Issues: Constituents Corner

Senator Peralta Continues the Push for DREAM Act

As reported by Capitol Tonight:

Catholic bishops in New York are calling the DREAM Act one of the church’s top priorities for this year’s legislative session. The Church also supports immigration reform on a national level. But with those efforts stalled, attention is shifting to the states, and in this case, the state senate, where it looks like there are not enough votes to pass the bill.

Senator Jose Peralta is trying to convince his colleagues to change their minds. He joined us to discuss.

To view interview, click here. 

February 12, 2014
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February 20, 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Catholic bishops back state DREAM Act for financial aid

As reported by the Daily News:

ALBANY — Timothy Cardinal Dolan and the state's Catholic bishops have come out strongly in favor of creating a state DREAM Act allowing state financial aid to go to the college kids of undocumented immigrants.

"It's one of our top priorities this year," state Catholic Conference spokesman Dennis Poust said.

The Catholic Conference, a strong advocate for national immigration reform, views the DREAM Act legislation sponsored by Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens) and Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Queens) as something the state can do in the interim.

For full article, click here.

February 10, 2014
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COLD WEATHER, WARM HEARTS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

Here in Upstate New York, we know what it means to be part of a “close knit” community.  It means collaborating to better our region.  It means sharing in experiences that bring us closer together.  And above all else, it means working alongside one another to help those in need. 

When a fierce lake effect snowstorm hit Jefferson County last month, we saw shining examples of what it means to be “close knit.” We saw people opening their homes to stranded strangers.  We saw emergency volunteers setting up shelters.  We saw local businesses donating food to make sure no one went hungry and we saw countless other examples of extreme generosity. 

February 10, 2014
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Welcome to my website!

Dear Resident of the 61st Senate District:

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website! 

At my website, you’ll be able to check out what I’m doing in Albany and in our community, learn more about my positions on important issues, and take a look at legislation I’m sponsoring in the State Senate.

Here are a few quick links to different areas of my website:

Click here to view legislation before the State Senate.

Click here for a map of the 61st State Senate District.

February 10, 2014
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RITCHIE THANKS MORE THAN 50 “SNOW ANGELS” AT ADAMS EVENT

State Senator Patty Ritchie recognized more than 50 individuals Saturday at “People Helping People: A Celebration of Adams, NY,” an event held to honor those who lent a helping hand during last month’s extreme lake effect snowstorm. CLICK HERE TO VIEW A PHOTO ALBUM OF THE EVENT“Here in the North Country, we know about tough winters, but the people of Adams showed us that the worst can bring out the best—and that’s something worth celebrating” said Senator Ritchie.

February 8, 2014
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February 10, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS SAPAC'S ANNUAL BREAKFAST

Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to have attended the annual breakfast of SAPAC, an organization of professionals, doctors, lawyers, business, civic and community leaders that help comprise the South Asian-American community. Senator Martins thanked founder and chairman of SAPAC, Zahid Syed, for the invitation to attend this event that brought together many invidiuals who have been active in Long Island communities for years. 

February 7, 2014
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GIRL SCOUT TROOP 1501 PET ADOPTION EVENT SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16

Give a Pet a Second Chance at Finding a Home

Girl Scout Troop 1501 will be holding a Pet Adoption Event on Sunday, February 16 from noon to 3 pm at Petco, 1010 Willis Avenue in Albertson.

Go find that lovable dog or cat as there will be many on hand ready to bring joy. They make great companions and anyone who has had pets knows the love that they bring.

Also, if you are interested in adopting a Greyhound, visit www.gratefulgreys.com to complete an application. This will speed up the adoption process.

February 7, 2014
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DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AWARDS HONOR COMMUNITY LEADERS

Senator Jack M. Martins recently held his Fourth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards ceremony at Elmont Memorial High School during which he honored community leaders by presenting them with the award named after the civil rights leader who fought for positive change for our country. The ceremony was once again a big success as it not only celebrates Dr. King's life but also the entire community. 

February 7, 2014
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Senator Stavisky Joins New Yorkers in Celebrating Black History Month

Albany, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) joins her fellow New Yorkers to observe February as Black History Month.

 

February 6, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #6: For Those About To RAK, We Salute You

Being kind is contagious.

