Issues: Constituents Corner

Fire safety campaign launched at LeFrak City after deadly blaze

As reported by the Times Ledger:

In response to the New Year’s Eve fatal fire that killed three members of a Lefrak City family, the FDNY and elected officials launched a fire safety campaign to try to prevent similar tragedies from happening.

Louise Jean-Charles, 59; her husband Napoleon Michel, 69; and cousin Nadia Donnay, 37, died in the blaze while they were cooking a traditional Haitian soup to celebrate the new year.

“New Yorkers awoke on New Year’s Day to the news of the horrific tragedy that struck LeFrak City just as we were ringing in 2015,” said state Sen. José Peralta (D-East Elmhurst). “If not for the courage of our firefighters in the face of difficult conditions, it might very well have been an even worse tragedy.”

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February 11, 2015
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FIGHTING FOR WHAT MATTERS TO YOU

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

February 9, 2015
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Senator Valesky Attends Launch of 2-1-1 CNY

On February 6, Senator Valesky attended the launch of 2-1-1 CNY, which provides access to community information and referral services. This service is accessible in Onondaga County by dialing 211 on a cell phone or by calling toll-free 1-844-445-1922. Locating basic resources such as food, shelter, employment, or health care may mean calling dozens of phone numbers, then struggling through a maze of agencies and services to make the right connections. The 211 system helps residents find resources by dialing a simple three-digit number.

February 6, 2015
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN HONORS GRADUATES OF FIRST BRONX H.I.R.E. SECURITY GUARD TRAINING COURSE

Three Day On-The-Job Training Offered at No Cost to Local Community, Graduates Are Now Certified & Job Ready

Interviews for Full-Time Employment with NYC-Based Company to Begin Immediately

BRONX, NYState Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today honored graduates of the first Bronx H.I.R.E. (Help Identify Real Employment) Security Guard Training course at Olinville Arms Inc. on White Plains Road in the Bronx. At the ceremony, Senator Klein announced that all graduates would have the opportunity to interview immediately with Griffin Security Services Inc., who is currently looking to fill more than 150 open security guard positions.

February 4, 2015
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State Senator Gustavo Rivera Hosts Black History Month Celebration

 In honor of the countless contributions that African-Americans have made to our country, State Senator Gustavo Rivera, the Montefiore Health System, Health First and the Claremont Community Center will host a Black History Month Celebration on Saturday, February 7th from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

February 7, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Senator Serrano's February 2015 Off-Site Constituent Services Hours and Locations Schedule

My favorite part of this job is meeting and speaking with my constituents, and with a Senate District as large as ours, we feel it's important to bring our staff out to the various communities we serve.

January 28, 2015
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THE RESULTS ARE IN: RITCHIE RELEASES FINDINGS FROM LEGISLATIVE SURVEY

Nearly 4,000 Central, Northern New Yorkers Weigh in on Major Issues for 2015 

***CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL RESULTS***

Strong support for reforming Common Core, concerns regarding raising the minimum wage and support for making the state’s 2 percent tax cap permanent are just several of the results released today from State Senator Patty Ritchie’s 2015 Legislative Survey.

In total, nearly 4,000 Central and Northern New Yorkers participated in the survey, which touched on topics ranging from government spending to investments in our state’s agriculture industry.

“As state senator, it’s very important to me to make sure the opinions of my constituents are accurately represented when I’m in Albany,” said Senator Ritchie.

January 28, 2015
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2015 WINTER STORM UPDATE

The National Weather Service has issued a citywide Winter Weather Advisory, which is in effect until Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 6 PM. The current forecast calls for 1 to 2 inches of snow. For the latest forecast, go here.

January 26, 2015
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Pine Bush High School Swearing-in Ceremony

Senator Bill Larkin speaking to students, teachers and local officials during his swearing-in ceremony held at Pine Bush High School.

January 16, 2015
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RITCHIE: MORE THAN 3,000 HAVE TAKEN PART IN 2015 LEGISLATIVE SURVEY

January 21st Marks Deadline to Participate in Legislative Survey

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that more than 3,000 constituents in Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties have weighed in on issues that matter to them by taking part in 2015 Legislative Survey. 

The survey, which is available here, covers topics such as education, government spending, college tuition, job creation, agriculture and more.  Those who still wish to participate have until January 21st to do so.

