Issues: Constituents Corner

From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Mr. Mineola

I wanted to write something poetic here. My intention was to memorialize a good friend with words that would strengthen those of us who loved him while capturing his extraordinary spirit for those who didn’t know him. But I got stuck, starting and stopping a good half a dozen times as no words seemed to be doing my sentiments justice. Then, as providence would have it, I came across a quote from the American essayist, E.B. White, who wrote “To achieve style, begin by affecting none.”

March 26, 2014
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Cardinal Dolan Visits Senator Valesky and Independent Democratic Conference

Senator David Valesky and the other members of the Independent Democratic Conference - Sen. Jeff Klein, Sen. David Carlucci, Sen. Diane Savino, and Sen. Tony Avella - met with His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan on March 18 in Albany.

March 24, 2014
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SENATOR AVELLA HOSTS AWARDS CEREMONY FOR LOCAL SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST

(Bayside, Queens) Senator Tony Avella hosted an awards ceremony today for six students chosen as winners for this year’s School Essay Contest.  The contest, initiated by the Senator and titled “What are your suggestions for the new Mayor,” was open to students of all grades in order to create more student involvement and awareness in the governmental process as well as their community.

March 21, 2014
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RITCHIE, CENTRAL NEW YORK LAWMAKERS MEET AT CAPITOL

State Senator Patty Ritchie met recently with Assemblyman Will Barclay and Assemblyman Bob Oaks at the Capitol. The three work closely on issues that impact Oswego County and at the meeting, discussed topics such as job creation, cutting taxes, and creating new opportunities in the region. 

 

 

March 21, 2014
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH BISHOP, CHURCH LEADERS

State Senator Patty Ritchie met with Bishop Terry LaValley of the Diocese of Ogdensburg and other local church leaders recently in Albany to discuss the priorities of the Catholic Church. 

In addition, Bishop LaValley also delivered the invocation at the start of the day’s Senate session.  

March 20, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY, IDC RELEASE SENIOR AFFORDABILITY REPORT

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), Chair of the Senate Aging Committee,  along with his colleagues in the Independent Democratic Conference, released a report in support of the conference’s proposals making New York State more affordable for senior citizens. Each of these proposals were addressed in the Senate one-house budget resolution.

March 19, 2014
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR KEVIN PARKER ON THE SENATE VOTE ON THE NEW YORK STATE DREAM ACT

(Brooklyn, NY) - “Today, I stood with 29 other New York Senate Democratic Senators to vote in favor of the NYS DREAM Act.

This piece of progressive legislation was brought to the floor earlier this evening and if passed, would have ensured immigrant children, in search of the American dream through educational access and financial aid, the road map to success.

Senate Republicans failed our young people. Not a single member of the Republican Conference voted yes. Not a single member of the Republicans voted yes for opportunity or yes for equality.

March 17, 2014
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El Centro Hispano's Girl Scouts 40th Anniversary

Senator Stewart-Cousins had the pleasure of attending El Centro Hispano's Girl Scouts 40th Anniversary on Sunday, March 9th in White Plains.

March 13, 2014
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SQUADRON ANNOUNCES SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF BILL ALLOWING SCHOOLS TO CLOSE ON LUNAR NEW YEAR

ALBANY – State Senator Daniel Squadron announced today that the Senate Education Committee has passed legislation he's long pushed that allows schools to close on Lunar New Year.

Schools in neighborhoods with large Asian American populations, such as Chinatown in Manhattan and Flushing in Queens, report large numbers of absences on Lunar New Year. This year, P.S. 130, P.S. 124, and P.S. 2 in Lower Manhattan all reported absence rates of roughly 70 percent.

Approximately one in six New York City public school students are Asian American. Currently, students who celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday receive an “excused” absence, meaning they miss a full day of classes and have the absence marked on their record. This legislation would require that the city Department of Education (DOE) consider closing schools if a holiday is likely to result in “a considerable proportion” of students being absent.

