Issues: Constituents Corner

Joy Cousminer - 2010 Woman of Distinction

    Tuesday May 25, 2010 - Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. and the NYS Senate honored Joy Cousminer as one of several 2010 Women of Distinction in New York State.

    Joy Cousminer is President/CEO of Bethex Federal Credit Union, and one of its original founders.  She spearheads all strategic planning, daily management, marketing and more.

    She has received several awards over the years:

May 25, 2010

Honoring Mothers at JASA Senior Center

Press contact: Franck LaBoy 718.220.5480May 21, 2010: More than 105 seniors were present when New York State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. visited with senior moms at the JASA Senior Center located at 3880 Sedgwick Avenue. It was an enjoyable event, including an impromptu dance between Senator Espada and a 98-year-young lady, in celebration of the everlasting love and work of motherhood.

May 21, 2010

Making 3-1-1 Work For YOU!

“311” is a free service available via phone (3-1-1) and the internet ( that offers access to government services. Through 3-1-1 you can obtain information, report a problem and request services. To best utilize these services and ensure your requests and/or concerns are addressed, Senator Krueger has outlined, belwo and in the attached report, the best course of action to get the results you need.

Before You Call 3-1-1:

311 Tip Sheet Final[1].pdf

May 21, 2010

April 27, 2010 - Legislative Report with Senator Mike Ranzenhofer

Senator Mike Ranzenhofer gives his alternatives to taxes and fees, opposition to expand the State Environmental Quality Review Act, and defeating the farm labor bill.

May 19, 2010

Honoring Women of Distinction

You are cordially invited to join Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. as we honor several remarkable women who have given of themselves to the Bronx community.

Please RSVP, Ms. Torres at 718-652-4329

Flyer announcement is attached. Tell your friends!

May 22, 11:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer Congratulates Local Girl Scouts for Winning Bronze Award



On May 11, 2010, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) awarded Certificates of Merit to members of the Junior Girl Scout Troop 2694 and congratulated them on receiving the Bronze Award, the highest honor given to junior girl scouts.  The girls traveled to Albany as part of the New York State Girl Scout Legislative Network.

May 17, 2010

Aubertine UTV Bill Moves Out of Committee


Bill would redefine ATV in state law to make side-by-side vehicles legal up to 1,500lbs

ALBANY (April 27, 2010)—The New York State Senate Transportation Committee today moved legislation sponsored by Sen. Aubertine (S.4277) that would allow all-terrain vehicle riders to legally register and ride side-by-side ATVs on trail systems throughout the state.

The committee voted 16-1, meaning the bill—which has an Assembly sponsor—will be eligible for consideration soon on the Senate floor.

April 27, 2010

Senator Oppenheimer To Host Mobile Office Hours in New Castle and North Castle on Saturday, April 24th


Please join Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck)

as she hosts mobile office hours

Saturday, April 24th at the following locations:


New Castle

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Gail Patrick’s Cafe

31 South Greeley Avenue

Chappaqua, NY

April 19, 2010

Senator Dilan on Polish Air Tragedy

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan discusses a Senate Resolution he co-sponsored, expressing sorrow and sympathies to the people of Poland following an April 10, 2010 plane crash in Russia that killed 88 high-ranking members of the Polish government, including President Lech Kaczynski and his wife. Dilan represents the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, home to the largest concentration of Poles and Polish-Americans in New York State

April 14, 2010

Senator Espada's District Office Services

Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. describes the services available from his district offices.

April 9, 2010

New Foreclosure Law to Save Homes and Preserve Neighborhoods

Sweeping foreclosure regulations to finish going into effect April 15

Law will require banks to maintain foreclosed properties and make it easier for homeowners to avoid foreclosure

April 7, 2010

Sen. Stavisky hosts tax preparation day for senior citizens in her district

Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky sits with two senior citizen constituents as Baruch College students majoring in accounting and finance work on the women’s tax returns.

April 5, 2010

Sen. Valesky Proposes Bill to Encourage More Fishing-based Rehabilitation Events for Veterans

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has introduced legislation (S.7041) that would encourage more fishing events that provide physical and emotional rehabilitation for veterans or active duty members of the armed forces. 

“Providing our veterans and active duty personnel, who have sacrificed bravely for our country, with more opportunities to learn the rehabilitative nature of fishing is a small way of saying thank you,” Senator Valesky said.

April 1, 2010

Press Conference: Count Me In! Senator Espada Encourages All to Turn in Census Forms

With Census Day (April 1) less than one week away, State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. and a crowd of Bronx clergy, community and business leaders and residents – including families, children and senior citizens – take Census 2010 to the streets, holding a press conference and chanting “Count Me In!” as they mail their Census questionnaires at the Post Office, then fan out into the neighborhood to distribute flyers and explain to borough residents the importance of participating in this year’s Census count.

March 27, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Senator Klein presents 100K to the “Friends of Pelham Bay Park” Dog Run Committee

NEW YORK- On Sunday, March 21st, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) presented a $100,000 grant to the “Friends of Pelham Bay Park” Dog Run Committee at Pelham Bay Park. Pelham Bay Park Administrator Marianne Anderson, “Friends of Pelham Bay Park” President Lizabeth Gonzalez and Community Board 10 residents and dogs joined Klein for the event.

March 22, 2010
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