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Senator Serino's Week in Review

This week, Senator Serino discusses the grand opening of her shared district office with Congressman Chris Gibson, Little League Opening Day, Legislative initiatives and her Earth Day Poster Contest. 

April 24, 2015
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Senator Serino's Week in Review

This week, Senator Serino discusses the grand opening of her shared district office with Congressman Chris Gibson, Little League Opening Day, Legislative initiatives and her Earth Day Poster Contest. 

April 24, 2015
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Times Ledger: Avella, Park Advocates Appeal Willets Megamall Case

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and park advocates say they are hopeful after a panel of judges heard arguments last week in the case of a proposed megamall on the former site of Shea Stadium.

The appeal filed by Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), City Club of New York, Queens Civic Congress, several members of Willets Point United and nearby residents and business owners against the Willets West mega-mall proposal was argued before the state Appellate Division.

The Willets West mall project is part of the Queens Development Group’s $3 billion redevelopment of Willets Point into a new neighborhood with commercial, retail and residential space.

April 24, 2015
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Times Ledger: Avella, Homeowners Group Want Landmarking for Broadway-Flushing

Residents of the Broadway-Flushing neighborhood want the Landmarks Preservation Commission to recognize the neighborhood as a historic district.

The association has been fighting for the designation for the last 11 to 12 years, according to Robert Hanophy, the association’s president.

The designation would prevent the city Department of Buildings from letting developers take on projects in the neighborhood that violate the area’s restrictive covenants, which are deed restrictions put in place in 1906 that prevent the construction of walls or fences within 20 feet of the property lines and streets, prohibit flat roofs and mandate minimum lot sizes and construction costs for homes.

April 24, 2015
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Queens Chronicle: Poppenhusen Gets $100,000 Grant

Call it coincidence, but the $100,000 grant state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) was able to give the Poppenhusen Institute for expenses is the same amount it cost to build the historic site 147 years ago.

Avella announced the grant at the College Point building Monday. The funding, which is the largest single expense grant the institute has ever received, will help Poppenhusen cover operational costs.

The money was obtained by the senator as part of more than $1.3 million he successfully allocated for programs and organizations throughout his district and across Queens.

April 24, 2015
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Times Ledger: Briarwood Gets Subway Stop Named Solely for Neighborhood

After decades of confusion, Queens residents can now rejoice in the clarification of the Briarwood subway station. State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) , Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) and Seymour Schwartz announced the renaming of the Briarwood-Van Wyck subway station to simply Briarwood after a 14-year battle.

Avella and Weprin both introduced legislation that required the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to remove “Van Wyck Boulevard” from all signage at the stop. The bill was passed but later vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. MTA was then directed to make the changes.

Avella recognized what a victory this was for Briarwood residents.

April 24, 2015
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Senator Venditto Attends the North Bellmore- North Merrick Little League Opening Day Parade

New York State Senator Michael Venditto, (R, C, I- Massapequa) recently had the opportunity to be with the North Bellmore- North Merrick Little League for their Opening Day Parade. It was great weather for opening day, let's play ball!

April 24, 2015
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Senator Venditto's Pet Food Drive Collects over 3,000 LBS of Pet Food

New York State Senator Michael Venditto, (R, C, I- Massapequa) recently partnered with Baxters Pet Pantry of Long Island Cares for a pet food drive. Over 30 donation boxes were located throughout our communities, collecting over 3,000 LBS of food and necessary items for all animals.

April 24, 2015
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Senator Venditto Joins with Wantagh Kiwanis

New York State Senator Michael Venditto, (R, C, I- Massapequa) recently stopped by the Kiwanis club of Wantagh's 14th annual "Men Who Cook" fundraiser. Senator Vendittio enjoyed great food for a really good cause.

April 24, 2015
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Senator Venditto Visits Freeport's New Visions School

New York State Senator Michael Venditto, (R, C, I- Massapequa) recently visited New Visions School in Freeport and visit with the fourth grade class and Jericho, the Rescue guide dog the School is helping raise. Senator Venditto is pictured here with Principal Renee Crump, Superintendent Kishore Kuncham, the Fourth Grade Class and Teacher, Mr. Michael DeGennaro, and Toni Pincus the School Nurse and guide dog owner.

