Issues: Miscellaneous

Release: Avella Gives $210,000 Grant to Udalls Cove Preservation Committee

(QUEENS, NY) On Saturday, April 25th, State Senator Tony Avella was proud to present a check for $210,000 to the Udalls Cove Preservation Committee.

The money was allocated by Senator Avella from this year’s state budget and is part of more than $1.3 million he secured for programs and organizations throughout Queens. The money will allow the organization to purchase another portion of the wetlands reserve, further protecting the area from destruction or development.

April 28, 2015
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SENATOR SUE SERINO COMMENTS ON ASSEMBLY PASSAGE OF EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK

SENATOR SUE SERINO COMMENTS ON ASSEMBLY PASSAGE OF EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK 

ALBANY—Senator Sue Serino (R—Hyde Park) released the following statement regarding the Assembly’s move to join the Senate in passing the fair pay provision of the Women’s Equality Act:

“Finally. New York’s women have waited long enough.

This measure delivers tangible results, has the potential to shatter glass ceilings across the State and shift the culture that discourages growth and development within the workplace. This measure will go a long way toward empowering women and breaking down barriers to real progress.

April 27, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Symphoria Wind Quintet Performance at Petit Branch Library

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco enjoyed a medley of tunes, performed by the Symphoria Wind Quintet, at Petit Branch Library in Syracuse on Saturday, April 25, 2015.  The community concert was supported by a library grant that Senator DeFrancisco helped to secure. 

April 27, 2015
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Senator Farley Participates in Adirondack Day

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting with participants and vendors at the third annual Adirondack Day in the “Well” of the Legislative Office Building in Albany on April 27th. As a native of the Adirondacks, hailing from Indian Lake, Senator Farley enjoyed the annual event celebrating the Adirondacks and its tourism, recreation, history and culture. Senator Farley chatted with Adirondack representatives, including Executive Director of the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages and Mayfield resident Carol Hart, and President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce Garry Douglas.

April 27, 2015
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Felder: NYC Must Stop Body Snatchers

Senator Simcha Felder (D, Brooklyn), together with Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz of Queens, is calling on Mayor de Blasio to prevent the release of unclaimed bodies without prior written authorization by the deceased person or their next of kin.

April 27, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS HONORS MINEOLA JUNIOR FIRE DEPARTMENT’S JUNIOR FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with the Mineola Junior Fire Department in honoring its Junior Firefighter of the Year, Neal Ressa, Jr. 

     Neal is a 15 year old sophomore at Mineola High School who aspires to continue serving the community as a Mineola firefighter and our country as a US Army Officer. He hopes to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point following his high school graduation. 

April 27, 2015
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Senator Farley Names Nisky Children’s Advocate As Woman of Distinction

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) will have the pleasure of honoring Deborah Gordon Mullaney of Niskayuna with the State Senate’s Woman of Distinction award on May 5th at 5 p.m. in Albany. The program honors distinguished women whose outstanding work in their communities makes them deserving of special recognition by the State Senate.

“Debby is a dynamic, dedicated and passionate civic leader as well as a valued advocate for children,” Senator Farley said. “I am honored to present this award to her.”

April 27, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS HONORS FLORAL PARK FIRE DEPARTMENT CHIEF FOR HIS SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently attended the Floral Park Fire Department’s annual installation ceremony, where he honored Daniel Bennett upon completing his tenure as Chief of the Department. 

     Senator Martins presented Chief Bennett with a legislative resolution passed by the New York State Senate honoring his service to the Floral Park Fire Department and the Floral Park community. With passage of the legislative resolution, which was sponsored by Senator Martins, Chief Bennett’s name and record of community service will forever be part of the New York State Senate’s official record. 

April 27, 2015
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Senator Nozzolio Recognizes Jason Haag as "Firefighter of the Week"

Senator Mike Nozzolio has announced this week’s nomination for his Facebook "Firefighter of the Week" recognition: Jason Haag of the Geneva Volunteer Fire Department. Congratulations Jason and thank you for your service and dedication to Geneva and the surrounding communities!

Click the below link to view the gallery and to learn more about Jason and previous nominees, and their service as volunteer firefighters.

http://a.pgtb.me/hHsRnG

April 27, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 27, 2015 ~ 'The only thing you need to know'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..."

This week, "The only thing you need to know"

April 27, 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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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. Senator Venditto is pictured below with Debbie Mouzakes, the owner of Petite Florist, who had a donation box at her store in Bellmore and Susanne Maiorana-Yu, a community member who helped Senator Venditto's office coordinate the drive.

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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