Issues: Immigration

Senate to Celebrate Earth Week With a Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 20, 2015
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Asian women’s center opens in Elmhurst

As reported by the Queens Examiner:

New York City’s Asian population will have more resources and help at their disposal, thanks to the hard work of the New York Women’s Asian Center (NYAWC) and a grant from the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA).

The funds from the grant will provide a wide-range of services to help survivors of domestic violence, as well as their children, in a new Queens location.

The services offered, thanks to the grant, include a 24/7 hotline, counseling and case management services, advocacy, financial education to survivors, healthy relationship workshops to teens and services to teens in abusive relationships.

For full article, click here.

April 16, 2015
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Incluyamos en el presupuesto los fondos para el Dream Act (Artículo de opinión publicado ayer en El Diario)

 Artículo de opinión publicado ayer en El Diario

Incluyamos en el presupuesto los fondos para el Dream Act

 

April 2, 2015
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Democrats Frustrated by Governor Backing Off Party's Issues

Gotham Gazette

by David Howard King, Mar 26, 2015

On Tuesday Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters that the DREAM Act and the Education Investment Tax Credit (EITC) he had paired were no longer part of budget negotiations. For many Black and Latino legislators the news was painful - they had pushed Cuomo to include the DREAM Act as part of his budget after he and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul campaigned on the issue across the city this summer. But there was also a sinking sense of deja vu.

March 27, 2015
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Senator Hamilton a guest on Cablevision’s Meet the Leaders with Reverend Dr. Cheryl Anthony at Clara Barton High School

(Brooklyn – March 16, 2015) Senator Hamilton took questions with fellow guest Reverend  Dr. Cheryl Anthony (Judah International Christian Center) from Meet the Leaders host Kerry Donovan and dozens of Clara Barton High School students in a broadcast airing today at 8:30 pm on Optimum TV channel 118. Students posed questions on an array of topics including, education, more access to technology in schools, race and police-community relations, the treatment of immigrants, and youth civic engagement. Senator Hamilton and Dr. Anthony also discussed Women’s History Month and the important female leaders who inspired them in their personal and professional lives.

March 17, 2015
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Senator Parker Hosts Free Citizenship Application Assistance Event Garnering Hundreds

FROM THE OFFICE OF STATE SENATOR KEVIN PARKER (D-Brooklyn)

Contact: Kassandra Mayhew | mayhew@nysenate.gov | 718-629-6401 | 718-629-6420 fax

March 9, 2015
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Senator Hamilton joins with colleagues and the New York Immigration Coalition in support of 2015 Immigrant Equality Agenda

Assemblyman Pichardo, Senator Espaillat, Senator Peralta, and Senator Hamilton and New York Immigration Coalition rally in support of the 2015 Immigrant Equality Agenda. 

Senator Hamilton issued a statement in support of the Immigrant Equality Agenda: 

March 3, 2015
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RITCHIE: DO YOU KNOW A “WOMAN OF DISTINCTION?”

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Special Senate Program 

***CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A NOMINATION FORM***

State Senator Patty Ritchie is now accepting nominations for the New York State Senate’s “Women of Distinction” program; a special initiative aimed at honoring women’s history in the Empire State by recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding leaders from the present.

“From doctors and teachers to people who volunteer countless hours in the name of bettering their community, over the past several years I’ve had the honor of recognizing dozens of women from across our region who are going above and beyond to make a difference,” said Senator Ritchie. “This year, I’m truly looking forward to honoring a new group of local women through this special program.”

February 27, 2015
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Press Release: Senator Stewart-Cousins Announces New Fraud Protections for Immigrants in New York State

Yonkers, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Minority Leader, announced today that enhanced fraud protections for immigrants seeking assistance in New York State became law February 2, 2015.

“New York has a proud history of welcoming immigrants and embracing the contributions they make to our communities,” Senator Stewart-Cousins said. “However, there are also some unscrupulous people offering services to help them adjust to life in New York who take their money and provide little to no assistance. My office has worked with constituents who have had this happen to them. This new law ensures there are protections in place for the often vulnerable newcomers to our country and our state.”

February 2, 2015
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Comunicado de Prensa: La Senadora Stewart-Cousins Anuncia Nuevas Protecciones de Fraude Para Inmigrantes en el Estado de Nueva York

Yonkers, NY - La senadora estatal Andrea Stewart-Cousins, líder de la minoría, ha anunciado que mayores protecciones de fraude para los inmigrantes que buscan asistencia en el estado de Nueva York se convirtieron en ley hoy, 2 de febrero de 2015.

