Issues: Villages

Forum/Town Hall: Senator Bill Perkins | 2nd Annual Veterans Resource Fair In Harlem

On August 19th, 2015, in collaboration with Harlem Vet Center, Samaritan Village, CUNY- BMCC, Manhattan Legal Services, NY Metro Vets, and Home Depot, Senator Perkins will proudly hosting the 2nd Annual Veterans Resource Fair in Harlem, which, in addition to presenting speakers in the realm of Veterans Affairs, will also include a panel on key issues confronting veterans. The Fair is being structured to provide information on a wide range of issues concerning our veteran population, and it will begin at  9:00 AM and end at approximately 3:00 PM.  Please see additional details in our flyer, attached below, in both Spanish and English.  


August 19, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Senate passes Griffo’s bill to protect municipalities from unfunded state mandates

ALBANY – The New York State Senate on Wednesday passed legislation authored by Senator Joseph Griffo that would prohibit the state from burdening local municipalities with any future unfunded mandates.

When the state imposes programs upon a municipality without fully funding them, it often forces those localities to find a way to pay for those services. This allows local priorities to essentially be dictated by the state, instead of leaving those choices up to local officials, Griffo said.

The end result is that municipalities often find themselves reluctantly having to impose more taxes on its residents to pay for programs and services that it might otherwise not have wanted.

June 18, 2015

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

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


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

April 2, 2015


Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

March 27, 2015

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

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

The Daily News: Gallivan outlines Wyoming issues in supervisors' talk

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

January 5, 2015

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


     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

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

Legislation by Senator Bill Larkin Passes Senate

Bill Will Secure AIM Funding For Two Orange County Villages

June 16, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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