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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES STATE FUNDING FOR NEW CUSTOMER SERVICE TECHNOLOGY AT PORT WASHINGTON LIBRARY

   Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he has secured state funding for new technology at the Port Washington Library. 

     The library will use the $25,000 in state funding to enhance customer services. The Library plans on redesigning the lobby to provide self-check technology to make it easier and quicker for patrons to check out materials. Additionally, the Library will provide a touch screen directory and map for easier access to its changing collections.

February 3, 2015
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Statement from Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Election of Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

“Speaker Heastie is someone who will lead the Assembly with a steady hand and I congratulate him on his election. This is a historic moment for both the Assembly and State Government as a whole. As we begin Black History Month it is uplifting that another barrier has finally been broken. I look forward to working with Speaker Heastie to ensure all our state’s residents receive the progressive representation they desire and offer my full support to him as we all work together to restore the people's trust in government. ”

February 3, 2015
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SENATE PASSES THE CRIMINAL STREET GANG ACT

Legislation Focuses on Reducing Growth of Criminal Street Gangs and Protecting Citizens From Gang-Related Violence

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to reduce gang violence and protect communities throughout the state. The New York State Criminal Street Gang Act (S1701), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), would prosecute and prevent criminal gang activity by creating tough new penalties for gang-related crimes, as well as develop gang prevention programs for schools, at-risk youth, and prison inmates.

February 2, 2015
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Senator Venditto Attends the Wantagh American Legion Post Four Chaplains Ceremony

New York State Senator Michael Venditto, (R, C, I- Massapequa) recently attended the Wantagh American Legion Post as they honored the Four Chaplains, heroes of WWII. Seventy two years ago these four men of faith made the supreme sacrifice by giving up their lives so that many other soldiers and sailors could live. They gave their life jackets to others and stayed behind to comfort the hundreds of servicemen who perished in the sinking of the Troopship Dorchester in the freezing waters off Newfoundland during WWII. The ceremony was a fitting tribute to four brave souls from the Greatest Generation.

February 2, 2015
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SENATE PASSES THE CRIMINAL STREET GANG ACT SPONSORED BY SENATOR GOLDEN

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to reduce gang violence and protect communities throughout the state. The New York State Criminal Street Gang Act (S1701), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), would prosecute and prevent criminal gang activity by creating tough new penalties for gang-related crimes, as well as develop gang prevention programs for schools, at-risk youth, and prison inmates.

February 2, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS JOINS GREAT NECK CHINESE ASSOCIATION IN CELEBRATING CHINESE NEW YEAR

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with members of the Great Neck Chinese Association at their Chinese New Year Celebration. The event was held at Great Neck North High School.

     The Great Neck Chinese Association is a nonprofit organization founded by parents in the Great Neck School District. The Association’s major goal is to share Chinese heritage while celebrating its partnership and participation in the Great Neck Community.

     Senator Martins is pictured speaking with a local family at the Great Neck Chinese Association’s Chinese New Year Celebration.

February 2, 2015
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Your Voice with Senator Jack Martins- 2/2/15

Senator Martins discusses the upcoming February budget hearings, being appointed chair of the Labor Committee, property tax relief, education policy, and the Elmont community basketball clinic during this week's edition of "Your Voice." Click above to watch.

February 2, 2015
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Since 2009, I Have Been Trying to Prevent It

What You Should KnowBy State Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz32nd Senatorial District(718) 991-3161Since 2009, I Have Been Trying to Prevent ItYou should know that in order to prevent corruption and the temptation of elected officials from earning money from outside of their legislative salaries, back in 2009, which was six years ago, I introduced a piece of legislation, S.3149, which prohibits a member of the legislature from engaging in any outside paid activity during his or her term of office.  In other words, the New York State Legislature should be a full-time Legislature. See the attached copy of the bill.

February 2, 2015
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Join Senator Boyle for his Black History Month Celebration!

Senator Boyle will be honoring thirteen outstanding members of the community at his 3rd Annual Black History Awards Ceremony.

What: Senator Boyle’s Black History Awards Ceremony

February 2, 2015
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Highlights from the Harlem Globetrotters Game!

On Friday night, I joined the underdog Washington Generals on a "one-day" contract in their attempt to upset the Harlem Globetrotters in front of a great crowd at the Blue Cross Area. Unfortunately we came up short in overtime, despite my 4 points and solid defense. My sincere thanks to the Globetrotters and the Generals for giving me the opportunity to showcase my basketball skills and fulfill a lifelong dream!

