Issues: Miscellaneous

A MESSAGE FROM SENATOR TERRY GIPSON

Dear Friends,

As my term as your State Senator comes to an end, I thank you for the opportunity to serve you and our Hudson Valley community. I’m proud of what we were able to accomplish over the past two years.

We introduced landmark legislation to reduce the cost of living and to create new jobs. We helped build new infrastructure and increased funding for our public schools. We helped Veterans and their families, senior citizens and students, and victims of Lyme disease, child/elder abuse and domestic violence. We aided those with developmental disabilities, and we even helped build a community playground for our children.

December 18, 2014
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Statement by Sen. Tony Avella on Queens Library Board's Removal of Thomas Galante

On Wednesday, December 17th, the Queens Public Library's Board of Trustees voted to remove Director Thomas Galante after an extensive review of expense and credit card abuses. 

December 18, 2014
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December 18, 2014
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Yonkers City Hall Hanukkah Celebration

(Yonkers - December 17th) Senator Stewart-Cousins joined her colleagues in government and members of the Jewish Community at Yonkers City Hall to light the menorah in celebration of Hanukkah. Rabbi Rigoberto Vinas of the Lincoln Jewish Park Center led the ceremony with Cantor Michael Kasper and cantorial students from the Academy for Jewish Religion as well as members of the Yonkers High School Woodwind Band who also performed.

December 18, 2014
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SENATOR GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON HISTORIC LYME LEGISLATION SIGNED INTO LAW

For Immediate Release: December 18, 2014 Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

SENATOR GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON HISTORIC LYME LEGISLATION SIGNED INTO LAW

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) today issued the following statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo signing S.7854, which was co-sponsored Senator Gipson, into law.

"Over the past two years we have fought to ensure that those in the Hudson Valley and across New York State who have been plagued with long-term Lyme disease and tick-borne illnesses have the patient rights that they deserve. During this time we organized an extensive advocacy campaign to educate and persuade members of the State Legislature on the importance of such legislation and the seriousness of this issue. Now, because of those efforts, those suffering will receive the best course of treatment agreed upon with their doctor and family, not insurance companies or bureaucratic medical boards.

December 18, 2014
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Integrated Flood Protection System Study & Design for Red Hook Announced

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the study and design of an integrated flood protection system (IFPS) in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn. The project, for which the City and State are each committing an initial $50 million, for a total of $100 million, aims to make the waterfront community more resilient and better protected from future storms. The City and State have received some initial Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding, to be drawn down from the $100 million, to complete the project’s feasibility and design.

December 18, 2014
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Delivering Hats and Gloves to Students at Wilson Academy

I was pleased to help hand out new winter hats and gloves to pre-K and Kindergarten students at the Wilson Foundation Academy recently. The items were graciously donated by my good friend Yolanda Culver, and will help keep these students warm this winter season.

December 18, 2014
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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DSNY Collection Service & the Christmas/New Year's Holidays

Please be advised there will be no street cleaning or garbage/recycling/organics collection on Christmas Day (Thursday, December 25th) and New Year’s Day (Thursday January 1st). In addition, all DSNY administrative offices will be closed on those days.

December 17, 2014
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O'Mara criticizes decisions on casinos, fracking (UPDATED, December 18)

Elmira, N.Y., December 17—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s decision by the state’s Gaming Facility Location Board to not locate one of New York’s three new Upstate casino resorts at Tioga Downs Casino and Raceway in Nichols:

December 17, 2014
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Statement on Hydraulic Fracturing Ban

ONEONTA, 12/17/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the release of a health study from the Department of Health relating to high volume hydraulic fracturing: 

“I have consistently said that any decision concerning hydraulic fracturing in New York State must be based on science and, like many, have awaited the release of the study from the Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Conservation related to drilling.  Today the governor moved to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York, and while many disagree and litigation is likely, in light of the governor’s decision, we need to move on to develop a robust economic development strategy that capitalizes on our other resources.”

December 17, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS DELIVERS OVER 2,000 HOLIDAY TOYS TO CHILDREN AT WINTHROP-UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) today helped bring some extra holiday cheer to children in Winthrop-University Hospital by delivering over 2,000 toys he collected through his annual holiday toy drive. 

December 17, 2014
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STATE SENATOR GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON NYS FRACKING DECISION

For Immediate Release: December 17, 2014Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

STATE SENATOR GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON NYS FRACKING DECISION

 POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) today issued the following statement on New York State’s decision to prohibit hydraulic fracturing.

“Today’s announcement by the Department of Health and Department of Environmental Conservation was the right decision for our state’s economy and environment.  I have personally visited fracking sites in rural Pennsylvania and I believe that current fracking methods are inadequate when it comes to ensuring our communities’ quality of life.  As always, I encourage further research and efforts to find safe and economical ways to harness natural gas without threatening our health and most precious natural resources. It’s my hope that this decision will be a catalyst for greater investments in such research, as well as in renewable energy here in the Hudson Valley and across New York State.”

December 17, 2014
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SENATOR AVELLA APPLAUDS DEC BAN ON HYDROFRACKING

“After nearly six years of working tirelessly in the fight against hydrofracking, having first introduced a resolution in the City Council and then leading the fight in the legislature by introducing the first bill that would ban the practice, I am ecstatic with the DEC and DOH’s conclusions.

December 17, 2014
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Lonely Planet guidebooks call Queens the best travel destination in the United States

Senator Gianaris celebrated the Lonely Planet naming Queens its top travel destination in the United States, touting our borough's cuisine, parks, arts scene and more. 

Check out the Daily News story on Queens as a destination hotspot. 

December 17, 2014
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Restaurant Serving Thanksgiving Meals for NYCHA Tenants With No Gas

Senator Gianaris was part of a collaboration that provided Thanksgiving meals for NYCHA tenants without gas in their apartments.

Check out DNAinfo for more info on this feel good holiday story. 

December 17, 2014
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Greek of the Week Features Senator Michael Gianaris

New Greek TV selected Senator Gianaris as Greek of the Week, and the Senator sat down for an extended interview about his heritage and his work for the community. 

Read the full story at New Greek TV. 

December 17, 2014
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Senator Gianaris Statement on Passing of Luke Adams

Senator Michael Gianaris issued the following statement regarding the passing of Sunnyside icon Luke Adams.

"Luke Adams was a Sunnyside icon who dedicated his life to making his neighborhood a better place, and he will be deeply missed. May his memory be eternal," said Senator Gianaris.

December 17, 2014
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SENATOR GOLDEN TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY PAJAMA DAY TOMORROW IN FIGHT AGAINST DUCHENNE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY (DMD)

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) will join the parents, friends and supporters of Pietro Joseph Scarso, a local 5 year old boy fighting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, at a press event tomorrow, Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. to mark the fundraising and public awareness campaign, “PJ’s for PJ”.

 

The press availability will take place at Pietro’s school, Stepping Stones – The Next Step, located at 9321 Ridge Boulevard in Brooklyn. All of the students will be dressed in their pajamas and have made a donation to Pietro’s Fight.

 

25 schools in total are participating in this community wide pajama party and fundraiser tomorrow.

 

December 17, 2014
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Gaming Facility Location Board to announce the sites of Upstate's casinos at today's meeting ~ Watch the announcement live at 2:00 p.m.

The sites of New York's four new Upstate casino resorts will be announced today during a meeting of the Gaming Facility Location Board.

Watch today's meeting live, beginning at 2:00 p.m., at http://gaming.ny.gov/

December 17, 2014
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