March 11, 2014
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2014 Library Advocacy Day

Members from the Mid-Hudson Library System and the Ramapo Catskill Library System recently visited Albany to advocate for additional funding for libraries.

March 4, 2014
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Ranzenhofer schedules State Budget Forum in Batavia

Encourages residents to let their voice be heard on the 2014-2015 State Budget

 

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will hold a State Budget Forum at Batavia City Hall on Saturday, March 8th from 11:00 a.m. to noon.

 

Senator Ranzenhofer’s State Budget Forum is an opportunity for residents to let their voice be heard on the 2014-2015 State Budget in the State Capitol.

 

March 3, 2014
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AVELLA OPPOSES APPLICATION FOR SIDEWALK CAFÉ IN RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD

(Bayside, Queens) State Senator Tony Avella, who has always fought alongside the community against out of character and inappropriate commercial uses, is opposing a petition filed by a local Pizzeria to establish a Sidewalk Café.

March 3, 2014
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Press Release: Senator Phil Boyle Honored 12 for Black History Month

Senator Phil Boyle Honored 12 for Black History Month

Residents celebrated for their work serving the community

February 28, 2014 - Bay Shore, NY:  New York State Senator Phil Boyle takes great pride in the cultural diversity of the 4th Senatorial District.  In honor of Black Month, Senator Boyle hosted his 2nd Annual Awards Ceremony and Celebration on Thursday, February 27th, at the Bay Shore Brightwaters Public Library. The Senator acknowledged twelve well-deserved African-American residents from the Towns of Babylon and Islip with special awards for their service to the community. 

This year’s Honorees include: 

March 3, 2014
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Ranzenhofer schedules State Budget Forum in Amherst

Encourages residents to let their voice be heard on the 2014-2015 State Budget

 

Amherst, NY– State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will hold a State Budget Forum at Lecture Hall 100 at Erie Community College’s Kittinger Hall on Saturday, March 8th from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

 

Senator Ranzenhofer’s State Budget Forum is an opportunity for residents to let their voice be heard on the 2014-2015 State Budget in the State Capitol.

 

February 28, 2014
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Black History Month Award Recipients’ Biographies

James Cornigans

A native Long Islander, James Cornigans was born in 1947

and grew up in Bay Shore. Throughout his time at Bay Shore

High School, Mr. Cornigans worked various jobs including

delivering newspapers and stocking shelves at a grocery

store in order to earn money to pay for college.

After graduating from Bay Shore High School, he pursued

his higher education at the University of Dubuque in Iowa,

where he earned a degree in social studies and history. Once he completed his

college studies in 1969, he was hired to teach social studies in the Bay Shore

Middle School where he made his career for 34 years.

February 27, 2014
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Senator Parker Passes A Bill to Honor Our Fallen Veterans

(Brooklyn, NY) - Earlier today, State Senator Kevin Parker’s bill (S1615B) passed the Senate’s Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee. The bill, which will take effect November 11, 2015, ensures the remains of a cremated American veterans’ body are properly and respectfully disposed of if not claimed, thereby allowing for proper acknowledgment of those who have served to protect the life and liberty of our nation. 

February 26, 2014
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RSVP: Senator Squadron's Sixth Annual Community Convention - Sunday, April 27th

Please join me on Sunday, April 27th for my Sixth Annual 26th Senate District Community Convention featuring keynote speaker Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Come out and make your voice heard on all of the legislative and community priorities that shape our district and our state.

February 26, 2014
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Senator Kevin Parker Lauds Assembly’s Passage of the New York State DREAM Act

(Brooklyn, NY)- “The Assembly’s passage of the DREAM Act (New York State Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act,  A 2597-A) on Tuesday was a giant step forward for New York’s immigrant community. This progressive legislation increases educational access for talented students, regardless of their immigration status, and provides them with a pathway to receive the education they rightfully deserve.

February 26, 2014
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