To see more pictures from my professional basketball debut, click here!

February 2, 2015
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MARINE PARKWAY-GIL HODGES MEMORIAL BRIDE CLOSED TUESDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY WEDNESDAY

The Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge will be closed to all traffic beginning Tues., Feb. 3 at 11:59 p.m. until 4 a.m. Wed., Feb 4 for necessary maintenance. 

Detour signs will be in place. Motorists who normally use the bridge during this time must use the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge instead. Crews will be performing maintenance work and multiple test lifts during this time.

February 2, 2015
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Senator Venditto Dunks with the Girl Scouts of Nassau County

Merrick, NY- New York State Senator Michael Venditto, (R, C, I- Massapequa) recently had the opportunity to attend the Girl Scouts of Nassau County as they tried to break the world record of "Most Cookies Dunked at One Time" at the Broadway Mall. Joining him were County Legislator Rose Walker, County Legislator Laura Schaefer, and Town of Oyster Bay Councilwoman Rebecca Alesia. Congratulations to all the Girl Scouts who participated in the dunking!

February 2, 2015
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Senator Venditto Honors Order Sons of Italy in America's (OSIA) New York State Grand Lodge

Merrick, NY- New York State Senator Michael Venditto, (R, C, I- Massapequa) recently had the opportunity to attend the Order Sons of Italy in America's (OSIA) New York State Grand Lodge Foundation’s Twenty-Second Anniversary Winter Charity Ball. This years Ball was honoring three of their special charities; Alzheimer’s, Autism and Cancer Research as well as honoring the individuals who have made significant contributions toward these causes.

February 2, 2015
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LIMITED COLLECTION TO RESUME TODAY AT 7PM

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) will resume limited collection throughout the city starting tonight at 7 p.m.  Due to prior Monday holidays and suspensions due to snow operations, DSNY crews will be focusing on collecting recycling in areas scheduled for Monday recycling service.

Residents whose Monday recycling wasn’t collected earlier because of the snowstorms and holidays should place their material out at the curbside.  Residents are asked to place their material out in a cleared area, if possible, to help Sanitation Workers gain access to the cans and bags. 

February 2, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of February 2, 2015 ~ 'Marcellus Shale decision still echoing"

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, "Marcellus Shale decision still echoing"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the February 1st Corning Leader]

February 2, 2015
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Ortt Thanks Niagara Falls Block Club Council for Keeping Watchful Eye on Public

Sen. Ortt thanked the Niagara Falls Block Club Council Saturday for keeping a watchful eye on the public. Members of the council and other dignitaries gathered at Antonio's Conference Center on Niagara Falls Boulevard.  

February 2, 2015
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Sen. Ortt Thanks Niagara Falls Block Club Council for Keeping Community Safe

It takes an entire team to keep our neighborhoods safe. Sen. Ortt thanked the Niagara Falls Block Club Council for keeping the community safe & for everything else they do to enhance the city and surrounding area.

January 31, 2015
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The Annual African-American Abrazo, Friday, February 20, 2015, 7:00 PM-12:00AM, Maestro's Caterers, 1703 Bronxdale Avenue, Bronx, New York, 10462

This event will recognize the Honorable Andrea Stewart-Cousins, New York State Senator; the Rev. Dimas Salaberrios, President, Concerts of Prayers, Greater New York; Ms. Neva Shillingford, Executive Vice President, 1199 SEIU; and, Mr. Abraham Jones, Executive Director at Claremont Neighborhood Centers, Inc.

January 30, 2015
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Senator Ortt Responds to Dean Skelos’ Alleged Investigation

Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I-North Tonawanda) issued the following statement regarding federal investigation reports against state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. 

“Senator Skelos stated that the U.S. Attorney's Office hasn’t had any conversations with him,” said Sen. Ortt. “At this point, it would be inappropriate for me to speculate or comment, especially when charges have not been brought up and the basis of the story is a vague leak. As a new Senator, I'm committed to working with my colleagues to increase transparency and accountability for elected officials.”

January 30, 2015
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Senator Venditto Honors Merrick Chamber of Commerce 2015 Man and Woman of the Year

Merrick, NY-- New York State Senator Michael Venditto, (R, C, I- Massapequa) recently attended the Merrick Chamber of Commerce 2015 Man and Woman of the Year 80th Annual Installation Dinner.

January 30, 2015
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