Issues: Constituents Corner

RITCHIE HONORS OSWEGO COUNTY'S JANE BACKUS AT CAPITOL CEREMONY

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored Oswego County’s Jane Backus as her 2014 Woman of Distinction from the 48th Senate District recently at a special ceremony at the State Capitol.

A retired English teacher after 25 years, Mrs. Backus taught seniors and sophomores at both Ogdensburg Free Academy and Mexico Academy and Central Schools.  Today, she is an extremely active member of her community, volunteering her time with many organizations that aim to better the Central New York region.

May 19, 2014
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SQUADRON, SILVER, ELECTEDS, AND COMMUNITY LEADERS CELEBRATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO PUSH LUNAR NEW YEAR SCHOOL HOLIDAY

Electeds: Momentum Builds to Recognize Importance of Lunar New Year Holiday

 

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, elected officials from around the city, and community leaders celebrated the passage of a bill to push the Lunar New Year as a school holiday. The bill (S.6688 Golden/Squadron / A.7756 Kim/Silver) passed the State Senate earlier this week and the Assembly in February and will now go to Governor Cuomo's desk.

 

May 16, 2014
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Senate Task Force on Heroin & Opioid Addiction - Newburgh Public Forum

Senator Bill Larkin hosted a Senate Task Force on Heroin & Opioid Addiction public forum in Newburgh to solicit input from the community on this fast-growing epidemic.  The information garnered at the forum will be used to develop legislative recommendations on how best to address the impact of heroin on our communities.

May 16, 2014
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SQUADRON, ELECTEDS ANNOUNCE MTA STEPS TO HELP G TRAIN RIDERS DURING SUMMER SHUTDOWN

MTA to Provide Free Transfers Between Broadway G and Lorimer J/M stops, among other solutions

BROOKLYN – At the request State Senator Daniel Squadron and local elected officials, the MTA has agreed to a series of solutions to ensure New Yorkers who rely on the G train will not be stranded when the agency closes the line for five weeks this summer to make Sandy-related repairs. The proposed solutions arose from an April town hall that Squadron held in conjunction with area elected officials including Congressmember Velazquez; City Comptroller Stringer; State Senators Dilan, Gianaris, and Montgomery; Assemblymembers Brennan, Davila, Lentol, and Millman; and City Councilmembers Levin, Cornegy, Cumbo, Lander, Reynoso, and Van Bramer, as well as community members and representatives from the MTA, DOT, EDC, and NYPD to address residents’ and businesses’ concerns regarding the shutdown.

May 14, 2014
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Press Release: Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Selects Danielle Butin of Hastings-on-Hudson as 2014 Woman of Distinction

Albany, NY – Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District) selected Hastings-on-Hudson resident Danielle N. Butin as the 2014 New York State Senate Woman of Distinction from the 35th District.

May 14, 2014
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BROOKLYN ELECTED OFFICIALS' STATEMENT ON PIER 6 HOUSING RFP

BROOKLYN -- Today, Congressmember Nydia Velazquez, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Joan Millman, and City Councilmembers Brad Lander and Steve Levin released the following statement regarding the Administration’s release of an RFP for residential towers at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park:

May 13, 2014
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SQUADRON STATEMENT ON SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO PUSH LUNAR NEW YEAR SCHOOL HOLIDAY

ALBANY—Today, the New York State Senate approved a bill (S.6688 Golden/Squadron / A.7756 Kim/Silver), long championed by Senator Squadron, to allow Lunar New Year to be a school holiday. The bill 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. The State Assembly passed this bill in February.

May 13, 2014
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Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Speaking on 2014 Women of Distinction Resolution

On May 13th, the Senate passed a resolution congratulating the 2014 Women of Distinction in honor of Women's History Month. Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who is the sponsor of the resolution, spoke in honor of these accomplished women, saying, "Today is one of those days that we get to celebrate women... who inspire women of the future." Leader Stewart-Cousins then cited several women from New York State whose past accomplishments paved the way for women today, women like Sojourner Truth, Hillary Clinton, Sonya Sotomayor and Eleanor Roosevelt. The Senator thanked those present for being part of this great celebration and concluded, "Let's make sure we uplift, honor and applaud these women."

