Issues: Miscellaneous

SENATOR NOZZOLIO REMEMBERS BRITTANY PASSALACQUA ON WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN HER GRADUATION WEEKEND

Each June, in communities throughout our nation, family and friends gather to celebrate and honor local high school graduates. The time-honored tradition sends young graduates off into the world; be it to college, trade school, the workforce or serving in our armed forces. Graduations are a time of reflection, celebration and anticipation, and hope of what the future may bring.

Sadly, one young lady from our region, and her family, were deprived of experiencing the joy of this weekend.

June 25, 2015
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Queens Tribune: Build It Back Application Deadline Looms

The Build It Back outreach campaign seeking out the remainder of the homeowners affected by Superstorm Sandy is winding down, but the post-Sandy reconstruction project is no means coming to a close.

State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) is urging homeowners to submit documentation for eligibility determination and damage assessment as the program begins to wind down.

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June 25, 2015
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Senator Montgomery's Anti-Shackling Legislation Receives Final Legislative Approval

Senator Montgomery's Anti-Shackling legislation (S.983-A) received final legislative approval on June 23, 2015. It now awaits consideration by the Governor before becoming law.

The bill prohibits the shackling of female inmates who are pregnant, in labor or eight weeks postpartum during transporation or hospitalization, except under extraordinary circumstances. 

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June 25, 2015
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Dr. Una Clarke Confirmed as CUNY Board Member

Senator Montgomery with Dr. Una Clarke following the confirmation of Dr. Clarke's nomination to the City University of New York (CUNY) Board of Trustees. Dr. Clarke is a former Flatbush City Councilwoman and mother to Congresswoman Yvette Clarke.

June 25, 2015
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Community Forum on Combating Lyme DIsease

**COMMUNITY FORUM**

TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2015

Senator Sue Serino Hosts Community Forum on Combating Lyme Disease

Who: NYS Senator Sue Serino, Members of the NYS Senate Taskforce on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases, Panel of Experts on Lyme and Tick-borne diseases

What:  Community Forum on Combating Lyme Disease

When: Tuesday June 30, 2015; 6:00-7:30pm

Where: FDR Site (Wallace Center, Multi-Purpose Room)

June 25, 2015
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DA VANCE AND SENATOR GOLDEN ANNOUNCE SENATE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO PROTECT IDENTITY THEFT VICTIMS

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., and New York State Senator Martin J. Golden today announced the Senate passage of legislation that will better protect identity theft victims and enable prosecutors to bring stronger cases against cybercriminals and scammers. The bill, S.4072/A.8149, amends New York State criminal statues and establishes a fundamental framework for the prosecution of online privacy violations by creating a graduated series of penalties based on the severity of a crime and the number of affected victims.  

June 25, 2015
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Summer Safety Information

Living on Long Island provides all of us with some great opportunities to enjoy all that the summer season has to offer.  From Jones Beach to the lighthouse in Montauk, we have some of the greatest beaches and recreational areas in the state and I urge you to take advantage of all Long Island has to offer.

As you enjoy the coming months, I wanted to provide you with some important summer safety information to make sure that the summer is as safe as possible.  These easy-to-follow tips from experts are designed to help you prepare for almost any situation and I hope you will take advantage of them.

Please have a safe and enjoyable summer.

June 25, 2015
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The Forum: Build It Back Deadline Fast Approaching

With the June 30 deadline for homeowners to submit the documentation required to receive funding assistance through the city’s Build It Back program less than a week away, one area elected official is urging his constituents who have applications pending to file any paperwork necessary to pursue monetary aid as soon as possible.

 

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June 25, 2015
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The Forum: First Responders Bills Pass Senate, Under Review in Assembly

Last week, the state Senate passed a bill that, according to Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach), seeks to correct the “inequity” in the city pension system that provides significantly lower accidental and ordinary disability benefits for police and fire officers hired after 2009.

 

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June 25, 2015
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The Forum: Legislators Looking to Aid Volunteer Firefighters, Ambulance Workers

Lawmakers in Albany are considering a set of bills that would help members of volunteer fire departments and ambulance companies save money on taxes, receive greater and improved timely benefits, and gain access to new educational opportunities.

The first of five pieces of legislation, S.1000, which is co-sponsored by Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach), would provide for an automatic annual Cost of Living Adjustment to disability benefits received by volunteer firefighters.  In 1998, the state Legislature raised the benefit level for firefighters with permanent total disabilities to a maximum of $400 a week regardless of their date of injury; this bill seeks to address inflation and aid disabled firefighters who are struggling to live on fixed incomes.

June 25, 2015
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The Forum: Senate and Assembly Approve Elder Abuse Bill

After gaining approval in both the Senate and Assembly, a bill which authorizes state agencies to conduct a public campaign to draw attention to elder abuse has just hit the desk of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

June 25, 2015
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Release: Senate Approves Bill Co-Sponsored by Addabbo to Better Track Use and Spending of Hurricane Sandy Funding

Queens, NY (June 25, 2015) NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. recently joined with his Senate colleagues in approving legislation (S.5231) he co-sponsors to provide more oversight and information to the public on the way Hurricane Sandy recovery funds are spent by the State. The bill has also been approved by the State Assembly, and will ultimately be sent to Governor Cuomo for final action.

June 25, 2015
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Senator Joe Robach to Present Liberty Medals to Seven Town of Brighton First Responders

Firefighters and Police Officers Rescued Residents Trapped Inside Burning Home 

June 25, 2015
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News12 Segment on Extension of Property Tax Cap

News12 Long Island's coverage of the extension of the property tax cap as part of the agreement announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie - June 23, 2015

June 24, 2015
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Governor Cuomo, Majority Leader Flanagan and Speaker Heastie Announce End of Session Agreement

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (New York State) joins with Governor Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announce agreement on state issues - June 23, 2015

June 24, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Poses with Roosevelt Bouie at the Grand Re-opening of a GMC Dealership in Auburn

Senator John A. DeFrancisco jokingly stands on a chair next to former Syracuse University basketball star Roosevelt Bouie, after the grand re-opening ceremony of the revamped Chevrolet-Buick GMC Dealership in Auburn on Monday, June 22, 2015. Roosevelt Bouie was at the event signing autographs.

June 24, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Receives 2015 Robert J. Colvin Literacy Leadership Award from Ruth Colvin

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Ruth Colvin, the founder of Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse (now LiteracyCNY), at the State Office Building in Syracuse on Friday June 19th. Senator DeFrancisco was extrmemely honored to be presented with the Robert J. Colvin Litereacy Leadership Award, which is named after Ruth's late husband.

June 24, 2015
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Times Ledger: Albany Back at Work Again on Rent Laws

Elected officials are in the process of working out a four-year framework to extend rules that protect rent-stabilized apartments.

The rent regulations at stake control how much rent can be increased for about 1 million apartments in New York City. The rent-stabilized regulations expired June 15 after the state Assembly and state Senate failed to pass a bill that would either extend the regulations or expand on them.

According to state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), legislators were coming close to an agreement for a four-year extension. But he warned the details of the legislation have yet to be worked out.

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June 24, 2015
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