Issues: Agencies

Chairman Ball Places Radio Interoperability on Presidents Desk

 

New York, NY (April 12, 2011) –Senator Greg Ball (R, 40th District –Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess), Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee has sent a letter to the President of the United States, as well as all members of the U.S. Congress and officials from New York’s state security agencies  informing them of the Radio interoperability and communications system problems faced by New York’s first responders, nearly ten years after 9/11 exposed the weaknesses  of New York City’s emergency communication systems.

May 24, 2011
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SENATOR GIANARIS FIGHTS FIRE COMPANY CLOSURES

Demands Mayor Keep Ladder 128 Open

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris is fighting against the closure of Ladder 128, a fire company located in Long Island City, Queens at 33-51 Greenpoint Avenue. This fire company recently celebrated its 100th Anniversary and serves the neighborhoods of Sunnyside, Woodside, Long Island City and Greenpoint.

Mayor Bloomberg has announced that he is planning on closing 20 fire companies across New York City. Ladder 128 is one of four fire companies in Queens marked for closure.

May 23, 2011
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Local district faces firehouse closing

Sunnyside Post asked Senator Gianaris to comment on the possible closure of Ladder 128.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to close as many as 20 firehouses – including one in Long Island City—has drawn the scorn of many of this district’s politicians.

Ladder Company 128, which serves Sunnyside, Woodside, LIC, Blissville and Greenpoint, is among those firehouses that face the chopping block.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris said that “the closure of ladder company 128 would increase response times and would have a detrimental effect on the safety of people in western queens.” Gianaris added that the closure made little sense at a time when the area is expanding and developers are building more high-rise buildings.

May 23, 2011
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5/23/2011: Session

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 27, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

*PRESS RELEASE*

On May 23rd, the Republican Senate Majority passed an ill-conceived bill that will disproportionately affect minority communities. Senate bill 2322 by Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-Oneida County) seeks to establish the crime of aggravated harassment of a police officer or peace officer and make such crime a class E felony.

May 23, 2011
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Oppenheimer Announces State Library Construction Grants

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D- Mamaroneck) today announced that the awarding of several public library construction grants in her Senate district.  The grant funds are from $14 million in capital funds that were made available for public library construction in the 2010 State Budget.

The Mamaroneck Public Library was awarded $101,008 to improve library access and services and to complete construction of new library and children’s room spaces.  The New Rochelle Public Library has been awarded a $50,000 grant to repurpose existing space for a teen area in the library and for new fixtures that will create energy costs savings. The Rye Free Reading Room was awarded $100,000 for a reconfiguration of library space to create new Biography and Teen spaces, with fire system, electrical, cabling and computer improvements, as well as furnishing for the newly reconfigured spaces.  The Scarsdale Public Library was given a $111,280 grant for much needed building improvements and a multi-zone rooftop HVAC system that will boost library productivity and increase energy efficiency. 

May 16, 2011
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Oppenheimer Announces State Library Construction Grants

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D- Mamaroneck) today announced that the awarding of several public library construction grants in her Senate district.  The grant funds are from $14 million in capital funds that were made available for public library construction in the 2010 State Budget.

The Mamaroneck Public Library was awarded $101,008 to improve library access and services and to complete construction of new library and children’s room spaces.  The New Rochelle Public Library has been awarded a $50,000 grant to repurpose existing space for a teen area in the library and for new fixtures that will create energy costs savings. The Rye Free Reading Room was awarded $100,000 for a reconfiguration of library space to create new Biography and Teen spaces, with fire system, electrical, cabling and computer improvements, as well as furnishing for the newly reconfigured spaces.  The Scarsdale Public Library was given a $111,280 grant for much needed building improvements and a multi-zone rooftop HVAC system that will boost library productivity and increase energy efficiency. 

