Issues: Villages

Senator Carlucci & Aufgang Architects Host "Roof Topping" Ceremony

(Left to Right - Suffern Police Chief Frank Osborn, Stuart Strow, Senator David Carlucci, Mayor Trish Abato, Ari Aufgang, Sara Aufgang, AJ Aufgang, Brian Brooker, Village Trustees Bob Morris, Frank Hagen, and Ed Markunas)

Senator David Carlucci (D – Rockland/Westchester), Ari Aufgang of Aufgang Architects and Brooker Engineering hosted a “Roof Topping Ceremony” for Suffern Building Works, a commercial plaza that is the largest new commercial investment on Main Street that the Village of Suffern has seen in years.

The lot, which has been vacant for over 60 years, will house 28 thousand square feet of state of the art office and retail space, and draw 80-100 employees to the Village of Suffern.

April 26, 2015
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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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BUDGET DELIVERS $2.5 MILLION IN EXTRA LOCAL ROAD AID TO CNY, NNY

Boost in ‘CHIPs’ Funds to Help With Much-Needed Repair, Rebuilding After Long Winter

April 2, 2015
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A SPECIAL SALUTE TO THOSE WHO SERVED

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

March 27, 2015
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Highway Superintendents Rally For Funding In Albany

I would like to thank the Orange County Highway Superintendents Association for coming up to Albany in support of increased CHIPS and infrastructure funding.  

March 4, 2015
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Kennedy & Panepinto Say WNY Roads Are Crumbling, More Funding Needed

Senators: Extra $200 Million for CHIPs Would Only Be a “Chip” Out of $5 Billion Surplus

47% of Local Roads in NYS In Need of Rehabilitation 

February 18, 2015
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The Daily News: Gallivan outlines Wyoming issues in supervisors' talk

Posted: Monday, January 5, 2015 3:03 am

January 5, 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 MARTINS SECURES STATE FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENTS IN PLANDOME MANOR

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he has secured $100,000 in state funding for community improvements in the Village of Plandome Manor. 

     The Village will use the state funding to help defray the costs of creating a pedestrian path along the south side of Stonytown Road from Circle Drive near the Plandome Train Station Parking lot to Manhasset Woods Road. In addition, the Village will replace the existing sidewalk with a new sidewalk on the north side of Stonytown Road leading into the Plandome Train Station parking lot. The area is widely utilized by pedestrians and joggers, and the improvements will make it safer, more convenient, and more enjoyable for residents to go walking or running.

December 2, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Legislation by Senator Bill Larkin Passes Senate

Bill Will Secure AIM Funding For Two Orange County Villages

June 16, 2014
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Senate Passes Three Griffo Sponsored Bills

ALBANY - Sen. Joseph A. Griffo was the lead sponsor of three bills that today passed the State Senate. 

June 10, 2014
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Senator Sanders and Senate Democratic Conference Release Minimum Wage Report and Push for Local Minimum Wage Option

Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) joined his fellow Senate Democratic Conference members at a press conference to announce the release of a detailed report describing the economic benefits New York State would receive from an increase to the minimum wage. Senator Sanders also called for the adoption of legislation that would allow local governments to raise the minimum wage within their municipalities.

June 3, 2014
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Sanders’ Minimum Wage Bill Right Up Governor Cuomo’s Alley

This past weekend, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo vowed to support the passage of legislation that would raise the state’s minimum hourly wage to $10.10 next year, and provide for annual increases that would be indexed to the rate of inflation.

This past January, New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) introduced a bill (S6334) that would achieve those very aims, help to upgrade the standard of living for the state’s working poor, and spur economic growth in every county.

June 3, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Secures $50,000 Grant for the Village of Otisville

Senator John J. Bonacic announces that the Village of Otisville has been awarded $50,000 in funding from the Municipal Facilities Program. 

Plans call for upgrades to Otisville’s Veterans Memorial Park to include new playground equipment, benches and resurfacing of the walking trail. 

April 30, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Secures $50,000 Grant for the Village of Liberty

Senator John J. Bonacic announces that the Village of Liberty has been awarded $50,000 in funding from the Municipal Facilities Program. 

The grant will provide for necessary upgrades to assist Village officials in the event of a public emergency, including a backup generator for Village Hall, emergency supplies, and mobile light towers at critical Village intersections in the event of a power outage.

April 30, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Secures $50,000 Grant for the Town of Liberty

Grant money to assist with structural repairs to Town Hall  

Senator Bonacic announces that the Town of Liberty has been awarded $50,000 in funding from the Municipal Facilities Program. 

April 22, 2014
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State Budget Paves Way For Local Highway Improvements

ALBANY, 04/15/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that crucial funding to support local highway improvements is included in the 2014-15 state budget.  

“Local roads, bridges, and culverts are the backbone of our state’s infrastructure,” said Senator Seward.  “County and town highway superintendents from throughout my district joined me in Albany last month to call for added state funding – and their voices were heard.”

After five years without any increase in Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPs) funding, the new budget includes a second year of record funding - $438 million – for important local highway, road, and bridge repair projects. 

April 15, 2014
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RITCHIE: STATE BUDGET INCLUDES $2 MILLION IN WINTER STORM RELIEF FOR CENTRAL AND NORTHERN NEW YORK HIGHWAYS

Extra Funding is in Addition to a Record $20 Million in State Aid for Local Highways

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that the new state spending plan includes extra aid for local highway departments that have had their budgets affected by this winter's severe weather. 

Contained in the new State Budget is an extra $2 million in aid for municipalities in the Central and Northern New York regions Senator Ritchie represents.  The support is part $40 million in special, onetime funding allocated for local highway departments having to deal with the aftermath of a particularly brutal winter. 

“This year, the ice, snow and cold hammered Upstate New York, placing a heavy burden on highway departments having to deal with an increased amount of weather-related cleanup and damages,” said Senator Ritchie.

“Earlier this year, I met with more than four dozen local highway officials from our region who requested extra help for critical maintenance and repair projects that would provide relief to local budgets—and to local taxpayers.  I’m pleased that this year’s State Budget recognizes the unique challenges presented by our most recent winter by including extra aid for municipalities trying to make ends meet.”

April 11, 2014
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Vernon, Oneida County to Receive 27 Percent Increase in VLT Aid

UTICA – The village and town of Vernon and Oneida County will receive 27 percent more aid for being the host of video lottery terminal (VLT) facilities in 2014-15, Sen. Joseph A. Griffo announced.

The budget includes the following aid for municipalities that host the Vernon Downs racino:

April 9, 2014
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