“Now that the 2015 Legislative Session is underway, it’s imperative that I hear from those I represent about the issues that matter to them,” said Senator Ritchie.

“The results gathered through my Legislative Survey will help to guide me as I work to represent the interests of the people of Central and Northern New York.  I’m hopeful that in the coming days, those who haven’t yet weighed in will take the time to do so.”

January 13, 2015
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November 2014 Newsletter – Important Number Card

Please click the file below to view the Important Number Card Newsletter.

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Important Numbers Card

January 12, 2015
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Fire safety education campaign launched at LeFrak City following fatal New Year’s Eve blaze

As reported by Queens Courier:

A new campaign has been launched at LeFrak City to help educate residents to prevent a tragedy like the New Year’s Eve fire, which killed three people, from occurring again.

Just minutes before ringing in 2015, an unattended pot of a traditional Haitian soup cooking on a stove sparked a fire that left three dead in their Corona apartment and sent flames shooting from the ninth-floor balcony, officials said.

The FDNY determined the blaze was accidental and no working smoke detectors were found in the home.

Police identified the victims, all residents of the apartment, as Nadia Donnay, 37, Louise Jean-Charles, 59, and Napolean Michel, 69.

In response to the fire, state Sen. Jose Peralta, together with the FDNY, LeFrak City Organization and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, announced on Thursday the launch of a fire safety education campaign for the apartment complex.

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January 12, 2015
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Fire safety campaign launched at Queens complex after tragic New Year's Eve fire

As reported by the Daily News:

Knowledge is power — and it could save lives.

That’s the message behind a fire safety campaign a Queens lawmaker is launching Thursday at the housing complex where a tragic New Year’s Eve blaze killed three people cooking a traditional Haitian soup.

The FDNY will lead a series of workshops at LeFrak City to educate residents.

“Sometimes these lifesaving tools are as simple as making sure the battery of a smoke detector works,” said state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens).

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January 12, 2015
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SQUADRON HONORS RUSS & DAUGHTERS WITH SENATE RESOLUTION CELEBRATING 100TH ANNIVERSARY

Squadron:  Community Institution; Anchor In A Changing Neighborhood; Delicious

MANHATTAN – On Wednesday, January 7, State Senator Daniel Squadron presented his Senate resolution celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Russ & Daughters to Niki Russ Federman and Josh Russ Tupper, fourth generation members of the Russ family and current proprietors of Russ & Daughters and Russ & Daughters Cafe. Senator Squadron’s resolution unanimously passed the New York State Senate on June 20, 2014.

January 8, 2015
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January 15, 6:30 PM - 8:03 PM
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WEIGH IN AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

December 29, 2014
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RITCHIE CALLS ON CNY, NNY RESIDENTS TO SHARE OPINIONS THROUGH LEGISLATIVE SURVEY

Questionnaire Available Now on Senator Ritchie’s Website

***CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE*** 

As lawmakers prepare to head back to the Capitol for the upcoming Legislative Session, State Senator Patty Ritchie is inviting her constituents to weigh in on issues facing New York State through her 2015 Legislative Survey.

Available here, the survey asks individuals to voice their opinions on major topics including government spending, Common Core, agriculture, college tuition, job creation and others.

“As State Senator, it’s my top priority to make the voices of my constituents heard and to represent their views in Albany,” said State Senator Patty Ritchie.

“I’m eager to hear the opinions of the people in Central and Northern New York whom I represent on the major issues—everything from education to government spending—in an effort to make sure I’m accurately representing their interests when I head back to Albany.”

December 29, 2014
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SENATOR KLEIN GIVES MORE THAN 400 HOLIDAY GIFTS TO CHILDREN AT THIRD ANNUAL THROGGS NECK HOUSES TOY DONATION

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) visited the Throggs Neck Houses on Tuesday, December 23rd  to give holiday gifts to children and their families.  At the toy donation, Senator Klein presented boys and girls with fun gifts like Monopoly, Clue, dolls, toy cars, a stuffed “Olaf” from the popular movie Frozen and more.

December 24, 2014
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RESOLVE TO STAY SAFE THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the past year and celebrate the 365 days to come.  Whether you’re heading out tojoin friends and family or hosting a gathering in your own home, it’s important that you plan ahead to stay safe as you ring in the New Year:

December 22, 2014
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