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APPELLATE COURT ISSUES HISTORIC DECISION TO KEEP PARKLAND PUBLIC IN WILLETS WEST LAWSUIT

(QUEENS, NY) Today, State Senator Tony Avella, along with the City Club of New York, Queens Civic Congress, members of Willets Point United Inc., and nearby residents/business owners opposed to the “Willets West” mega-mall proposal, announced that the Appellate Division of the First Department issued a historic decision in their favor which will keep parkland public.

July 2, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION BANNING HANDGUN-SHAPED CELL PHONE CASES

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he will be introducing legislation to ban cell phone cases which are shaped like handguns. 

July 2, 2015
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AMEDORE BILL TO HONOR FALLEN CAPITAL REGION SOLDIER SIGNED INTO LAW BY GOVERNOR CUOMO

 

Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law a bill (S.2290), sponsored by Senator George Amedore, that would designate a portion of State Route 146 in the town of Guilderland as the “Lieutenant Colonel Todd J. Clark Memorial Highway.”

July 2, 2015
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SENATOR AMEDORE CELEBRATES OPENING OF RELOCATED DISTRICT OFFICE

Senator George Amedore celebrated the opening of his newly relocated district office at Seven21 Media Center on Broadway in Kingston. Pictured: Top row (left to right) Ulster County DA Holley Carnright, Town of Ulster Councilman John Morrow, Ulster County Legislator James Maloney, Ulster County Legislator Mary Wawro. Bottom row Assemblyman Lopez Representative Sandy Garden, Congressman Chris Gibson, Joelle Amedore, Senator George Amedore, City of Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo, Ulster County Comptroller Elliot Auerbach, and 721 Media Center owner Henry Ellenbogen.

July 2, 2015
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SENATOR GEORGE AMEDORE CELEBRATES OPENING OF NEWLY RELOCATED DISTRICT OFFICE IN KINGSTON

 

Senator George Amedore and Congressman Chris Gibson today held on open house to celebrate the opening of Senator Amedore’s new district office, located at 721 Broadway, Suite 100, in Kingston. They were joined by local elected officials and community members.

July 2, 2015
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The Forum: State Houses Pass Bill Giving Vets Opportunity to Buy Pension Credit

The state Senate and Assembly have passed a bill that would provide all active state public employee veterans with the opportunity to purchase up to three years of pension credit prior to retirement—a benefit that is now only available to former members of the armed forces who served during certain specified conflicts, according to Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach), a co-sponsor of the legislation.

 

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July 2, 2015
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The Forum: Senate Passes Addabbo Bill to Establish Incentives for Removing Cock Lofts

The ball is in the Assembly’s court as the Senate recently approved legislation that would provide incentives for the removal of cock lofts—small, often hazardous, enclosed spaces above the highest finished ceiling of a building that allow fires to spread to attached houses.

The bill, initially introduced by state Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) in 2013 in the wake of a raging five-alarm fire in Middle Village that damaged seven homes, injured 11 firefighters and may have been exacerbated by the existence of cock lofts in the structures.

 

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July 2, 2015
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The Forum: The Good, the Bad and Albany: Addabbo and Goldfeder Examine State Budget Results

The official end of the New York State legislative session—this year it came to a close last Thursday at 11:55 p.m.—invariably signals the start of analysis, 20/20 hindsight, griping, sniping, pouting and shouting among pundits, pols, lobbyists, and loons.

State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Howard Beach) took a look at 2015 in Albany and how it affected their communities and constituents.

 

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July 2, 2015
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Release: Addabbo Joins Senate Colleagues in Passing Wide Variety of Bills to Address Criminal Behavior in New York State

Queens, NY (June 30, 2015) Over the last few weeks of the legislative session, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. voted with his Senate colleagues to approve a wide selection of bills to crack down on serious criminal behavior in New York State – ranging from drug activity, to dangerous driving, to assaulting people based on the kind of work they do, to sexual assault and stalking.  While most of the bills remain under review by the State Assembly, Addabbo hopes that they will see additional legislative action at a later date. 

July 2, 2015
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SENATOR GOLDEN STATEMENT ON AMERICAN FLAG BURNING DEMONSTRATION IN FORT GREENE PARK

Brooklyn - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement tonight in response to the the protest in Fort Greene Park where two American flags were burned:

"As a proud American, I was disheartened to learn that an American Flag was burned tonight in historic Fort Greene Park. It is a sad day for all of us to watch this despicable act of hatred take place on sacred Brooklyn ground. I salute the many pro-Americans who showed up and stood tall in the name of our rights and liberties.

To all, remember that freedom is not free. Never forget it. And fly those flags. The stars and stripes, the red, white, and blue, are not going anywhere. These colors don't run."

July 2, 2015
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS LANZA’S BILL TO STREAMLINE CONTRACT PROCESS AT MTA

Governor Cuomo has signed legislation authored by Senator Andrew Lanza, Senate Bill S.4128, which extends statutory provisions that allow the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the New York City Transit Authority (NYCT) to procure goods and services in ways that save time and money and allow NYCT to consider New York State-content when procuring subway cars. 

July 1, 2015
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Senator Serino Hosts Community Lyme Disease Forum

With tick season in full swing, Senator Sue Serino brought critical information necessary to prevent the spread of Lyme and tick-borne diseases directly to members of the local community. The community forum hosted by Serino, who Chairs the NYS Senate Taskforce on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases, was held at the Wallace Center of the FDR site on Tuesday, June 30th. 

July 1, 2015
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Happy 4th of July!!

Dear Friends,

On July 4th, we celebrate the birth of our Nation. Since 1776, when the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, people from around the world have left their homelands to come to America for freedom and opportunity.

July 1, 2015
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FELDER: CITY MUST STOP ILLEGAL AMERICAN FLAG BURNING RALLY

July 1, 2015 (Brooklyn) – State Senator Simcha Felder, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Cities and former NYC Councilmember who instituted the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance before every Council meeting, issued the following statement:

July 1, 2015
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July 1, 2015
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Senator Farley Reflects on New York's Role in the Birth of This Nation

Independence Day is the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

"As one of the original 13 states, New York played a key role in helping construct the freedoms and rights we all appreciate as Americans," Senator Farley said.

Five days after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, New Yorkers abandoned the British Provincial Congress and formed their own Convention of the Representatives of the State of New York.

"New Yorkers also had the privilege of seeing the American flag christened when the Stars and Stripes was first flown in battle at Fort Stanwix in Rome," Senator Farley said.

July 1, 2015
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Independence Day 2015 ~ History, safety reminders, and local weekend celebrations

My very best wishes for a safe, meaningful and enjoyable 4th of July celebration to all of the communities, families and residents across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.

Here's a reminder of the foundation of this proud national observance: America's Declaration of Independence.

Also visit the state's 4th of July online exhibit tracing the central role played by New York during the Revolutionary War.

July 1, 2015
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Thoughts for Recent Graduates

     It’s graduation season once again but this year holds special meaning for my family as we celebrate that milestone in our own lives. My oldest daughter just graduated from high school and like other parents, my wife and I had mixed emotions; pride as she received her diploma, anxiety about her being on her own, sadness that she won’t be living at home anymore, and just plain old amazement that we’re old enough to have a high school graduate!

July 1, 2015
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GOLDEN TO CITY OFFICIALS: CALL OFF BROOKLYN AMERICAN FLAG BURNING RALLY

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, today has issued the following statement urging Mayor Bill de Blasio and City officials to prevent an American flag burning rally from taking place in Brooklyn’s historic Fort Greene Park:

June 30, 2015
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