my legislatively speaking column looks at diving New York into two seperate states along with initiative and referendum, and some great events taking place over the next week. Click the pdf link below to view it in full screen.

March 25, 2011

Squadron holds annual convention

Downtown Express

Volume 20, Number 44

March 16 - 22, 2011

New York State Senator Daniel Squadron held his third annual 25th Senate District Community Convention last Sunday, March 13, at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights.

Participants split into 18 separate discussion groups, each of which focused on a separate topic. Topics included schools, affordable housing, arts and culture, parks, and others. Senator Squadron is currently compiling and reviewing the feedback from participants, which will inform his community and legislative priorities for the coming year.

Click here to view story

March 22, 2011

Senator Martins Honors Port Washington Eagle Scouts

Senator Jack M. Martins was proud to attend the Eagle Scout of Honor ceremony in honor of Gregory K. Michel and Daniel R. Michel of Troop 241 in Port Washington and present the troop’s two newest Eagle Scouts with Senate Resolutions.

The twin brothers received the highest honor that a scout can achieve, the rank of Eagle Scout. On their trail to the Eagle Scout honors, Gregory earned 27 Merit Badges and Daniel earned 23.

March 22, 2011

Reproductive Health Matters

Representatives of Planned Parenthood of New York City and the NYC Civil Liberties Union thank Senator Montgomery for affirming her support for the preservation of state and federal funding that enables their organization to deliver quality primary and preventive health care.  

March 22, 2011

Brooklyn Firefighters Honored for Their Actions During Bushwick Fire

Brooklyn Firefighters were recently honored at this week 83rd PCT Community Council meeting for their heroics in saving Bushwick residents during a Bleecker Street fire last month.

March 22, 2011

Senator Martins Attends Albertson Fire Company Annual Dinner

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Albertson Fire Company's annual dinner, where he sworn in the officers of the fire company. He also presented Senate Resolutions to two 50-year members of the fire company, Dennis A. Craine and Peter F. Brala.

Dennis joined the Albertson Fire Company on October 10, 1960 and has served in numerous roles including chief. Peter joined the company on Janaury 9, 1961 and also served the company as chief.

March 21, 2011

"The Buffalo News" State Senate working to help Western New York

During the election last fall, Western New York was a battleground for control of the State Senate. By returning control of the Senate to the Republicans, the voters sent a clear message that they were tired of the region being ignored by Albany and sick of the inaction on the issues that truly matter—jobs, taxes and spending.

In less than three months, we have already begun to address those issues, with the leadership of the senators that represent Western New York.

March 21, 2011

Senator Montgomery Votes Down Senate Republican's Budget Resolution, Faults Proposal for Dismissing Juvenile Justice Reform

Dear Constituents and Juvenile Justice Advocates:

The Republican-controlled Senate and the Assembly have each submitted their budget bills, which accept and reject portions of the Governor’s recommended State spending plan for FY 2011-12.

While I was pleased by many of the funding restorations contained in the Senate’s budget resolution, I voted against the proposal because it hurts our children -- our young people who are on the road to ruin because we, as a State, are not acting responsibly to reform New York’s juvenile justice system.

March 16, 2011

Statement From Senator Krueger on Out-of-Balance GOP Budget Resolution

For Immediate Release | March 15, 2011

Katie Kincaid | | 646-784-0485


“My greatest concern is that this resolution will put us an additional billion dollars in debt. The numbers simply do not add up and we cannot rely on a wink and a prayer that this will all work out. Senate Republicans have added a billion dollars in additional expenditures to the Governor's budget without bringing any significant additional revenue to the table nor including enough alternative cuts.

March 15, 2011

Senator Martins Celebrates 75th Anniversary of Mineola Portuguese Soccer Club

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Portuguese Soccer Club’s 75th anniversary gala on Saturday evening, March 12 at the Mineola Portuguese Center. The Mineola Portuguese Soccer Club has a long tradition of soccer excellence in the Portuguese community.

The club, which plays in the Long Island Football League’s East Division, has produced numerous players throughout the years who have enjoyed playing soccer while carving out successful careers such asNew England Revolution player Gary Flood, New York Red Bulls star Carlos Mendes and the club’s current president, Marco Dafonte.

March 15, 2011

Senator Martins Encourages Donors to Participate in Blood Drive for Sarah Grace Foundation

Senator Jack M. Martins is encouraging residents to support a blood drive being held benefit a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of children with cancer while at the same time offering comfort and support to their families.

The Hicksville-based Sarah Grace Foundation For Children With Cancer will hold its 3rd Annual Sarah Grace Weippert Memorial Blood Drive on Saturday, March 26 at the William P. Bennett Community Center, 28 West Carle Street in Hicksville, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

March 15, 2011


 On March 15, 2011 Senator Bonacic met with delegates from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from Ulster and Sullivan Counties, to discuss their budget and social concerns. From left to right: Eric Monroe, Sullivan County’s Executive Director of Human Rights Commission; Joanne “Kazu” Bernstein, Maude Bruce, President, Ellenville NAACP and Senator Bonacic.

March 15, 2011

Senator Martins Congratulates Rev. Gomide on Anniversary at Corpus Christi Parish

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated Rev. Tomaz Gomide, Associate Pastor of the Corpus Christi Church in Mineola, for 40 years in the Priesthood, 35 of which have come at Corpus Christi.

“The Corpus Christi Church has been a staple of the Mineola community. Rev. Gomide has had a positive effect on so many of the parishioners and the community over his time in Corpus Christi. I congratulate him on his anniversary and wish him many more years in Mineola. I also want to congratulate Corpus Christi on its 110th anniversary,” said Senator Martins.

March 10, 2011
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