February 2, 2015
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Press Release: Senator Stewart-Cousins Announces New Fraud Protections for Immigrants in New York State

Yonkers, NY -  State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Minority Leader, announced today that enhanced fraud protections for immigrants seeking assistance in New York State became law February 2, 2015. 

February 2, 2015
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Murphy opposes municipal ID cards

ALBANY, NY - Senator Terrence P. Murphy issued the following statement responding to the announcement that New York City is rolling out the use of Municipal ID cards.

"Mayor de Blasio is turning his back on law enforcement again with this disastrous, not to mention dangerous, program which will only encourage more fraud and deceit at the hands of New York's hardworking taxpayers and legal immigrants. Incentivizing law breaking is the wrong way to go and the State could put a stop to this."

January 16, 2015
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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Senator Mike Nozzolio Calls for a Halt to a Multi-billion Unfunded Federal Mandate Following President Obama’s Immigration Order

New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio, today urged federal officials in Congress to block any attempts by President Obama’s Administration to initiate changes in immigration policies that could cost New York State’s taxpayers over $2 billion annually.   “Establishing this change in immigration policy ordered by President Obama could result in a massive unfunded federal mandate on New York taxpayers of unprecedented proportions,” Senator Nozzolio said in opposing this measure.    

December 5, 2014
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Senator Kevin Parker Lauds President Obama’s Historic First Step on Addressing America’s Immigration System

In a statement released immediately following President Obama’s announcement of his executive order last night, State Senator Kevin Parker embraced aspects of the new polices while calling for a more comprehensive immigration reform package. “President Obama took an important first step toward fixing America’s long broken immigration system,” said Senator Parker. “The President used his constitutional power to shift America’s focus toward recognizing the important contributions made by millions of hard-working immigrants. For the five million people who will now be eligible to apply for the new Deferred Action Plan, this is a good day.

November 24, 2014
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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta, Lead Sponsor Of The NYS DREAM Act, On President Obama's Executive Order

"The good news is that millions of upstanding, hardworking undocumented immigrants will now be able to continue contributing to our economy without having to live and work in fear of deportation.

"The bad news is that millions of other upstanding, hardworking undocumented immigrants will remain in the shadows of our economy and society.

"President Obama is to be applauded for taking a strong first step toward long-overdue reform of our broken immigration system.  Like the president, we in New York should not wait on Congress to make additional necessary repairs.

"The DREAM Act is sensible, compassionate public policy.  It is the law in Texas, a red state, California, a blue state, and New Mexico, a purple state.  Here, the New York DREAM Act is supported by editorial boards throughout the state, including those at newspapers as different as the New York Post, The New York Times and the Daily News.

"Let’s follow the bipartisan example of the five states that have already passed a DREAM Act.  Let's collaborate in New York on making an investment in our young people, our economy and our state’s future that will pay for itself several times over."

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November 21, 2014
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Donate coats, hats, gloves to refugees new to snowy Syracuse

By Michelle Breidenbach on November 13, 2014 at 3:53 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - As the first snowflakes of the season fall on Syracuse, NYS Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida, has started a coat and blanket drive for refugee families from warm climates.

Bring new or gently used, washable coats, hats, gloves and blankets to the lobby of the State Office Building, 333 E. Washington St. in Syracuse through Friday, Dec. 5.

All coat sizes are needed, starting with toddlers.

The drive is a partnership with the Interfaith Works' Refugee Resettlement Program at the Center for New Americans.

November 17, 2014
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Tiempo On September 14, 2014: Part 1

As reported by WABC-TV:

State Senators Jose Peralta and Jose Serrano on NY DREAM Act and Immigration Reform. 

To view full video, click here.

September 15, 2014
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Obama to Delay Immigration Action, Officials Say

As reported by WABC-TV:

“We’ve seen Washington fail so this is why New York State has to step up to the plate and this is why we’re going to continue to make sure that the New York State DREAM Act becomes a reality.” --State Senator Jose Peralta

To view full article, click here.

September 15, 2014
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Senator Serrano Appears on Channel ABC 7's 'Tiempo" Discussing Immigration

(New York, NY)-  Senator Serrano appeared on ABC Channel 7's "Tiempo" program, a weekly program hosted by Joe Torres that features a round-table discussion about topics affecting and relating to the Latino community. Senator Serrano, along with Senator José Peralta, discussed the current state of immigration reform and how it affects the many immigrant families living throughout New York State and ways we can address immigration issues on a National and local level.
 
Senator Serrano has been a staunch supporter of the rights of immigrants both in the 29th Senate District and throughout New York State.

September 14, 2014
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