May 13, 2011
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Taxpayer Advocate

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 11, 2011Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard| gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

Senator Huntley Acts to Protect Taxpayers by Passing ‘Office of the Taxpayer Advocate’

“Taxpayer Advocate Act” to provide voice for taxpayers and reshape state bureaucracy

May 11, 2011
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Comprehensive Information System

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 9, 2011Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard| gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

Senate Passes Taxpayer-Savings Bill to Create New York State Comprehensive Information System

‘Common sense’ legislation will save State millions; streamline information procurement system

May 9, 2011
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LaValle Bills Provide Full Public Service Commission Authority Over LIPA and Authorizes NYPA to Acquire LIPA as a Subsidiary.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle introduced two bills in the New York State Senate on Tuesday. The first places the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) under the “full oversight” of the Public Service Commission (PSC). LaValle’s  second bill allows the New York Power Authority (NYPA)  to acquire LIPA as a subsidiary.

May 4, 2011
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Senator Gianaris and Community Rally to Protest Placement of Asphalt Plant in Long Island City

The Western Queens Gazette wrote about a rally to protest the placement of a dirty asphalt plant in Long Island City.The rally was hosted by Senator Gianaris along with Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer and Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley.

Elected officials and community leaders are asking the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to rescind a permit it issued to an asphalt plant in Long Island City until a proper Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is issued.

April 13, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Leads Fight for Traffic Safety Improvements Near Queensboro Bridge

The Western Queens Gazette wrote a front page story about Senator Gianaris' press conference at  the Queensboro Bridge following two major accidents in 10 days at one of the bridge's off-ramps. Senator Gianaris has helped lead the charge to improve safety along this dangerous stretch of road.

April 13, 2011
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Senator Dilan Session Comments on Bill to Restore Road and Bridge Fund

Senator Dilan asks Senator Thomas Libous for a explanation of his bill S.1071 before questioning the legislation's ability to restore balance to the state fund dedicated to road and bridge maintenance and construction.

April 13, 2011
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Senate Republicans say they're committed to property tax plan

Capital Connection - Albany - The Buffalo News

ALBANY -- State Senate Republicans said Tuesday they will not water down a plan to hold the growth in local property tax increases at 2 percent annually, though the State Legislature's top Democrat questioned the GOP's commitment to the issue.

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, R-Rockville Centre, noted that his house already has passed Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's property tax plan and that now the Democratic-led Assembly's turn has come to adopt it.

April 13, 2011
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EDITORIAL: Cuomo must find right balance in APA picks

Post Star Posted: Sunday, April 10, 2011 12:30 am

April 11, 2011
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Gianaris Fights for Traffic Safety at Queens Plaza in Long Island City

Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, along with local businesses and residents, held a rally demanding that the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) investigate the layout and design of the street grid around Queens Plaza.

In the last 10 days two major accidents have occurred in this area.

In both incidents, vehicles failed to acknowledge and negotiate the sharp turn at the end of the Long Island City side of the Queensboro Bridge as they exited, causing them to jump the curb and crash. This horrific oversight resulted in not only serious injuries to the vehicles’ drivers and passengers, but also in the fatality of a pedestrian and considerable damage to local businesses.

April 8, 2011
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Griffo Reports that Restoration of Tug Hill Commission in Final Budget

Griffo Reports Restoration of Tug Hill Commission in Final Budget Agreement Senator Confident that Review of Commission will confirm its continued need

April 6, 2011
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Gianaris Demands that State Pull Permit for Long Island City Asphalt Plant--New York Daily News

Pull permit for Long Island City asphalt plant, Queens politician demands

By Lisa L. Colangelo

New York Daily New Staff Writer

Local leaders are calling on the state to revoke permits it issued to a new asphalt plant poised to open in Long Island City.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris and others said the community was never properly notified that Green Asphalt Co. LLC was applying for permits from the Department of Environmental Conservation to operate the plant on Railroad Ave.

"Not only is this plant ill-conceived based on its merits and location, but the process through which it came to fruition was utterly flawed," Gianaris (D-Astoria) wrote in a letter fired off to DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens on Friday.

April 6, 2011
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