April 24, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS JOINS CAPS IN HONORING ROSLYN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR BULLYING PREVENTION EFFORTS

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) in honoring Roslyn High School’s Students United for Safer Schools (SUSS) team. The students were honored for their efforts to prevent bullying and cyberbullying. 

     The SUSS team has worked hard towards creating a safe school climate where students feel valued and accepted. As part of their efforts, the students visited the district’s elementary schools and facilitated classroom lessons on prevention and response to bullying, respecting difference, and encouraging upstander behavior.

April 24, 2015
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Senator Venditto Joins with Bellmore Kiwanis

New York State Senator Michael Venditto, (R, C, I- Massapequa) recently stopped by the Kiwanis club of Bellmore's Pancake Breakfast at Applebees. Senator Venditto is pictured here with Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and members of the Kiwanis.

April 24, 2015
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Senator Venditto Serves as the Grand Marshal for the Farmingdale Baseball League

New York State Senator Michael Venditto, (R, C, I- Massapequa) recently had the opportunity to be the Grand Marshal at the Farmingdale Baseball League 2015 Season Opening Day Parade. It was great weather for opening day, let's play ball!

April 24, 2015
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Senator Venditto Attends the North Amityville Fire Department 75th anniversary and installation dinner

New York State Senator Michael Venditto, (R, C, I- Massapequa) recently had the opportunity to honor the Officers of the North Amityville Fire Department at their 75th anniversary and installation dinner. Senator Venditto is pictured here with outgoing Chief Michael Benloss.

April 24, 2015
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Senator Venditto Plants Trees in Remembrance of Superstorm Sandy

New York State Senator Michael Venditto, (R, C, I- Massapequa) recently joined with our South Shore communities who lost so much during Superstorm Sandy for the 2nd Annual Adopt A House "Adopt a Tree" Event. The community planted trees at Shore Road Park in Lindenhurst to replace those that were damaged and lost in the Storm. Senator Venditto is pictured here with Suffolk County Legislator Kevin McCaffrey. 

April 24, 2015
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Senator Venditto Attends the Amityville Little League Opening Day Parade

New York State Senator Michael Venditto, (R, C, I- Massapequa) recently had the opportunity to be with the Amityville Little League for their Opening Day Parade. Senator Venditto is pictured here with Amityville Mayor Wandell. It was great weather for opening day, let's play ball!

April 24, 2015
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Senator Venditto Congratulates Mother Lee Mallette from the Greater Second Baptist Church of Freeport

New York State Senator Michael Venditto, (R, C, I- Massapequa) recently stopped by the Coral House to wish a Happy 80th Birthday to Mother Lee Mallette from the Greater Second Baptist Church of Freeport. Happy Birthday Mother Mallette!

April 24, 2015
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Senator Venditto Attends the Massapequa International Little League Opening Day Parade

New York State Senator Michael Venditto, (R, C, I- Massapequa) recently had the opportunity to be with the Massapequa International Little League for their Opening Day Parade. It was great weather for opening day, let's play ball!

April 24, 2015
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Senator Venditto's Pet Food Drive Collects over 3,000 LBS of Pet Food

New York State Senator Michael Venditto, (R, C, I- Massapequa) recently partnered with Baxters Pet Pantry of Long Island Cares for a pet food drive. Over 30 donation boxes were located throughout our communities, collecting over 3,000 LBS of food and necessary items for all animals. Senator Venditto is pictured below with Mike Silverman, the owner of Mutts & Butts, who had a donation box at his store in Merrick.

April 24, 2015
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Senator Venditto Attends the Wantagh Little League Opening Day Parade

New York State Senator Michael Venditto, (R, C, I- Massapequa) recently had the opportunity to be with the Wantagh Little League  for their Opening Day Parade. It was great weather for opening day, let's play ball!

April 24, 2015
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