May 13, 2014
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Senate Passes Sen. Parker’s Bill Enhancing Penalties on Bias-Related Graffiti

(Brooklyn, NY) – Yesterday, the State Senate passed Senator Kevin Parker’s bill, S951A, which increases the penalties arising from bias related graffiti to make it even clearer that hate crimes must end in New York. In 2012, the number of hate crimes in New York increased by 30%, and in 2014 barely a week has passed without an account of anti-Semitic graffiti on privately owned vehicles or public buildings, such as the anti-Jewish graffiti rampage of last weekend in Central Brooklyn.

 

May 13, 2014
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Mobile Constituent Service Center - Yonkers

As part of the Senator’s community outreach efforts, the Office of Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be providing constituent service hours in various locations throughout the 35th District. If you need in- person assistance regarding The Department of Motor Vehicles, Housing, Health Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, EPIC, The Department of Social Services, Unemployment Benefits, Workers Compensation, Mortgage Foreclosure/Modification, Consumer Protection, Business Licensing, Youth Programs and many others, please stop by our YONKERS office hours. We may not have all the answers, but we will do what we can to help.

June 23, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Mobile Constituent Service Center - White Plains

As part of the Senator’s community outreach efforts, the Office of Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be providing constituent service hours in various locations throughout the 35th District. If you need in- person assistance regarding The Department of Motor Vehicles, Housing, Health Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, EPIC, The Department of Social Services, Unemployment Benefits, Workers Compensation, Mortgage Foreclosure/Modification, Consumer Protection, Business Licensing, Youth Programs and many others, please stop by our WHITE PLAINS office hours. We may not have all the answers, but we will do what we can to help.

June 5, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Senator Parker’s Free Prom Dress Giveaway Helps Local Families

Brooklyn, NY- Over 300 eager high school seniors walked away from Brooklyn’s Samuel Tilden High School with their free ‘dream’ gown from Senator Kevin Parker’s 7th Annual Free Prom Dress Giveaway event on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Young ladies and parents traveled from neighboring and outer-borough  schools to begin the selection process of their prom attire as the highly anticipated prom season for high school seniors quickly approaches.

May 12, 2014
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RELEASE: SENATOR AVELLA PROTESTS PARKS DEPARTMENT REFUSING TO ACKNOWLEDGE RESIDENT COMPLAINTS

 

Agency refused to accept a detailed survey from constituent, forwarded by Senator Avella

May 12, 2014
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May 13, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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Senator Parker features New York State Empire State Development President/CEO and Commissioner Ken Adams on 'Legislative Report with Senator Kevin Parker'

Senator Parker welcomed New York State Empire State Development President/CEO and Commissioner Ken Adams as his guest on his weekly 'Legislative Report with Senator Kevin Parker' cable show, Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency. The mission of Empire State Development is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies.

May 7, 2014
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Senate Unanimously Passes Senator Parker's Bill to Protect Mentally Disabled Persons Living in Community Residences

(Brooklyn, NY) – In a unanimous vote on Tuesday May 6, State Senator Kevin Parker’s bill, S.955, passed the Senate. The bill clarifies that the discharge of a resident from a community residence licensed or operated by the Office of Mental Health (OMH) or the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) shall not be considered a landlord / tenant matter, as opposed to be governed by regulations aimed at creating the best therapeutic outcome for such a resident.

May 6, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins at the 59th Annual Founders Day Luncheon with the New Rochelle Club

Father Robert Gahler, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Honoree Beryl Small, and Beverly Nance at the 59th Annual Founders Day Luncheon with the New Rochelle Club.

May 6, 2014
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Satish Joshi's Art Exhibit at Yonkers Arts Weekend

Senator Stewart-Cousins attended local artist Satish Joshi's art exhibit at the Blue Door Art Gallery in downtown Yonkers on Saturday, May 3rd during Yonkers Arts Weekend. The Senator is pictured here with Satish and one of his paintings.

May 6, 2014
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51st Annual Yonkers Enrico Fermi Educational Fund

Senator Stewart-Cousins welcomed attendees at the 51st Annual Yonkers Enrico Fermi Educational Fund breakfast. The breakfast honored 7 high schools students from Yonkers who received scholarships from the Enrico Fermi Fund. Each scholarship recipient received a certificate from the Senator.

May 6, 2014
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