Want proof? Look no farther than the Remsen Central School District.

This tight-knit district of about 400 students joined together recently to give native Erin Hamlin a sendoff worthy of a three-time Olympian.

Students waved homemade banners littered with encouraging messages and composed cheers, dance routines and even a rap in Hamlin’s honor.

The entire event – captured beautifully in a two-minute video – was, in the words of NBC Sports, “adorable.”

February 6, 2014
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RITCHIE CALLS FOR STORM STORIES TO BE FEATURED AT “PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: A CELEBRATION OF ADAMS, NY”

RITCHIE CALLS FOR STORM STORIES TO BE FEATURED

AT “PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: A CELEBRATION OF ADAMS, NY”

Free Event to be Held on February 8th

State Senator Patty Ritchie is asking those who experienced the recent fierce lake effect snowstorm last month to share their “snowstorm stories.”

The pictures and stories will be part of an event being held to recognize those who lent a helping hand during the recent storm.  The free event—“People Helping People: A Celebration of Adams, NY”—will take place on Saturday, February 8th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Adams firehouse, located at 63 N. Main St.

***CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR FEB. 8TH EVENT***

“From the hundreds of people taking refuge in the Adams firehouse, to the people who opened their homes to stranded motorists, there are so many stories of generosity and community that have come out of this recent storm,” said Senator Ritchie.

“I’m calling on those who experienced the weather event—whether they were helped or lent a hand to someone in need—to share their stories to be featured at this special event being held to recognize the Adams community.”

February 3, 2014
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BROOKLYN ELECTED OFFICIALS RESPOND TO SUNY ON LONG ISLAND COLLEGE HOSPITAL

BROOKLYN -- Today, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, and Councilmembers Brad Lander, Steve Levin, and Carlos Menchaca sent the following letter to State University of New York (SUNY) Chairman Carl McCall regarding Long Island College Hospital (LICH):

February 1, 2014

February 1, 2014
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Bipartisan Federal, State and Local Leaders Commend First Step in Establishing Newburgh Port

 Newburgh City Council Votes 6-0 to Approve Conceptual Plan for Port in Newburgh

 Port Would Create Local Jobs, Invest in Newburgh 

January 31, 2014
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SQUADRON, SILVER, MALONEY, CHIN, COMMUNITY, RIDERS ALLIANCE RALLY FOR RESTORED ESCALATOR SERVICE AT EAST BROADWAY F STOP

Escalator Has Been Out of Service Since August 2012

LOWER EAST SIDE -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, and Councilmember Margaret Chin joined dozens of community members and the Riders Alliance at a rally to urge the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to finally complete repairs to the escalator at the East Broadway F train subway station. 

January 31, 2014
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RITCHIE HONORS INDIAN RIVER TEACHER WITH LIBERTY AWARD

Earth Science Teacher Recognized for Heroic Actions

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored Indian River High School teacher Robert Kuba with the New York State Senate Liberty Award today for his heroic actions earlier this month. 

Mr. Kuba put the safety of his students ahead of his own when he intervened to take away a loaded rifle that was brought into his classroom and detain a student until police arrived.

“Many people think the job of a teacher is just to teach, but as we’ve seen with this incident, it’s much more than that,” said Senator Ritchie.

January 31, 2014
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Senator Stavisky Goes Green with Queensborough Community College

Albany, NY—Rosemary Zins, Vice President for Advancement at Queensborough Community College, presents Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Eastern Queens) with a poster designed by Queensborough Community College student Monica Leon, winner of a school-wide poster contest to promote a greener campus.

January 31, 2014
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Sen. Parker Advocates for NYC DOE to Reverse its Decision to Close Fahari Academy Charter School

In a letter to New York City Department of Education Chancellor Carmen Farina, Senator Kevin Parker requested the Brooklyn charter school be given additional time to demonstrate and build upon its success. Despite strong community and elected official support, this past November the NYC DOE made the ill-advised decision not to renew the charter for Fahari Academy School, co-located at Walt Whitman Middle School in Flatbush. 

To read more, please click on the link below. 

File: 
01282014 Letter to Chancellor Farina re Fahari Academy.pdf

January 30, 2014
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